Is a calendar year forever sullied by the disaster which it contains? Is 1941 a “year” that lives in infamy and will 1994 forever belong to Orenthal James Simpson?
On this centennial anniversary of the disaster of the Titanic, as people gather to mourn the lost passengers of the unsinkable ship and all it represents—glamour, hubris, excess, classism, the futility of man’s fight with nature—little will be said of other, more positive events that occurred during that time in our history.
We’ve helpfully listed a few as you remember that night.
If you like your Kingfield shirts made of soft 100% Portuguese flannel that’s “easy-to-wear and pairs well with jeans and chinos alike,” you’ll be interested to know avid hunter and fisherman Leon Leonwood Bean of Maine developed a waterproof boot. It marked the start of the company that bears his name (how did we ever locate wild turkeys in the brush before the “William Penn Cherry Owl Hooter Turkey Call?”).