On This Day: April 26 | Los Angeles Public Library
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On This Day: April 26

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.

Frederick Law Olmsted On this day in 1822, Frederick Law Olmsted was born. Olmsted had a varied career that included a decade as a journalist, reporting on the slave economy of the South in the decade before the Civil War. During the war, he helped to organize medical care for Union soldiers. Olmsted is best known as a landscape architect, a term he was the first to use. His major designs include university campuses -- he created the master plans for both Stanford and UC Berkeley -- and parks, including San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and New York's Central Park. Olmsted's career is the subject of the PBS documentary Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, which is available for streaming at Kanopy.
Anita Loos: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

On this day in 1889, Anita Loos was born. Loos was one of Hollywood's early screenwriting stars, writing more than 100 scripts between 1912 and 1915, almost all of which were produced. She was hired in 1915 by D. W. Griffith to write exclusively for his studio, making her among the first studio staff writers. Today, Loos is best remembered for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a collection of stories about Lorelei Lee, a practical young woman who values expensive gifts more than romance. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.

Duane Eddy: Twistin' 'n' Twangin' And on this day in 1938, Duane Eddy was born. Eddy is a guitarist whose distinctive twangy sound led to several pop hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s ("Rebel Rouser," "Because They're Young," "Peter Gunn"). Eddy has continued to record and perform, releasing his most recent album in 2011, and even made his way back to the pop charts in 1986, when he teamed with The Art of Noise for a new version of "Peter Gunn." Several of Eddy's albums are available for streaming or download at Freegal.