Americans, and most people in the contemporary Western world, receive a version of history that is, without a doubt, Americanized. This sanitized and whitewashed view of the past often brushes over the tragedies at Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the fallout of history’s first, and to date only, use of atomic arms on a populace. The dreadful aftermath that the US Air Force left Japan to contend with is still somewhat celebrated in America as the event that brought an end to World War II. But much of the rest of the world considers it to be an atrocity.
The bombings occurred on August 6 and 9, 1945, as the US dropped the "Little Boy" and the "Fat Man" on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. The Japanese, who until that point refused to concede defeat, immediately surrendered. Horror stories from survivors now available to the public have shed light on why they surrendered so quickly. The effects of the strikes still impact the present psychology of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.