This Day in History

Aug. 6, 1945: The U.S. Dropped an Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima

Time Periods: Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, World History/Global Studies

On Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb for the first time in war over the city of Hiroshima. Shinichi Tetsutani (then 3 years and 11 months) loved to ride this tricycle. That morning, he was riding in front of his house when, in a sudden flash, he and his tricycle were badly burned. He died that night.

Learn more about Shinichi and his family at the Hiroshima Memorial Museum website.

Shinichi was one of hundreds of thousands killed and many more who were injured and/or displaced by the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Here are resources for learning more about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

Hiroshima and Royan were crucial in my gradual rethinking of what I had once accepted without question—the absolute morality of the war against fascism.