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 1837, Henry M. Robert was born. Robert was a military engineer who worker with the Corps of Engineers during the Civil War on the defense of several New England ports. He is also the author of Robert's Rules of Order, a guide to parliamentary procedure which he wrote after losing control of a chaotic church meeting. It is loosely based on the procedures of the United States House of Representatives. The original Robert's Rules of Order is available as an e-book at OverDrive, as is a modernized, simplified version.|
|On this day in 1921, Satyajit Ray was born. Ray was an Indian director whose films were praised for their depicition of ordinary life and for their elegant simplicity. In addition to directing, Ray wrote and edited his films, composed the score for most of them, and designed most of the opening titles and publicity materials. He also wrote (in Bengali, the language of most of his films) several popular books for children, and was an accomplished calligrapher and graphic designer. Among Ray's most popular films are those which make up the Apu Trilogy -- Pather Panchali, Aparajito, and The World of Apu. They tell the story of a young boy growing to early adulthood. The Apu Trilogy is available for streaming at Kanopy.|
And on this day in 1946, Lesley Gore was born. In the early 1960s, Gore sang in the voice of the assertive teenage girl, unwilling to put up with unfaithful or domineering boys. Her biggest hits were "It's My Party" and "You Don't Own Me." She would continue to have minor hits throughout the 1960s, and to record occasionally until releasing her last album in 2005. With her brother Michael, Gore wrote the 1980 Irene Cara song "Out Here On My Own." Several of Gore's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.