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Monday, April 9, 2018



Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Position Wanted- Credit
  Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity
Top Stories -- April 2 - April 5
   (Opened Most by Readers)
Victims of American Disabilities Act Law Firm Mill
    Go on the Offensive
 By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
   Positions Available
Don Link to Head New Hitachi Division
   Now Part of America Vendor Service
Tribal Leasing/Federal and Municipal Leasing
   Broker and Vendor Originations
California SB 1235 Would Require Interest Rate
    Disclosures for Commercial Loans
  By Marshall Goldberg, Esq.
Small Dollar California Consumer Loan Rates
Changes in Bill as Moves to Appropriations Committee
Walk Score Update - Tells Walking Distances
  Suggests Rent and Home Purchases Available
Ascentium Capital has Record Breaking First Quarter
Achieves Rank Largest Private Independent Finance Company
Labrador Retriever Mix
   Colorado Springs, Colorado  Adopt a Dog
Most Influential Lawyers
   in Equipment Finance and Leasing
News Briefs--- 
Smaller subprime auto lenders are folding
   as losses pile up
How one small bank increased lending
   without hiring more lenders
How One Community Bank Built
  a Nationwide Healthcare Equipment Finance Business
Tesla Semi secures large order of 50 electric trucks
  from a truck renting and leasing company
Boeing Lands Huge American Airlines Order
  Carrier plans to buy 47 Boeing 787 wide-body aircraft
Trump's Retail Website Only Pays Sales Taxes
    In 2 States. Amazon Pays Taxes In 45
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
   Visits Apple Inc Head Office in Cupertino, California

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Position Wanted – Credit
Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity

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Credit



Work Remotely from Portland, Oregon

Experienced commercial banker and former commercial equipment leasing industry professional seeking full-time or part-time work out of my home in Portland, Oregon. Over twenty years’ experience in credit analysis, underwriting, sales and collections. Known for creative problem solving and strong quantitative & qualitative analytical skills.  Demonstrated ability to gather information, evaluate and make informed strategic business decisions to maximize profit and mitigate risk. Well known for ability to develop strong business relationships with Clients and large list of national equipment leasing Brokers. Please see attached resume and contact me below if interested. 
Resume
JFrank@BL-Solutions.com

Orlando, Florida - Will work remotely
As a Commercial Credit Analyst/Underwriter, I have evaluated transactions from sole proprietorships to listed companies, across a broad spectrum of industries, embracing a multitude of asset types. Sound understanding of balance sheet, income statement and cash flow dynamics which impact credit decisions. Strong appreciation for credit/asset risk.
rpsteiner21@aol.com
407 430-3917
 


Seattle, WA – Will Work Remotely

A highly skilled credit expert.  Extensive underwriting background in small ticket leasing and commercial banking.  Managing equipment finance credit operations, performing daily credit tasks, spreading/analyzing financial statements, preparing monthly reports.  Exceptional organizational, analytical, communication skills.  I excel at making sound credit decisions in a fast paced environment.  murphy9679@frontier.com


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Top Stories -- April 2 - April 5
(Opened Most by Readers)

(1) Alert
 FinServe USA, Inc
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_05.htm#alert

(2)  My Personal Experience with Facebook
         By Kit Menkin, Editor/Publisher
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_03.htm#facebook

(3) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
   and Related Industries
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_05.htm#hires

(4) The Largest Company in Every State by Revenue
  Map by Vistualcapitalist.com
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_03.htm#largest

(5) Will GoCapital Switch to Capital 7?
Or Will The Majority of Their Creditors Confirm Their Plan?
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_05.htm#will

(6) Scott Jordan, Vertical Companies Joins
    Responses on Financing Cannabis
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_05.htm#scott

(7) Expectations of the Tax Reform Weren't Met
   Reports NACM Economist Chris Kuehl
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_03.htm#exprectations

(8) The Myth of Total Efficiency
       By Sam Fallenbaum
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_05.htm#myth

(9) Leasing Haiku
 By Paul Bent, The Alta Group
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_03.htm#haiku

(10) 2018 NAELB Annual Conference Exhibitors
   April 26 -28, Flamingo Las Vegas
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_03.htm#naelb 

 

 


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Victims of American Disabilities Act Law Firm Mill
Go on the Offensive

By Tom McCurnin
Leasing News Legal Editor

Restaurant Owner Sues American Disabilities Act Law Firm for RICO;
District Court Allows Case to Proceed

Saniefar v Ronald Moore et al:17-00823 (E.D. Cal. 2018)

Some of us have been victims of American Disabilities Act (ADA) suits, some meritorious, and some fairly ticky-tack.  Some of us concluded that it was cheaper to settle than fight these suits.  The law firms that take these cases count on that fact.  One courageous restaurant owner decided that she would rather fight than switch.  The facts follows.

Plaintiff’s late husband owned a restaurant in Fresno and was sued by Ronald Moore for ADA violations. 

Unbeknownst to Mr. Moore, the restaurant had security video of him walking, kicking, hopping, and bending without the use of a wheelchair which was also shared with other ADA defendants.  Plaintiff also determined that the law firm, owned by brother Randy Moore, filed 1,400 ADA lawsuits: that Ronald Moore served as plaintiff to about 250 of those lawsuits; that attorney Randy Moore misrepresented the plaintiff’s status and whether the plaintiff to those suits actually visited the named locations on the alleged dates.  Conversely, Ronald Moore’s grandson, Ronny Loreto was alleged to have visited the locations and collected receipts, along with his nephews.  Ronald Moore sued Saniefar, but Saniefar raised these issues in the underlying suit, which was dismissed, the court ruling that the ADA violations were fabricated. 

Plaintiff then sued Ronald Moore, his brother Randy Moore, the Moore law firm, and a second law firm which essentially took over the ADA litigation, the management of which substantially similar to the Moore law firm. 

The opinion is noteworthy in that the law firms seem to be conceding that Ronald Moore was not disabled.  The court had no trouble denying the defendant’s motion to dismiss.  This is a fun case, and while it breaks no new legal grounds, is a victory for the good guys. 

What are the takeaways here?

First,  Does Your Business Make a Stand?  I get it that with some nuisance lawsuits just have to be settled on a nuisance basis.  Sometimes a “nuisance” for a financial institution may be a five figure settlement.  However, sometimes businesses have to take a stand, even though a stand on principles may be expensive.  This is often the case where a business may have greater, national exposure and a favorable reported decision might have benefits far down stream.

Second, American Disability Act Lawyer Beware.  This case will likely be talked about and distributed amongst ADA lawyers.  You can bet that with the increased use of security cameras, the ADA plaintiffs will likely have to be more careful to insure that their clients are indeed handicapped and actually visited the store on the dates indicated in the ADA complaint.  Many ADA lawyers may find another vocation. 

The bottom line to this case is it brought a smile to my face and I was proud that a business owner stood up against unscrupulous lawyers.

Saniefar Order re Motion to Dismiss  (16 pages)
http://leasingnews.org/PDF/SaniefarOrderMotionDismiss2018.pdf

Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting in Los Angeles, California.

