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?
- Related Investigation Rebel Whiskey Flask Is this flask a relic from the historic "Whiskey Rebellion" of 1794?
- Related Investigation WPA Mural Studies Are these unusual paintings part of the biggest job creation program in America's history?
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- Also with Gwen Wright Moon Museum Was work by major artists, including Andy Warhol, smuggled to the moon?
- Also in Season 7 WWII Diary Does this diary hold the key to understanding the fate of a missing bomber pilot from World War II?
- Also in Season 7 Japanese Balloon Bomb Is this scrap of fabric evidence of a secret wartime attack on the United States' mainland?
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