(Monday, April 10, 1972) — The French Connection, a hard-hitting, fast-paced tale of crime detection in New York City, was named Best Picture of 1971 tonight at the 44th Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The film’s director, William Friedkin, was named Best Director.
Jane Fonda, the stylist, wily call girl of Klute and Gene Hackman, the relentless narcotics cop of The French Connection won top actor honors. The best original song award went to the “Theme From ‘Shaft.'”
(Saturday, April 10, 1982) — The album Reel Music, a compilation album featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles that were featured in their films, debuted on today’s Billboard 200 top albums chart at #40.
(Wednesday, April 10, 1912, shortly after noon, local time) — The RMS Titanic set sail today from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage, stopping first in Cherbourg, France, where it made a quick stop before heading to Queenstown (now called Cobh) in Ireland to pick up additional passengers the next day.