April 15, 1912: Titanic sinks

On April 10, the RMS Titanic, one of the largest and most luxurious ocean liners ever built, departed Southampton, England, on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. The Titanic was designed by the Irish shipbuilder William Pirrie and built in Belfast, and was thought to be the world’s fastest ship. It spanned 883 feet from stern to bow, and its hull was divided into 16 compartments that were presumed to be watertight. Because four of these compartments could be flooded without causing a critical loss of buoyancy, the Titanic was considered unsinkable. While leaving port, the ship came within a couple of feet of the steamer New York but passed safely by, causing a general sigh of relief from the passengers massed on the Titanic‘s decks.

At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the British ocean liner Titanic sinks into the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. The massive ship, which carried 2,200 passengers and crew, had struck an iceberg two and half hours before.

last-picture-of-the-titanic

On September 1, 1985, a joint U.S.-French expedition located the wreck of the Titaniclying on the ocean floor at a depth of about 13,000 feet. The ship was explored by manned and unmanned submersibles, which shed new light on the details of its sinking.

BITS from past

AMERICAN REVOLUTION  
Congress ratifies peace with Great Britain  1783
AUTOMOTIVE  
Race car driver goes down with the Titanic 1912
CIVIL WAR  
President Lincoln dies 1865
COLD WAR  
Castro visits the United States  1959
CRIME  
The Sacco-Vanzetti case draws national attention 1920
DISASTER  
“Unsinkable” Titanic sinks  1912
GENERAL INTEREST  
President Lincoln dies 1865
Titanic sinks  1912
Pol Pot dies  1998
HOLLYWOOD  
Greta Garbo dies  1990
LITERARY  
English author and politician Jeffrey Archer is born  1940
MUSIC  
Bessie Smith is born in Chattanooga, Tennessee  1894
OLD WEST  
Molly Brown avoids sinking with the Titanic 1912
PRESIDENTIAL  
Lincoln is pronounced dead  1865
SPORTS  
Jackie Robinson breaks major league color barrier  1947
VIETNAM WAR  
Antiwar protests held in New York and San Francisco  1967
U.S. 1st Infantry Division withdraws from Vietnam  1970
WORLD WAR I  
British evacuate Passchendaele Ridge 1918
WORLD WAR II  
Soviets capture Tarnopol in Poland  1944
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