Hiroshima Day - 6 August

Photo of a statue of a man and woman, holding a small child and praying

Hiroshima Day commemorates 6 August 1945, the day when an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, followed a few days later by another dropped on the city of Nagasaki.

The bombings effectively ended World War II by bringing about the surrender of Japan, but at a terrible price - the two cities were destroyed and casualties, mostly civilians, were estimated at around 200,000, with many more people dying later from injuries and illness.

Hiroshima Day is now a focus for anti-war and anti-nuclear discussions and demonstrations.

[Image of the Statue of Prayer in Hiroshima Peace Park by Fg2 on Wikimedia Commons]

Resources

Atomic Archive - Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Atomic Archive website aims to help people understand the science, history and consequences of the atomic age. It contains documents concerning the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including eyewitness accounts from the survivors, the 'Hibakusha'.

Wikipedia - Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

An article on the history of the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II.

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