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  • Bayamo, Cuba
    Monday Apr 3, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Bomb attack on militia barracks

    Bayamo, Cuba
    Monday Apr 3, 1961

    Soon after the success of the Cuban Revolution, militant counter-revolutionary groups developed in an attempt to overthrow the new regime. Undertaking armed attacks against government forces. On 3 April 1961, a bomb attack on militia barracks in Bayamo killed four militia, and wounded eight more.




  • U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 4, 1961

    John F. Kennedy

    Final Invasion Plan

    U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 4, 1961

    The Eisenhower administration had created a plan to overthrow Fidel Castro's regime in Cuba. Led by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), with help from the U.S. military, the plan was for an invasion of Cuba by a counter-revolutionary insurgency composed of U.S.-trained, anti-Castro Cuban exiles led by CIA paramilitary officers. The intention was to invade Cuba and instigate an uprising among the Cuban people, hoping to remove Castro from power. Kennedy approved the final invasion plan on April 4, 1961.




  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 4, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The Bay of Pigs plan (Operation Zapata)

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 4, 1961

    On 4 April 1961, President Kennedy then approved the Bay of Pigs plan (also known as Operation Zapata), because it had a sufficiently long airfield, it was farther away from large groups of civilians than the Trinidad plan, and it was less "noisy" militarily, which would make denial of direct US involvement more plausible. The invasion landing area was changed to beaches bordering the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs) in Las Villas Province.




  • Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
    Sunday Apr 9, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Brigade 2506 Started Transferring To Puerto Cabezas

    Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
    Sunday Apr 9, 1961

    On 9 April 1961, Brigade 2506 personnel, ships, and aircraft started transferring from Guatemala to Puerto Cabezas. Curtiss C-46s were also used for transport between Retalhuleu and a CIA base (code-named JMTide, aka Happy Valley) at Puerto Cabezas.




  • Havana, Cuba
    Thursday Apr 13, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The El Encanto Fire

    Havana, Cuba
    Thursday Apr 13, 1961

    The Cuban security apparatus knew the invasion was coming, via their extensive secret intelligence network. Nevertheless, days before the invasion, multiple acts of sabotage were carried out, such as the El Encanto fire, an arson attack in a department store in Havana on 13 April that killed one shop worker.




  • Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
    Friday Apr 14, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The invasion Fleet

    Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
    Friday Apr 14, 1961

    Under cover of darkness, the invasion fleet set sail from Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua and headed towards the Bay of Pigs on the night of 14 April.




  • Baracoa, Cuba
    Saturday Apr 15, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Sending reconnaissance sortie

    Baracoa, Cuba
    Saturday Apr 15, 1961

    During the night of 14/15 April, a diversionary landing was planned near Baracoa, Oriente Province, by about 164 Cuban exiles commanded by Higinio 'Nino' Diaz.The reconnaissance boats turned back to the ship after their crews detected activities by Cuban militia forces along the coastline. As a result of those activities, at daybreak, a reconnaissance sortie over the Baracoa area was launched from Santiago de Cuba. That was a FAR (Fuerza Aérea Revolucionaria) (Cuban Air Force) T-33, piloted by Lt Orestes Acosta, and it crashed fatally into the sea.


  • Havana, Cuba
    Saturday Apr 15, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The Cuban national police Reaction

    Havana, Cuba
    Saturday Apr 15, 1961

    On April 15,The Cuban national police, led by Efigenio Ameijeiras, started the process of arresting thousands of suspected anti-revolutionary individuals, and detaining them in provisional locations such as the Karl Marx Theatre, the moat of Fortaleza de la Cabana and the Principe Castle all in Havana, and the baseball park in Matanzas.


  • Cuba
    Saturday Apr 15, 1961

    Fidel Castro

    The CIA Attack

    Cuba
    Saturday Apr 15, 1961

    On 15 April, CIA-supplied B-26s bombed three Cuban military airfields; the U.S. announced that the perpetrators were defecting Cuban air force pilots, but Castro exposed these claims as false flag misinformation.


  • Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
    Saturday Apr 15, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Deception flight

    Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.
    Saturday Apr 15, 1961

    About 90 minutes after the eight B-26s had taken off from Puerto Cabezas to attack Cuban airfields, another B-26 departed on a deception flight that took it close to Cuba but headed north towards Florida. Like the bomber groups, it carried false FAR markings and the same number 933 as painted on at least two of the others. Before departure, the cowling from one of the aircraft's two engines was removed by CIA personnel, fired upon, then re-installed to give the false appearance that the aircraft had taken ground fire at some point during its flight. At a safe distance north of Cuba, the pilot feathered the engine with the pre-installed bullet holes in the cowling, radioed a mayday call, and requested immediate permission to land at Miami International airport. He landed and taxied to the military area of the airport near an Air Force C-47 and was met by several government cars. The pilot was Mario Zúñiga, formerly of the FAEC (Cuban Air Force under Batista), and after landing, he masqueraded as 'Juan Garcia' and publicly claimed that three colleagues had also defected from the FAR.


  • Baracoa, Cuba
    Sunday Apr 16, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Failing to land near Baracoa

    Baracoa, Cuba
    Sunday Apr 16, 1961

    On the night of 15/16 April, the Nino Diaz group failed in a second attempted diversionary landing at a different location near Baracoa.


  • Las Villas, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
    Sunday Apr 16, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The armed uprising

    Las Villas, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
    Sunday Apr 16, 1961

    On 16 April, Merardo Leon, Jose Leon, and 14 others staged an armed uprising at Las Delicias Estate in Las Villas, with only four surviving. Leonel Martinez and three others took to the countryside.


  • South of Cuba
    Sunday Apr 16, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The Brigade 2506 invasion fleet converged on 'Rendezvous Point Zulu'

    South of Cuba
    Sunday Apr 16, 1961

    Late on 16 April, the CIA/Brigade 2506 invasion fleet converged on 'Rendezvous Point Zulu', about 65 kilometres (40 mi) south of Cuba, having sailed from Puerto Cabezas in Nicaragua where they had been loaded with troops and other materiel, after loading arms and supplies at New Orleans.


  • Bahía Honda, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The mock diversionary Landing

    Bahía Honda, Pinar del Río Province, Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    During the night of 16/17 April, a mock diversionary landing was organized by CIA operatives near Bahía Honda, Pinar del Río Province. A flotilla containing equipment that broadcast sounds and other effects of a shipborne invasion landing provided the source of Cuban reports that briefly lured Fidel Castro away from the Bay of Pigs battlefront area.


  • Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    John F. Kennedy

    Bay of Pigs

    Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    The Bay of Pigs Invasion began on April 17, 1961.


  • The Bay of Pigs, Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    Fidel Castro

    The Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The Bay of Pigs, Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    The CIA and the Democratic Revolutionary Front had based a 1,400-strong army, Brigade 2506, in Nicaragua. On the night of 16 to 17 April, Brigade 2506 landed along Cuba's Bay of Pigs and engaged in a firefight with a local revolutionary militia .


  • Aromas de Velázquez, Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Capturing Osvaldo Ramírez

    Aromas de Velázquez, Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    On 17 April 1961, Osvaldo Ramírez (leader of the rural resistance to Castro) was captured by Castro's forces in Aromas de Velázquez, and immediately executed.


  • Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    Che Guevara

    Bay of Pigs

    Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    On April 17, 1961, 1,400 U.S.-trained Cuban exiles invaded Cuba during the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Guevara did not play a key role in the fighting, as one day before the invasion a warship carrying Marines faked an invasion off the West Coast of Pinar del Río and drew forces commanded by Guevara to that region.


  • Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Attacking CEF ships

    Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    At daybreak around 06:30 am, three FAR Sea Furies, one B-26 bomber and two Lockheed T-33 fighter jets started attacking those CEF ships still unloading troops.


  • Playa Larga, Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Airdrops From four C-54s and 2 C-46s had Failled

    Playa Larga, Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    During the night of 17–18 April, the force at Red Beach came under repeated counter-attacks from the Cuban Army and militia. As casualties mounted and ammunition was used up, the brigadistas steadily gave way. Airdrops from four C-54s and 2 C-46s had only limited success in landing more ammunition.


  • Girón, San Román, Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Arriving at Girón

    Girón, San Román, Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    As the men from Red Beach arrived at Girón, San Román and Oliva met to discuss the situation. With ammunition running low, Oliva suggested that the Brigade 2506 retreat into the Escambray mountains to wage guerilla warfare, but San Román decided to hold the beachhead.


