25 Things You Might Not Know About Hiroshima And Nagasaki

Hiroshima and Nagasaki are possibly two of the most famous Japanese cities in the world next to Tokyo itself, although the reason for their fame is slightly less positive. These are the only two cities on Earth where nuclear bombs were detonated during wartime with the intention of killing or destroying the enemy. Ever since then the world has changed. There have certainly been numerous nuclear threats and potential instances where the world seemed to be coming apart, like the Cuban Missile Crisis for example, but somehow after all these years of stockpiling nuclear warheads, Hiroshima and Nagasaki are still the only victims of direct nuclear attack. It is good not to forget history and it is especially good so that we don’t repeat it. We need to remember the why and the how of the situation as well as all of the people that were involved. Real lives were affected and events were set into motion that have steered the course of history to where we are today. Two cities were completely destroyed, thousands of people were killed, and a nation was completely changed. Whatever your view of politics or the world, these are 25 things you might not know about Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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The person closest to the blast in Hiroshima that was confirmed to have survived was less than 200 meters from ground zero in a basement

The person closest to the blast in Hiroshima that was confirmed to have survived was less than 200 meters from ground zero in a basementSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Less than 3 miles from the epicenter of the blast, there was a Go Tournament taking place (Go is an ancient game). In spite of the fact that the building was destroyed and numerous people were injured, the tournament was finished later that same day

Less than 3 miles from the epicenter of the blast, there was a Go Tournament going on (Go is an ancient game). In spite of the fact that the building was destroyed and numerous people were injured, the tournament was finished later that same daySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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The vault of a certain bank in Hiroshima withstood the explosion. After the war, the manager of the bank sent the Mosler Safe Company of Ohio a letter with this line: "Your products were admired for being stronger than the atomic bomb."

The vault of a certain bank in Hiroshima withstood the explosion. After the war, the manager of the bank sent the Mosler Safe Company of Ohio a letter with this line: "Your products were admired for being stronger than the atomic bomb."Source: conelrad.blogspot.ie, Image: wikipedia
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Tsutomu Yamaguchi survived the blast in Hiroshima, crawled into an air raid shelter, and caught the first train to Nagasaki in the morning so that he would make it to work. After Nagasaki was bombed three days later, he survived that blast as well

Tsutomu Yamaguchi survived the blast in Hiroshima, crawled into an air raid shelter, and caught the first train to Nagasaki in the morning so that he would make it to work. After Nagasaki was bombed three days later, he survived that blast as wellSource: surviving-history.blogspot.com, Image: wikipedia

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The US dropped nearly 50 pumpkin bombs (practice bombs) on Japan before the two big ones. These pumpkin bombs were non-nuclear versions of fat man and little boy (the nukes that were dropped)

The US dropped nearly 50 pumpkin bombs (practice bombs) on Japan before the two big ones. These pumpkin bombs were non-nuclear versions of fat man and little boy (the nukes that were dropped)Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia


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