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On This Day: July 21

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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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.

The Incredible Mr. Limpet On this day in 1924, Don Knotts was born. Knotts was a comic actor, best remembered for playing Deputy Barney Fife on the 1960s sitcom The Andy Griffith Show; he won five Emmy Awards in the role. In the late 1960s and 1970s, he made a series of popular family films, usually playing variations on the same very nervous, well-intentioned bumbler he'd played on television. In The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Knotts plays a bookkeeper who magically turns into a fish and helps the U.S. Navy during World War II; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.
Sarah Waters: Fingersmith On this day in 1966, Sarah Waters was born. Waters writes historical novels set in England, at times ranging from the Victorian era to the 1940s. She is praised for her mix of lively, entertaining plots and powerful, evocative prose. Waters' 2002 novel Fingersmith is an intricate story of a con artist attempting to defraud an heiress in Victorian England; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print. The South Korean film adaptation The Handmaiden moves the story to Korea in the 1930s; it's available on DVD.
James R. Hansen: First Man And on this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon, stepping from the Apollo 11 lunar module with the words, "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong had been part of NASA's Astronaut Corps since 1962, and Apollo 11 was his second spaceflight. James R. Hansen biography of Armstrong, First Man, is available as an e-book at OverDrive, in print, or as an audiobook.