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Saturday, July 4, 2009

How Did The Bikini Get Its Name From An Island And The Atomic Bomb?

Bikini is an atoll in the Pacific, a ring of about 20 islands that includes Bikini Island.

Bikini first came to public attention in 1946, for two entirely different reasons.

In July, 1946, the United States conducted tests of the recently invented atomic bomb at the Bikini atoll. A number of old ships were anchored nearby, cameras were set up in various places, and animals were brought to the islands so that scientists could learn what effects the A-bomb blast would have on them. Two atomic bombs were exploded at Bikini that month.

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