Category Archives: Nuke

On This Day — US Detonates First Nuclear Weapon (July 16 1945) [UPDATE : Olympics chief accused of insulting Hiroshima survivors]

“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that … Continue reading

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Four Years Ago — The True Story of Dr A. Q. Khan’s Nuclear Black Market [UPDATE — Five decades later, Dutch Authority absolves whistleblower.]

“There have been only two kinds of CIA secret operations: the ones that are widely known to have failed—usually because of almost unbelievably crude errors—and the ones that are not yet widely known to have failed.” Edward Luttwak May 3 … Continue reading

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Top US Nuclear Commander: “I wouldn’t carry out illegal nuclear strike order from Trump” [UPDATE : Will TRUMP Nuke Iran?]

“I think some people think we’re stupid. We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?” Air Force General John Hyten — Commander of the US … Continue reading

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5 Years Ago — North Korea Tests H Bomb in “Self-Defence Against US” (January 6 2016)

“It is just to have H-bomb as self-defence against the US having numerous and humongous nuclear weapons. The DPRK’s fate must not be protected by any forces but DPRK itself.” North Korean State Television Broadcast (Jan. 6 2016) January 6 … Continue reading

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NUKLUEDO — Can you solve this 1953 Nuclear Mystery?

“We want to know every step he [US physicist John Archibald Wheeler] had taken, persons with whom he had talked, whether he had gone home after receiving the document, how he had gone to the train, whether he had called … Continue reading

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On This Day — Able Archer 1983 : The Brink of Apocalypse (November 7-11, 1983) [2020]

“Information about the peculiar and remarkably skewed frame of mind of the Soviet leaders during those times that has emerged since the collapse of the Soviet Union makes me think there is a good chance—with all of the other events … Continue reading

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On This Day — US Detonates First Thermonuclear Weapon (November 1, 1952) [2020]

“The island of Elugelab is missing.” Gordon Dean — Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission summarizing the events to President Eisenhower   November 1 2020 — On November 1 1952, the United States detonated  the first full-scale thermonuclear device on the … Continue reading

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On This day — Einstein Letter to Franklin Roosevelt (October 11 1939) [Manhattan Project]

“I made one great mistake in my life — when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made but there was some justification — the danger that the Germans would make them.” Albert Einstein   … Continue reading

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On This Day — The VELA Incident (September 22 1979)

“There was indication of a nuclear explosion in the region of South Africa—either South Africa, Israel using a ship at sea, or nothing.” President Jimmy Carter — White House Diary (September 22 1979) [1] “Shortly before sunrise on Sept. 22, … Continue reading

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On This Day — France Becomes 5th Thermo-Nuclear Power [Canopus Test] (August 24 1968) [2020]

“I returned to civilization shortly after that and went to Cornell to teach, and my first impression was a very strange one. (…) I sat in a restaurant in New York, for example, and I looked out at the buildings and … Continue reading

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