Margaret Bourke-White, Photographer of 20th Century History
Margaret Bourke-White was a war correspondent and career photographer whose images represent major events in the 20th century.
Nuclear bomb craters at Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nevada. “Sedan” crater, in foreground
Nuclear bomb craters at Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nevada. “Sedan” crater, in foreground. U.S. Department of Energy photograph. The Sedan experiment was part of the Plowshare program for peaceful uses of nuclear bombs, testing the efficacy of nukes for excavation projects such as building a new canal to replace the Panama canal. 27 Plowshare experiments were conducted under the guise of peaceful applications, but the program was begun to circumvent the Partial Test Ban Treaty
View of the atomic bomb, codenamed 'Little Boy,' as it sits on...
View of the atomic bomb, codenamed 'Little Boy,' as it sits on trailer cradle in a bomb pit on the North Field of Tinian airbase, North Marianas Islands, early August, 1945. The bomb was loaded onto...
Nuclear Blasts Show Terrifying Power
credit Courtesy National Nuclear Security Administration/Nevada Site OfficeIt was 63 years ago today that the United States detonated the very first atomic bomb. Three weeks later, the only two A-bombs dropped in warfare destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Many nuclear — and thermonuclear — bombs have been tested since. Here are some images. Left: Operation […]
Japan Surrenders and World War II Ends: June 1945-September 1945
This World War II timeline covers events from June to September 1945. In order to force Japan to surrender, President Truman gave the command to drop two atomic bombs on Japanese cities. Follow the events that led to Japan's surrender and the end of World War II.
"The house shuddered, oak bone on bone, its bared skeleton cringing from the heat, it's wire, its nerves revealed as if a surgeon had torn the skin off to let the red veins and capillaries quiver in the scalded air. Help, help! Fire! Run, run! Heat snapped mirrors like the first brittle winter ice. And the voices wailed. Fire, fire, run, run, like a tragic nursery rhyme, a dozen voices, high, low, like children dying in a forest, alone, alone"
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Enola Gay (on display at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum), it detonated at an altitude of 1,800 feet over Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. The result of the Manhattan Project, begun in June 1942, "Little Boy" was a gun-type weapon, which detonated by firing one mass of uranium down a cylinder into another mass to create a self-sustaining nuclear reaction.