1951

World’s first experimental nuclear reactor produces electricity in Idaho, USA

1953

U.S. President Eisenhower proposes “Atoms for Peace” program, which shifts research efforts towards power and electricity generation.

1954

World’s first commercial-scale nuclear power station starts up in Obninsk, USSR.

1954

US launches first nuclear-powered submarine

1956

First British reactor starts up

1957

First large commercial reactor built in US in Shippington, Pennsylvania

1959

France starts up first commercial reactor.

1960

Westinghouse-designed commercial Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) starts up. General Electric-designed commercial Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) starts up.

1962

Canada’s CANada Deuterium Uranium (CANDU) reactor starts up.

1964

Soviet Union builds first two commercial power plants.

1965

DBI starts developing the DBI Thorium reactor.

1972

World’s first commercial Fast Breeder Reactor (FBR) starts up in Kazakhstan.

1970s until early 2000s

Share of world’s electricity coming from nuclear remains stable at 17% range.

Late 1990s

Third generation reactors developed.

2009

DBI ready to build first reactor.

Present

Increased interest in nuclear power.

Source: http://www.dauvergne.com/technology/nuclear-history/