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JULY 16, 1945

by Mac McMullen / July 15, 2005 9:42 AM PDT

JULY 16, 1945

Does the date mean anything to you ? That's the date that
the first atomic bomb was exploded. At a place now called
Trinity Site, about 50 miles from our house. Trinity Site is
opened to the public a couple times of the year.

Today the local paper ran a copy of the paper on that date.
It is interesting that the public was left to believe that the bright
light they saw, and the loud boom they heard, and the shaking
they felt, at 0530 in the morning, was the result of an explosion
in an ammo bunker at the Army Air Base (now Holloman AFB),
or from something at the bombing range north of here.

Windows were rattled as far as 250 miles away.

It was only after the bombing of Japan in August that the public
was told the whole story.

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Thanks
by MKay / July 15, 2005 10:55 PM PDT
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Wow! sixty years ago and it hardly seems that long ago ....lately, I can remember those days very clearly and I'm hard pressed to remember yesterdays itinerary.

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(NT) (NT) I know what you mean Mary Kay...;-))
by John Robie / July 16, 2005 8:20 AM PDT
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Interesting Mac, Thanks - question
by MarciaB / July 15, 2005 11:43 PM PDT
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Was curious about something regarding that site and others that came later. I ASSume there must be little to no radiation remaining or they wouldn't let visitors in?

I would have guessed that those areas would have been declared off-limits for several generations. Well, now that I think about it, there continue to be people living in the areas of Japan that were bombed. (duh!:)) Once again, I ASSume there are no new cases of radiation sickness, and have not been for many, many years.

Interesting.

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The museum in Alamogordo...
by Angeline Booher / July 16, 2005 12:12 AM PDT
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.... has interesting displays and stories of the site.

I recall still the special edition of my hometown newspaper that had a color (not common back then) photo on the cover of the mushroom cloud.

Angeline
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There is a single (only) color photo
by Mac McMullen / July 16, 2005 1:39 AM PDT

I have a copy of the only color photo of that day,
but I haven't figgered out how to post images on
this forum. Asked Rod, but he hasn't responded yet.

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you can't post an image as such
by jonah jones / July 16, 2005 2:01 AM PDT
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Images or links to images
by Mac McMullen / July 16, 2005 4:39 AM PDT

Hi Jonah,

That's what I had in mind - putting the image up on the
server avalable to me with my ISP, and link it in
a "text link" here in the forum.

It seems every forum has it's own protocol in the use of
HTML, and the HTML tag used for signatures on this forum
don't seem to work within the message template.

I've gone to Rod with this question, and no response so far.

-Del

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HTML for cnet
by jonah jones / July 16, 2005 4:46 AM PDT
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and also
by jonah jones / July 16, 2005 4:49 AM PDT
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My APOLOGIES....
by Mac McMullen / July 16, 2005 5:15 AM PDT

To Angeline and Jonah, et al.......

I strayed from home range and was (mentally) in another
forum with my responses. I have linked before in CNet
using their hybrid HTML.

Here is a picture of the first A Bomb just before it was
hoisted to the top of a hundred foot tower for testing.

And here is the only color picture taken of that first
atomic explosion.

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Not needed !
by Angeline Booher / July 16, 2005 5:29 AM PDT
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Your post brought back memories, not only of visits to your part of the world, but also of my younger days, and the closing days of WWII.

Thanks for the photos!

Angeline
Angeline
Speakeasy Moderator
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semods4@yahoo.com

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Also at the National Atomic Museum
by John Robie / July 16, 2005 8:18 AM PDT
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Museum in Los Alamos NM
by drpruner / July 18, 2005 4:52 AM PDT

has models of the bombs and other things.
Matthew Broderick produced a little-seen movie called Infinity, from a Richard Feynmann autobiography, which has a re-creation of the Trinity test. I recommend it to history/science junkies.

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A Bomb Pix
by Earthquake McGoon / July 16, 2005 5:48 AM PDT
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Mac,
Thanks for the pix! They are rare ones. I was 4yo when
this happened.

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(NT) (NT) I was -7 years old ...
by Dragon / July 19, 2005 4:23 AM PDT
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We didn't know anything on that date
by John Robie / July 16, 2005 8:12 AM PDT
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and found out about the A-Bomb when it exploded on August 6, 1945 over Hiroshima. I was 13 yrs old then and it was on every radio station and front page newspaper for days. At school, everyone would gather at the Coach, Janitor, or Principal's office to hear the constant news about it, then another bomb hit Nagasaki 3 days later.....

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