When were nuclear weapons first used?

Nuclear weapons were first used in 1945, at the end of World War II. Two bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the USA.

Hundreds of thousands of people were killed as a result of these two bombs, leaving a trail of destruction never seen in war before.

This was not only an important turning point in history. Nuclear bombs became a new, deadly threat with huge, a destructive consequences. The nuclear age had begun.

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In 1962 the Cuban crisis erupted when the USA discovered that the USSR was building missile sites on the island of Cuba in the Caribbean. The two superpowers came to the brink of war before the USSR agreed to withdraw the weapons.


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