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, Maria João Pires was born. Pires is a pianist who, like many classical musicians, was a child prodigy; she gave her first recital when she was five. She performs as a soloist and in chamber music, and focuses mostly on classical and romantic repertoire. Pires has a prodigious memory; at one concert, she realized when the orchestra began to play that she had rehearsed (and brought on stage the music for) the wrong Mozart concerto, but was able to play the correct one from memory. Several of Pires's recordings are available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1944, Martin Gore was born. Gore is a founding member of the band Depeche Mode, for whom he writes most of the songs and occasionally sings lead vocals. Depeche Mode had its biggest hit singles in the 1980s, with "People Are People," "Personal Jesus," and "Enjoy the Silence." Several of Depeche Mode's albums are available for streamiing at Hoopla.|
|And this weekend, the World Boardgaming Championship begins in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania; it will go on for the next week. Players will compete in more than 100 different games, many of them games of military or sports strategy. In It's All a Game, Tristan Donovan offers a history of board games from the very oldest -- African mancala games, chess, backgammon -- to newer favorites like Trivial Pursuit and Settlers of Catan. It's All a Game is available as an e-book at OverDrive.|