Great moments in history and popular culture happen every day, and ON THIS DAY will share a few of them with you. We’ll also point you to related resources in our collection, helping you to discover classic films, musical favorites, and historical tidbits. The primary focus will be on our e-material – e-books, e-audio, and downloadable and streamable music and film – but physical books and DVDs will also be part of the fun.
|On this day in 1937, Jean Redpath was born. Redpath moved from Scotland to the United States in the early 1960s, when her powerful voice and repertoire of more than 400 Scottish folk songs made her a star of the growing folk music scene. She was particularly noted for her recordings of the songs of Robert Burns; a planned 22-volume series of Burns' complete songs was interrupted after only 7 volumes by the death of the composer who wrote the instrumental arrangements. Several of Redpath's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1941, Ann-Margret was born. Ann-Margret is a singer and actress whose career began in film musicals (Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas). She went on to star in such movies as Carnal Knowledge, Tommy, and (for television) A Streetcar Named Desire. Ann-Margret stars with Steve McQueen and Edward G. Robinson in the poker drama The Cincinnati Kid, which is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1953, Roberto Bolaño was born. Bolaño was a Chilean novelist and poet. His novels and short stories often deal with the political importance of literature, and many of his characters are writers or artists. In his 1998 novel The Savage Detectives (not published in English until 2007), three young poets search for an older, nearly forgotten colleague. The Savage Detectives is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print; it's available in the original Spanish (Los detectives salvajes) as an e-book or in print.|