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The Titanic Disaster

Clip | 3m 16s

On Sunday, April 14, 1912, the Titanic’s distress signals were heard by a nearby ship, allowing passengers in lifeboats to be rescued. Federal law soon required that all large ocean-going vessels to be equipped with wireless for safety reasons. David Sarnoff noted that the Titanic disaster “brought radio to the front.”

Aired: 05/01/17

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

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