Today, August 6, marks the 65th anniversary of the US nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. Hiroshima Day is observed in many parts of the world with special vigils and peace marches. On Aug. 6, 1945, during World War II, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, resulting in an estimated 140,000 deaths in the first use of a nuclear weapon in warfare.
Three days later a second bomb fell on the city of Nagasaki. The occasion is marked on August 6. During the final stages of World War II in 1945, the United States conducted two atomic bombings against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.
Atomic Bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 1945
World would be observing Hiroshima day today, 65 years after American bombers dropped deadly bombs in the Japan city. UN Secretary General Banki-Moon would be attending the Remembrance Day function in Hiroshima. In the early morning hours of August 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber named Enola Gay took off from the island of Tinian and headed north by northwest toward Japan. The bomber’s primary target was the city of Hiroshima, located on the deltas of southwestern Honshu Island facing the Inland Sea. Hiroshima had a civilian population of almost 300,000 and was an important military center, containing about 43,000 soldiers. More than 200,000 people were killed in the blast and fire of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thousands upon thousands have died and continue to die from radiation sickness and radiation induced diseases.
US troops preparing to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima
The atomic bomb was more than a weapon of terrible destruction; it was a psychological weapon.
Former U.S. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, 1947
The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima
More than 2,000 students from 60 colleges of Mumbai will participate in a march for a nuclear-free world to commemorate Hiroshima Day Friday. Organised by an NGO, Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal along with National Service Scheme (NSS) units of SNDT and Mumbai Universities, the Anti-Nuclear Peace March will create awareness among students about the holocaust. The peace march will also see participation from Gandhian workers, peace activists, advocates, journalists and NGO members.