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|1770||Marie Antoinette marries future King Louis XVI of France.|
|1863||At the Battle of Champion’s Hill, Union General Ulysess S. Grant repulses the Confederates, driving them into Vicksburg.|
|1868||President Andrew Johnson is acquitted during Senate impeachment, by one vote, cast by Edmund G. Ross.|
|1879||The Treaty of Gandamak between Russia and England sets up the Afghan state.|
|1920||Joan of Arc is canonized in Rome.|
|1928||The first Academy Awards are held in Hollywood.|
|1943||A specially trained and equipped Royal Air Force squadron destroys two river dams in Germany.|
|1951||Chinese Communist Forces launch second phase of the Chinese Spring Offensive in the Korean War and gain up to 20 miles of territory.|
|1960||A Big Four summit in Paris collapses because of the American U-2 spy plane affair.|
|1963||After 22 Earth orbits, Gordon Cooper returns to Earth, ending the last mission of Project Mercury.|
As the railway grew more popular in the 1850s and 1860s, trains allowed travelers to move about with unprecedented speed and efficiency, cutting the length of travel time drastically. But according to the more fearful Victorians, these technological achievements came at the considerable cost of mental health. As Edwin Fuller Torrey and Judy Miller wrote in The Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present, trains were believed to “injure the brain.” In particular, the jarring motion of the train was alleged to unhinge the mind and either drive sane people mad or trigger violent outbursts from a latent “lunatic.” Mixed with the noise of the train car, it could, it was believed, shatter nerves.The novel experience made people nervous, which probably sparked some incidents. Train travel also caused people of different classes to be in close proximity, which may have exacerbated anxiety. But over time, people got used to travel, mad "railway madness" seemed to disappear. Although modern-day riders know that if you ride a commuter train every day, you're going to see some strange behavior even today. Read about railway madness and the trouble it caused at Atlas Obscura.
It had multiple barber shops, movie theatres, and jewelers, a photography store, pastry shop and even a florist. There was a police force and fire department, albeit one directly subsidized by the federal Atomic Energy Council that also had to be trained in special firefighting techniques involving radioactive materials. There was a daily flight from Los Alamos to Albuquerque, a library stocked with over 18,000 titles, and living space aplenty, with the smallest one-bedroom apartments going for $22 a month and rents for the largest units capped at $135. Residents of Los Alamos could even listen to the radio, a luxury that wasn't afforded them during wartime. Their local station, KRSN was presided over by a certain Robert Porton, whose "large record collection is the envy of many a disc jockey."Read about how Los Alamos went from a brand new wartime facility to a "normal" town at Motherboard.
Sure, most of 12,000 citizens were working on developing weapons of mass destruction or the family members of someone who was, but other than that, Los Alamos was a paragon of idyllic 50s American life.