April 10, 1937 -
Lloyd Bacon crime melodrama from Warner Bros., Marked Woman, starring Bette Davis, and Humphrey Bogart, premiered on this date.
Based on the life of gangster Lucky Luciano, who was finally imprisoned when some of the prostitutes who worked in one of his brothels, tired of the beatings and maltreatment meted out by him, informed on him to the police.
April 10, 1946 -
Joseph L. Mankiewicz's (directorial debut) period melodrama, Dragonwyck, starring Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Vincent Price, Harry Morgan, and Jessica Tandy, premiered in NYC on this date.
Ernst Lubitsch was intended to direct the film. But when he fell ill, Joseph L. Mankiewicz took over.
April 10, 1953 -
Warner Bros.' first 3-D movie, House of Wax, starring Vincent Price, premiered on this date.
The film's director, André De Toth, was blind in one eye and hence could not see the effect.
April 10, 1957 -
Ricky Nelson sang for first time on TV's Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
He performed the song, I'm Walking.
April 10, 1992 -
One of Robert Altman's most successful films, the biting comedy about Hollywood, The Player, starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacch, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, and Cynthia Stevenson (and just about every actor who happened to be in Hollywood that week), opened in NYC on this date.
The film has more Oscar winning actors and actresses in the cast than any other movie in history. There are twelve: Cher, James Coburn, Louise Fletcher, Whoopi Goldberg, Joel Grey, Anjelica Huston, Jack Lemmon, Marlee Matlin, Tim Robbins, Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Rod Steiger. The celebrity cameos were not written in the script. Robert Altman added them all in. No scripted dialogue was given to any celebrity with a cameo.
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Today in History:
April 10, 1848 -
250 people died in a bridge collapse in Yarmouth, England. They had gathered on the suspension bridge to watch a clown boat be pulled by a flock of geese.
April 10, 1849 -
Prolific inventor Walter Hunt patented the modern safety pin on this date.
April 10, 1866 -
Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in New York City, on this date.
April 10, 1872 -
The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska City, on this date, and about one million trees were planted.
April 10, 1912 -
... I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a ship to founder. I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel. Modern shipbuilding has gone beyond that . . . - Edward J. Smith (1907), the future captain of the RMS Titanic.
The RMS Titanic left port in Southampton, England for her first and last voyage on this date.
April 10, 1917 -
133 people were killed in an explosion at the Eddystone ammunition factory in Chester, PA on this date. Satan was immediately implicated, with one official declaring the blast to be "the result of a diabolical plot conceived in the degenerate brain of a demon in human guise." It later turns out to have been caused by poorly-maintained powder loading machinery.
April 10, 1919 -
Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata was ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos, Mexico on this date.
April 10, 1925 -
... He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night...
The novel was not popular upon initial printing and sold fewer than 25,000 copies during the remaining fifteen years of Fitzgerald's life. Fitzgerald was very disappointed about this happening.
Much alcohol consumption and dissipation ensued.
April 10, 1963 -
In the course of deep-diving tests, the USS Thresher nuclear-powered submarine failed to surface 220 miles east of Boston, Mass, on this date. The disaster claimed all 129 men aboard under 8,400 feet (2,560 meters) of water.
According to U.S. military reviews of the accident, the most likely explanation is that a piping joint in a sea water system in the engine room gave way. The resulting spray shorted out electronics and forced an automatic shutdown of the nuclear reactor.
April 10, 1964 -
The Polo Grounds were demolished on this date and a public housing project was erected on the site. Demolition of the Polo Grounds began with the same wrecking ball that had been used four years earlier on Ebbets Field.
April 10, 1970 -
Answering questions concerning his upcoming debut solo album, Paul McCartney 'accidentally' announced on this date, that the Beatles were breaking up. Many were devastated when the legendary band announced that members were going their separate ways after more than 20 years of working together.
The breakup itself took over three years to become official because of numerous legal snafus.
April 10, 1971 -
In an effort to build better relations between the U.S. and China, a US table tennis team begins a week long visit to the People's Republic of China (PRC) at the invitation of China's communist government.
The visit was a major step forwards in relations between the two countries, and gave rise to the term "table-tennis diplomacy."
April 10, 1972 -
Charlie Chaplin returned to America, after a more than a 20 year self-imposed exile (having been accused of being a Communist) — to receive a lifetime achievement Oscar on this date.
It was his second academy award; the first he got in 1929 for The Circus.
And so it goes.