National Atomic Veterans Day, July 16, 2017

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Between 1945 and 1963, the United States conducted 235 atmospheric nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific Ocean and the Southwestern U.S. In appreciation of the approximately 250,000 American service men and women who witnessed and participated in these tests, Congress designated July 16, 1983 as “National Atomic Veterans Day.”

Read the full text of the bill H. RES. 377.

(Image: Beth Flippen Scheel Collection, Hoover Institution. )

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