A mushroom cloud is seen over Nagasaki, Japan, after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city on August 9, 1945. It came three days after a bomb was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan.
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In pictures: The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Updated 10:11 AM ET, Sun August 9, 2020

A mushroom cloud is seen over Nagasaki, Japan, after the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city on August 9, 1945. It came three days after a bomb was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan.
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Seventy-five years ago, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The devastation led to Japan's unconditional surrender and brought an end to World War II.

To this day, it is the only time that nuclear weapons have been used in warfare.

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