Nuclear America: Military and Civilian Nuclear Power in the United States, 1940-1980

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Chronology
1895 Wilhelm Roentgen discovers X-ray radiation.
1932 James Chadwick discovers the neutron.
1938 Otto Hahn and others achieve atomic fission.
October 1939 Albert Einstein and others persuade FDR to
support research on an atomic bomb.
December 1941 FDR approves the Manhattan Project.
December 1942 Enrico Fermi and others achieve controlled
and sustained chain reaction.
July 1945 First atomic bomb detonated at Alamogordo,
New Mexico.
August 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki are destroyed by
atomic bombs.
June 1946 U.S.A. proposes Baruch Plan for international
control of nuclear weapons; U.S.S.R. rejects it.
July 1946 First Atomic Energy Act enacted.
August 1949 U.S.S.R. detonates its first fission bomb.
January 1950 President Truman approves development of
the hydrogen bomb.
May 1950 NSC-68 outlines plan for massive U.S. rearma-
ment and military spending.
January 1951 AEC begins weapons testing at Nevada test
site.
December 1951 First experimental production of electricity
from a nuclear reactor.
November 1952 U.S.A. detonates its first hydrogen bomb, fol-
lowed by U.S.S.R. in 1953.
December 1953 President Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace ad-
dress.
January 1954 John Foster Dulles announces a new strategic
policy, massive retaliation.
June 1954 AEC affirms denial of security clearance to
J. Robert Oppenheimer.
August 1954 Second Atomic Energy Act enacted.
September 1957 Congress enacts the Price-Anderson Act, in-
demnifying the nuclear power industry in the
event of nuclear accidents.

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