Today in 1957: The U.S. Air Force drops a nuclear bomb on New Mexico when a safety-release lever on the bay door malfunctions and the bomb rips away the door and falls from the plane.
Although its non-nuclear explosive blasts a twenty five-foot-wide crater in the desert, its ten-megaton nuclear charge miraculously does not detonate, narrowly averting horror for New Mexico.
The bomb is hundreds of times more powerful than the one that had leveled Hiroshima.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Today is The People’s Speakout, with music, speeches, and literature on economic, social, political, and environmental issues. All are welcome to present ideas or activist projects you need help with. This is at 5pm at Veteran’s Plaza on the Square, at Carroll and State Street. The SpeakOut will be followed at 7pm by a presentation and discussion in Room 200 at The Fountain, 122 State Street, with the topic “The Economy.” Sponsored by Social Action and Solidarity. For more info, call 284-9082.
Tonight, Madison Socrate’s Cafe topic is “Can Musicians Be Sued For Offensive Lyrics?” This is at 7pm Michelangelo’s, 114 State Street. For more info, call Richard at 608-257-8869.
Tomorrow in Mauston, as part of ‘Spring Days of Drone Action in Wisconsin,’ is ‘Five Grandmothers Speak Out Against Drone Warfare’ – a gathering and reading of the names of children killed by U.S. drone warfare, with a stone of remembrance placed in a small “coffin,” followed by a discussion. This free event is tomorrow from noon to 1 pm at Hatch Public Library, 111 State Street in Mauston. Call 608-256-5088 for more info.