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July 16, 2020

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‘The Gadget’ – The atomic age began 75 years ago today

On this date 75 years ago, the world’s first atomic weapon was detonated in a test in New Mexico. The intent was to prove that the bomb – the product of an $1.89 trillion project – would work. Three weeks later, two atomic bombs would be dropped on Japan, at great cost of civilian lives but ending World War II without a potentially even more costly invasion of that country.

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