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Monday, April 30, 2018



Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Position Wanted – Credit
   Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity
Top Stories: April 23-April 27
   (Opened Most by Readers)
No Longer taking Broker/Discounting Business
   plus Leasing Companies Out of Business
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
 Now Hiring
March, 2018 - The List
   "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
Shervin Rashti Leaves Maxim Commercial Capital
    To Start Slim Capital, LLC
What Market Domination Looks Like
   Over 90% of all searches are conducted via Google Platforms
Labrador Retriever
   Houston, Texas  Adopt a Dog
4th Annual NACLB Conference & Expo:
    October 16-18, 2018
News Briefs---
U.S. Economy Grew by 2.3% in First Quarter
  Easing Slightly, lower than 4th Quarter 2.9%
Tech Company to Close 2 Georgia Plants
   Effects 360 Full time jobs in state, 680 Local Contractors
Local and Regional Banks Double Down
  on Construction Lending for Apartments
Chevron profits soar to $3.6 billion amid rising oil prices
   "We benefited from growing production and higher prices"

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months

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   "Gimme that Wine"
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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 23-April 27
(Opened Most by Readers)

(1) Hawaii Cleanup
      Don Myerson
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_23.htm#hawaii

(2) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
          and Related Industries
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_27.htm#hires

(3) Funders Looking for Broker Business
         Update
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_27.htm#looking

(4) Wells Fargo hit with $1 billion fine for charging
          customers for auto insurance they didn't need
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_23.htm#wf

(5) CIT Group profit falls 46%
         $97MM to period last year $179.9MM
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/cit-group-profit-falls-46-2018-04-24

(6) Long Time Senior Appraiser Robert P. Podwalny, FASA
         Passes Away at Age 74
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_25.htm#long

(7) NAELB Gets a New Name:
 American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Apr2018/04_27.htm#naelb

(8) SB 1235: What Got Said in the California Senate Hearing
 About Commercial Loan Disclosures
https://debanked.com/2018/04/what-got-said-in-the-california-
senate-hearing-about-commercial-loan-disclosures/

(9) Credit scores could jump 30 points this month
       New standards strip all tax liens from credit reports
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/18/credit-scores-could-jump-30-points-this-month.html

(10) Ranked: The Best and Worst State Economies
  Visual Capitalist Infographic
http://www.visualcapitalist.com/ranked-best-worst-state-economies/

 

 


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No Longer taking Broker/Discounting Business
plus Leasing Companies Out of Business



Companies with an * are no longer in business. The others are companies that were taking broker business, but announced that they no longer are accepting broker business. Many have also down-sized or are managing an existing portfolio.

More details are available in this list by company name:

http://www.leasingnews.org/list_alpha_new.htm

*ABCO Leasing Inc., Bothell, WA
*ACC Capital, Midvale, Utah (lenders running off portfolio residuals, Leasing News receiving Evergreen non-notification complaints, demanding 12 more monthly payments)
Advantage Business Capital, Lake Oswego, Oregon
AEL Financial, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
(No longer taking new broker business)
Agility Solutions Corp., Prescott, Arizona
Allegiant Partners, Walnut Creek, California 
Alliance Financial, Syracuse, New York
*Alternative Capital, Apollo Beach, Florida 
*AMC Funding, Charlotte, North Carolina
American Bank Leasing, Alpharetta, Georgia
*American Equipment Finance, Warren, New Jersey
Balboa Capital, Costa Mesa, California
Bank of Ozark Leasing/Finance, Little Rock, Arkansas 
*Bank of West Indirect Leasing, Dublin, California
*Bank of the West Leasing Indirect, San Ramon, California
*Bank Midwest Leasing, Overland Park, KS 
Bankers Healthcare Group, Weston, FL
*BBVA Compass Equipment Leasing, Houston, Texas
*Blackstone Equipment Financing, Orange, California
*Business Leasing NorthWest, Seattle, WA
*Capital One Equipment Finance, Towson, Maryland 
*CapitalSource Healthcare Finance, Chevy Chase, Maryland
*CapNet, Los Angeles, California
*C and J Leasing Corp, Des Moines, Iowa
*Carlton Financial Corporation, Wayzata, Minnesota
*Chase Industries, Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan 
*Chesterfield Financial, Chesterfield, Missouri
CHG-MERIDIAN U.S. Finance, Ltd, Woodland Hills, CA
(Sales Management focuses very selectively on certain brokers.) 
*Churchill Group/Churchill Leasing, Jericho, NY
CIT Group (limited)
Citizens Business Bank, Ontario, CA
Columbia Bank Leasing, Tacoma, WA
*Columbia Equipment Finance, Danville, California 
Commercial Equipment Lease, Eugene, Oregon 
Concord Financial Services, Long Beach, California
*Court Square, Malvern, Pennsylvania
*Creative Capital Leasing Group, LLC, San Diego, CA
Crossroads Equipment Lease & Finance, Rancho Cucamonga, Ca 
Direct Capital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Diversified Financial Service, Omaha, NE
* Dolsen Leasing, Bellevue/Yakima, Washington
Equipment Finance Partners, a division of Altec, Birmingham, Alabama 
Evans National Leasing, Inc., Hamburg, NY
*Enterprise Capital Partners dba Enterprise Leasing, Spokane, WA
Enterprise Funding, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Enverto Investment Group, LLC, West Los Angeles, California
*Evergreen Leasing, South Elgin, Illinois
*Excel Financial Leasing, Lubbock Texas
*First Corp.(IFC subsidiary), Morton Grove, Illinois
First Federal Financial Services, Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
First Republic Bank, San Francisco, CA
Frontier Capital, Teaneck New Jersey 
*GCR Capital, Safety Harbor, Florida 
GE Capital, Conn (limited)
Global Funding LLC., Clearwater, FL
*Greystone, Burlington, MA
*Heritage Pacific Leasing, Fresno, CA
*Hillcrest Bank Leasing, Overland Park, KS (Parent bank sold)
Huntington Equipment Finance, Vendor Finance Group, Bellevue, Washington
*IFC Credit Corp., Morton Grove, Illinois
Irwin Financial (Irwin Union Bank), Columbus, Indiana 
Irwin Union Bank, F.S.B. (Louisville, Kentucky)
Lakeland Bank, Montville, NJ
LaSalle Systems Leasing
*Latitude Equipment Leasing, Marlton, New Jersey 
*Leaf Specialty Finance, Columbia, South Carolina
*LEAF Third Party Funding, Santa Barbara, Ca.
Lombard, part of Royal Bank of Scotland, worldwide
M&T Credit (Bank)
Manufacturer's Lease Plans, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
*MarVista Financial, Villa Park, California 
*MericapCredit, Lisle, Illinois
*Meridian Healthcare Finance, San Diego, California 
Merrill Lynch Financial
Midwest Leasing Group, Livonia, Minnesota
*Mount Pleasant Capital, Wexford, PA 
National City, Cleveland, Ohio
*Navigator (Pentech subsidiary) San Diego, California
OFC Capital, Roswell, Georgia
Old National Bank, Evansville, Illinois
*Pentech Financial, Campbell, CA
*PFF Bancorp, Inc, Pomona, CA
Pinnacle Business Finance, Fife, Washington
*Pioneer Capital Corporation, Addison, Texas
PredictiFund, a subsidiary of Capital Access Network, Inc
*Podium Financial Group, Inc.,Costa Mesa, CA
Popular Finance, St. Louis, Missouri
Puget Sound Leasing, Seattle, Washington 
Radiance-Capital, Tacoma, WA
Rational Technology Solutions, Rolling Meadows, IL
*Reliant National Finance, Jacksonville, Florida
Sandy Springs, Olney, MD
*Securities Equipment Lsg. (SEL, Inc.), Glendora, CA
*Select Equipment Leasing Co., Concord, CA
* Sharpe Financial Network, Phoenix, Arizona 
Sovereign Bank, Melville, New York
Specialty Funding, Albuquerque, NM
*Studebaker-Worthington Leasing, Corp., Jerico, NY
(part of sale from Main Street Bank to Ascentium Capital)
*Summitt Leasing, Yakima, Washington
Sun Trust Equipment Finance & Leasing, Baltimore, Maryland 
*SunBridge Capital, Mission, Kansas
Suncoast Equipment Funding Corp., Tampa, Florida
TCF Equipment Finance, Minnetonka, Minnesota 
TechLease, Morgan Hill, California
*Tennessee Commerce Bank, Franklin, Tennessee 
Textron Financial
*Triad Leasing & Financial, Inc., Boise, Idaho
*TriStar Capital, Santa Ana, California 
*Union Capital Partners, Midvale, Utah
US Bank, Manifest Funding, Marshall, Minnesota
(new requirement: large yearly funding) 
US Bank, Middle-Market, Portland, Oregon 
Velocity Financial Group, Rosemont, Illinois
VenCore, Portland, Oregon (former company Len Ludwig)
*Vision Capital, San Diego, California
Vision Financial Group, Inc. (VFG Leasing & Finance), Pittsburg, PA 
Wachovia Bank Leasing
*Warren Capital, Novato, California
*Washington Mutual Financial
Western Bank, Devils Lake, ND
*Westover Financial, Inc., Santa Ana, California

