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 1954, Joe Jackson was born. Jackson is a singer-songwriter who has worked in a variety of genres; he had his biggest mainstream pop success in the early 1980s with "Steppin' Out" and "Breaking Us In Two." Jackson continues to record a new album every few years, and while he's never entirely abandoned pop, he's also recorded a "symphony" for a small band of pop and jazz musicians, and an album in tribute to Duke Ellington. Several of Jackson's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1961, David Brooks was born. Brooks is a social and political commentator who writes regularly for The New York Times. In The Social Animal, Brooks explores the latest research in psychology and biology to discover how we make decisions, and what causes our personalities to change over time. The Social Animal is available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive, in print, or as an audiobook.|
|And on this day in 1965, Viola Davis was born. Davis has worked in film, television, and theater for the last twenty years, and she is the only African-American actor to have won an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Tony for her performances. As a stage actress, she is strongly associated with the playwright August Wilson, and has performed in three of his plays on Broadway. Davis stars with Jennifer Lopez in Lila & Eve, a crime drama about two mothers attempting to solve the murders of their children; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|