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 1717, George Frideric Handel's Water Music was first performed. The three orchestral suites were written in response to a request from King George I for a concert on the Thames River. King George and several other nobles rode on one barge; Handel and about 50 musicians rode on another. The King greatly enjoyed the music, and asked that it be repeated several times during the evening he spent traveling on the river. Several different recordings of Water Music are available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|On this day in 1925, Jimmy Scott was born. Scott was a jazz singer who performed with several major bands in the 1940s and 1950s. He was greatly admired within the jazz community, but because he was rarely credited on the records he made, his career faded and he left the music business by the late 1960s. He reappeared in 1991, performing at the funeral of his friend, songwriter Doc Pomus. Scott recorded several albums over the next fifteen years, and his earlier work was re-issued, this time under his name. Several of Scott's recordings are available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1971, Cory Doctorow was born. Doctorow is a novelist, journalist, and co-editor of the popular group blog Boing Boing. He is a vocal advocate of liberalizing copyright laws, and publishes most of his books under Creative Commons copyright licenses, which allow others to copy them as long as they aren't profiting from doing so. In Doctorow's novel Eastern Standard Tribe, people form online "tribes," setting their daily routine to specific time zones regardless of where they live, in order to more easily communicate with one another. Eastern Standard Tribe is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|