Tom McCurnin
Barton, Klugman & Oetting
350 South Grand Ave.
Suite 2200
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Direct Phone: (213) 617-6129
Cell (213) 268-8291
Email: tmccurnin@bkolaw.com
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http://www.leasingnews.org/Conscious-Top%20Stories/leasing_cases.html

 

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Over 100 law firms trust CoreTech for their leasing needs,
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Don Link to Head New Hitachi Division
Now Part of America Vendor Service


Don Link

Hitachi Capital, Norwalk, Connecticut, has expanded its Hitachi America Vendor Service division. This group original focused on vendor programs to manufacturers and distributors of equipment and software in a private label program. The Medium Small Ticket Finance Group is now part of Vendor Services, under the direction of Don Link, a 15 year veteran of the company's growth, Vice President and General Manager of Hitachi’s Medium and Small Ticket Division. He is a member of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

His group will focus on:

• Third-party funding services and programs, with per-transaction financing for flow relationships typically ranging from $15,000 to $1 million and capacity for larger ticket sizes
• Acquisitions of capital equipment and software financing portfolios
• Portfolio servicing, credit reviews, documentation and private label invoicing
• Warehouse lines and individual transaction funding

Link stated, "We are eager to begin working as the Funding and Portfolio Services channel, offering more financing products and capabilities to our current partners and the overall marketplace."


Jim Teal, newly appointed President and COO of HCA Vendor Services. said, "Our team has done an outstanding job at integrating the Medium & Small Ticket business within a short period of time. We are excited to launch this new channel and continue to grow our business."

Teal was hired as COO, Vendor Service Division, Hitachi Capital America Vendor Service, June, 2016.  Previously he was COO Creekridge Capital (March, 2007 – May, 2016); DVP, Finance & Operations, Sunrise International Leasing Corporation (December, 1993 – August, 2006).

Contact:
Don Link
Vice President and General Manager
Phone: (440) 605-9160
Fax: (440) 605-9164
dlink@hitachicapitalamerica.com

 

 

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Tribal Leasing/Federal and Municipal Leasing
Broker and Vendor Originations

Since 1982, Government Leasing, LLC, has been specializing in government-related business; one of the few that has leased to Tribal entites for over 34 years "before leasing became difficult through a local bank.  We have made it possible for Tribal and gaming-related enterprises to acquire essential equipment."
http://www.gleasing.com/tribal-leasing/

"Our mission aids and protects finance/lease brokers in providing service to their vendors, and assists the equipment supplier in winning the government sale.  We provide real solutions for brokers who have unusual Federal or Tribal deals, so they can meet the business needs of their vendors and the Lessee.

"Our vast experience is here to serve equipment & software vendors, as well as finance brokers, nationwide to meet the complex needs of Government Agencies of all types.

"Vendors are able to make proposals and bids with competitive rates and flexible payment schedules to meet a customer's budgetary requirements.  We match the needs of a Lessee to ensure the supported vendor offers the most attractive financing."

"We are active members of the Association of Government Leasing and Finance (AGL&F), Equipment Leasing & Financing Association (ELFA), and a founding member of the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (NAELB).  These affiliations together with our experienced documents team allow Government Leasing, LLC to remain abreast of developments in the ever-changing regulatory environment affecting these transactions throughout the country."
http://www.gleasing.com/about-us/

Toll Free
(800) 822-8070
Phone (719) 576-8800
Fax (719) 576-0370
http://www.gleasing.com/contact-us/


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California SB 1235 Would Require Interest Rate
Disclosures for Commercial Loans

By Marshall Goldberg, Esq.

A new bill, SB 1235 (Steve Glazer, D-Sacramento), has been introduced in the California State Senate that would require disclosure of interest rates, as well impose other regulations, for commercial loans. Currently, interest rate disclosures have never been required for commercial loans. If passed, this bill would surely have significant effects on the commercial lending industry in California. Legal observers expect many trade groups to lobby against the bill in its present form.

The bill applies to Licensed California Financial Lenders and thus some lenders may be exempt from its requirements. Also, it only applies to certain commercial financing loans, which are A/R financing over $5,000, cash advances of $5,000 or more, or a line of credit of $5,000 or more.

SB 1235 mandates a “Reg. Z” type disclosure of interest rates, which is part of all consumer installment contracts. If passed, SB 1235 would make California the first state to require Reg. Z disclosure for commercial loans.

The bill requires lenders to specify the term of the loan and repayment policies, primarily ACH disclosures regarding the latter, and any prepayment options and penalties. Finally, the disclosure language may not cause borrower confusion, must be in at least 10 point type and be in the language used to negotiate the loan. The borrower must initial each of these statements.

According to the Legislative Counsel’s Digest:

This bill would require any person who engages in the business of commercial financing to, at the time of offering the commercial financing, provide to the prospective borrower a written statement showing in clear and distinct terms specified information regarding that transaction, including the total amount of fees, the amount provided, the APR related to that transaction, and policies regarding repayment or prepayment that apply to that transaction.

The bill would require that disclosure to be signed by all parties to the transaction and to meet certain requirements, such as that it must be in writing using a specified font size, made in the same language used in discussions or negotiations related to that transaction, and not be vague or misleading. The bill would define the term “commercial financing” for these purposes to mean a commercial loan, accounts receivable financing or factoring, a cash advance to a business, or a line of credit. By expanding the scope of an existing crime with respect to willful violations of the CFL, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Some critics point out that for many short-term, working capital loans, the calculation of payments requires a daily ACH analysis. Thus, the bill may cause substantial systemic problems for commercial lenders, who would have to make the necessary calculations and provide notice.

Stay tuned for more on this as legislation in future blogs!

Please check out our Blog Site at
 www.glassgoldbergblog.com where you will find posts, articles, FAQs etc. several times a week which we believe will be of interest to you.  Feel free to contact us with questions or comments.


Marshall Goldenberg, Esq.
GLASS & GOLDBERG, ALC
22917 Burbank Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367-4203.
(818) 888-2220
mgoldberg@glassgoldberg.com
        


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Small Dollar California Consumer Loan Rates
Changes in Bill as Moves to Appropriations Committee

California AB 2500, originally introduced by Assembly Member Ash Kalra (D-San Jose), added principal coauthors: Senators Bradford and Mitchell) (Coauthors: Assembly Members Bloom, Bonta, Chiu, Chu, Gonzalez Fletcher, Gonzalez Fletcher, Jones-Sawyer, McCarty, Mark Stone, and Ting).

Changes in bill to not exceed over 36% from $2,500 to $5,000 and not exceed 24% from $5,000 to $10,000.  There are some minor amendments such as minimum loan term of 12 months for consumer loans more than $2,500, but not in excess of $10,000. (1)

On page 3 of the bill analysis, the author states, "According to the California Department of Business Oversight, nearly 60% of installment loans of $2,500 to $5,000 and nearly one-quarter of loans between $5,000 and $10,000 had APRs of 100% or higher. These are unconscionable interest rates that place serious and debilitating impacts on the economic security and credit of low-income communities."

From pages 8 to 11, there is a long list of support, with those opposing it on page 11, including a note there are "169 individual letters of opposition."

