On this day: November 29

POSTED: 10:22 PM PST Nov 28, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 28, 2015 

Edison shows off his phonograph, atom bomb testing heads underground, a chimpanzee orbits the Earth, the Pong craze begins, and the world loses another Beatle, all on this day.

OTD November 29 - Operation Buster-Jangle
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National Nuclear Security Administration

1951: The first U.S. underground atom bomb test is detonated at Frenchman Flat, a 123-square-mile dry lake bed at the Nevada Test Site. The 1.2 kiloton explosion, codenamed "Uncle" as the last of a series of seven tests termed Operation Buster-Jangle, took place 17 feet underground and left behind a hole 53-feet deep and 260-feet wide.


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