Friday, July 27, 2018
Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines
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ELFA Reports Positive Growth for June
Looks for Business to Keep Improving
Photos from Steve Crane, CLFP
First Hawaii, Then Pictures from the Past
Dan Jauernig to Retire from Element Fleet Management
"Says it is the right time"
Game Night/In the Fade/Dragon Inn
Film/Digital Reviews by Leasing News Fernando Croce
Shepherd, 10 Weeks Old
Lambertville, New Jersey Adopt-a-Dog
AACFB Commercial Financing Expo
September 6-7, 2018 Dallas, Texas
Orders for US Capital Equipment Rise for Third Straight Month
The latest data signal business investment remains firm
Federal Budget Deficit Much Faster than Economists
Had Predicted, Pushing to $1 Trillion
Papa John's founder sues pizza chain
Wants to Inspect Accusations of Inappropriate Behavior
Facebook: The $100B+ Conference Call
still showing strong revenue growth in Q2 2018
Amazon posts record $2.5 billion profit
as cloud sales growth continues
The big heatwave: from Algeria to the Arctic
But what’s the cause?
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Bob Booth was hired as Managing Director, Rainstar Capital Group, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is located in Rhode Island. President, The Funding Booth, LLC (July, 2018 - Present); Account Manager , Quail Financial Solutions (Quail Capital) (August, 2017 - July, 2018); Vendor and Franchise Relationship Manager, Beacon Hill Funding (June, 2016 - August, 2017); Oracle Database Appliance Specialist, Oracle (October, 2015 - June, 2016); Business Development Manager, TimePayment Corp. (March, 2014 - October, 2015). Education: Fitchburg State University, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Multi-Interdisciplinary Studies. General. (2009 - 2013.) Activities and Societies: Four year member and three year captain of Fitchburg State University Football Team. https://www.linkedin.com/in/bob-booth-508191b9/
Shane Butler was hired as Director, Originations, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic, SunTrust. He is located in the Greater New York City Area. Previously, he was Managing Director, Originations, Bank of America (April, 2014 - July, 2018); Director, Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Regions, RBS (September, 2006 - April, 2014); SVP, Sales, GE (2002 - 2006). Education: Colorado State University, Bachelor of Science (B.S.). https://www.linkedin.com/in/shane-butler-3730a69/
Thomas Cavanaugh was hired as Financial Service Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Greater Atlanta Area. He continues as CEO, Cavanaugh Properties, LLC (1997 - Present). Prior he was at IBM, starting April, 2006, as Business Development Executive, Medical Equipment Financing; promoted April, 2007, Pricing Manager, North America; promoted January, 2010, Enterprise Software Financing Sales Leader, IBM Global Financing. Financial Service Manager, Healthcare Services, Olympus (October, 2004 - March, 2006); Senior Manager, Apple Financial Services (November, 2001 - November, 2003); Sun Microsystems Finance, Vendor Finance, GE Capital (January, 2001 - November, 2001). Back at IBM, June, 1998, Maintenance and Services Pricer, Lead Financial Analyst, IBM Global Services; promoted January, 1999, Financial Services Executive, IBM Global Financing; promoted, June 1998, Maintenance and Services Pricer, Lead Financial Analyst, IBM Global Services; promoted, July, 1996, Lease Financial Analyst/Deal Structure, IBM Global Financing; promoted, July, 1995, Customer Support Representative, IBM Global Financing; Associate Credit Analyst, Merrill Lynch International Bank (May, 1994 - December, 1994); Associate Accountant, Balance Sheet Accounting, IBM Credit Corporation (now IBM Global Financing (June, 1993 - December,, 1993). Community Services: Volunteer: Board Member, Legacy Park Subdivision Board of Directors (March, 2007 - March, 2010); Football Coach, 8th Grade, North Cobb Middle School Football (July, 2010); Mentor, Honors Program, College of Business, Northeaster University (2017 - President). Lacrosse Coach, 8th grade, North Cobb Middle School Lacrosse (2016 - Present). Education: Northeastern University, Dual Concentration in Finance and and International Business (1992 - 1995). Finance Management Association’s National Honor Society, National Dean's List, Dean's List. Byram Hills High School, HS Diploma (1984 - 1988). https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-cavanaugh/
Michael (Mike) Fitzsimmons was hired as Vice President, General Manager, Summit Funding Group, Inc., Dallas/Fort Worth Area. Previously, he was at Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Co., Lt, starting January, 2015 as Vice President, Regional Sales Manager; promoted June, 2016, Director of Commercial and Retail Finance. Prior, he was Vice President, Regional Sales Manager, GE Capital (June, 2014 - January, 2015); Vice President, Dealer Financial Services, Bank of the West (June, 2013 - June, 2014). He began his career at GE Capital (fka Associates Commercial Corp./CitiCapital), October, 1994 as District Manager; promoted January, 1996, Vice President, Marketing; promoted, January, 2002, District Sales Manager, San Diego, Imperial and Yuma Counties; promoted, March, 2004, Vice President, Western Region; promoted, October, 2005, Vice President, Remarking Manager. Community Service: Volunteer: Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (March, 2015 - Present). Education: St. Mary's College of California. Bachelor of Science, Business (1987 - 1991). The Orme School (1984 - 1987).