  1. Bill Analysis (11 pages)
    http://leasingnews.org/PDF/billsanalysis2018.pdf



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Walk Score Update - Tells Walking Distances
Suggests Rent and Home Purchases Available

Walk Score measures the walkability of any address. It is free. It assigns a numerical walkability score to any address in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Find out your walk score in comparison to other neighborhoods, as well as "helping people find walkable places to live with easy access to the people and places they love". Traveling by walking, bike, bus, or driving as well as commute times.

Get Your Walk Score
https://www.redfin.com/how-walk-score-works

Cities & Neighborhood Ranking
https://www.walkscore.com/cities-and-neighborhoods/

 

 

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Ascentium Capital has Record Breaking First Quarter
Achieves Rank Largest Private Independent Finance Company

Ascentium Capital LLC, a leading national commercial lender, experienced a strong first quarter funding $278 million representing 24% Year over Year growth, the highest origination quarter in the company’s history.

Ascentium Capital was also announced as the largest private independent finance company in annual funded new business volume by the Monitor for a second consecutive year.


Tom Depping, Chief Executive Officer at Ascentium Capital comments, “I am extremely pleased with first quarter results and the contributions that our employees make to build the Ascentium brand and create a national demand for our financing programs. These on-going efforts enable us to capture market share.”

The company also had a record-breaking quarter for credit application submissions, representing $730 million for the quarter with $295 million submitted during March.


Richard Baccaro, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Ascentium Capital, remarked, “We continue to see remarkable success due to our proven value in the industries we serve.

“Our collective goal as an organization is to support and drive the success of our valued partners and customers. We anticipate another strong year in growth and expansion in 2018."

As a direct lender, Ascentium Capital LLC specializes in providing a broad range of financing, leasing and small business loans. The company’s offering benefits equipment manufacturers and distributors as well as direct to businesses nationwide. Ascentium Capital is backed by the strength of leading investment firm Warburg Pincus LLC.

For more information, please visit www.AscentiumCapital.com.

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Labrador Retriever Mix
Colorado Springs, Colorado  Adopt a Dog


Jace
ID#1355410
Neutered Male
Age: 6 Years
Color: Tricolor

"I am a neutered male, tricolor Labrador Retriever mix. The shelter staff thinks I am about 6 years old. I have been at the shelter since Mar 28, 2018. Adoption Fee: $175."

Humane Society of
Colorado Springs
610 Abbot Lane
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Phone: 719.474.1741
info@hsppr.org

Pet Adoption Hours
Weekdays, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(adoptions/visitations end at 5:00)

Weekends, 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
(adoptions/visitations end at 4:30)

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nature may seem like a distant fantasy to city-dwellers, but not for dogs and humans who live in Colorado Springs. Not only are there plenty of dog parks, there are places like the Crags Trail through Pike National Forest, or Seven Falls, a canyon filled with beautiful waterfalls. Or you can hike through Garden of the Gods Park, a Registered National Landmark, and one that I’ve visited personally. It’s absolutely incredible and should be on your list of places to visit with your dog before you die.
http://dogtime.com/dog-health/general/4360-dog-friendliest-cities-list

 

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Most Influential Lawyers
in Equipment Finance and Leasing

Stewart Abramson
Andrew Alper

Thomas V. Askounis

Julie Babcock
Joe Bonanno, CLFP
Bill Carey
Richard Contino
James Coston, CLFP
Jonathan Fleisher
Marshall Goldberg
Kenneth Charles Greene, Esq.
Michael A. Leichtling
Malcolm C. Lindquist
Barry Marks, Esq., CLFP
David G. Mayer
Allan J. Mogol
Frank Peretore
John G. Sinodis
Mark Stout
Kevin Trabaris
Allan Umans
Mark Wada
Michael J. Witt
Irwin Wittlin

Full Listing:
http://www.leasingnews.org/Pages/top_lawyers.html 

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News Briefs----


Smaller subprime auto lenders are folding
   as losses pile up
https://www.cutimes.com/2018/04/06/smaller-subprime-auto-lenders-are-folding-as-losse/?slreturn=20180307142756

How one small bank increased lending
   without hiring more lenders
https://www.americanbanker.com/news/how-millennium-bank-upped-its-lending-without-hiring-more-lenders

How One Community Bank Built
  a Nationwide Healthcare Equipment Finance Business
https://bankingjournal.aba.com/2018/04/how-one-community-bank-built-a-nationwide-healthcare-equipment-finance-business/

Tesla Semi secures large order of 50 electric trucks
  from a truck renting and leasing company
https://electrek.co/2018/04/06/tesla-semi-large-order-electric-trucks-renting-leasing-company/

Boeing Lands Huge American Airlines Order
Carrier plans to buy 47 Boeing 787 wide-body aircraft
https://www.wsj.com/articles/boeing-lands-huge-american-airlines-order-1523057788 

Trump's Retail Website Only Pays Sales Taxes
    In 2 States. Amazon Pays Taxes In 45.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/nly-031557195.html

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman
   Visits Apple Inc Head Office in Cupertino, California
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z7BYpVs9vE

 

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You May Have Missed---

American renters are less and less interested in homeownership
https://www.mpamag.com/news/american-renters-are-less-and-less-interested-in-homeownership--study-96988.aspx

 

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Baseball Poem---

“Brother Noah Gave Out Checks For Rain”

by Arthur Longbrake

Published: The Sporting News (1981), Unknown (1906)

My sermon today, said Reverend Jones,
is baseball and whence it came.
Now, if you take the Good Book and you take a good look,
you will find the first Baseball Game.

It says Eve stole first, Adam second;
Solomon umpired the game.
Rebecca went to the well with a pitcher,
And Ruth in the field made a name.
Goliath was struck out by David —
A base hit was made on Abel by Cain,
And the Prodigal Son made a great home-run.

Brother Noah gave checks out for rain. 
Jonah wailed — went down swinging.
Later he popped up again.
A lion-drive by ole Nebuchadnezzar
Made Daniel warm-up in the pen.
Delilah was pitching to Samson,
When he brought down the house with a clout,
And the Angels that day made a double-play|
That's when Adam and Eve were thrown out.
 
Ole St. Pete was checking errors,
Also had charge of the gate.

Salome sacrificed Big John the Baptist
Who wound up ahead on the plate.
Satan was pitching that apple
And looked as though he might fan 'em all,
But then Joshua let go a mighty blow
And blasted one right at the wall.

And then the Lord wound up and took good aim,
And started the very First Baseball Game.
And, now we all know the way that the game was begun,
And to this very day — It's still Number One!



