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kitmenkin@leasingnews.org
   

Senior Leader
Vendor Services/Equipment Lease Finance/Operations

Lead and further develop the Tandem Finance
existing vendor services/ops organization
Small ticket, Vendor based originations model
Direct Lender, 38 years established publicly
traded parent organization
Located in The Woodlands, TX (HOU area)
Reporting to President
Salary/Bonus/Benefits

Bring your Passion, Experience and Enthusiasm
to our rapidly expanding business in this senior level role.
Reply to: msheehan@tandemfinance.com

Monday, March 23, 2020



Today's Leasing News Headlines

Looking for a New Profession or Advancement
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Top Ten Stories
   March 16- March 20
Leasing Readers Communicate
   What is Going On
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
   Chance for Growth
Opportunity
   The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners
Employers Trying to Hire Workers
   Helping Many Now Out of Work
U.S. Lags Behind Other Countries in Coronavirus Testing
   Chart from Statista
CLFP Foundation Releases Eighth Edition Handbook
   For Use in 2021 CLFP Exams
Six Feet Apart
   Placard
Bank partner renews $600 million funding commitment
   with Service Finance Toronto, Canada
Cute Mutt
   Scottsdale, Arizona
Email from John Kenny about Chester
   Mohawk, New York
News Briefs---
At least 30 cruise ships are at sea right now.

    Here's what it's like on board
Freezers Sell Out as Consumers Stock Up
   people are preparing to hunker down for weeks or longer
Hawaii institutes mandatory 14-day quarantine
    for all new incoming visitors, returning residents
The Best Alternatives to Zoom
    for Remote Meetings
U.S. intelligence reports from January and February
    warned about a likely pandemic

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

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   California Nuts Brief---
    "Gimme that Wine"
     This Day in History
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         Weather, USA or specific area
          Traffic Live----

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Top Ten Stories
March 16- March 20

(Stories most opened by readers)

(1) Open Letter to Loan Brokers and Originators
    From Kris Roglieri
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2020/03_20.htm#open

(2) Merchant Cash Deals in Trouble?
       Off the Record Comments
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2020/03_18.htm#merchant

(3) ELFA Takes Leadership in Coronavirus Update
       Letter from Ralph Petta, ELFA President and CEO
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2020/03_18.htm#elfa

(4) Fed slashes rates to near zero, eases bank lending rules
       Three Full Actions from Fed Follow---
https://www.marketplace.org/2020/03/15/fed-slashes-rates-to-near-zero-eases-bank-lending-rules/

(5) Managing Credit in a Time of Crisis
       Three Major Points
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2020/03_18.htm#managing

(6) Internet Not Built to Handle All the "Work from Home"
       What You Should Be Doing
           By Christopher Menkin
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2020/03_20.htm#internet

(7) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
       and Related Industries
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2020/03_20.htm#hires

(8) I’m Going to the store…
       Cartoon
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2020/03_16.htm#store

(9) Realtors: Housing Market Crash Will Last Long
        After Coronavirus Is Gone
https://www.ccn.com/realtors-housing-market-crash-will-last-long-after-coronavirus-is-gone/

(10) Alliance Funding Group Announces
         Acquisition of Pinnacle Capital Partners
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2020/03_18.htm#alliance




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Leasing Readers Communicate
What is Going On

by Kit Menkin, Editor

It is very heartening to report that the number of requests to join the Leasing News mailing list has increased so much the last week.  It is an indication of the content of our stories, as well as the questions and information received.  For years, brokers, originators, funders and others have asked us who is doing this type of equipment, the type of credit, where should I go with this?

The most requested was who is now doing restaurants.  Here’s an example:  "Good day Christopher, it has been brought to my attention that Pawnee Leasing and Time Payment are no longer doing new restaurants business financing for 90 days! The bulk of my business for 15 years has been new and existing restaurants. Can you help me with any insight of anyone else that handles new restaurant business with good to excellent credit?"

I gave a few suggestions, adding, "You need to look at this list and remember various companies only deal in certain states, certain equipment, and want collateral.  A major alternative finance company is no longer funding this month, and Amur announced it is out of new restaurants, too.  http://leasingnews.org/Story_Credit/Story_Credit.htm "

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"Hi Kit,

"I hope you are doing well under the circumstances.

