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1945: US drops atomic bomb on Hiroshima
The first atomic bomb is dropped by a United States aircraft on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

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.

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.


Around this Day

3 August
Top Story: 2001: Car bomb in west London injures seven

4 August
Top Story: 1964: Three civil rights activists found dead

5 August
Top Story: 1973: Athens attack leaves three dead

7 August
Top Story: 1998: US embassies in Africa bombed

8 August
Top Story: 1991: Beirut hostage John McCarthy freed

9 August
Top Story: 1945: Atom bomb hits Nagasaki


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