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 1899, Pavel Haas was born. Haas was a Czech composer, whose music was influenced by his teacher, Leos Janácek, as well as by folk music and jazz. Haas was one of more than 1,000,000 people murdered by the Nazis at the Auschwitz concentration camp, and wrote only about 50 pieces of music. Among Haas's finest works are his three string quartets; the second and thrid quartets can be heard (along with a quartet by Hans Krása, who was also killed at Auschwitz) on a recording available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1903, Al Hirschfeld was born. For nearly 80 years, Hirschfeld's caricatures of actors, musicians, and other celebrities appeared in The New York Times. Hirschfeld occasionally worked in color, but his best-known works are drawn in black ink. His work is spare, capturing the subject with as few lines as possible. After the birth of his daughter, Nina, Hirschfeld began to hide her name in most of his drawings, and his fans enjoyed hunting for the multiple "NINA"s in each one. The Hirschfeld Century contains more than 350 of Hirschfeld's drawings; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive.|
|On this day in 1953, Benazir Bhutto was born. Bhutto served twice as Prime Minister of Pakistan, from 1988 to 1990, and from 1993 to 1996. She was the first woman to be the elected leader of a predominantly Muslim nation. Bhutto's legacy is complex, and she was a polarizing figure. She attempted, not always successfully, to modernize Pakistan and to work for women's rights, but her administration ended with her conviction on charges of corruption. Bhutto spent nearly a decade living in exile in Dubai. She was granted amnesty in 2007; shortly after returning to Pakistan, she was assassinated. The documentary Bhutto follows her life and career; it's available for streaming at Kanopy.|