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Rick Remiker Retired Yesterday
Senior Executive Vice President, Director of Commercial Banking
"I joined Huntington in 2010 as president of equipment finance. In 2013, I became head of the Commercial Bank. During my tenure I have worked to expand and grow commercial leasing and equipment financing capabilities, our corporate banking and specialty banking functions, including healthcare, not-for-profit and university banking, sponsor finance, equipment finance, franchise finance, food and agribusiness banking, energy and international banking.
"In addition to my work at Huntington, I strive to make a difference in my community by serving on the board of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, an organization that distributes approximately 70 million pounds of food each year—enough food for about 155,000 meals each and every day. I chaired Huntington’s involvement in Pelotonia. the nation’s largest single-event cycling fundraiser—to date, Huntington colleagues have raised more than $22 million benefiting lifesaving cancer research. I was also actively involved in several industry trade groups to create better business practices.
"When I have free time, I am an avid runner. I have completed 10 marathons, including qualifying and completing the Boston Marathon. enjoy mentoring others.
"I started my professional career in March 1982 at CIT Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After 38 years and 3 months. yesterday marked the end of my full-time career. My adventures took us from Milwaukee to Dallas to Albany, New York to Boulder, Colorado, back to Albany, to Chicago, to Columbus, Ohio and finally back to Chicago. Yes, yesterday marked the end of my professional career that wildly exceeded any expectations I had coming out of college.
There have been many milestones and friendships made during my time at CIT, First Interstate Credit Alliance, US Leasing, Tokai Financial Services (DLL), KeyBank, Merrill Lynch Capital, RBS Citizens and, finally, Huntington National Bank, where I spent the last 10 years. I’ve been blessed beyond belief and value all the knowledge gained and friendships made along the way. On to the next chapter!"
Shola M Richards Walking His Dog
and Daughter Down His Neighborhood
Twice a day, I walk my dog, Ace, around my neighborhood with one, or both, of my girls. I know that doesn’t seem noteworthy but here’s something that I must admit:
I would be scared to death to take these walks without my girls and my dog. In fact, in the four years living in my house, I have never taken a walk around my neighborhood alone (and probably never will).
Sure, some of you may read that and think that I’m being melodramatic or that I’m “playing the race card” (I still have no clue what the hell means), but this is my reality.
When I’m walking down the street holding my young daughter’s hand and walking my sweet fluffy dog, I’m just a loving dad and pet owner taking a break from the joylessness of crisis homeschooling.
But without them by my side, almost instantly, I morph into a threat in the eyes of some white folks. Instead of being a loving dad to two little girls, unfortunately, all that some people can see is a 6’2” athletically-built black man in a cloth mask who is walking around in a place where he doesn’t belong (even though, I’m still the same guy who just wants to take a walk through his neighborhood). Its equal parts exhausting and depressing to feel like I can’t walk around outside alone, for fear of being targeted.
If you’re surprised by this, don’t be. We live in a world where there is a sizable amount of people who actually believe that racism isn’t a thing, and that White Privilege is a made-up fantasy to be politically-correct. Yes, even despite George Floyd, Christian Cooper, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor (and countless other examples before them, and many to come afterward), some people still don’t seem to get it.
So, let me share some common sense points:
1) Having white privilege doesn’t mean that your life isn’t difficult, it simply means that your skin color isn’t one of the things contributing to your life difficulties. Case in point, if it never crossed your mind that you could have the cops called on you (or worse, killed) for simply bird watching then know that is a privilege that many black/brown people (myself included) don’t currently enjoy.
2) Responding to “Black Lives Matter” by saying “All Lives Matter” is insensitive, tone-deaf and dumb. All lives can’t matter until black lives matter.
3) Racism is very real, and please don’t delude yourself into thinking it’s limited to the fringes of the hardcore MAGA crowd. As Amy Cooper proved, it’s just as prevalent in liberal America as it is anywhere else.
4) While racism is real, reverse-racism is not. Please don’t use that term, ever.
5) In order for racism to get better, white allies are absolutely critical. If you’re white and you’ve read this far, hopefully you care enough to be one of those allies. Please continue to speak up (despite some of your friends and family rolling their eyes at you), because your voices matter to PoC now more than ever. Special shoutouts to my friends Becky, Catherine, Dory, Elizabeth, Greta, Jessica, Kayte, Kurt, Peter, Sharri, and Teri (and anyone else who I missed) for doing it so well.
6) And if you’re white, and you’re still choosing to stay silent about this, then I honestly don’t know what to say. If these atrocities won’t get you to speak up, then honestly, what will? Also, it’s worth asking, why be my friend? If you aren’t willing to take a stand against actions that could get me hurt or killed, it’s hard to believe that you ever cared about me in the first place.
