Today in 1946: The first underwater atomic device is detonated at Bikini Atoll, one of the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific.
It was the second of two bombs, Able and Baker, that comprised Operation Crossroads; each weapon had a yield equivalent to 23,000 tons of TNT. The U.S. Navy conducted the tests to determine the effect of such weapons on ships at sea.
More than 130 newspaper, magazine and radio correspondents from seven nations were present for the tests.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Saturday, Madison Infoshop’s Summer Bike In Movies Series continues with a double feature exploring indigenous resistance to resource extraction! The films are “When Clouds Clear” and “Red Gold.” This is Saturday, with a potluck at 6:30pm and movies at 8:45. Location is 1019 Williamson Street. More info at 262-9036 or visit madisoninfoshop.org.
Sunday is A Biselle [BEE – seh – leh] KlezKamp, with music and dance workshops, and a variety of lectures on both traditional klezmer music and non-Jewish music as adopted and adapted by Jewish artists; Yiddish language, Yiddish foodways, Jewish legends and ballads, and klezmer music throughout the world. The event ends with an evening concert and dance party. This is Sunday from 9am to 9pm at UW Madison Union South, 1308 West Dayton Street. For more info, call 608.890.4818 or visit mayrentinstitute.wisc.edu/klezkamp.