TODAY IN HISTORY
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.