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September 14 1916: Inquest begins into mine disaster

September 14 2016

Explosions were a constant danger in the mining industry. The Woodhorn Colliery disaster on August 13 1916 claimed the lives of 13 men, the youngest of whom was just 21. At an inquest the blast was likened to the effect of exploding shells in the trenches of World War I.

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September 22 1916: Famous music act makes date to play in Dundee

September 22 2016

A world-famous singer and comedian, Sir Harry Lauder spend some of his childhood in Arbroath. By 1911 he was considered one of the highest-paid theatrical acts in Britain. It was believed that the 1916 Dundee concert would be his last in the city, though Sir harry continued to tour into the 1930s

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October 30 1916: Army chief made rector of St Andrews University

October 30 2016

St Andrews University has had a number of famous rectors over the years. Those who have held the post include playwright JM Barrie and Monty Python star John Cleese. In 1916 Sir Douglas Haig, commander of the British Army during the Battle of the Somme, was awarded the honour.

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