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On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress, while also writing the Articles of Confederation, passed a resolution that gave the United …

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Air Force "sniffer plane" was collecting air samples off Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula on Sept. 3, 1949, when it gathered evidence of radioactivity, confirming that the war-shattered Soviet Union had tested a nuclear device. The Soviets' Aug. 29, 1949, test had come faster than expected.