Timeline of the RMS Titanic Disaster - 1912
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April 10.—The new White Star liner Titanic, the largest vessel ever constructed, sails on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.
April 15.-The steamer Titanic, 1 150 miles east of New York, founders four hours after striking an iceberg, carrying 1595 persons down with her; 745 of the passengers and crew, all that the life boats would hold, are afterward picked up by the Carpathia, which had been summoned by wireless.
April 15.—The White Star liner Titanic. on her maiden voyage to New York. is sunk by an iceberg 400 miles southeast of Cape Race. 0f the 2.181 on board 705 are rescued by the Cunard liner Carpalhia, and 1,476 are lost. according to the estimate of the Carpathia's officers.
April 16.—The cable steamer Mackay-Bennet, chartered by the White Star Line to search for bodies at the scene of the disaster, left Halifax, NS. The Canadian Government steamer Minia, dispatched on a similar errand, returned 6 May with 15 bodies, among them that of Mr. Hays, having buried two at sea.
April 17–The Senate orders an investigation into the causes which led to the wreck of the Titanic. Mayor Gaynor of New York starts a relief fund for sufferers from the sinking of the Titanic.
April 17.—The Senate passes a resolution calling for an official investigation of the cause of the sinking of the steamship Titanic. Mayor Gaynor of New York starts a relief fund for sufferers from the sinking of the Titanic.
April 18.-The steamer Carpathia arrives at New York with 495 of the passengers and 2 Io of the crew of the wrecked steamer Titanic.
April 18.—-The liner Carpathia arrives in New York with the passengers and members of the crew picked up after the sinking of the Titanic
April 19.-The Senate passes the Dillingham Immigration bill, making ability to read and write a condition of entrance into this country. . . . The House adjourns in respect to those who lost their lives on the Titanic. A Congressional inquiry into the causes leading to the wreck of the Titanic is begun by Senators Smith and Newlands at New York. A memorial service for those who lost their lives on the Titanic is held in St. Paul's Cathedral.
April 20. - It is announced that hereafter steamers of the International Mercantile Marine will carry lifeboats and rafts sufficient for all passengers
April 21.— Memorial services for the Titanic dead are held in many churches throughout the British Empire and the United States. Abraham ("Bram") Stoker, the English author and theatrical manager, dies at age 54.
April 24.—The steamer Olympic is unable to sail from Southampton because of the objection of firemen and oilers to its life-boat equipment.
April 30.-The cable ship Mackay-Bennett brings into Halifax 190 bodies picked up from the sea near the place where the Titanic foundered.
May 2.—The British commission under Lord Mersey begins its investigation of the causes leading to the wreck of the Titanic.
May 2.—The British inquiry into the Titanic disaster is begun.
May 3.—Fifty-nine unidentified bodies of Titanic victims recovered by the Mackay-Bennett are buried at Halifax.
May 6.—The will of John Jacob Astor, made public at New York, leaves the bulk of his estate of more than $100,000.000 to his twenty-year-old son, William Vincent Astor. . . . The cable ship Minia arrives at Halifax with the bodies of fifteen Titanic victims.
May 28—The Senate committee which investigated the sinking of the Titanic reports its findings and makes many recommendations for the safeguarding of life at sea. Congress, in a joint resolution. thanks the oflicers and crew of the liner Carpalhia for the rescue of Titanic survivors.
July 10—President Taft signed the joint resolution extending the thanks of Congress to Captain Arthur Henry Rostrum of the Carpathia and appropriating 1,000 for a gold medal to he presented to him for his action in going to the rescue of the Titanic passengers.
July 30—Lord Mersey delivered the judgment of the British Board of Trade Court of Inquiry into the disaster to the White Star Line steamship Titanic, which sank with a loss of 1,517 lives after collision with an iceberg on 15 April.