Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Tragic Anniversary

Today marks a tragic day in world history: 70 years ago, an atomic bomb (code named "Little Boy") was dropped from an American plane on Hiroshima, Japan.  Three days later, on August 9th, a similar bomb (this one bearing the code name "Fat Man") was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.  The exact death toll is still unknown, but well over 200,000 people died as a result of these bombings.  Many of those deaths were immediate, while others would die over time due to the effects of radiation.

For further reading about this ominous chapter in world history, Stephen Walker's Shockwave provides a gripping account of the events leading up to Hiroshima, while Stephen M. Younger's The Bomb gives a chilling history of the nuclear age.

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