U2NEWS: The Unforgettable Fire

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>From U2NEWS History:

August 5 1984 U2 finish work on the album which will eventually be
called "The Unforgettable Fire".

August 6 1945 8:15 AM Local Time. The US bomber "Enola Gay"
drops the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Days later, another is
dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Japan surrenders within 24 hours of the
second bombing and ends the Pacific Theater portion of World War II.

>From the July 24, 1995 issue of Newsweek:

"A bright light filled the plane," wrote Lt. Col. Paul Tibbets, the pilot
of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the first atomic bomb. "We
turned back to look at Hiroshima. The city was hidden by that awful
cloud...boiling up, mushrooming." For a moment, no one spoke. Then
everyone was talking. "Look at that! Look at that! Look at that!"
exclaimed the co-pilot, Robert Lewis, pounding on Tibbets's shoulder.
Lewis said he could taste atomic fission; it tasted like lead. Then he
turned away to write in his journal. "My God," he asked himself,
"what have we done?" (special report, "Hiroshima: August 6, 1945")

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