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  • October 3, 1952 - The United Kingdom conducts its first nuclear weapon test, Hurricane, at Monte Bello Island (off the northwest coast of Australia).
  • October 9, 2009 - The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to President Barack Obama primarily for his “vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.”
  • October 11, 1986 - President Ronald Reagan and President Mikhail Gorbachev meet at Reykjavik, Iceland. At the summit, the two presidents seriously discuss the possibility of nuclear abolition, only to have the talks break down over Reagan’s refusal to abandon his plans to develop the Strategic Defense Initiative.
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