(Note: Should a company policy have changed, please contact kitmenkin@leasingnews.org)

Funders looking for new Brokers:
http://www.leasingnews.org/Funders_Only/New_Broker.htm

 


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Now’s the Time to Apply

We are looking for:
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National Sales Manager
2018 Interns for Sales, Operations, or Accounting

What sets CoreTech apart from other equipment leasing companies is our team members and impeccable reputation. Are you unhappy with the ethics of your company and the promises made to you? Join our team, positions are available in Newport Beach, CA and remotely.

To learn more, please click here


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CoreTech specializes in assisting medium to large size companies throughout various markets including: Legal, Medical, Manufacturing, Education, Corporate and Semi-Conductor

Over 100 law firms trust CoreTech for their leasing needs,
why wouldn't you?





 

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March, 2018 - The List
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

Neuman Finance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (03/17) Neuman Finance Leases Space in Philadelphia Plans Hiring more than 200 Jobs Next Two to Three Years
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2018/03_16.htm#neuman

Innovation Finance, Fairpoint, New York (03/17) Verhelle Forms New Company, Registering in California and Florida: Innovation Finance USA http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2018/03_16.htm#verhelle

K2 Funding/Kabot Commercial Leasing, Seattle, Washington (03/17) Theresa Kabot, CLFP in her Richard Sherman Jersey http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2018/03_16.htm#kabot

Marlin Business Services, Mount Laurel, New Jersey (03/17) 10K 120 Page Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2017
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2018/03_14.htm#correction

Chesswood, Toronto, Canada (03/17) Chesswood Announces Financial Results for 2017 - Pawnee w/600 Brokers/Blue Chip Leasing 50 Brokers Canada
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2018/03_14.htm#chesswood

Brossard Leasing, Montreal, CNW Telbec/Canada (03/18) Brossard Leasing is named a Best Managed company Winner of Canada's Best Managed Companies http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2018/03_09.htm#brossard

Sterling Bancorp., Montebello, New York (03/18) Sterling Bancorp to Acquire Advantage Funding Management Including $458 Million Loan Portfolio and Origination Platform
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2018/03_07.htm#sterling

Arvest Equipment Finance, Lowell, Arkansas (03/18) Arvest Equipment Finance Hits $100 Million in New Production http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2018/03_07.htm#arvest

Amur Equipment Finance, Grand Island, Nebraska (03/18) Amur Equipment Finance Closes Fifth Term Securitization Totaling $198 Million http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2018/03_05.htm#amur

 

 

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Shervin Rashti Leaves Maxim Commercial Capital
To Start Slim Capital, LLC

Shervin Rashti, CLFP, sold his interest in Maxim Commercial Capital, to begin SLIM Capital in Beverly Hills, California, a direct full recourse funder. Doug Houlahan, who before Maxim was a working partner in Allegiant Partners, also left to start ClickLease in West Valley City, Utah.


Shervin says “Maxim was able to achieve greater success than it had set out for and grew to 25 staff and a substantial portfolio under management." He wanted to build a legacy business for his family, he explained, naming the company "SLIM", actually an acronym for his wife and kid's names. "This is as close to home as it gets!" he explained.

On his website, he declares, "We're SLIM because there's no nonsense.  People like to work with people they like ---that's us!

"Just tell us
"What is the money for?
What are the assets to be pledged?
If we have sufficient collateral coverage, we’ve got a deal!"
http://www.slimcapital.com/

“SLIM Capital, LLC provides financing to businesses, regardless of their financial condition. By focusing on hard assets as collateral to structure transactions, businesses can enjoy the financing they need to capitalize on opportunities at hand.”
The company accepts broker business

Shervin Rashti, CLFP
Direct: (310) 499-2506
Main:  (310) 499-2562 x108
Fax:    (310) 598-1927
shervin@slimcapital.com
SLIM Capital, LLC
9301 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 610
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

 

 

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Labrador Retriever
Houston, Texas  Adopt a Dog

Coal
#301206
Male
68.2 lbs.
2 Yrs., 4months

My name is Coal and I am a sweet dog looking for my new home. I love to be around people. I am available for adoption for $95, so be sure to ask for more information about me!"