Daniel Foley was hired as Sales Consultant, CooperVision, Rochester, New York. Prior, he was hired at First American Equipment Finance as Financial Specialist, August, 2015; promoted April, 2016, Assistant Vice President. Previously, he was Peer Career Advisor, SUNY Genesco (August, 2014 - May, 2015); Economic Development Intern, Livingston County, New York (May, 2014 - August, 2014); Legislative Intern, U.S. House of Representatives (September, 2013 - May, 2014). Community Service: Volunteer: Leader Rochester Clean Sweep, City of Rochester. Education: Education: SUNY Genesco, Bachelor of Arts, BA, American Studies. https://www.linkedin.com/in/danieltfoley/
Mike King was hired as Business Development Manager, Marlin Business Service, Mount Laurel, New Jersey. He is located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Previously he was Program Manager, Direct Capital, a Division of CIT Bank, N.A.
Amanda (Rutledge) Laddie was promoted to Strategic Growth Manager, AVP, Regions Equipment Finance Corporation, Birmingham, Alabama. She joined the firm October, 2012, as Senior Relationship Manager, Associate. Community Service: Volunteer: Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham. Annual Walker and Donator, Susan G. Komen. Donator, United Way of Central Alabama. Education: University of Alabama, Birmingham, Master of Business Administration, MBA, Finance (2017). University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication. NAMC Certificate, Communication and Media Studies, A. (2014 - 2015). University of Alabama at Birmingham. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English Language and Literature, Letters, (2007 - 2011). https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandaladdie/
Scott Vernal Moore was promoted to Logistics Manager, Purple Innovation, Grantsville, Utah. He joined the firm April, 2018, as Logistics Specialist. Previously, he was National Account Executive, Onset Financial (August, 2017 - March, 2018); Account Development Representative, NOW CFO (April, 2017 - August, 2017). Prior, he had joined England Logistics as Account Manager, June, 2014; promoted, January, 2015, Capacity Manager; promoted, October, 2015, Operations Supervisor. Executive Assistant, Northwestern Mutual, December, 2012 - January, 2104). Education: Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Music (2014.)
Tim Moriarity was hired as Senior Vice President, Manager, TriState Capital Equipment, a division of TriState Capital Bank, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was First Vice President, Regional Sales Director, East West Bank (February, 2015 - May, 2018); Vice President, Webster Capital Finance (October, 2011 - February, 2015); Vice President, Relationship Manager, Citizens Bank (January, 2010 - October, 2011); Vice President, Webster Capital Finance (September, 2003 - December, 2009);Vice President, Equipment Finance Group, PNC (July, 2000 - October 2003); Leasing Officer, CoreStates Bank, Equipment Leasing Group; Regional Sales Manager, US Bancorp, Equipment Leasing Group (October, 1994 - May, 1997); Senior Leasing Officer, Integra Business Credit Company ( a Division of Integra Bank) (September, 1991 - September, 1994); New Business Coordinator, Concord Commercial Corporation (a Division of HSBC). Community Service: Volunteer: Board of Directors, Homeless Children's Education Fund (June, 2010 - July, 2011). Education: University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business. M.B.A. Business/Finance (1992 - 1995); University of Pittsburgh, B.S., Business/Finance (1984 - 1998). Activities and Societies: Phi Gamma Delta. https://www.linkedin.com/in/timmoriarity/
Robert Munz was hired as Vice President, Capital Equipment Group, U.S. Bank, Equipment Finance, based in the Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area. Previously, he was Vice President, Fifth Third Equipment Finance (July, 2017 - July, 2018); Vice President, Commercial Lending, Home Savings & Loan Company, VP, Equipment Finance, First Niagara Bank (August, 2015 - February, 2016); Vice President, Key Equipment Finance (January, 2008 - October, 2014); VP, Maxus Capital Group, LLC (2006 - 2007). Education: Ohio University, Bachelor's Degree, Chagrin Falls High School. Leadership Geauga (2016 - 2017).
Brian O'Meara returned to Marlin Business Services, Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Previously, he was Senior Business Development Manager, Navitas Credit Corp. (February, 2018 - July, 2018). He began his career at Marlin Business Services, March, 2012, as Business Development Manager; promoted January, 2015, Senior Business Manager. Education: La Salle University. Bachelor of Sciences (BS), Business Administration and Management, General (2002 - 2007).
Anthony Pomponio, CFE, was hired as Chief Lending Officer, Riverfront Federal Credit Union. He is located in Douglassville, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was Senior Commercial Credit and Business Analyst, Citadel Federal Credit Union (October, 2015 - July, 2018); Small Business Portfolio Manager, BB&T (2012 - 2015); Senior Small Business Specialist, Santander Bank, N.A. (2011 - October, 2012). He began his career as Financial Analyst, DLL, 2000; promoted 2002, Credit Officer; promoted, 2006, Inside Sales Representative; promoted, 2009, Account Manager. Community Service: Volunteer: Treasurer (Elected Position), Telstar Condominium Association (January, 2011 - Present); Former President, Daniel Boone Taxpayers Association (Elected Position) (March, 2006 - March, 2008); Knights of Columbus; Budget Committee, Casey Service Club (2015 - Present).
Education: M.B.A., West Chester University. Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Finance and Economics (1997 -- 1999).
Philadelphia University, BS. Management (1986 - 1992). https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthony-pomponio-cfe-9300b06/
Ralph Potter was hired as Vice President, Western Region, PNC Equipment Finance. He is located in Santee, California. “Over 40 years of experience in financing and advising entrepreneurs in many industry groups. For the last 25+ years I have specialized in the construction and allied industries with transactions ranging as small as $30,000 to as large as $50 Million. PNC Equipment Finance works with manufacturers, vendor.” President, RVP Consulting (May, 2017 - Present). Prior, he was VP, Territory Manager, Equipment Finance, Wells Fargo (July, 2007 - November, 2016); VP, District Manager, The CIT Group Equipment Finance (1975 - 2007). Education: University of Oregon, Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, BBA, Production Management (1969 - 1973). Activities and Societies: Chi Psi Fraternity, Vice President. Completed 2/3 of courses required for Masters in Banking from Golden Gate University until transferred to San Diego in 1983 to take over operations as VP of the San Diego Division of CIT Corporation.
