April 17, 1961: The Bay of Pigs Invasion Begins.
On this day in history, Cuban exiles trained and funded by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), led an invasion against Cuba with the intention of overthrowing the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro. Under the leadership of Fidel Castro, the Cuban Armed Forces defeated the invaders within three days and Fidel Castro’s fight against American imperialism gained momentum throughout Latin America.
"No nation in Latin America is weak, because each forms a part of a family of 200 million brothers, who suffer the same miseries, who harbor the same sentiments, who have the same enemy, who dream about the same better future, and who count upon the solidarity of all honest men and women throughout the world."
- Che Guevara, December 11, 1964, 19th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.