On August 1954, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the cites of Hiroshima and Nagasaki killing over two hundred thousands instantly and more over time due to radiation and other injuries. These two bombs ended World War II and changed the public’s view of nuclear energy. Those bombs were the only nuclear weapons used in any war, but there were many more detonated for tests. (1) During a speech about the nuclear test ban Kennedy said “Eighteen years ago the advent of nuclear weapons changed the course of the world as well as the war.”(2) The invention of nuclear weapons changed the world by having the ability to destroy the human race, changing how countries fight wars, and building fear into people around the world. A group of scientists from around the world named the Manhattan Project was created by the United States.
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On the morning of August 6th, 1945, 1900 feet above Hiroshima, Japan, one hundred forty pounds of highly enriched uranium-235 collided with itself, triggering the first manmade nuclear explosion ever detonated over a populated city (“Little Boy” 1). Seconds later, the lives of 70,000 men, women and children were extinguished (“The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima” 6). Over the course of the next several years the effects of radiation poisoning would kill an additional one hundred thirty thousand people, making the first atomic bomb, nicknamed “little boy”, the most devastating weapon ever used by mankind - for an astonishingly short four days (“The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima” 6). On the morning of August 9th, 1945, another atomic bomb, more powerful than the first, was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan (“The Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki” 1). Just as “little boy” did in Hiroshima, this bomb, nicknamed “fat man”, decimated the population of Nagasaki.