Greg Schaefer returned to Wells Fargo, Atlanta, Georgia, Commercial Vehicle Group. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, PNC (August, 2014- April, 2015); Senior Vice President, Old Florida Bank (August 2010 - August, 2014); Territory Manager, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. (September, 2002 - July, 2010); CIT, District Sales Manager (1996 - 2007); Assistant Vice President Wells Fargo, Wachovia (September, 2000 - September, 2002). https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-schaefer-a640885/
Dale Schwartz is now President, Independent Finance, Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area. Previously, he was Senior Account Manager, Equipment Leasing, First National Capital Corporation (January, 2010 - July, 2018): VP of Mortgage Production, Merrill Lynch (March, 2005 - January, 2010); VP, Sales, Mortgage Division, E*TRADE (March, 2003 - April, 2005); Senior Account Manager, Equipment Leasing, California First National Bank (June, 1998 - September, 2002); Director of Sales, Skipper Marine Electronics (June, 1989 - June, 1998). Community Service: Volunteer. Guide Dogs for the Blind. Raised funds and awareness for Labrador Training. Education: Cal State Long Beach, Business Administration, Business (1980 - 1982).
ELFA Reports Positive Growth for June
Looks for Business to Keep Improving
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New Business in June, 2018 finished very good, according to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25.) From May, 2018 to June, 2018
there was an improvement from $7.7 billion to $9.1 billion. The second quarter was not only an improvement over the first, but year to year was up 4% compared to 2017.
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ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta said, “Most sectors of the equipment finance industry are performing well, as the economy’s underlying fundamentals continue to hold up in the face of slowly rising interest rates. A strong corporate earnings season and continued strength in the labor markets create a positive environment for capex spending. Hopefully, potential disruption in the global supply chain created by frictions with our trading partners does not upend this positive scenario.”
Kris Snow, President, Cisco Capital, said, “The overall equipment financing industry activity has been strong during the first six months of 2018. In the technology sector, customers continue to shift their buying behaviors toward pay-per-use models, cloud-based models and bundled solutions that may include hardware, software and services. As a result, we expect captive finance companies to grow in importance as a strategic underpinning for business and economic growth throughout the remainder of the year.”
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Photos from Steve Crane, CLFP
First Hawaii, Then Pictures from the Past
Leasing News prints vacation and photos from the past for readers to enjoy. Steve Crane, CLFP, is well known from BSB Leasing and Bank of West Leasing, among others in his long career.
"I was recently on vacation in Hawaii and got together with Don Myerson at his place in Kauai. We walked over and had lunch at the Grand Hyatt – Don said you stay there when visiting the island. Anyways, we were thinking about you and thought I’d share some pictures."
Dolly and Don Myerson
Steve and Don
"On another note, I get together with some of the old Bank of the West crew from time-to-time, and recently met Greg Steffes, Judy Sakamoto and Celia Baller for lunch – picture attached. Everybody is retired except me. Greg is into photography and does some volunteer work for the Regional Park District and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Judy has a bunch of grandchildren that keep her busy, and Celia enjoys travelling with her sisters – all are doing well and look great!"
Left to Right, Steve, Judy Sakamoto, Celia Baller, Greg Steffes.
Photos from the Past
Russ Rickards, founder of CenVal Leasing,
which became Bank of the West Leasing.
Steve Crane, Lou Funston and Tony Sherwin
Steve Crane, Jerry Newell, Phil Green and Doug Hatch
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Dan Jauernig to Retire from Element Fleet Management
"Says it is the right time"
President and Chief Operating Officer
TORONTO, Ontario, – Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX: EFN) (“Element” or the “Company”), a leading global provider of fleet management and fleet-focused business services, today announced that President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Jauernig will retire from Element effective July 31, 2018
Jay Forbes, CEO of Element, said, “Dan has been instrumental in putting the right pieces in place to make Element the North American fleet market leader. We thank him for his contributions and wish him the best going forward.”
Dan Jauernig joined Element Financial Corp. in the fall of 2014 as an Executive Vice President. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Element Fleet Management Corp. in 2016, and served as Acting CEO from February 2018 through early June 2018. “Dan led this Company through a successful CEO transition, and we are grateful for his efforts,” added Brian Tobin, Chair of the Board of Element.
“This is a good time for me to move on and pursue my other interests, such as active private equity investments,” Mr. Jauernig said. “The CEO transition is complete and Element is well-positioned to take advantage of a dynamic fleet management landscape. I’m proud of our efforts in building the industry-leading fleet management platform, and wish Jay and the management team all the best as they lead the Company through its next chapter of growth.”
About Element Fleet Management Corp.
Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN) is a leading global fleet management company, providing world-class management services and financing for commercial vehicle and equipment fleets. Element's suite of fleet management services spans the total fleet lifecycle, from acquisition and financing to program management and remarketing – helping customers optimize performance and improve productivity. For more information, visit www.elementfleet.com.
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By Fernando F. Croce
A compassionate coming-of-age tale (“Eighth Grade”) and a boisterous comedy-drama (“Blindspotting”) come to theaters, while DVD releases offer rollicking humor (“Game Night”), intense drama (“In the Fade”), and a martial-arts classic (“Dragon Inn”).
