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The Bay of Pigs invasion 50 years on




Cuban pioneers wave their kerchiefs simulating waves, on April 16, 2011, around the vintage URSS-made T-34/85 tank (R) and the SU-100 self-propelled-gun used by former Cuban President Fidel Castro in the Bay of Pigs battle, during the parade at Revolution Square in Havana to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs victory and the beginning of the Cuban Communist Party 60th Congress.
Cuban pioneers wave their kerchiefs simulating waves, on April 16, 2011, around the vintage URSS-made T-34/85 tank (R) and the SU-100 self-propelled-gun used by former Cuban President Fidel Castro in the Bay of Pigs battle, during the parade at Revolution Square in Havana to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs victory and the beginning of the Cuban Communist Party 60th Congress.
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Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy spoke at a meeting of newspaper executives. His speech came at an awkward time - the country had just learned of the failed attempt to overthrow the government of Cuba's Fidel Castro. The Bay of Pigs invasion was supposed to be a popular uprising by Cubans against Castro, but even as it occurred, it was obvious there were U.S. fingerprints all over the operation. Steve Proffitt takes a look back.