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On May 7, 1915, the news media reported that the British ocean liner Lusitania had been torpedoed by a World War I German U-boat off the coast of Ireland. More than 1,100 people died.
Here is a story excerpt from The Washington Post:
LONDON, May 8– The Cunard liner Lusitania, which sailed out of New York last Saturday with more than 2,000 souls aboard, lies at the bottom of the ocean off the Irish coast.
She was sunk by a German submarine, which sent two torpedoes crashing into her side while the passengers, seemingly confident that the great swift vessel could elude the German underwater craft, were having lunch.