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 1633, the Italian astronomer and scientist Galileo Galilei was convicted of heresy by the Roman Catholic Inquisition for espousing the belief that the planets move around the sun, and that the Earth is not the center of the universe. The Church had issued an order to Galileo in 1616, forbidding him from teaching or defending heliocentric ideas; when he published a book on the subject in 1632, the Inquisition announced that he would be tried. After his conviction, Galileo was placed under house arrest until his death in 1642. James Reston, Jr. is the author of the biography Galileo, which is available as an e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|
|On this day in 1909, Katherine Dunham was born. Dunham was a dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist; the dances she created for the Katherine Dunham Company were strongly informed by her research into African and Caribbean dance. She directed her company for nearly thirty years, spending much of that time touring Europe and Latin America; touring in the United States was challenging, as segregation made it difficult to find traveling accomodations for a large group of African-American dancers. Dunham was a pioneer in applying anthropological techniques to the study of dance; her book Island Possessed is a memoir of her 1936 studies in Haiti. It's available as an e-book at OverDrive|
|And on this day in 1940, Abbas Kiarostami was born. The Iranian filmmaker directed about 20 narrative feature films, as well as several short films and documentaries. His films are known for their mixing of fictional and documentary techniques, and for their poetic and ambiguous exploration of spirituality. Kiarostami's 1999 film The Wind Will Carry Us is the story of filmmakers who hope to document the funeral rituals of a remote village; they are forced to adapt to the slower rhythms of village life while waiting for the death of an elderly resident. The Wind Will Carry Us is available for streaming at Kanopy, or on DVD.|