Thursday, August 7, 2014



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THIS WEEK IN

HISTORY



          


   General Douglas MacArthur Crush Cap  

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On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second B-29 dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.” Source



Fast Facts

1. The US Airforce before dropping the A-bomb, dropped pamphlets in Hiroshima warning people of the bombing. Source




2. In an action without precedent, the Japanese Emperor decided to issue an Imperial Rescript announcing the surrender of Japan to the United States and Allies, to be delivered both to the Allies through diplomatic channels and to his subjects in his own voice via radio broadcast. The enormity of this decision must be understood in context: the Emperor was considered a deity—no one was allowed to look upon him from above, few citizens had seen him at all, and the Japanese people had never before heard his voice. Source




3.     The War was not immediately over after the bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It took days for Japan to decide on terms of surrender and then modify the original demands from the United States. Then the United States had to agree to those terms. All communications went through Switzerland and the before surrender was official American planes were dropping leaflets detailing the surrender which almost caused a coup from within Japan. Source



5.     The oleander became the official flower of the city of Hiroshima in 1973 because it was the first thing to bloom again after the explosion of the atomic bomb in 1945 and the Camphor tree is the city tree as so many were destroyed by the bombings but began to regrow as well. Source 


     — Gen. MacArthur One of the Great Pacific Theatre Generals of WWII  —






 We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we won in war.
                                                           -General Douglas MacArthur
                                                                                (Jan. 26, 1880- Apr. 5, 1964)






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