Search Results: nuclear weapons (144)

A Brief History On October 9, 2006, the “Hermit Kingdom” of North Korea conducted its first test of a nuclear bomb, an event that has led to this rogue nation that is run by a blatantly deranged dictator to develop an arsenal of nuclear weapons.  The finger pointing among American politicians and American political parties over exactly who “allowed” North Korea to gain nuclear weapon status has been going on ever since and continues today. Digging Deeper When World War II ended there was a land grab going on around the world, with some former colonies demanding independence, others being…

A Brief History On January 20, 1972, Pakistan started a nuclear weapons development program in a bid to become the first Islamic country to possess a nuclear bomb.  Coming on the heels of embarrassing losses in the Liberation War for Bangladesh (aka East Pakistan), and then failure in the 1971 war with India, Pakistan vowed to have a nuclear weapon by 1976. Digging Deeper Although Pakistan missed their timeline goals, by 1998 Pakistan became the first Islamic majority country to possess a viable nuclear weapon, and the 7th country to officially possess nuclear weapons (after the US, UK, USSR, France,…

A Brief History On October 5, 1986, the British newspaper the Sunday Times ran a story featuring information and photographs from Mordechai Vununu, a former technician who had worked in the Israeli nuclear program, that detailed secrets about the Israeli nuclear weapons program, confirming, as suspected, that Israel did indeed possess such bombs. Digging Deeper The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) recognizes the U.S., the UK, Russia, China and France as nuclear powers and seeks to limit other nations from gaining that status.  Of course, India and Pakistan are known to have nukes, and North Korea is believed to recently have developed working nuclear warheads.…

A Brief History On December 24, 1952, the British Handley Page Victor strategic bomber made its maiden flight.  The 4 engine jet bomber would enter service in 1958 as the third and last of the British “V” series of nuclear capable bombers, the other 2 members of the club being the Avro Vulcan and the Vickers Valiant. Digging Deeper In the post-World War II Cold War era, the United Kingdom (often abbreviated as “Britain”) struggled to remain a major world power in the face of the nuclear arming of the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR).  In October of…

A Brief History On April 13, 2017, a United States Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo plane dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat on the unhappy heads of ISIS Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan, killing 94 ISIS fighters, including 4 of their leaders.  Incredibly, no civilian casualties were reported.  (See our related articles Biggest Non-Nuclear Bomb of World War II Dropped and Russians Test “Father of All Bombs.”  For extra information see our article “Weapons with Cool Names!” ) Digging Deeper The so called “Mother of All Bombs,” a witty take on the real name of “Massive Ordnance, Air…

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