Sunday, August 2, 2009

On August 2

On this day in ...
... 1939 (70 years ago today), in a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, Albert Einstein (left), wrote that he had learned from scientists that they were near breakthroughs that could lead to an atomic bomb. Einstein urged Roosevelt to take steps to make sure that uranium that could be used for such bombs -- in places like Belgian Congo -- not fall into Nazi hands. He further urged the speeding of U.S. research. According to this website,

Einstein was willing to write to the President. As a life-long pacifist, he opposed the making of weapons, but he could not allow the Nazis sole possession of such destructive power.

(credit for photo by Yousuf Karsh)
... 1991, in Buenos Aires, diplomats signed the Agreement concerning cooperation between the Chilean Carabineros and the Argentine National Gendarmeria. By establishing a division of labor between the police forces of the 2 countries, the agreement helped to mark the end of a border dispute that had been ongoing for decades.

(Prior August 2 posts are here and here.)

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