History Detectives peers inside a black box that may shed light on some of the darkest days of the Cold War. The US atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 raised the stakes of modern warfare.
Almost immediately after World War Two, America’s former ally, the U.S.S.R., became her Cold War archenemy. The Soviet Union’s surprise testing of its own atomic bomb in 1949 helped trigger a nuclear arms race, with each side pursuing ever more costly and deadly technologies.
More than sixty years after the start of the Cold War, Wayne Gilbert, of Westminster, Colorado, has stumbled across an interesting discovery. Was this device invented to help Americans believe they could survive a soviet nuclear attack?
- Also with Gwen Wright Continental Currency Could this $6 bill represent America’s first declaration of its independence?
- Related Investigation Cromwell Dixon Plane Fragment What could this faded scrap of fabric tell us about the first pilot to conquer the Continental Divide?
- Also in Post War: 1945-1960 Charlie Parker's Saxophone Could this be jazz legend Charlie "Bird" Parker's saxophone?
- Also with Gwen Wright Calhoun Books Are these the books of the famed intellectual architect of the Confederacy?
- Also with Gwen Wright Universal Friends What can this 200-year-old document reveal about the first American-born woman to lead a religious movement?
- Related Investigation Jefferson Pledge Did the transformation of the nation's public education system begin with this $200 pledge?
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