As for me, I’ll continue to walk these streets holding my 8 year-old daughter’s hand, in hopes that she’ll continue to keep her daddy safe from harm.
I know that sounds backward, but that’s the world that we’re living in these days.
By Christopher Menkin
Unemployment is at a very critical stage and economists state it will take a long time for the statistics to turn around.
Any prognostications also do not take the slowdown affecting Europe as well as Asia. The recent protests and burning and destroying of retail stores and property certainly add to the economic problems.
This affects all growth and without it, the financing industry is affected not only in stagnation from lack of expansion, but in credit already extended to both consumers and business alike.
The 1940’s/50’s comedy team of Abbott and Costello is perhaps best known for “Who’s on First?” as well as the internet “Costello buys a computer,” a take-off on “Who’s on First?” My favorite is one I thought was ridiculous when I first heard it, as it really made me laugh, but it hits home today.
Abbott was trying to sell Costello a pair of shoelaces and he told him if he didn’t buy the pair of shoelaces, whether he needed them now or not (Costello said he didn’t need them), THAT Abbott WOULD not be able to have enough to pay the person who distributed the shoelaces who sold it to him---and the guy then couldn’t afford to have lunch, so the waitress wouldn’t get her tip, the lunch business would be down at the dinner, and the Tuna boat Captain wouldn’t be able to buy his kids new shoes because he couldn’t sell the fish he caught for the tuna fish sandwich the waitress didn’t serve to the distributor Abbott couldn’t pay because Costello didn’t buy the last pair of shoe laces.
I realized the Abbott and Costello comedy routine made fun of the economic ripple effect. With unemployment and lack of confidence continuing, the fallout due to COVID 19, less tax money coming in and, therefore.\, city, county, and states were cutting back, letting employees go, providing fewer services, and all of a sudden, the economy is down because Costello didn’t buy a pair of shoe laces.
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Denver, Colorado Adopt-a-Dog
5 Years Old
Hi friends! My name is Melba and I’m excited to tell you about myself so that you’ll fall in love with me just like my foster mom did!
First, let me tell you the best things about me: I love giving kisses and cuddles and generally just being near my humans, whether it’s relaxing nearby, sleeping and snuggling in bed, or walking outside. I love curling up on the couch for a good long nap and when I’m awake, I rarely take my eyes off my foster mom. When she takes a break and sits near me, I show her how much I love her by gently resting my paw on her. She says I’m “the sweetest love bug!” That makes me so happy!
As you can tell, I’m super low maintenance around the house. I’m mellow overall but do enjoy going out for my daily walk! I have found that I can get a bit worked up on leash when I see other dogs out and about so I’d benefit from a forever family where someone is understanding of that and also willing to spend some time with leash training with me (positive reinforcement only please!) And please don’t get me wrong—I’ve enjoyed the company of some dogs that I’ve met in off leash situations. But I just need a proper introduction and I think I’d just prefer to be the only dog in my forever home overall. Cats are not my favorite animals, so I’d do best in a home without them. I’m not around kids much, but I love it when they pet me—I really am very gentle in nature! Since I haven’t met any kids under age 5yrs old, I’d do best in a home with kids over that age.
I’m also smart as a whip. I know lots of commands including come, sit, stay, lay down, and I even shake! I’m super gentle when eating treats from my human’s hand, and I always potty outside (even if it takes me a while to find the perfect spot!).
So, what do you think? Aren’t I just the friend you’ve been waiting for? I sure hope so! Email my friends at PawsCo at email@example.com or fill out an adoption application
to learn more about me!
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Denver, CO 80231
Contact: (720) 307-5000
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This Day in History
1540 - The first settlement in America in continuous habitation is the mountain village of Acoma, NM; first settled in the 11th century by Indians from nearby Enchanted Mesa. Francisco Vaques de Coronado's army visited Acoma in the year 1540 and became the first white man to enter Sky City. He described Acoma as: "One of the strongest ever seen because the city was built on a high rock. The ascent was so difficult that we repented climbing to the top. The houses are three and four stories high. The people are of the same type as those in the province of Cibola (Zuni) and they have abundant supplies of maize, beans and turkeys like those of New Spain"
1586 - After a surprise raid on the village the night before, Ralph Lane and English garrison murder the Indian chief Pemisapan, behead and mutilate his corpse, announcing "Christ our Victory" as they lay siege to Dasemunkepeac. This was in retaliation to Pemisapan trying to organize the Indians against the European way of life. When Sir Walter Raleigh returns to the area, he finds the white settlement has “vanished.” They state in their journals they don't know why. Other patriot chiefs such as King Phillip, Pontiac, Tecumseh, Sitting bull, et al, will suffer similar fates, as the pattern is set. The citing of journals that follow is fascinating. The Indian population of what was to become the U.S. was about 1,000,000 when European exploration began. Pioneer groups of European colonists were small. They entered regions with sparser populations and more fluid cultures, bringing with them diseases unknown to the area, perhaps the main killer of the Indian population. In retrospect, the first decade of the seventh century was the twilight of aboriginal Indian life.
