Throwback Thursday: Sinking of the Lusitania, V-E day

Throwback Thursday: Sinking of the Lusitania, V-E day


This week marks the anniversaries of both the sinking of the British ocean liner Lusitania in 1915 and the Allied victory in Europe in 1945.

The May 8, 1915 edition of the Meriden Daily Journal, a predecessor to the Record-Journal, carried the grim news of the Lusitania’s sinking by a German torpedo off the Southern coast of Ireland the previous afternoon — an event that would propel the United States into World War I.

“Admiralty gives up hope for more than 703,” a secondary headline on the front page read. “Survivors now landed upon the Irish Coast. All boats return to port.”

Initial press reports of lives lost in the sinking were considerably higher than the nearly 1,200 passengers and crew who perished, including more than 120 Americans.

On May 8, 1945, the Meriden Record, another predecessor to this newspaper, led with a huge headline proclaiming “Germany Surrenders And Conflict In Europe Officially Ends Today.” The newspaper’s nameplate was accompanied by the messages “V-E day!” and “Tokyo next!”

A secondary headline read: “Big three leaders due to proclaim to joy-filled world capitulation of Adolf Hitler’s battered forces.”

The front page carried a total of nine stories related to V-E day.

To view more historic front pages and other special features go to the Record-Journal’s 150th anniversary section online at


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