Aberfan Mining Disaster

“For history buffs, the title card at the beginning of The Crown Season 3, Episode 3—“Aberfan, Wales”—will provoke an instant sense of dread. But for most viewers, particularly in the United States, this episode will serve as an introduction to one of the most devastating incidents in modern British history. As chronicled in the horrifying episode, the 1966 Aberfan mining disaster killed 144 people, most of them children, and became a moment of public reckoning for the queen. Here’s what you need to know about the real story behind the episode.” For full story with a link to the BBC’s exhaustive oral history of this tragedy, click here.

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