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.
|On this day in 1912, Studs Terkel was born. Terkel was a radio broadcaster and author, praised for his skills as an interviewer. His Chicago radio program featured an one-hour interview with a different guest each weekday for 45 years. He published several volumes of oral histories, collecting the recollections of ordinary people on subjects that included the Great Depression, World War II, race relations, and urban life. In Working, Terkel interviews more than one hundred people about the jobs they do; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|
|On this day in 1913, Woody Herman was born. Herman was a clarinetist and bandleader who had a 50-year career as the leader of various bands, most of which were known as "The Herd." Herman's bands adapted quickly to changes in jazz; from swing and blues in the late 1930s, to bebop in the 1940s, to incorporting rock elements in the 1960s and 1970s. In the later part of his career, Herman's bands often included instruments not normally associated with jazz, such as oboes or French horns. A variety of Herman's music is available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|And on this day in 1966, Janet Jackson was born. Jackson has been performing for more than 40 years, since appearing with her siblings in the 1976 TV variety show The Jacksons. Between 1986 and 2001, she released five albums that reached number one on the charts, and had a long string of hit singles (among them "Nasty," "Control," "Miss You Much," and "Love Will Never Do Without You"). Her singing and dancing have been cited as important influences by many of the female pop stars who followed her. Several of Jackson's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.|