In 1943 Packard Motors promoted 3 blacks to work next to whites on the assembly line causing 25,000 workers to walk off the job.
in 1962, American scientists detonated an H-bomb in space. The explosion was 250 miles (400 kilometers) up – 100 km is considered the edge of space. The blast and EM radiation on the atmosphere created a spectacular aurora.
The EM radiation also caused streetlights in Hawaii to burn out, electronic equipment to fuse or burn out. The blast also disabled several low orbit satellites. There was no fireball because there wasn’t any oxygen, but the blast was captured in now unclassified film footage.
Gangster Al Capone started one of the first Soup Kitchens during the Great Depression for the unemployed.
Jehovah’s Witnesses were persecuted and lynched for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance in the 1940s.
Between 1946-1953, Quaker Oats helped sponsor an experiment to feed mentally disabled children radioactive oatmeal.
The US government planned to set off a nuclear bomb on the moon to boost morale during the Space Race.
The youngest person to have been executed in the US was 14 years old. A bible was used to boost him up onto the electric chair, and his trial only lasted 2 and a half hours.
There were once Africans on display in the Bronx Zoo.
A 1936 heat wave killed 5,000 nationally; 364 in Detroit; 570 in Michigan. Within a week. “Newborn infants died in the delivery room” while doctors and nurses collapsed around them.
Ronald Reagan won 49 out of 50 states in his second term election, missing the only one by less than 4000 votes.