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Sports Briefs---

Johnny Manziel failed to show any improvement
   in first pro game since 2015
https://ftw.usatoday.com/2018/04/johnny-manziel-comeback-nfl-the-spring-league-debut-highlights

Raiders QB Derek Carr makes charitable trip to Haiti
https://www.yahoo.com/sports/m/a7c1d531-f789-32db-b333-3dbfa05a0e51/ss_watch%3A-raiders-qb-derek-carr.html

Ndamukong Suh sees potential dominance in Los Angeles Rams
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2018/04/06/ndamukong-suh-sees-potential-dominance-in-los-angeles-rams/33627539/


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California Nuts Briefs---

California needs more water storage as the climate changes.
    Yes, that means dams
http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article208100964.html#emlnl=Afternoon_Newsletter

Mission housing project invokes law
  to exchange review for affordable units
https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Mission-housing-project-invokes-law-to-exchange-12815332.php

 

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“Gimme that Wine”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJnQoi8DSE8

Women, especially millennials, are driving wine trends
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/sc-fam-women-who-wine-0410-story.html

Robert Mondavi Winery and the James Beard Foundation
  Announce 5-Year Scholarship for Wine Study
https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=197452


Wine Prices by vintage
http://www.winezap.com
http://www.wine-searcher.com/

US/International Wine Events
http://www.localwineevents.com/

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page
http://two.leasingnews.org/Recommendations/wnensprts.htm

