Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear device. It was conducted by the United States Army at 5:29 a.m. July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project. The test was conducted in the Jornada del Muerto desert about 35 miles southeast of Socorro, on what was then the USAAF Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range, now part of White Sands Missile Range. Courtesy/wikipedia
From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:
NAMBÉ – U.S. House Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), issued the following statement marking the 75th anniversary of the Trinity Test, the first test of a nuclear bomb as part of the Manhattan Project.
“On this day, 75 years ago, rural New Mexico became ground zero for the detonation of the first nuclear bomb. While this ushered in the nuclear era, it also marked the beginning of sickness and suffering for generations of New Mexicans in the Tularosa Basin and other areas downwind of the test site.
“While we cannot undo the past, Congress can act immediately to ensure survivors receive the compensation they deserve. That’s why I’m calling on my colleagues to support my Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments to extend compensation for the unwilling participants of the Trinity Test and New Mexicans who sacrificed for our national security during this era.