Today I noticed the title of a book of â€œOnly 317 Survived!: USS Indianapolis (CA-35) Navyâ€™s Worst Tragedy at Seaâ€. I am generally familiar with the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in World War II on July 30, 1945. There have been a number of specials about the event on The Discover Channel, The History Channel, The Military Channel, etc.
What I wasnâ€™t aware of was the number of survivorsâ€¦ 317. Then that number struck me as â€œ317â€ being the telephone area code for the greater Indianapolis area. Was it a coincidence? Which came first? Area code assignments or the sinking of the USS Indianapolis?
A quick search led me to find out that area codes were â€œinventedâ€ in 1947. Was there any kind of planned intention to have Indyâ€™s area code be 317 due to the number of survivors on the USS Indianapolis?
Things that make you goâ€¦hmmmm?