Houston SPCA
900 Portway Drive
Houston, 77024

Phone: (713) 869-SPCA (7722)
Fax: (713) 869-5857
Email: info@houstonspca.org

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
Adoptions & Distribution Center: 11am - 7pm

Saturday - Sunday
Adoptions & Distribution Center: 10am - 6pm


Adopt a Pet
http://www.adoptapet.com/

 

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4th Annual NACLB Conference & Expo:
October 16-18, 2018

The National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers (NACLB) is holding their fourth annual conference, expecting over 800 loan brokers and lenders to attend the record breaking event. These brokers are responsible for over $5 billion in small business and commercial financing each year.

Broker Attendee Benefits

  • Maximize earning potential by meeting the top broker focused lenders and service providers
  • Learn best-practices from top lenders and industry experts
  • Panel, general session, and over 16 individual class room style breakout sessions
  • Win over $75,000 in cash, prizes and gifts for various top producer and door prices
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour, the “Awards Assembly” and the “Main Gala” included
  • Network with fellow brokers and reunite with CCTG training colleagues.

Registration:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/naclb-2018-registration-39232925737

Reserve Hotel Room
https://www.trumphotels.com/miami/national-alliance-of-commercial-loan-brokers-group?v=33648&t=1515522860&h=cc47d5505f121bfa1bacc89152ee1517e9933425

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News Briefs----

U.S. Economy Grew by 2.3% in First Quarter,
  Easing Slightly, lower than 4th Quarter 2.9%
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/27/business/economy/gdp-economy.html
 
Tech Company to Close 2 Georgia Plants,
Effects 360 Full time jobs in state, 680 Local Contractors
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/georgia/articles/2018-04-25/tech-company-to-close-2-georgia-plants-cut-hundreds-of-jobs

Local and Regional Banks Double Down
  on Construction Lending for Apartments
http://www.nreionline.com/multifamily/local-and-regional-banks-double-down-construction-lending-apartments

Chevron profits soar to $3.6 billion amid rising oil prices
"We benefited from growing production and higher prices"
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/27/chevron-profits-soar-to-3-6-billion-amid-rising-oil-prices/

 



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Best Smartphone Apps For Dog Owners
http://dogtime.com/product-reviews/3955-best-iphone-apps-dogs

 

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Baseball

   John W. Knight

  The game was tied in the bottom of nine
A runner on third and two out
In the dead still air a mosquito's whine
Was all you could hear, then a shout 

"Do something Ben, murder the ball,
For crying out loud get a hit."
Ben strode to the plate to answer the call
The now restless fans knew this was it 

He dug in his right foot then positioned his left
And tapped the plate twice with his bat
Then he pulled it back slowly as to measure its heft
And tensed his whole frame like a cat 

The pitcher glared in, the Ump hunkered down
Then the ball on its way like a shot
Ben pulled the trigger, his body unwound
And the ball hit the bat with a "Thock" 

This is the sum that the game's all about
This instant is not just a dream
The split second physics, a hit or an out?
Each player and fan poised to scream

 


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Sports Briefs---

NFL draft grades 2018: Which teams had best, worst classes?
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/draft/2018/04/28/nfl-draft-grades-teams-2018-giants-patriots-cowboys-jets/562265002/

Will Cowboys be better than 9-7 after spending NFL draft
  plugging holes? Right now, answer is resounding 'no'
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2018/04/28/will-cowboys-better-9-7-after-spending-nfl-draft-plugging-holes-right-now-answer-resounding-no#_ga=2.258069322.1575236956.1525045317-994959642.1525045317

Texans dismiss scouting execs Jimmy Raye, Jon Carr, Mike Martin
http://www.theredzone.org/Blog-Description/EntryId/69787/Texans-dismiss-scouting-execs-Jimmy-Raye--Jon-Carr--Mike-Martin

Report: Raiders making changes to personnel department
  as Gruden’s influence grows
https://www.yahoo.com/sports/report-raiders-making-changes-personnel-161221453.html

Broncos GM John Elway collected some serious talent
https://www.yahoo.com/sports/nfl-draft-winners-losers-broncos-gm-john-elway-collected-serious-talent-045003888.html

Packers, Patriots well-positioned for 2019 NFL draft
https://www.yahoo.com/sports/packers-patriots-well-positioned-2019-105011292.html

Giants were desperate to draft this pass rusher, who needs work
https://nypost.com/2018/04/29/giants-were-desperate-to-draft-this-pass-rusher-who-needs-work/

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie gets his punter
  in Florida’s Johnny Townsend
https://www.sfgate.com/raiders/article/oakland-raiders-GM-Reggie-McKenzie-johnny-townsend-12873209.php

Tristan Thompson Says LeBron James Has
   a 'Lamborghini' Motor After Cavaliers Win
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2773363-tristan-thompson-says-lebron-james-has-a-lamborghini-motor-after-cavaliers-win

Aldon Smith, former Raider and 49er,
 jailed in alleged bail violation
https://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Former-Raiders-49ers-linebacker-Aldon-Smith-12816032.php

Mike Matheny nears rare milestone
http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/with-pressure-to-produce-mike-matheny-nears-rare-milestone/article_2b26ba7f-9f12-5099-acfe-e9cb16d22d03.html


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California Nuts Briefs---

It’s Sacramento’s biggest apartment complex in decades.
  Will it solve downtown housing woes?
http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/real-estate-news/article208682639.html#emlnl=Afternoon_Newsletter

The best way to see Yosemite? From the back of a mule
https://www.sfchronicle.com/travel/article/The-best-way-to-see-Yosemite-From-the-back-of-a-12866841.php

 

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“Gimme that Wine”

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

Esther Mobley reviews Ayesha Curry’s new wine,
   Domaine Curry
https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/article/Exclusive-Esther-Mobley-reviews-Ayesha-Curry-s-12869443.php

Petrus 2017 "Wine of the Vintage
https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2018/04/bordeaux-2017-petrus-wine-of-the-vintage-as-demand-expected-to-plummet/

Breakthru Beverage Group Acquires Pennsylvania-Based
   Majestic Wine and Spirits
https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=198224


