On this day: November 6

POSTED: 03:33 PM PST Nov 05, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Nov 05, 2013 

Abraham Lincoln is elected president, New Jersey hosts the first intercollegiate football game, Phil Donahue premieres his TV talk show, and the punk band the Sex Pistols make their debut, all on this day.

OTD November 6 - Cannikin
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United States Department of Energy

1971: The United States Atomic Energy Commission tests the largest U.S. underground hydrogen bomb, code-named Cannikin, on Amchitka Island in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska. The ground lifted 20 feet, caused by an explosive force almost 400 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb. Here, the warhead used in the test is seen being lowered into the test shaft.

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