One hundred years ago the "unsinkable" Titanic sank into the North Atlantic. The tragedy has made for some epic storytelling. One of the most extraordinary stories is that of a 68-year-old Persian who wasn't, it turns out, actually on the ill-fated vessel, but was supposed to be.
On May 11, 1912, The Commonwealth Club of California heard a first-person account of the sinking of the Titanic just a few weeks earlier, on April 15, 1912. It gives a good sense of what it was like to be stuck on the stricken vessel.