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This Day in History

     1585 - The expedition organized by Sir Walter Raleigh departed England for what became Roanoke Island (now in North Carolina) to establish the Roanoke Colony.
    1674 - French Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette erected a mission on the shores of Lake Michigan, in present-day Illinois. His log cabin became the first building of a settlement that afterward grew to become the city of Chicago.
    1682 - Robert La Salle discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River, claimed it and all lands that touch it for France and named it Louisiana.
    1731 - “War of Jenkin’s Ear.” Spanish guard Acosta boarded and plundered the British ship Rebecca off Jamaica, and, among other outrages, cut off the ear of English master mariner Robert Jenkins. This had repercussions in the southern Colonies. It took several years to brew. Smuggling was quite common on the open seas, including plundering of smaller ships. He exhibited the ear in the House of Commons and so aroused public opinion that the government of the British Prime Minister Robert Walpole reluctantly declared war on October 23, 1739. Basically, the war was one of commercial rivalry between England and Spain.  By the Treaty of Utrecht (1713), which ended Queen Anne’s War, Britain was to be allowed to participate in slave traffic with the Spanish colonies. A special Spanish fleet, however, interfered with this activity and the Spanish also objected to the English logwooders operating on the coast of Honduras. The other cause of the war was the continued dispute over the boundary of Spanish Florida in relation to Georgia. As soon as war was declared, Gov. James Edward Oglethorpe called on citizens of Georgia and South Carolina to join in an invasion of Florida. The Spanish retaliated by attempting to invade those colonies by sea. By 1739, Oglethorpe had completed military fortifications on Amelia, Cumberland, St. Andrew’s, and St. Simon’s islands as a line of defense against possible Spanish encroachment.  He also had reached peace agreements with the Creeks and other Indian tribes in the region. 
    1768 – John Hancock refused to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship.  This is considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the colonies.
    1783 - General Washington bids his officers farewell at Fraunce's Tavern, in lower Manhattan.
    1816 - The first all-black US religious denomination, the American Methodist Episcopal Church, was organized at Philadelphia with Richard Allen, a former slave who had bought his freedom, as the first bishop.
    1824 - Birthday of Anna Morris Ellis Holstein (d. 1900), Lycoming County, PA.   Civil War Civilian Nurse. She began ministering to the wounded soldiers with the Battle of Antietam in 1862. She also cared for the wounded after the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. At the Battle of Gettysburg, she was matron-in-chief at the Second Corps Hospital (Camp Letterman General Hospital); she wrote on August 7 that there were 3000 soldiers at the hospital, a third of whom were Confederates. She later became the matron-in-chief of the United States General Hospital. This hospital also looked after 3000 men. In January, 1865, she and her husband went to the US Naval Academy to see what could be done for the freed Andersonville prisoners who had been moved to Annapolis for care. She remained the hospital's chief matron until it closed. She was the wife of Major William Hayman Holstein who when his period of enlistment ended, joined his wife in caring for the wounded soldiers. Holstein recalled her war nursing experiences in her book, “Three Years in Field Hospitals of the Army of the Potomac” (1867).
    1833 - The first tax-supported free public library in the world was established in Peterborough, NH. The funds for its creation came from state monies that had originally been appropriated for a state university and were then distributed to towns to use for educational purposes. An earlier, but unsuccessful attempt to establish a free public library was made in New Orleans, LA, by the philanthropist Judah Touro, who founded the Touro Free Library Society in 1824.
    1860 - What is believed to be the world's oldest recording was made by French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville when he recorded a young lady, believed by historians to be his daughter, singing "Au Clair de la Lune." The song was captured on a "phonautograph," a device that engraved sound waves onto a sheet of paper blackened by the smoke of an oil lamp. The event took place 17 years before Thomas Edison invented his phonograph.
    1860 - Birthday of Emily Hobhouse (d. 1926), Cornwall, England.  She braved war and the military to minister to Boer women and children in English concentration camps during the Boer War.
    1864 - Union surgeon Mary Edwards Walker was captured by Confederate troops and arrested as a spy during the Civil War.
    1865 - At 1:30 PM, General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, and his 26,765 troops, surrendered to Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant, commander-in-chief of the Union Army, ending four years of civil war. The meeting took place in the house of Wilmer McLean at the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Confederate soldiers were permitted to keep their horses and go free to their homes, while Confederate officers were allowed to retain their swords and side arms as well. Grant wrote the terms of surrender. Formal surrender took place at the Courthouse on April 12. Death toll for the Civil War is estimated at 500,000 men.
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    1866 - A Civil Rights Act was passed over President Andrew Johnson's veto, who wanted to "punish the South" instead of following President Lincoln's reconstruction plan. The act granted citizenship to all persons born in the U.S., except Indians. It declared that all citizens had the same civil rights and provided for the punishment of persons who prevented free exercise of these rights. The Fourteenth Amendment was proposed when the constitutionality of the first section of this act was questioned.
    1867 - Passing by a single vote, the Senate ratified the treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska.
    1879 - Birthday of W.C. Fields, born Claude William Dukenfield (d. 1946) at Philadelphia, PA.  Stage and motion picture actor (“My Little Chickadee”), screenwriter and expert juggler.  He wrote his own epitaph: "On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia."
    1883 – “Gasoline Alley” creator, Frank King (d. 1969) was born in Cashton, WI.  In addition to innovations with color and page design, King introduced real-time continuity in comic strips by showing his characters aging over generations. The success of “Gasoline Alley” escalated until it was published in over 300 daily newspapers with a daily combined readership of over 27,000,000. 
    1887 - Birthday of American composer Florence Beatrice Price (d. 1953), Little Rock, Arkansas.  Considered the first black woman in the United States to win recognition as a composer. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frederick Stock, premiered her Symphony in E Minor on June 15, 1933. Price wrote other extended works for orchestra, chamber works, art songs, works for violin, organ anthems, piano pieces, and spiritual arrangements. Some of her more popular works are: “Three Little Negro Dances,” ”Songs to a Dark Virgin,” “My Soul's Been Anchored in de Lord,” and “Moon Bridge.”
http://chevalierdesaintgeorges.homestead.com/Price.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Price
    1898 - Paul Robeson (d. 1976), born at Princeton, NJ.  All-American football player at Rutgers University, class valedictorian, received his law degree from Columbia University in 1923. After being seen by Eugene O'Neill in an amateur stage production, he was offered a part in O'Neill's play “The Emperor Jones.” His performance in that play with the Provincetown Players established him as an actor. Without ever having taken a voice lesson, he also became a popular singer. His stage credits include “Show Boat,” “Porgy and Bess,” and “The Hairy Ape and Othello,” which enjoyed the longest Broadway run of a Shakespeare play.  His film credits also include “King Solomon's Mines” and “Song of Freedom,” among others.  In 1950, he was denied a passport by the US for refusing to sign an affidavit stating whether he was or ever had been a member of the Communist Party. The action was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1958. He became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War, fascism, and social injustices. His advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with communism, and criticism of the United States government caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Ill health forced him into retirement from his career.
    1898 - Earle Louis “Curly” Lambeau (d. 1965), Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and executive, was born at Green Bay, WI. Lambeau played college football at Notre Dame and then founded the Green Bay Packers in 1919. He played for the Packers from their inception through 1927 and coached them from 1919 through 1949. He shares the distinction with George Halas of coaching his team to the most NFL championships, with six, all of which occurred prior to the Super Bowl era.  Inducted as a charter member of the Hall of Fame in 1963.  Two months thereafter, the team renamed its stadium Lambeau Field in his memory.
    1903 – Ward Bond (d. 1960) was born in Benkelman, NE.  His rugged appearance and easygoing charm were featured in over 200 films and the television series “Wagon Train.”  Bond has also been in 11 films that were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, which may be more than any other actor.  Bond also made 23 films with John Wayne with whom he also played football at USC.  Bond was a tackle on the school’s first national championship team in 1928. 
    1904 - Trumpeter Joseph Gustaf “Sharkey” Bonano (d. 1972) born Milneburg, LA.
http://schools.bigchalk.com/members/lakeshorelinks/themusic/jazz/
