9 Shocking Hiroshima & Nagasaki Facts That You Might Not Know

During the last stage of WWII, the United States dropped nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9th August 1945. Read out more facts on Hiroshima and Nagasaki below.

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9 Shocking Hiroshima & Nagasaki Facts That You Might Not Know

You must have read about that huge bombarding or should say first cities (Hiroshima and Nagasaki) to witness the power of strong nuclear weapons. This bombarding event turned the history of the world. Do you know this was the first use of nuclear weapons in war history and till date it is the only one? Let’s know more hidden facts about Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing.

1) Some Lesser Known Hiroshima And Nagasaki Facts That You Should Know

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The Code Name for the Bombs Dropped on the Cities Was Taken From the Movie

The bomb dropped on the Japanese city Hiroshima was uranium gun-type. The bomb had a code name ‘Little Boy’ while the one which dropped on Nagasaki had a code name ‘Fat Man’. 

The bomb designs were designed by Robert Serber – he is the one who chose the design and shape of the bombs. (8.1)

2) The Name Of The Bombs Was Taken From The Characters Of The Movie ‘The Maltese Falcon’

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3) Only 3 Out Of 12 People Knew The Real Purpose Of Their Mission To Hiroshima

Not all people on the board knew the actual purpose to their entry to Hiroshima. Only 3 out of 12 people were aware of their mission of dropping bombs on the city.

4) The Radiation Of The Bombing Created Permanent Shadows

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The radiation of the bomb created the permanent nuclear shadows of people and objects around the sites which is still visible today.

5) Japanese Radars Hinted About The US Plane Carrying Bombs

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It was in 1945 when Japanese radars detected that one of the incoming US planes had carried the nuclear bombs. But they decided not to stop them as there were not many planes and Japanese doesn’t consider it to be the threat.

6) Only One Man Survived The Hiroshima And Nagasaki Attack

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Tsutomu Yamaguchi was the man who survived the blast at Hiroshima, he dragged himself into an air-raid shelter, spent the night in the city and caught the train to Nagasaki next day, so that he could arrive at his job there, where he again survived the attack to Nagasaki. He died at the age of 93 in Nagasaki. (8.2)

7) Not Only This Man But Ginkgo Biloba Trees Survived The Bombing Of Hiroshima

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Ginkgo Biloba is the rare species of trees who rarely suffers or gets attacked by the insects. The Gingko Biloba species of tree is more than 250 million years old. The tree was the only one to survive the Hiroshima nuclear attack. The trees are still alive today.

8) The First Thing To Bloom After The Attack Is Oleander Flower

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Oleander, a flower was the first thing which bloomed after the bombing, thus it is now the official flower of Hiroshima.

9) Initially, Japanese City Nagasaki Was Not On The Target List

The target committee selected some targeting cities including – Hiroshima, Niigata, Kyoto, Kokura, and Yokohama. But Henry L Stimson who was the secretary of war at that time was the biggest admirer of Kyoto as he spent his honeymoon there; unfortunately, he replaced Kyoto with Nagasaki on the list. 


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