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

hiroshima_tricycleOn 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.

View resources for teaching outside the textbook about the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We also recommend “A Veteran Against War” by Howard Zinn, a WWII veteran, who recounts, “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”; “W. E. B. Du Bois to Malcolm X: The Untold History of the Movement to Ban the Bomb” by Vincent Intondi; and the Democracy Now! archives on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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