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17 April 1961

Cuba Repels Bay Of Pigs Invasion

Cubans defeat US-backed insurgents trying to bring down their government.

In 1961, a force of 1,400 Cuban exiles from the USA landed at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of overthrowing Fidel Castro's government. The insurgents landed with American support from the sea and air but were defeated by Cuban forces in just 3 days. More than 100 of the insurgents died in the attack, and 1,189 were taken prisoner. The failed invasion proved an embarrassment for the US government after their involvement was revealed.


Wordchecker
repel (verb): beat or drive back invaders
insurgents (noun): rebels; revolutionaries; fighters who attack a government
exile (noun): person living outside their native country, by choice or otherwise
overthrow (verb): take over; put another out of control
invasion (noun): the forceful entry into an area


Quick Quiz:

The insurgents who landed at the Bay of Pigs were supported by

  1. the US government
  2. the Cuban army
  3. the United Nations

It took just three days for

  1. the insurgents to defeat the Cuban forces
  2. the Cuban forces to defeat the insurgents
  3. the US forces to defeat the Cuban forces

Insurgents are people who fight

  1. for anyone who pays them
  2. to overthrow an established government
  3. to defend an established government

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