Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose

On Saturdays, the Irish Times prints facsimile pages from historic issues of the newspaper. This past week it was the front page from Tuesday, August 7, 1945.

ATOMIC BOMB NOW IN USE AGAINST JAPAN.
President Truman yesterday startled the world of science by announcing that an American aeroplane on Sunday dropped an atomic bomb on a Japanese supply base on Hiroshima. "That bomb," he said, "had more power than 20,000 tons of T.N.T., and more than 2,000 times the blast power of the 10-tonners dropped by the R.A.F. on Germany.
The new bomb harnesses the power of the universe, the President is quoted as saying: "The most amazing advance in warfare since the invention of gun powder."

And a photo of HST, beaming like a kid on Christmas morning.

And just to keep things in proper Irish perspective, the adjacent story on the front page of the August 7, 1945, Irish Times: BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND SPOILED BY WEATHER.