December 17, THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

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December 17, 1957 – The United States successfully launches the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile at Cape Canaveral, Florida. An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is a ballistic missile with a range of more than 5,000 km (3,100 miles) typically designed for nuclear weapons delivery (delivering one or more nuclear warheads). Most modern designs support multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRVs), allowing a single missile to carry several warheads, each of which can strike a different target. Early ICBMs had limited accuracy that allowed them to be used only against the largest targets such as cities. They were seen as a “safe” basing option, one that would keep the deterrent force close to home where it would be difficult to attack. Attacks against military targets, if desired, still demanded the use of a manned bomber. Second and third generation designs dramatically improved accuracy to the point where even the smallest point…

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