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1942: The Atomic Age is born in Illinois

1942: The Atomic Age is born in Illinois

The Atomic Age was born in Illinois on Dec. 2, 1942 on the campus of the University of Chicago. The 1938 Nobel Laureate in Physics and an exile from Italy, Enrico Fermi started the world's first controlled nuclear chain reaction in a cement squash court under the football stands at Stagg Field.

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