Eighth Grade (A24): The awkward terrors of middle school are captured pitilessly and humanely in this exuberant coming-of-age tale, which marks an impressive directorial debut for comedian Bo Burnham. Navigating the turbulent waters of eighth grade is 13-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher), a wallflower who copes with her lack of friends by pretending to offer advice in a series of YouTube videos. Sooner or later, however, she discovers that, if she’s to survive these growing pains, she has to push herself out amid the school’s other cliques. Hopeless crushes, unsupportive parents and mortifying contents follow—yet it is during these endurance tests that the bright starts to figure out who she is. Balancing cruel insight with compassion, Burnham’s film is a worthy addition to a subgenre that includes “Welcome to the Dollhouse” and “Lady Bird.”
Blindspotting (Summit Entertainment): Along with the recent “Sorry to Bother You,” this compelling comedy-drama shines a light on Oakland as a hotbed of new talent. While that film went for pointed surrealism, director Carlos Lopez Estrada’s volatile slice-of-life keeps things on a realistic keel as it examines the friendship between two men on the city’s often tense streets. Collin (Daveed Diggs) has three days to go on his probation and is trying his best to remain out of trouble, a difficult task when in the presence of his hotheaded pal Miles (Rafael Casal). Their bond helps both guys during hard times, but their friendship is about to be tested by a violent case of injustice. Humor and intensity collide confidently in this comedy-drama, bolstered by electric performances from Diggs and Casal.
Nextflix Tip: A consistently inventive presence in projects big and small, Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller (1940-2018) brought a restless, pensive light to a wide variety of projects. So check out Netflix for some of his finest features, which include “The American Friend” (1977), “Saint Jack” (1979), “Repo Man” (1984), “To Live and Die in L.A.” (1985), and “Dead Man” (1995)..
Game Night (Warner Bros.): From the writing team of “Horrible Bosses” comes this zippy, hilarious comedy, which mixes humor and tension with deft aplomb. The fast-paced plot focuses on Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams), a married couple united by their love of gaming but marred by his feelings of inadequacy. Their lives take a sudden sharp turn when, during one of their routine weekends of video games, Max’s brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) has the idea of creating a mystery party. Fake criminals and clues take on a new meaning, however, when Brooks is kidnapped and Max and Annie find themselves facing very real danger. Directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, this cleverly genre-mixing movie keeps the comic nightmare running thanks to the impeccable timing of its cast.
In the Fade (Magnolia): Diane Kruger delivers an award-winning performance in this emotional, volatile tale of grief from German-Turkish director Fatih Akin (“Head-On”). She portrays Katja, a woman whose life spins out of control when her husband and young son die in an explosion planned by neo-Nazi terrorists. Numb with depression in the aftermath, she finally sees hope for justice once a pair of suspects are captured and put on trial. It’s not long, however, for them to be set free and for Katja to pursue a personal form of vengeance. Inspired by real-life xenophobic crimes in Europe, Akin’s film runs the gamut from recovery drama to courtroom tract to revenge suspense. Though the trajectory isn’t always believable, the story remains compelling thanks to the raw intensity Kruger brings to it. With subtitles.
Dragon Inn (Criterion): To younger audiences who think martial-arts movies began with “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” this lavish, hugely influential action classic from 1967 will come as an audacious discovery. Set during the Ming Dynasty, the story combines jaw-dropping martial arts with political intrigue, focusing on the children of an assassinated minister as they are exiled to the Chinese border. A plot to kill them is foiled by a group of brave warriors whose paths converge at the Dragon Inn. Confronted with overwhelming foes, can they triumph in their search for justice? Directed with a lush eye and a swift fist by the great King Hu, the film is a watershed for the genre that still looks dazzling five decades after it first burst into screens. With subtitles.
This Day in History
1586 – Sir Walter Raleigh delivered tobacco for the first time to England from Virginia. It would soon be a major crop and source of money for the new country.
1655 - Jews of New Amsterdam petition for a Jewish cemetery and it was located in lower Manhattan.
1686 - Birthday of Mary Peck Butterworth (1686-1775) in Rehoboth, MA. She was a colonial counterfeiter. In 1722, Mary Peck Butterworth's husband bought her a huge, fancy house that aroused the suspicion of authorities. (She couldn't buy the house herself because the law forbade married women owning anything on their own. It all belonged to the husband.) Even though the couple was investigated by the authorities - and two of their "gang" turned state's evidence - there were no convictions. It seems that Mrs. Butterworth developed a currency-counterfeiting process that used cloth that was immediately burned instead using the usual counterfeiting tell-tale copper plates. The cloth "plate" evidence went up in flames after each use so the prosecution's evidence disappeared in smoke. According to the evidence given against her by her relatives who assisted her, she used a hot iron to press a piece of starched cotton over a bill to transfer the pattern. Using the same method, she transferred the pattern to paper from the cloth. Then with a series of quills, she inked the note by hand into an almost perfect note. She organized a true kitchen-cottage industry, using her family including her brother and his wife who turned state's evidence. She was said to be a tough task boss. She got so good at the business that she expanded her operation into wholesaling bogus bills at half price. Members of the organization were arrested, but all were acquitted. It is said she gave up counterfeiting after that.
1775 - Dr. Benjamin Church (1734-78) was named Surgeon General of the Continental Army. He was a traitor and spy who was caught passing information and jailed on November 7, 1775. He had passed on information regarding several battles, including the Battle of Lexington, and was privy to troop movement, strength, and strategy. On a second attempt of sending information to the enemy via a lady friend, his letter was intercepted and the decoded. General Washington conducted the court martial. Church was sentenced to a life term in prison. He began his incarceration, but ill health enabled him to return to Boston where he was paroled. Church received permission to immigrate to the West Indies; the ship that provided his passage was lost at sea. It was later learned with certainty that Church had been in the pay of General Gage and had furnished the British with a detailed description of colonial military plans and equipment several weeks before Lexington and Concord.
