Great moments in history and popular culture happen every day, and ON THIS DAY will share a few of them with you. We’ll also point you to related resources in our collection, helping you to discover classic films, musical favorites, and historical tidbits. The primary focus will be on our e-material – e-books, e-audio, and downloadable and streamable music and film – but physical books and DVDs will also be part of the fun.
|On this day in 1935, Tenzin Gyatso, who would become the 14th Dalai Lama, was born. The Dalai Lamas are Buddhist monks, believed to be successive incarnations of a holy figure who symbolizes compassion. The current Dalai Lama was recognized as the latest incarnation in 1937, and enthroned as Dalai Lama in 1940. He assumed political duties in the Tibetan government (as his predecessors have done since the 17th century) at the age of 15. The Dalai Lama left Tibet during the 1959 Tibetan uprising against the occupying Chinese government, and has lived in exile in India ever since. He is among the most popular and respected world leaders, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. The documentary 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama intercuts an interview with the Dalai Lama with his biography and a history of modern Tibet; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1944, a circus tent caught fire during an afternoon performance in Hartford, Connecticut, resulting in one of the worst fire disasters in United States history. At least 165 people were killed, and more than 700 were injured. The cause of the fire has never been conclusively determined; investigators at the time believed it was caused by a carelessly dropped cigarette, but some suspected arson. The tent was waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin wax and gasoline, allowing the fire to spread quickly, and some people were badly burned as the flaming wax dripped from the roof of the tent. Stewart O'Nan tells the story of the tragedy in The Circus Fire; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|
|And today is National Fried Chicken Day. Rebecca Lang's Fried Chicken offers more than 50 variations on the dish, from classic southern preparations to international variations with Vietnamese, Mexican, and Korean flair. There are options for the skillet or the deep-fryer, and even a gluten-free Southern Fried Chicken recipe. Fried Chicken is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|