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The mushroom cloud above Hiroshima caused by the atomic bomb

1944 ← 19451946

Before 1900

Prehistoric eras: PrecambrianCarboniferousPermianCretaceous

B.C.E.: Last Ice Age30,0008,0001,100
C.E.: 15021853

1900-1949: 19081915192019261931193219331934193819421943194419451946194719481949

'50s: 1950195119521953195419551956195719581959

'60s: 1960196119621963196419651966196719681969

'70s: 1970197119721973197419751976197719781979

'80s: 1980198119821983198419851986198719881989

'90s: 1990199119921993199419951996199719981999

'00s: 2000200120022003200420052006200720082009

'10s: 2010201120122013201420152016201720182019
'20s: 20202021202220232024

In the real world


  • 9-10 March: Over the course of a single night, American strategic bombers destroy great swathes of Tokyo using incendiary bombs. The engagement is the single most destructive bombing raid in the history of military aviation, cut Tokyo's industrial productivity in half, and is estimated to have killed around 100,000 people.


  • 8 May: Nazi Germany surrenders to the Allies, bringing an end to World War II in Europe, though some pockets of continued fighting take place in the Western Theatre until 11 May.


  • 16 July: Trinity, the world's first detonation of a nuclear weapon, is held at the Jornada del Muerto desert in New Mexico, marking the beginning of the Atomic Age.


  • 3 August: The Kyushu J7W Shinden makes its maiden flight. Two more test flights are conducted on the 6th and 9th of August, the same days as the two nuclear bombings.
  • 6 August: The United States drops the Little Boy atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan using the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, leading to the deaths of 90,000 to 146,000 people.
  • 9 August: The United States drops the Fat Man atomic bomb on Nagasaki using the B-29 Superfortress Bockscar, killing 39,000 to 80,000 people.
  • 15 August: Emperor Hirohito announces the surrender of Japan to the nation.


  • 2 September: The Japanese formally sign the surrender document aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, officially marking the end of World War II. From the time of the surrender until 28 April 1952, Japan is subject to occupation by Allied forces.

In fiction



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