"We have access to our own funds as well as 30+ funding sources, and have a couple that will consider lending on equipment for a newer company if they have real estate equity. 

"Maxim, NFS, Utica are a few.

"Customer has a newer facility; they own the land and building worth $13M.  

"Have a 1st mortgage of $5M and 2nd mortgage of $3M, so, about $5M in equity.  Looking for a $1M loan

"Do you know of any sources that might have interest based on the real estate equity as the strength?

"In addition to 3 strong PG’s and up to $500k cash down."

I gave him a source of which he was not aware. Any reader with another lead,
please email kitmenkin@leasingnews.org

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On another subject, North Star Leasing published they are letting out a deferred payment plan for their 3,800 customers.

Don Myerson, President of BSB Leasing, sent out this email:

"To our valued partners and customers,
 
"We live in unprecedented times. The global spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) has certainly impacted the world in a significant way. As such, I wanted to take the time to share with each one of you the measures that we at BSB Leasing have taken to ensure that our services remain uninterrupted and 100% available to you.
 
"Thus far, there have been no reported cases of coronavirus among any of our staff. We have given all of our employees the option to work from home to further protect their health. Many of our team members had already been working from home regularly prior to the outbreak, and our office is able to run at 100% efficiency on a fully WFH basis.
 
"Business will be conducted as usual with no interruptions to our services or business hours, and all BSB Leasing team members remain available on a full-time basis. There are no alterations to our customer experience or communication channels.
 
"We are committed to maintaining full business operations and to ensuring that you receive the highest level of service and support without disruption. We look forward to continuing to serve you and your clients. Please let us know how we can assist you and your business during this time.
 
"Stay Healthy,"

Don Myerson
President
(800) 945-3372
dmyerson@bsbleasing.com  

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There were a number of companies, such as KLC Financial, who were appealing to their clients, such as KLC Financial:

“I hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe amid the growing concerns from the Covid-19 Coronavirus. Our team at KLC wants you to know that we are taking this matter very seriously and with our contingency plan in place, we are committed to continue providing the top-of-class service that our customers have become accustomed to over 35 years. We are fully operational and actively funding equipment deals, and offering working capital to our customers who have been greatly impacted as a result of the current environment.

“Over the past year we have invested in upgrading our systems, from larger servers, more cloud-based storage, to implementing Docusign technology for electronic signatures, and onboarding a 3rd party servicing team. All of this has helped us get in the position we are in today, where we are confident that we are able to carry on with business as usual in unusual circumstances.

“While we have been fortunate enough to maintain the health and safety of our staff and family members, we understand that this can change at any time. While we are doing everything we can as a company to do our part to “flatten the curve,” you can still reach us via phone, email, and our website. In this current environment, we understand that speed and flexibility are of the utmost importance to your business, and KLC Financial is set up to act fast, fund fast, and respond fast.

“These are unprecedented times, both for health and economic reasons. Our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who is affected by Covid-19.

“If you have any questions or financing needs please do not hesitate to reach out.”

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Also received a number of these, "Kit, your articles on VPN are a public service, timely in the midst of the increased work being conducted from home. I have seen nothing in the press from the providers about this, so please continue to keep us posted. The risk is serious to all businesses."  

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And personally was very happy to see the leadership from Ralph Petta:

ELFA Takes Leadership in Coronavirus Update
   Letter from Ralph Petta, ELFA President and CEO
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Mar2020/03_18.htm#elfa

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I have asked our long time writer and ex-leasing company president Steve Chriest to write a column to his follow-up to his column in 2006, “Bad Moon on the Rise”
http://leasingnews.org/Selling_Up/Bad_Moon.htm

  - Kit Menkin, editor

 


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Help Wanted

Senior Leader
Vendor Services/Equipment Lease Finance/Operations

Lead and further develop the Tandem Finance
existing vendor services/ops organization
Small ticket, Vendor based originations model
Direct Lender, 38 years established publicly
traded parent organization
Located in The Woodlands, TX (HOU area)
Reporting to President
Salary/Bonus/Benefits

Bring your Passion, Experience and Enthusiasm
to our rapidly expanding business in this senior level role.
Reply to: msheehan@tandemfinance.com



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Opportunity

The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners

This is a crazy time, there is no other way to describe it, but with adversity comes opportunity.