1638 - The first earthquake in the US to have been recorded and described in writing occurred at Plymouth, MA, at 2 PM. Governor William Bradford described the event in his History: “... it was very terrible for ye time; and as ye men were set talking in ye house, some women and others were without ye doors, and ye earth shooke with ye violence as they could not stand without catching hold of ye posts . . . but ye violence lasted not long. And about halfe an hower, or less, came an other noyse & shaking, but neither so loud nor strong as ye former, but quickly passed over, and so it ceased.”
1657 – The first Quakers arrived in New Amsterdam.
1660 - Mary Dyer, American colonial-British Quaker convert whose conscience forced her back to Boston in spite of official warnings, was arrested and hanged for teaching a religious belief other than those approved by the Puritan church leaders. While the history books state religious groups came to American to escape persecution, quite the opposite is true. They came here as missionaries to reform the American Indians and did not accept religious practices except their own. Mary Dyer was executed under the strict anti-Quaker laws enacted by the very same people who came to the "New World" for religious freedom. Dyer's hanging was not part of the witchcraft panic that gripped Salem, Massachusetts later.
1774 – The British government ordered the closure of the Port of Boston.
1779 - The court-martial of Benedict Arnold convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The West Point surrender was also foiled when an American Colonel ignored Arnold's order not to fire on an approaching British ship. Arnold's defection was revealed to the Americans when British officer John André, acting as a messenger, was robbed by AWOL Americans working as pirates in the woods north of New York City. The notes revealing Arnold's traitorous agreement were stashed in his boots. Arnold and his wife Peggy, who fooled American officers into believing she had no involvement in the betrayal, escaped to New York City. At the British surrender at Yorktown, Benedict Arnold was burned in effigy and his name has since become synonymous with traitor. The British didn't treat him very well after the war either. After prevailing in a libel action, he was awarded only a nominal amount because his reputation was already so tarnished. He died in 1801 and was buried in England without military honor.
1789 – The first congressional act, on administering oaths, became law.
1792 - Kentucky became the 15th State of the Union. Since its name is an American Indian word for "great meadow", it is fitting that Kentucky's nickname is the Bluegrass State, and its flower is the goldenrod. The official state bird is the cardinal. The capital of Kentucky is the city of Frankfort.
1794 - Protected by a French fleet, a large convoy of US ships carrying provisions to famine-stricken France is encountered by a British fleet under Admiral Sir Richard Howe. Although Howe defeats the French, the US convoy is able to escape safely during the heat of the battle.
1796 - Tennessee officially became the 16th state. Tennessee had already begun to earn its nickname, the Volunteer State, as it sent large numbers of volunteers to fight in the American Revolution. The tradition continued for the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Civil War. The country-music capital of the world, Nashville, is also the governmental capital of Tennessee. The state's official flower is the iris, its bird, the mockingbird.
1796 – The last of Britain's troops left the US.
1801 - Brigham Young (1801-77), Mormon Church leader, was born at Whittingham, VT. Known as “the American Moses,” he led thousands of religious followers across 1,000 miles of wilderness to settle more than 300 towns in the West. He was survived by 17 wives and 47 children. Utah observes, as a state holiday, the anniversary of his entrance into the Salt Lake Valley, July 24, 1847.
1808 – The first land grant university was founded, Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
1812 – President James Madison asks the Congress to declare war on the Great Britain.
1813 - The U.S. Navy gained its motto as the mortally wounded commander of the U.S. frigate "Chesapeake", Captain James Lawrence (b. 1871) was heard to say, "Don't give up the ship!", during a losing battle with a British frigate "Shannon"; his ship was captured by the British frigate. Oliver Hazard Perry honored his dead friend Lawrence when he had the motto sewn onto the private battle flag flown during the Battle of Lake Erie, 10 September 1813.
1831 – Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood (1831-79) was born in Owingsville, KY.
1833 – John Marshall Harlan, (1833-1911) was born in Harrodsburg, KY. He was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and he is best known for his role as the lone dissenter in the Civil Rights cases in 1883 and Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which, respectively, struck down as unconstitutional federal anti-discrimination legislation and upheld southern segregation statutes. These dissents, among others, led to his nickname of "The Great Dissenter".
1843 - Sojourner Truth (c. 1797–1883) begins her travels as an abolitionist speaker. Truth was born Isabella Baumfree into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. Her best-known speech on racial inequalities, "Ain't I a Woman?" was delivered extemporaneously in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention.
1850 - "San Francisco Daily Herald" began publication. Available for viewing on microfilm at the University of California in Berkeley.
