Today in 1954: The U.S. produces the biggest ever man-made explosion in the Pacific archipelago of Bikini, part of the Marshall Islands. The hydrogen bomb, equivalent of 20 million tons of TNT, was up to 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.
It overwhelmed the measuring instruments, indicating that the bomb was much more powerful than scientists had anticipated. One of the atolls was totally vaporized, disappearing into a gigantic mushroom cloud that spread at least 100 miles wide, dropping back to the sea in the form of radioactive fallout.
It’s This Weekend’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, Absolutely Art and Café Zoma host a reception for glass artist Kristy Sly, along with a collective art show of OPEN Madison members. Meet the artists, view their work, and enjoy live music and refreshments. This is tonight from 5 to 9pm at 2322 Atwood Avenue. More info at 608-249-9100.
Tomorrow is the Seventh Annual Quilt Auction and Pie Sale to support the Dane County Jail Chaplaincy program. More than 40 quilts and wall hangings will be up for bid. This is tomorrow at noon at Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Avenue. For more info, call Carol at 608-467-2968 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow, Alliance for Animals and the Environment hosts its 10th annual Vegan Chili Cook-off and Raffle featuring chili from eight Madison-area restaurants. There is a cost for this event. Alliance for Animals and the Environment is a nonprofit organization. This it tomorrow from 5:30 to 9:30pm at the East Side Club, 3735 Monona Drive. More info at allanimals.org or call 608-257-6333.