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 1902, Sammy Fain was born. From the 1930s through the 1950s, Fain was a popular songwriter who worked with several different lyricists. Two of his songs -- "Secret Love" and "Love Is a Many-Splendoured Thing," both written with Paul Francis Webster -- won the Academy Award. Among Fain's other standards are "I'll Be Seeing You," "April Love," and "That Old Feeling." Performances of Fain's best songs are collected in an installment of the Great Songwriters series, available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1943, Barry Manilow was born. Manilow is a singer-songwriter and producer who was most popular from the mid-70s to the mid-80s, when his hits included "Mandy," "Could It Be Magic," "Can't Smile Without You," and "I Write the Songs." While he's no longer a regular on the pop charts, Manilow continues to record, and to produce albums for other artists. He has been a headliner at Las Vegas hotels for more than a decade, and is among the best-selling musicians of all time. Several of Manilow's albums are available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|And on this day in 1951, Starhawk was born. Starhawk is a key figure in neopaganism, a modern religious movement that seeks to return to the beliefs and values of the Pagans of pre-modern Europe. In particular, Starhawk emphasizes the relationship between gender and spirituality, and she has been a leader in the Goddess movement, which views much of modern organized religion as an oppressive patriarchy. Her 1979 book The Spiral Dance was an important early contribution to the Goddess movement; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive.|