BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG APPLE
On February 18, 1924: John J. Fitz Gerald credited “dusky stablehands” from New Orleans for the origin of NYC’s nickname, the Big Apple, in his column for the New York Morning Telegraph, headlined “Around the Big Apple.” This column helped popularize the nickname.
KICKIN’ OFF THE 3D CRAZE
On February 18, 1953: The first 3D feature film, entitled Bwana Devil, premiered in New York City. The 3D craze continues to this day with dozens of such movies released.
BORN ON THIS DAY: EDWARD ARNOLD
On February 18, 1890: Actor Edward Arnold was born in the Lower East Side. Arnold appeared in over 150 movies during his career, including Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939).