After Rose’s desperate plea for Jack to “never let go” in 1997’s premiere of Titanic, everyone thinks he or she is an expert on the tragic cruise ship’s demise. Well think again. Here are 12 less known facts about the ship and that fateful night in 1912.
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#1. The emergency lifeboat drill that would have likely saved hundreds of lives was postponed until a day after the ship had already sunk into the sea.
#2. The scene where a small group of musicians are seen serenading distraught passengers was not simply Hollywood sentimentality; it actually happened.
#3. Milton Hershey, the founder of Hershey chocolates, had purchased tickets to join the Titanic on its maiden voyage but cancelled his reservation at the last minute due to a business meeting.
#4. After surviving the Titanic tragedy, a Japanese survivor was publicly deemed a coward for not dying with the rest of the passengers.