Welcome to ON THIS DAY! Each day, we'll look at a few moments from history and popular culture. We'll show you where you can rediscover classic movies and music, or read more about great moments in history. We'll point you to e-books, downloadable and streamable music and film, and e-audio; and of course, we haven't forgotten about physical books or DVDs.
|On this day in 1928, Thea Musgrave was born. Musgrave is a composer of operas and orchestral music. Her operas often focus on the lives of historical figures, including Simón Bolivar, Harriet Tubman, and Mary, Queen of Scots. That interest in drama carries over to some of Musgrave's orchestra music, such as an oboe concerto in which the soloist is meant to represent Helios, the sun god. A sampling of Musgrave's music, including her concertos for clarinet and for horn, is available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|On this day in 1935, Ramsey Lewis was born. Lewis is a jazz pianist whose trio released its first album in 1956; the Ramsey Lewis Trio became one of the few jazz acts to have a song hit the pop charts with their 1965 version of "The In Crowd." Lewis has recorded more than 70 albums, and for 20 years, he was the host of the syndicated radio program Legends of Jazz. Several of Lewis's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge opened, connecting San Francisco and Marin County. Construction took about four years, under the direction of engineer Joseph Strauss, who designed the bridge. Among the notable innovations in the construction of the Golden Gate was the use of movable safety netting, which saved the lives of many ironworkers. The bridge's distinctive orange color was chosen to increase its visibility in fog. Kevin Starr's history of the bridge, Golden Gate, is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|