October 25, 1996 |
Hoping to close the books on a dark episode in U.S. history, federal negotiators are nearing a financial settlement with families of 12 people who were unwitting subjects of radiation experiments during the earliest days of the Atomic Age. Relatives of the victims would get a combined total of $4.8 million a draft agreement with the Department of Energy.
July 24, 1996 |
U.S. Navy warships arrived in 1946 bearing heartbreaking orders for 6-year-old Tomaki Juda and the other 166 islanders on Bikini Atoll: They were going to have to live somewhere else. America had just designated their lush tropical paradise as ground zero for 23 atomic bomb blasts, including a devastating shot that would send a column of radioactive water a mile high on July 25, 1946.
July 17, 1995 |
On the 50th anniversary of the first atomic bomb test, a protester on Sunday threw brown liquid that he called "symbolic blood" at an obelisk marking Ground Zero, 50 years to the minute after the historic explosion. Trinity Site is normally open twice a year to the public in April and October, but visitors were permitted Sunday for the anniversary of the 1945 test. "This is [the] first time we've had protesters," said Jim Eckles, a spokesman for White Sands Missile Range.
August 5, 1993 |
The Pentagon has canceled the last underground nuclear test on the drawing board after nearly 1,000 U.S. tests dating back to the birth of the nuclear age half a century ago, an official said Wednesday. George Ullrich, deputy director of the Defense Nuclear Agency, which was in charge of the final test, said his agency decided to cancel it after President Clinton's decision last month to extend a U.S. nuclear test ban until at least September, 1994.
July 18, 1993 |
For generations, it was the Big Fear: The eye-searing fireball that might shatter any dream; anxiety shuddering unexpectedly through the most tranquil moments; the billowing threat of disease and death hanging gloomily over the happiest occasions. Photographer and author Carole Gallagher is among the millions of Americans who grew up haunted by atom-bomb Angst .
July 7, 1993 |
British protesters opposed to nuclear weapons tests broke into the grounds of Buckingham Palace in a dramatic appeal on behalf of American Indians who live near the U.S. underground test site in Nevada. Police said 15 women and two men were arrested after the morning incursion by the Women's Nuclear Test Ban Network. A statement from the group said that it welcomes President Clinton's extension of a nuclear testing moratorium but wants a permanent ban.