Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day 2023: History, Photos and Bombing Facts

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day 2032: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day is celebrated to commemorate the devastation of the atomic bombing during World War II. The horrors of ‘Little Boy’ on August 6, followed by ‘Fath Man’ on August 9, sparked worldwide debates on nuclear disarmament. This year marks the 78th anniversary of the nuclear attack that caused the surrender of Japan during World War II.

a scene from hisroshimaBurned vehicles and stranded people: this is what Hiroshima looked like after the attack.

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day 2023: History

Bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki date back to World War II. The two dates on which the incident occurred are:

Hiroshima Day: On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the nuclear weapon ‘Little Boy’ on the Japanese city of Hiroshima at around 8:15 am. Since then, this day has been celebrated as an occasion to mourn the thousand deaths and pay tribute to the survivors and the generations to come.

Fierce fumes of World War II.

Nagasaki Day: Just three days after the destruction of Hiroshima, the United States dropped ‘Fat Man’, the second atomic bomb. This attack was carried out around 11:02 a.m. in the city of Nagasaki, Japan.

The aftermath of the bombing marks immense devastation and loss of life along with a long-term effect due to radiation exposure. This abhorrent incident in human history led to initiatives for global peace and disarmament. This mourning observed each year pays tribute to the thousands of innocent lives lost, as well as the lasting effects on survivors and generations to come. In addition, the defenders prevent more tragedies, each day promote international collaboration and a world free of nuclear dangers.

the bomb dropped on hiroshimaThe model of ‘Balakai’ fell in Hiroshima.

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day 2023: interesting facts

Some interesting facts related to Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day are:

  • The United States is the only country to use nuclear weapons in battle for the first and only time in history.
  • The Hiroshima nuclear attack was codenamed “Little Boy”, while the bomb dropped on Nagasaki was codenamed “Fat Man”.

A mother and her son in Hiroshima.A mother who already suffers caring for her injured son.

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  • Little Boy was a bomb made of uranium, while Fat Man was a bomb made of plutonium.
  • The American B-29 Enola Gay bomber dropped “Little Boy” over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The atomic bomb attack killed 10,000 people and caused significant destruction in a few seconds.

two sick peopleTwo survivors of a nuclear attack.

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  • Three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, on August 9, 1945, the B-29 dropped the “Fat Man” bomb on Nagasaki.
  • The attack claimed the lives of between 70,000 and 80,000 people, a figure that at the end of 1945 rose to 140,000. On the other hand, the death toll in Nagasaki reached 70,000.

destruction in hiroshimaA site after a nuclear attack.

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  • For centuries, people suffered from radiation sickness, cancer, and other immediate and long-term health repercussions for survivors.
  • Emperor Hirohito officially ended World War II on August 15, 1945 by surrendering to the Allies.

Over time, concerns about the use of nuclear weapons became a major global issue after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. Each year, Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day honors the victims and organizes various events to promote peace. After considerable post-war reconstruction, both Hiroshima and Nagasaki are today thriving cities with monuments and museums dedicated to the souls of the departed.

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