On this day: November 6

Published On: Nov 05 2012 06:33:12 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 06 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

Abraham Lincoln is elected president, New Jersey hosts the first intercollegiate football game, Phil Donahue premieres his TV talk show, and the punk band the Sex Pistols make their debut, all on this day.

OTD November 6 - Hanford Reactor
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United States Department of Energy

1944: Plutonium is first produced at the Hanford Atomic Facility in Washington state, home to the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world. Plutonium manufactured at the site would be used in the first nuclear bomb, tested at the Trinity site in New Mexico, and in "Fat Man," the bomb detonated over Nagasaki, Japan.