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 1860, Isaac Albéniz was born. Albéniz was a pianist and composer whose music was strongly influenced by Spanish folk music; his performances and compositions helped to raise the visibility of Spanish music throughout Europe, and to encourage young performers and composers in Spain. Albéniz composed primarily for the piano, but much of his music has been transcribed for the guitar, and it forms an important piece of the repertoire for that instrument. David Russell plays a program of Albéniz' music arranged for guitar; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1958, Annette Bening was born. Bening is among the most respected actresses currently working in film, with four Academy Award nominations in her thirty-year career. She works primarily in dramas -- among them The Grifters, American Beauty, and The Kids Are All Right -- but occasionally ventures into comedy, most notably in Mars Attacks! Bening stars with Warren Beatty and Katharine Hepburn (her final film role) in the 1984 movie Love Affair, which is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1973, Tom Bradley was elected the first (and to this date, the only) African-American mayor of Los Angeles, defeating incumbent Sam Yorty. A decade earlier, Bradley had been the first African-American elected to the Los Angeles City Council. He served as mayor for twenty years, the longest tenure in the city's history. Bradley made two unsuccessful campaigns for governor; his unexpected narrow loss in 1982 gave rise to the term "the Bradley effect," which proposed that some voters, not wanting to be seen as racist, will tell pollsters they intend to vote for a black candidate when they do not. The documentary Bridging the Divide follows Bradley's political career from his early years as a policeman to his retirement as mayor in 1993; it's available for streaming at Kanopy.|