6 August 1945: United States Drops Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima

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On August 6, 1945, the United States becomes the first and only nation to use atomic weaponry during wartime when it drops an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

The five-tonne bomb was dropped by American bomber Enola Gay. A blast equivalent to the power of 15,000 tons of TNT reduced four square miles of the city to ruins.

Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. On August 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. A blast equivalent to the power of 15,000 tons of TNT reduced four square miles of the city to ruins and immediately killed 80,000 people. At least another 60,000 more died in the following weeks from wounds and radiation poisoning. Three days later, another bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing nearly 40,000 more people.

A few days later, Japan announced its surrender.