Jim Kershner’s This Day in History
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From our files, 50 years ago
Fairchild Air Force Base officials provided an update on the area’s Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile bases – all nine of them.
Construction was 95 percent complete on the Reardan, Davenport and Deer Park launch sites. Construction was a little more than half complete on the Sprague, Rockford, Newman Lake, Egypt (in Lincoln County), Wilbur and Lamona sites.
Work on various other facilities, including a liquid oxygen plant at Fairchild, the area field office for the project, was about one-third complete. These missiles were capable of sending a nuclear warhead 6,000 to 8,000 miles on liquid oxygen fuel.
This was the one-year anniversary of the project.
From the irony file: In a separate story, Spokane’s civil defense director urged everyone to build family fallout shelters in their backyards.
He said fallout shelters could reduce nuclear war casualties from 27 percent to 3 percent.
In the meantime, he said, you can use them as spare bedrooms.
Also on this date
1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s influential novel about slavery, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” was published in the United States.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.