April 14th, 1912 the White Star Line Titanic struck an ice berg at 11:40 pm. Two hours later, on April the 15th she sank taking 1522 people with her. Some people remember the Titanic for striking the ice berg on the 14th, she actually sank on the 15th and for some unknown reason many celebrate this day (Well they don’t really celebrate it) on April 16th. The truth is, it was never supposed to sink and perhaps if it had been treated as if it was able to sink, it might have still be afloat on April 16th. That said, we remember the ship and those lost when she went down today.
How to (sort of) celebrate – Visit one of the many Titanic exhibits across the world today. Read the passenger list of those on board the Titanic. Watch anyone of the dozen movies made about the Titanic.
April 15th – National That Sucks Day
April 15th has not always been a lucky day, in fact some might say it sucks! It is the day our taxes are due (Although this year it July), it is the day the Titanic sank, it was the day Lincoln died and for some unknown reason (I have no idea why it sucks) the day McDonald’s opened. All that said, I am sure we can find other days that have had bad things happen on them. But this is a good start! This is a rather new holiday, this is only it’s second year! (That sucks!) However, now you don’t need to think of April 15th as tax day anymore, because it’s “That Sucks Day”!
How to celebrate – See if you can find any other reason why April 15th sucks. Make up your own, That Sucks Day. Drink only those things you have to suck through a straw today.
Who hasn’t heard of the Titanic? The unsinkable ship that sank on it’s maiden voyage. It would almost be funny if not for all the people that died. It only goes to prove that when man thinks he has all the answers, he doesn’t. Nothing can compete with Mother Nature or fate.
She was one of the largest ships of her time and thought to be built in a way that she could sustain such damage that even if crippled would still float.The White Star Line was so confident in its ability that to save room, it did not put enough lifeboats on board for everyone.
From the richest to the poorest everyone suffered on board. Many of the third class passengers were locked below deck level in order to try and stop the mass panic that flooded the ship along with the water. Though cruel, it was probably necessary to allow those lifeboats that got away to get away. However, most of the lifeboats were not filled to capacity so perhaps more could have been saved.
Striking the iceberg on April 14th, 1912 around 11:40 p.m. the Captain did not think that damage was all that serious until reports started coming in that the safety walls of the ship were allowing water to spill over them. It was only 2 hours later that the ship disappeared below the waterline.
The Titanic had a sister ship, the Olympic that continued to sail until 1935, always living in the shadow of her tragic sibling. Over 1500 people perished that night both teaching us a lesson not to be forgotten and leaving behind a legend.
How to celebrate – Watch one of the many movies about the Titanic. Check the ships manifest and see if you had any relatives on board the ship. Spend a moment of silence in remembrance of those who died in the sinking.