Wednesday, December 6, 2023



Survivors of the Titanic are taken on board the Carpathia in 1912.

By the way:

In April 1912 RMS Carpathia became famous for rescuing survivors of the rival White Star Line's RMS Titanic after it struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. The Carpathia navigated the ice fields to arrive two hours after the Titanic had sunk, and the crew rescued 705 survivors from the ship's lifeboats.

Of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard the Titanic, more than 1,500 died, making it the deadliest sinking of a single ship up to that time. It remains the deadliest peacetime sinking of an ocean liner or cruise ship.

The Carpathia was sunk during World War I on 17 July 1918 after being torpedoed three times by the German submarine U-55 off the southern Irish coast, with a loss of five crew members.

The name of the ship comes from the mountain range of the Carpathians in Eastern Europe.

Anastasia shares a smoke in 1916 with her father Tsar Nicholas II two years before their assassination.


The House of Romanov was the reigning imperial house of Russia from 1613 to 1917. Nicholas II and his immediate family were executed in 1918, but there are still living descendants.

The abdication of Nicholas II on 15 March 1917 as a result of the February Revolution ended 304 years of Romanov rule and led to the establishment of the Russian Republic under the Russian Provisional Government in the lead-up to the Russian Civil War of 1917–1922.

In 1918, the Bolsheviks ordered the execution of Nicholas II and his family. Of the House of Romanov's 65 members, 47 survivors went into exile abroad.

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna. Anastasia was murdered with her family on 17 July 1918 by the Bolshevik secret police.

During the years of Communist rule nobody knew where she was buried. This led to many stories that she could have escaped and still be alive.

Disneyland opening in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955.



Disneyland's opening day was "disastrous" by many accounts — the park wasn't quite ready for visitors, it ran out of food and drinks, counterfeit tickets led to unexpectedly large crowds, and shoes even got stuck in freshly laid asphalt in 100-degree California heat. Despite all these issues, Disneyland's opening day will be forever remembered as a turning point in the amusement park industry's history, kicking off the wildly successful Disney Parks empire that has since evolved into a cultural phenomenon.

The 65th anniversary for "The Happiest Place on Earth" wound up being historically significant for another, more sobering reason. In 2020, a year that was meant to be joyous and celebratory for the park, the coronavirus pandemic shuttered all six theme park resorts around the world for the first time in their history. Disneyland remained closed through its anniversary, July 17, and didn't open until the following April.

Mark Twain in 1883.


The earliest known aerial photograph, taken from a balloon over Paris in 1858.


Soviet soldiers stand dumfounded at a large pile of human ashes found at the Majdanek concentration camp in 1944.


A lion rides in the sidecar during a performance of The Wall of Death carnival attraction at Revere Beach, Massachusetts in 1929.

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