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 1864, Alois Alzheimer was born. Alzheimer was a psychiatrist and neuropathologist who was among the first to identify the brain anomalies that led to what he called "presenile dementia," a condition that would eventually come to be known as Alzheimer's disease. Other doctors were reporting similar cases at about the same time, but Alzheimer was the most complete, and the most accurate, in identifying the specific growths in the brain that led to the condition. In The Inheritance, Niki Kapsamelis tells the story of the DeMoe family, many of whom suffer from a genetic form of early-onset Alzheimer's, and their commitment to the various research studies that may help lead to a treatment or a cure. The Inheritance is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|
|On this day in 1884, John McCormack was born. McCormack was a tenor, noted for the clarity of his enunciation and for his breath control. He made his operatic debut at the age of 22. By the 1920s, McCormack was primarily performing in solo concerts, singing both operatic and popular repertoire; he was particularly loved for his performances of Irish folk songs. McCormack was among the first stars of the recording industry, making his first recordings in 1904 and recording prolifically until his retirement forty years later. Some of those recordings are collected in The Legendary John McCormack, available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1904, Margaret Bourke-White was born. Bourke-White was a photographer and journalist, most notable for her work of the 1940s. Bourke-White was the first female war correspondent; during World War II, she was the only foreign photographer in Moscow when the Germans invaded. She also chronicled the violence surrounding the partition and independence of India and Pakistan in 1947, and interviewed and photographed Mohandas K. Gandhi hours before his assassination in 1948. Bourke-White's memoir, Portrait of Myself, is available as an e-book at Hoopla, and in print.|