John Jacob Astor IV was the Titanic's wealthiest passenger. According to legend, Astor, standing by as the ship sank, observed a 13-year-old boy being denied a seat on one of the lifeboats. The quick-thinking Astor put a girl's hat on the boy's head. "Now," he declared, "you're a girl."
[Another passenger (Eugene Daly) tried to board a lifeboat but was told to step back by an officer with a gun. As the Titanic sank, Daly jumped into the sea. He was later pulled out of the water -- and into the very boat which he had tried to board earlier from the deck of the ship!]