[Daily article] August 29: 2007 United States Air Force nuclear weapons incident

In a nuclear weapons incident on 29–30 August 2007, United States Air
Force warheads were not protected by mandatory security precautions. Six
AGM-129 ACM cruise missiles, each loaded with a W80-1 variable yield
nuclear warhead, were mistakenly loaded onto an Air Force B-52H heavy
bomber at Minot Air Force Base and transported to Barksdale Air Force
Base. The nuclear warheads in the missiles were supposed to have been
removed before taking the missiles from their storage bunker. The
missiles with the nuclear warheads were not reported missing and
remained mounted to the aircraft at both Minot and Barksdale for 36
hours. After an investigation, four Air Force commanders were relieved
of their commands, and nuclear weapons operations at Minot were
suspended. In 2008, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne and Chief
of Staff of the Air Force General T. Michael Moseley were forced to
resign, in part over this incident. In response to recommendations by a
review committee, a new Air Force Global Strike Command assumed control
of all Air Force nuclear bombers, missiles, and personnel.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Michael Faraday discovered electromagnetic induction, leading
to the formation of his law of induction.


Gottlieb Daimler patented the world’s first internal combustion
motorcycle, the Reitwagen.


The United States Congress passed the Philippine Autonomy Act,
the first formal and official declaration of the US commitment to grant
independence to the Philippines.


Italian businessman Libero Grassi was killed by the Sicilian
Mafia after taking a public stand against their extortion demands.


Vnukovo Airlines Flight 2801 crashed on approach to Svalbard
Airport, Norway, killing all 141 aboard.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(chiefly Eastern Orthodoxy) often Mandylion: the Image of Edessa, a
holy relic consisting of a piece of cloth upon which an image of the
face of Jesus Christ had been miraculously imprinted without human
intervention (that is, an acheiropoieton); an artistic depiction of this

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Beat me, hate me You can never break me Will me, thrill me You can
never kill me.  
–Michael Jackson

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