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 1911, the explorer Hiram Bingham was led by local guides to the Inca city Machu Picchu, in Peru. The city's existence had largely been forgotten by all but the local residents. It seems unlikely that Bingham was the first to re-discover Machu Picchu -- the site of the city is marked on a map from 1874 -- but he did the most to publicize the discovery, helping to make Machu Picchu one of South America's most popular tourist destinations. The Nova documentary Ghosts of Machu Picchu follows a team of current-day archaeologists as they explore the site; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1952, the movie High Noon was released. It's the story of the impending confrontation between a town marshal and a vicious outlaw who will arrive on the noon train. The movie was politically controversial; John Wayne, a supporter of McCarthy-era blacklisting, turned down the lead role because he thought the was an anti-blacklisting allegory. But the movie was a critical success, winning four Academy Awards, and it was among the first group of films named by the Library of Congress to the National Film Registry. Glenn Frankel's book High Noon tells the story of the movie's making and its historical context; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive. The movie is available on DVD.|
|And on this day in 1969, Jennifer Lopez was born. Lopez is a singer, dancer, and actress who has been one of the most popular and versatile entertainers of the 21st century. In 2001, she became the first female entertainer to simultaneously have the number one album (J. Lo.) and the number one film (The Wedding Planner) in the United States. She is very involved in philanthropic activities, and has founded a foundation devoted to bringing better healthcare to poor mothers and children. Several of Lopez's albums are available for streaming or download at Freegal.|