Today in Latin American History
JFK Discusses the Failure of the Bay of Pigs in 1961
Photo: John F. Kennedy
Today in Latin American history, failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed Cuban exiles against Cuba was uncovered in 1961.
On April 17, 1961, Kennedy ordered what became known as the “Bay of Pigs Invasion” where 1,500 U.S.-trained Cubans landed on the island. No U.S. air support was provided.
By April 19, 1961, the Cuban government had captured or killed the invading exiles, and Kennedy was forced to negotiate for the release of the 1,189 survivors.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian poet who designed the flag of the State of Maranhão Joaquim de Sousa Andrade died in 1902
- Today in LatAm history, Colombian football player Edixon Perea Valencia who plays for the National team & Deportivo Cali was born in 1984
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican comedian and actor Cantinflas whose career lasted multiple decades died in 1993