Today in History: Nuclear Fission

Today in History–December 2–the Library of Congress features nuclear fission. On this day in 1942 Enrico Fermi oversaw the first controlled nuclear fission chain reaction under the stands of the University of Chicago’s Stagg Field. Find out more about Fermi and other scientists working on the project by visiting the Today in History section as well as the links below.

Nuclear fission historical newspaper coverage

Enrico Fermi image set

Enrico Fermi historical newspaper coverage

Contemporary U.S. legislation honoring Enrico Fermi

Neils Bohr image set

Neils Bohr historical newspaper coverage

Lise Meitner image set

Lise Meitner historical newspaper coverage

J. Robert Oppenheimer image set

Letter, Franklin D. Roosevelt to J. Robert Oppenheimer

J. Robert Oppenheimer historical newspaper coverage

S.Res.321 – A resolution recognizing the loyal service and outstanding contributions of J. Robert Oppenheimer to the United States 108th Congress (2003-2004)

The Oppenheimer Collection at the Library of Congress video showcasing some of the Library’s primary source treasures

Oppenheimer: The Library’s Collection Chronicles His Life Timeless Stories from the Library

Oppenheimer in the News: Newspaper Articles from the 1940s and 50s Teaching with the Library primary source analysis ideas

Manhattan Project historical newspaper coverage 1945-59

Atomic bomb historical newspaper coverage 1940-46

Building the Bomb, Fearing Its Use: Nuclear Scientists, Social Responsibility and Arms Control, 1946-1996 event video recording

Who Was the Man Behind the Manhattan Project? Library of Congress Information Bulletin