November 17, 2018

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

Manhattan Project historical newspaper coverage 1945-59

Atomic bomb historical newspaper coverage 1940-46

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