80 YEARS AGO: WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST? When the Titanic sank on April 14, 1912, more than 80% of those who drowned were men. Many had relinquished lifeboat seats to members of the gentler sex. Eight decades later, the dictates of Edwardian civility no longer hold much water. In a survey the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette learned that only 35% of the men on a Titanic II today would cede their lifeboat spots to children or women who weren't their wives. A mere 54% would give up seats for their mothers and 67% for their spouses.

50 YEARS AGO: TURNING POINT. Having surrendered...

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