Welcome to ON THIS DAY! Each day, we'll look at a few moments from history and popular culture. We'll show you where you can rediscover classic movies and music, or read more about great moments in history. We'll point you to e-books, downloadable and streamable music and film, and e-audio; and of course, we haven't forgotten about physical books or DVDs.
|On this day in 1927, Althea Gibson was born. Gibson broke the color line in international tennis in the mid-1950s. She was the first person of color to win a Grand Slam tournament, winning the French Open in 1956. Gibson won a total of 11 Grand Slam titles. She was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press in both 1957 and 1958, and was the first black woman to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated. In 1980, Gibson was among the first group inducted into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. The American Masters documentary series devotes an episode to the life and career of Althea Gibson; it's available for streaming at Kanopy.|
|On this day in 1959, Ian Falconer was born. Falconer is a theatrical designer, illustrator, and children's book author. He has designed sets or costumes for many of the world's most prestigious ballet, theater, and opera companies, including Los Angeles Opera. His illustrations occasionally appear on the cover of The New Yorker and other magazines. Falconer is the author of twelve children's books featuring Olivia, an adventurous young pig. The most recent book in the series, Olivia the Spy, finds Olivia eavesdropping in hopes of discovering what is planned for her birthday; it's available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|
|And on this day in 1968, Rachael Ray was born. Ray is a television chef who hosted 30 Minute Meals for eleven years, and has had her own daytime talk show since 2006. Ray has no formal culinary training, and her cooking style is quick and informal; on her shows, ingredients are more likely to be measured as "half a handful" than in cups or tablespoons. She has written more than 20 cookbooks, many of them offering 30-minute meals. In Week in a Day, Ray offers plans to prepare for a week's worth in dinners in one day of cooking. Week in a Day is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|