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By On This Day in NYC's History


On March 9, 1959: Mattel and inventor Ruth Handler introduced Barbie at the annual American International Toy Fair at the Jacob Javits Center. At 11 inches tall with blonde hair, she was the first toy with adult features to be mass produced. Since then, over 800 million dolls in the Barbie family have been produced.

Portrait Of Becky Ray Barbie Club

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On March 9, 1960: Brooklyn born professional criminal Willie Sutton robbed $64,000 (equal to $627,000 today) from a branch of the Manufacturers Trust Company in Queens. He was found guilty and sentenced to 30 to 120 years at Attica Correctional Facility.

Bank Robber Willie The Actor Sutton Mug Shot

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On March 9, 1954: WNBT-TV, now WNBC-TV, broadcast the first local color television commercial. The commercial was for Castro Decorators of New York City, and since color television technology recently emerged, only a few people were able to see it.

Family Viewing Color TV

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