This Day in History

Titanic Sinks

On April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic, deemed “unsinkable,” tragically sinks after striking an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The disaster results in the loss of over 1,500 lives, making it one of the deadliest maritime tragedies in history and sparking widespread changes in maritime safety regulations.

Japanese Cherry Trees Planted Along Potomac

Japanese Cherry Trees are planted along the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., as a symbol of friendship between the United States and Japan. These iconic trees, gifted by Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo, blossom into a spectacular display of pink and white blossoms each spring, attracting visitors from around the world to witness their beauty.

Girl Scouts Founded

On March 12th, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low officially founded the Girl Scouts of the USA in Savannah, Georgia. The organization aimed to empower young girls through outdoor activities, community service, and skill-building.

Last Emperor of China Abdicates

On February 12, 1912, the last Emperor of China, Puyi, abdicated the throne, marking the end of over two millennia of imperial rule in China. This historic event paved the way for the establishment of the Republic of China and the end of dynastic governance.

Piltdown Man, a Fossil Hoax, is Presented 

On this day in 1912, the Piltdown Man, a supposed missing link in human evolution, was presented to the public. However, it later turned out to be a carefully crafted hoax, highlighting the challenges of early paleontological discoveries.