April 17 1961 – The Bay of Pigs Invasion Begins

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April 17 1961 – The Bay of Pigs Invasion BeginsRate this post Throughout the Cold War, a sharply-divided Europe always seemed the likeliest place for a full-scale conflict. During the late 1950s and early 1960s though, the Americas saw a rapid increase in pro-Communist sentiment — and most troubling for officials in the United States — nowhere more than in Cuba, just 90 miles from the American coast. Tension only got worse on April 17, 1961, when a group of rebels funded by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) led the Bay of Pigs Invasion. For the Republic of Cuba, the first half of the 20th century was dominated by the […]