1851 - In San Francisco, a horse-drawn omnibus, which means bus for all the people, began running between California Exchange and Mission Dolores.
1852 - Publication of a manual of the corporation of the city of San Francisco containing a map of the city, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the constitution of the state of California, the charters of the city, the revised ordinances still in force, and certain laws relating particularly to the city of San Francisco.
1861 - John Quincy Marr of Warrenton, VA, commander of the Warrenton Rifle Guards, designated Company K of the 17th Virginia Infantry Regiment, was the first Confederate officer killed in the Civil War, in a skirmish at Fairfax Court House, VA. Marr was actually a lieutenant colonel, having been commissioned on May 2, 1861, but his letter of commission from Governor John Letcher had not been delivered to him. This was the first land battle of the war.
1861 – Mail exchange between the US and the Confederacy ceased.
1862 - General Robert E. Lee was appointed commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, after Gen. Joe Johnston was injured in Seven Pines. Slavery was abolished in all US possessions.
1868 - The Treaty of Basque Redondo was signed, allowing the Navajos to return to their lands in Arizona and New Mexico. A presidential commission of Samuel F. Tappan, Generals William Tecumseh Sherman, William S. Harney, Alfred H. Terry, and C. C. Augur and several prominent civilians was formed by President Andrew Johnson in 1867. The Commission negotiated with several tribes in the Plains during 1867-1868, as well as other native tribes in the Southwest. Tappan and Gen. Sherman were the two commission members who finalized the Navajo Treaty of Basque Redondo that ended the Basque Redondo reservation fiasco and gave the Navajos their native lands once again.
1868 – The Texas Constitutional Convention formed in Austin.
1869 – Thomas Edison patented the voting machine.
1880 – The first pay telephone was installed.
1890 – “The Wizard of Oz”, Frank Morgan (1890-1949), was born Francis Phillip Wuppermann in New York City.
1890 - The first census compiled by machines, using Herman Hollerith's tabulating machine, was the 1890 census, which recorded a population of 62,979,766, announced only six weeks after processing. The United States census of 1890 showed a total of 248,253 Native Americans living in America, down from 400,764 Native Americans identified in the census of 1850.The 1890 census announced that the frontier region of the United States no longer existed, and that the Census Bureau would no longer track the westward migration of the U.S. population. Up to and including the 1880 census, the country had a frontier of settlement. By 1890, isolated bodies of settlement had broken into the unsettled area to the extent that there was hardly a frontier line.
1898 - Molly Picon’s (1898-1992) birthday, born Małka Opiekun in NYC. She was an actor and singer, the star of New York Yiddish Theater. Known as the Sweetheart of Second Avenue, she projected a light, charming character with a great sense of humor.
1899 - The annual parade of "New York's Finest" was filmed in Union Square.
1901 - The first motorcycle powered by a gasoline engine was demonstrated in a hill-climbing exhibition. It was manufactured in Springfield, MA, by George M. Hendee, who formed the Hendee Manufacturing Company, which began to market the Indian motorcycle. Previously, motorcycles had been ordinary bicycles to which motors were attached. Three motorcycles were built in 1901. The following year, production was increased to 143. The motors were made by the Aurora Machine Company, Aurora, IL, and were mounted to the motorcycle frames in Springfield.
1903 - A strong tornado just 50 to 75 yards in width killed many persons around the Gainesville, GA Cotton Mill. The tornado strengthened and widened near the end of its four mile path, killing 40 persons at New Holland, GA. A total of 104 persons were killed in the tornado.
1906 - Women appeared at the Polo Grounds ticket windows for a Major League game for the first time. Coincidentally, new ticket-selling machines were also introduced.
1908 - John Krohn decided to take a walk around the United States - with his wheelbarrow! He completed the walk around the perimeter of the U.S. in 357 days. He walked 9,024 miles, went through 11 pair of shoes, 112 pair of socks, five wheels for his trusty wheelbarrow and never walked on Sunday.
1910 - The St. Louis Cardinals’ leadoff hitter, Miller Huggins, had no official at bats in six plate appearances, the first time this ever happened in Major League history. Huggins walked in his first three at-bats, hit a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice bunt in the next two, and walked with the bases loaded in the eighth inning to drive in the lead run. At the end of the season, Huggins will lead the National League with 116 walks.
1911 - The first group life insurance policy was written for 121 employees of the Pantasote Leather Company of Passaic, NJ, by agent William J. Graham of the Equitable Life Assurance Society. Each employee was given insurance protection amounting to a year's salary and a funeral benefit of $100.
1915 - Country singer Johnny Bond (1915-78) was born in Enville, Oklahoma. He is best known as the composer of "Hot Rod Lincoln," a hit for both Bond and Charlie Ryan in 1960, and for Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen in 1970. Bond also appeared in more than 50 movies. And in the less-enlightened days of the 1950's and '60s, he wrote a series of comic songs about drunkenness, the most famous of which is "10 Little Bottles."
