The History of July 16th.

A Moon Walk and Atomic Detonation
by Chip Wood from

Two of the most important events of the 20th Century took place on July 16. The most recent happened in 1969, when Americans were transfixed at the sight—on live television!—of a man walking on the moon. The space program has changed our lives in many ways, from incredible technological breakthroughs to a fruit drink. You could not enjoy your high-definition TV or the convenience of your cell phone if it were not for the satellites the space program yielded.

The other event took place 24 years earlier. It was on July 16, 1945 that the first atomic bomb was detonated near Alamogordo, N.M. President Harry Truman was in Potsdam, East Germany, at the time. He was sent a telegram announcing the news which, when decoded, read: “Baby boy born Sunday. Eyes bright. Can hear him (from 50 miles) and see him (200 miles away).”

Which was the more momentous event? Which brought more benefits to mankind? The experts have been arguing about it ever since they happened.

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

– From Keith.

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