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 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright was born. Wright was one of the major American architects of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He described his architectural philosophy as "organic architecture," the idea that a building should be inspired by, and integrated into, its natural surroundings. He frequently incorporated large walls of glass into his buildings, especially in his later work, as a way of making the interior and exterior feel less separated. Among Wright's most famous buildings is Fallingwater, a vacation home built over a waterfall in rural Pennsylvania. The construction and history of Fallingwater is the subject of the documentary Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, available for streaming at Kanopy.|
|On this day in 1910, John W. Campbell was born. Campbell was a science fiction author and editor who played a major role in shaping the genre. From 1939 until his death in 1971, Campbell was the editor of Astounding Science Fiction (later known as Analog), where he published the first stories by (among others) Lester del Rey, Robert Heinlein, A. E. van Vogt, and Theodore Sturgeon. Campbell's best-known work as an author is the novella Who Goes There?, which has been adapted as a film by Hollywood three times. Who Goes There? is available as an e-book at OverDrive.|
|And on this day in 1940, Nancy Sinatra was born. Sinatra is best known for her hit singles from the mid-1960s, including "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and "Sugar Town." She recorded one successful duet with her father, Frank Sinatra ("Somethin' Stupid"), and two albums of duets with her regular producer, Lee Hazlewood (their biggest successes were "Jackson" and "Some Velvet Morning"). Sinatra was mostly inactive for twenty years beginning in the mid-1970s while she raised her children, but returned to recording in the mid-1990s, and continues to release new music occasionally. A variety of Sinatra's music is available for streaming or download at Freegal.|