On This Day: May 25 | Los Angeles Public Library
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On This Day: May 25

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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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.

William J. Baker: Jesse Owens: An American Life On this day in 1935, Jesse Owens competed for Ohio State University in a Big Ten track meet at Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he recorded one of the greatest days in track history. In the span of 45 minutes, Owens set world records in the long jump, the 220-yard spring, and the 220-yard low hurdles; and tied the existing world record in the 100-yard dash. A year later, Owens would win four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, an embarrassment to Adolf Hitler, who had hoped that Germans would dominate the Games as a demonstration of Aryan supremacy. William J. Baker's biography, Jesse Owens: An American Life, covers both of those events, as well of the rest of Owens' life and career; it's available in print.
Tom T. Hall: Storyteller, Poet, Philosopher On this day in 1936, Tom T. Hall was born. Hall is a country singer and songwriter who had his greatest success in the late 1960s and 1970s. His biggest hits included story songs like "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died" and gentle reminiscences of country life like "Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine." Hall's songs occasionally crossed over to the pop chart, as with Jeannie C. Riley's recording of "Harper Valley PTA" and his own recording of "I Love." Several of Hall's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.
Raymond Carver: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love And on this day in 1938, Raymond Carver was born. Carver was a poet and author of short stories. His preference for writing at shorter length -- he never wrote a novel -- was a matter not only of artistic preference, but of practical realities. For most of his career, writing was something that Carver had to find time for while working a series of jobs. His characters often work in the same types of blue-collar jobs that Carver himself held. Carver's story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.