63 years ago today, a fellow named Paul Tibbets flew a plane named after his mother halfway around the world and dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

If you want to know how this came to be, may I recommend my micropatronage-funded essay “Dark Miracle“? It’s about the Manhattan Project and Trinity, the test site where the first bomb was tested, a few days before Tibbets dropped his own version. I like the piece more the more often I read it; I hope you will, too.

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