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The explosion of the first atomic bomb ever tested. This bomb was detonated as part of the Trinity Test.

The Manhattan Project was the name of the project led by the United States with support from Britain and Canada that led to the creation of the first nuclear weapons. The first two, Fat Man and Little Boy were used in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. However, no nuclear weapons have ever been used in combat since. 

History

The origins of the Manhattan Project began when physicists Leó Szilárd and Eugene Wigner wrote the Einstein–Szilárd letter and had it signed by famous phycist Albert Einstein; it was then sent it to Franklin D. Roosevelt. The letter contained a warning that German scientists were getting closer to purifying Uranium 235. Roosevelt, upon reading the letter, created the Manhattan Project. 

Preparation

The Test

On 16 July, 1945, the first atomic bomb was detonated near Alamogordo in New Mexico.

I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita... 'I am become death, the destroyer of worlds' - J. Robert Oppenheimer on the detonation of the first atomic bomb.
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Afterwards

Legacy

References

  1. Jay, Antony. The Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations - Second Edition. Oxford University Press. 2001. ISBN 0 19 863167 7. Page 274

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