On this day: a Protest Against a Prince

Created Prince of Wales in 1958, it was not until 1969 that Prince Charles’ investiture finally took place, in a ceremony televised on the BBC.

While the event, taking place in July, was generally welcomed, some Welsh people thought it was a symbol of their subjugation. A protest was held on the 6th of March.

Cofia_1282,_a_protest_against_the_investiture_(1537984)1 Prince Charles Prince of Wales Geoff Charles 6th March 1969

The image was taken by Welsh photojournalist Geoff Charles.

The investiture took place at the same location as the protest: Caernarfon Castle.

 

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On this day: the Violet Town rail accident

Southern Aurora collision, Violet Town, 7 February 1969.

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Otherwise known as the Southern Aurora rail disaster, the Violet Town accident happened in Australia on the 7th of February, 1969 on the overnight train between Sydney and Melbourne.

1969 Southern Aurora train crash at Violet Town

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Occurring about one kilometre out Violet Town in the state of Victoria, the accident happened when the driver of the passenger train, the Southern Aurora, had a heart attack and collided with a freight train.

Nine people died and forty were injured. The driver of the other train was one of the people killed, though he tried to take cover in the engine room.