Man sits in front of several cases marked “Missouri Civil Defense Agency Portable Radio Unit,” one case opened to reveal radio unit, ca. 1960s.
President Kennedy signing the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty on October 7, 1963 in the Treaty Room of the White House. L-R: William Hopkins, Sen. Mike Mansfield, John J. McCloy, Adrian S. Fisher, Sen. John Pastore, W. Averell Harriman, Sen. George Smathers, Sen. J.W. Fulbright, Sec. of State Dean Rusk, Sen. George Aiken, President Kennedy, Sen. Hubert […]
The “Baker” explosion, part of Operation Crossroads, was a nuclear weapon test by the United States military at Bikini Atoll, Micronesia, on July 25, 1946. Photo above was taken from a tower on Bikini Island, 3.5 miles away. The wider, exterior cloud is actually just a condensation cloud caused by the Wilson chamber effect, and was […]
About 800 women from Women Strike for Peace protested on 47 Street near the UN Building during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. Women Strike for Peace (later known as Women for Peace) was founded in 1961 by Bella Abzug and Dagmar Wilson when they protested the use of above ground nuclear testing that occurred […]
In January 1952, the U.S. government’s civil defense branch publicly aired Duck and Cover in schools. The film, created a year before, was part of the government’s “duck and cover” campaign that reiterated the fact that nuclear war could happen at any moment and people needed to prepare themselves – especially children. The campaign (as well […]