On June 12, 1982, the largest protest in American history converged in New York, as an estimated one million protestors marched from Central Park to the United Nations to demand an end to nuclear weapons.... Read More

Meet the Activists

  • Dorothy Day
    Dorothy Day
  • Norman Thomas
    Norman Thomas
  • Harry Belafonte
    Harry Belafonte
  • Cora Weiss
    Cora Weiss

Key Events

Global Events
Local Events

1945 United States government tests first atomic bomb in New Mexico; drops nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, ending World War II

1957 A National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE), still in existence as Peace Action, is founded in New York

1961 Women Strike for Peace formed

1962 Cuban Missile Crisis

1963 Partial Test Ban Treaty between United States and Soviet Union enacted

1965 Escalation of Vietnam War draws attention away from nuclear campaigns to broader antiwar activism

1978 First UN Special Session on Disarmament

1982 Central Park demonstration

1982 Second UN Special Session on Disarmament

1985 New Yorkers stage a referendum regarding nuclear weapons housed in a Navy port on Staten Island

1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall marks beginning of the end of the Cold War

Key Events

1945
United States government tests first atomic bomb in New Mexico; drops nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, ending World War II
1957 A National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE), still in existence as Peace Action, is founded in New York
1961
Women Strike for Peace formed
1962
Cuban Missile Crisis
1963
Partial Test Ban Treaty between United States and Soviet Union enacted
1965
Escalation of Vietnam War draws attention away from nuclear campaigns to broader antiwar activism
1978
First UN Special Session on Disarmament
1982
Second UN Special Session on Disarmament
1982 Central Park demonstration
1985 New Yorkers stage a referendum regarding nuclear weapons housed in a Navy port on Staten Island
1989
Fall of the Berlin Wall marks beginning of the end of the Cold War