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This Happened — August 6: Atomic Bombing Of Hiroshima

The atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the United States on this day in 1945, during World War II.

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Why was Hiroshima a target for the atomic bomb?

Hiroshima was chosen as a target for the atomic bomb due to its military significance and its dense population. It was a major industrial and military hub for Japan, and the goal was to cripple Japan's war effort and force its surrender.

How many people died in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima?

It is estimated that approximately 140,000 people died as a direct result of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. This number includes those who were killed instantly by the blast and thermal effects, as well as those who died in the following months and years due to injuries, radiation sickness, and other related causes.

What was the immediate impact of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima?

The atomic bomb caused immense destruction and devastation in Hiroshima. The blast instantly killed thousands of people and leveled buildings within a radius of approximately one mile. Fires broke out across the city, adding to the destruction, and the intense heat and radiation had long-lasting effects on the survivors and the environment.

What were the long-term effects of the atomic bombing on Hiroshima?

Many survivors suffered from radiation-related illnesses, such as cancer and genetic mutations. The city had to undergo extensive reconstruction and faced ongoing challenges in terms of health, infrastructure, and the social and psychological well-being of the affected population. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki also had a profound impact on the course of history, leading to Japan's surrender and the end of World War II.

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Milei Elected: Argentina Bets It All On "Anything Is Better Than This"

The radical libertarian Javier Milei confounded the polls to decisively win the second round of Argentina's presidential elections; now he must win over a nation that has voiced its disgust with the country's brand of politics as usual.

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Javier Milei at a campaign rally

Eduardo van der Kooy


BUENOS AIRES — Two very clear messages were delivered by Argentine society with its second-round election of the libertarian politician Javier Milei as its next president.

The first was to say it was putting a definitive end to the Kirchner era, which began in 2003 with the presidency of the late Néstor Kirchner and lasted, in different forms, until last night.

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The second was to choose the possibility, if nothing else, of a future that allows Argentina to emerge from its longstanding state of prostration. It's a complicated bet, because the election of the candidate of Libertad Avanza (Liberty Advances) is so radical and may entail changes to the political system so big as to defy predictions right now.

This latter is the bigger of the two key consequences of the election, but the voters turning their back on the government of Cristina and Alberto Fernández and its putative successor, (the Economy minister) Sergio Massa, also carries historical significance. They could not have said a clearer No to that entrenched political clan. So much so that they decided to trust instead a man who emerged in 2021 as a member of parliament, with a weak party structure behind him and a territorial base no bigger than three mayors in the Argentine hinterland.

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