April 15th, 1912

This is the 100th anniversary of the disaster of the RMS Titantic, the largest, most luxurious ocean liner of her day, supposedly unsinkable, that went down after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic, taking more than 1,500 people with her.

News stories abound, of course. Here’s AP. There are several good slide shows available, as well.

HuffPost has one particularly sad and fascinating story, about survivor Dorothy Gibson. (Pardon the ad)

Firedoglake has an interesting piece on the role of the new wireless technology on the ship, which includes a link to a BBC program that used the texts of the wireless messages to take listeners back to that night. The post also points out how, by a stroke of luck, the wireless operator on the Carpathia, the ship that came to the rescue, decided to check his unit one more time before going to bed. Had he not, all those people who made it into the boats might have died anyway.

Later,

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