On April 10, 1912, Millvina Dean boarded Titanic in third class with her parents and older brother. Her father, Bertram Dean, perished with the ship. Tiny Millvina was lowered into a lifeboat and was rescued along with her mother and brother. Arriving in New York City with nothing but the clothes on their backs, they were soon greeted by charitable New Yorkers who gave them a small wicker suitcase filled with donated clothing to help rebuild their lives.
The Musicians who played to the end, on board the Titanic: The band played the song, Nearer My God to Thee at 2:13 a.m. It was a prayer to everyone. It is thought by some that the band leader, Wallace Hartley, started playing by himself at first and then the rest of the band joined in. The band knew 352 different songs by heart. They had to be ready for any requests the passengers might make on the trip.
John Jacob Astor, IV, born on July 13, 1864, was the great-grandson of patriarch John Jacob Astor I. He and his wife were returning to New York on the RMS Titanic when the luxury liner hit an iceberg and sank off the coast of Newfoundland in April 1912. Unable to join his pregnant wife, Madeleine, in the lifeboats, he was last seen on deck.