14th October 1913 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY: in Prahran, Melbourne, Australia – John Grantley (“Ginty”) Lush, Australian cricketer.

http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/5/5965/5965.html

Accidents and disasters: At the Universal Colliery in Senghenydd, South Wales, British coal-mining suffers its worst ever disaster when 440 miners die after an explosion. The authorities later fine the manager £5, with a total of fines on all parties at £24. The local newspaper headline reads: “Miners lives at One and a Penny Farthing each,” (equivalent to about 5 pence in modern english money, or 8 US cents).

http://www.healeyhero.co.uk/rescue/pits/Universal/Universal1.htm

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