87 Startling Facts About The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

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

52. 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.

53. 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"

54. 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

55. 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

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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

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. Kakure Krishitans (Hidden Christians), whose faith was persecuted for centuries in Japan, finally came out of hiding to construct and finish their cathedral in 1925 at a location only 500 meters from the detonation of the atomic bomb over Nagasaki in 1945

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61Tutbury explosion

Tutbury explosion

The 3rd largest explosion (Tutbury explosion) during WW2, ranking only behind Hiroshima and Nagasaki, occurred in the insignificant village of Tutbury in the UK.

62. In 1968, a 6.9 earthquake struck the small town of Meckering, Australia, completely destroying the town. The quake released the energy equivalent to 10 Hiroshima-type atomic bombs

63. Zeppo Marx owned a company that produced the clamps that held 'Fat Man', the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

64. In preparation for Operation Downfall (the invasion of Japan if they decided not to surrender after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) the US manufactured 400,000 Purple Heart medals for anticipated casualties and over 120,000 of the original stock is still available.

65. After bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the US had a plan to nuke a third Japanese city, and that city was "probably Tokyo".

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66"Box Car Racer" band

Tom DeLonge's side project, "Box Car Racer" was a reference to the B-29 that bombed Nagasaki in World War Two

67. The ABCC/RERF studies of residents of Nagasaki and Hiroshima helped modern medicine determine the max amounts of radiation organs can tolerate delivering radiation treatments.

68. In 1908 there was an explosion in Eastern Siberia that measured 1,000 times great than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. It is said to have leveled 80 million trees, and the shockwave leveled people hundreds of kilometers away. It is the largest impact in recorded history.

69. Since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, the world has created more than 125,000 nuclear weapons. The US and Russia account for more than 97% of those weapons.

70. A survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb created a manga series based on his childhood war experiences

71Starlite material

Starlite material

A British hairdresser discovered a way to make a heat-proof material able to withstand the heat of 75 Hiroshima atomic bombs. He died in 2011 without ever sharing the composition of the material.

72. Someone survived the bombing of Hiroshima in a bank vault only 300m from ground zero

73. The atomic bomb over Hiroshima missed it's target and detonated over a hospital (Shima hospital). The only remnant of the structure was the US made operating tool.

74. "Hiroshima shadows": when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the intensity of the blast permanently burned shadows of people/objects into the ground

75. When journalist Wilfred Burchett reported the effects of radiation sickness weeks after a nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, his story was censored and the US military accused him of being under the sway of Japanese propaganda.


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