If you’re well out of your teens by now, you probably have fond memories of going to see Titanic in cinemas. Perhaps several times. No matter what you thought of My Heart Will Go On at the time, it was without a doubt the cultural milestone of the ’90s. Back when Leonardo DiCaprio was young and swoonworthy, the film caught the hearts of millions of Bop and Tiger Beat readers who were drawn to the film ‘s bombastic love story. Ads for the Heart of the Ocean were in teen magazines everywhere and you might very well have had a tape of the soundtrack (and if you missed all that, you probably hear the Britney Spears shout-out in Oops I Did It Again).
And yes, it was actually a historical event contrary to what some people on Twitter might say. But it isn’t just the movie re-release that’s got people talking about the Titanic again; all the museum events and TV specials have been set to tie in to the hundredth anniversary of the catastrophe.
The Titanic left port today, April 10th, in 1912 on its fateful maiden voyage, only to run into an iceberg a mere four days later, mainly because of an error by the ship’s captain. Due to issues with the ship’s design, the separating walls on the ship’s ballast were not made tall enough to properly reach the ceiling, meaning that the one puncture from the iceberg ended up being fatal when the entire hull of the ship flooded. Not to mention, evacuation was a disaster when rescue boats meant for 65-70 people were let out with half that. In all, it was a catastrophe that was preventable from several different angles, which is part of what makes the tragedy resonate for so many people. The “unsinkable” ship that sunk has gone down in history as a warning of what happens when safety goes by the wayside.
But if you’re a Titanic afficionado, or just looking to relive a younger obsession with the period, this is definitely the year to take advantage of all the informative special events surrounding the Titanic centenary. Check out our list of Titanic anniversary events to see if there’s anything happening in your neck of the woods, and be sure to book ASAP, whether you’re in need of a hotel in Belfast or a few tickets to an attraction in Orlando.
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