From the pages of the South China Morning Post this week in 1966 First reports from Aberfan in South Wales spoke of 150 feared dead in one of Britain's worst peacetime disasters after an avalanche of waste coal and slag swept down a hillside on the Welsh mining village. More than 100 children were entombed in their school and other people killed in their homes. Two million tonnes of rain-soaked colliery waste from a slag-heap 500 feet up the valley slopes above the village suddenly broke loose, plunging down to bury a school and 15 nearby houses. Dust-grimed miners - some of whom had children at the school - downed tools at a nearby colliery and rushed to the scene, clawing frantically with shovels or bare hands at the mass of debris. Three hours after the huge rubbish tip had collapsed, the avalanche was still moving slowly through the village of Aberfan where the school was situated. A state of emergency was declared in the little mining village as pitiful scenes were repeated as mothers recognised their children - brought out dead. Typical of many hillside mining communities, Aberfan was overshadowed by giant coal tips left by a century of mining. Over the previous decade, the Coal Board had been gradually removing or grassing over the tips to lessen the threat to nearby homes. Lord Edmund Davies, the High Court judge heading the government inquiry into the coal tip disaster, promised a most searching investigation. Five days after the tragedy, there were 145 confirmed deaths - more than 100 of them children - and a further 40 to 50 people still unaccounted for. Master spy George Blake escaped from a British jail where he was serving a 42-year jail sentence for passing vital information to the Russians. The 44-year-old former Foreign Office official was one of the most effective master spies of modern times. He was spirited from West London's bleak Wormwood Scrubs jail by a simple but classic method. Prison bars were sawed through and he went over the wall with the aid of a nylon rope ladder thrown from the outside. At the time, Blake's jail term was the longest sentence imposed by a British court. He pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to five counts of espionage for the Russians. In passing sentence, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Parker, said the information Blake passed to the Russians had rendered much of Britain's efforts in the field of espionage 'completely useless'. Two days after the escape, the Home Minister announced that Lord Mountbatten would head a committee of inquiry into security conditions in British prisons. Russia agreed to hold talks on the future of Rudolf Hess, the former Nazi deputy fuhrer imprisoned in Berlin's Spandau prison. Hess, who was serving a life sentence for war crimes, was the only prisoner left in the enormous prison building. The four-way talks between Russia, France, Britain and the United States on the future condition of Hess's imprisonment would be held in Berlin. Dr Subandrio, once the second most powerful man in Indonesia, was found guilty of subversion and economic crimes and sentenced to death. The 52-year-old former foreign minister had tearfully pleaded before the tribunal to spare his life. Among the charges he was found guilty of were: assisting the Indonesian Communist Party stage a coup, obstructing the army's efforts to restore order, subverting the state and transferring large amounts of funds abroad without proper authorisation. The People's Daily, the Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece, urged China's Red Guards to go on a 'long march to spread the Cultural Revolution'. In the spirit of the Red Army which made the 10,000-mile long march, 15 revolutionary students walked 700 miles from a city in north-east China to Beijing. The paper suggested other students around the country should follow suit.