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Enter the atomic age…

On 6 August 1945 the age of atomic death was begun when the United States dropped a uranium-235 atomic weapon named “Little Boy” on Hiroshima Japan at 8:15 am local time from the infamous B-29 bomber the Enola Gay.

The US was the first, and remains the only country to ever use nuclear weapons against an enemy (in fact the US has used nuclear weapons twice; on 9 August 1945 the US dropped a plutonium bomb named “Fat Man” on Nagasaki at 11:02 am local time, the primary target Kokura was spared because haze made targeting issues — the delay to the second bombing was due only to issues with plutonium production, not any consideration for giving the Japanese an opportunity to surrunder).

This year is the 66th anniversary; and while it might be a horrific memory to most all the world, the few survivors who remain can speak first hand of the horrors of nuclear war.

We have a number of holidays celebrating wars and those who’ve fallen fighting them; perhaps it’s time we have an international holiday to celebrate the hope for a lasting peace.

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