101 years ago today at 2:10 in the afternoon on May 7, 1915, the RMS Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by U-20. The sinking, like the Titanic, resulted in large loss of life. The U-20’s captain, Walther Swieger, through this sinking changed the course of history by swaying public opinion, including American public opinion, against Germany. The United States later entered the Great War on the side of the Allies as a direct result.
It is important to view World War I and World War II as the same war with a short cessation of hostilities in between Acts 1 & 2. Therefore, the sinking of the Lusitania completely changed the coarse of history, ultimately redrawing maps, ending empires, and forever changing the power structure of great nations.
One of the sad facts of this event is that the Lusitania had enough life boats for all passengers (a result of the Titanic sinking) but the crew was unable to launch most them all due to the listing of the ship as it sank.