Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was created by the U.S. government during World War II to aid in the construction of the first atomic bomb. Construction personnel swelled the wartime population of Oak Ridge to as much as 70,000. That dramatic population increase, and the secret nature of the project, meant chronic shortages of housing and supplies during the war years.
Drawing on oral history and previously classified material, this book portrays the patterns of daily life in this unique setting.
The news of the use of the first atomic bomb against Japan on August 6, 1945, revealed to the people at Oak Ridge what they had been working on.
The Atomic Bomb...
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- 25 Jan 39: Uranium atom split for the first time
- 02 Aug 39: Szilárd, Einstein alert FDR of Nazi research
- 02 Dec 42: Fermi conducts nuclear chain reaction test
- 01 Feb 43: Ground broken at Oak Ridge TN for processing plant
- 03 Mar 44: B-29 drops dummy atomic bomb in California
- 16 Jul 45: First atomic bomb detonated in New Mexico
- 06 Aug 45: B-29 ENOLA GAY drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima
- 09 Aug 45: B-29 BOXCAR drops atomic bomb on Nagasaki
- 21 Aug 45: Manhattan Project accident; will kill a physicist
- 01 Jul 46: Test ABLE detonates atomic bomb in the air
- 25 Jul 46: Test BAKER detonates atomic bomb under the sea
- 14 Jul 49: Soviet Union detonates an atomic bomb
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