Thursday, August 9, 2012

Anniversary

Today marks the 67th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb by the United States on the city of Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945. It was only the second time an atomic bomb had been used in warfare, and it followed by three days the dropping of the first atomic bomb used in warfare on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. A few days later, Emperor Hirohito of Japan surrendered. World War II ended officially on September 2, 1945, when papers were signed aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay with General Douglas MacArthur presiding.

I mention all of this because I have not heard or read one word about Hiroshima or Nagasaki or atomic bombs this year. Not a peep.

The “with it” people are all watching the London Olympics or following the circus that is Obama vs. Romney or gone off to the lake for a final summer getaway before school starts once again.

History has a way of fading into, well, history.

You can read all about the surrender, if you want to, here.

5 comments:

Putz said...

i wonder if the dropping of the bomb really actually happened<><>i kind of doubt it, kind of like the holicast which has always been a fabrication><<>of course hitler and the german's would not have dare to do anything like that<><><>am i going to get any flack for what i have said?????

Reamus said...

Well RWP, one should look at the LA Times now and then. Seems they invited one of Truman's grandchildren to attend the ceremony held annually ( and reported here as long as I can remember) at Hiroshima. Quite moving.

Jeannelle said...

Thanks for the reminder.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

A good point. Here in England the papers and the TV news usually mention those atomic bomb nightmares when the anniversary comes around but this year not a whisper. Time does have a habit of smothering some of the worst tragedies so that gradually they rest with the dinosaurs.

rhymeswithplague said...

Putz, you are, of course, completely insane.

Reamus, it is good to know that Harry Truman's grandson participated in the annual remembrance ceremony in Hiroshima.

Jeannelle, you're welcome, and also it's good to know you're still dropping by from time to time.

Yorkshire P'ding, it's really sad when you think about it, but I suppose it's good that society moves forward.