1777 - The beautiful Jane McCrea (1752-77) was murdered and scalped for her long blond hair supposedly by Indians allied with the British General Burgoyne. Subsequent investigation indicated she might have been killed by a stray shot and not by Indians. The scalping horrified everyone and helped unite the colonies against British rule. A monument now marks the spot where she was originally buried. The story of her life and death entered American folklore, and was used by James Fenimore Cooper in “The Last of the Mohicans” and Kenneth Lewis Roberts in “Rabble in Arms.”
1777 - The Marquis of Lafayette arrived in New England to help the rebellious colonists fight the British.
1789 - Department of State founded. The first presidential cabinet department, called the Department of Foreign Affairs, was established by the Congress. In September, the name was changed to Department of State. This original legislation remains the basic law of the State Department.
1806 - Attempting to stop a band of young Blackfoot Indians from stealing his horses, Meriwether Lewis shoots an Indian in the stomach. Lewis awoke to the shouts of one his men as the Indians were attempting to steal their rifles and horses. Lewis sped after two Indians who were running off with several of the horses, calling out for them to stop or he would shoot. One Indian, armed with an old British musket, turned toward Lewis. Apparently fearing that the Indian was about to shoot, Lewis fired first and hit him in the stomach. The Indians retreated, and the men quickly gathered their horses. Lewis then learned that one of his men had also fatally stabbed another of the Blackfoot. Fearing the survivors would soon return with reinforcements, Lewis and his men immediately broke camp. They rode south quickly and managed to escape any retribution from the Blackfoot. Lewis' diplomatic mission, however, had turned into a debacle. By killing at least one Indian, and probably two, Lewis had guaranteed that the already hostile Blackfoot would be unlikely to deal peacefully with Americans in the future.
1816 - US troops destroyed the Seminole Fort Apalachicola to punish the Indians for harboring runaway slaves.
1837 – US Mint opened in Charlotte, NC. Only raw gold was processed and refined until March 28, 1838, when the first $5 gold half eagle was struck in Charlotte. Later that year, $2½ quarter eagles were minted, and 1849 production started on a small gold dollar. The Charlotte Mint issued over $5 million in gold coins.
1841 - Linda Richards (1841-1930) birthday in W. Potsdam, NY. U.S. nurse and educator. She received the first diploma from the first school of nursing opened in the U.S. This pioneering school was run by Dr. Susan Dimock at the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Boston. She went on to establish training schools for nurses as well as directing several hospitals. She retired in 1911 at age 70 when she wrote her autobiography, “Reminiscences of Linda Richards.”
1853 - Birthday of Architect Cyrus Lazelle Warner Eidlitz (d. 1921), NYC. He is best known for designing One Times Square, the former New York Times Building on Times Square. He is founder of the architecture firm presently known as HLW International, one of the oldest architecture firms in the United States.
1857 - Birthday of Jose Celso Barbosa (1857-1921) at Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican physician and patriot, his birthday is a holiday in Puerto Rico.
1861 - Union General George McClellan took command of the Army of the Potomac from McDowell. A graduate of West Point, McClellan served with distinction during the Mexican-American War, and later left the Army to work in railroads until the outbreak of the Civil War. Early in the war, McClellan was appointed to the rank of major general and played an important role in raising a well-trained and organized army, which would become the Army of the Potomac; he served a brief period (November 1861 to March 1862) as general-in-chief of the Union Army. After the defeat of the Union forces at Bull Run on July 21, 1861, Lincoln summoned McClellan and appointed him commander of the Military Division of the Potomac, the main Union force responsible for the defense of Washington.
1866 - Atlantic Telegraph cable successfully completed.
1868 - Uniforms for mail carriers were authorized by Congress. Before this date, mail carriers could dress in any manner.
1878 - Birthday of Genevieve Rose Cline (1878-1959) in Warren, OH. She was the first woman appointed a U.S. federal judge. She earned her law degree at 44. President Harding appointed her as an appraiser of merchandise shipped through customs in Cleveland, Ohio. In spite of strong objections because she was a woman, she won confirmation in the U.S. Senate as Judge in the Customs Court and served in that capacity 1928-1953.
1898 - Marines from the USS Dixie were the first to raise the American flag over Puerto Rico.
1904 – John McGraw and John Brush said they have no intention of playing a post-season series with the American League champions. "Ban Johnson [American League president] has not been on the level with me personally, and the American League management has been crooked more than once." says McGraw. "When we clinch the National League pennant, we'll be champions of the only real Major League." Ban Johnson fires back: "No thoughtful patron of baseball can weigh seriously the wild vaporings of this discredited player who was canned from the American League." As the New York Highlanders battle for the AL pennant, local pressure mounts, but Brush, still angry over the inter-league peace treaty, and McGraw, who despises Ban Johnson, are adamant. Accordingly, there was no 1904 World Series.
1905 - Birthday of Leo Durocher (1905-91) at West Springfield, MA. He began his Major League baseball career with the New York Yankees in 1925. He also played for the St. Louis Cardinals' "Gashouse Gang" and the Brooklyn Dodgers, where he first served as player-manager in 1939. It was during that season that he used the phrase "Nice guys finish last," which would become his trademark. As a manager, he guided the New York Giants into two World Series, winning in 1954. Following a five-year period away from baseball, he resurfaced as a coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1961. In 1966, he signed with the Chicago Cubs as manager. After leaving the Cubs, he spent one season with the Houston Astros, and then retired from baseball in 1973. Durocher was elected into the Baseball Hall of fame in 1994.
1909 - The record for the longest airplane flight was set by Orville Wright (1871-1948) who was testing the United States Army’s first airplane. Wright kept the craft aloft for 1 hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds over Fort Myer, Virginia.
