M965.199.4759 | How to Get the Genie Back in the Bottle?

Drawing, cartoon
How to Get the Genie Back in the Bottle?
John Collins
About 1945, 20th century
Ink, crayon and graphite on card
35.6 x 29 cm
Gift of Mr. John Collins - The Gazette
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , politics (10928)
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Keys to History

The Pacific War ended soon after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki early in August 1945. A rich deposit of pitchblende (a source of radium and uranium) on the eastern shore of Great Bear Lake, in northern Canada, had provided the large quantities of uranium needed for the atomic bombs. Canada also produced the heavy water needed to moderate uranium fission, and Canadians helped in the nuclear research needed to make the bomb. The use of the bomb dramatically changed modern warfare and began a new era in history.

  • What

    The first atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima by the crew of the American bomber The Enola Gay. Over 110,000 Japanese were killed.

  • Where

    The Americans dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

  • When

    The Pacific War ended on August 14, 1945, five days after the bombing of Nagasaki.

  • Who

    Canada was prepared to send air, naval and ground forces to attack Japan.