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 1913, George Lloyd was born. The British composer wrote his first symphony at 19, and his style would remain relatively unchanged for sixty years. As atonality and twelve-tone music became a larger force in the mid-20th century, Lloyd struggled to get performances of his music, which some found too old-fashioned. There was a revival of interest in the last twenty years of his life, and Lloyd conducted many recordings of his own music. Even those critics who found Lloyd too traditional generally admired his gift for melody and his skillful orchestration. Lloyd's The Vigil of Venus, for chorus and orchestra, is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1969, two days of rioting began at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. The bar was raided by the police, which was not an uncommon event at the time, and the customers fought back. There were already gay rights organizations in several large cities, and there had been riots elsewhere (including at the Black Cat Tavern in Los Angeles in 1967). But the Stonewall riots drew national attention in a way that earlier events had not, and motivated a louder and more insistent style of activism throughout the country. The documentary Stonewall Uprising tells the story of this historic turning point; it's available for streaming at Kanopy.|
|And on this day in 1971, the United States Supreme Court overturned Muhammad Ali's conviction for refusing to report for the draft during the Vietnam War. The unanimous decision in Clay v. United States (the draft notice had been issued, and the court case therefore recorded, under Ali's birth name, Cassius Clay) was largely based on a technicality; the local draft board had failed to state specific reasons for denying Ali's application for conscientious objector status. Leigh Montville's Sting Like a Bee analyzes the case and its cultural implications; it's available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|