25 Things You Might Not Know About Hiroshima And Nagasaki

Posted by , Updated on January 12, 2016

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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
24

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
23

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
22

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
21

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

20

The Japanese army had mobilized for "total war". This meant that every man, woman, and child would fight to the death against an invasion. When the emperor gave the word to surrender following the bombings, the army attempted a coup.

The Japanese army had mobilized for "total war". This meant that every man, woman, and child would fight to the death against an invasion. When the emperor gave the word to surrender following the bombings, the army attempted a coup.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
19

Gingko Biloba trees are known for their remarkable resilience. Some of the only living things to survive Hiroshima were 6 such trees, all of which are still standing today.

Gingko Biloba trees are known for their remarkable resilience. Some of the only living things to survive Hiroshima were 6 such trees, all of which are still standing today.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
18

After Hiroshima was bombed, hundreds of people made their way to Nagasaki, only to be bombed again. Along with Tsutomu Yamaguchi (#22), 164 others survived both attacks.

After Hiroshima was bombed, hundreds of people made their way to Nagasaki, only to bombed again. Along with Tsutomu Yamaguchi (#22), 164 others survived both attacks.Source: neatorama.com, Image: wikipedia
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Following the bombing of Hiroshima, a policeman was among the many people who made their way to Nagasaki. He taught the police department in Nagasaki to duck after the atomic flash. As a result, not a single police officer died in Nagasaki.

Following the bombing of Hiroshima, a policeman was among the many people who made their way to Nagasaki. He taught the police department in Nagasaki to duck after the atomic flash. As a result, not a single police officer died in Nagasaki.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Nearly a quarter of the deaths in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were actually Koreans who had been conscripted to fight in the war

Nearly a quarter of the deaths in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were actually Koreans who had been conscripted to fight in the warSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Initially, the US denied the fact that the nuclear blasts would leave behind any radioactivity

Initially, the US denied the fact that the nuclear blasts would leave behind any radioactivitySource: commondreams.org, Image: wikipedia
14

Neither Hiroshima nor Nagasaki were the most destructive bombing attacks of World War II. That title belongs to Operation Meetinghouse, which was the allied firebombing of Tokyo. In fact, it has been labeled the most destructive bombing raid in history.

Neither Hiroshima nor Nagasaki were the most destructive bombing attacks of World War II. That title belongs to Operation Meetinghouse, which was the allied firebombing of Tokyo. In fact, it has been labeled the most destructive bombing raid in history.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
13

Only three out of the twelve people on the Enola Gay (the bomber) knew what their actual mission was

Only three out of the twelve people on the Enola Gay (the bomber) knew what their actual mission wasSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
12

The Flame of Peace in Hiroshima has been burning since 1964 and will only be put out when there are no more nuclear weapons in the world

The Flame of Peace in Hiroshima has been burning since 1964 and will only be put out when there are no more nuclear weapons in the worldSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
11

Kyoto was spared from being bombed because Henry L Stimson, the US Secretary of War had admired the city when he went there on his honeymoon many years earlier. Nagasaki was selected instead.

Kyoto was spared from being bombed because Henry L Stimson, the US Secretary of War had admired the city when he went there on his honeymoon many years earlier. Nagasaki was selected instead.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
10

It took Tokyo about 3 hours to realize that Hiroshima had been destroyed. They didn't know what had actually happened until 16 hours later when Washington announced it.

It took Tokyo about 3 hours to realize that Hiroshima had been destroyed. They didn't know what had actually happened until 16 hours later when Washington announced it.Source: atomicarchive.com, Image: wikipedia
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Prior to the bombing, Japanese operators detected a small number of incoming US planes. They decided not to intercept, however, because the small number made it seem like they were not a threat

Prior to the bombing, Japanese operators detected a small number of incoming US planes. They decided not to intercept, however, because the small number made it seem like they were not a threatSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The cockpit of the Enola Gay held 12 cyanide pills that the crew was supposed to ingest if the mission was compromised

The cockpit of the Enola Gay held 12 cyanide pills that the crew was supposed to ingest if the mission was compromisedSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Following World War II, Hiroshima recast itself as the "peace memorial city" and forever tasked itself with reminding the world of the destructiveness of nuclear weapons. Today, whenever a country tests a nuke, the mayor of Hiroshima writes a letter in protest

Following World War II, Hiroshima recast itself as the "peace memorial city" and forever tasked itself with reminding the world of the destructiveness of nuclear weapons. Today, whenever a country tests a nuke, the major of Hiroshima writes a letter in prostestSource: opendemocracy.net, Image: wikipedia
6

Godzilla was created by Japan in response to the bombings. The monster itself was said to have spawned from the radioactive rubble.

Godzilla was created by Japan in response to the bombings. The monster itself was said to have spawned from the radioactive rubble.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
5

Although during the war Dr Seuss was very much in favor of Japanese Internment, his post-war story “Horton Hears a Who” was said to be an allegory of Hiroshima and an apology for his prior views. He dedicated the book to a Japanese friend.

Although during the war Dr Seuss was very much in favor of Japanese Internment, his post-war story “Horton Hears a Who” was said to be an allegory of Hiroshima and an apology for his prior views. He dedicated the book to a Japanese friend.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
4

The blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were so powerful that they permanently burned shadows of people into the Earth

The blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki were so powerful that they permanently burned shadows of people into the EarthSource: neatorama.com, Image: pixabay
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Since oleander flowers were the first thing to bloom following the blast in Hiroshima, they are the city's official flower

Since oleander flowers were the first thing to bloom following the blast in Hiroshima, they are the city's official flowerSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Before dropping the bombs, the US Air Force showered the cities of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and 33 other potential targets with millions of pamphlets warning people of the impending bombings

Before dropping the bombs, the US Air Force showered the cities of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and 33 other potential targets with millions of pamphlets warning people of the impending bombingsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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An American controlled radio station in Saipan was also broadcasting this message throughout Japan every 15 minutes up until the bombs were dropped

An American controlled radio station in Saipan was also broadcasting this message throughout Japan every 15 minutes up until the bombs were droppedSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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