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 1903, Horatio Jackson and his mechanic, Sewell Crocker, completed the first automobile trip across the United States. They arrived in New York City 63 days after leaving San Francisco, and the trip used 800 gallons of gasoline. It was a difficult trip; the dog they picked up in Idaho as a traveling companion had to be fitted with a pair of goggles as they drove through the dusty Midwest, because the car had no roof or windows. The eastern half of the journey was much less eventful, as there were more paved roads. The story of Jackson and Crocker's trip is told in the documentary Horatio's Drive, which is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1943, Mick Jagger was born. Jagger is a founding member and the lead singer of The Rolling Stones, who have been among the world's most popular bands for more than 50 years. In the 1960s, the Stones were inescapable, landing such hits as "Time Is On My Side," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Ruby Tuesday," and "Paint in Black." Jagger has also recorded several albums as a solo artist. Much of his work -- both with The Rolling Stones and solo -- is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1945, Helen Mirren was born. Mirren is among the most accomplished actors of her generation, and one of the few to have won all three of the major American acting awards -- the Tony, the Oscar, and the Emmy (four Emmys, in fact). Mirren first came to the attention of many Americans in the PBS broadcasts of the British police procedural Prime Suspect, and her movies include Gosford Park, Woman in Gold, and The Queen. In Julie Taymor's film adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest, Mirren plays the gender-switched lead role of Prospera; it's available for streaming at Hoopla, and on DVD.|