Wednesday, April 15, 2015
From Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History, by Eduardo Galeano, translated by Mark Fried
GRAND OR JUST PLAIN BIG?
In the year 1588 Spain's Invincible Armada, then the largest fleet in the world, was defeated in a matter of hours.
In the year 1628 Sweden's most powerful warship, the Vasa, also known as Invincible, sank on its maiden voyage. It never made it out of Stockholm's harbor.
And on the night of this day in 1912, the world's safest and most luxurious ocean liner, humbly named Titanic, hit an iceberg and went down. This floating palace had few lifeboats, a uselessly small rudder, watchmen without binoculars and warning bells that weren't heard.