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The first time a nuclear weapon was used in anger was 65 years ago today, when a uranium bomb of a type never before tested was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan. The bombing doubled as a test of the design. It worked.

The second time a nuclear weapon was used in anger was three days later, over Nagasaki, Japan. That was a plutonium bomb of a type tested just once, less than a month before, in the New Mexico desert. That design worked, too.

The third time a nuclear weapon was used in anger hasn’t happened yet, 65 years later.

I’m not sure what that tells us, but I sure hope it means something.