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Baby Boomer Trivia From February 1951: 1st Atomic Blast Telecast, War Criminal Krupp Released, Jake LaMotta Defeated

In 1951 the Department of Energy conducted aerial Atomic Bomb testing in the desert of the Nevada Test Site as part of Operation Ranger. In the early morning of February 1, 1951, Los Angeles television station KTLA had a cameraman filming atop a Las Vegas hotel when the Operation Ranger atom bomb Easy was dropped, making it the first telecast of an atomic bomb.

february 1951, baby boomers, baby boomer trivia, atomic bomb testing, televised atomic bomb test, nevada test site, operation ranger, las vegas, tourist attraction 1950'sAbove, mushroom clouds from the 100 aerial tests conducted during the 1950’s at the Nevada Test Site could be seen from the downtown Las Vegas hotels, and became a tourist attraction for families of the baby boomer generation. (Photo: Lauren Davis, io9.com | Retronaut)

At 9:00 am on February 3, 1951, industrialist Alfried Krupp and 20+ other German prisoners that had been convicted of war crimes and had their property forfeited during the Nuremberg Military Tribunal and Dachau trials, were released from Landsberg prison in Bavaria, Germany. Their crimes were pardoned as part of a U.S. initiative to appease Germany during the Cold War. By 1953 Alfried Krupp was back in control of Friedrich Krupp AG; he died in 1967. Below, Alfried Krupp on the witness stand. (Photo: ORF/ZDF Enterprise | tv.orf.at)

february 1951, baby boomers, seniors, senior citizen, baby boomer trivia, world war ii, wwii, atomic bomb testing, televised atomic bomb test, nevada test site, operation ranger, las vegas, alfried krupp, german war criminals, landsberg prison, war criminals released, friedrich krupp AG, hitler, german arms manufacturing, war crimes, plunder, use of slave laborAlfried Krupp’s great-great-great grandfather Friedrich Krupp had first created a steel foundry in Germany in 1810. 133 years later, Friedrich Krupp AG was the largest company in German, employing over 100,000 people. In 1943 Hitler declared a special order making Friedrich Krupp AG a sole proprietorship, under the ownership of Alfried Krupp, and made him a government Minister. The company was the center for German arms during World War II. Alfried Krupp was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison of the war crimes of plunder, and use of slave labour (POW’s and civilians from occupied countries – selecting laborers from concentration camps) during the war. It is estimated that there were approximately 100,000 slave laborers at Friedrich Krupp AG.

On February 14, 1951, New York-based boxer Jake “The Raging Bull” LaMotta, the reigning middleweight title holder, entered the ring to box Sugar Ray Robinson for the title, in their sixth match. Sugar Ray Robinson had narrowly won their four of their five previous fights, beginning in 1942; in this final match, Sugar Ray Robinson scored a technical knockout against Jake LaMotta in the 13th round to win the middleweight title.

Jake LaMotta continued boxing until deciding to retired in 1954 at age 33 after an injury. He moved to Miami, Florida and became a bar owner and manager, actor, writer, and stand-up comic. As a bar owner, LaMotta was convicted of contravening prostitution laws in Florida and served 6 months time on a chain gang. As an actor, he appeared in 15+ films including The Hustler (1961). Jake LaMotta wrote his autobiography Raging Bull: My Story (1970), and actor Robert DeNiro portrayed LaMotta in the movie based on his autobiography, Raging Bull (1980). Below, Jake LaMotta (left) fighting Sugar Ray Robinson. (Photo: Boxing News | boxing.com)

february 1951, baby boomers, baby boomer trivia, jake lamotta, nonagenarian, middleweight boxing title, sugar ray robinson, raging bullJake LaMotta was a nonagenarian senior citizen when he was inducted into the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012. At the ceremony he shared some jokes from his 1970’s stand-up comedy routine, including “I fought Sugar Ray Robinson so many times (six, losing five) that it’s a wonder I didn’t get diabetes.” Born July 10, 1921, LaMotta was 92 when he married for the 7th time in January 2013, and will celebrate his 95th birthday in 2016.

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Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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