JFK and the Bay of Pigs
The first 100 days of the John F. Kennedy presidency saw more than just one world changing event take place. Just 87 days into his presidency, with the advice of the U.S. State Department and the CIA, Kennedy approved the ill-fated invasion of Cuba which would become known as the ‘Bay of Pigs’.
After the young Cuban nationalist named Fidel Castro overthrew the American backed president General Fulgencio Batista on January 1, 1959, American officials became increasingly more nervous about having a communist state about 100 miles from the United States. For the next two years, both the U.S. State Department and the CIA had plotted to have Castro removed.