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1949: Three minutes to midnight

President Harry Truman tells the American public that the Soviets tested their first nuclear device, officially starting the arms race.

The Soviets deny it, but a new era in history begins.

Surface tests were common in the 50s (Getty)

1953: Two minutes to midnight

The United States moves to research the hydrogen bomb, a far more powerful nuclear device capable of obliterating whole cities.

In October 1952, the United States tests its first thermonuclear device, obliterating a Pacific Ocean islet in the process.

Nine months later, the Soviets test an H-bomb of their own.

1981: Four minutes to midnight

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, combined with new Western leaders Margaret Thatcher and President Reagan, saw nuclear tensions rise with the Soviet Union.

1984: Three minutes to midnight

Tensions between the superpowers saw dialogue virtually stop, and factions within Russia believed NATO was about to launch a nuclear surprise attack.

1988: Six minutes to midnight:

The United States and Soviet Union sign the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the first agreement to actually ban a whole category of nuclear weapons.’

2007: Five minutes to midnight

North Korea conducts its first nuclear test – highlighting fears over nuclear proliferation.

The Bulletin said, ‘The world stands at the brink of a second nuclear age. North Korea conducts a nuclear test, and many in the international community worry that Iran plans to acquire the Bomb. Climate change also presents a dire challenge to humanity.’

2015: Three minutes to midnight

The Bulletin said, ‘Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernisations, and out-sized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity, and world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe.’


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