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America Breaking News: How the Nuclear Age Burst Onto the World From a Squash Court

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July 03, 2013 AT 1:05 PM
On December 2, 1942, one of the most important moments in world history took place on a squash court underneath the bleachers of the University of Chicago's football field. That day, with many of the world's most accomplished physicists on hand, Nobel Prize winner Enrico Fermi successfully completed the first-ever sustained chain reaction.