65 Trivial Facts about Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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51San Francisco treaty

San Francisco treaty

On December 7, 1963, 22 years after Pearl Harbor, a Japanese court ruled that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, in fact, war crimes, but that Japan had waived its right to pursue the matter under the terms of the Treaty of San Francisco.

52. The comet that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago was the equivalent to released as much energy as 100 trillion tons of TNT, more than a billion times more than the atom bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

53. An American POW named Joe Kieyoomia not only survived the Bataan death march but also the Nagasaki atomic blast

54. In 1976, a Princeton student named John Aristotle Phillips successfully designed a nuclear weapon similar to the Nagasaki bomb for his physics term paper. The paper was classified by the US Government.

55. The Atomic Bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War 2, used Uranium from the Congo, Africa.

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56B-29 bomber

B-29 bomber

On August 9th, 1945, a B-29 bomber left the island of Tinian intending to drop a plutonium bomb on the city of Kokura. On arriving at the target, the plane found it obscured by clouds. It turned south and went to its secondary target: Nagasaki.

57. Many women near ground zero at Hiroshima and Nagasaki gave birth to disabled children with small heads (microcephaly)

58. Larry Johnston was the only man to witness all three atomic explosions in 1945: the Trinity nuclear test and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

59. A High School in Washington State (Where Fuel for Fatman and Littleboy Was Made) Adopted an Atomic Bomb as Mascot After Learning that Japan had Surrendered Following the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. "We are proud of...what our part was in ending the war." School motto: "Nuke 'em"

60. The most lethal bombing (Dresden bombing) of WWII was neither Hiroshima or Nagasaki, but the firebombing of Dresden, Germany, which killed as many as 135,000 people

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61Pumpkin bombs

Pumpkin bombs

Before dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the US dropped 49 practice bombs nicknamed "pumpkin bombs" that killed 400 and injured 1,200

62. Hibakusha is the Japanese word for the surviving victims of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The word literally translates as "explosion-affected people" and is used, often derogatorily, to refer to people who were exposed to radiation from the bombings

63. Takashi Nagai, a Japanese radiologist who treated the wounded of Nagasaki in spite of having had one of his right temporal artery severed. Later in life, he was visited by an emissary of the Pope, Emperor Hirohito, and even Helen Keller.

64. On May 16th, 1945, Nazi submarine U-234 surrendered in NH. It had been bound for Tokyo with 10 containers of uranium oxide. The atomic material ended up in the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

65. Irish doctor Aidan MacCarthy joined British forces in 1938 and chose the RAF on a coin toss by a barwoman. He treated men while under fire at Dunkirk, was captured in Sumatra, transported to Nagasaki, survived the blast of the atomic bomb, and accepted the surrender of the POW camp commandant.

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