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Unformatted text preview: Paul Sardiñas Drop the Atomic Bomb • Hiroshima: The target of the first atomic bomb ever dropped on a populated area on August 6, 1945, resulting in the death or injury to nearly 130,000 people. Nearly 90% of the city was destroyed. • Nagasaki: The target of the second atomic bomb ever detonated on a populated area on August 9, 1945, resulting in the death or injury of nearly 75,000 people. More than one third of the city was devastated. • Harry Truman Becomes President • April 12, 1945 • The ultimate decision became President Truman's, following the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In March 1945, Henry Stimson, Secretary of War, had informed President Roosevelt that the bomb would be ready for testing in July. • Military Considerations • June, 1945 • During the bloody struggle to take the Philippines and Okinawa, President Truman and his military were concentrating on an invasion of Japan. The U.S. Navy was cruising off the Japanese coast and submarines were patrolling the Sea of Japan. Those in power in Tokyo were making plans for patrolling the Sea of Japan....
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course HIST amh 1020 taught by Professor Seiler during the Spring '08 term at Hillsborough.
- Spring '08