That much is obvious from a series of newspaper clippings that history site Retronaut posted this month.
The site shows that The Vancouver World reported "Titanic Sinking; No Lives Lost" on the day it fell beneath the Atlantic Ocean. Science publication io9 since called that the "Most inaccurate headline in the history of the universe."
The Vancouver Daily Province didn't fare much better, reporting that "probably no lives will be lost."
But Vancouver papers weren't alone in reporting the deeply erroneous information. The U.K.'s Daily Mail reported "No lives lost," according to Journalism.co.uk.
But how did they report it so wrong? Christopher Sullivan, features editor at the Associated Press, researched how the story was reported and said that, in the case of The Daily Mail, it wasn't completely the paper's fault.
"In the course of the wireless chatter someone asked the question: 'Are the Titanic passengers safe?' … Shortly after came back the answer: 'The ship is being towed to Halifax and everyone is ok'. That second transmission was accurate, except it didn’t refer to the Titanic," he said.
Still, that's not enough to save the headlines from going down in infamy.
The Daily World was horribly wrong.Flickr: heritagevancouver
And so was The Vancouver Daily Province.Flickr: heritagevancouver
Meanwhile, The Sun was more cautious.Via Retronaut
The World corrected the erroneous information the following day.Flickr: heritagevancouver
And so did The Daily Province.Flickr: heritagevancouver
The Sun, meanwhile, didn't mince words.Flickr: heritagevancouver
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