1919 - The Chicago race riot of 1919 began and ended on August 3. During the riot, thirty-eight people died (23 African American and 15 white) and over five hundred were injured. It is considered the worst of the approximately 25 riots during the Red Summer, so named because of the violence and fatalities across the nation. The combination of prolonged arson, looting, and murder was the worst race rioting in Illinois history.
1921 - Dr. Frederick Banting and his assistant at the University of Toronto Medical School, Charles Best, gave insulin to a dog whose pancreas had been removed. In 1922, insulin was first administered to a diabetic, a 14-year-old boy.
1921 - Baseball fan Reuben Berman brought suit in New York County Supreme Court against the New York Giants, alleging that on May 16 the Giants had “wrongfully and unlawfully imprisoned and detained” him and threatened him with arrest. Berman further alleged that he was “greatly humiliated before a large crowd of people…and thereby was caused mental and bodily distress and was thereby greatly injured in his character and reputation and in his physical health” Berman’s crime? He refused to return a foul ball he had caught to a stadium attendant. Allowing fans to keep foul balls was not a general practice, but the court awarded Berman $100 and thus fans were allowed to keep a caught foul ball.
Thank you, Reuben Berman.
1922 - Birthday of Julius “Papa Cairo” Lamperez (1922-99) in New Orleans. Louisiana Hall of Fame member played steel guitar with Cajun and Western swing bands for 64 years. The New Orleans native sang on Chuck Guillory & His Rhythm Boys' 1949 hit, "Big Texas;" he later toured with Ernest Tubb, and recorded with Harry Choates and Chuck Guillory.
1922 – Norman Lear was born in New Haven, CT. Lear is a prolific television writer and producer who produced such 1970s hit sitcoms as “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “One Day at a Time,” “The Jeffersons,” “Good Times,” and “Maude.” Lear enlisted in September 1942, serving in the Mediterranean Theater as a radio operator/gunner on B-17 bombers. He flew 52 combat missions, for which he was awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.
1927 – 18-year-old Mel Ott hit his first Major League homer, an inside-the-parker. It is the only inside-the-park homer the Hall of Famer hit of his 511 career homers.
1928 - At Chicago's Comiskey Park, A’s outfielder Ty Cobb started for the last time in a regular-season game. The 41-year-old "Georgia Peach" singled and doubled before being hit in the chest with a pitch. He left the game hitting .332 and he retired at season’s end at age 41.
1929 – Harvey Fuqua (d. 2010), lead singer of The Moonglows, was born in Louisville, KY. The group, billed as Harvey and the Moonglows, had immediate success with "Ten Commandments of Love" (number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100). Fuqua left the group in 1958. The Moonglows reunited temporarily in 1972 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He is notable as one of the key figures in the development of the Motown label. His group gave Marvin Gaye a start in his music career. Fuqua and his wife at the time, Gwen Gordy, distributed the first Motown hit single, Barrett Strong’s “Money (That’s What I Want)," on their record label, Anna Records. Fuqua later sold Anna Records to Gwen's brother Berry Gordy and became a songwriter and executive at Motown.
1933 - By the summer of 1933, the Great Depression had long since spread from the shores of the United States to vast chunks of Europe. Earlier in the decade, the US decision to raise revenues by adopting hefty tariffs had shattered Europe's fragile finances. Awash in red ink, Europe's leaders imposed their own stringent set of duties on US goods, causing international trade to grind to a halt and both the US and Europe to sink further into the depths of the Depression.
1933 – Nick Reynolds (d. 2008), one of the founding members of The Kingston Trio, was born in San Diego. At Menlo College in 1954, he met Bob Shane, who introduced him to Dave Guard. The Kingston Trio was largely inspired by The Weavers, but carried the concept of a folk-group, especially one featuring a guitar/banjo combination, further into the mainstream of mid-to-late 50s popular music. They are generally credited with the immense popularity of the genre at that time and since. In turn, the Trio became an early inspiration to countless groups, including The Beach Boys — whose striped shirts, on their first album cover, intentionally emulated what the Kingston Trio wore — and Peter, Paul, and Mary — who owe their fundamental concept as a mainstream, folk/pop group, to its originators, The Kingston Trio and The Weavers.
1937 - Birthday of jazz vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake in Houston, TX.
1940 - Bugs Bunny made his official debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon "A Wild Hare." Three years later, Bugs would be made an honorary Corporal of the US Marine Corps after the release of the short “Super Rabbit” in which he is portrayed a parody of Superman. Bugs abandons his colorful costume, faces the camera, and proclaims that "This looks like a job for a real Superman!" Then he reappears from the phone booth wearing a uniform of the United States Marine Corps. His former antagonists snap to attention and salute Bugs as he marches into the horizon singing the Marine Corps Hymn.
1942 - In New York City, Peggy Lee (1920-2002) recorded her first hit record. With instrumentals provided by the Benny Goodman band, Peggy sang "Why Don’t You Do Right" for Columbia Records.
1943 - *PETRARCA, FRANK J., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Medical Detachment, 145th Infantry, 37th Infantry Division. Place and date: At Horseshoe Hill, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, 27 July 1943. Entered service at: Cleveland, Ohio. Birth: Cleveland, Ohio. G.O. No.: 86, 23 December 1943. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Petrarca advanced with the leading troop element to within 100 yards of the enemy fortifications where mortar and small-arms fire caused a number of casualties. Singling out the most seriously wounded, he worked his way to the aid of Pfc. Scott, lying within 75 yards of the enemy, whose wounds were so serious that he could not even be moved out of the direct line of fire Pfc Petrarca fearlessly administered first aid to Pfc. Scott and 2 other soldiers and shielded the former until his death. On 29 July 1943, Pfc. Petrarca. during an intense mortar barrage, went to the aid of his sergeant who had been partly buried in a foxhole under the debris of a shell explosion, dug him out, restored him to consciousness and caused his evacuation. On 31 July 1943 and against the warning of a fellow soldier, he went to the aid of a mortar fragment casualty where his path over the crest of a hill exposed him to enemy observation from only 20 yards distance. A target for intense knee mortar and automatic fire, he resolutely worked his way to within 2 yards of his objective where he was mortally wounded by hostile mortar fire. Even on the threshold of death he continued to display valor and contempt for the foe, raising himself to his knees, this intrepid soldier shouted defiance at the enemy, made a last attempt to reach his wounded comrade and fell in glorious death.
1943 - On a whim, and flying a single engine AT-6, Lieutenant Ralph O'Hair and Colonel Duckworth were the first to fly into a hurricane. It started regular Air Force flights into hurricanes
1943 - Birthday of soul and gospel singer Mary Love (d. 2013), born Mary Ann Varney, Sacramento, CA
1944 – Bobbie Gentry was born Roberta Lee Streeter in Chickasaw County, MS. One of the first female country artists to compose and produce her own material, she rose to international fame with her "Ode to Billy Joe" in 1967. The track spent four weeks as the No. 1 pop song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, was fourth in the Billboard year-end chart of 1967, and earned her Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1968.
1948 - Birthday of skater/television personality Peggy Fleming in San Jose, California. She won the national ice skating championships five straight years and won the 1968 Olympic singles title in the most spectacular performance of a woman on ice to that date. She included leaps and maneuvers that no woman had ever done before in competition. She'd spent nearly 20,000 hours in years before age 10 to age 20 to realize her dream, but the victory-memory will always be terribly bruised because her father died of a heart attack only minutes after her victory. Today she is TV commentator and a wine maker along with her husband in Los Gatos, California.
1949 - Singer Maureen McGovern is born in Youngstown, Ohio. Her biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 song “The Morning After.''
1949 – The first jet-powered airliner, the deHaviland Comet, took off on its maiden flight from its UK headquarters. A year after entering commercial service, the Comets began suffering problems, with three of them breaking up during mid-flight in well-publicized accidents. These were later found to be due to catastrophic metal fatigue that were not well understood at the time. The Comet was withdrawn from service and extensively tested to discover the cause. Design flaws, including dangerous stresses at the corners of the square windows and installation methods, were ultimately identified. As a result, the Comet was extensively redesigned with oval windows, structural reinforcement, and other changes. Rival manufacturers meanwhile heeded the lessons learned from the Comet while developing their own aircraft.
1953 - Air Force Captain Ralph S. Parr, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, achieved the last air victory of the Korean War when he destroyed a Soviet Il-12 transport plane. In addition, the victory qualified him as the 11th and last double ace of the war, with a total of 10 kills. He also flew in World War II and the Vietnam War, and is the only person to have been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the medal that replaced it, the Air Force Cross.
1953 - The Armistice agreement ending war that had lasted three years and 32 days was signed at Panmunjom, Korea (July 26, US time), by US, China, and North Korean delegates. Both sides claimed victory at conclusion of two years, 17 days of truce negotiations. South Korea President Syngman Rhee refused to sign but pledged to observe the armistice.
1955 - Chuck Berry's “Maybellene,” entered the R & B charts. It was Berry's first single and his first hit. "Maybellene" is considered one of the pioneering rock-and-roll songs: Rolling Stone magazine wrote, "Rock & roll guitar starts here." The record is an early instance of the complete rock-and-roll package: youthful subject matter; a small, guitar-driven combo; clear diction; and an atmosphere of unrelenting excitement.
1955 - Billboard claims that only two singing stars can be considered guaranteed hit makers these days: Nat King Cole and country star Webb Pierce. Throughout his long and illustrious career, one that extended into 1982, Webb Pierce charted 96 singles, 54 Top Ten songs and 13 No.1 singles. In 1955, three of his tunes topped the charts for an unprecedented 46 weeks... almost the entire year. Using a point scale that takes into account both chart positions and longevity, Joel Whitburn ranks Webb Pierce as the No.1 artist of the 50’s, leagues ahead of Jim Reeves (No.14) Eddy Arnold (No.2) Hank Williams (No.6) and Lefty Frizzell (No.16). It is estimated that his record sales to date total over 65 million copies and his influence can still be felt throughout the world at every age level and in every musical genre.
1957 - The Bobbettes' first and only Top Forty single, "Mr. Lee," enters the pop charts. The tune is about the trio's high school principal.
1959 - The brothers, Santo and Johnny (Farina), of Brooklyn, New York released their one and only hit record, the instrumental "Sleepwalk," which would be the number one song for two weeks. "Tear Drop," their next song, only went to number 23 on the pop charts.
1962 - During the unsuccessful Albany, Georgia movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is arrested and jailed for the third time. During months of protests, Albany's police chief jailed hundreds of demonstrators without visible police violence. Eventually the protesters' energy, and the money to bail out protesters, ran out. The movement was lost, until the spring of 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama.
1964 - It is announced that the United States will send an additional 5,000 U.S. troops to Vietnam, bringing the total number of U.S. forces in Vietnam to 21,000. While some advisers, such as Undersecretary of State George Ball, recommended a negotiated settlement, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara urged the president to "expand promptly and substantially" the U.S. military presence in South Vietnam. Johnson, not wanting to "lose" Vietnam to the communists, ultimately accepted McNamara's recommendation. This decision led to a massive escalation of the war.
