It was 100 years ago this weekend that the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, and with the anniversary has come a huge amount of press coverage and tributes. But even if you've been watching all the documentaries and attending 3D re-release screenings, there are still some things you might not have discovered. Author and Titanic expert Hugh Brewster, who recently published 'R.M.S Titanic: Gilded Lives on a Fateful Voyage', was kind enough to share a few facts and surprises with us.
Even if you're a Titanic expert, you might be surprised to learn the connection between the disaster and the Clinton family. Or how the Canadian who invented the fashion show got embroiled in a scandal as a result of the disaster. Learn it all below:
This weekend, CBC is covering the anniversary on television, radio and the web. If you're looking for fascinating stories of the sinking itself, the legacy it's left behind, and how Canadians are remembering a century on, you can check out CBCNews.ca/titanic, a website featuring interactive features, photo galleries and videos. On the radio, Vik Adhopia will travel to Cape Race, Newfoundland, where the first distress call on was received, and David Common reports from the Titanic cruise ship 'Azamara Journey' which has travelled to the exact site of the sinking.
You can also tune in to these television broadcasts:
Saturday, April 14
The National - Special One-Hour Edition Marking the 100th Anniversary - 6 PM ET: What exactly happened that fateful night in April, 1912? The National team will tell the full story of the events of that night and the next day, as well as delving into the long shadow cast by the great ship's sinking.
Sunday, April 15
CBC News Network - Live Coverage of Interfaith Memorial Service at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Halifax - 2-3:30 PM ET: Many of the victims of the Titanic's sinking are buried at this cemetery, and News Network will cover the memorial service live.
Saving The Titanic - Documentary - CBC News Network 7 PM ET: This doc is the first of its kind. It focuses on the engineers and shipbuilders who tried to prevent the ship from going down, with dramatizations and CGI simulations helping to tell their stories.
Titanic: The Canadian Story - Documentary - CBC News Network 10 PM ET: A special two-hour documentary exploring the Canadian connection to the tragedy. Of the 2,200 passengers onboard, 130 were men, women, and children bound for Canada.
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