Welcome to ON THIS DAY! Each day, we'll look at a few moments from history and popular culture. We'll show you where you can rediscover classic movies and music, or read more about great moments in history. We'll point you to e-books, downloadable and streamable music and film, and e-audio; and of course, we haven't forgotten about physical books or DVDs.
|On this day in 1934, Shirley MacLaine was born. The beginning of MacLaine's career was a classic "understudy makes good" story; she played a principal role in the original Broadway production of The Pajama Game for several months when the original actress was injured. She quickly came to the attention of Hollywood; in her 60-year movie career, MacLaine has been a Best Actress nominee five times, winning the award for Terms of Endearment. She has also written several volumes of memoirs, often focused on her New Age spiritual beliefs. MacLaine stars with Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey in Bernie, based loosely on the true story of a wealthy Texas woman murdered by her younger companion. Bernie is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1937, Joe Henderson was born. Henderson was a tenor saxophone player who began his recording career at Blue Note Records in the mid-1960s. In addition to the albums he recorded for them as a leader of various ensembles, he appeared on more than two dozen albums in five years in ensembles led by Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Andrew Hill, and others. He was a skilled composer, but grew more interested in performing standards as his career progressed. Several of Henderson's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1940, Sue Grafton was born. Grafton is the author of the Kinsey Millhone private eye series, the titles of which progress through the alphabet -- A Is for Alibi, B Is for Burglar, and so on. (The "X" volume has no "is for;" it's just called X.) The novels progress through time more slowly than their publication; Kinsey has aged only 7 or 8 years in the 33 years between the publication of A Is for Alibi and X. Kinsey makes her first appearance in Grafton's A Is for Alibi, which is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|