July 16, 2020
By Stan Holmes and Cathy Kreuter
Just before dawn on July 16, 1945, an exploding atomic sun lit the sky over Alamogordo, New Mexico. That first atomic bomb — code-named “Trinity” — marked the dawn of the nuclear age. As the mushroom cloud expanded, physicist Robert Oppenheimer was reminded of cosmic destruction foretold by ancient Hindu scripture. The god Vishnu proclaimed “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” Within a month, U.S. atomic bombs leveled the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.