HANS REMEMBERS- WEDNESDAY JULY 17, 1970- 50 YEARS AGO

Hans Remembers- Wednesday July 17, 1970. 50 Years Ago.

  • A chartered bus carrying 49 children and ten adults from Hillel School in Lawrence, New York skidded off an interstate highway near New Smithville, Pennsylvania and plunged down a 50 foot embankment. Seven of the children were killed and 42 injured. The group had been on their way to an overnight trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania. Guardrails which would have stopped the bus had been knocked down in a previous accident and hadn’t been replaced.
  • In the United Kingdom- 47,000 longshoremen walked out on strike at the end of the day shift tying up Great Britain’s 40 major ports for the first time since 1926. The next morning Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed a state emergency as dockworkers refused to load or unload nearly 100 ships already in the harbor. A compromise would eventually be reached and the longshoremen returned to work on August 3rd.

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