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The Great London Ghost Tour
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

18th October 1979 Beatlemania opens in London

18th October 1960 In Britain, News Chronicle and Daily Mail merge, and London Evening Star merges with Evening News

18th October 1950 Born today: Sheila White, London England, actress (I Claudius)

The atom bomb was born here



The atom bomb was born here

Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard made a nuclear breakthrough here

Location: Southampton Row, London

Description: Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard made a nuclear breakthrough here. On the morning of 12th September 1933 Leo read a speech by Ernest Rutherford about splitting nucleii, and was deep in thought on the subject.

...anyone who looked for a source of power in the transformation of the atom was talking moonshine.

He was standing waiting for the lights to change to cross the road where Southampton Row becomes Russell Square. When the lights changed to green and Leo moved off the pavement Leo thought 'What would happen if neutrons were smashed into the nuclei of atoms in a way that released two neutrons from the second atom?'.

Bang, the atom bomb was born.


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The atom bomb was born here

Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard made a nuclear breakthrough here


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