1916 - Pacific Coast longshoremen strike.
1916 – Louis Brandeis became the first Jew appointed to the US Supreme Court when the Senate confirmed his appointment.
1917 – Hank Gowdy of the Boston Braves became the first baseball player to enlist for World War I. He also fought in World War II.
1919 - Birthday of singer/pianist Lafayette Leake (1919–1990), Winona, MO.
1920 - WEB DuBois, civil right activist and educator, awarded Spingarn Medal. The Spingarn Medal is awarded annually by the NAACP for outstanding achievement by an African-American.
No. 27 here: http://or.essortment.com/springarnmedal_rlwp.htm
1921 - More than 300 killed in race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The black community of Greenwood is destroyed by a white mob, which murdered many and burned down nearly the entire area, destroying over 1,000 homes and businesses in a 35 block area. No one was ever charged with any wrongdoing, no reparations were ever made and accounts of the riot were literally cut out of the newspaper archives as Tulsa (read "white" Tulsa) tried to erase accounts and memories of the events...
1921 - Composer and arranger Nelson Riddle (1921-85) was born in Oradell, New Jersey. Well-known as an orchestrator for such singers as Frank Sinatra and Linda Ronstadt, Riddle also had several hits under his own name, including the 1956 million seller "Lisbon Antigua" as well as his musical theme for the TV show “Route 66.”
1922 - Birthday of Ray Knighton, who in 1954 founded the Medical Assistance Program (MAP International) in Chicago.
1923 – For the first time this century a team scored in every inning. The New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the Baker Bowl, 22 - 8.
1924 - Alto-Clarinet player Hal McKusick born Medford, Mass.
1924 - Birthday of drummer Herbie Lovelle, New York City, NY
1925 – Lou Gehrig of the Yankees took over for Wally Pipp in the first game of what would become 2,130 consecutive games played. This streak was the game’s longest until the Orioles’ Cal Ripken voluntarily ended his 17-year streak at 2,632 games in 1998. Pipp had been the Yanks’ 1B since 1915 and he led the American League in HRs in 1916 and 1917. According to the most popular version of the story, Pipp showed up that day with a severe headache, and asked the team's trainer for two aspirin. Manager Miller Huggins noticed this, and said "Wally, take the day off. We'll try that kid Gehrig at first today and get you back in there tomorrow."
1926 - Marilyn Monroe's (1926-62) birthday, born Norma Jean Mortensen or Baker at Los Angeles. American actress and sex symbol of the '50s. She had an unstable childhood in a series of orphanages and foster homes. Her film career came to epitomize Hollywood glamour. In 1954, she wed Yankee legend "Jolting Joe" DiMaggio, but the marriage didn't last the year. Monroe remained fragile and insecure, tormented by the pressures of Hollywood life and the alleged affairs with the Kennedys – Jack and Robert. Her death from an overdose at Los Angeles shocked the world and remains a topic among conspiracy theorists. Among her films: “The Seven Year Itch”, “Bus Stop”, “Some Like It Hot”, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “The Misfits”. In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth-greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In the decades following her death, she has often been cited as both a pop and cultural icon as well as the quintessential American sex symbol. In 2009, TV Guide Network named her No. 1 in Film's Sexiest Women of All Time.
1926 – Andy Griffith (1926-2012) was born in Mt. Airy, NC. He was a Tony Award nominee for two roles, and gained prominence in the starring role in Elia Kazan’s film “A Face in the Crowd” (1957) before he became better known for his television roles, playing he lead character in the 1960–1968 “The Andy Griffith Show” and in the 1986–1995 “Matlock”.
1927 – The Peace Bridge between the US and Canada opened. At the east end of Lake Erie at the source of the Niagara River, about 12 miles upriver of Niagara Falls, it connects the Buffalo, NY and Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.
1934 - Singer Pat Boone’s birthday in Jacksonville, FL. During the 1950s he was considered the second most popular singer after Elvis Presley. Also an actor (“State Fair” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth”) and author. At his peak in the late 1950's, Boone was considered a rock 'n' roller, a sort of sanitized, parent approved alternative to Elvis Presley. The first of his more than 50 chart records came in 1955, a cover version of Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame." Boone's record went to number one while Domino's version made it only to number 16. Among his hits: “April Love”, “Speedy Gonzalez”, “Love Letters in the Sand”. Pat Boone became one of the all-time biggest selling pop singers, and from 1957 to 1960 had his own network television series. His daughter, Debby Boone, had a number one record in 1977 with "You Light Up My Life."
