Today in History: May 7, 1915 – The HMS Lusitania Is Sunk

 

On the afternoon of May 7, 1915, the British ocean liner Lusitania is torpedoed without warning by a German submarine off the south coast of Ireland. Within 20 minutes, the vessel sank into the Celtic Sea. Of 1,959 passengers and crew, 1,198 people were drowned, including almost 100 children. There were 128 American casualties and the sinking turned sentiments against Germany, helping provoke the United States into entering WWI two years later.

The Lusitania at the end of the first leg of her maiden voyage, New York City, September 1907.

 

The Lusitania at the end of the first leg of her maiden voyage, New York City, September 1907.

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