Today In History

The U.S. dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, destroying the city and killing 140,000 people.Three days later, the U.S. dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki, killing another 70,000.

It’s always worth noting that this happened, that we did this. I do not think it is a celebration, but maybe a cautionary tale. 75 years later, we worry about this technology being in the hands of madmen; I maintain it always has been.

 

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  1. donnah says:

    It was so horrific, like a true Hell unleashed on earth. i wonder, this many years after, if this generation can grasp the enormity of those bombs’ devastation and destruction. I’ll never forget seeing photos of the shadows of vaporized human beings left on the walls of the ruins.

    The sooner we can wrestle the codes away from Trump, the better,

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  2. My deceased father served as a machinist mate second class on a submarine in the South Pacific during world war two. He was an unreconstructed racist to his very core, and easily added hatred of Asians to his already simmering hatred of Black people and Hispanics. When telling war stories, he ALWAYS opined two nukes were not enough. When he got older, his drinking and rambling about the war got worse. Now we would get his ass hooked up with the VA for PTSD treatment. There was no treatment then. I left home when I could, enlisted in the USAF to avoid becoming a rifleman in Vietnam, and rewired my brain considerably.

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  3. My HS Sophmore history teacher had us read “Hiroshima” (we had 3 years of history classes, each year was devoted to a different era. His was The Great Depression and WWII.)

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1946/08/31/hiroshima

    He also had us play the old game “Origins of WWII” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origins_of_World_War_II_(game) We played it three times, with different groups each time playing the different sides. Two out of three Russia declared war on Germany first.

    He was a good history teacher.

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  4. w3ski4me says:

    A lousy distinction, not just “the Home of the Brave”, we are also the only country to ever nuke another. Somehow those just don’t go together for me.
    And then there are people like Donny, that never paid enough attention in history class, to understand our shame for what we unleashed. That is the scariest thought.
    w3ski

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