TODAY IN HISTORY
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.
Martin Luther went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings.
The Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the Union.