On this day…in 1964

On this day, Stanley Kubrick released his black comic masterpiece, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb opens in theaters to both critical and popular acclaim. The movie’s popularity was evidence of changing attitudes toward atomic weapons and the concept of nuclear deterrence. The movie focused on the actions … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1951

Forcefully marking the continued importance of the West in the development of nuclear weaponry, the government detonates the first of a series of nuclear bombs at its new Nevada test site. Although much of the West had long lagged behind the rest of the nation in technological and industrial development, the massive World War II … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1952

The United States detonates the world’s first thermonuclear weapon, the hydrogen bomb, on Eniwetok atoll in the Pacific. The test gave the United States a short-lived advantage in the nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union. Following the successful Soviet detonation of an atomic device in September 1949, the United States accelerated its program to … [Read the full story]

Idiot official puts more stress on Korean tension

A South Korean official ramped up tensions with the North when he suggested crackpot Kim Jong-un was preparing a fresh nuclear test. Fears grew that the rogue state was about to carry out a test on Wednesday…the same day it had warned it could not guarantee the safety of foreign diplomats in the country. The … [Read the full story]