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 1932, Anouk Aimée was born. Aimée began acting in her early teens, and became a star of European cinema in the 1960s with roles in such films as 8½, La Dolce Vita, and A Man and A Woman. Aimée was noted not only for her talent as an actress, but for her beauty and mysterious screen presence. Aimée is at the center of a love triangle in the 1961 film Lola, described by director Jacques Demy as "a musical without music;" it's available for streaming at Kanopy.|
|On this day in 1945, August Wilson was born. Wilson was a playwright who once claimed "the four Bs" as his primary influences -- writers Jorge Luis Borges and Amiri Baraka, painter Romare Bearden, and the blues. He is best known for the ten plays of the "Pittsburgh Cycle," each set in a different decade of the 20th century, and all but one taking place in the same African-American Pittsburgh neighborhood. Two of the plays, The Piano Lesson and Fences, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Wilson's Seven Guitars is set in 1948, and follows a blues singer as he attempts to adjust to regular life after being released from prison; the play's script is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|
|And today in Philadelphia, the three day National Football League draft begins. In seven rounds of choices, NFL teams will choose the college players they think will help them the most. For the star players who expect to be chosen early, the draft is an exciting shot at professional sports stardom. For players lower down on the list, though, it can be three long days of waiting, hoping to hear their name called. The documentary Late Rounders follows five such players through one NFL draft; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|