December 3, 1991
Responsibility for the all-out, U.S. government-sponsored research effort that produced the first atomic bomb was assigned Aug. 13, 1942, to the Manhattan Engineer District of the Army Corps of Engineers. And from then on, the entire effort was known as the Manhattan Project. By Dec. 2, 1942, a laboratory at the University of Chicago, under Enrico Fermi's direction, initiated the first self-sustaining chain reaction using an experimental uranium and graphite atomic pile.
March 16, 1995 |
Underscoring a wide "perception gap" between Japan and the United States, the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Wednesday sharply challenged the prevailing U.S. view that the nuclear attacks on their cities were necessary to end World War II. Nagasaki Mayor Hitoshi Motoshima called the attacks "one of two great crimes against humanity in the 20th Century, along with the Holocaust."
July 30, 1995 |
News of the "tremendous, large bomb" that destroyed Hiroshima first reached her hometown in Japan over the radio. "We didn't know anything about atomic bombs at that time," recalls Tsuyuko (Dewie) Janzen of Mission Viejo. "They just said it was something they had never seen before." Janzen, then 17-year-old Tsuyuko Tarumoto, was home from college in Tokyo for the summer that August.
June 9, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO NAGASAKI, JAPAN From LAX, connecting service to Nagasaki is available on All Nippon. Restricted round-trip airfares begin at $783, including taxes and fees. Trams serve the major sights and hotels. $1.50 per ride or $5 day pass purchased at hotels. TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 81 (country code for Japan) and the local number. WHERE TO STAY Garden Terrace Nagasaki Hotel, 2-3 Akizuki-machi, Nagasaki; 95-864-7777, http://www.gt-nagasaki.jp/ . This showpiece hotel is worth the trip across town.
December 2, 2012
Dec. 7, 1941: Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Dec. 8, 1941: Japanese bomb the Philippines, destroying many aircraft at Clark Field Dec. 22, 1941: About 43,000 Japanese troops begin the main invasion of Luzon; American and Filipino troops begin to amass on Bataan Dec. 24, 1941: Manila declared "open city" End of December 1941: Ground war in progress on Bataan Feb. 8, 1942: Japan decides to regroup after its forces are repelled ...
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June 6, 1998
About 50 peace activists protested nuclear testing in front of the Pakistani Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard on Friday and then met with Consul General Tariq Azizuddin. The demonstrators condemned nuclear tests by India and Pakistan in recent weeks. Among the protesters was James Yamazaki, the physician in charge of the U.S. Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, which was sent to Nagasaki, Japan, in 1949. "One misstep could be such a holocaust," he said.
June 28, 2013 |
If you've ever wanted to pretend to be James Bond on the abandoned island he travels to in "SkyFall," you can now do so thanks to Google Street View. The island of Hashima, near Nagasaki, Japan, was home to a coal mining facility that housed 5,000 people in the 19th century. But after coal mining declined in the 1970s, the island was abandoned, the empty buildings left to decay. "Hashima has transformed into an eerie tourist destination where you can see a once-thriving town decaying and totally devoid of life," Google wrote in a blog post . "Apparently, Hashima's buildings are deteriorating so rapidly that you can hear parts of the concrete collapse as the wind blows from the ocean.
October 20, 2004 |
President Bush has signed a bill requiring the federal government to study the potential for adding historic Manhattan Project sites, including a reactor at the Hanford nuclear site, to the national park system. Former nuclear workers and concerned residents for years have been trying to preserve Hanford's B Reactor as a museum.