July 16, 1945 – Trinity test, world’s first atomic bomb

July 16, 2012

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Like this one on the explosive arrival of the Atomic Age:

 Atomic Age Begins

"Trinity" atomic device being positioned at White Sands, New Mexico - National Archives

Jumbo” atomic device being positioned
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Atomic Age Begins

On July 16, 1945 the United States tested a nuclear device, code named “Trinity”, for the first time in White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico.

Left: [“Jumbo” atomic device being positioned for “Trinity” test at Alamogordo, New Mexico.], 1945

Right: [“Trinity” explosion], 07/16/1945

Source: research.archives.gov

English: Rare color photograph of the first nu...

Rare color photograph of the first nuclear test at Trinity site, July 16, 1945. Blurriness is in the original photograph (done when color photography was still fairly new). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


On the Road with Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub – Scott, Kansas

July 16, 2012

Little towns in Kansas look like neutron bomb test sites.  Especially on a Saturday afternoon, there are no people.  Many of the buildings look as though they haven’t been occupied since Dwight Eisenhower was president.

But there’s a cafe in Scott, Kansas, about the intersection of U.S 40 and U.S. 83, that looks like a new business in an old building, the Road Kill Grill.  It’s motto:

“Road Kill Grill:  For diners with discerning tastes.”

You couldn’t make this stuff up.

(Of course, that establishment is not the only place on Earth with a similar idea.)


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