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 1933, Oliver Sacks was born. Sacks was a neurologist and science writer, best known for several best-selling collections of case studies of unusual neurological disorders. He was able to make those studies so compelling that, unusually for a scientist, his books were adapted into popular film (Penny Marshall's Awakenings) and even opera (Michael Nyman's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat). In Musicophilia, Sacks focuses on cases involving music, either as an affliction or as part of the treatment for other disorders. Musicophilia is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|
|On this day in 1937, David Hockney was born. Hockney is an artist who works in a variety of forms -- painting, photography, set design -- and is generally considered one of the most important artists of the late 20th century. Among his best-known works are a series of paintings of swimming pools, which he began creating after his first visit to Los Angeles in the mid-1960s. The documentary David Hockney: A Bigger Picture follows Hockney through a three-year period when his primary focus was painting landscapes in Yorkshire, England, where he grew up. The movie is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1942, Richard Roundtree was born. Roundtree is an actor best known as one of the leading men of 1970s blaxploitation movies, most notably the three movies in the Shaft series. (He would return to the role a fourth time in 2000, making a cameo appearance as the uncle of the new Shaft character.) In the years since, Roundtree has rarely had a role with as much cultural impact as Shaft, but he has continued to work in television (spanning the years from Roots to Being Mary Jane) and film (Seven, George of the Jungle, and Speed Racer, among others). Roundtree appears as the mentor to a young couple in the romantic drama All the Days Before Tomorrow, which is available for streaming at Hoopla.|