June 17

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A nuclear blast’s ‘mushroom cloud’.

On this day in 1967, the People’s Republic of China made an official announcement that they had fully tested their first thermonuclear weapon.

Although actually China’s sixth nuclear weapon test, the weapon displayed at Lop Nur Test Base in Xinjiang, was their first three-stage device with a full success.

It was tested just 32 months after the development of their first ‘fusion device’, making them the fastest country to get from ‘fusion to fission’ stages.

The idea, according to China, was to test the ballistics of a possible weapon that could be carried and dropped by an aircraft or missile.

Other famous events throughout history on this day include:

  • The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbour. (1885)
  • Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud became the first Arab and Muslim to go into space aboard the STS-51-G Space Shuttle Discovery. (1985)
  • President Richard Nixon declares the U.S. War on Drugs. (1971)
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