On August 6th, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the nation of Japan, on the city of Hiroshima, killing approximately 80,000 people and making ill hundreds of thousands more. This bomb was code-named “Little Boy.”
On August 9th, 1945, the United States dropped another atomic bomb on Japan, this time on the city of Nagasaki. Code-named “Fat Man,” this bomb killed approximately 75,000 people.
In total, it estimated that nearly 300,000 people died as a result of the two bombings.
Occupy Nukes, and other anti-nuclear protesters, held a “die-in” protest at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan on Monday, August 6th, to demand an end to nuclear weapons proliferation and production. The protest was held in front of the headquarters of General Electric in New York City, where Occupy Nukes activists, and supporters, staged a “die-in” or “melt-in,” wherein protesters dressed in black – to symbolize charred bodies – howled in pain before falling to the ground “dead.”
Five of the six nuclear reactors that melted down in March 2011 in Fukushima, Japan were designed by General Electric.
Other protests occurred on the same day at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where the bomb was developed; and at the Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base in Puget Sound, Washington, which is home to eight nuclear powered submarines, which carry nuclear missiles.
At an annual ceremony in Hiroshima on August 6th, Harry Truman’s grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel, said “It’s now my responsibility to do all I can to make sure we never use nuclear weapons again.” U.S. Ambassador John Roos also attended the ceremony in Hiroshima.
The United States remains the only country in the world to have ever used nuclear weapons in war. GE is currently seeking permission, to build a new uranium enrichment facility in Wilmington, North Carolina, pending approval by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Polls consistently show American believe that were it not for the dropping of the atomic bombs, the U.S. would have had to have a ground invasion of Japan, presumably causing more death and destruction than the bombs. This despite many official figures who have stated otherwise, including Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet during World War II, and Admiral William D. Leahy, Truman’s Chief of Staff, who wrote that the “use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender.”