World History

The History of the Electric Chair

on Friday, 17 May 2013. Posted in World History, History

Once described as a humane form of execution, the electric chair's first use was anything but.

The History of the Electric Chair

Are you ready to hear a somewhat bizarre, somewhat surprising, and somewhat unsettling tale?  Well ready or not, here it comes. Some of you may be more familiar with the history of the electric chair than I was prior to conducting some research. But for those of you who don’t know anything about the origins of “old Sparky”– brace yourselves.

A Fateful Inheritance: The Effect of the Titanic Disaster on Modern Travel

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Friday, 20 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

100 years after it collided with an iceberg and sank into the depths, the Titanic's influence lives on in the institutions and safety requirements that grew out of the disaster.

A Fateful Inheritance: The Effect of the Titanic Disaster on Modern Travel

When the Titanic vanished beneath the Atlantic in the early hours of April 15th, 1912, she left a terrified mass of over sixteen hundred people behind her, gasping for breath and thrashing around helplessly in water temperatures well below zero. It was almost an hour before their cries were drowned out by silence. Yet the Titanic disaster raised voices that have yet to be silenced to this day.

An Unsinkable Titanic?

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Thursday, 19 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

The greatest of all myths about the Titanic was that she was unsinkable. A giant achievement and the pinnacle of technology to that point, she was, tragically, as vulnerable as any ship to human arrogance and error.

An Unsinkable Titanic?

“We have absolute faith in the Titanic. We believe that the boat is unsinkable.” This was the response of the White Star Line’s Phillip Franklin to a crowd of frenzied news reporters in New York. During the night, all sorts of sensational rumours had begun to surface about the new liner, and Franklin was in full damage control mode.

The Sound of Music

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Wednesday, 18 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

If there was heroism on the Titanic as it slipped into the icy Atlantic, it was to be found in a small group of musicians who bravely soothed a throng of doomed souls as the abyss beckoned before them.

The Sound of Music

The people shivering in the half filled lifeboats could hardly believe their eyes and ears. In front of them, the largest moving object ever built was sagging helplessly into the ocean like some puppet with its strings cut. Row upon row of lights blazed at a madly slanted angle on the dark black mirror of the Atlantic. Up above, a string of pathetic distress rockets soared skywards, exploding in showers of pale white sparks that no one heeded. And, incredibly, from across the water came the sound of jaunty, upbeat music.

Third Class Treatment

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Tuesday, 17 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

A mass of humanity huddled below decks and facing a rising tide of freezing green seawater: What led to the predicament faced by Titanic's unfortunate third-class passengers?

Third Class Treatment

The luckiest ones died without even knowing it. A torrent of surging, ice cold seawater roared through the forward cabins containing the single men, drowning many of them in their bunks. Others were awoken by the long, grinding jar that shook clothes hanging on coat hooks and made glasses fall from nightstands. Stepping out of their bunks and reaching for the light switch, many men found a terrifying trickle of incoming water flowing across the cabin floor.

The Ismay Factor — Leaving Titanic

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Monday, 16 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

Bruce Ismay, Chairman of the White Star Line, saved himself when the Titanic sank and was vilified for it afterward. Did he do the right thing?

The Ismay Factor — Leaving Titanic

In the entire emotional roller coaster that is the Titanic disaster, few stories have aroused more anger and indignation than the departure of company chairman, Bruce Ismay, from the sinking ship. He left a foundering ship in a lifeboat, while literally hundreds of men, women and children were still left on the decks. In light of recent events in the Mediterranean with the Italian cruise ship captain, his story still has the power to simultaneously engage and enrage people; it remains a heavily charged emotional lightning rod to this day.

To the Lifeboats — Evacuating Titanic

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Sunday, 15 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

As mighty Titanic took on water, thousand of lives hung in the balance while a crew with a shortage of experienced officers struggled with life and death decisions.

To the Lifeboats — Evacuating Titanic

Consider the following scenario. You have a sinking ship, four hundred miles from the nearest land. The only responding rescue ship will not arrive for four hours, and the ship will not stay afloat for half that time. The water temperature is twenty eight degrees Fahrenheit. Anyone attempting to swim for it will freeze to death within minutes.

Sinking the Myths: The Truth About the Titanic

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Saturday, 14 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

What we think we know about the Titanic is actually a mashup of myth and fact. The truth is fantastic enough and needs no embellishment.

Sinking the Myths: The Truth About the Titanic

It is the late evening of Sunday, April 14th, 1912, and the North Atlantic is as still as the surface of a darkened mirror. The clear, moonless night sky up above is packed with millions of twinkling, benevolent stars. In short, it is a beautiful evening.

Enigma

Written by Anthony Nicholas on Friday, 13 April 2012. Posted in World History, History

100 years after it's tragic loss at sea, the majestic Titanic and its fateful maiden voyage continue to grip our collective imaginations.

Enigma

It was the biggest single building project on the planet since the pyramids of Giza. For three years, more than fifteen thousand sweating, swearing Irishmen laboured to bring it to life from the very mud of Belfast. It grew through freezing winters and searing hot summers. As it grew, it loomed over the entire city skyline.

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