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 1924, Thomas Berger was born. Berger wrote more than twenty novels in a wide variety of genres -- science fiction, western, detective, Arthurian legend. In whatever style he chose to write, Berger was praised for his sharp wit and careful use of language. His 1980 novel Neighbors is the story of a suburban man whose dislike for his new neighbors, and his grasp on reality, both seem to be spiraling out of control. Neighbors is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|
|On this day in 1938, Diana Rigg was born. Rigg was primarily known for her theatrical work when she joined the cast of the spy series The Avengers in 1965; the role made her a star. She has worked primarily in television and theater, and currently has a recurring role in Game of Thrones as a witty, menacing schemer. Rigg stars with Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, and Ian Richardson in a 1968 film version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And today is National Fortune Cookie Day. Fortune cookies have become a popular dessert in Chinese restaurants; they contain a slip of paper on which is written a vague "prophecy" or cheerful saying. The origins of the cookies are unclear; they are not traditional in China. Jennifer 8 Lee explores the mystery of the fortune cookie, and the world of Chinese food in America, in The Fortune Cookie Chronicles; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|