2012: the centennial of many things

Patrick O'Connell, staff writer

2012 marks the 100th anniversary of many things we associate ourselves with. From America’s favorite cookie to a famous shipwreck, these things have been around for a century now.

In 1912, an Ohio chocolate maker named Clarence Crane needed a new summer candy to sell, as chocolate was more popular in winter months. To solve this problem he came up with a candy known as “Crane’s Peppermint Life Savers” better known today as just life savers. These mint flavored candies grew to become a major success and over the years and the number of flavors grew. It’s been a century and these famous candies are still as popular as ever.

In March of 1912, a new type of cookie came about in a Nabisco cookie factory in New York. This new type of cookie was called Oreo Biscuits, today known as Oreos. Oreos were an instant success. In 1912 Oreos cost 25 cents a pound and only came in vanilla flavor. Over the years, the variety of Oreos grew and the popularity of them grew even faster. For 100 years, Oreos have been America’s favorite cookie.

In April of 1912, the White Star Line company introduced its latest edition to its fleet of passenger liners. This ship was the largest and most luxurious ship afloat. It was known as the Titanic. On April 10th it set sail for America with over two thousand passengers and crew. On the night of April 14th the ship struck an iceberg and sank in about two hours. One thousand and five hundred men, women, and children died due to a lack of lifeboats. It was one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. For the 100th anniversary of the disaster, the movie Titanic will be re-released in 3-D.

These aren’t the only things turning 100 this year. Fenway Park and the state of Arizona will also turn 100. For a century these things have been a part of our lives.