Published 3:39 ET August 6, 2020
75 years ago, the United States ushered in the era of nuclear weapons
At 8:15 am on August 6, 1945, an American B-29 aircraft named Enola Gay dropped a 9,700-pound uranium bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” over Hiroshima, Japan, on the closing days of World War II. About 70,000 people were killed instantly. By 1950, the death toll reached around 200,000 when survivors succumbed to burns, radiation sickness, and cancer. Three days after Hiroshima was bombed, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, with 40,000 people killed and 140,000 dead within five years. Three quarters of a century later, tensions and uncertainties about nuclear weapons are among the most serious problems facing the United States. Meanwhile, the stories of atomic bomb survivors have shaped how we think about the consequences of using weapons. nuclear.
On August 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber known as Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, marking the first time that the bomb was used in war.
Did 1.4 million more workers file unemployment claims?
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Tennessee holds primary election, 75% early voter turnout
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NFL players face a dilemma: stay and play or give up on the season
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