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On This Day: August 21

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.

Fearless On this day in 1944, Peter Weir was born. Weir is an Australian director whose first international success came in the late 1970s with a pair of atmospheric thrillers, Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Last Wave. Weir began working in Hollywood in the mid-80s, and has worked in a variety of genres -- romantic comedy (Green Card), satiric fantasy (The Truman Show), naval adventure (Master and Commander). He has been mostly inactive in recent years, directing only one film since 2003. Weir's 1993 drama Fearless stars Jeff Bridges and Rosie Perez as survivors of a plane crash; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.
Dreamgirls (original Broadway cast recording) On this day in 1949, Loretta Devine was born. Devine worked primarily in the theatre in the 1980s; from the 1990s on, she's been a busy film and television actress, usually in supporting and character roles. Her largest film roles have included Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife; on television, she's been featured in Boston Public and Grey's Anatomy. Devine was part of the original Broadway cast of the 1981 musical Dreamgirls; the cast recording is available for streaming at Hoopla.
David Baron: American Eclipse And today, a total solar eclipse will be visible in fourteen states; at least a partial eclipse will be visible in all fifty states. The last total eclipse visible from the mainland United States was in 1979; a 1991 eclipse was visible only from Hawaii. The next total eclipse in the United States will be in 2024, and a small area including Carbondale, Illinois and Paducah, Kentucky will be in the path of totality for both the 2017 and 2024 eclipses. David Baron's American Eclipse tells the story of scientists who braved the frontier to reach the Rocky Mountains to view an 1878 total eclipse; it's available as an e-book or e-audio at OverDrive.