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Glossary Term – Event
In the first use of nuclear weapons, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The bomb destroyed much of the city and killed about 30 percent of the population immediately. It injured tens of thousands more. Radiation-related diseases continued to affect residents for years to come. Harry Truman announced the bomb’s deployment to the American public and stated that the United States had chosen to use it when Japan did not respond to the Potsdam Declaration: “If they do not now accept our terms they may...
Nuclear bombs cannot possible remain a “secret weapon” at the exclusive disposal of this country for more than a few years. The scientific facts on which their construction is based are well known to scientists of other countries. Unless an effective internal control of nuclear explosives is instituted, a race for nuclear armaments is certain to ensue following the first revelation of our possession of nuclear weapons to the world. . . . In the war to which an armaments race is likely to lead, the United States, with its...