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    1905 – Sen. J. William Fulbright (d. 1995) was born in Chester, MO.  He was elected to the Senate in 1944, unseating incumbent Hattie Carraway, the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate. He promoted the passage of legislation establishing the Fulbright Program in 1946, a program of educational grants (Fulbright Fellowships and Fulbright Scholarships), sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the State Department, governments in other countries, and the private sector. The program was established to increase mutual understanding among the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. It is considered one of the most prestigious award programs and it operates in 155 countries.
    1912 – Fenway Park opened with the Boston Red Sox defeating Harvard 2-0 in an exhibition game. Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice, Roger Clemens, and Babe Ruth played ball at Fenway and faced the ‘Green Monster,’ the huge wall in left field. Until the Humane Society ordered him to stop, Ted Williams used to take rifle shots at the many pigeons that flew around the stadium. In 1954, a ball thrown to stop a player from making a double out of a single, hit a pigeon in flight. Allegedly, the bird fell to the ground, got up and then flew away to safer territory. The ball deflected right to the second baseman, who put the tag on the runner. The first season game was on April 20, 1912.
    1913 - Birthday of John Presper Eckert, Jr., (d. 1995), Philadelphia. Co-inventor with John W. Mauchly of ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), which was first demonstrated at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia Feb 14, 1946. This is generally considered the birth of the computer age. Originally designed to process artillery calculations for the Army, ENIAC was also used in the Manhattan Project. Eckert and Mauchly formed Electronic Control Company, which later became Unisys Corporation.
    1913 - Following an inter-league exhibition game against the Yankees on April 5, 1913, the Brooklyn Dodgers opened their new ballpark, Ebbets Field, but lost to the visiting Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0, before a crowd of 10,000.  Ebbets Field was named for Charles Ebbets, the club’s principal owner, and built at a cost of $750,000. It remained the Dodgers’ home until they abandoned Brooklyn for Los Angeles after the 1957 season. (and some of us never forgave them. editor)
    1915 - Automobile tycoon Henry Ford sails for Europe from Hoboken, NJ, aboard the Ford Peace Ship. He intends to end World War I. He would fail.
    1920 - Jazz accordionist Art Van Damme’s (d. 2010) birthday in Norway, MI.
http://www.artvandamme.com/
    1922 - Harmonica-guitarist Toots Thielmans was born Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans (d. 2016), in Brussels, Belgium.
http://www.tootsthielemans.com/
    1926 – Hugh Hefner (d. 2017) was born in Chicago.  Working as a copywriter for Esquire, he left after being denied a $5 raise. In 1953, he mortgaged his furniture, generating a bank loan of $600, and raised $8,000 from 45 investors, including $1,000 from his mother ("Not because she believed in the venture, but because she believed in her son."), to launch “Playboy.” The undated first issue, published in December 1953, featured Marilyn Monroe from her 1949 nude calendar shoot and sold over 50,000 copies. (Hefner, who never met Monroe, bought the crypt next to hers at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, where he was interred in September, 2017).  The sociological impact of what he brought to American life’s mores can be debated endlessly, but most must agree that there was significant impact and change.
    1928 - Mae West made her glamorous debut on Broadway in the classic production of "Diamond Lil."
http://www.maewest.net/old/
    1928 - Birthday of folksinger and satirist, very popular in the 1950's, Tom Lehrer, in NYC.
http://members.aol.com/quentncree/lehrer/
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    1932 - Guitarist/singer Carl Perkins (d. 1998) was born in Tiptonville, TN.  He wrote "Blue Suede Shoes" which Elvis Presley turned into a hit record in 1956. Perkins' own version was on the charts as well. Perkins' career came to an abrupt halt in March of '56 when he was involved in a car accident which almost claimed his life. After playing in Norfolk, VA on March 21, 1956, the Perkins Brothers Band headed to NYC for a March 24 appearance on “The Perry Como Show.” After hitting the back of a pickup truck, their car went into a ditch of water about a foot deep, and Perkins was lying face down in the water. Drummer Holland rolled Perkins over, saving him from drowning. He had suffered three fractured vertebrae in his neck, a severe concussion, a broken collar bone, and lacerations all over his body in the crash. Perkins remained unconscious for an entire day. The driver of the pickup truck, Thomas Phillips, a 40-year-old farmer, died when he was thrown into the steering wheel.  Carl's brother, Jay, had a fractured neck along with severe internal injuries, later dying from these complications. He resumed his career after several months in hospital, but he never had another hit of the magnitude of "Blue Suede Shoes."
http://www.history-of-rock.com/perkins.htm
http://www.hotshotdigital.com/OldRock/CarlPerkinsBio.html
http://www.rockabillytennessee.com/legend_carl_perkins.htm
    1937 – Marty Krofft was born Moshopopoulos Yolas in Montreal.  With his brother Sid, they were a team of television producers who were influential in children's television and variety show programs in the USA, particularly throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.  They are largely known for a unique brand of ambitious fantasy programs, often featuring large-headed puppets, high concept plots, and extensive use of low-budget special effects. The team also dominated the arena of celebrity music/variety programs during the period.
    1939 - On an Easter Sunday, African-American contralto Marian Anderson sang to an open-air concert from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at Washington, DC, to an audience of 75,000, after having been denied use of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Constitution Hall. The event became an American anti-discrimination cause célèbre and led First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to resign from the DAR. 
    1941 - The US aircraft carrier Lexington departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to deliver aircraft to Midway Island. Because of this mission, the Lexington inadvertently avoided the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 07 December. It was later to play a pivotal role in the Japanese defeat at Midway. Other US ships were not as lucky. Japanese carrier-based planes attacked the bulk of the US Pacific fleet moored in Pearl Harbor, sinking or severely damaging nineteen naval vessels, including eight battleships.
    1941 – The PGA established the Golf Hall of Fame.
    1943 - Terry Knight, lead singer of Terry Knight and the Pack, was born Richard Terrance Knapp (d. 2004) in Flint, Michigan. The group was the forerunner to the most successful American rock band of the 1970's, Grand Funk Railroad. Knight managed Grand Funk - but did not perform with them - until a bitter series of lawsuits between him and the group in 1973.
    1943 - BOOKER, ROBERT D., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, 34th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Fondouk, Tunisia, 9 April 1943. Entered service at: Callaway, Nebr. Born: 11 July 1920, Callaway, Nebr. G.O. No.: 34, 25 April 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action. On 9 April 1943 in the vicinity of Fondouk, Tunisia, Pvt. Booker, while engaged in action against the enemy, carried a light machinegun and a box of ammunition over 200 yards of open ground. He continued to advance despite the fact that 2 enemy machineguns and several mortars were using him as an individual target. Although enemy artillery also began to register on him, upon reaching his objective he immediately commenced firing. After being wounded he silenced 1 enemy machinegun and was beginning to fire at the other when he received a second mortal wound. With his last remaining strength he encouraged the members of his squad and directed their fire. Pvt. Booker acted without regard for his own safety. His initiative and courage against insurmountable odds are an example of the highest standard of self-sacrifice and fidelity to duty.
    1944 - Emil Stucchio, lead singer of the Classics, was born in Brooklyn, New York. The one national hit for this street-corner group was "Til Then" in June 1963.
    1945 – Hall of Fame sportswriter Peter Gammons was born in Boston.  He was a recipient of the 2004 J.G. Taylor Spink Award for outstanding baseball writing.
    1945 - MOSKALA, EDWARD J., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 383d Infantry, 96th Infantry Division. Place and date: Kakazu Ridge, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 9 April 1945. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. Born: 6 November 1921, Chicago, Ill. G.O. No.: 21, 26 February 1946. Citation: He was the leading element when grenade explosions and concentrated machinegun and mortar fire halted the unit's attack on Kakazu Ridge, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. With utter disregard for his personal safety, he charged 40 yards through withering, grazing fire and wiped out 2 machinegun nests with well-aimed grenades and deadly accurate fire from his automatic rifle. When strong counterattacks and fierce enemy resistance from other positions forced his company to withdraw, he voluntarily remained behind with 8 others to cover the maneuver. Fighting from a critically dangerous position for 3 hours, he killed more than 25 Japanese before following his surviving companions through screening smoke down the face of the ridge to a gorge where it was discovered that one of the group had been left behind, wounded. Unhesitatingly, Pvt. Moskala climbed the bullet-swept slope to assist in the rescue, and, returning to lower ground, volunteered to protect other wounded while the bulk of the troops quickly took up more favorable positions. He had saved another casualty and killed 4 enemy infiltrators when he was struck and mortally wounded himself while aiding still another disabled soldier. With gallant initiative, unfaltering courage, and heroic determination to destroy the enemy, Pvt. Moskala gave his life in his complete devotion to his company's mission and his comrades' well-being. His intrepid conduct provided a lasting inspiration for those with whom he served
