Hiroshima: Dropping The Bomb (BBC TV)

It was the defining moment of the 20th Century – the scientific, technological, military, and political gamble of the world’s first atomic attack. This drama-documentary shows what it is like to live through a nuclear explosion, millisecond by millisecond. Special effects recreate the reality of the mission, and archive film replays the horrific aftermath. Hear first-hand accounts from the air and ground, re-telling every memory from the day the world first witnessed the horrors of atomic warfare.

On Monday, August 6, 1945 at 8:15 AM, the nuclear weapon Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima by the crew of the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay, directly killing an estimated 80,000 people. By the end of the year, injury and radiation brought total casualties to 90,000-140,000. Approximately 69% of the city’s buildings were completely destroyed, and 6.6% severely damaged.

Nagarekawa Church in the foreground. Hiroshima Station upper far-right.


World March For Peace And Non-Violence kicks off NYC activities with “DIE-IN FOR PEACE” on Hiroshima Day

NEW YORK, August 6—Sixty four years after the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima, The World March for Peace and Nonviolence (www.worldmarchusa.net) will stage a “die-in” for peace in New York City paying silent tribute to the millions of deaths caused by various wars and conflicts over the last century. The unusual event is one of thousands planned globally by the World March to generate awareness of the global threat of nuclear proliferation and its commitment to zero-tolerance for nuclear arms, a position echoed by many of the march’s prominent endorsers, including Miguel d’Escoto, The President of the United Nations General Assembly, and other world leaders.

“It’s important to mark this day not only to remember what happened but to prevent a future nuclear disaster,” says World March spokesperson Chris Wells. “The situation is far more dangerous and unstable than many people realize. There is a growing call for abolition, in the UN, with Obama and Medvedev, and civil initiatives like the World March for Peace and Nonviolence and Global Zero. But we need to build momentum from the grass roots to make sure it happens.”

Scheduled for Hiroshima Day, Thursday, August 6, the Die-in for Peace will feature small groups of “nuclear phantoms” fanning peacefully through midtown wearing white makeup and coveralls on which the deathtolls of various 20th century conflicts will be written. The event will end with a silent gathering of phantoms converging in Times Square.

World March for Peace & Nonviolence


Initiated by the group World Without Wars, the World March for Peace and Nonviolence begins its historic journey October 2 in Wellington New Zealand before traveling through seven continents, 100 plus countries and 300 plus cities. It will arrive in New York City on November 30, 2009 and reach its final destination in Punta de Vacas, Argentina on January 2. 2010.

The primary goals of the World March include:

• nuclear disarmament at a global level
• immediate withdrawal of invading troops from occupied territories
• progressive and proportional reduction of conventional weapons
• signing of non-aggression treaties between countries
• renunciation by governments of the use of war as a means to resolve conflicts

The World March has been endorsed globally by thousands of individuals, pacifist and nonviolence groups, institutions and leading figures in science, culture and politics including Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, South Africa’s Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Zubin Mehta, Yoko Ono, Viggo Mortensen, Abolition 2000 and Mayors for Peace, among others.

For an extensive list of supporters, go to www.theworldmarch.org