Today is Thursday, April 14, the 105th day of 2016. There are 261 days left in the year.

On this date:

In 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40 p.m. ship’s time and began sinking (The ship went under two hours and 40 minutes later with the loss of 1,514 lives).

In 1939, the John Steinbeck novel “The Grapes of Wrath” was first published by Viking Press.

In 1956, Ampex Corp. demonstrated the first practical videotape recorder at the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters Convention in Chicago.

In 1981, the first test flight of America’s first operational space shuttle, the Columbia, ended successfully with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

In 1986, Americans got word of a U.S. air raid on Libya (because of the time difference, it was the early morning of April 15 where the attack occurred). French feminist author Simone de Beauvoir died in Paris at age 78.

In 1995, Oscar-winning actor-singer Burl Ives died in Anacortes, Washington, at age 85.