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On This Day: June 15

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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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.

Holly Tucker: Blood Work On this day in 1667, French physician Jean-Baptiste Denys performed the first documented transfusion of blood into a human being, transfusing about 12 ounces of sheep's blood into a 15-year-old boy. The boy survived, most likely because the amount of blood he'd been given was relatively small. Denys' experiments were controversial, and transfusion was banned in France in 1670. It wasn't until the discovery of the four blood groups (A, B, AB, O) in 1902 that blood transfusion would become safe and routine. Holly Tucker's Blood Work tells the story of Denys' experiments, including one case that led to his being charged with murder; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive.
David Rose and His Orchestra: Nostalgia On this day in 1910, David Rose was born. Rose was a composer, arranger, and bandleader who wrote film and television scores, and served as musical director for Red Skelton's TV show for more than 20 years. He is best remembered for his band's two big pop hits -- 1944's "Holiday for Strings" and 1962's "The Stripper." Several of Rose's albums are available for streaming or download at Freegal.
Steve Price: The Joy of Nature Photography And since 2006, the North American Nature Photography Association has celebrated this day as Nature Photography Day to promote safe and responsible nature photography, both for its artistic merit and as a way to promote conservation and protection of the natural world. In The Joy of Nature Photography, Steve Price offers advice on how to take better outdoor photos; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.