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On May 21, 1956, a B-52 bomber dropped a 3.8-megaton hydrogen bomb over Namu Island in the Bikini Atoll. This was the first “airdrop” of a nuclear device, and the first time the press was invited to observe a nuclear detonation. The following Sunday night, Ed Sullivan, whose weekly variety show was then a national institution, decided to mark the event by presenting an animated film called A Short Vision, a scary imagining of what a nuclear apocalypse might look like.
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