  • Girón, Cuba
    Tuesday Apr 18, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Delivering arms and equipment to the Girón airstrip

    Girón, Cuba
    Tuesday Apr 18, 1961

    During the night of 18 April, a FAL C-46 delivered arms and equipment to the Girón airstrip occupied by Brigade 2506 ground forces and took off before daybreak on 19 April.


  • Cuba
    Wednesday Apr 19, 1961

    John F. Kennedy

    Bay of Pigs Negotiations

    Cuba
    Wednesday Apr 19, 1961

    By April 19, 1961, the Cuban government had captured or killed the invading exiles, and Kennedy was forced to negotiate for the release of the 1,189 survivors. Twenty months later, Cuba released the captured exiles in exchange for $53 million worth of food and medicine.


  • Cuba
    Wednesday Apr 19, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The Final air attack mission

    Cuba
    Wednesday Apr 19, 1961

    The final air attack mission (code-named Mad Dog Flight) comprised five B-26s, four of which were manned by American CIA contract aircrews and volunteer pilots from the Alabama Air Guard. One FAR Sea Fury (piloted by Douglas Rudd) and two FAR T-33s (piloted by Rafael del Pino and Alvaro Prendes) shot down two of these B-26s, killing four American airmen. Combat air patrols were flown by Douglas A4D-2N Skyhawk jets of VA-34 squadron operating from USS Essex, with nationality and other markings removed. Sorties were flown to reassure Brigade soldiers and pilots, and to intimidate Cuban government forces without directly engaging in acts of war.


  • Bay of Pigs, Cuba
    Wednesday Apr 19, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Evacuating retreating Brigade Soldiers From Beaches

    Bay of Pigs, Cuba
    Wednesday Apr 19, 1961

    Late on 19 April, destroyers USS Eaton (code-named Santiago) and USS Murray (code-named Tampico) moved into Cochinos Bay to evacuate retreating Brigade soldiers from beaches, before fire from Cuban army tanks caused Commodore Crutchfield to order a withdrawal.


  • Pinar del Río Province, Cuba
    Wednesday Apr 19, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Executed Prisoners

    Pinar del Río Province, Cuba
    Wednesday Apr 19, 1961

    On 19 April 1961, at least seven Cubans plus two CIA-hired US citizens (Angus K. McNair and Howard F. Anderson) were executed in Pinar del Rio province, after a two-day trial.


  • Fortaleza de la Cabaña, Havana, Cuba
    Thursday Apr 20, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Humberto Sorí Marin execution

    Fortaleza de la Cabaña, Havana, Cuba
    Thursday Apr 20, 1961

    On 20 April, Humberto Sorí Marin was executed at Fortaleza de la Cabaña, having been arrested on 18 March following infiltration into Cuba with 14 tons of explosives. His fellow conspirators Rogelio González Corzo (alias "Francisco Gutierrez"), Rafael Diaz Hanscom, Eufemio Fernandez, Arturo Hernandez Tellaheche and Manuel Lorenzo Puig Miyar were also executed.


  • The Bay of Pigs, Cuba
    Thursday Apr 20, 1961

    Fidel Castro

    Castro forced the Brigade to Surrender

    The Bay of Pigs, Cuba
    Thursday Apr 20, 1961

    Castro ordered Captain José Ramón Fernández to launch the counter-offensive, before taking personal control of it. After bombing the invaders' ships and bringing in reinforcements, Castro forced the Brigade to surrender on 20 April.


  • Cuba
    Saturday Apr 22, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Searching For Scattered Brigade Survivors

    Cuba
    Saturday Apr 22, 1961

    On 21 April, Eaton and Murray, joined on 22 April by destroyers USS Conway and USS Cony, plus submarine USS Threadfin and a CIA PBY-5A Catalina flying boat, continued to search the coastline, reefs, and islands for scattered Brigade survivors, about 24–30 being rescued.


  • Japan
    Sunday Apr 30, 1961

    Hachikō

    Yaeko Sakano

    Japan
    Sunday Apr 30, 1961

    Yaeko Sakano, more often referred to as Yaeko Ueno, was an unmarried partner to Hidesaburō Ueno for about 10 years until his death in 1925. Hachikō was reported to have shown great happiness and affection towards her whenever she came to visit him. Yaeko died on 30 April 1961 at the age of 76 and was buried at a temple in Taitō, further away from Ueno's grave, despite her requests to her family members to be buried with her late partner.


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