Daily Archives: July 25, 2015

President Truman orders atomic bombs be dropped on Japan 70 years ago this hour (July 25 1945)

Video: 'Peter Jennings - Hiroshima: Why the Bomb was Dropped (1995)' (July 25, 1945, at 54:18)

(Wednesday, July 25, 1945, 5:15-7:30 p.m. CEST; during World War II) — U.S. President Harry S. Truman today gave control of the atomic bombs to the military, which ordered that they be used as soon as the Potsdam Conference was over (click here for a clip of this event from “American Experience: Truman” at 2:07:28).