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In 1912, the Titanic sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Baltimore author Walter Lord (pictured above) is credited with sparking America’s fascination with the event after his non-fiction account “A Night to Remember” was published in 1955. The book is still in print today. (Baltimore Sun file photo, 1986)

1817: The first American school for the deaf was opened, in Hartford, Conn.

1955: Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s fast-food franchise, in Des Plaines.

1970: President Nixon signed legislation banning television and radio advertisements for the sale of cigarettes.

1990: Actress Greta Garbo died at 84 in New York.

Compiled by Laura Lefavor and Paul McCardell.