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On August 6 1945 the first atomic bomb ever was dropped on the city of Hiroshima Japan killing about 70000 people wounding about 70000 and destroying about five square miles of the city The atomic bomb was the result of the manhattan project an enormous undertaking by the US government to exploit the fission process for military purposes by way of a bomb with incredible destructive powers The project was given the green light by President Roosevelt after he received a letter from Albert Einstein describing what could be accomplished with the Manhattan project it took the combined efforts of some of the worlds top scientists to convince Einstein to write the letters and the knowledge that Germany was trying to build their own atomic bombs The atomic bomb affected the world by ending the war changing the way we fight wars and affecting the way people live their everyday lives By the time the Manhattan project was complete the war was nearly over in Europe so President Harry Truman decided that the bomb should be dropped on Japan This was for three reasons the Japanese would not give up the fight easily and Truman did not want any more Americans to die the project was of too great a cost nearly two billion dollars for the American government not to use it and the American citizens held resentment against the Japanese for Pearl Harbor and the treatment of American prisoners So on August 6 1945 a B-29 bomber named the Enola Gay dropped a 9000 pound bomb called little boy on Hiroshima Japan Little Boy detonated 1900 feet above the city immediately it killed about 70000 and left 70000 injured but the full effects of the blast could be felt for years with people dying from radiation sickness some people also developed genetic problems which resulted in having malformed babies or being sterile After the initial attack Truman warned the Japanese that they must
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