On this day…

Today is the 48th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Binh Ba. It was one of Australia’s most significant battles of the Vietnam War.

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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.