Today, much of our knowledge of the Titanic comes from the 1998 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. While we may remember how tragic this movie was (I know I do), it doesn’t even hold a candle to the real life tragedy of the event.


The Titanic was very, very real, and there’s a lot to learn about what actually happened on the night she sank to the bottom of the ocean.

#12. There was a Japanese survivor who escaped the ship. But when he returned to Japan, he was shamed, and told he should have gone down with the ship.


#11. One of the most emotional moments of the Titanic film is when the band members continue playing to calm down the passengers. And this ACTUALLY happened. They played for hours after the ship hit the iceberg.


#10. If the iceberg had been seen only 30 seconds before it was, and the Captain was notified, the accident could have been avoided.

Just 30 more seconds…

#9. Milton Hershey, a.k.a. the man who’s behind one of the greatest chocolate bars of all time, had tickets to be on the Titanic, but changed his plans.