Today in History
April 17, 1961
Bay of Pigs Invasion Botched
The Cuban-exile troops immediately come under heavy fire. Two days earlier, a U.S. force of eight B-26 bombers failed to deliver a decisive blow to Castro's air bases, and the troops are quickly overwhelmed by Castro's 20,000-strong contingent. Some 1,200 of the Cuban exiles surrender and more than 100 are killed. Cuba's fear of United States invasion will eventually lead to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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