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What Happened on April 15, 1912

Article: Iceberg Sinks 'Unsinkable' Titanic

Historical Events

  • 16th Boston Marathon won by Mike Ryan in race record 2:21:18.2

Sinking ShipThe Titanic Sinks

RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as the band plays on, with the loss of between 1,490 and 1,635 people
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The wreck of the RMS Titanic at the bottom of the ocean, photographed in 2004
The wreck of the RMS Titanic at the bottom of the ocean, photographed in 2004

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestKim Il-sung

Kim Il-sung, Founder, dictator and Supreme Leader of North-Korea (1948-94), born in Mangyongdae, Japanese Korea (d. 1994)

North Korean Founder and Dictator Kim Il-sung
North Korean Founder and Dictator
Kim Il-sung

Famous Deaths


Person of interestEdward Smith

Edward Smith, English naval captain of the RMS Titanic, dies when the ship sinks in the Atlantic Ocean aged 62

Captain of the Titanic Edward Smith
Captain of the Titanic
Edward Smith
  • John Jacob Astor IV, American businessman & soldier (richest passenger aboard the Titanic), dies aboard the Titanic at 47
  • William T. Stead, British newspaper editor (The Pall Mall Gazette), dies in the sinking of the Titanic at 62
1912 Highlights

About April 15, 1912

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 108 years, 3 months and 19 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aries