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Marker of the WeekAnnouncement of the Atomic Age Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC
Danish physicist Niels Bohr announced the splitting of the atom here this week in 1939. He was quickly sworn to secrecy by Leo Szilard of Columbia University (shown here), who with Albert Einstein convinced President Roosevelt to start the Manhattan Project. He assisted with it after escaping Nazi-occupied Denmark in 1943. The world at large first learned of the Atomic Age in 1945 when the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb that ended World War II in Asia. Long-time Contributing Correspondent Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland, submitted this entry in 2011.
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Markers tell stories and point out facts. There is one at the site the northernmost battle of the U.S. Civil War and another at the southernmost point in the United States (can you guess where?). There is one next to a 17th century Japanese stone lantern symbolizing 20th century peace, and another one less than 20 miles away reminding us of the Nike missile sites that were built the same year the lantern was dedicated. They tell of battles, massacres and hangings; of humanitarians, educators, and a beloved stagecoach horse; of mountains, lakes, rivers, bridges, roads, and other natural and man-made wonders.
There are countless thousands of great stories marked by markers—and some boring ones too. Some markers simply recite facts while others are insightful, obscure, cryptic, patriotic, fascinating, sad, funny, or just downright bizarre. Many of those markers are on these pages, others are waiting for you to discover and add them to this database.
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