Medina Modification Center Explosion, November 13, 1963

On November 13, 1963 not just one, but several, nuclear assemblies exploded at a facility that was decommissioning outdated weapons near San Antonio, Texas. The explosion was so large that some people thought the US and the Soviet Union had gone to war.

Johnston Atoll, Island of the Cold War

Some 750 miles from Hawaii, tiny Johnston Atoll was developed into an airbase and seaplane base during the Second World War. After the war, the developed facilities on a remote base put Johnston at the center of Cold War programs from nuclear tests to spy satellites to storing leftover chemical weapons. The History Guy recalls the forgotten history of the world’s most interesting wildlife preserve.