1965 - The Beach Boys' "California Girls" is released.
1966 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules a lower court decision and holds that the state doesn't have the jurisdiction to keep the Braves from moving to Atlanta.
1968 - The Rascals switched from light rock to making a political statement when they released "People Got to Be Free." The song entered the Hot 100 six weeks after Bobby Kennedy was assassinated and would go on to number one for five weeks, ending up the fifth most popular song of the year.
1968 - Cass Elliot releases her first solo single following the breakup of The Mamas and Papas. "Dream a Little Dream of Me" had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Kate Smith, Frankie Laine and many others. Cass' version would be the most successful as it rose to number 12 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1974 - The House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to recommend President Nixon's impeachment on a charge that he had personally engaged in a "course of conduct" designed to obstruct justice in the Watergate case.
1974 - "Annie's Song," John Denver’s biggest hit song, written for his wife, reached the top of the "Billboard" singles charts. Denver enjoyed three other number 1 songs: "Sunshine on My Shoulders," "Thank God I’m a Country Boy" and "I’m Sorry."
1974 - Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" is released.
1976 - Former Beatle John Lennon won formal permission to remain in the United States as a permanent resident and would be eligible for United States citizenship in five years.
1976 - Bruce Springsteen sued his manager Mike Appel in Manhattan’s U.S. District Court for fraud and breach of contract. The legal battle with former kept Springsteen out of the studio for nearly a year, during which time he kept the E Street Band together through extensive touring across the US. Despite the optimistic fervor with which he often performed, his new songs had taken a more somber tone than much of his previous work. Reaching settlement with Appel in 1977, Springsteen returned to the studio, and the subsequent sessions produced “Darkness on the Edge of Town” (1978). Musically, this album was a turning point in Springsteen's career. Gone were the raw, rapid-fire lyrics, outsized characters and long, multi-part musical compositions of the first three albums; now the songs were leaner and more carefully drawn and began to reflect Springsteen's growing intellectual and political awareness.
1979 - Little Richard, billed as the Reverend Richard Penniman, spoke to a revival meeting in San Francisco about the dangers of rock ‘n’ roll.
1981 – Adam Walsh, 6-year-old son of John Walsh, was kidnapped near a Sears store in Hollywood, FL and was found murdered two weeks later. This prompted John to begin a crusade on behalf of missing children and the TV show “America’s Most Wanted.” Initially, Walsh was considered a prime suspect, later cleared when police concluded that Adam was abducted by a drifter named Ottis Toole, who eventually confessed.
1984 - Prince's first movie, "Purple Rain" opens nationally.
1984 – Birthday of Max Scherzer, Chesterfield, MO. Currently the ace of the Washington Nationals, he has won 3 Cy Young Awards, the 10th in MLB history to do so. He became the sixth pitcher in Major League Baseball history to win the award in both the American and the National Leagues, having won his first with the Detroit Tigers in 2013. He has also authored two no-hitters and has also tied the Major League single-game strikeout record with 20.
1986 - Cyclist Greg Lemond became the first American to win the Tour de France, the most important bicycle race in the world.
1987 - Freeway shooting incidents were all the news in Los Angeles, California. There had been nine incidents involving vehicles and guns since June 18, 1987. There were actually two motorists shot to death and four others injured.
1988 - Hot weather prevailed in the north central U.S. Williston, ND reported a record high of 108 degrees. Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the eastern U.S., and in southeastern Texas. Richland County, SC, was soaked with up to 5.5 inches of rain.
1988 - Boston's worst traffic jam in 30 years. “People in Boston either talk about how the Red Sox are doing or the traffic. But since the I-90 tunnel extension to South Boston opened in January and the I-93 northbound tunnel beneath downtown opened in March—two major elements of the now infamous "Big Dig" project—they only have one of the two to complain about. Rush hour, which used to span 10 to 12 hours, has been cut in half.”
1988 - Radio Shack announces the Tandy 1000 SL computer.
1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from Wisconsin and northern Illinois to New England, with 103 reports of large hail and damaging winds through the day. Thunderstorms in Wisconsin produced hail three inches in diameter near Oshkosh, and wind gusts to 65 mph at Germantown
1995 – The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
1996 - During the Olympic Games in Atlanta, a bomb exploded in an entertainment park killing two and wounding 110. A man was convicted in the newspapers, then let free, and no other suspect nor the person who set off the bomb has been found to this date.
1996 - Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey won the 100 meters at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta in the world record time of 9.84 seconds. The previous mark, set on July 6, 1994 by Leroy Burrell, was 9.85 seconds.
1998 - Sammy Sosa hits his first career grand slam, establishing the mark for most career homers before hitting a grand slam (247). Sosa went to bat 4,428 times before drilling the sacks-full homer.
2000 - Toronto skipper Jim Fregosi wins his 1,000th game as a big league manager as the Blue Jays beat the Mariners, 7-2.
2006 – Five-day San Francisco Bay Area heat wave comes to an
end. While it didn't set many all-time temperature records in the Bay Area, it did set records for the number of consecutive days with temperatures above 110." According to Pechner, who uses data from the National Weather Service and Bay Area Air Quality Management District, there were five consecutive days this month with temperatures above 110: July 21 (111 degrees, Vacaville); July 22 (114 degrees, Morgan Hill); and July 23-25 in Rio Vista (110 degrees, 113 degrees, and 111 degrees, respectively). ((Los Gatos/Saratoga had neighborhoods reporting 108 to 110. And in 2015,
Wednesday it is expected to hit 107 to 110.
2014 - Real estate website company Zillow will buy rival Trulia for $3.5 billion in stock; the company will dominate the market for online searches of real estate.
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