The Bay of Pigs Invasion, 1961

The Bay of Pigs Invasion was a failed military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the CIA-sponsored paramilitary group Brigade 2506 on 17 April 1961.


ST-19-4-62  29 December 1962  President and Mrs. Kennedy greet members of the 2506 Cuban Invasion Brigade. Miami, Florida, Orange Bowl Stadium. Photograph by Cecil Stoughton, White House, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

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Castro's soldiers at Playa de Giron, Cuba, after thwarting the ill-fated US backed 'Bay of Pigs' invasion.   (Photo by Graf/Getty Images)

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1961:  The bodies of some of those who participated in the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.  (Photo by Graf/Three Lions/Getty Images)