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.
|On this day in 1799, Alexander Pushkin was born. Pushkin was a poet, playwright, and novelist who is often considered the first great figure of modern Russian literature. Pushkin published his first poem at 15, and was recognized as an important literary figure while still in his teens. Like many artists of his era, he struggled under the repression of the Tsar; his most famous play, Boris Godunov, was not staged in a complete, unedited form during his lifetime. Pushkin's narrative poem Eugene Onegin was published in serialized form between 1825 and 1832; it's available in a bilingual Russian/English edition as an e-book at OverDrive.|
|On this day in 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey. There had been experiments with the idea as early as 1915, but the Camden theater was the first to operate as an ongoing business. By the late 1950s, the peak of the drive-in, there were more than 4,000 such theaters in the United States. Today, there are about 300. After Sunset is a short documentary on the history of drive-ins; it's available for streaming at Kanopy.|
|And on this day in 1939, Gary U. S. Bonds was born. Bonds was an R&B and pop singer who had two brief flurries of chart success, separated by 20 years. His first fame came in 1960 and 1961, when "New Orleans" and "Quarter to Three" were top ten hits; in the early 1980s, he returned to the charts with "This Little Girl" and "Out of Work." Bonds released his most recent album in 2009, and continues to be a popular performer on the oldies circuit. His early hits are collected on The Very Best of Gary U. S. Bonds, available for streaming at Hoopla.|