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barren landscape with burned out bus 1945: US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima

The first atomic bomb is dropped by a United States aircraft on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.


Gherman Titov 1961: Russian cosmonaut spends day in space
The Soviet Union astonishes the world by launching Major Gherman Titov into orbit for a whole day.

1995: Japan mourns Hiroshima anniversary
Up to 50,000 people attend a memorial service in the Japanese city of Hiroshima on the 50th anniversary of the first atomic bombing.

1987: David Owen resigns as leader of SDP
SDP leader Dr David Owen resigns after members of his party voted to merge with the Liberals.

Flotilla escorts Chay Blyth into harbour 1971: Sailor's record 'wrong way' voyage
A British man becomes the first to sail the world non-stop in the "wrong" direction - east to west - against the prevailing winds and currents.

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Top Story 2001: Car bomb in west London injures seven
Top Story 1964: Three civil rights activists found dead
Top Story 1973: Athens attack leaves three dead
Top Story 1998: US embassies in Africa bombed
Top Story 1991: Beirut hostage John McCarthy freed
Top Story 1945: Atom bomb hits Nagasaki
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