On This Day: May 7 | Los Angeles Public Library
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On This Day: May 7

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.

Brahms: The Symphonies On this day in 1833, Johannes Brahms was born. Brahms composed in every form except opera -- orchestral, choral and vocal, piano and organ, and chamber music. He was a gifted pianist, and as a composer, a perfectionist who once claimed to have destroyed twenty string quartets before writing the two that he allowed to be published. A variety of Brahms' music, including his four symphonies, is available for streaming at Hoopla.
Rabindranath Tagore: Gitanjali On this day in 1861, Rabindranath Tagore was born. Tagore was a Bengali author of many talents; he wrote poetry, novels, stories, plays, essays, and more than 2,000 songs. He took up drawing and painting at the age of 60, and directed a movie (based on one of his own stories) at the age of 70. In 1913, he was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, principally on the strength of his collection Gitanjali (Song Offerings), which had been published in his own English translation. Gitanjali is available as an e-book at OverDrive.
Last Voyage of the Lusitania And on this day in 1915, the British passenger ship Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine as it neared Liverpool. The Germans claimed the ship was a legitimate military target because it was carrying a large supply of munitions, which the British government would acknowledge in 1982 to be true. Almost 1,200 people died when the ship went down; among them were 128 Americans, and the sinking of the Lusitania helped to begin the shift in American popular opinion away from isolationism and towards involvement in World War I. The story of the Lusitania is told in the documentary Last Voyage of the Lusitania, available for streaming at Hoopla.