Daily Archives: April 10, 2012

Fonda, Hackman and ‘The French Connection’ win top Oscars 40 years ago tonight (1972)

(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.'”

Former Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe, 21, dies after collapsing 50 years ago today (1962)


Video: 'Stuart Sutcliffe: The Lost Beatle' (part 4; Stuart's death at 7:13)

(Tuesday, April 10, 1962) — Stuart Sutcliffe, the original bass player of The Beatles who left the band to pursue a career as an artist, died today while en route to a hospital with his fiance, photographer Astrid Kirchherr, in Hamburg, Germany, after collapsing. Continue reading Former Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe, 21, dies after collapsing 50 years ago today (1962)

RMS Titanic departs Southampton, England, for maiden voyage 100 years ago today (1912)

(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.

With a total of 2,224 people on board, the ship would then depart for open sea across the North Atlantic, headed for New York. Continue reading RMS Titanic departs Southampton, England, for maiden voyage 100 years ago today (1912)