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:
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
This is Samar Hassan, now 12 years old. She was the screaming 5-year old girl in the striking photo taken by the late Chris Hondros, a photo that has become emblematic of the Iraq war. She had never seen the famous photo of her, blood-spattered, the night her parents were killed by American soldiers in Tal Afar in 2005. She now lives in Mosul, with her older sister and her sister’s husband.
Read more at the New York Times.
(Photo Credit: Ayman Oghanna for The New York Times)