SUNDAY, APRIL 15: SINKING OF THE TITANIC 100TH ANNIVERSARY
Profile America — Sunday, April 15th. The most famous shipwreck in history occurred on this date 100 years ago, as the RMS Titanic sank on its maiden voice from Southampton to New York. The largest passenger ship in the world at that time, it was generally considered unsinkable. The ship, moving at high speed in the North Atlantic, hit an iceberg, slicing open five compartments below the water line. It had been designed to stay afloat with up to four of them flooded. An estimated 2,224 people were aboard, but just over 700 survived. Many died due to lack of lifeboats and the very cold water. While there are not many transatlantic crossings any more, nearly 9 million Americans sail on cruise ships each year. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 219 www.titanicuniverse.com Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1260
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