    1945 – The US Congress established the Atomic Energy Commission to foster and control the peacetime development of atomic science and technology.  President Truman signed the McMahon Atomic Energy Act on August 1, 1946, transferring the control of atomic energy from military to civilian hands, effective on January 1, 1947.  This shift gave the members of the AEC complete control of the plants, laboratories, equipment, and personnel assembled during the war to produce the atomic bomb.
    1947 - Baseball Commissioner A.B. ”Happy” Chandler suspended Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher for one year because of Durocher’s habit of consorting with unsavory characters, including gamblers. Burt Shotton took over for Durocher and managed the Dodgers to the National League Pennant.  The Commissioner discovered Durocher and actor George Raft might have run a rigged crap game that took an active ballplayer for a large sum of money. (The player's identity was never confirmed officially, but a former pitcher, Elden Auker, wrote in his 2002 memoir that it was a then-current Tiger pitcher, Dizzy Trout.)  Before being suspended, however, Durocher played a noteworthy role in erasing baseball's color line. In the spring of 1947, he let it be known that he would not tolerate the dissent of those players on the team who opposed Jackie Robinson's joining the club, saying: "I do not care if the guy is yellow or black, or if he has stripes… I'm the manager of this team, and I say he plays. What's more, I say he can make us all rich. And if any of you cannot use the money, I will see that you are all traded."  Durocher returned for the 1948 season, but his outspoken personality and poor results on the field caused friction with Dodger President Branch Rickey.  On July 16, Durocher, Rickey and New York Giants’ owner, Horace Stoneham negotiated a deal whereby Durocher was let out of his Brooklyn contract to take over the Dodgers' cross-town rivals. He enjoyed perhaps his greatest success with the Giants, and possibly a measure of sweet revenge against the Dodgers, as the Giants won the 1951 NL pennant in a playoff against Brooklyn, ultimately triumphing on Bobby Thomson’s historic game-winning "Shot 'Heard 'Round The World" home run.  Durocher is also credited with the nurturing of future Hall of Famer Willie Mays during that 1951 season.
    1947 - The southern plains Tri-State tornado tracked 170 miles through Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. This tornado episode was probably a family of tornadoes. Nevertheless, damage was at the F5 level (winds 260 mph plus). 181 people were killed, 970 others were injured, and total damage was $9.7 million. Woodward, Oklahoma was hit hard with 101 fatalities. The entire town of Glazier, Texas was destroyed and never rebuilt as a town. A man looking out his front door was swept by a tornado from his home near Higgins TX and carried two hundred feet over trees. The bodies of two people, thought to be together at Glazier, TX, were found three miles apart.
    1947 - The Journey of Reconciliation, the first interracial Freedom Ride, began through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The riders wanted enforcement of the Supreme Court’s 1946 Irene Morgan decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel.
    1948 - Birthday of Phil Wright, Nottingham, England.  Lead singer of the English quintet Paper Lace, who’s "The Night Chicago Died" went to number one in 1974.
    1953 - Warner Brothers, the first of the major Hollywood studios to introduce 3-D motion pictures, chose this day to premiere "The House of Wax" at the Paramount Theatre in New York City. The stage show preceding the movie was headed by singer Eddie Fisher. The film's stars, Vincent Price, Phyllis Kirk and Frank Lovejoy, attended the premiere.
    1953 - A 14-year-old Elvis Presley appears in his high school's minstrel show singing the Stanley Brothers' "Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Me," then is called back to perform Teresa Brewer's "Till I Waltz Again With You."
    1954 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “Wanted,'' Perry Como.
    1955 - Top Hits
“The Ballad of Davy Crocket” - Bill Hayes
“Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” - Perez Prado
“Unchained Melody” - Les Baxter
“In the Jailhouse Now” - Webb Pierce
    1956 - Singer Nat King Cole is beaten up by a group of racial segregationists in Birmingham, Alabama.
    1956 - Gene Vincent recorded "Be Bop-A-Lula."  The writing of the song is credited to Gene Vincent and his manager, Bill "Sheriff Tex" Davis. The song originated in 1955, when Vincent was recuperating from a motorcycle accident at the US Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. There, he met Donald Graves, who supposedly wrote the words to the song while Vincent wrote the tune.  The song was successful on three American singles charts: it peaked at #7 on the US Billboard pop music chart, #8 on the US R&B chart, and also made the top ten on the C&W Best Seller chart, peaking at #5.  In the UK, it peaked at #16 in August, 1956.  In April, 1957, the record company announced that over 2 million copies had been sold to date.  The song is listed as #103 on Rolling Stones’500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 
    1959 - NASA selected the first seven astronauts, dubbed the Mercury Seven:  Scott Carpenter, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Gordon Cooper, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton.
    1959 - Little League mounds are moved back two feet (46 feet) in an effort to protect the batter.
    1961 - New York Museum of Modern Art hangs Matisse's Le Bateau upside down for 47 days.
    1961 – LA’s Pacific Electric Railway, once the largest electric railway in the world, ended operations.
    1961 – Congress declared April 9 as “Bataan Day” in the Philippines to commemorate the fall of Bataan to the Japanese during World War II.
    1962 - The 34th Annual Academy Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles, hosted by comedian Bob Hope. "West Side Story" was awarded the Oscar for Best Picture (Robert Wise, producer); Best Director (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins); Best Supporting Actor and Actress (George Chakiris, Rita Moreno); Best Cinematography/Color (Daniel L. Fapp); Best Art Direction/Set Decoration/Color (Boris Leven, Victor A. Gangelin); Best Costume Design/Color (Irene Sharaff); Best Sound (Fred Hynes-Todd-AO SSD & Gordon Sawyer-Samuel Goldwyn SSD); Best Film Editing (Thomas Stanford); Best Music/Scoring of a Musical Picture (Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, Irwin Kostal). The Best Actor award went to Maximilian Schell for his role in "Judgment at Nuremberg," and for the first time in Oscar history, the Best Actress award went to an actress in a foreign film, Sophia Loren for the lead in "La Ciociara" (or "Two Women"). "The Hustler," "Splendor in the Grass" and "The Guns of Navarone" won a total of four Oscars. Now, back to musicals -- the Best Music/Song was "Moon River" (Henry Mancini-music, Johnny Mercer-lyrics) from "Breakfast at Tiffany’s." The list of comedic and musical movies from 1961 that were nominated but didn’t win is equally impressive: "The Absent-Minded Professor," "The Parent Trap," "The Children’s Hour," "Babes in Toyland," "Pocketful of Miracles," "Flower Drum Song," "Fanny."
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0148869.html
    1962 - Keeping an Laotian prince waiting in the White House, President Kennedy opens up the Washington's $23-million dollar D.C. Stadium by tossing the ceremonial first pitch. Despite a rain delay, the chief executive stays for the entire game and enjoys seeing Mickey Vernon’s Senators beat the Tigers, 4-1.
    1963 - Top Hits
“He’s So Fine” - The Chiffons
“South Street” - The Orlons
“Can’t Get Used to Losing You” - Andy Williams
“Still” - Bill Anderson
    1965 - Bruce Johnston joins the Beach Boys as permanent replacement for Brian Wilson. I went to University High School with Bruce, who played piano in my dance band, and I played in his rock ’n ’roll band.  He also wrote the popular song, “I Write the Songs."
    1965 - "TIME" magazine featured a cover with the entire "Peanuts" gang. It was a good day for Charlie Brown.
    1965 - Sixteen-year-old Lawrence Bradford of New York City was the first black page appointed to the US Senate
    1965 - Dubbed the “Eight Wonder of the World,” the Houston Astrodome opened with an exhibition game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. President Lyndon Johnson attended the game, and Texas governor John Connally threw out the ceremonial first pitch, as President Johnson arrived late. Mickey Mantle hit the first indoor home run, but the Astros prevailed, 2-1, in 12 innings.
    1966 - The late, great San Francisco Chronicle Columnist, "Mr. San Francisco," Herb Caen won a special Pulitzer Prize for his continuing contribution as a voice and conscience of the city. He was a good friend to many of us.
http://www.sfgate.com/columnists/caen/
    1966 - Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman" is released.
    1966 - The Righteous Brothers' "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" hits #1
    1967 - The Sopwith Camel, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe & the Fish, Grateful Dead play at the San Francisco Longshoreman's Hall.  The Doors play before their first large crowd when they appear (along with Jefferson Airplane) in front of 3,000 at a show in Venice, CA.
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    1967 – The maiden flight of the Boeing 737.  The 737 is the best-selling commercial jetliner in history.  The 737 has been continuously manufactured since 1967: the 10,000th was rolled-out on 13 March 2018.
    1969 – The Chicago Eight – Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Friones, and Lee Weiner - plead not guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic national Convention in Chicago.
    1970 - Paul McCartney announces the official break-up of the Beatles.
    1970 - Grateful Dead and Miles Davis Quintet play at the San Francisco Fillmore East.
    1971 - General Motors recalls 6,700,000 vehicles vulnerable to motor mount failure. It was the largest voluntary safety recall in the industry's history.
    1971 - Top Hits
“Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” - The Temptations
