In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.
|On this day in 1934, Eileen Atkins was born. Atkins has worked in film, television, and theater for more than fifty years, mostly in England. She is a co-creator (with Jean Marsh) of the 1970s television series Upstairs, Downstairs. Atkins has received four Tony Award nominations for her work on Broadway, and her long filmography includes Equus, The Dresser, and Gosford Park. Atkins stars with Kate Beckinsale, Ian McKellen, and Joanna Lumley in the 1995 film Cold Comfort Room, about a young writer who goes to live in the country with her eccentric family of distant relatives; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho was released. Despite mixed critical reaction, the film was a huge success with moviegoers, and it was re-released in theaters in 1965 and 1969. Bernard Herrmann's strings-only score, particularly for the movie's iconic shower scene, is instantly recognizable. The movie is based on a novel by Robert Bloch, who wrote two sequels (they are unrelated to the movie sequels). Bloch's original Psycho is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive.|
|And on this day in 1967, the Monterey International Pop Festival began in Monterey, California. The 3-day festival featured performances by Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin, and others; tickets were priced from $3 to $6.50. Monterey Pop marked California as an important site for the counterculture movement, and was a key event in the 1967 "Summer of Love." Monterey International Pop Festival features live recordings from the event; it's available for streaming or download at Freegal.|