1934 - Heavy rain which began on December 30th led to flooding in the Los Angeles Basin area of California. Flooding claimed the lives of at least 45 persons. Walls of water and debris up to ten feet high were noted in some canyon areas. Rainfall totals ranged up to 16.29 inches at Azusa, with 8.26 inches reported in Downtown Los Angeles.
1936 - Birthday of Sandra Scoppetone in Morristown, NJ. Writer of mysteries featuring Lauren Laureno, Lesbian private eye who has a wonderful view of New York City. Her conversations with the natives are priceless.
1938 - The first issue of the comic book "Superman" appeared in newsstands throughout the country in Action Comics #1, published by National Allied publications, a corporate predecessor of DC Comics, on April 18, 1938 (cover-dated June 1938). "Superman" was created by two Cleveland teenagers: Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster. Originally a newspaper comic strip, Superman was changed to a booklet format to immediate acclaim. It became a movie and one of the first television series hits. The story idea came from Jerry Siegel in a dream he had about the baby, Moses, who was abandoned by his parents in order that his life be saved. This dream prompted Siegel's creation of the ‘Man of Steel'. Artist Joe Shuster made the comic book hero come alive. The first story, in this first issue, took place on the planet, Krypton, where baby Kal-El was born. The infant was shot to Earth in a rocket just before Krypton exploded.
1938 - Batters wore protective baseball helmets for the first time. Helmets were brought into use in a game between the Springfield Greys and the House of David in New York City.
1938 – Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in “Street Smart”, “Driving Miss Daisy”, “The Shawshank redemption”, and “Invictus”. He won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005 for “Million Dollar Baby”.
1938 – The first televised boxing match saw Lou Nova defeat Max Baer.
1941 – 12.59” of rain fell on Burlington, KS, the state record.
1944 - Top Hits
Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
I'll Get By - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes)
I'll Be Seeing You - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)
Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio
1945 – Birthday of Linda Scott, born Linda Joy Sampson in Queens. Her biggest hit was the 1961 million-selling single, "I’ve Told Every Little Star" which reached #3.
1947 - Guitarist Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones was born in London. A veteran of the Jeff Beck Group and Faces, Wood was chosen by the Stones to replace Mick Taylor in 1974. Wood was also a member of Keith Richards's New Barbarians, the group that shared billing with the Rolling Stones at a free concert for the blind in Oshawa, Ontario in April 1979. The concert was in lieu of a jail sentence for Richards, who had been convicted of possession of heroin.
1949 - Subscribers to "Newsweek" magazine were offered microfilm copies of the magazine for the first time. The weekly publication cost $15 a year.
1949 - A six day blizzard began over the Northern Rockies and the Great Plains. The storm produced the most adverse weather conditions in the history of the west.
1950 - Birthday of singer Charlene (Charlene D’Angelo) in Hollywood, Ca.
1952 - Top Hits
“Kiss of Fire” - Georgia Gibbs
“Blue Tango” - The Leroy Anderson Orchestra
“Be Anything” - Eddy Howard
“The Wild Side of Life” - Hank Thompson
1954 – Pittsburgh Pirates scout, Clyde Sukeforth, who was Jackie Robinson’s first manager, discovered Montreal Royals outfielder Roberto Clemente. Sukeforth was the Pirates' pitching coach on special assignment in Richmond to scout newly-demoted Dodger hurler Joe Black. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the first thing Sukeforth saw was Clemente. As Sukeforth will later tell The Sporting News, "I saw Clemente and forgot all about Black. I arrived at the Richmond ball park just in time to see the pre-game workout. I saw Clemente throwing from the outfield and I couldn't take my eyes off him. Later in the game he was used as a pinch-hitter and I liked his swing. I started asking questions and learned he was a bonus player and would be eligible for the draft. Since the Pirates had first choice, I knew this would be our man."
1956 - Doris Day signed a five-year recording contract with Columbia Records worth $1 million. By late June, "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)” entered the charts and eventually climbed to number 2 for a three week stay.
1957 - At the Pacific Amateur Athletic Union Meet at Stockton, CA, Don Bowden of the University of California became the first American to break the four minute mile in the time of 3 minutes 57.7 seconds.
1957 - Sam Cooke records "You Send Me" at Radio Recorders Studio in Los Angeles. The song will rise to the top of the US chart next December and become the first of Cook's 29 Billboard Top 40 hits.
1959 - Johnny Horton's "The Battle of New Orleans" hits #1
1959 - Columbia Records' "Johnny's Greatest Hits" celebrated a full year at the top of the album charts. The LP continued to stay at or near the top of the charts for several more years. The album became the album leader of all-time after 490 weeks. Johnny Mathis went on to have an LP on the charts nearly every year for over three decades.
