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The Colonial Sugar Refinery begins mining blue asbestos at Wittenoom Gorge, Pilbara, Western Australia. In the years since, over 2000 workers and residents of Wittenoom have died from asbestos-related diseases. As a result, operations at Wittenoom have come to be regarded as the worst industrial disaster in Australian history. The 1990 song Blue Sky Mine by Midnight Oil is inspired by the disaster.
I've Heard That Song Before by Harry James And His Orchestra reaches No1 in the Billboard R'n'B Singles Chart in the USA.