On this day, the luxury liner R.M.S. Titanic sinks just two hours after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic.
When it first left port at Southampton, England, the Titanic barely escaped a collision with the steamer New York. The regal ship, which carried 2,200 passengers and crew, was considered the most luxurious ever built and “unsinkable.” However, just before midnight on April 14, 1912, the Titanic collided with an iceberg about 400 miles from the coast of Newfoundland.
Slightly over two hours later, in the early hours of April 15, the ship sank. The ship was woefully unprepared for such an emergency, and more than 1,500 people died aboard the ship as it went down or froze to death in the icy North Atlantic waters.
Most of the 700 survivors were women and children.