“For All We Know” - Carpenters
“What’s Going On” - Marvin Gaye
“After the Fire is Gone” - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
    1973 - Tommy Aaron became the second native son from Georgia to win the Masters golf title at Augusta. The first Georgian to accomplish the feat was Claude Harmon in 1948.
    1973 - Rock group Queen has its debut performance at the Marquee Theater in London. The group's biggest hits are “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,'' “Another One Bites the Dust'' and “We Are the Champions/We Will Rock You.''
    1973 - Otto Kerner, former governor of Illinois, was convicted for his role in an illegal racetrack scheme.
    1974 – San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc addressed fans:  "Ladies & gentlemen, I suffer with you.  I've never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life."
    1974 - Bruce Springsteen meets rock critic Jon Landau, who would go on to manage the singer and successfully hype him as "rock and roll's future."
    1977 - The Swedish pop group Abba made its debut at number one with "Dancing Queen” on the American pop charts.
http://abba.muziek.net/
    1979 - The 51st Annual Academy Awards ceremony at Los Angeles’ Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (L.A. Music Center), with Johnny Carson as the host. The Best Picture, " The Deer Hunter," (Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino, John Peverall, producers) also won for Best Director (Michael Cimino); Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken); Best Film Editing (Peter Zinner); and Best Sound (Richard Portman, William McCaughey, Aaron Rochin, C. Darin Knight). The Best Actor and Actress awards for performances in "Coming Home" were awarded to Jon Voight and Jane Fonda, respectively. This 1978 film also won a golden statuette for Best Writing/Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Nancy Dowd, Waldo Salt, Robert C. Jones). The intense "Midnight Express" won for Best Music/Original Score (Giorgio Moroder) and Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Oliver Stone). The Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role went to Maggie Smith in "California Suite," the Best Music/Song Oscar, for "Last Dance" from "Thank God It’s Friday," went to Paul Jabara.
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0149424.html
    1979 - Top Hits
“I Will Survive” - Gloria Gaynor
“What a Fool Believes” - The Doobie Brothers
“Sultans of Swing“- Dire Straits
“I Just Fall in Love Again” - Anne Murray
    1980 - Two days prior to the start of the season, the Durham Bulls uniforms are stolen. Atlanta's minor league director, Hank Aaron, sends the team a set of used Braves uniforms to wear on the road as the team decides to wear its road uniforms at home.
    1981 – Fernandomania began:  In his first start, LA Dodgers rookie let-hander Fernando Valenzuela beat the Houston Astros 2-0.  In 1981, the 20-year-old Valenzuela took Los Angeles and MLB by storm, winning his first 8 decisions and leading the Dodgers to the World Series. That year, Valenzuela became the only player in Major League history to win the Rookie of the Year award and the Cy Young Award in the same season, adding the Silver Slugger Award and the World Series championship for good measure. With his youthful charm, a devastating screwball, a Ruthian physique, and a connection with Los Angeles' large Latino community, Valenzuela touched off the early '80s craze dubbed "Fernandomania."  Games at Dodger Stadium became must-see events and generated a cacophony in the stands.  Many fans had always brought transistor radios to the games to listen to Vin Scully announcing the game.  Fernando brought many Latin fans to the ballpark for the first time and they would listen to the Spanish translation by Jaime Jerrin.  Even if you did not have a radio of your own, you could hear easily both broadcasts...add a Dodger Dog and a beer, and…
    1984 – The 56th Annual Academy of Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, with Johnny Carson as host. "Terms of Endearment" (James L. Brooks, producer) was voted Best Picture of 1983. "Terms" also won for Best Director (James L. Brooks, again ... and, again for Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium); and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson); and for Best Actress (Shirley MacLaine).  MacLaine had been nominated five times over 26 years before winning the statuette. Of course, since she could see into the future, she knew that this would happen. Robert Duvall picked up the Best Actor Award ("Tender Mercies") and the Best Supporting Actress title was bestowed on Linda Hunt for "The Year of Living Dangerously." A foreign film, "Fanny och Alexander," won three Academy Awards: Best Costume Design (Marik Vos-Lundh), Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Anna Asp, Susanne Lingheim), and Best Cinematography (Sven Nykvist). Another film that endeared itself to audiences in 1983 was "The Right Stuff," honored for Best Music/Original Score (Bill Conti); Best Effects/Sound Effects Editing (Jay Boekelheide); Best Film Editing (Glenn Farr, Lisa Fruchtman, Stephen A. Rotter, Douglas Stewart, Tom Rolf); and Best Sound (Mark Berger, Thomas Scott, Randy Thom, David MacMillan). Put the whole evening together and you get the Best Music/Song: "Flashdance...What a Feeling" (Giorgio Moroder-music, Keith Forsey and Irene Cara-lyrics) from the movie, "Flashdance."
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    1985 - Tom Seaver broke a Major League baseball record, held by Walter Johnson, as he started his 15th opening-day game. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2. With the win, ‘Tom Terrific’ extended his opening day record to 7-1. He had thrown openers for the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox.
    1987 - Top Hits
“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” - Starship
“Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” - Genesis
“Come Go with Me” - Expose
“Ocean Front Property” - George Strait
    1988 - Residents of Sioux City, Iowa awoke to find 2 inches of snow on the ground following a record high of 88 degrees the previous afternoon.
    1989 - Eighteen cities in the southwestern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 80 degrees at Eureka, CA established a record for the month of April.
    1991 - A large portion of the east was battered by severe thunderstorms with 503 severe weather events reported. 38 tornadoes touched down with the most significant one beginning its 18-mile path at Guthrie, Kentucky. This tornado, rated F2, did over $500,000 in damage. 3-inch diameter hailstones fell in Switzerland County in Indiana. 2 people were killed and 86 were injured from intense straight line thunderstorm winds exceeding 100 mph in West Virginia. Gatesburg, Pennsylvania reported a wind gust to 90 mph.
    1993 - The Colorado Rockies played their first official National League game defeating the Montreal Expos, 11-4, behind first-inning home runs from leadoff hitter Eric Young and Charles Hayes. 80,277 fans packed Denver’s Mile High Stadium to set a Major League Opening Day attendance record, surpassing the 78,672 who saw the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers open the 1958 season at the Los Angeles Coliseum
    1995 - Glasgow, Montana recorded 12.2 inches of snow in 24 hours -- its greatest 24 hour snowfall on record.
    1996 - Frank Kucharski of Chester, Connecticut attends his 22nd consecutive Yankee season opener at the stadium.
    2000 - In a pair of legal setbacks for Al Gore, a Florida state judge refused to overturn George W. Bush's certified presidential election victory in Florida and the US Supreme Court set aside a ruling that had allowed manual recounts.
    2000 - PepsiCo agrees to pay $13.4 billion to acquire Quaker Oats.
    2000 - Indian first baseman Jim Thome strikes out five times to tie a Major League record. Cleveland prevails posting a 17-4 victory over the Devil Rays.  Thome was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.
    2000 - The Twins beat the Royals, 13-7, as both teams each hit three consecutive home runs in the same game for the first time in Major League history. Ron Coomer, Jacque Jones and Matt Lecroy connect consecutively in the sixth for Minnesota and Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye and Hector Carrasco go back-to-back-to-back for Kansas City.
    2001 - Willie Stargell, the all-time Pirate career leader in home runs, RBIs and extra base hits, dies from kidney problems at the age of 61. After leading the Bucs to the 1979 World Championship, 'Pops', a career .282 hitter, became the oldest player (39) to win a MVP award when he shares the award with Keith Hernandez.
    2001 - Pittsburgh's PNC Park makes its Major League debut as hometown product, Sean Casey, leads the visiting Reds past the Pirates, 8-2. The Cincinnati first baseman, who hit the first home run at Miller Park three days ago, goes 4-for-4 and again has the honor of hitting the first round tripper in a Major League park's history. The bat, which is used to hit both historic homers, is sent the Hall of Fame.
    2003 - Baghdad fell to U.S. forces, ending the invasion of Iraqi but resulting in widespread looting.
    2004 - The Yankees and Joe Torre agree to three-year extension. The contract also includes an additional six-year deal in which the 62-year old manager will serve as a team advisor through the 2013 season.
    2008 - Elton John performed in concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall to raise funds for Hillary Clinton's US Presidential campaign. With ticket prices ranging from $125 to $2,300, the effort took in over $2.5 million.
    2012 – “The Lion King” becomes highest grossing Broadway show after overtaking “The Phantom of the Opera”.
    2012 – Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion.
    2014 - A flaw in OpenSSL, the encryption method for many websites, has been identified, potentially compromising user security data across the Internet; web users are urged to change login names and passwords immediately…now the new normal.
    2014 - The University of Connecticut achieved a second championship as the women's basketball team took home the NCAA championship title after a 79-58 victory over Notre Dame.  The men's basketball team won the NCAA title this season, defeating Kentucky, 60-54.

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