• Remembering Hiroshima

    Seventy-four years ago today, on August 6, 1945, a single American bomber carrying a single bomb destroyed an entire Japanese city. The atomic age had begun. A teeming wartime metropolis of a quarter million people, Hiroshima stretched over the broad, marshy flatlands of the Ota River delta, as...

    August 6, 2019 - By Joe Cirincione
  • Hiroshima Day 2017

    On August 6, 1945, the United States became the first and only nation to use a nuclear weapon in combat, when it dropped the ‘Little Boy’ atomic bomb on Hiroshima and ‘Fat Man’ on Nagasaki three days later. The two bombings killed at least 129,000 people and injured many others. Radiation from...

    August 4, 2017 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • The US War Department's Archival Footage of the Bombing of Hiroshima

    When Barack Obama travels to Hiroshima on May 27, he will be the first sitting US President to visit the site of one of two instances in human history where a nuclear weapon was used. Over 70 years have passed, but the reverberation from the "rain of ruin" unleashed on August 6, 1945 remains....

    May 12, 2016 - By Will Lowry
  • 69 years ago the world fundamentally changed. With a single bomb, an atom bomb, the entire city of Hiroshima was wiped out and and more than 100,000 people were killed. Nagasaki was similarly bombed three days later and again, a single bomb killed 50,000 people.

    A new era had begun, one in which all humanity was just minutes from destruction.

    August 4, 2014 - By Eric Sutphin
  • Today marks the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. On August 6, 1945, the U.S. used the first nuclear bomb in combat, destroying a city and killing over one-hundred thousand people in the blink of an eye. The aftermath of Hiroshima is preserved in haunting photos that serve as a reminder of the devastation caused by these horrible weapons of mass destruction.

    August 6, 2013 - By admin
  • In August 1945, an estimated 185,000 people lost their lives as a result of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which represent the first and only nuclear attacks on earth. We are working to ensure they are also the last.

    August 29, 2012 - By admin
  • In 1945, Ploughshares Fund supporter Reid Dennis was sent by the Navy to Japan. While there he visited both Hiroshima and Nagasaki shortly after their bombing. Reid has kindly shared his remembrances of that visit with us, below. 

    August 9, 2012 - By admin
  • Sadako Sasaki was two years old on August 6, 1945 when a nuclear bomb was dropped on her hometown of Hiroshima. It was the world’s first experience with nuclear war. Sadako was among the fortunate who survived the initial blast.

    August 6, 2012 - By admin
  • Sixty-seven years ago in August, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, the only time that nuclear weapons have ever been used in warfare.

    August 2, 2012 - By Kelly Bronk
  • As we all wished a very happy birthday to the United States of America this week, at Ploughshares we were also busy with some spring – make that summer – cleaning. Books made their way onto new shelves, and pamphlets into files. Along the way we found some blasts-from-the-past and other items that left us scratching our heads:

    July 5, 2012 - By Nora Wilkinson