Did One Wrong Word Cause the Hiroshima Bombing?

Readers of Commonplace will not be surprised to learn that one little mistranslation from one language to another can be embarrassing. Whether it is one misplaced letter when cheering General Douglas MacArthur, an incompetent interpreter for a US President, or slip of a tongue during an word of encouragement from a member of the royal family, one... Continue Reading →

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The Man Who Survived Two Atomic Bombs

Tsutomu Yamaguchi could tell you stories about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was working for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and on August 6, 1945 his work took him to the city of Hiroshima, Japan. At 8:15 a.m. the sky ignited with the explosion of the first atomic bomb to be used... Continue Reading →

James Doohan — A Hero in the 20th Century as Well as the 23rd

Actor James Doohan (1920-2005) is mostly known for the 23rd century exploits of his character Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in Star Trek. Less widely known are his heroics in the 20th century -- most specifically during World War II. Commissioned a lieutenant in the 14th Field Artillery Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, Doohan saw his first combat at Juno... Continue Reading →

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