Today in History: Titanic Hits an Iceberg
Late in the evening of April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic, a large and luxurious ocean liner that had departed from Southhampton, England four days earlier, struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic. The collision damaged the ship’s hull, comprised of 16 compartments believed to be watertight; five compartments on the starboard side ruptured — causing Titanic to sink. Coupled with the lack of lifeboats and emergency procedures, the disaster led to the death of more than 1,500 passengers and crew. This tragedy paved the way for for new maritime laws ensuring safety of vessels; including 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.
The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- Special Dispatch to The Chronicle. (1912, Apr 16). Gigantic Liner Titanic Sinks; 1500 Lost of 2200 Souls Aboard Only 4866 Are Rescued. San Francisco Chronicle (1869-Current File)
- Unknown Steamer Near When Titanic Sank. (1912, Apr 23). Los Angeles Times (1886-1922)
- Riesenberg, F. (1939, Mar 24). Radio and the Titanic: Log of the Sea. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Collins, C. (1953, Apr 12). Sinking of the Titanic: Titanic. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963)
- Coleman, T. (1973, Sep 22). ‘My Maiden Name Was Troutt, How Could I Drown?‘. The Guardian (1959-2003)
- Harrington, R. (1982, Apr 16). The Titanic’s Firm Hold on Our Culture. Boston Globe (1960-1985)
- Lucke, J. (1992, Apr 14). April 14, 1912: A Night Remembered. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File)
- Winter, D. E. (1996, Nov 24). A Ship to Remember. The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- Titanic Notes Finally Surface. (1998, Jan 13). Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
- McCaughan, M. (2011, May 28). The Launch of a Leviathan. The Irish Times (1921-Current File)
- Watch the 1958 British film classic, A Night to Remember, adapted from Walter Lord’s book (Henry Holt, 1955), about the ill-fated maiden maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic.
- Also see: A Night to Remember: The Definitive Titanic Film, by Jeffrey Richards. London; New York: I.B. Taurus, c2002.
- And check out other books about the Titanic in the Gottesman Libraries.
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