On this day: waiting for news on the Titanic

This photograph is stamped as being taken at 7am on the 19th of April, 1912. People form a crowd at Cunard’s Pier 54 in New York, possibly waiting for more news on what happened to the Titanic.

RMS Carpathia had arrived the evening before carrying the survivors of Titanic’s sinking. It is said around 40 000 people were waiting to see the ship arrive.

Crowds_at_Cunard_Pier 54_New_York_April_1912 taken at 7AM April 19. Since the Carpathia arrived the evening before, it's possible these people stayed around trying to get more news about

 

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On this day: a warning in Nazi Germany

Warning_sign_in_cologneA Cpl. of 82nd Airborne Division reads a warning sign in the street Cologne, Germany, 4 April 1945. Second World War Two

4th April 1945: A corporal of the US 82nd Airborne Division reads a warning sign in Cologne, Germany as the Second World War draws to an end. Cologne came under Allied control the previous month.

61% of Cologne was destroyed by bombing during the war, and most of the city’s centre was devastated.

On this day: the birth of Robert Cornelius

American photography pioneer Robert Cornelius was born in Philadelphia on the 1st of March, 1809.

Cornelius, born to a Dutch immigrant father and a lamp manufacturer by profession, is credited as having taken the first photographic self-portrait, in 1839. He was required to sit still for more than ten minutes to capture the image.

Today he is sometimes called the inventor of the “selfie”.

Here is his portrait:

Robert Cornelius was an American pioneer of photography and a lamp manufacturer. World's first selfie 1839.

A Zeppelin for Christmas

Zeppelin_Christmas_postcard_1909Christmas postcard featuring Santa Claus using a zeppelin to deliver gifts. Copyrighted 1909.

This Christmas postcard, copyrighted in 1909, features a zeppelin. The airships were first flown commercially the following year, operated by German company Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-AG.

The image was created by American illustrator Ellen Clapsaddle (8th January, 1865 – 7th January, 1934).

On this day: News in 1864

The cover of The Illustrated London News from the 26th of November, 1864.

The main story is about the reelection of US President Abraham Lincoln. Less than half a year later the President was assassinated.

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