The Most Controversial Decision: The Atomic Bombs

In August of 1945 the most destructive bombs to mankind were dropped over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki due to Japans refusal to an unconditional surrender.

1939-09-01 13:58:13

World War II begins

World War II begins.

1941-10-09 20:11:45

Approval of Atomic Bomb Development

President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves the development of the atomic bomb, the worlds first nuclear weapon.

1941-12-06 14:59:31

Manhattan Project

The United States government research project in which is responsible for having produced the worlds first atomic bombs is known as the Manhattan Project.

1941-12-07 15:46:35

Pearl Harbor

Japan launched a surprise attack among Unites states soil attacking Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

1942-12-02 21:45:44

Nuclear Fission Created

At the University of Chicago Enrico Fermi created the worlds first controlled nuclear fission reaction

1943-05-05 21:45:44

Target Country Chosen

The primary target for the dropping of the worlds first two atomic bombs was chosen as the country of Japan after the recent surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The target was chosen by the Military Policy Committee of the Manhattan Project.

1945-04-12 21:45:44

FDR Dies

Franklin D. Roosevelt dies of a brain hemorrhage. Following his death Harry Truman is named as the 33rd President of the United States of America.

1945-04-27 21:45:44

City Targets Chosen

The Manhattan Project Target Committee select Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kokura, and Niigata, as possible targets to use the atomic bombs on.

1945-05-07 21:45:44

Germany Surrenders

Germany agrees to an unconditional surrender.

1945-07-01 00:08:06

Petition to Call off Bombing

A petition was started by Leo Szilard to get Harry Truman, president of the United States to call off the plan to use the atomic bomb on Japan.

1945-07-16 20:25:19

Trinity Test

In Los Alamos, New Mexico the first atomic bomb was tested at the Trinity site.

1945-07-26 08:14:42

Potsdam Rejected

The Potsdam Declaration was issued, asking for the unconditional surrender of Japan, however Japan refused.

1945-08-03 08:14:42

Bombing Of Nagasaki

Three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, the worlds second ever nuclear weapon was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki.

1945-08-03 08:14:42

Final Targets Decided

Final targets for the detonation of the first two atomic bombs was chosen as the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Kokura.

1945-08-06 08:14:42

Bombing of Hiroshima

The worlds first uranium bomb was detonated over the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

1945-08-09 08:14:42

Truman Adresses Nation

Three days after the United states dropped the first bomb on Hiroshima, President Truman addresses the nation in a radio address.

1945-09-02 19:57:36

Japan Surrenders

Japan formally surrenders having agreed to the allies terms of surrender. Thus bringing WWII to a close.

1945-09-03 19:57:36

Aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was devastating.

The Most Controversial Decision: The Atomic Bombs

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