Welcome to Pacific Electric Monograph's guide to significant dates in Pacific History.
July 16
In 1945, a plutonium-fueled atomic bomb was detonated at Alamagordo, N.M., 120 miles southwest of Albuquerque. The eye-searing explosion was equivalent to 15,000-20,000 tons of TNT and a fireball three times hotter than the sun's interior vaporized the steel tower holding the bomb. The flash was seen 180 miles away and the sound heard 100 miles away. The Army announced an ammo dump has exploded.
In 1957, Marine Major John Glenn set a transcontinental speed record when he flew a jet from California to New York in three hours, 23 minutes and eight seconds.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31

The Year at a Glance


Back to Pacific Electric Monograph. Send us your comments and additions.

These pages are always under construction. Links to other sites do not necessarily represent endorsement by Pacific Electric Monograph.
© 1998 Pacific Monograph