1949 Doomsday Clock Time: 3 Minutes To Midnight
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In 1949 the doomsday clock has been set forward by four minutes to 3 minutes to midnight. Russia tests its first nuclear weapon in 1949, starting the arms race.
Harry Truman informs the American public and The Bulletin states, "We do not advise Americans that doomsday is near and that they can expect atomic bombs to start falling on their heads a month or year from now, but we think they have reason to be deeply alarmed and to be prepared for grave decisions."