On this day in 1945, at 8:16 a.m. Japanese time, an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, drops the world’s first atom bomb, over the city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people are killed as a direct result of the blast, and another 35,000 are injured. At least another 60,000 would be dead by the end of the year from the effects of the fallout.
The Quaker Peace Testimony
Friends oppose and refuse to engage in war and violence. Friends embrace the transforming power of love and the power of nonviolence, striving for peace in daily interactions with family, neighbours, fellow community members, and those from every corner of the world.