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

     1492 – Spain gave Columbus his commission of exploration.
    1494 - Christopher Columbus arrived in Guantanamo Bay on his second voyage to the Americas.
    1778 - A blockade of enemy ships was completed, stretching from West Point, NY, to Constitution Island, NY. A huge chain was forged at the Sterling Iron Works in Orange County, NY, from ore mined in the same county and was carried in sections to West Point where it was joined and stretched across the Hudson River to prevent British ships from passing. The chain weighed 180 tons and was 1,700 feet long; each link was 2.5 inches wide and 30 inches long. It was placed in position on April 16 and on April 30, secured at both ends. Earlier in the war, in the summer of 1776, a chain of chevaux-de-frise and sunken ships had been extended between Fort Washington, NY, and Fort Lee, NJ, to serve as a blockade, but the British passed on October 9, 1776 without firing a gun. The chain reportedly stopped the ships, and made them easy target from the ground.
    1789 - George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the US under the new Constitution at New York, NY. Robert R. Livingston administered the oath of office to Washington on the balcony of Federal Hall, at the corner of Wall and Broad streets. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/apr30.html
    1798 - The US Navy was established. On June 12, the department purchased the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, NH, from William Dennet and his wife for $5,500. It embraced 58.18 acres and had previously been used for building man-of-war ships.
    1803 - One of the real-estate deals in history was completed when more than 820,000 square miles of the Louisiana Territory were turned over to the US by France for $15 million (four cents an acre.) This almost doubled the size of the US, extending its western border to the Rocky Mountains. 
    1812 – Louisiana, originally known as the Territory of Orleans, became the 18th state. Known as the Pelican State, the state bird is the eastern brown pelican. Named in honor of Louis XIV of France, Louisiana has several other nicknames: Sportsman’s Paradise, Sugar State (that’s beet sugar), and Creole State. The capital of Louisiana is Baton Rouge and the beautiful magnolia is its adopted flower while the state tree is the bald cypress. "You are My Sunshine," Louisiana’s state song. "Give Me Louisiana" is also considered a state song and the state motto is: Union, justice and confidence. 
    1820 - The first antislavery magazine was the “The Emancipator,” issued monthly from this date to October 31, 1820. It was edited and published by Elihu Embree and cost a $1.00 a year.
http://uriel.com/history/elihu.htm
    1852 - A tornado, following the same track as the famous "Tri-state Tornado" of 1925, struck the town of New Harmony, IN. Just sixteen persons were killed by the twister, due to the sparse settlement. The "Tri-state Tornado" killed 695 persons.
    1859 – “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens was first published in serial form in a literary magazine.
    1861 - Robert Selden Garnett, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, resigned from the army. Aide-de-camp to General Zachary Taylor from 1846 to 1849, he was appointed a brigadier general of the Confederate States on June 6, 1861 and history records him as the first Confederate General killed in the civil war. Garnett was appointed adjutant general of the state troops of Virginia and was allotted the task of organizing this heterogeneous force into an army. Early in June, he was given command of the Confederate troops operating in northwestern Virginia. When the Federal attack dislodged the Confederates from Rich Mountain, Garnett was compelled to abandon Laurel Hill. He saved his army, outnumbered more than six to one by McClellan's men, by a most masterly retreat. In the heat of the retreat, Garnett shouted: "They need a little lesson. They may get away if they like." These were to be his last words. On July 13, 1861, General Garnett was killed instantly while directing the conduct of his rear guard after the sharp engagement at Carrick's Ford, on Cheat River. In deference to Garnett's heroism during the Mexican War, a Union honor guard conveyed the body to his family under a truce flag. He was the West Point classmate and cousin of Confederate General Richard B. Garnett who was killed in action at Gettysburg. He was greatly respected by soldiers and officers on both sides of the war. Garnett had the distinction of being the first general officer to be killed in the Civil War. He was a brave and skillful officer of whom the South expected much, but who did not have opportunity to fulfill the promise of his military training, according to
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    1866 - Mary Haviland Stilwell Kuesel (d. 1936) was born in Philadelphia.  She was a pioneer American dentist and the founder of the Women's Dental Association of the United States in 1892.
    1870 - The first Medal of Honor to a Jewish solider was conferred upon Sergeant Leopold Karpeles of Springfield, MA, who, while serving as flag bearer, rallied the retreating troops at the Battle of the Wilderness, near Fredericksburg, VA.
    1871 - The Camp Grant massacre was an attack on Pinal and Aravaipa Apaches who surrendered to the US Army at Camp Grant, AZ along the San Pedro River.  144 died.  The massacre led to a series of battles and campaigns fought between the Americans, the Apache, and their Yavapai allies, which continued into 1875. 
    1879 - Massachusetts was the first state to pass a factory inspection law. It provided that the governor appoint two or more of the district police to act as inspectors of factories and public buildings.
    1877 - Writer Alice B. Toklas (d. 1967) birthday, San Francisco.  Best known as the life partner of U.S. author Gertrude Stein. She published Stein's letters and wrote her memoirs.
http://www.tamu.edu/mocl/picasso/news/nytimes3867.html
http://webtext.library.yale.edu/xml2html/beinecke.stein1.con.html
    1889 - Washington's inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday. 
    1899 - Birthday of Ellis Wilson (d. 1977), African American artist, born at Mayfield, KY. Wilson painted realistic portrayals of African Americans at work and at play. In 1944, he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. He visited South Carolina, painting city scenes and fishing towns. In the 1950’s, Wilson took a revelatory trip to Haiti which changed the way he painted. Unable to note any facial features on the Haitians, he painted from a distance. Wilson began painting flat, stylized silhouettes. “Haitian Funeral Procession” remains Wilson’s most popular and accessible painting.
http://www.ket.org/elliswilson/
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http://www.allposters.com/gallery.asp?aid=85097&item=308663
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    1900 - Train engineer Casey Jones, born Jonathan Luther Jones,  was killed when trying to save the "Cannonball Express" as it highballed its way through Vaughn, MS. There is disagreement over the circumstances prior to this last, fatal run. They departed Memphis on the fatal run 75 minutes behind schedule due to a late arrival. Unknown to Casey, three separate trains were in the station at Vaughan, which had been delayed, and a long freight train No. 72, were both in the passing track to the east of the main line. As the combined length of the trains was ten cars longer than the length of the passing track, some of the cars were stopped on the main line overlapping above the north switch and on the main line – right in Jones' path. As workers prepared a "saw by" to let Jones pass, an air hose broke on No. 72, locking its brakes and leaving the last four cars of No. 83 on the main line.  Meanwhile, Jones was almost back on schedule, running at about 75 miles per hour toward Vaughan, and traveling through a left-hand curve that blocked his view. Jones reversed the throttle and slammed the airbrakes into emergency stop, but his train quickly plowed through a wooden caboose, a car load of hay, another of corn, and halfway through a car of timber before leaving the track. He had reduced his speed to about 35 miles per hour when he hit. Because Jones stayed on board to slow the train, he was believed to have saved the passengers from serious injury and death – Jones was the only fatality of the collision.
