Highlights This Weekend on American History TV April 17-19, 2021
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Bay of Pigs 60th Anniversary
April 17-19, 2021
Sixty years ago, on April 17, 1961, a force of more than 1,400 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched an invasion at the Bay of Pigs on the southern coast of Cuba. Called Brigade 2506, their goal was the overthrow of communist leader Fidel Castro, who had taken power only two years earlier in the Cuban Revolution. The invasion disintegrated in a matter of days, with 118 killed and more than 1,100 captured. The fiasco cast a pall over President John F. Kennedy's three-month-old administration and set the stage the following year for the nuclear showdown with the Soviet Union known as the Cuban Missile Crisis.
LIVE Saturday 9am ET (Re-Airs Saturday 8pm ET)
American History TV and Washington Journal look back at the failed invasion and its consequences. Joining us is former CIA historian Nicholas Dujmovic, who will take viewer calls and tweets. Mr. Dujmovic now heads Catholic University's Intelligence Studies Program.
Saturday 10pm & Sunday 4pm ET
Reel America: Four Films on U.S. - Cuba Relations
"Cuba, Bay of Pigs" is an Encyclopaedia Britannica edited classroom version of a 1961 NBC report. The documentary traces the diplomatic split between the U.S. and Cuba, describes exile groups opposed to Fidel Castro's government, the CIA's role in helping to train, equip, and organize an invasion force - and President Kennedy's decision not to deploy the U.S. military when the plan faltered.
In this April, 1961 speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, President Kennedy outlines his policy towards Cuba and Fidel Castro in the aftermath of the failed operation.
A compilation of Universal Newsreels from January 1959 to April 1961, covering the Cuban Revolution to the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs invasion.
"Cuba: The Battle of America" is a 1960 broadcast exploring the causes of the Cuban Revolution and is hosted by educational television pioneer Albert Burke.
Oral Histories: The Vietnam War
We continue to feature oral history interviews conducted by the Atlanta History Center's Kenan Research Center for the Veterans History Project.
Saturday 2pm ET - Donna Curtis Rowe served as a U.S. Army nurse during the Vietnam War. She describes her training, experiences, and interactions with the Vietnamese people.
Sunday 2pm ET - Joseph Galloway was a journalist for United Press International during the Vietnam War. In 1998, he received the Bronze Star with "V" for valor -- the only American civilian to be awarded the medal during the Vietnam War.