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The Bay of Pigs Invasion was an attempt in 1961 to remove Fidel Castro from power in Cuba. The CIA trained Cuban exiles and these exiles launched an attack in a bay called the Bay of Pigs during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The invasion was a failure and most of the attackers were captured or killed. There were several issues that led to this; including a lack of promised air support and a change in where the landing was to be launched. This was one of many unsuccessful attempts by the CIA to rid Cuba of Castro. One interesting fact is that the plan was originally put in motion by Eisenhower, but the attack was ordered by John F. Kennedy who only found out about the plan after his election.[1]


  1. "The Bay of Pigs". John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved 23 April 2014.