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http://www.watervalley.net/users/caseyjones/home.htm
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    1900 - Hawaii was organized as a U.S. territory.  The Kingdom of Hawai’i was overthrown in 1893 in a mostly bloodless revolt against Queen Liliuokalani who rejected the constitution then in effect. American officials immediately recognized the new government and U.S. Marines landed to protect American citizens during the upheaval. The Queen's supporters charged their presence frightened the Queen and thus enabled the revolution. The new Republic of Hawaii was led by men of European ancestry, like Sanford Dole and Lorrin Thurston, who were native-born subjects of the Hawaiian kingdom and speakers of the Hawaiian language, but had strong financial, political, and family ties to the United States. Dole was a former member of the Kingdom legislature from Kaua’i and Justice of the Kingdom’s Supreme Court, and he appointed Thurston, who had served as Minister of Interior under King Kalakaua, to lead a lobbying effort in Washington, DC to secure Hawaii's annexation by the United States. 
    1912 - Birthday of Eve Arden, born Eunice Mary Quedens (d. 1990), Mill Valley, CA. She is perhaps best remembered as Miss Brooks in the television series, “Our Miss Brooks,” which netted her Emmy awards. She was also nominated for a supporting role Academy Award in the movie, “Mildred Pierce” (1945), one of her many "best friends" roles. She was featured in more than 100 motion pictures, including the motion picture adaption of “Grease,” as the principal of Rydell High in 1978. Because of her impeccable comic timing, she was often cast as the heroine's sarcastic, wisecracking best friend. She also was a regular draw on Broadway.
    1923 - Jazz bass player Percy Heath (d. 2005) birthday, Wilmington, NC.
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/REVIEWS/R1298_46.HTM
http://www.phillymusic.org/stars/1993hb.html
    1925 – Automaker Dodge Brothers was sold by the heirs to their estates, to Dillon Read & Co. for $146 million plus $50 million for charity before being sold to Chrysler in 1928.  The Dodge brand has withstood the multiple ownership changes at Chrysler from 1998 to 2009, including its short-lived merger with Daimler-Benz AG from 1998 to 2007, its subsequent sale to Cerebrus Capital, its 2009 bailout by the US government, and its subsequent Chapter XI bankruptcy and acquisition by Fiat.
    1926 – Actress Cloris Leachman, (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Phyllis”) was born in Des Moines, IA.  In a career spanning over seven decades she has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards (record tied with Julia Louis-Dreyfus), one Daytime Emmy Award and one Academy Award for her role in “The Last Picture Show” (1971).
    1927 – The Federal Industrial Institute for Women opened in Alderson, WV as the first women's federal prison in the United States.
    1929 - Country singer Johnny Horton (d. 1960) was born in Tyler, Texas. His "Battle of New Orleans" sold a million copies in 1959 as did his 1960 recording of "North to Alaska," the title song from a John Wayne movie. Horton was killed in a car crash in Milano, Texas on November 5th, 1960.
http://www.angelfire.com/ab2/Horton/biography.html
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    1931 - Birthday of guitarist Jimmy Lee “Lonesome Lee” Robinson (d. 2002), Chicago, IL
http://www.bayfrontblues.com/biography/jimmy_lee_robinson.htm    1939 - The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service. The train car was known as the "General Pershing Zephyr."
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http://www.rypn.org/Editorials/zephyr/dpl.htm
    1939 - Baseball’s ‘Iron Horse’, Lou Gehrig, played his last game with the New York Yankees, after playing in 2130 consecutive games. Dying from the disease, ALS, that has since borne his name, he was honored on July 4, 1939 at the first Old Timers’ Game, at Yankee Stadium, where the city, his teammates and fans honored him. At this ceremony, his number 4 was retired, the first number to be retired in Major League Baseball.
    1939 - Birthday of Ellen Taaffee Zwilich, Miami, FL.  U.S. classical composer. She was the first woman to obtain a doctorate at the Julliard School of Music. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
    1939 - Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first president to appear on television when he was televised at the opening of the New York World’s Fair. However, the appearance was only beamed to 200 TV sets in a 40-mile radius.  This was also the inaugural of NBC’s regularly scheduled television service in New York City.
    1940 - Jimmy Dorsey and his band record the song that was to become their theme: “So Rare.” It went on to become one of the most familiar big band themes of the era, especially the alto sax solo performed by Jimmy Dorsey. It was one of the first I could play solo and performed on stage in ninth grade at Mamaroneck High School, New York.
http://www.redhotjazz.com/jimmy.html
    1940 - Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials to be the first American woman prize-fight referee!
    1941 - Jazz alto saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker makes his first record, playing Jay McShann's song "Swingmatism." 
    1943 - Bobby Vee is born Robert Velline in Fargo, N.D. His biggest hit is the No. 1 song “Take Good Care of My Baby'' in 1961. A local rock ‘n’ roller, he came into national prominence on Feb 4, 1959, the day after “the day the music died.” He and Robert Zimmerman (Bob Dylan), from Hibbing MN, substituted for Buddy Holly, JP “Big Bopper” Richardson, and Ritchie Valens, all of whom perished the night before in a Clear Lake, IA snowstorm that took their small plane down in a cornfield.
http://www.bobbyvee.net/
    1944 - The New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 26-8 in baseball. The game set a Major League record for runs driven in by a team in a single game. 
    1945 - “How would you like to be queen for a day?” That opening line, delivered by host, Jack Bailey, was first heard on Mutual radio on this day. The first "Queen for a Day" was Mrs. Evelyn Lane. Years later Bailey would take the show to TV for a long, popular run. 
    1945 - Arthur Godfrey began his CBS Radio morning show. His theme was "Seems Like Old Times." "Arthur Godfrey Time" ran until this very same day in 1972. Godfrey’s show was different in that he used live talent and not records. His popularity with listeners was the major reason that several sponsors gave Godfrey the freedom to ad-lib their commercials and, from time to time, joke about the products as well. He was the first to broadcast live from Hawaii where he was given credit by United Airlines for greatly increasing tourism to the area.
http://timvp.com/arthurg.html
    1945 – German Chancellor Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide after being married for less than 40 hours. Soviet soldiers raised the Victory Banner of the Reichstag building.
    1947 - Maps had to be changed as Boulder Dam was changed back to its original name, Hoover Dam. Some people, mostly those who live in the community of Boulder, Nevada, still refer to the dam as Boulder Dam. It is a local joke there, where residents were recorded saying on CBS radio, “It was a dam shame,” which was edited out by many local stations as being “blue material.”
    1948 - The Organization of American States founded. This regional alliance was founded by 21 nations of the Americas at Bogotá, Columbia. Its purpose is to further economic development and integration among nations of the Western hemisphere, to promote representative democracy, and to help overcome poverty. The Pan-American Union, with offices at Washington, DC, serves as the General Secretariat for the OAS.
    1952 - Top Hits
“Wheel of Fortune” - Kay Starr
“Anytime” - Eddie Fisher
“Blacksmith Blues” - Ella Mae Morse
(“When You Feel like You’re in Love”) “Don’t Just Stand There” - Carl Smith
