May 7, 2017 all-day

On 7 May 1915, the British passenger liner Lusitania, on its return trip from New York to Liverpool, carrying nearly 2,000 passengers, was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland, sinking within minutes; 1,198 lives were lost. US president Woodrow Wilson sent a note of protest to Berlin on May 13, but Germany, which had issued a warning in advance, pointed to Lusitania’s cargo of ammunition for Britain. The US maintained its neutrality for the time being.

Image:CC BY-SA 3.0 de, Bundesarchiv DVM 10 Bild-23-61-17, Untergang der “Lusitania”

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