BORN TODAY: At WIgston Barracks, Leicester, England – Reg Twigg, author of “Survivor on the River Kwai, the Incredible Story of Life on the Burma Railway”, who died in May this year – one of the last survivors of the Death Railway.
World Affairs: In Blomfontein, South Africa, the “Women’s Monument” is unveiled, commemorating the death of around 27,000 Boer women and children who died in British concentration camps during the Boer War (1899-1902).
Natural Disasters: in the Rio Blanco valley in Patagonia, Chile the Rio Blanco Glacier breaks out of its natural dam and sends a huge flood of water, earth and rocks down the valley below.
Accidents: – A bad day for the global mining industry…
~ At the Radium Mine in South Australia, 22 year old miner, K Lively, loses a foot in an underground explosion.
~ On the same day, at the Mainsforth coal-mine in County Durham, England, Joseph Aspey, colliery driver, loses an arm in an accident.
~ And at the Vulcan Mine in Colorado an explosion kills “thirty-eight men practically all Americans”.