This Day in History: April 15th, 2013

We are all aware that today is dreaded tax day. Don’t forget! (Honestly if you forgot until now, you better just go ahead and file for that extension). But this day 101 years was MUCH more dire. It was on this day in 1912 that theRMS Titanic’s maiden voyage sank into the North Atlantic shortly after its departure. 1522 people perished. (It wasn’t until a few years later in 1997 that Titanic the movie perished in the cultural consciousness shortly after its release)

The “unsinakble” ship launched from Southampton, England, en route to New York City on April 12th. At 11:40 PM pm on April 14th, it struck a massive underwater iceberg; it sank only two hours later. Now it has been a century since this fateful wreck, which spawned endless moral metaphors and philosophizing about man’s hubris and arrogance being undone by natural forces. Yet, true to form, the human race rises again to attempt the impossible: in February the International Business Times reported that an Australian Billionaire has set to rebuild the Titanic for another voyage in 2016. Passengers are already offering $1 million dollars for a seat aboard the Titanic.

If you were lucky enough to win the lottery, would you press your luck again and climb aboard the Titanic II? Sounds like cheating fate to me….

Happy Tax and Titanic(s) Day!


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