Posted by: ctbtonewsroom | July 24, 2011

Infamous Anniversaries: ‘Baker’, world’s first underwater nuclear test

65 years ago, on 25 July 1946, the United States conducted the first-ever underwater nuclear explosion. Test Baker, detonated at the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, was the fifth of over 2,000 nuclear explosions conducted to date. This test followed Test Able on 1 July 1946 and had the same objective: to assess the effect of a nuclear explosion on a fleet of ships and on animals. Most of the test animals died.

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