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

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."

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