On This Day: August 16 | Los Angeles Public Library
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On This Day: August 16

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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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.

Matt Christopher: The Comeback Challenge On this day in 1917, Matt Christopher was born. Christopher was an author of children's books and short stories, mostly about sports. Christopher wrote both novels and biographies of famous athletes. Since his death in 1997, new books have continued to be published under his name, written by other authors. Many of Christopher's books are available as e-books at Over Drive; he covered a wide range of sports, from baseball and basketball to the less common snowboarding and lacrosse.
Eydie Gorme: The Great American Songbook On this day in 1928, Eydie Gormé was born. Gormé was a big band singer in the early 1950s who went on to a successful solo career; her biggest hit was "Blame It on the Bossa Nova." From the mid-1960s on, she also recorded several albums in Spanish. Gormé had an even longer career performing as a duo with her husband, Steve Lawrence; they specialized in easy-listening ballads and American standards. Gormé's album The Great American Songbook is available for streaming at Hoopla.
Never Stand Still And on this day in 1945, Suzanne Farrell was born. Farrell is a ballet dancer and teacher best known for her long collaboration with choreographer George Balanchine; from the early 1960s until his death in 1983, many of Balanchine's dances were created specifically for Farrell. Farrell retired from performance in 1989, after nearly 30 years on stage, an unusually long career in ballet. Since then she has taught dance, and directed her own ballet company. Farrell was a 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the arts. She is one of the dancers featured in the documentary Never Stand Still, set at the annual Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Never Stand Still is available for streaming at Hoopla.