September 8, 1985
In the maelstrom of history, most events flow by unremarked, some get a moment or two in the spotlight, and a few grip the public consciousness and are seared into peoples' minds in a way that changes thought. The sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912, a ship whose very name mocked the dangers of the sea, was one such event. There have been many shipwrecks in history, and many other disasters--including those with greater loss of life. But few have the staying power of the Titanic.