CLEAR THE AIR
On April 10, 1995: New York City banned smoking in all restaurants with 35 seats or more. A citywide ban on smoking in all workplaces wasn’t enacted until April of 2003.
On April 10, 1849: New Yorker Walter Hunt was awarded a patent for his invention, the safety pin, but sold the rights to it shortly thereafter for a mere $400. Hunt is credited with numerous other inventions including the lockstitch sewing machine, which he failed to patent at all.
OUT OF THE PARK
On April 10, 1962: New York Yankee Mickey Mantle hit the 375th home run of his career. Mantle joined the “500 Club” on May 14, 1967 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974, the first year he was eligible for election.
On April 10, 1934: American Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, author, and New York Times correspondent David Halberstam was born. Halberstam is well known for his coverage of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. He passed away on April 23, 2007.
On April 10, 1953: The first color 3-D feature from a major American studio, House of Wax, premiered in New York City. This occurred just two days after the first black and white 3-D feature, Man in the Dark, was released. The film, a remake itself, was remade again in 2005.