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On This Day: August 15

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.

The Great Lyricists: Ned Washington On this day in 1901, Ned Washington was born. Washington was a lyricist who worked with several different songwriters from the late 1920s through the early 1960s. Eleven of Washington's songs were nominated for Academy Awards, and two of them won -- "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling)." A variety of Washington's songs, including "Smoke Rings," "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo," "Rawhide," and "The Nearness of You," can be heard on the Ned Washington volume of the Great Lyricists series, available for streaming at Hoopla.
Pygmalion On this day in 1912, Wendy Hiller was born. For more than 50 years, Hiller was one of England's most respected actresses. She worked primarily in the theater, in both London and New York. Hiller made only about twenty movies, but she chose her roles well; her movies include Separate Tables, I Know Where I'm Going, A Man for All Seasons, and Murder on the Orient Express. Hiller had a relatively rare leading film role as Eliza Doolittle in the 1938 adaptation of Geroge Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, which is available for streaming at Kanopy.
Stanley Milgram: Obedience to Authority And on this day in 1933, Stanley Milgram was born. Milgram was a social psychologist, who is remembered for two of the studies he conducted in the 1960s. His "small world" study of social networks gave rise to the concept of "six degrees of separation" (though Milgram never used the phrase himself). His controversial study of obedience found that most people were willing to deliver what they believed to be severe electrical shocks to another person when ordered to do so by the researcher; in reality, no one was being shocked. Milgram's own account of the obedience study, Obedience to Authority, is available as an e-book at OverDrive