September 22, 2015 |
YOU RARELY SAW Howard Wells without a camera around his neck. What started as a hobby eventually became a passion and ultimately a source of income. You weren't safe from the prying lens of Howard's camera. Nor would you want to be. His photographs captured the daily doings of his native city and its denizens. He also worked for a time for African-American newspapers the Philadelphia Tribune and the Afro-American, recording the events of the day, especially those of interest to African-Americans.
August 3, 2015 |
HIROSHIMA, Japan - At 8:15 a.m. local time, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 1945, Little Boy exploded above that country's 10th-largest city, flattening it with the force of 15,000 tons of TNT. So dawned Day One of the Nuclear Age. Coming up on the 70th anniversary, we stood as tourists in Hiroshima, my wife and I, just yards from ground zero for the first atomic bomb - one of two ever to be used in warfare, with the second dropped three days later on Nagasaki....
July 24, 2015 |
* Globe's best bar: Hop Sing Laundromat is one of the best bars in the world. So says Conde Nast Traveler, which lists the Chinatown destination on its hot list of 30 establishments. Hop Sing opened in 2012 at 1029 Race St. There's no sign outside - just a doorbell and an iron gate that summons a doorman who ushers you upstairs into a vestibule whose floor is coated in pennies. It's run by a guy known as Lê who is hard to pin down, pretends to be from North Korea and denies entry to those wearing sneakers.
October 16, 2014 |
Ralph Tekel, 94, of Center City, a retired La Salle University chemistry professor who as a graduate student contributed to the Manhattan Project - albeit without his knowledge - died Wednesday, Oct. 8, of pneumonia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. According to his daughter Billie Elias, in 1944 Dr. Tekel was part of a research team led by Dr. Henry Hass at Purdue University called Project 220. The team was asked to prepare Freon-like materials called fluorocarbons, Elias said.
December 24, 2012 |
Norman Mayor, 91, of Dresher, a chemist and World War II veteran who helped the U.S. military build the atomic bomb, died Friday of natural causes. Mr. Mayor was drafted into the Army in 1944, thinking he was going to be sent to Bellingham, Wash., and eventually to the Pacific Theater, his daughter Alisa Mayor said Sunday. Instead, after completing training in Texas, he and a group of other chemists were told to report to Knoxville, Tenn. "Then they were told to wait on a certain corner and a certain street," Alisa Mayor said.
August 5, 2012 |
TOKYO - A grandson of former President Harry Truman, who ordered the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II, was in Hiroshima on Saturday to attend a memorial service for the victims. Clifton Truman Daniel visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and laid a wreath for the 140,000 people killed by the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing authorized by his grandfather. Another atomic blast in Nagasaki three days later killed 70,000 more. "I think this cenotaph says it all - to honor the dead to not forget and to make sure that we never let this happen again," Daniel said after offering a silent prayer.
August 14, 2011 |
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The poster's hush-hush tone said it all: "What you see here, what you do here, what you hear here, when you leave here, let it stay here. " Here in the rolling hills of eastern Tennessee, America built one of three secret cities that developed the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leading to Japan's surrender on Aug. 14, 1945, and bringing an end to World War II. The city, now called Oak Ridge, once was home to 75,000 people, yet it did not appear on any map. Visitors could get into the town only through gated entrances.
August 10, 2010
Nagasaki marks bomb anniversary TOKYO - The southern Japan city of Nagasaki marked the 65th anniversary Monday of the U.S. atomic bomb attack with a record 32 countries attending - but no American representative. A moment of silence was observed at 11:02 a.m., the time the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945. The ceremony also included a chorus of aging survivors of the bombing, and Mayor Tomihisa Taue calling for a nuclear-free world. Nagasaki was flattened three days after the U.S. detonated its first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima.
August 6, 2010
By John Rossi Some years ago, Paul Fussell wrote a controversial essay titled "Thank God for the Atom Bomb. " In it, he argued that dropping two nuclear bombs on Japan was necessary to end the war in the Pacific. With today's 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima - followed three days later by Nagasaki - memories of the awesome event in world history are sure to appear. One question in particular will be raised again: Was it right for President Harry S. Truman to order the use of atomic weapons?
July 13, 2008 |
Sadako Sasaki was 2 years old when the United States bombed Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945. Sadako survived the bombing, but developed leukemia at 11. A friend told her of the legend that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish, and Sadako went to work, hoping to extend her life. Sadako died in 1955, at age 12. Her story is well-known, captured by author Eleanor Coerr in the children's book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. This month, a Baptist church in Wayne is organizing a crane-making effort across the region with a different wish in mind: peace.