On 6 August 1945, at 8:10am, the US B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped Little boy, a 16-kiloton atomic bomb, on Hiroshima, killing more than 70,000 people in an instant.
Today the residents in the Japanese city of Hiroshima are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped by a US aircraft.
Atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki three days later which killed more than 140,000 people in which 85% of the people were civilians including women and children is credited with bringing an end to World War Two.
1) The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.
2) Dropping those atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a war crime.
— George Wald
3) If I had foreseen Hiroshima and Nagasaki, i would have torn up my formula in 1905.
— Albert Einstein
4) I find wholly baffling the widespread belief today that the dropping of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs was an immortal act, even possibly a war crime to rank with Nazi genocide.
— J.G. Ballard
5) “If the radiance of a thousand suns,
Were to burst at once into the sky,
That would be like the splendour of the Mighty One…
I am become Death,
The shatterer of worlds.
[Quoted from the Bhagavad Gita after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.]”
— J. Robert Oppenheimer
6) “So, let us be alert in a twofold sense: Since Auschwitz we know what man is capable of. And since Hiroshima we know what is at stake.”
— Viktor E. Frankl
7) “Hiroshima and Nagasaki were atomized at a time when the Japanese were suing desperately for peace. ”
— David T. Dellinger, Revolutionary Nonviolence: Essays
8) “What the diary does not reveal, for it stops too soon, is the appalling fact that from late 1945 until 1952 Japanese medical researchers were prohibited by U.S. occupation authorities from publishing scientific articles on the effects of the atomic bombs.”
— John W. Dower, Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician
9) The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul. — Herbert Hoover
10) “Oh my God! Tell that to the people in Hiroshima… Good. Good. When you declare war, you declare war. They started it. We now don’t count who’s dead. You’re dead, you deserve to be dead.
— Joan Rivers, TV personality and Jewish comedian