Tuesday, January 27, 2009
On this day in 1951 nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site began with a one-kiloton bomb dropped on the Frenchman Flats.
In 1983 the Cold War was still going on. On November 20 of that year ABC televised this frightening story of the weeks leading up to and following a nuclear strike on the United States. The bulk of the activity centers around the town of Lawrence, Kansas.
The Day After was directed by Nicholas Meyer. The cast included Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg, John Cullum, John Lithgow, and Amy Madigan.
It scared the hell out of television viewers nationwide.
Here's a clip of the attack: