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🚨Soviets Detonate Most Powerful Explosion in History

Oct. 30, 1961 - The Soviet Union detonated the most powerful man-made explosion in history today by setting off a hydrogen bomb with a force of up to 50 megatons. The White House denounced the test as a “political” act designed to incite “fright and panic in the cold war.” The explosion, which Premier Khrushchev had said would be the climax of an intensive series of Soviet atomic tests, took place at 3:30 a.m. EST in the vicinity of Novaya Zemlya Island, the Soviet proving ground above the Arctic Circle. In the U.N., Chief Delegate Adlai E. Stevenson said the Soviet test had sent the world on “a great leap backward toward anarchy and disaster.” President Kennedy learned of the explosion this morning at the ranch of Senator Robert S. Kerr in Oklahoma, where Mr. Kennedy had spent the night. Upon returning to the capital, the President immediately went into a series of unannounced meetings with his staff and other Government officials.


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