1,517 people perished in the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean on this date in 1912. Hours earlier, they had been enjoying the maiden cruise of the RMS Titanic, which was making a voyage from Southampton to New York. Two of the most famous passengers of the tragic ship were John Jacob Astor IV (who perished) and Margaret "Unsinkable Molly" Brown (who survived and died in 1932).
2,223 people, including the crew, were on board. Only 706 survived.