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 1919, Richard Scarry was born. Scarry was the author and illustrator of dozens of children's books, many of them set in "Busytown," home to a large assortment of anthropomorphic animals. Some of Scarry's most popular books were vocabulary-building "word books," in which each page was devoted to a theme -- school, the park, lunchtime -- and each object in the pictures was labeled with its name. Scarry's Best Little Word Book Ever is available as an e-book at OverDrive|
|On this day in 1920, Cornelius Ryan was born. Ryan was a journalist and author of popular military history book; he is best known for his trilogy of books on World War II -- The Longest Day, The Last Battle, and A Bridge Too Far. Ryan avoided dry, academic prose, focusing on the people involved to write history that felt more like a thrilling novel. Ryan and his team of researchers spent three years interviewing more than 3,000 people for The Longest Day, his book about D-Day; it's available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|
|And on this day in 1931, Jacques Demy was born. Demy was a French filmmaker whose films were noted for their rich orchestral scores (usually written by Michel Legrand) and their playful use of Hollywood imagery and formulas. In the United States, Demy's best-known film is the 1964 romantic musical Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), a vividly-colored fantasy in which all of the dialogue is sung. Two of Legrand's songs, "I Will Wait for You" and "Watch What Happens," were given English lyrics and became popular hits, recorded by many artists. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is available for streaming at Kanopy.|