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On This Day: August 31

Keith Chaffee, Librarian, Collection Development,
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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.

The Magnificent SevenOn this day in 1928, James Coburn was born. Coburn's craggy features and gravelly voice often led to his casting westerns and action films.such as Hell Is for Heroes and The Great Escape. By the late 1960s, he'd also developed an ironically comic persona (The President's Analyst, the James Bond parody Our Man Flint). Health problems slowed Coburn's career from the 1980s on, but he never gave up acting entirely, and received an Academy Award in 1998 for Affliction. Coburn is among the stars of the classic 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven, which is available for streaming at Hoopla, or on DVD.
Mendelssohn/Bruch: Violin ConcertosOn this day in 1945, Itzhak Perlman was born. Perlman is a violinist and conductor who began studying in Tel Aviv as a child. He moved to the United States in his teens, appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show at 13 and making his Carnegie Hall debut at 18. He has been among the most respected violinists for more than 50 years, and began conducting about 15 years ago. A variety of Perlman's recordings is available for streaming at Hoopla.
Debbie Gibson: Electric YouthAnd on this day in 1970, Debbie Gibson was born. Gibson was a pop star of the late 1980s. Her 1988 hit "Foolish Heart" made her the youngest woman (at 17) to write, produce, and perform a #1 single; she still holds that record. Since the early 1990s, Gibson has frequently performed in musicals, both in touring companies and on Broadway. She continues to record occasionally. Gibson's first four albums, which include her biggest hits, are collected in the Studio Album Collection 1987-1993, which is available for streaming at Hoopla.

This is the final installment of the ON THIS DAY blog. For almost 2½ years, we've taken note of people and events from pop culture and history, highlighting more than 2,500 books, audiobooks, pieces of music, and movies from the LAPL collection. We plan to continue doing so in a slightly different format, beginning in just a few weeks. We hope you've enjoyed ON THIS DAY, and look forward to bringing you more cultural and historical memories in the near future.