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Apr 15 2019 - 10:00am
Today in History: Titanic Sinks
Sea_Trials_of_RMS_Titanic,_2nd_of_April_1912The RMS Titanic, a Belfast-built, White Star ocean-liner, set sail on her maiden voyage from Southhampton to New York City on April 10th, 1912. She called at Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown, Ireland, but just four days into the transatlantic crossing and 375 miles south of Newfoundland, she hit an iceberg which caused her hull plates to buckle and several watertight compartments to open and flood. Within less than three hours of the collision, the Titanic sank. Enough for 1,200 passengers, twenty lifeboats and the method for using them proved insufficient. In the greatest commercial marine disaster of all time, 1,500 people died, many of them immigrants, but also some of the wealthiest and most famous people of the era, including John Jacob Astor IV and Benjamin Guggenheim. Seven hundred passengers survived and the last one, Eliza Gladys "Millvina" Dean, two months old at the time of the tragedy, died in 2009. The ship remains on the depths of the ocean floor, although thousands of artifacts, from clothing and jewelry, to china, tools, and equipment, have been recovered and displayed in the museums throughout the world,. The tragedy led to new maritime laws ensuring safety of vessels; improvements in ship design (building of double hulls and heightened watertight bulkheads); the provision of sufficient lifeboats; mandated use of SOS as code; and international ice patrol. Titanic has kept alive through popular culture, being the subject of numerous books, films, songs, and memorials. Examples include: the 1997 award-winning film production starring Leonard DiCaprio and Kate Winslet; 1958 production, A Night to Remember, eponymous book by Walter Lord (Henry Holt, 1955), and folk music recording by Woodie Guthrie. The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning. Tips:  201904015_Titanic Sinks Images: *** Need to keep current, look to the past, teach a topic? The Everett Cafe features daily postings of news from around the world, and also promotes awareness of historical events from an educational context. Be sure to check the news postings on Learning at the Library, where you can delve into history.