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Timeline of dates to remember leading up to the Savannah River Nuclear Plant's construction..

August 1939
Einstein writes President Roosevelt suggesting possibility of “extremely powerful bombs
of a new type”

September 3, 1939
Germany invades Poland.

June 17, 1940
France falls.

June 21, 1941
Germany invades Soviet Union.

December 7, 1941
Japan attacks Pearl Harbor. U.S. enters war.

August 1942
Manhattan Engineering Project established to build atom bomb.

December 1942
World’s first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction at University of Chicago.

May 7, 1945
Germany surrenders.

July 6, 1945
Trinity test of first atom bomb.

August 6, 1945
Bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Augusta 9, 1945
Bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

August 14, 1945
Japan surrenders.

1946
Soviets subjugate Eastern Europe.

November, 1948
“An iron curtain has descended across the continent.” Winston Churchill

1948-1949
Soviets blockade Berlin.  Allies airlift supplies to city.

1949
Communists gain control of China.

August 29, 1949
Soviets test their first atom bomb.

 

January 31, 1950
President Truman orders
development of hydrogen bomb.

June 25, 1950
North Korea invades South Korea. 
US launches “police action’.

June 25, 1950
President Truman asks DuPont
to design, build and operate
a new plant.

November 28, 1950
AEC public announcement of
Savannah River Plant.

February 1, 1951
Construction of Savannah River Plant begins.

May 1951
Evironmental baseline study of
Savannah River begins.

Spring, 1952
All communities are completely
gone from area.

August 1952
Construction force peaks at 38,582.
Heavy water production begins.

December 14, 1952
All roads entering plant closed to general public.

1953
Dubarton residents organize first reunion.

December 28, 1953
First production reactor taken critical.

November, 1954
Separations canyon operations begin.

December 1954
First plutonium metal delivered to AEC.

November 1955
First tritium gas delivered to AEC.

1972
Ellenton residents organize first reunion.

July 1993
Dunbarton resident's first trip back home.


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