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.
|On this day in 1875, Albert Ketèlbey was born. Ketèlbey was a composer of silent film scores in the 1910s and 1920s, and wrote popular songs throughout his life. His greatest success, though, was as a composer of light orchestral works which were often evocations of English life (Cockney Suite, Bells Across the Meadows), or colorfully orchestrated imaginings of life in "exotic" parts of the world (In a Persian Market, In a Monastery Garden). A selection of Ketèlbey's orchestral pieces is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1957, Melanie Griffith was born. Griffith began her film acting career while still in her teens, and had her biggest run of commercial success in the late 1980s, with a string of films that included Body Double, Something Wild, and Working Girl. Since then, she has worked mostly in smaller films and in television, often receiving far better reviews than the movies in which she appears. Griffith stars with Don Johnson and John Goodman in the 1993 adaptation of the play Born Yesterday, playing a former showgirl who turns out to be smarter than anyone expects. Born Yesterday is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1973, Gene Luen Yang was born. Yang is an author of comics and graphic novels, best known for his book American Born Chinese, which was the first graphic novel to be a finalist for the National Book Award, and received the American Library Association's Printz Award for the year's best book for teens. Yang uses elements from traditional Chinese myths to tell the story of a Chinese-American boy's struggle to fit in at school. American Born Chinese is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|