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 1932, Natalie Babbitt was born. Babbitt was the author and illustrator of several children's books. Her most popular book is Tuck Everlasting, the story of a young girl's encounter with an immortal family living in the woods near her home. It's been twice adapted as a movie, and a musical version had a brief Broadway run in 2016. Tuck Everlasting is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print. The 2002 film version, starring Alexis Bledel, Ben Kingsley, and Sissy Spacek, is available on DVD, and the cast recording of the Broadway musical is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1941, Riccardo Muti was born. Muti is an orchestral and operatic conductor who served as music director of Milan's La Scala theater for 19 years; he was particularly known for his performances of Mozart and Verdi operas, and for his interest in reviving relatively obscure Italian operas. He is currently the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. A variety of Muti's recordings is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1945, Jim Davis was born. Davis is the creator of the comic strip Garfield, which first appeared in 1978. The lasagna loving cat is now one of the world's most popular comic strip characters, appearing in more than 2,500 newspapers each day. It is estimated that more than $750 billion worth of Garfield merchandise is sold each year. Davis's cat appears in several comic books, available as e-comics at Hoopla.|