In one of the worst colliery disasters in Scottish history the pit wall between an old abandoned pit and the pit the miners were in gave way allowing the water from the old pit to flood into the pit where the miners were working, the collapse was so quick that the pit flooded almost instantly drowning 70 miners.
A major landslide in Someo crushed 20 homes and partially buried them leaving most of the villagers buried or swept away and up to 20 dead.
A new faster service between England and America is soon to be started using the latest and fastest passenger flying boat built “The Caledonian” from Imperial Airways. This four engine flying boat will begin regular services between the United States and great Britain shortly.
1946 : 75 ships have been quarantined until tests for radioactive contamination are completed, they are suspected to have have high radio activity due to the nuclear atom bomb testing at Bikini Atoll.
The first underwater telephone service from the United States to Europe begins today using two 2,250 mile cables under the Atlantic Ocean to provide the clearest all wire voice link between the two continents.
A Pacific Southwest Airlines jet collides in mid-air with a small Cessna over San Diego, killing 153 people.
As the heat wave comes to an end in France the Health Ministry confirms that nearly 15,000 had died from the extreme temperatures (7 days with 40 °C / 104 °F or more recorded) in August with most of those being the elderly. Due to the extreme temperatures and the fact that most homes and retirement homes are not equipped with air conditioning. August is traditionally the month when many people, including government ministers and physicians, are on vacation and many of the elderly are left to fend for themselves in homes that were not suitable for that type of weather.
West Africa including Chad, Mali, Gambia, Niger and Mauritania are suffering the worst Plague of Locusts in 40 years. The locusts are clearing hundreds of thousands of acres of the meager crops these countries can produce and because the numbers of swarms are so high pesticide control is unable to keep up. Most of these countries have suffered from droughts in recent years and if the locusts continue famine on a massive scale will occur once again.
After solving some financial troubles, the German state of Bavaria is set to build the country’s first magnetic levitation rail service. The cost of the project is estimated at 2.6 billion dollars. Magnetic Levitation Rail works using a large number of magnets for lift and propulsion and has the potential to be faster, quieter and smoother than wheeled mass transit systems.
The Polish parliament passed a law that made it mandatory to chemically castrate sex offenders who raped children under fifteen or relatives. The law came as a part of a bill that increased the penalties for pedophilia.
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