I often post about national dates of note, for instance, yesterday was "National Underwear Day." Today, though, marks the 70th anniversary of the day the U. S. bomber, the "Enola Gay," dropped an atomic bond on the city of Hiroshima, Japan. The top-secret bomb was intended to end the war with Japan, which had been going on since December of 1941. A second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days later.
The surrender of the Empire of Japan was announced on August 15. The war ended, but the costs of using the atomic bomb were immeasurable. More than 200,000 of the cities' civilians were killed instantly or died as a result. The destruction was total.
These before and after photos of Nagasaki, say it all:
To learn more about the development of the bomb and its subsequent use, look for one of these: