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Obit of the Day (Historical): RMS Titanic (1912)

At 11:40 p.m. (ship’s time) on April 14, 1912 the Titanic scraped its hull against an iceberg. By 2:20 a.m. on April 15, the stern disappeared from view. When it was all said and done 1,513 passengers and crew lost their lives. (There were 2,224 aboard the ship, which means a survival rate of less than 32%.)

Obit of the Day will not go into the details regarding the tragic events of April 14-15, 1912 but I do recommend the following stories about the most famous ship disaster in history:

Why Women and Children Were Saved on the Titanic, but Not on the Lusitania (Daily Mail)

Experts Split on Possibility of Remains at Titanic Site (NY Times)

Titanic’s Sinking: Was It More Than Human Folly? (Huffington Post)

Remembering the Titanic’s Intrepid Bandleader (NPR)

History Lost and Found: A Letter From Titanic (NPR)

Arrival of Titanic Survivors in NYC Sets Off Free-For-All (WNYC)

The images above are various front pages from newspapers in the United States, and one from the United Kingdom, announcing the sinking of the Titanic and its tremendous loss of life. All images copyright of the paper listed, unless noted.

Top Left: New York Times, April 16, 1912; courtesy of KTAR.com

Top Right: The Daily Oklahoman, April 16, 1912; courtesy of newsok.com

Center Left: Owensboro (KY) Daily Messenger (now the Messenger-Inquirer), April 17, 1912; courtesy of commercialappeal.com

Center: Franklin Repository (Chambersburg, PA), April 16, 1912; courtesy of publicopiniononline.com

Center Right: Chicago Daily Tribune, April 16, 1912; courtesy of CORBIS.com

Bottom Left: Houston Chronicle and Herald, April 16, 1912; courtesy of chron.com

Bottom Right: Daily Mirror (London, England), April 16, 1912; courtesy of cliff1066™’s Flickr account

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