Once again the crusade against communism takes center stage! We really had it in for that Castro guy, plus Cuba was just another playground for rich Americans. And we wanted it back dammit! We didn't steal it away from Spain 60 years earlier just to have it taken from us! So, on this day in 1961 the CIA, along with the blessings of the JFK, tried to invade Cuba with an army of Cuban nationalist. What happened was one of the biggest disasters in US history. The "army" was slaughtered when promised air support was dropped at the last moment. Because of this failure, Fidel Castro was able to gain even more support in not only Cuba, but around the world. This event also lead directly to the missile crisis. How we didn't blow up the world is a freakin miracle.
Also, on this day in 1960, Eddie Cochran died in a car accident while on tour of the UK. Although he's just a blip on the rock and roll radar, he probably had a bright future ahead of him as most teen idols from the 50's and 60's were given more leeway than their modern counterparts.