1960 - The popular and enigmatic British mini-series, "The Prisoner," aired for the first time in US television. Starring Patrick McGoohan as a secret agent held against his will in a remote, controlled environment known as the Village, "The Prisoner" was one of TV's most imaginative series. In both the US and England, “The Prisoner” became an instant cult series. "The Prisoner" was one of the most imaginative shows on TV, regarded by some as the finest dramatic series in TV history. Patrick McGoohan, who produced and starred in the series, also wrote and directed some episodes. In the series, McGoohan found himself in a self-contained community known as "the village" where he was referred to, not by name, but as Number 6. Number 6 realized he was a prisoner, and spent most of the series trying to escape or to learn the identity of the leader, Number 1. In the last episode, he learned that he was Number 1.
1960 - The first parking meter enforcement division of a police department was appointed by Mayor Robert F. Wagner of New York Ci9ty. The “meter maids” underwent about two weeks of training and received salaries ranging from $3,150 to $4,830 a year. The first summons was issued on June 6, 1960.
1960 - Top Hits
“Cathy's Clown” - The Everly Brothers
“He'll Have to Stay” - Jeanne Black
“Paper Roses” - Anita Bryant
“Please Help Me, I'm Falling” - Hank Locklin
1961 - Experimental FM stereo is heard for the first time in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Schenectady, NY markets.
1963 - Four weeks after it entered the Billboard chart, 17 year old Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" hit the number one spot and stayed there for 2 weeks. It was a song that was chosen for her by Quincy Jones, then a staff producer for Mercury Records, who had seen her sing for the first time just a few weeks earlier. She became one of the youngest solo female artists in music history to top the charts.
1963 - 531, including NAACP Executive Secretary Roy Wilkins, arrested at a peaceful civil rights march in Jackson, Mississippi.
1964 - The Rolling Stones arrived at JFK International Airport in New York to begin their first American tour. Their first date was at a high school stadium in Lynn, Massachusetts. The Stones also stopped in Chicago to record an EP at the Chess studios, and when they tried to hold a news conference, a riot broke out.
1964 - The Equal Pay Act became law. Two years before, July, 1962, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure requiring equal pay for equal work for women dealing in interstate commerce work, but that fall the U.S. Senate refused to take action.
1966 - June 1-2, White House Conference on Civil Rights with Roy Wilkins of NAACP; Whitney Young Jr. of National Urban League; Floyd McKissick & James Farmer of CORE; Martin Luther King Jr. of SCLC; Stokely Carmichael of SNCC ("We feel that integration is irrelevant. We have got to go after political power.").
1967 – The Mayor-council form of government was instituted for Washington, DC
1967 - "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released by The Beatles in England. The North American release came two days later. "Sgt. Pepper's" became one of the first rock albums to be critically-acclaimed, and went on to become the number one album in the world. It spent 15 weeks at the top of the album list in the United States. It took 700 hours over three months to record under the direction of George Martin, Britain's top pop producer. A then state-of-the-art four track recorder was used to build each song layer by layer. The cost of recording - $75,000. "Sgt Pepper's" wide range of styles and sounds and its use of electronic noises ushered in the psychedelic era. Some of its songs, such as "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "A Day in the Life" were carefully examined for hidden meanings. The album is estimated to have sold more than 15 million copies, and stayed on the Billboard chart for 113 weeks. On June 1st, 1987, 20 years to the day after it originally came out, the compact disc version of "Sergeant Pepper's" was released. The CD contained what some might consider a bonus - a two-second burst of laughter and gibberish which had only been available previously on European versions of the album, and a high frequency note at the end of the LP audible only to dogs.
1968 - Simon and Garfunkel reached the top of the US charts with "Mrs. Robinson," a song featured in the soundtrack of the film "The Graduate." The song won a Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Pop Performance by a Vocal Duo or Group.
1968 - Top Hits
“Mrs. Robinson” - Simon & Garfunkel
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” - Hugo Montenegro
“Yummy Yummy Yummy” - Ohio Express
“Honey” - Bobby Goldsboro
1970 – MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reprimanded Houston Astro Jim Bouton for writing "Ball Four". Bouton could not contain his laughter on the way to the bank.
1971 - CBS-TV airs what would be the last “The Ed Sullivan Show”, featuring guest performer Gladys Knight. The show would be canceled the next day, having run an astonishing 23 years. It wasn’t Sunday night without The Ed Sullivan Show”.
1973 - The James Bond thriller, "Live and Let Die" opens. The movie features the title track by Paul McCartney and Wings.
1974 - Heimlich Maneuver introduced: the June issue of the journal Emergency Medicine published an article by Dr. Henry Heimlich, outlining a better method of aiding choking victims. Instead of prevailing method of backslaps (which merely pushed foreign objects further into the airways), Dr. Heimlich advocated “subdiaphragmatic pressure” to force objects out. Three months later the method was dubbed, the “Heimlich Maneuver” by the Journal of the American Medical Association.
