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Over Seventy Years Ago, The United States Conducted the First Ever Nuclear Weapons Test

On July 16, 1945, the United States performed the first ever test of a nuclear bomb at the Manhattan Project laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico — the facility in which Little Boy and Fat Man, the designs for the first two nuclear weapons ever to be used in warfare, were developed by leading government scientists.

The Manhattan Project’s first test proved to be successful, and the United States went on to drop bombs on Japanese metropolises Hiroshima and Nagasaki — the first and only two populated cities to be targeted with nuclear weapons — which resulted in the end of World War II, and the beginning of the nearly fifty-year Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Take a tour of the Los Alamos National Lab, and learn more about the Manhattan Project and the origins of nuclear weaponry in the video below.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.