Wednesday, August 05, 2015

August 6: Day of Horrors


Seven decades after the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, a 99-year-old veteran refuses to give up his life's mission — to ensure nuclear warfare never happens again.

The city of Hiroshima will early Thursday (7 p.m. ET Wednesday) commemorate the 1945 moment "Little Boy" instantly killed at least 60,000 people. Three days later, "Fat Man" killed around 40,000 others in Nagasaki.

The bombings are credited with ending World War II but they left two cities in ruins and generations suffering the effects of radiation poisoning. Tens of thousands more later died from cancer and other illnesses.

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People wait in queue to offer prayers for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing, in the rain at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 6, 2014, on the 69th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing.

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