    1952 - In his final at-bat before leaving to fight in the Korean War, Ted Williams hits a game winning two-run home run to beat the Dizzy Trout and the Tigers. Fittingly, the Fenway faithful was there to celebrate Ted Williams' Day.  After he returned from the Korean War in August, 1953, Williams hit a home run in the eighth inning of his first game back.
    1953 - Frank Sinatra cut his first session with Nelson Riddle at Capitol Records in Hollywood. Sinatra’s new musical style, under Riddle’s direction, brought him back into the limelight and a chance for Hollywood fame.
    1955 - Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" hits #1, staying there for 10 weeks and earning Prado a gold record.
    1955 - University of Iowa men students conducted panty raids at women’s dorms. Some say the Hawkeyes were still celebrating their February 28th basketball win (72-70) over the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota. Others think the men were celebrating the fact that enough snow had melted after the long winter to make it possible to find the women’s dorms again. In any case, panty raids became the in thing to do at colleges everywhere.
    1957 - Elvis Presley releases his hit single "Jailhouse Rock," written by Leiber and Stoller.  Rolling Stone magazine included it at number 67 on its list of  ‘The 500 Greatest Sings of All Time’ and was named one of  ‘The Rock and Roll Hall of  Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.’ In 2004, it finished at number 21 on AFI’s ‘100 Years…100 Songs’ survey of top tunes in American cinema. On November 27, 2016, the Grammy Hall of Fame announced its induction.
    1958 – AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons, was founded in Washington, DC.
    1960 - Top Hits
“Stuck on You” - Elvis Presley
“Sink the Bismarck” - Johnny Horton
“Sixteen Reasons” - Connie Stevens
“He’ll Have to Go” - Jim Reeves
    1960 - Fats Domino releases his classic "Walking to New Orleans."  The song went on to sell over two million copies. The record was a hit, reaching #6 on the pop chart and #2 on the R&B chart. 
    1961 - Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants became the eighth player in Major League history to hit four home runs in a single game. Mays performed the feat at Milwaukee County Stadium as the Giants beat the Braves, 14-4.
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/
hofer_bios/mays_willie.htm
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb
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    1962 - The Orlons released their biggest hit, "Wah Watusi."  It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on June 9, 1962 and remained on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks; it peaked at #2 and held the position for two weeks. On the R&B chart, the single peaked at #5.   
    1964 - TV sets would be drastically different after a ruling by the FCC stating that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF (channels 2-13) and the new UHF (channels 14-83). As a result, TV dealers scrambled to unload their VHF-only models as fast as possible. Antenna manufacturers were kept busy, as the new UHF receivers required new antennas, too. A new set of channels were available, primarily for local community broadcasting, as the Federal Communication Commission foresaw local television broadcasting and perhaps news, food reviews, and special interest viewing. It was not until Cable broadcasting made the costs of transmission so low that the channels became popular and today competes with the “four” major networks.
    1966 - The Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'" hits #1.
    1966 - Folk singer and songwriter Richard Farina died in a motorcycle crash in Carmel, California following a party to launch his book, "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me." He was 30. Farina recorded several albums with his wife Mimi, who is Joan Baez's sister. 
    1967 - Muhammad Ali was stripped of his world heavyweight boxing championship when he refused to be inducted into military service. Said Ali,” I have searched my conscience, and I find I cannot be true to my beliefs in my religion by accepting such a call.’ He had claimed exemption as a minister of the Black Muslim religion. He was convicted of violating the Selective Service act but the Supreme Court reversed this decision in 1971.
    1968 - Top Hits
“Honey” - Bobby Goldsboro
“Cry Like a Baby” - The Box Tops
“Young Girl” - The Union Gap
“The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde” - Merle Haggard
    1968 - VARGAS, M. SANDO, JR., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Major (then Capt.), U.S. Marine Corps, Company G, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade. Place and date: Dai Do, Republic of Vietnam, 30 April to 2 May 1968. Entered service at: Winslow, Ariz. Born: 29 July 1940, Winslow, Ariz. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as commanding officer, Company G, in action against enemy forces from 30 April to 2 May 1968. On 1 May 1968, though suffering from wounds he had incurred while relocating his unit under heavy enemy fire the preceding day, Maj. Vargas combined Company G with two other companies and led his men in an attack on the fortified village of Dai Do. Exercising expert leadership, he maneuvered his marines across 700 meters of open rice paddy while under intense enemy mortar, rocket and artillery fire and obtained a foothold in 2 hedgerows on the enemy perimeter, only to have elements of his company become pinned down by the intense enemy fire. Leading his reserve platoon to the aid of his beleaguered men, Maj. Vargas inspired his men to renew their relentless advance, while destroying a number of enemy bunkers. Again wounded by grenade fragments, he refused aid as he moved about the hazardous area reorganizing his unit into a strong defense perimeter at the edge of the village. Shortly after the objective was secured the enemy commenced a series of counterattacks and probes which lasted throughout the night but were unsuccessful as the gallant defenders of Company G stood firm in their hard-won enclave. Reinforced the following morning, the marines launched a renewed assault through Dai Do on the village of Dinh To, to which the enemy retaliated with a massive counterattack resulting in hand-to-hand combat. Maj. Vargas remained in the open, encouraging and rendering assistance to his marines when he was hit for the third time in the 3-day battle. Observing his battalion commander sustain a serious wound, he disregarded his excruciating pain, crossed the fire-swept area and carried his commander to a covered position, then resumed supervising and encouraging his men while simultaneously assisting in organizing the battalion's perimeter defense. His gallant actions uphold the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.
    1969 - The Beatles release "Let It Be," "You Know My Name (Look up the Number)."  It was the title track of the album “Let it Be.”  At the time, it had the highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100, beginning its chart run at number 6. It was written and sung by Paul McCartney and it was their final single before McCartney announced his departure from the band.  It reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks and reached the top ten in many other European countries.
    1969 - The Fifth Dimension are awarded a gold single for "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In," a medley from the hit rock musical "Hair.”
    1970 - President Nixon announced the US was sending troops into Cambodia in an attempt to destroy the "sanctuaries" from which men and materiel were infiltrated into South Vietnam. This sparked widespread protests on the home front, including a march on Washington and the closure of many American colleges and universities. Protests immediately began across the United States. Five days later, National Guards shoot at students, killing four of them at Kent State University, Ohio: Allison Krause, 19; Sandra Lee Scheur, 20; Jeffrey Glenn Miller, 20, and William K. Schroeder, 19.
    1970 - Billy Williams of the Cubs becomes first National League player to play 1000 consecutive games.
