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07 May

Today in History: Lusitania sunk


May 7, 1915 – The British ocean liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in World War I off the coast of Ireland.

Lusitania met a disastrous end as a casualty of the First World War when she was torpedoed by the German submarine, U-20, on May 7, 1915. Carrying many American passengers, the great ship sank in just 18 minutes, eight miles (15 km) off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland, killing 1,198 of the people aboard. The sinking turned public opinion in many countries against Germany. It is often considered by historians to be the second most famous civilian passenger liner disaster after the sinking of the Titanic.

Read more about the sinking of the Lusitania on Wikipedia.

More links for your web browsing enjoyment:

PBS Online – Lost Liners – Lusitania

Great Ships

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