An explosion and fire in the No. 4 reactor released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes in the most heavily hit areas.
Video: 'Documentary American Experience JFK Like No Other Part I' (JFK runs in 1946 at 38:13)
(Thursday, April 25, 1946) — John F. Kennedy officially announced today at the Parker House Hotel that he was running for the 11th Congressional District in Massachusetts (which included parts of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville).
The seat was being vacated by James Michael Curley after some backroom negotiations by Joe Kennedy, Sr.