Thirty-eight years ago this month, two U.S. bombers took off three days apart from the Pacific island of Tinian, at that time the largest airfield in the world. Their destinations: the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The atomic bombings of those two cities on August 6 and 9 marked a negative milestone in human history, launching the nuclear age and claiming the Pacific as both base of operations and first target.
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