Today in History

The world was forever changed when the first atomic bomb was dropped.

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  1. It’s probably illegal now in Arizona because it portrays this country in less than perfect light, but when I was in school our history teacher had us read “Hiroshima” by John Hershey. It has really stuck with me all these years…

    Note this was when Tucson was surrounded by a dozen Titan Missile silos, was the home of Hughes Missile and a large air force base, and the air raid sirens were still tested every saturday at 1PM. We all knew we were a first-strike target, which meant if it started, we’d get vaporized.

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    • MDavis says:

      I remember having a good natured brag/debate with a cousin in Seattle whether she’d be a first strike target because of being so close to Bremerton, or whether my Tacoma home would go up first because of proximity to both McCord and Fort Lewis (since combined). It was a few weeks before I even wondered if we’d both get taken out with one big one.

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  2. artahzen says:

    My husband’s grandfather wired planes when he was in the military. After he died, we found some of the schematics of some of the planes he had worked on over the years. He had made notes on his copies. One of the set of documents was for the Enola Gay.

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  3. Jimmy T says:

    WWII was a war where many atrocities were committed. The Germans had murdered around 7 million Jews in their camps and gas chambers. The Japanese—“To break the spirit of Chinese resistance, Japanese General Matsui Iwane ordered that the city of Nanking be destroyed. Much of the city was burned, and Japanese troops launched a campaign of atrocities against civilians. In what became known as the “Rape of Nanking,” the Japanese butchered an estimated 150,000 male “war prisoners,” massacred an additional 50,000 male civilians, and raped at least 20,000 women and girls of all ages, many of whom were mutilated or killed in the process.” Yes, atrocities were an everyday commodity

    I’ve read in a number of places that we should have proceeded with the scheduled early November invasion instead of utilizing the nuclear option because of the inhumanity of nuking civilians. And as horrible as nuclear bombs are, it rarely gets mentioned that an actual invasion of the Japanese Empire would have resulted in an estimated 5-10 million Japanese lives being lost. Additionally, Japan was facing a severe food shortage that would have forced many more to die by starvation (we provided food assistance in the post war era). Lastly, ourselves and our allies were expected to suffer between 1.7 to 4 million casualties. Incinerating cities must of been a difficult choice, but compared to the lives saved, it was the only choice…

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  4. Richard Portman says:

    This is not the place to remember my Downwinder people. But you should be aware of what happened here. Many people got sick and died from those bomb tests. Mostly it was thyroid cancer and strange leukemias. I only have 10 fingers, and on each of them there is a name.q

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