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Trinity Test - First Atomic-Bomb Explosion

On Monday, July 16, 1945—at 5:30 a.m., Mountain War Time—the United States tested the world's first atomic bomb. 

It is said (although the source has not been verified) that Robert Oppenheimer called the explosion the "Trinity Test," based on a poem (the Fourteenth Holy Sonnet) of John Donne.

This is how Donne's Holy Sonnet XIV  begins:

Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God

Batter my heart, three-personed God; for, you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend
Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new.

This clip of the Trinity Test (filmed at 10,000 yards from "ground zero") is one of the views of that massive explosion.

The following embedded video, from the BBC, is about John Donne, the chap who also once observed that "No man is an island."


Media Credits

Video of the Trinity Test, online via the U.S. National Archives.

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