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.

OTD July 16 - Trinity Test
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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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