Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Atomic cloud over Hiroshima

Atomic cloud over Hiroshima

During the final stage of World War II, the United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. The United States dropped the bombs after obtaining the consent of the United Kingdom, as required by the Quebec Agreement. The two bombings killed at least 129,000 people, most of whom were civilians. They remain the only use of nuclear weapons in the history of warfare. Wikipedia

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Drawing of estimated damage from an atomic bomb compared to a 11-ton bombDrawing of estimated damage from an atomic bomb compared to a 11-ton bomb Tue, Aug 7, 1945 – Page 10 · Harrisburg Telegraph (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.comPicture of scientists conferring about the development of the atomic bombPicture of scientists conferring about the development of the atomic bomb Tue, Aug 7, 1945 – 7 · The Central New Jersey Home News (New Brunswick, New Jersey) · Newspapers.com60% of Hiroshima is wiped out by an atomic bomb dropped by the Americans on August 6, 194560% of Hiroshima is wiped out by an atomic bomb dropped by the Americans on August 6, 1945 Wed, Aug 8, 1945 – Page 1 · Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, Arizona) · Newspapers.comJapanese admit to ‘considerable damage’ after atomic bomb hit HiroshimaJapanese admit to ‘considerable damage’ after atomic bomb hit Hiroshima Tue, Aug 7, 1945 – Page 1 · The Circleville Herald (Circleville, Ohio) · Newspapers.comAftermath of blast on HiroshimaAftermath of blast on Hiroshima Wed, Aug 8, 1945 – Page 1 · Delphos Daily Herald (Delphos, Ohio) · Newspapers.comPicture of atomic destruction after the bombing of HiroshimaPicture of atomic destruction after the bombing of Hiroshima Wed, Sep 12, 1945 – Page 39 · St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) · Newspapers.comScientist say not enough facts are known to judge effects of atomic bomb in future generationsScientist say not enough facts are known to judge effects of atomic bomb in future generations Wed, Aug 8, 1945 – Page 2 · Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) · Newspapers.comPresident Truman’s statement on the decision to use the atomic bomb on JapanPresident Truman’s statement on the decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan Tue, Aug 7, 1945 – Page 3 · The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.comAllies consider new ultimatum calling on Japan to surrender or be annihilated with atomic powerAllies consider new ultimatum calling on Japan to surrender or be annihilated with atomic power Tue, Aug 7, 1945 – Page 1 · The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.comEvaluation of effects of the first atomic bomb dropped in HiroshimaEvaluation of effects of the first atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima Tue, Aug 7, 1945 – 1 · Rocky Mount Telegram (Rocky Mount, North Carolina) · Newspapers.comNagasaki, Japan targeted in new atomic bomb raidNagasaki, Japan targeted in new atomic bomb raid Fri, Aug 10, 1945 – Page 1 · The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) · Newspapers.comNagasaki is bombed on August 9, 1945Nagasaki is bombed on August 9, 1945 Fri, Aug 10, 1945 – Page 1 · Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona) · Newspapers.comAtomic bomb smashes Nagasaki in inferno of smoke and flameAtomic bomb smashes Nagasaki in inferno of smoke and flame Fri, Aug 10, 1945 – Page 1 · Freeport Journal-Standard (Freeport, Illinois) · Newspapers.comAfter two atomic bombs the U.S. and Britain declare the weapon will be used until Japan surrendersAfter two atomic bombs the U.S. and Britain declare the weapon will be used until Japan surrenders Fri, Aug 10, 1945 – 5 · The Guardian (London, Greater London, England) · Newspapers.comEditorial: The use of atomic bombs and international lawEditorial: The use of atomic bombs and international law Fri, Aug 10, 1945 – Page 6 · The Winnipeg Tribune (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) · Newspapers.comImage of American service men reading the news of Japan’s surrender offerImage of American service men reading the news of Japan’s surrender offer Mon, Aug 13, 1945 – 1 · Pensacola News Journal (Pensacola, Florida) · Newspapers.comJapanese accept terms of surrenderJapanese accept terms of surrender Tue, Aug 14, 1945 – Page 15 · Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada) · Newspapers.comJapan surrenders and the war endsJapan surrenders and the war ends Wed, Aug 15, 1945 – Page 1 · Joplin Globe (Joplin, Missouri) · Newspapers.comJapanese report death toll still rising in Hiroshima and Nagasaki months after atomic bombingsJapanese report death toll still rising in Hiroshima and Nagasaki months after atomic bombings Wed, Sep 12, 1945 – Page 39 · St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri) · Newspapers.com
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