70 Years On, Japan Remembers Human Cost Of Hiroshima
The bombing of Hiroshima 70 years ago remains one of the greatest human tragedies in history.By Sebastian Martinez | August 6, 2015
Seventy years ago, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing more than 140,000 people — most of them civilians.
At the time, and ever since, in the U.S. the bombing has largely been seen from a utilitarian point of view: The bomb was a tool to end a terrible war and save American lives. (Video via PBS, U.S. National Archives)
But at the same time crowds were celebrating victory over Japan in Times Square, the radioactive fallout from the bombs was still causing excruciating deaths in Hiroshima. (Video via History Channel)