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Timeline of the discovery of nuclear fission and race to develop (and steal) the atomic bomb
7 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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