    1970 - Bob Dylan releases "Trouble in Mind." 
    1973 - In a televised address on Watergate, President Richard Nixon announced he had accepted the resignations of his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, domestic policy assistant John Ehrlichman, counsel John Dean, and Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst. He denied any involvement in the Watergate break-in or any subsequent cover-up.
    1975 - Communist troops moved into Saigon and 1,000 Americans in the city were hastily evacuated. Thousands of South Vietnamese also tried to flee. The surrender announcement came 21 years after the 1954 Geneva agreements divided Vietnam into North and South. The last American troops had left South Vietnam in March, 1973. Today it is a “National Holiday” commemorating the fall of Saigon to the Communists in 1975, ending the Vietnam War.
    1976 - Bruce Springsteen, fresh from a Memphis concert, attempts to vault a fence at Graceland to see his idol, Elvis Presley, but is quickly escorted away by security. 
    1976 - Top Hits
“Disco Lady” - Johnnie Taylor
“Let Your Love Flow” - Bellamy Brothers
“Right Back Where We Started From” - Maxine Nightingale
“Together Again” - Emmylou Harris
    1976 - The Betsy Ross Bridge is the first major bridge named for a woman in the U.S. It spans the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Pennsauken, N.J.
    1977 - Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner" is released. It will become his fourth US Top Ten hit.
    1977 - Glen Campbell's "Southern Nights" hits #1. 
    1979 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Reunited,'' Peaches & Herb.
    1984 - Top Hits
“Against All Odds” (“Take a Look at Me Now”) - Phil Collins
“Hello” - Lionel Richie
“Hold Me Now” - The Thompson Twins
“Right or Wrong” - George Strait
    1985 - The National Basketball Association set an all-time season attendance record as 19,506,355 fans attended games in arenas around the league. Seven NBA cities -- Boston, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles and Philadelphia -- drew over a million fans each in the 1984-85 basketball season. 
    1987 - Three more compact discs of music by The Beatles went on sale for the first time. The discs were "Help!," "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver." Again, the Beatles made the top ten. 
    1987 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather in Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. Thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 100 mph in Lincoln, Mineral, and Sanders counties. Twenty-three cities in the central and southeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Memphis, TN was the hot spot in the nation with a record high of 94 degrees
    1988 - Montreal native Celine Dion won the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland with her performance of the ballad "Don't Leave Without Me (Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi)." Dublin was host of the contest, watched by an estimated 600 million TV viewers.
    1988 - During a game between the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets, Reds manager Pete Rose, objecting to a delayed call by umpire Dave Pallone, shoved Pallone twice after the ump accidentally poked Rose in the cheek. Rose was fined $10,000 and suspended for 30 days.
    1988 - Top Hits
“Wishing Well” - Terence Trent D’Arby
“Anything For You” - Gloria Estefan
“Angel” - Aerosmith
“Where Do Broken Hearts Go” - Whitney Houston
“Pink Cadillac” - Natalie Cole
    1990 - Late afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in southern Virginia and the Carolinas, with tennis ball size hail reported southeast of Chesnee, SC. Thunderstorms moving over the Chesapeake Bay flooded U.S. Highway 50 on Kent Island, MD with several inches of water resulting in a seventeen-mile long traffic jam.
    1992 - The heat was definitely on in the central US. The following cities set record high temperatures not only for the date but for the month of April as well: Valentine, Nebraska 100 degrees, North Platte, Nebraska 98 degrees, Colorado Springs, Colorado 87 degrees, Denver, Colorado 90 degrees, Casper, Wyoming 84 degrees, and Cheyenne, Wyoming 83 degrees. The past month was .3 degrees below normal at Raleigh, North Carolina. This ended an amazingly long streak of 27 consecutive months, begun in January, 1990, of normal or above normal temperatures. The previous record streak of 11 months extended from July 1912 to May 1913.
    1993 – Top-ranked women’s tennis player, Monica Seles, was stabbed in the back by a man who ran onto the court during a match in Hamburg, Germany.
    1993 – CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, announced that World Wide Web protocols will be free. Established in 1954, the organization is based in a northwest suburb of Geneva, Switzerland on the Franco–Swiss border.  CERN's main function is to provide the particle accelerators and other infrastructure needed for high-energy physics research – as a result, numerous experiments have been constructed at CERN through international collaborations. The main site hosts a large computing facility, which is primarily used to store and analyze data from experiments, as well as simulate events. Researchers need remote access to these facilities, so the lab has historically been a major wide area network hub. CERN is also the birthplace of the World Wide Web.
    1997 - Ellen DeGeneres, on her several-season show “Ellen,” declared on television she was a lesbian. The first regularly appearing homosexual character in a television situation comedy was Jodie Dallas, played by comedian Billy Crystal, beginning in 1977 on the series “Soap.”
    2001 - The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a measure 9-2 to allow city employees medical benefits for a sex change.
    2002 – Chandra Levy, a federal government intern, went missing in Washington, DC. Her remains were found more than a year later in Rock Creek Park, DC.
    2004 - Ray Charles appears at his Los Angeles recording studio to attend a ceremony marking it as a national historic landmark. It will be the last public appearance he ever makes, passing on Jun 10, 2004.
    2009 – Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection. On June 10, 2009, Chrysler emerged from the bankruptcy proceedings with the United Auto Workers pension fund, Fiat, and the U.S. and Canadian governments as principal owners. The bankruptcy resulted in Chrysler defaulting on over $4 billion in debts. By May 24, 2011, Chrysler finished repaying its obligations to the U.S. government five years early, although the cost to the American taxpayer was $1.3 billion. Over the next few years, Fiat gradually acquired the other parties' shares while removing much of the weight of the loans (which carried a 21% interest rate) in a short period. On January 1, 2014, Fiat S.p.A announced a deal to purchase the rest of Chrysler from the United Auto Workers retiree health trust. The deal was completed on January 21, 2014, making Chrysler Group a subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A. 
    2010 – The Deepwater Horizon oil spill reached the Louisiana Coast; weather is expected to impede cleanup efforts.  Begun on Apr 20, 2010, it is considered the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.  The U.S. government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels (210 million US gal).  After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on 19 September 2010.  Reports in early 2012 indicated that the well site was still leaking   
    2012 – The nearly-finished One World Trade Center overtook the Empire State Building as the tallest building in NYC.   
    2013 – The largest-ever non-bank bond offering was initiated by Apple, Inc, for $17 billion.   
    2014 – The World Bank reported that India is now the world’s third-largest economy behind the US and China on the basis of purchasing-power parity.  India replaced Japan which remained third on a GDP exchange-rated basis
    2015 – NASA’s Messenger spacecraft ended its three-year orbit around Mercury with a planned crash into that planet’s surface.  Originally it was to orbit and collect data for one year but fuel saving efforts extended the mission for two more years.

