On This Day 14 October

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-10-14
In 1926 Winnie-the-Pooh was published; in 1892 Sherlock Holmes was published; in 1943 Japan declared the Philippines independent; in 1968 Euston Station re-opened. In 1913 Britain saw its worst pit disaster at Senghenydd in South Wales

Tanchwa Senghennydd - The Senghenydd Explosion

It was on the 14th of October, 1913 that 439 miners in the Senghenydd colliery were killed following an explosion.


There had been a previous inquest which showed the high levels of coal dust which would have further carried the explosion into the mine workings. While the exact cause of the 1913 disaster is unknown it is thought the most likely cause was a spark from signalling equipment.

It took several days until the fires were under control, and several weeks for the bodies to be recovered.


Other events on this day

  • 1926: Winnie-the-Pooh was published
  • 1892: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes published by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • 1913: worst pit disaster in Britain with 400 miners being killed in Senghenydd, South Wales
  • 1943: Japan declared the Philippines independent under President Laurel
  • 1968: Euston Station, London, re-opened after rebuilding
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