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Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki

  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • The Nagasaki bombing by the United States 66 years ago killed some 80,000 people. Three days earlier, the US had dropped another nuclear bomb that killed up to 140,000 in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. In the photo above, the atomic bomb dropped in Nagasaki shows how it exploded 50m above ground on August 8, 2005 in Nagsaki, Japan. The US B-29 superfortress Bockscar dropped an atomic bomb on northern part of Nagasaki City on August 9, 1945. (Photo by Hiromiti Matuda/Handout from Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • August 1945: The dry docks in Nagasaki, the target of the second atomic bomb to be dropped on Japan. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • A dense column of smoke rises more than 60,000 feet into the air over the Japanese industrial port of Nagasaki, the result of an atomic bomb, the second ever used in warfare, August 8, 1945, from a US Air Force B-29 Superfortress. (Courtesy of the National Archives/Newsmakers)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • The Roman Catholic cathedral is destroyed after an atomic bomb was dropped in Nagasaki, Japan. (Courtesy of the National Archives/Newsmakers)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Circa 1950: The oldest bridge in Nagasaki, Japan which was built by the Chinese in 1636, it withstood the 1945 atomic bomb attack which destroyed almost a third of the city. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • 9th August 1945: Victims of the atomic explosion in Nagasaki lie dead in a ditch after being thrown from the tram in which they were travelling. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • A victim of the atomic bomb explosion in 1945 over Nagasaki, Japan. (Courtesy of the National Archives/Newsmakers)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • A Roman Catholic cathedral stands in Nagasaki, Japan after an atomic bomb was dropped August 9, 1945. (Courtesy of the National Archives/Newsmakers)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • 9th August 1945: The city of Nagasaki, devastated by the atomic bomb. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • 9th August 1945: A makeshift house, made from the rubble left by the atomic bomb explosion in Nagasaki. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Battered religious figures stand on a hill above a tattered valley September 24, 1945 after the Americans dropped an atomic bomb in Nagasaki, Japan. (Courtesy of the National Archives/Newsmakers)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • The Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay" lands at the Tinian airbase in the Mariana Islands after the atomic bombing mission on Hiroshima, Japan in this U.S. Air Force handout photo dated August 6, 1945. REUTERS/US Air Force/Handout
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • December 14, 1946: Kunio Yamashita, a seventeen year old victim of the atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki. He sustained these burns a mile and a half away at the railway station. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Circa 1960: The post-war buildings in this district of Nagasaki were erected quickly of wood and cement blocks, and bomb damage appears minimal, despite the destruction caused by the atomic bomb at the end of World War II. (Photo by Claude Jacoby/Three Lions/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • New blocks of flats in Nagasaki, Japan, circa 1955. The new housing is built on a part of the city destroyed in the atomic bomb attack of 1945. (Photo by Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Circa 1955: Kiyoko Okabe shopping on the streets of Nagasaki, Japan. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Hana Kobayashi, left, Etsuko Kataoka, 2nd from left, and, Yuki Oda, far right, all from Japan in the annual 'From Hiroshima to Hope' lantern floating ceremony watch their candle lit lanterns float away on Green Lake. The ceremony is in remembrance of the victims of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during the Second World War. (Photo by Ron Wurzer/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • The A-bomb Dome, which survived the 1945 atomic bombing on Hiroshima, is within walking distance of the new Peace Memorial Park, dedicated for the anniversary of the first atomic bomb attack, August 6, 2002 in Hiroshima, Japan. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • The historical B Reactor is seen on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation June 30, 2005 near Richland, Washington. Plutonium for the Trinity test and the atom bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan during World War II was produced at the reactor as part of the Manhattan Project. The reactor has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and Congress is considering whether to turn the facility into a museum as a historic site under the national park system. In all, Hanford had 9 reactors, the eight others are expected to be cocooned as part of the cleanup efforts. (Photo by Jeff T Green/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Visitors view a photo, taken after the atomic bomb was dropped, of the area surrounding the Atomic Bomb Dome at the Peace Memorial Park on August 6, 2007 in Hiroshima. Japan. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki
  • Flashback: The day the US bombed Nagasaki