On This Day In 1945, Events In New Mexico Forever Changed Our World

At 5:30 a.m. on July 16, 1945, the world was permanently altered. This was the day that the “gadget” detonated over the Jornada del Muerto Desert in New Mexico, launching the Nuclear Age.

Observers’ greatest fear concerning the Trinity Test was that nothing would happen. The reality was far different.

The bomb unleashed four times as much energy as most of the scientists expected. It was the equivalent of setting off 20,000 tons of TNT.

A 40,000-foot wide mushroom cloud rose into the sky. As far as 120 miles away, windows shattered as a result of the blast.

These three silent film reels contain footage of the blast, shown from different angles.

This second video combines images of the bomb prior to detonation, the mushroom cloud, and part of an interview with Dr. J Robert Oppenheimer on his thoughts at the time.

This is an important part of New Mexico’s past that we should all know about. There are several places that offer informative exhibits about the Trinity Test and the Nuclear Age.

Have you been to any of these places to learn about New Mexico’s nuclear history?