By | Apr 14, 2012

On the night of April 14, 1912, the RMS Titantic, a ship considered virtually unsinkable was struck by an Iceberg and sank. The ship carried the minimum number of lifeboats which could only carry about 1000 people.

In 1898, the novel ‘Futility’ written by Morgan Robertson was published. It’s a story about a giant ship, the Titan, which collided with an iceberg on it’s maiden voyage in April. The Titan was considered unsinkable and only carried the minimum number of lifeboats required by law and able to carry 500 people. There were over 2000 passengers on board.

Milvina Dean was only two months old when along with her parents, Bertram and Georgette Dean and brother Bertram boarded the ship to emigrate to Witchita, Kansas. She was the youngest passenger on the ship. She along with her mother and brother survived that night. When she died on May 31, 2009 she was the last living survivor of the Titanic.

John Jacob Astor, the fourth to hold the name and the Great Grand Son of the first, died on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. He and his 18 year old wife, Astor was 47, were returning from their honeymoon in Europe. His new bride was pregnant and she wished to give birth in New York. She survived and the baby also named John Jacob Astor was born on August 14, 1912.

Of the 1517 people of perished in the sinking of the Titanic, only 306 bodies were recovered.

Had it not been for a strange course of fate, Milton Hershey, the man who founded Hershey Chocolate, may have died in 1912. He and his wife were scheduled to return to the United States from England. His wife, Catherine or “Kitty”, fell ill and canceled his reservations on the maiden voyage of the Titanic.


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