On this day: July 16

Published On: Jul 13 2012 06:00:49 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 16 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

The nation's capital is founded, the world gets its first parking meter, Joltin' Joe sets an unbreakable record, and man heads to the moon, all on this day.

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United States Department of Energy

1945: The Atomic Age begins when the United States successfully detonates a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico, as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project.

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