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 1889, Jean Cocteau was born. Cocteau was a director, designer, and writer who worked in a variety of forms; he was influenced by, and influential on, many avant-garde artists in Paris from the 1920s through the 1940s. Cocteau wrote scenarios and texts for music by Satie, Stravinsky, and Milhaud; his writing has been adapted as operas by Poulenc and Glass. Among his major works are the novel Les Enfants terribles and the play La Voix humaine, an hour-long monologue for an actress talking on the telephone. Cocteau's 1946 film La Belle et la Bête (Beauty and the Beast) is a classic of French cinema; it's available for stremaing at Kanopy.|
|On this day in 1924, János Starker was born. Starker was a cellist who was so gifted as a child that he had five pupils of his own at the age of 12. Education would continue to be an important part of Starker's life; he taught at Indiana University from 1958 until his death in 2013. As a performer, he maintained an active touring schedule, and was among the most frequently recorded cellists, recording virtually all of the major repertoire for the instrument. A large variety of Starker's recordings is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1958, Bill Watterson was born. Watterson is the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which ran from 1985 to 1995, and was one of the most popular strips of its era. Watterson was known for his adamant refusal to license his characters for T-shirts, calendars, or other merchandise; and for his insistence that his Sunday strips be published in a larger format, allowing for better viewing of his detailed art. Watterson chose to end Calvin and Hobbes while the strip was still extremely popular, saying that he thought he had done all he could with the characters and the format. The documentary Dear Mr. Watterson explores the cultural impact of Calvin and Hobbes; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|