Miami Beach, Florida (JFK+50) 53 years ago today, April 16, 1961, a force of 1400 anti-Castro Cubans sailed aboard five freighters toward the southern coast of Cuba.
Their destination was the Baja de Cochinos or the Bay of Pigs.
The invasion to overthrow the communist dictator Fidel Castro, which had been planned during the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, was approved by President John F. Kennedy who took office on January 20, 1961.
The operation was under the direction of the United States Central Intelligence Agency.
When special assistant Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. asked President Kennedy what he thought about the operation, JFK responded...
"I think about it as little as possible."
JFK Gets Update on Invasion of Cuba
MLK WRITES LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL
Birmingham, Alabama (JFK+50) 51 years ago today, April 16, 1963, Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was arrested for violating a court-ordered ban on demonstrations here in Birmingham, wrote a letter to ministers who argued that the fight against segregation should take place "in the courts".
In the longest letter he had ever written, King wrote...
"We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God given rights.
The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jet like speed toward gaining political independence but we still creep at a horse and buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter."
In response to the criticism that he was encouraging breaking the law in the movement for civil rights, Dr. King added...
"One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that an unjust law is no law at all."
King Arrested in Birmingham