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Timeline of the discovery of nuclear fission and race to develop (and steal) the atomic bomb
11 months ago
Hitler takes power in Germany as the new chancellor
We meet Oppenheimer, a brilliant theoretical physicist at UC Berkeley
In Berlin, Germany, Otto Hahn accidentally discovers nuclear fission.
Szilard and Wigner get Einstein to write a letter to Roosevelt to warn him about the discovery of fission in Berlin. Einstein also tells Roosevelt that Germany appears to be hoarding their stores of uranium, a clue that they could already be developing a bomb.
Harry Gold, a Soviet spy, gives himself up to FBI agents Brennan and Miller.
Hitler/Germany invades Poland, officially starting WWII.
Alexander Sachs takes Einstein's letter to his old friend, President Roosevelt.
Roosevelt forms the Uranium Committee - officially beginning research into the development of an atomic weapon.
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