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SHIP WRECK FOUND ON THIS DAY IN 1985

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Seventy-three years after it sunk to the floor in the North Atlantic ocean, a
joint U.S. French expedition, led by Dr. Robert Ballard and Dr. Jean-Louis 
Michel, located the wreck of the RMS
Titanic. The sunken liner is located
963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the coast of
Newfoundland


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From left: Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louise Michel.

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York Times shows its April 16, 1912 front page coverage of the
Titanic disaster.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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On this day in 1972, the last U.S. combat troops depart Vietnam.

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SS Andrea Doria was an
ocean liner for the Italian Line
(Società di navigazione Italia) home-ported in
Genoa, Italy,
most famous for her sinking on this day in 1956, when 46
people died. Andrea Doria was approaching the coast of
Nantucket, Massachusetts, bound for New York City, the        
Eastbound MS Stockholm of the Swedish American Line            
collided with it in one of history’s most infamous maritime 
disasters.

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UNUSUAL WALKING STICK SOLD AT AUCTION

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Titanic survivor’s walking stick, (above) with an
electric light she used to signal for help from a lifeboat, sold for $62,500 at
an auction of maritime items.

Guernsey’s held the auction at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, Rhode Island, on Friday and Saturday. The top bid on Ella White’s
cane was $50,000, plus the surcharge added by the auction house.

Guernsey’s President Alan Ettinger had expected it to sell for far more, with
a pre-auction estimate of $300,000 to $500,000. He described it as one of the
most extraordinary items to have survived the sinking.


The walking stick was consigned to Guernsey’s by the Williams family in
Milford, Connecticut.


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Guernsey President Alan Ettinger.

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The RMS Titanic sank in the early morning of 15 April 1912 after
striking an iceberg in the
North Atlantic Ocean. The ship was 
four days into the her
maiden voyage from Southampton to
New York City. The largest ocean liner in service at the time,
Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board.
 

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The Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania, a civilian ship, was
sunk by a German submarine on this day in 1915, killing
1,201 people.
It sank in 18 minutes.

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