On This Day: July 8 | Los Angeles Public Library
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On This Day: July 8

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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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.

Peter Gunn (Season One) On this day in 1918, Craig Stevens was born. Stevens had been playing small parts in film and television for twenty years when he landed the role for which he would be remembered -- private investigator Peter Gunn. Stevens starred in the TV series Peter Gunn for three seasons. Unlike many private eyes of the day, Gunn was a sharp-dressed, sophisticated gentleman with a fondness for jazz. Henry Mancini's score for the show was unusual, and the main theme music became a pop hit. Stevens never matched the success of Peter Gunn, but he continued to work regularly for another twenty-five years, starring in several less successful TV series, making movies, and doing theatrical tours. The first season of Peter Gunn is available for streaming at Hoopla.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: On Death and Dying On this day in 1926, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was born. Kübler-Ross was a psychiatrist whose career focused on the treatment of the terminally ill. Her best-known contribution is her model of the five stages of grief -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance -- which people go through when they learn that they are terminally ill; the stages have also been applied to those who survive the death of a loved one, or any other major loss. Kübler-Ross introduced this model in her 1969 book On Death and Dying, which is available as an e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.
Raffi: Raffi Radio And on this day in 1948, Raffi was born. Raffi is a singer-songwriter who has been one of the most popular performers of music for children. He began performing concerts for young children in the mid-1970s, and has recorded more than 20 albums. In his music and in his off-stage life, Raffi has long been an advocate for environmental causes. Several of Raffi's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.