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This set of breakfast dishes from the Titanic, which sank in the North Atlantic on April 12, 1912, lies on the ocean floor in the North Atlantic, discovered recently exactly in this position by Expedition Titanic 1987. Expedition officials believe it probably took the crate, which underwater organisms are away, some two hours to fall through the 2 1/2 miles of water where the shipwreck is located. Not one of the bowls is cracked.

Holy smokes!

  • Colleen OConnor

    it's a shame it was cut down & used for lumber ;(

  • Rose McLoud

    Yeah, I know. What takes nature thousands of years, man can destroy in a day. Speaks to our intelligence and carelessness.

Europe as a Queen, Paris as the heart. Basel, 1570, handcolored, Map Maker: Sebastian Munster

One of the most iconic images in American history: On Nov. 25, 1963 -- his third birthday -- John Jr. salutes the casket of his father, who was assassinated three days earlier.

Something you won't read in most history books about Helen Keller: A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled, and was outspoken in her opposition to war. A member of the Socialist Party of America and the Wobblies, she campaigned for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and socialism, as well as many other leftist causes.

1969: Yasser Arafat becomes head of the PLO

Blackbeard was a real pirate, and his ship Queen Anne's Revenge was found off the coast of North Carolina in 1996. Archaeologists have recovered more than a dozen cannons from the wreckage, along with gun flints, shackles, and other pirate-y artifacts.