TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

April 17, 1961

Some 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban ex­iles launched the dis­as­trous Bay of Pigs in­va­sion of Cuba in an at­tempt to top­ple Fidel Cas­tro, whose forces crushed the in­cur­sion by the third day.

ALSO ON THIS DATE 1492

A con­tract was signed by Christo­pher Colum­bus and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Spain’s King Fer­di­nand and Queen Is­abella, giv­ing Colum­bus a com­mis­sion to seek a west­ward ocean pas­sage to Asia.

1521

Mar­tin Luther went be­fore the Diet of Worms to face charges stem­ming from his re­li­gious writ­ings.

1861

The Vir­ginia State Con­ven­tion voted to se­cede from the Union.

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