On This Day: August 30 | Los Angeles Public Library

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On This Day: August 30

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.

T. Harry Williams: Huey Long On this day in 1893, Huey Long was born. From 1928 to 1932, Long was the governor of Louisiana; he would go on to serve in the United States Senate, and was planning to run against President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the 1936 Democratic nomination when he was assassinated in 1935. Long was a progressive populist, who implemented a wide variety of new government programs in Louisiana -- a system of hospitals for the poor, free textbooks in the public schools, bridge and highway construction. But he was also a tyrannical leader, ruthless in demanding cooperation from the state legislature, and many feared that he really wanted to be a dictator. T. Harry Williams' biography Huey Long is available as an e-audio at OverDrive.
The Absent-Minded Professor On this day in 1908, Fred MacMurray was born. From the 1930s through the 1950s, MacMurray was often typecast in the movies as a thoughtful nice guy; his most memorable performances from that era, though, are often those that cast him against type as the heavy -- Double Indemnity, The Apartment, The Caine Mutiny. In the 1960s and 1970s, he starred for twelve season as the kindly father on TV's My Three Sons, and made several family comedies for Disney. One of the most successful was The Absent-Minded Professor, in which he invents a gravity-defying rubber; it's available for streaming at Hoopla.
The Mamas and the Papas And on this day in 1935, John Phillips was born. Phillips was a singer-songwriter best known as a member of The Mamas & the Papas. The group released five albums between 1966 and 1971, and their hits included "Monday, Monday," "California Dreamin'," and "Dedicated to the One I Love." Several of The Mamas & the Papas' albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.