Today is the 70th anniversary of the ill-famed Hiroshima Nagasaki nuclear bomb blast, the anniversary of death and destruction in the face of war that has taken down with it a legacy of civilization. Chased by death, many survived the "Little Boy", but have scarred memories of shattered homes and families.
They have lived the past and the present, but cannot erase the shadows etched by the radioactive explosions.
While the Japanese shed a tear on the anniversary, here are certain interesting facts about the twin bombing of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:
- As the bombs were detonated in the air, Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not radioactive anymore
- A Japanese man survived the Hiroshima bombing and escaped to work at Nagasaki the next day. The latter was attacked and he survived that too.
- A survivor of Hiroshima's atomic bombing went to Boston in 1951 and won the Marathon.
- The codename for the atomic bomb that was detonated over Nagasaki was FATMAN and the bombs were called LITTLE BOY.
- The original target of Japan was not Nagasaki, but Kokura.
- A Bonsai Tree from 1626 survived the atomic bomb at Hiroshima and now resides in a U.S. Museum
- A month after the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, a typhoon hit the city killing another 2,000 people.
- The U.S. blew up a hydrogen bomb in space that was 100 times more powerful than Hiroshima.
- Las Vegas was a major attraction for tourists in the 1950S for Atomic bomb tests
- During the Cold War, the U.S. considered dropping an atomic bomb on the Moon to show off its military superiority
- The atomic bomb explosion at Hiroshima was generated by matter weighing no more than a paper clip
- It is said that a nuclear bomb is lost somewhere off the coast of Georgia
- Robert Oppenheimer, who made the atom bombs, tried to kill his university tutor with a poisoned apple
- CT body scans expose patients to radiation as that experienced within a mile and a half of the Hiroshima atomic bomb
- There's an atomic bomb museum in New Mexico, where the first atomic bomb was detonated. The museum is only open 12 hours per year