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 1883, Franz Kafka was born. Kafka's stories usually feature protagonists caught up in surreal situations, often forced to battle against impenetrable bureaucracies. He was so major a figure in 20th-century literature that his name has become an adjective -- Kafkaesque -- to describe such situations. In The Trial, a bank teller is arrested by agents of an unnamed agency and placed on trial for an unidentified crime. The Trial is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, in print, or as an audiobook.|
|On this day in 1952, Laura Branigan was born. Branigan was a singer-songwriter whose signature song, "Gloria," was one of the biggest hits of the early 1980s. Her performing and recording career lasted for only about ten years because of family medical problems, and Branigan died in 2004. Several of Branigan's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1985, Back to the Future was released. The time-travel comedy was the highest grossing movie of the year, and was the #1 movie at the box office for 11 weeks; two sequels were made. One of the movie's most memorable elements is the time machine built around a modified DeLorean car; the original DeLorean time machine was nearly destroyed after years of falling into disrepair. The documentary OUTATIME -- named for the time machine's license plate -- tells the story of how Back to the Future fans came together to save and restore this piece of movie history; OUTATIME is available for streaming at Hoopla.|