SOVIETS EXPLODE NUCLEAR DIVICE IN 1949

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In a surprisingly low-key and carefully worded statement, President
Harry S. Truman (above) informed the American people that the
Soviets exploded a nuclear bomb. The Soviet accomplishment,
years ahead of what was thought possible by most U.S. officials,
caused a panic in the American government. 

The United States developed the atomic bomb during the latter
stages of
World War II and dropped two bombs on Japan in August
1945.


 

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PLANET DISCOVERED ON THIS DAY IN 1846

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German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the
planet Neptune at the Berlin Observatory.

Neptune, generally the eighth planet from the sun, was
postulated by the French astronomer Urbain-Jean-Joseph
Le Verrier, who calculated the approximate location of the
planet by studying gravity-induced disturbances in the
motions of Uranus. On September 23, 1846, Le Verrier
informed Galle of his findings, and the same night Galle
and his assistant Heinrich Louis d’Arrest identified
Neptune at their observatory in Berlin. Noting its movement
relative to background stars over 24 hours confirmed that it
was a planet.

The blue gas giant, which has a diameter four times that of
Earth, was named for the Roman god of the sea. It has eight
known moons, of which Triton is the largest, and a ring
system containing three bright and two dim rings. It completes
an orbit of the sun once every 165 years. In 1989, the U.S.
planetary spacecraft Voyager 2 was the first human
spacecraft to visit Neptune.

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1838 painting of the New Berlin Observatory.

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Johann Gottfried Galle
(June 9, 1812 – July 10, 1910)

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THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION ISSUED

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On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a
preliminary
Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for
the freedom of more than 3 million enslaved in the United
States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.

 

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AN ACT OF TREASON ON THIS DAY IN 1780

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On September 21, 1780, during the American Revolution, American
General
Benedict Arnold met with British Major John Andre to discuss
handing over West Point to the British, in return for the promise of
a large sum of money and a high position in the British army. The
plot was foiled and Arnold, a former American hero, became
synonymous with the word “traitor.”

Arnold was born into a respected family in Norwich, Connecticut,
on January 14, 1741.
 He died in London June 13, 1801 at age 60. He
had been in poor health for several months.

 

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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Actress Sophia Loren (Sofia Villani Scicolone)
is 87years young today.

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