mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)
mabfan

This Day in History, 1942: Atomic Pile

Sixty-three years ago today, Enrico Fermi created the first artificial nuclear chain reaction in his laboratory beneath the football stadium at the University of Chicago. The experiment was the precursor to the eventual construction of the atomic bomb. Upon succesful completion of the experiment, a coded message was transmitted to President Roosevelt: "The Italian navigator has landed in the new world."

From This Day in History
Tags: history, science
Subscribe

  • Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

    The summer of 1989 was a strange one for me. I had spent a little less than half the summer hanging around my childhood home in New York City and…

  • Joel David Burstein (December 11, 1929 - November 2, 1990)

    Twenty-six years ago today, my father died. It feels odd acknowledging this anniversary today, because time has worn away at the emotional pain and…

  • Yom Kippur Thoughts 5777

    Yom Kippur begins tonight, and I haven't really had the time since Rosh Hashanah to contemplate what that should mean for me spiritually. What…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for friends only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 5 comments