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 1917, Norman Luboff was born. Luboff was the founder and director of the Norman Luboff Choir, which toured the world and recorded more than 70 albums in the 1950s and 1960s, performing a mix of light classics, folk songs, and easy listening. Luboff wrote many of the Choir's arrangements himself. Several albums by the Norman Luboff Choir are available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|On this day in 1966, Fab Morvan was born. Morvan and Rob Pilatus made up the group Milli Vanilli, who had several hit singles in 1988-89 ("Blame It On the Rain," "Girl You Know It's True") and won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. The group's career ended abruptly, and their Grammy was revoked, when it was revealed that Movan and Pilatus were only the visual front for the group, and had done none of the actual singing. Morvan and Pilatus would record their own voices as Rob & Fab, and Morvan recorded a solo album; neither effort was commercially successful. 2x2: The Best of Milli Vanilli is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1969, Cate Blanchett was born. Blanchett is an Australian theater and movie actress who has been nominated for the Academy Award seven times, winning twice (for The Aviator and Blue Jasmine). Her performances as Galadriel in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies have been her most notable venture into big-budget Hollywood film; most of her movies are smaller. Blanchett stars with Christian Bale and Natalie Portman in Terence Malick's Knight of Cups, available for streaming at Hoopla.|