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 1533, Anne Boleyn was crowned Queen of England. Anne was the second wife of Henry VIII, who had his first marriage (to Catherine of Aragon) annulled by the Archbishop of Canterbury, acting in his capacity as head of the Church of England. That led Pope Clement VII to excommunicate both Henry and the Archbishop, beginning the English Reformation, a long series of political and religious conflict that led the Church of England to separate itself from the Roman Catholic Church. Susan Bordo's The Creation of Anne Boleyn is both a biography and a look at how Anne's image and reputation have changed and been manipulated throughout history; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive, and in print.|
|On this day in 1921, Nelson Riddle was born. Riddle was a composer, bandleader, and arranger who provided instrumental backing for many of the major jazz and standards singers of the 1950s and 1960s -- Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald among them. In the 1970s, Riddle worked primarily in film and television, winning an Academy Award for his score for the 1974 film The Great Gatsby. Riddle returned to recording in the 1980s, providing arrangements for three albums of standards by Linda Ronstadt. Several albums by Riddle's orchestra are available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|And since 2001, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has observed this date as World Milk Day, a day to celebrate the importance of dairy products to the global economy and to nutrition. Anne Mendelson's Milk provides both a cultural history of milk around the world, and more than 120 recipes ranging from beverages to desserts. Milk is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|