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Nagasaki Prefecture, a small fishing village set in a secluded harbour on the west coast of Japan’s Kyushu Island, is known for volcanoes, scenic offshore islands and hot-spring spas. Till August 09, Nagasaki was one of the top tourist attractions in Japan. But on August 09, 1945, 1:56 a.m “Fat Man” destroys her scenic beauty leaving lakhs injured, many of whom died in coming years. Every year Nagasaki City Council marks August 09 as Nagasaki Day to remember the world’s second atomic bombing. In the event of the Nagasaki day every year, the world leaders across global on annual memorial services renew the pledges for a nuclear-free world. The Nagasaki day 2023,, commemorations will be cut back due to the pandemic. In this article, we have provided details on Nagasaki Day – History and Causes. Also, attempt free Nagasaki Day Quiz 2023.
Nagasaki Day 2023- August 09
Nagasaki was a picturesque coastal town of Kyushu island with tiered houses clinging to the hillsides, and crooked streets. Japan’s second oldest port is open to foreign trade. Amid World War II, Nagasaki was under attack air attacks for at least 5 times, but all these attacks were non-fatal. The midnight of August 09, three days after the Hiroshima attack, the United States dropped an atomic bomb in the city of Nagasaki. It takes the lives of thousands, making the city a ghost town for years. Even after decades still, the people of Nagasaki is suffering because of the radio activities present in the air. Let’s take a deeper look at the events of that dreadful day.
Nagasaki Day 2023 Date
Find out the dates of Nagasaki Day 2023 for the next 5 years.
|Nagasaki Day 2023||August 9, 2023||Wednesday|
|Nagasaki Day 2024||August 9, 2024||Friday|
|Nagasaki Day 2025||August 9, 2025||Saturday|
|Nagasaki Day 2026||August 9, 2026||Sunday|
|Nagasaki Day 2027||August 9, 2027||Monday|
History of Nagasaki Day 2023
On August 06, 2023, Japan completed 77 years since it first suffered the world’s first atomic bomb attack on the city of Hiroshima, followed three days later by the second and last on Nagasaki. These fatal events lead to the much-needed end of world war II at the cost of over 2,00,000 lives and unimaginable loss of property. Nagasaki was a shipbuilding center and the second-largest port of Japan. At 11:02 a.m, on August 09, 1945, 1,650 feet above the city of Nagasaki, the United States Air force dropped the plutonium implosion bomb (“Fat Man”). The explosion unleashed the equivalent force of 22,000 tons of Trinitrotoluene (TNT).
The “Fat Man” bomb was somewhat more powerful than the one dropped over Hiroshima (Little Boy), but because of Nagasaki’s more uneven terrain, there was less damage. Six days after this historic event, Japan surrendered, ending World War Two. Harry S Truman, the then United States President ordered the Atomic Bombing over Japan. While giving the order, Truman decided that only bombing a city would make an adequate impression on the Japanese army. He wants to destroy Japan’s ability to fight wars, so he selects the target cities to keep in mind the military production areas. Mr. Truman makes sure to avoid any monuments or other places which hold cultural importance.
The primary target for the bomb was Kokura, but because of the smoky clouds the US moves the destination towards the scenic Nagasaki. The Kokura city was obscured by clouds and smoke, as the nearby city of Yahata had been firebombed on the previous day. One of the steel plants in that area was set on fire on August 08. The Fat Man was dropped over the Urakami Valley which is midway between the Mitsubishi Steel and Arms Works and the Mitsubishi-Urakami Ordnance Works. The bomb gets exploded after 53 seconds making the whole area into ash clouds.
Nagasaki was one of the major shipbuilding ports in Japan. During World War II, the city manufactured weapons for the Japanese military. Two munitions factories (bombs, shells, cartridges, pyrotechnics, and screening smokes) were located there: the Mitsubishi Steel and Arms Works and the Mitsubishi-Urakami Torpedo Works. This makes the US selects Nagasaki as their second target. The US airforce uses a specially adapted B-29 bomber, called “Bockscar,” after its usual commander, Frederick Bock, took off from Tinian Island under the command of Maj. Charles W. Sweeney for the attack.
Nagasaki Day 2023 Quotes
“At a time when the Japanese were pleading desperately for peace, Hiroshima and Nagasaki were atomized.”
“People are still bearing the scars of history; we are still experiencing the aftershock of Hiroshima.”
“Everything, save our ways of thinking, has changed as a result of the atom’s unleashed power, and we are now heading for an unprecedented catastrophe.”
Each positive value has a corresponding negative price… Hiroshima is the result of Einstein’s brilliance. -Spanish painter Pablo Picasso
“Let’s be alert-alert in two ways, therefore. Since Auschwitz, we are aware of the power of man.
“How do we prevent Iran from developing an atomic bomb on the American side, when nuclear dropping on Japan is not recognized as a war crime.”
“Now when we look back to Guildford of that time, it seems much more exotic than Nagasaki.”
“In Nagasaki, American planes dropped the warning leaflets – but not till Aug 10, the day after the city was bombed.”
Nagasaki Day Quiz 2023
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