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 1845, two ships left England for an Arctic expedition under the command of Captain John Franklin. The goal was to sail the last untraveled section of the Northwest Passage, but the ships were icebound in the Canadian Arctic, and all 159 men were lost. Search missions over the next thirty years would find some relics of the expeditions, but the wrecks of the two ships would not be found until 2014 and 2016. Paul Watson was on the expedition that discovered the first ship, and he writes about the long search for the Franklin expedition in Ice Ghosts; it's available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive|
|On this day in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" was first published, in The New York Post. King had been arrested while taking part in civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama, and was writing in response to a group of local white clergymen who argued that the fight for rights should be fought in the courts, not through public demonstrations. King's letter was a defense of civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance. The letter would be published in several other magazines during the summer. In Gospel of Freedom, Jonathan Rieder writes about King's letter and its impact on the civil rights movement; the book is available in print, or as an e-book at OverDrive.|
|And today in Somerset, Pennsylvania, the World Bible Quiz Championship begins. Students up to the age of 21 take part in team competitions to test their knowledge of specific parts of the Bible; this year's competition will be based on Luke 1-17. The documentary Bible Quiz follows one contestant as she works to memorize the Bible verses for the National Bible Quiz; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|