With today April 14th, it’s time to get stuck right into ‘Once upon a…’.
So without further ado, let’s go.
1912 - Titanic disaster
On this day in 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg. Just four days into its maiden voyage, the Titanic was famously ill-equipped to deliver adequate safety to its passengers with only 20 boats - 1,178 passengers - available, despite approximately 2,234 people being on board.
Today, the legacy of the RMS Titanic lives on in wide strands of popular culture including that of film, books, TV and museums.
1981 - Space voyage success!
On this day in 1981, the Columbia successfully landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California having orbited the Earth 36 times.
As part of the American government’s Space Shuttle program, the Columbia’s was the first space-rated orbiter of NASA’s Space Shuttle fleet.
1996 - The birth of reality TV?
On this day in 1996, Jennifer Kaye Ringley turned on her ‘JenniCam’, a camera that uploaded pictures documenting her life.
With the camera refreshing every 3 minutes, Ringley was eventually attracting an astounding 4 million hits a day. This popularity would arguably serve to influence the booming reality entertainment industry that we have to endure today!
And an honourable mention goes to…
Born on this day in 1921, Schelling is an American born economist and professor of foreign policy, national security, nuclear strategy and arms control at the School of Public Policy at University of Maryland.
In 2005, Schelling won the Nobel Memorial Prize for ‘having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis.’
Happy Birthday Mr. Schelling.