August 9: Nagasaki Day

On August 9, Japan is commemorating the Nagasaki Day. On this day in 1945, the United States had dropped “Fat Man- atomic bomb” on Japanese city, Nagasaki. The atomic bomb was named so, due to wide, round shape of the bomb. Fat man was dropped from US B-29 bomber. It took the life of over 20,000 people.

Highlights:

  • This year, Japan is commemorating the 77th anniversary of the bombing.
  • This day is significant for remembering the survivors of bombing.
  • On this day, country pay tribute to people who lost their lives in the attack or died slowly in horrible nuclear radiation. Many people were left with cancer or radiation sickness.
  • Now, Japan continues to help others in learning from the incident and prevent future deaths due to nuclear weapons.
  • This day is observed to make people aware of the devastating power of atomic or nuclear bombs.

History of the day:

Nagasaki Day is observed to commemorate the atomic bombings that happened in Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Nagasaki was attacked three days after the attack on Hiroshima city of Japan. US bomber had dropped atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Both of these incidents forced Japan to surrender unconditionally on World War, on August 15 1945. Thus, to commemorate the incident and honour the survivals, Nagasaki Day is observed every year.

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