Alberty Einstein once said coincidences are God’s way of remaining anonymous.
On August 6 and 9, 1945, the United States detonated two nuclear bombs over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively.
The blasts, and the radiation they caused afterward, killed nearly 90,000 people.
But in 2009, the Japanese government confirmed that there was at least one man who was in each city on the days of the bombings, and lived to tell the tale.
On August 6, Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip. ‘As I was walking along, I heard the sound of a plane, just one,’ he told a British newspaper.
‘I looked up into the sky and saw the B-29, and it dropped two parachutes. I was looking up into the sky at them, and suddenly … it was like a flash of magnesium, a great flash in the sky, and I was blown over.’
By August 9, he had returned home to Nagasaki, only to experience the trauma for a second time.
Despite the double radiation exposure, Yamaguchi lived to be 93. He passed away in 2010 from stomach cancer.