• Short Summary

    A THOUSAND PIGEONS WERE RELEASED INTO A CLEAR AND CLOUDLESS SUMMER SKY AT HIROSHIMA ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 6) - THE 21ST ANNIVERSARY OF DROPPING OF THE WORLD'S FIRST ATOMIC BOMB ON THE DOOMED AND UNSUSPECTING CITY.

  • Description

    A THOUSAND PIGEONS WERE RELEASED INTO A CLEAR AND CLOUDLESS SUMMER SKY AT HIROSHIMA ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 6) - THE 21ST ANNIVERSARY OF DROPPING OF THE WORLD'S FIRST ATOMIC BOMB ON THE DOOMED AND UNSUSPECTING CITY.

    HIROSHIMA WAS REBUILT, AND 21 YEARS AFTER THE TRAGIC "THIN MAN" BOMB WAS RELEASED FROM THE B-29 FLYING FORTRESS "ENOLA GAY", THE CITY LOOKS LIKE ANY OTHER BUSTLING METROPOLIS. BUT SOME OF THE SHATTERED RUINS - ALL THAT WAS LEFT OF HIROSHIMA ON AUGUST 6, 1945 - HAVE BEEN PRESERVED AS A REMINDER OF THE HAVOC CAUSED BY THE FOUR TON (4,064 KILOGRAM) BOMB.

    ON SATURDAY, IN HIROSHIMA'S SHADY TREE-LIMITED PEACE PARK, 20,000 PEOPLE LISTENED TO MAYOR SHINZO HAMAI RECALL THE DESTRUCTION. MAYOR HAMAI IS ONE OF THE FEWER THAN 100,000 SURVIVING FROM HIROSHIMA'S ORIGINAL POPULATION. ALL EXISTING RECORDS WERE DESTROYED, BUT IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THERE WERE 420,000 PEOPLE IN THE CITY WHEN THE BOMB FELL. ONLY 176,987 SURVIVORS WERE ACCOUNTED FOR, AND IN THE NEW ATOMIC BOMB HOSPITAL PEOPLE ARE STILL DYING FROM CANCER AND LEUKAEMIA. THE LEUKAEMIA RATE IN HIROSHIMA IS FIVE TIMES HIGHER THAN IN THE REST OF JAPAN.

    THE MAYOR ADDED THE NAMES OF 550 PEOPLE TO THE LIST OF 61,993 KNOWN ATOMIC BOMB VICTIMS IN THE CITY'S MEMORIAL TOWER. OF THE NEW NAMES 482 ARE KNOWN TO HAVE DIED IN THE BLAST, WHILE ANOTHER 68 HAVE DIED OF RADIATION SICKNESS IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS. THE MAYOR READ A PEACE DECLARATION DEPLORING THE NUCLEAR TESTS STILL BEING CONDUCTED IN THE ATMOSPHERE. HE SAID THE SURVIVAL OF MANKIND DEPENDED ON INDIVIDUAL NATIONS REALISING THAT ALL PEOPLE ON EARTH SHARED A COMMON DESTINY.

    IN A SPECIAL MESSAGE THE SAME DAY, JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER EISAKU SATO SAID JAPAN, AS THE ONLY NATION EVER TO HAVE SUFFERED ATOMIC ATTACK WAS PLEDGED TO WORK FOR WORLD PEACE.

    ALSO BEING HELD IN HIROSHIMA DURING THE ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND WERE TWO BAN-THE BOMB CONFERENCES - ONE SPONSORED BY THE JAPANESE COMMUNIST PARTY AND THE OTHER BY THE SOCIALISTS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2Q3G4VIANAVDGPQABSCKWWZW3
    Media URN:
    VLVA2Q3G4VIANAVDGPQABSCKWWZW3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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