Birth of an Era

A new era was born—the age of atomic force. Like many an epoch in man's progress toward civilization, it was wombed in war's destruction. The birth was announced one day this week by the President of the United States. His words:

"Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an important Japanese army base. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of TNT. ... It is an atomic bomb. It is a harnessing of the basic power of the universe. . . . What has been done is the greatest...

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