31st January
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1950 President Truman Announces Development of the H-Bomb

Only five months earlier, the Soviet Union had test detonated their first nuclear bomb, and, soon after that, British and U.S. intelligence came to believe that a top-ranking scientist in the U.S. nuclear program was actually a spy for the Soviet Union.

The USA successfully detonated "Mike", the world's first hydrogen bomb, on the Elugelab Atoll in the Pacific Marshall Islands on November 1st, 1952.

The 10.4-megaton thermonuclear bomb instantly vaporized an entire island, leaving behind a crater over a mile wide. The explosion created a mushroom cloud that, within 90 seconds, was 57,000 feet high. It would eventually stabilize at 120,000 feet high. Half an hour later it stretched 60 miles across.

On November 22, 1955, the Soviet Union detonated its first hydrogen bomb.

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1981 Justin Timberlake
1971 Minnie Driver
1944 Charlie Musselwhite
1937 Suzanne Pleshette
1923 Norman Mailer
1921 Mario Lanza

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1958 The United States Army launches Explorer 1 (the US's first satellite) into Earth's orbit to study cosmic rays.
1990 McDonald's opens its first restaurant in Moscow, Russia. 30,000 customers are served on the first day.

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