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Mark Pennell sits at the helm of his time machine.Mark's Almanac is a 90-second time travel that highlights the world's history from the very serious to the sometimes sublime.

Mark's Almanac for August 6, 2021

 A photograph of the first atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
A photograph of the first atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

It was on this date in 1945 that an American B-29 bomber dropped the first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Approximately 80,000 people were killed as a direct result of the blast.