Seventy years ago, the U.S. military detonated two nuclear weapons on Bikini Atoll. The U.S. was still working through the aftereffects of World War II and recognized Russia as the next great threat. The most publicized "secret" tests ever included reporters and even a 26 minute "propaganda" film by the U.S. government (see first link below).
One blast was in mid-air and the other just under the surface of the water. Things did not go exactly as planned as one bomb missed its target and the other resulted in a spray of radioactive water that contaminated the target ships to the point inspectors could not get close enough to assess damage.
More than 20 blasts followed those over the next decade. One turned out to be much more powerful than expected and resulted in radioactive fallout contaminating the Marshall Islands. The people that lived in that area are dealing with the results of that test to this day.
There is so much to write about this part of history that is relevant today. From the tragedy of the island people that do not really have a home to the threat of radicalized organizations acquiring this technology. Your history teacher was right folks - it really is more than memorizing dates and names.
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Bikini Islanders Still Deal With Fallout of U.S. Nuclear Tests, 70 Years Later | US News
The U.S. government detonated the first of many atomic bomb tests in the Marshall Islands in 1946.
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