Hiroshima: August 6, 1945


Today, August 6, 2007, is the 62nd anniversary of the first use of atomic weapons in war, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. August 9 marks the anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki.

Please see my post of last year — the links all still work, and they provide significant resources for teachers and students to understand the events.

Performance of Texas students on questions about the end of the war in the Pacific, in the TAKS exit exams in 2007 showed minor improvements.

Other sources teachers may want to use:

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7 Responses to Hiroshima: August 6, 1945

  1. […] 9, 1945: Nagasaki, Japan Continuing the week of contemplation of atomic bombs: Remember today is the anniversary of the destruction of Nagasaki, with a U.S. atomic […]

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  2. onlycrook says:

    Thanks for the links. This inspired me to look for the Los Alamos Science Museum website. I visited it a couple of decades ago. Besides a mock-up of the bombs they built (including the ones they set off near Rulison, Colorado in the early 70s) (it’s just 9 miles down the road from where I live), the most fascinating items in the museum to me were the letters which lined the walls–from Oppenheimer and others. They have some digitized documents which I haven’t completely gone through under “related reading.” Here’s a link to start with:

    http://www.lanl.gov/history/atomicbomb/littleboyandfatman.shtml

    They also have good biographies of participants at
    http://www.lanl.gov/history/

    as well as other interesting information.

    Thanks for inspiring me to check!

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