1974 - Birthday of Alanis Morissette, Ottawa, Ontario
1974 - Arab oil ministers decided to end most restrictions on exports of oil to the United States but continued the embargo against the Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, and Rhodesia
1975 - Nolan Ryan of the California Angels threw his fourth career no-hitter game with a 1-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles. As a result, Ryan tied the major league baseball no-hit record. For his career, Ryan threw seven, still the Major League record.
1976 - Top Hits
“Love Hangover” - Diana Ross
“Get Up and Boogie (That's Right)” - Silver Convention
“Misty Blue” - Dorthy Moore
“One Piece at a Time” - Johnny Cash
1977 - 28 year old Long Island native, Billy Joel, wraps up a four month tour of the US by appearing at Carnegie Hall in New York.
1979 - The temperature at Maybell, CO plunged to 60 degrees below zero to tie the state record set back in 1951 at Taylor Park
1979 – The Seattle Supersonics defeated the Washington Bullets for the NBA title.
1980 - CNN debuted, the Cable News Network, TV's first all-news services went on air.
1980 – The 7,000th HR in Dodgers history was hit by Steve Garvey.
1980 - A man from Falmouth, ME was struck by lightning, restoring his eyesight. The man had been blind and partially deaf since a truck accident in 1971
1984 - Top Hits
“Let's Hear It for the Boy” - Deniece Williams
“Time After Time” - Cyndi Lauper
“Oh Sherrie” - Steve Perry
“As Long as I'm Rockin' with You” - John Conlee
1987 – Phil Niekro pitched the Cleveland Indians to a 9-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers to put himself and his brother Joe into the lead as the winningest brothers in Major League history. Their 530 combined victories surpassed Gaylord and Jim Perry. The Niekros ended their careers with 539 wins, 318 by Phil and 221 by Joe, and Phil was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.
1987 - A winter storm brought rain and snow and high winds to the Southern and Middle Atlantic Coast Region. The storm, which occurred in a period of unusually high astronomical tides, produced a tide of 9.4 feet at Myrtle Beach, SC (their highest since Hurricane Hazel in 1954) which caused a total of 25 million dollars damage in South Carolina.
1989 - Thunderstorms developing during the afternoon over the Southern Plains Region produced severe weather through the evening and the night, spawning nine tornadoes. Thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 80 mph at Alpine TX, and baseball size hail at Balmorhea, TX, Fluvanna, TX, and in Borden County, TX
1990 - U.S. President George Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed a bilateral agreement to stop producing chemical arms and to begin destroying stocks by the end of 1992.
1995 - Joe Garagiola Jr. is named as the Arizona Diamondbacks first general manager.
1997 - Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey won a special 150-meter match race against American Michael Johnson to reassert his claim to the title of the “World's Faster Human.” After Bailey had won the 100 meters at the 1996 Summer Olympics and Johnson had won the 200 meters and the 400 meters, the two engaged in a nasty bragging-rights battle. This special race was supposed to put an end to their flap. But the race in Toronto proved inconclusive as Johnson, well behind at the halfway point, pulled up short, claiming that he had injured his left quadriceps.
1997 - The San Francisco domestic partners ordnance became law.
1997 - Heavy precipitation fell from December 26, 1996 to January 3, 1997 in much of the west. In the California Sierra Nevada, the Truckee River reached its highest level on record. Lake Tahoe reached its highest level since 1917. Sacramento was spared the worst of the flooding by a system of levees, although many nearby towns were not so fortunate. Numerous levee breaches and breaks occurred across the state. Approximately 16,000 residences were damaged or destroyed. State officials estimated at least $1.6 billion in damages to private and public property.
1999 - A major blizzard struck portions of the Midwest on January 1-3, 1999. The storm produced 22 inches of snow in Chicago and was rated by the NWS as the second worst blizzard of the 20th century, ranking behind the blizzard in January 1967. Estimates of losses and recovery costs are between $0.3 and $0.4 billion with 73 dead as a result of the blizzard.
2005 - The longest oil/natural gas explosion in the Houston, Texas area occurred in Crosby, Texas. The drill was owned by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Company.
2007 - Jack Kevorkian was released from prison after serving eight years of his 10-25 year prison term for second-degree murder in the 1998 death of Thomas Youk, 52, of Oakland County, Michigan.
2008 - A fire at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood destroyed several icons from movies, such as Courthouse Square, the clock tower from Back to the Future, and the King Kong exhibit on the studio tour.
2009 - General Motors filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history. It emerged with two new major shareholders, the US government and the United Autoworkers.
2011 - A rare tornado occurred in New England as a strong F3 tornado struck Springfield, MA, killing four people.
2012 – Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in the 50-year history of the New York Mets when he defeats the Cardinals, 8 - 0.
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