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 1928, Vic Damone was born. Damone is a singer of traditional pop and jazz standards who had his biggest success in the late 1940s and 1950s, with hits like "You're Breaking My Heart," "My Truly Truly Fair," and "My Heart Cries for You." He appeared in a few movie musicals in the 1950s, and hosted a TV variety show for two years in the early 1960s. From the 1970s until his retirement in 2002, Damone was a popular touring act who appeared frequently in the Las Vegas casinos. Several of Damone's albums are available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|On this day in 1931, Trevanian was born. Trevanian was a novelist who wrote in a variety of popular genres, claiming to use the techniques of Method acting to imagine himself as the appropriate author for each new style of book. He wrote only a few novels, but they included a Western (Incident at Twenty-Mile), an autobiographical coming-of-age story (The Crazyladies of Pearl Street), and a thriller (The Eiger Sanction). Shibumi is Trevanian's spy novel, the story of a trained assassin attempting to expose an international conspiracy; it's available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|
|And on this day in 1967, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Loving v. Virginia, striking down all state prohibitions of interracial marriage. Richard and Mildred Loving had been sentenced to one year in prison in 1959 under Virginia's law banning interracial marriage; their sentence was suspended on condition that they leave the state and not return together for 25 years. Their frustration at not being able to easily visit their families led Mildred to write a letter of protest to Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who referred them to the American Civil Liberties Union; their legal protest made its way to the Supreme Court. Patricia Hruby Powell tells the Lovings' story in her novel-in-verse Loving vs. Virginia; it's available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|