Hiroshima Peace Memorial

On this day, August 6, in 1945 – the first nuclear weapon to be used in war was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bomb, Little Boy, was released at 8:15 local time by the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay, and the resulting explosion completely destroyed around 69% of the city’s buildings, directly killing an estimated 80,000 people. By the end of the year as many as 140,000 of Hiroshima’s people were dead, the overwhelming majority of them civilians. Since then thousands more have died from injuries or illness attributed to exposure to radiation released by…

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