Countdown at Crossroads – 26 July 1946, NBC Radio broadcasts live 24 hours after Test Baker

Bikini Lagoon, 26 July 1946 – The enormous cloud of water from the Baker blast dispersed in a spray which covered all the target ships in the Lagoon and the support ships positioned ten or more miles away, including the USS Fall River.  Hanson W. Baldwin, military affairs editor for The New York Times, observed Test Baker aboard…

Countdown at Crossroads – 25 July 1946, NBC Radio broadcasts live from Test Baker atomic bomb blast at Bikini

BIKINI LAGOON, BAKER DAY, 25 July 1946 — Millions of people around the world waited anxiously by their radios for the results of the second postwar atomic bomb test code-named Test Baker. At 0835 on 25 July by the Bikini calendar (24 July in New York), the Baker bomb was detonated underwater in the Bikini Lagoon and…

Countdown at Crossroads – 24 July 1946

  Bikini Atoll, 24 July 1946, Test Baker minus 1. The mood was tense as all personnel assembled at Bikini – military, scientists, media, political, and world leaders – were focused on getting ready for tomorrow’s Test Baker … the underwater explosion that was expected to be a bigger blast and cause more damage than the aerial explosion of Test Able. By day’s…