Philip Morris, Inc. introduced Benson & Hedges cigarettes on September 29, 1965. The New York Times reported that “the filtered cigarette is 100 millimeters in length, in contrast with 85 millimeters of most king-sized cigarettes.” The Times also reported that the new cigarettes would retail for 50 cents a pack.
Fifty years ago this month, striking printers shut down seven New York City newspapers. The strike would last for 114 days and helped to kill four of those newspapers. “This was an absolutely unnecessary strike,” recalls Tom Wolfe, who worked for the doomed Herald Tribune. Deep down it was about technological disruption—a foreshadowing of dislocations that roil the newspaper industry in our own time. As a newspaper town, New York was never the same again.