Brooklyn Today: April 17, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 108th day of the year. It is the anniversary of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, in which more than 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles invaded Castro’s Cuba with the goal of capturing the island. The CIA overestimated the amount of support for the invasion among Cubans and didn’t develop sufficient sources of intelligence. Compounding difficulties, the White House didn’t provide enough air support once the forces were on the ground.
Well-known people who were born today include singer Victoria Beckham, sportscaster and former football player Norman “Boomer” Esiason, feminist writer Cynthia Ozick and actor Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Stormy Monday, Patriot Games).

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The Brooklyn Hospital Center Community Advisory Board will hold its annual public meeting today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the hospital. The meeting’s agenda includes a keynote address from Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman, a report from Brooklyn Hospital Center President and CEO Richard Becker, and the election of officers. ... Tonight from 7 to 9 p.m., the powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., DUMBO, will host a book launch party for Eat With Your Hands by Zakary Pelaccio, founder of the Fatty Crab and Fatty 'Cue restaurants. The book is a collection of the inventive recipes that put his dishes on the culinary map.