Living With The Bomb

‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ -Quoted from the Bhagavad Gita by J. Robert Oppenheimer, considered the father of the atomic bomb, when reflecting upon the first nuclear test in 1945.

Living With The Bomb is a timeline exploring nuclear proliferation, nuclear disarmament, and peoples movements for the abolition of nuclear weapons.;xNLx;;xNLx;This project is currently under construction.

1945-07-16 05:29:45

The Trinity Test

The Beginning of the Atomic Age.

1945-08-06 08:15:00

Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima

Roughly 70,000–80,000 people were killed instantly by the blast and resultant firestorm. Another 70,000 were injured.

1945-08-09 11:01:00

Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki

Immediate deaths range from 40,000 to 75,000. Total deaths by the end of 1945 may have reached 80,000.

1946-07-01 00:00:00

Operation Crossroads

United States nuclear weapons tests conducted in the Bikini Atoll.

1949-08-29 00:00:00


The Soviet Union's first nuclear weapons test.

1951-01-27 00:00:00

Operation Ranger

Tests centered on the practicality of developing a second generation of nuclear weapons using smaller amounts of valuable nuclear materials.

1951-04-08 00:00:00

Operation Greenhouse

The first to test principles that would lead to developing thermonuclear weapons (hydrogen bombs).

1951-10-22 00:00:00

Operation Buster-Jangle

Buster-Jangle was the first joint test program between the DOD and Los Alamos National Laboratories. 6,500 troops were involved in the Desert Rock I, II, and III exercises in conjunction with the tests.

1952-04-01 00:00:00

Operation Tumbler-Snapper

1952-10-05 00:00:00

Operation Hurricane

The first British atomic weapons test on October 3,1952.

1952-11-01 00:00:00

Operation Ivy

Operation Ivy was the eighth series of American nuclear weapons tests.

1953-03-17 00:00:00

Operation Upshot-Knothole

Operation Upshot-Knothole was a series of eleven U.S. nuclear test shots conducted in 1953 at the Nevada Test Site.

1953-08-12 00:00:00


The first Soviet test of a thermonuclear weapon on August 12, 1953.

1954-03-01 00:00:00

Operation Castle

Castle Bravo was the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the United States, and the most significant accidental radiological contamination ever caused by the United States.

1954-11-03 00:00:00


The radioactive monster!

1955-08-06 00:00:00

World Conference Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs

Opened in Hiroshima on August 6, 1955.

1955-09-19 00:00:00

Japan Gensuikyo

Japan Council Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs

1955-11-22 00:00:00


The Soviet Union's first hydrogen bomb.

1957-05-15 00:00:00

Operation Grapple

Operation Grapple was the name of a series of British hydrogen bomb tests from May of 1957 through September of 1958.

1957-11-15 00:00:00

The National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy New York Times Ad

We are facing a danger unlike any danger that has ever existed.

1958-02-17 00:00:00

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Inaugural Public Meeting

The first public meeting of the CND.

1960-02-13 00:00:00

Gerboise Bleue

Gerboise Bleue was the name of the first French nuclear test.

1960-05-19 00:00:00

The Committee for a SANE Nuclear Policy NYC Rally

20,000 rally in Madison Square Garden to the arms race.

1961-10-30 00:00:00

Tsar Bomba

The most powerful artificial explosion in human history.

1961-11-01 00:00:00

Women Strike for Peace

The largest national women's peace protest in the 20th century.

1962-10-14 00:00:00

Cuban Missile Crisis

A 13-day confrontation in which the world came closest to a nuclear war.

1963-10-10 00:00:00

Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and Under Water

1964-01-29 00:00:00

Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

1964-09-07 00:00:00

Lyndon B. Johnson's "Daisy Girl" political ad

One of the most controversial political advertisements ever made.

1964-10-07 00:00:00

Fail Safe

"Fail Safe Will Have You Sitting On The Brink Of Eternity!"

1964-10-16 00:00:00


China's first nuclear weapons test.

1967-02-14 00:00:00


The Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean.

1967-06-17 00:00:00

Test No. 6

China's first test of a three-staged thermonuclear device.

1968-08-24 00:00:00


Canopus was the code name for France's first two-stage thermonuclear test.

1970-03-05 00:00:00

Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Entered into force: 5 March 1970.

1972-05-18 00:00:00

Treaty on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Sea-Bed and the Ocean Floor and in the Subsoil Thereof

Entered into force: 18 May 1972

1974-05-18 00:00:00

Smiling Buddha

Smiling Buddha was an assigned codename of the first nuclear weapon explosion by India on May 18,1974.

1976-01-01 00:00:00

Bruce Conner - Crossroads

1976, no release date.

1979-12-12 00:00:00

The Euromissiles Crisis

The modernization of the arms race, and renewed popular resistance to the bomb.

1980-04-28 00:00:00

European Nuclear Disarmament (END)

1980-09-09 00:00:00

Plowshares Eight Action

The first action that began the Plowshares movement of international anti-nuclear civil disobedience.

1981-03-20 00:00:00

First Conference of the Nuclear Freeze Campaign

"The Call to Halt the Nuclear Arms Race."

1981-03-26 00:00:00

Food Not Bombs First Action

The first Food Not Bombs “Soup Line”.

1982-04-18 00:00:00

Ground Zero Week

Non-partisan community based education, discussions, and events on the issue of nuclear war.

1982-06-12 00:00:00

The March for Disarmament

The largest political demonstration in American history.

1982-06-19 00:00:00

Hans Haacke in Documenta 7

"Reagan get lost - Neither NATO nor Warsaw."

1982-10-14 00:00:00

Litton Industries Bombing

Bombing of Litton Industries, a company producing guidance components for the controversial American cruise missiles.

1983-05-07 00:00:00

War Games

1983-06-20 00:00:00

International Day of Nuclear Disarmament

1983-11-20 00:00:00

The Day After (television film)

How Will It Affect Children? (From the cover of Newsweek, November 21, 1983)

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