Today in History: Truman announces the H-Bomb

BY MATTHEW COLLINS - JANUARY 7, 2015

On the 7th of January 1953, in his final state of the union address as president, United States president, Harry Truman, announced that the country had developed a hydrogen bomb – a bomb more powerful than the atomic bombs which reduced the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to rubble in the final days of the Second World War’s Pacific Theatre.

The bomb’s development was a reaction by the United States towards the Soviet Union, which had successfully detonated its first atomic bomb  in 1949. Following this, Truman announced in late January of 1950 that the Atomic Energy Commission would work towards constructing the “super-bomb”.   

On November 1st, 1952, the United States successfully tested their first hydrogen bomb, named “Ivy Mike”, in the Marshall Islands.

 

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