Today in Buried History: The French Mining Disaster that killed over 1,300 workers

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March 10th marks the date of the worst coal mining disaster in European History. It was on this day in 1906, in a mine in northern France operated by the Courrières mining company that a coal dust explosion killed between 1,060 and 1,300 miners. Days before the tragedy, a union delegate had warned the company that smoke and toxic gas had been detected. The company refused halt production despite these warnings.

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