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 1811, Ambroise Thomas was born. Thomas was a prolific French composer of operas; he wrote about two dozen operas in his fifty-year career. During his lifetime, his music was very popular. Today, most of his work has faded into obscurity; only Mignon and Hamlet (which gives a happy ending to the Shakespeare tragedy) are performed very often. Risë Stevens and Ezio Pinza star in a recording of Mignon, available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|On this day in 1939, Bob Clark was born. Clark was a director, producer, and screenwriter whose work covered a wide range of genres. He started in horror, helped to invent the teen sex comedy with Porky's, and directed the holiday classic A Christmas Story. Clark's 1974 Black Christmas is a slasher film in which a group of sorority sisters (played by, among others, Margot Kidder, Olivia Hussey, and Andrea Martin) are terrorized by a deranged stalker. Black Christmas is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 2010, a cave-in at a copper and gold mine in Chile left 33 miners trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days. For several days, it was believed that no one had survived; it was not until seventeen days into the ordeal that the miners were able to get a message to the surface. Food deliveries began immediately, as the miners had already used up their emergency supplies, which were intended to last for a few days. An international group of mining and drilling companies worked with the Chilean government to rescue the miners, all of whom survived with in surprisingly good medical condition. Jonathan Franklin tells the story of the disaster and the rescue in 33 Men, which is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, or in print.|