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It seems a little premature, I know, but time passes quickly. In just 9 months will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship that was supposed to be unsinkable.<br><br>
On her maiden voyage, the Titanic was struck by an iceberg on 14 April 1912 and a little under three hours later, the ship broke in half and sank. 1,517 people died, at least in part because there were not enough lifeboats for everyone on board.<br><br>
I predict a great many television channels in both the US and the UK as well as elsewhere will be airing James Cameron's movie account of the disaster nonstop in commemoration.<br><br>
There is also "A Night to Remember", a British-made fairly straightforward fictionalized account made in the 1950's which apparently inspired James Cameron to film his version of the events.<br><br>
There were many songs written about the sinking. Here is one, with a great deal of variation in the lyrics:<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Oh they built the ship Titanic To sail the ocean blue<br>
And they thought they'd had a ship That the water would ne'er get through;<br>
It was on her maiden trip that the iceberg hit the ship<br>
It was sad when that great ship went down<br><br>
CHORUS<br>
O It was sad. It was sad.<br>
It was sad when that great ship went down.<br>
Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives<br>
It was sad when that great ship went down.<br><br>
O they sailed out from England and were almost to the shore<br>
When the rich they refused to associate with the poor<br>
So they put them down below where they were the first to go<br>
It was sad when that great ship went down<br><br>
CHORUS<br><br>
The boat was full of sin and the sides about to burst<br>
When the captain shouted "A-women and children first!"<br>
O the captain tried to wire, but the lines were all on fire<br>
It was sad when that great ship went down.<br><br>
CHORUS<br><br>
O they swung the lifeboats out o'er the deep and raging sea<br>
When the band struck up "Nearer My God To Thee"<br>
Little Children wept as the waves swept o'er the sides<br>
It was sad when that great ship went down.<br><br>
CHORUS</div>
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There have been TV documentaries exploring the how's and why's of the sinking. One that has aired on the National Geographic Channel demonstrates that it was not simply the iceberg that caused the sinking and in such a short time, but rather a series of decisions that were made, from the design and building of the ship, to the materials used, to the sailing date, all the way to the fatal moment when the berg struck, and beyond. For example, Titanic's sister ship, the RMS Olympic, was put into dry dock in Belfast for repairs, causing delays in completion of the building of the Titanic. This pushed the Titanic launch date to April from its planned launch date in March, at a time when icebergs were numerous in the North Sea area. And the iceberg that hit the ship had apparently traveled further south than anyone would expect it to travel.<br><br>
Most of the dead who were recovered are buried in a cemetery in Newfoundland. Some of the dead have never been identified. Other victims were never recovered.<br><br>
James Cameron's version is generally accurate. The captain, who was to have retired after this last voyage, went down with the ship.<br><br>
And now I'd like a moment of silence to remember the victims of the sinking.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Thank you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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The story goes that an old friend of mine's great grandmother was going to go on the Titanic, but something happened (maybe fell ill), and she couldn't go. It's amazing to think that if she did, there was a very good chance my friend never would have existed.<br><br>
There are also several cruises set to commemorate the 100th anniversary next year. That just screams bad luck to me though.
 

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Here are two television miniseries set to air in conjunction with the 100th anniversary:<br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_%28TV_series%29" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_%28TV_series%29</a><br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic:_Blood_and_Steel" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic:_Blood_and_Steel</a><br><br>
ETA: I know what you're thinking: That's a lot of Titanic. Well, the original ship was a lot of Titanic, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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oh ****, i need to get the titanic movie and watch it on the right day! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><b>Titanic at 100: Television plans a wealth of programming<br>
Julian Fellowes' ABC miniseries 'Titanic,' PBS' 'Saving the Titanic' and a James Cameron National Geographic special are among the various shows with plenty left to say on the subject.</b><br>
* Also<br>
* Titanic Belfast exhibit opening where doomed ship was built<br>
* Titanic at 100: Books explore many angles of the 1912 disaster<br>
* Kate Winslet says her 'Titanic' acting could have been better<br>
* Denver museum shines light on Titanic survivor Molly Brown<br>
* James Cameron travels between worlds to 'Titanic 3-D' premiere<br><br>
By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times<br>
April 1, 2012<br><br>
Julian Fellowes recalls his first Titanic moment, decades before a young Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet climbed onto James Cameron's set.<br><br>
"It haunted me," he says of a childhood viewing of "A Night to Remember," the 1958 British film about the ocean liner's crash into an iceberg and the ensuing race for the lifeboats. "Somehow the disaster of the Titanic embraces so much of that world — high and low, working men and aristocrats, entrepreneurs and movie stars, immigrants hoping to start a new life in America. All those hopes and dreams were on board that ship, that night. I can't think of an equivalent disaster."<br><br>
Fellowes began his cult series, "Downton Abbey," with the death of several characters on the ship, which sets some of the program's plot in motion; he says now that he used the ship as a kind of historical shorthand for the immediate pre-World War I period.<br><br>
But he's returned to the Titanic by writing a four-part miniseries that airs on ABC next weekend, to mark the 100th anniversary of the ship's demise. It's one of a long list of television programs — not to mention a 3-D reissue of Cameron's record-breaking film — running over the next week or so as the grim centenary approaches.</div>
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<br><a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/tv/la-ca-titanic-tv-20120401,0,7929911.story" target="_blank">http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...,7929911.story</a><br><br>
It's herrrrrre! (Well, almost.) The centenary, that is.
 
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