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1943

Great Britain recognized black lung as compensatory injury

Other events that happened on or around 1943

Nov 20, 1968

Gas and dust explosion occurred in Consolidation Coal Company's No. 9 mine at Farmington killing 78 miners

1968

Small group of miners at Montgomery formed the Black Lung Association

Other events that happened on or around 1968

1969

Black lung activists assembled at the Charleston Civic Center

Jan 26, 1969

Black lung activists from across the state assembled at the Charleston Civic Center to press for new laws

Other events that happened on or around January 26, 1969

Feb 18, 1969

Miners at Raleigh County mine went on strike over black lung

Feb 26, 1969

Governor Moore promised to call a special session of the legislature to address the black lung issue

1969

Support spread through the coalfields for the Black Lung Movement

Other events that happened on or around 1969

1969

Congress passed the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act

Other events that happened on or around 1969

1972

Liberal eligibility regulations increased the cost of the black lung program to $1 billion a year

Other events that happened on or around 1972

1982

Reagan administration implemented stricter eligibility standards for black lung compensation

Other events that happened on or around 1982


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