Category Archives: Nuke

On This Day — The VELA Incident (September 22 1979)

“There was indication of a nuclear explosion in the region of South Africa—either South Africa, Israel using a ship at sea, or nothing.” President Jimmy Carter — White House Diary (September 22 1979) [1] “Shortly before sunrise on Sept. 22, … Continue reading

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On This Day — France Becomes 5th Thermo-Nuclear Power [Canopus Test] (August 24 1968) [2020]

“I returned to civilization shortly after that and went to Cornell to teach, and my first impression was a very strange one. (…) I sat in a restaurant in New York, for example, and I looked out at the buildings and … Continue reading

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75 Years Ago — Remembering Hiroshima (August 6 1945)

“The use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender.” US Admiral William Leahy “I voiced to him my grave misgivings, … Continue reading

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Three Years Ago — The True Story of Dr A. Q. Khan’s Nuclear Black Market [UPDADE — New Series : The Man Who Stole The Bomb]

“Our accomplishments generally remain classified, but a few special ones are known to the world.” CIA Director Mike Pompeo (April 13 2017) “I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It’s – it was like – we … Continue reading

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75 Years Ago — US Detonates First Nuclear Weapon (July 16 1945)

“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that … Continue reading

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Three Years Ago — The True Story of Dr A. Q. Khan’s Nuclear Black Market

“Our accomplishments generally remain classified, but a few special ones are known to the world.” CIA Director Mike Pompeo (April 13 2017) “I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It’s – it was like – we … Continue reading

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On This Day — North Korea Tests H Bomb in “Self-Defence Against US” (January 6 2016) [2020]

“It is just to have H-bomb as self-defence against the US having numerous and humongous nuclear weapons. The DPRK’s fate must not be protected by any forces but DPRK itself.” North Korean State Television Broadcast (January 6 2016) On January … Continue reading

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On This Day — Able Archer 1983 : The Brink of Apocalypse (November 7-11, 1983) [2019]

“Information about the peculiar and remarkably skewed frame of mind of the Soviet leaders during those times that has emerged since the collapse of the Soviet Union makes me think there is a good chance—with all of the other events … Continue reading

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On This Day — US Detonates First Thermonuclear Weapon (November 1, 1952) [2019]

“It’s a boy.” Telegram from Ed Teller to Dr. Elizabeth “Diz” Graves “The island of Elugelab is missing.” Gordon Dean — Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission summarizing the events to President Eisenhower “I made one great mistake in my … Continue reading

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80 Years Ago — Einstein Letter to Franklin Roosevelt (October 11 1939) [Manhattan Project]

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” “The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…the solution to this problem … Continue reading

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