Seventy-one years ago on this date, The United States of America took a risky, but important, step in ending World War Two. The Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress dropped Little Boy, the first atomic bomb used in warfare on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, Fat Man, a plutonium nuclear weapon was deployed on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. The latter device is pictured in the image above.
These nuclear weapons remain the only use of such devices in warfare to date. The effects of these two weapons was to end hostilities between the US and Allies and Imperial Japan. Millions of lives were saved as a result because of the termination of what might have been another several years of losses on both sides of both military and civilian lives.
Now, all seriousness aside, I must share a humorous anecdote about this date in history from the proprietor of Lagniappe’s Lair who resides in New Orleans . . .
71 years ago today, we took a decisive step to ending World War Two.
Most of the media no longer brings this day up. Mustn’t offend all the “victims”, ya know.
But the other day, I had occasion to mention this day’s historical significance and…well let us say that it did not go all that well.
The bar that I was in was contemplating a theme party for tonight. They do them weekly but didn’t know what to do for tonight. I remembered what day it was and I suggested that they do a “Hiroshima Day” theme. Everyone looked at me all puzzled so I explained what the date meant and said “Just tell everyone to wear something Japanese, come on in and get bombed!”
And once again, I was reminded that I live on a very blue island in the middle of an otherwise wonderfully red state. The wails of anguish could probably be heard on the next block, and…well let’s just say that I wasn’t the most popular person there after that.
Oh well…it’s not like there’s a shortage of bars around here.
Anyone got any more hipster repellent? I seem to be out for the moment.
That made both The Better Half and I chuckle when we read it.