When the Titanic sank in the early hours of April 15, 1912, it took around 1500 crew members and passengers along with it, accounting for more than half of the people on board. In the years since, the stories of the survivors have piqued the curiosity of historians and Titanic obsessives—especially the tale of Molly Brown. And now, Brown has been immortalized in bobblehead form thanks to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and the Molly Brown House Museum.
Margaret "Molly" Tobin Brown was on a tour of Europe in 1912 when she heard her grandson was ill, so she booked a ticket on the Titanic to go home to America. During that fateful night, Brown was able to board one of the lifeboats which, according to the Molly Brown House Museum, had a capacity for 65 people but pushed off with 21 women, two men, and a young boy. They were saved by the Carpathia in the early hours of the next morning. By the time the savior ship reached New York, Brown had helped raise more than $10,000 from the first-class passengers aboard in order to help some of the Titanic's poorest survivors.
Brown gained national recognition for her efforts to help survivors of the Titanic. Later, she'd volunteer during World War I and fight for women's rights while pursuing her passion for theater. Her life would eventually become the subject of a musical titled The Unsinkable Molly Brown.