Today in Latin American History
CIA Trained Cuban Exiles Landed at the Bay of Pigs in 1961
Photo: Bay of Pigs
Today in Latin American history, a group of CIA financed and trained Cuban exiles landed at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro in 1961.
The Cuban-exile invasion force, known as Brigade 2506, landed at beaches along the Bay of Pigs and immediately came under heavy fire.
Cuban planes strafed the invaders, sank two escort ships, and destroyed half of the exile’s air support.
Bad weather hampered the ground force, which had to work with soggy equipment and insufficient ammunition.
Over the next 24 hours, Castro ordered roughly 20,000 troops to advance toward the beach, and the Cuban air force continued to control the skies.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Sir Ralph Abercromby attacked San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America in 1797
- Today in LatAm history, Costa Rican-Mexican singer-songwriter and actress Chavela Vargas was born in 1919
- Today in LatAm history, Peruvian-Scottish actor Henry Ian Cusick who is best known for his role in Lost was born in 1967