News on this August 7th in 1945 was about the event that had taken place less than 24 hours earlier in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The Atomic Bomb, dropped by a lone B-29 turned the city into a boiling mass of dust and smoke, reducing the entire city to ash and killing an estimated 90,000-160,00 people, roughly half within the first few minutes after the blast. By August 7th, news of the bombing was finally acknowledged by Tokyo who reported that “practically all living things, human and animal were literally seared to death” by the blast.
News of the bombing caused shock waves all over the world. The full extent of the damage and force of the explosion weren’t really understood at first, but when reports began filtering in that some 30% of the population of Hiroshima were killed within the first few minutes, and that 90% of the doctors and 93% of the nurses who were primarily working in the downtown are of Hiroshima, the center of the blast, had been killed within seconds of detonation and the military base, some 900 yards from the center of the blast had been vaporized, the true horror of what had just been unleashed started to seep in.
So other war news seemed trifling in comparison, even though fighting in the Pacific was still going on. Nothing else seemed to matter in lieu of this new and frightening age now dawning.
And that’s how it happened on this August 7th 1945 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.
Not nearly as dire as the headline might indicate. Still, May 2nd 1986 saw President Reagan arrive in Tokyo for talks with Prime Minister Nakasone, amid a police presence of some 30,000 and not a whole lot of fanfare over what many considered to be testy talks on Trade. Meanwhile, First Lady Nancy Reagan was scouring Southeast Asia in search of support for her “Just Say No” drug pronunciamento.
And all was not looking good for the aftermath of the Chernobyl Disaster, as radiation levels were hitting alarming spikes all over Europe, indicating those billowy white clouds, laden with radioactivity were inching Westward.
And The Sanctuary Movement, a Methodist Church-based group pledged to help refugees from Central America land in the U.S. was slapped in the face with a wet, stinky towel by the Feds who said they were in the business of “smuggling illegal aliens”. Stiff sentences were handed down to the group of Priests and Nuns based on evidence gathered by a real-life smuggler who traded his stiff sentence for a pat on the head by infiltrating the group and turning over what was alleged to be “damning proof” this bunch were up to no good.
And life lumbered on, with all this and more as reported by The CBS World News Roundup, this May 2nd, 1986.
News for this April 23rd in 1942 was truly about a World consumed by war. From Russia came word that one of the B-25 bombers involved in the raid over Tokyo had been force-landed near Siberia and was being held by the Soviets (Russia hadn’t declared war on Japan yet, so . . .). News of near-hysteria on the East Coast of the U.S. over reports of gas rationing to the tune of 5 gallons maximum per week proved to be a false alarm, at least for now and a moratorium on new telephones or lines being installed. From India came word of increased fears over a pending Japanese invasion and fierce fighting taking place in Burma, thought to be the next big battle-front in the war. A stalemate of sorts on the Eastern Front, with Russian and German forces trading gains and losses.
And news, which was taking place while this newscast was on, of a British commando raid underway on the French town of Boulogne.
All this and much more for this day in World War Two as presented by Alka-Seltzer’s News Of The World, for April 23, 1942.
While the war in the Pacific continued, news of the Allies marking an official entry into Berlin provided a reminder that all would be over soon. News on this July 3rd in 1945 was highlighted by an extended report of American, British, French and Russian troops marching into the former seat of Nazi power and assuming the zones of Occupation. Some confusion, badly damaged roads and an all-but-ghost city greeted the Occupation armies. But a collective sigh of relief that this phase of the War was finally over.
Not so much on the Pacific side, as news of continuous B-29 raids over Tokyo continued to destroy Japan’s effort to wage war. Still, fighting was continuing, and accounts of horrific atrocities by retreating Japanese troops provided further grim evidence the War was not going to be over soon enough.
All this, and news from Capitol Hill of Cabinet shakeups and labor strikes for this July 3rd, 1945, as reported by the NBC News Of The World, Night edition.