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Sultana Disaster Memorial to the Sultana Disaster in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee. On 27 April 1865 the SS Sultana exploded just north of Memphis, Tennessee on the Mississippi River. Of the 2400 people onboard, 1700 died. Most of the passengers were newly freed Union POWs heading home. At 2am the boilers exploded.
Date: April 27, 1865 Location: In the Mississippi River, near Memphis, Tennessee. Official death toll: 1,547 The SS Sultana was a Mississippi River steam-powered paddlewheeler that sank near Memphis, TN after 3 of her 4 boilers exploded. Believed to be the worst maritime disaster in US history, it got little attention at the time of its sinking, because the assassinations of President Abraham Lincoln and his own killer, John Wilkes Booth & the end of the Civil War had happened just days before.
"Old Douglas" the Dromedary camel that served with Company A of the 43rd Mississippi Infantry Regiment. Douglas became the regimental mascot and the 43rd became known as the Camel Regiment. He saw action at Iuka, Corinth, and was killed during the Siege of Vicksburg, when Federal snipers targeted and killed him for sport. In response, Confederate sniper teams hunted down and killed the responsible Federal sniper, along with several others operating against the 43rd.
Freedom Riders, Jackson MS, 1961 "... civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern US in 1961 to challenge the non-enforcement of US from 1946 & 1960 that ruled that segregated public buses were unconstitutional. The Southern states had ignored the rulings & the federal government did nothing to enforce them. The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C., on May 4, 1961... "
The Halifax Explosion occurred on December 6, 1917, when the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, was devastated by the detonation of the SS Mont-Blanc, a French cargo ship that was fully loaded with wartime explosives. The Mont-Blanc detonated after colliding with the Norwegian SS Imo in a part of Halifax Harbour called "The Narrows". Until the Trinity test explosions of atomic bombs, it was the largest man-made explosion in recorded history.
Molly Brown was on board the Titanic when it tragically sunk in 1912. Although she knew the ship was taking on water, she shouted to a panic-stricken fellow passenger: "There's no danger. It simply can't go down, because I'm on it and I'm unsinkable." Her bantering words, which rang out with the determination never to be defeated and never to give in to despair are said to have given courage to her fellow passengers. Those who stand up at a crucial moment demonstrate genuine greatness. Ikeda
Ceremonial Mask of Sutton Hoo: Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, in Suffolk, England is the site of two 6th- and early 7th-century cemeteries. One contained an undisturbed ship burial including a wealth of Anglo-Saxon artifacts of outstanding art-historical and archaeological significance, now held in the British Museum in London. by Malcolm Bott
The Jack Phillips Memorial - Titanic - Godalming 2006. Twenty-five year-old John George Phillips - better known as 'Jack' - was the chief wireless operator, and he continued to send distress signals until the ship's power faded and he was plunged to an icy death.