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 1923, Richard Attenborough was born. Attenborough started his 60-year career as a film actor in the early 1940s; in his early years, he often played small-time criminals. By the early 1960s, he'd begun to appear in Hollywood films (The Great Escape, The Sand Pebbles, Doctor Dolittle). Attenborough spent much of the 1970s and 1980s behind the camera as a director (Magic, Gandhi, Chaplin); and returned to acting in the 1990s, most notably in Miracle on 34th Street (as Kris Kringle) and the Jurassic Park movies. Attenborough directed Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger in the 1993 film Shadowlands, about the romance between authors C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1958, Michael Jackson was born. Jackson made his professional singing debut in 1964, performing with his brothers as The Jackson 5. He was barely a teenager when he began recording as a solo act, and in the 1980s, Jackson dominated pop music. The music videos from his albums Thriller and Bad were revolutionary, and Bad became the first album to generate five #1 singles. Several of Jackson's albums are available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|And currently underway in the desert north of Reno, Nevada, is the annual week-long gathering called Burning Man. Burning Man is designed around a set of ten principles, which include inclusion (everyone and anyone is welcome), decommodification (with a few specific exceptions, money is not allowed at Burning Man, which runs on a gift-based sharing economy), self-expression (often in the form of elaborate art projects), and participation (coming to Burning Man merely to observe is frowned on). Burning Man gets its name from one of its climactic events, the burning of a giant wooden effigy. The documentary As the Dust Settles follows several Burners through their week at the gathering; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.|