The infamous botched invasion known as the Bay of Pigs happened on this day 58 years ago.

On April 17, 1961, the CIA tried to remove Cuban nationalist Fidel Castro from power by planning an invasion of his country with 1,400 Cuban exiles.

The invaders were outnumbered by Castro’s forces and surrendered.

The U.S. detested Castro for his support of communism. Many Cubans supported Castro’s 1959 overthrow of dictatorial President Fulgencio Batista.

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