Today in 1969: The Swiss take their first steps into nuclear power by building an experimental reactor in a cavern under a hill at Lucens Vaud. The underground location will prove to be fortunate when a seal in the carbon-dioxide cooling system bursts.
The reactor scrams, but the fuel reaches a temperature that melts an element, releasing radiation of levels of several hundred REMs per hour. The cavern automatically seals off. The incident will cause so many decontamination problems that, in the early 1970s, officials decide to use the cavern only to store nuclear waste.
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Today is the official MLK Day City of Madison and Dane County Observance! Featuring Reverend Everett Mitchell of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church, the UW-Madison First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts Learning Community, and the MLK Community Choir led by Leotha Stanley. Plus, presentation of the King Humanitarian Awards by Dane County Executive Joe Parisi and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. This is today from 5 to 7pm at the Overture Center, 201 State Street.
Tomorrow afternoon is the Madison-area Urban Ministry’s Re-Entry Service Fair with the theme “Employment.” Featured guest will be Norman Davis, Department of Civil Rights Affirmative Action Manager. This is tomorrow from 3:30 to 5:30pm at the Villager Mall Community Room, 2300 South Park Street, and open to all community members. The Journey Home is a program to provide on-going support for re-entry. For more info, call John at 608-256-0906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This coming Saturday, January 26th, is the Protect Wisconsin From Mining Rally! Join a peaceful, legal protest to demand the state legislature and governor not throw away Wisconsin’s local control and environmental protections for out-of-state mining companies. This is next Saturday from 12 Noon to 1:30 pm at the State Capitol. For more info, visit wisconsingrassroots.net.