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August 5
In 1945, ground crewmen loaded the "Little Boy" atomic bomb into the B-29 Enola Gay as rumors sweep across Tinian that something unusual was about to happen. Planes from American escort carriers Cape Gloucester, Fanshaw Bay, Lunga Point and Makin Island attacked Japanese bases on the coast of mainland China, 100 miles from Shanghai. Radio Chungking claimed retreating Japanese in South China have murdered 50,000 civilians.
In 1953, Operation Big Switch was under way as prisoners taken during the Korean conflict were exchanged at Panmunjom.
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