The reasons behind the German’s targeting this seemingly innocuous passenger ship remains controversial to this day. Launched in 1907 and torpedoed May 7, 1915, the RMS Lusitania sank within 18 minutes, with only 761 of the 1,959 people aboard surviving the attack.
On this day, at this very moment, 97 years ago, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank two and a half hours later. 706 people survived, and 1,517 people perished. Encyclopedia Titanica BBC Archive: Titanic Titanic Historical Society