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On this date in 1945, the Amer­i­can B-29 bomber “Enola Gay” dropped a four-tonne atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Ja­pan. The city was en­gulfed by clouds of ra­dioac­tiv­ity gen­er­ated by the bomb, in­no­cently nick­named “Lit­tle Boy.” An es­ti­mated 140,000 peo­ple were killed and 50,000 build­ings de­stroyed in what marked the be­gin­ning of the nu­clear era. A sec­ond bomb was dropped three days later on Na­gasaki, lead­ing to Ja­pan’s sur­ren­der and the end of the Sec­ond World War.

In 1965, US Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son signs the Vot­ing Rights Act pro­hibit­ing vot­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion against mi­nori­ties.

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