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Today in history: April 24
In 1945, newly minted President Truman was briefed on the Manhattan Project
The front page of the Dec. 29, 1946 Daily Express reporting the discovery during the Manhattan Project that atomic power could be harnessed to meet energy needs.
The front page of the Dec. 29, 1946 Daily Express reporting the discovery during the Manhattan Project that atomic power could be harnessed to meet energy needs. Express Newspapers/Getty Images

 

April 24

On this day. 1945: President Harry Truman, in office just 12 days, was briefed on the Manhattan Project — the secret wartime effort to develop an atomic bomb. He would soon order two of them dropped on Japan.

On this day. 1980: A disaster for President Jimmy Carter: An attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran, Operation Eagle Claw, failed, killing eight U.S. servicemen. During the raid, two helicopters went down in the Iranian desert with engine trouble; another crashed into a C-130, killing the servicemen. In the wake of Operation Eagle Claw's failure, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, who warned Carter against the mission, made good on his threat to resign.

Quote of the day

"We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children." -Jimmy Carter


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