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This week in the War, 6–12 August 1945: Hiroshima and Nagasaki

This week in the war, on 6 August and on 9 August 1945, atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The necessity of using the atomic bomb is still debated today.

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This week in the War, 4–10 January 1943: Sadako Sasaki and her paper cranes

Sadako Sasaki was born in Hiroshima this week in the war, on 7 January 1943. She was a little over 2 years old when the atomic bomb fell on her city. Her home was a little less than a mile … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 30 Nov–6 Dec 1942: Enrico Fermi triggers a chain reaction

This week in the war, on 2 December 1942, ex-patriot Italian scientist Enrico Fermi produced the world’s first nuclear chain reaction. He created it inside a so-called atomic pile (now called a nuclear reactor) that he and his team of … Continue reading

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This week in the War, 10–16 August 1942: The Manhattan Project

The Manhattan Project—the project to build an atomic bomb—was launched secretly, this week in the war, on 13 August 1942. The project involved scientists from the USA and Great Britain, including many Jewish scientists who had fled Nazi-occupied Europe. The task … Continue reading

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