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- GoCapital Files Chapter 11
- California Federal Court Approves Northern Leasing
     Class Action Settlement for $5 Million
- No Surprise, Bank of the Ozarks Closing Leasing Division
- Used Equipment Takes Major Advance in 2018 Tax Laws
- GoFundMe for John McManigal Exceeds $100,000
- Direct Capital Chairman Wants Back in Leasing?
- Deborah Monosson Leasing Person of the Year 2017
- Airplane Travel Card Deadline Extended
- Section 179 Increases to $1 Million Retroactive to 9/27/2017
  Bonus Depreciation Extended through 2027
- Chairman and CEO LEAF Commercial Capital
   House up for Sale in Pennsylvania
- $50 Million Ponzi Scheme in San Jose, California
- Who Works the Most Hours Every Year?
- Deborah Monosson Leasing Person of the Year 2017
- Airplane Travel Card Deadline Extended
- Section 179 Increases to $1 Million Retroactive to 9/27/2017
   Bonus Depreciation Extended through 2027
- Chairman and CEO LEAF Commercial Capital
   House up for Sale in Pennsylvania
- $50 Million Ponzi Scheme in San Jose, California
- The U.S. States with the Most People in Debt
- Financing Cannabis
- What the Most Profitable Companies Make
- 2018 World Leasing Yearbook Available
- The Meteoric Rise of Venmo
- The Most Valuable Companies of All-Time
- Fred Van Etten Now President Midland Equipment Finance
- Reader Wants to Share Articles; How Does He do That?
- Lesley Farmer, KLC Finance, A Top Woman in Finance
    Selected by Finance & Commerce
- Dyer and Pelose Come Out of Retirement
- ECN Capital Reports $50.9 Million Loss
- A+ Ratings on Alt-Finance and Leasing Companies
   Questions by Christopher Menkin, Editor
- Navitas Credit Corp. Reaches One Billion Total Originations
- "Hewlett Packard Sabotaged My Printer"
- Certified Leasing and Finance Foundation Member Milestone
   Surpasses 500 Members
- Hurricanes Reasons for 8th Consecutive Q Loss at OnDeck
- Are you an Equipment Leasing’s version of Blockbuster Video?
- Leasing News Complaints Bulletin Board BBB Ratings
- Tips for Obtaining Financing - Despite Challenged Credit
- Four Types of Interim Rent
- Is Competition Dying in the Canadian Equipment Finance Market
- Hours to Pay Monthly Mortgage in United States
- LEAF CFO Has Left the Building
- More Changes at Bank of the West
- 10 year Chief Sales Officer Leaves Marlin with over $750,000
- The Complaint Process for Leasing and Finance Associations
- Top Nine Leasing Company Websites in North America
- Ascentium Capital Class Action Suit Settled?
- Don't Fear the Unsubscribe
- Pine River to Shut $1 Billion Flagship Hedge Fund
- Alleged $11.5 Million Lease Fraud in Canada
- What's Ahead for Fleet Lessors?
- State Licensing and Usury Laws:
   An Updated Overview of a Few Troublesome States
- Shopko-Balboa Capital Summary Judgement Denied
- Who Writes Small Ticket Leases in Today’s Marketplace?
- Changes at Bank of the West Clarification
- Accounting for Leases Under the New Standard, Part 1
- DocuSign is now the electronic signature of choice
   for the federal government
- Class Action/Ascentium Settlement Discussions
- LEAF "All-Cash Acquisition"
- Violating California Lender’s License Law?
   This May Prevent You from Being Licensed in the Future
- New Jersey Appeals Court Vacates $1.5 Million
  Attorneys’ Fees Award in Equipment Leasing Dispute
- National Do Not Call Registrys
- Solar Financing Firms
   Working with Third Party Originators
- Referral, Recommendations, Questions, Complaints
- Filing a Complaint Against a Finance or Leasing Company
   in the State of California
- Credit Bureaus Erasing Negative Info
- It's Not the United States with Highest Income Tax
- California Department of Business Oversight Confirms
that Brokers Need Licenses and Lessors Can’t Pay Unlicensed Brokers
- Signs of a Chill in Fintech Funding?
- FinTech #102  by Christopher Menkin
   Menkin has an Epiphany
- Alternate Finance Companies - Subprime
- FICO Score: Excellent to Bad
- Charlie Chan on Balboa Capital
- Reader Complaint About LEAF Financial Investment (Collection)
- How to be a “Leasing Expert Witness”
    and Make Extra Income
- Your Photograph on LinkedIn.com
Use a Password Generator
- Banks Turn Toward Leasing for More Profit
- Why Leasing News is Different
- Take Your Banker to Lunch
- Lease Police Tips on Judging Vendors
- Alert: Rudy Trebels Back Soliciting Broker Business
- "The real U.S. Bank Equipment Finance story"
- The Day that Albert Einstein Feared May Have Finally Arrived
- Equipment Finance Agreements Explained/Barry S. Marks
- California License Web Addresses
- Settlement Costs vs. Litigation Costs