Fortunately, yes I said fortunately, I have been an executive search professional through 2 major downturns, 9/11 and the great recession. Now it looks highly likely that I am entering my third (perhaps I am bad luck and you don’t want to hang out with me).  With each of these downturns I have learned that there is tremendous opportunity to be had, but not instantly, A bit of patience, ingenuity, empathy and persistence are involved but in our instant gratification world, this is difficult, so please bear with me. There are a few things we can and should all be doing.

Communicate with those we care about. Many people are lonely and a quick phone call, face time, or even text can go a long way. It doesn’t just have to be family members or friends, but it can be colleagues, clients, vendors, etc…

Build a blog, create a voice, be an expert.  This is an amazing opportunity to get your voice and expertise heard. We are all experts in something; be the expert, share your ideas and communicate. It has never been easier to do this. You can start with free accounts and templates at weebly.com or wix.com

Get outside your comfort zone. Regardless if you believe it or not, we are all outside our comfort zones right now. It is not a time to hibernate, but a time to expand. This is not a time to say you don’t have time, because all you have is time, embrace it.

Believe in yourself. For me this is the hardest thing. Believing that I will make it through these tough times, or believing in my ability, or believing that others believe in me. When I really think about it, I have made it this far, what is going to stop me from the next part of the journey.

Life is going to throw curve balls, knuckle balls, and every ball possible. Sometimes it will be hard ball and sometimes it will be a balloon; no one ever said this was going to be easy. Let’s take advantage of the tough times, rather than the tough times taking advantage of us. Go outside, breath some fresh air, and sweat! We are all in the same boat, be the one who is rowing faster than the others. There is amazing opportunity to be had..

Ken Lubin
Managing Director

ZRG Partners, LLC
Americas I EMEA I Asia Pacific
C: 508-733-4789
https://www.linkedin.com/in/klubin/

"What is the Ultimate Hire? The Ultimate Hire is the professional that every business, team or leader needs in their organization. This is the high performance individual that always rises to the top, brings the team to the next level and can significantly add to the bottom line. The Ultimate Hire is the person that you can't afford to be without. Finding, Attracting, Hiring and Retaining these professionals is critical to the success of your business. We have identified these traits and can help you find these top professionals."

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  Employers Trying to Hire Workers
Helping Many Now Out of Work

Walmart announced it will hire about 150,000 temporary workers by the end of May. The roles, according to the largest private employer in the U.S., will be temporary at first, but may "convert to permanent roles over time" and are in their stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers.

  • Dollar Tree, which also owns Family Dollar, plans to hire 25,000 workers.
  • 7-Eleven expects to bring on 20,000 new store employees.
  • Amazon intends to hire 100,000 workers.
  • Domino's is hiring more than 10,000 workers.
  • The medical community is looking for as many health care providers as possible. New York City has even asked private and retired providers to help in hospitals. More than 1,000 answered the call.
  • Grocery chains (including Kroger) are looking for workers, as are shipping businesses, online learning and remote work firms.


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South Korea's efforts to conduct free and widespread testing for COVID-19 is being cited as the primary reason the country is reducing its rate of new daily infections. On the last day of February, there were 909 new cases and, as of today, the number was 84. Together with China, South Korea has tested hundreds of thousands of cases while the United States has been slow to get off the mark.

The following infographic uses data from selected governments compiled by Our World in Data to show the number of COVID-19 tests performed per million of the population up to March 16 and 17. As of March 17, South Korea carried out 5,567 coronavirus tests per million of its inhabitants while the UAE conducted even more - 12,738. As of March 16, the U.S. only managed 125 tests per million of the population.

By Niall McCarthy, Statista

https://www.statista.com/chart/21108/covid-19-tests-performed-per-million-of-the-population/



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CLFP Foundation Releases Eighth Edition Handbook
For Use in 2021 CLFP Exams

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation’s Executive Director and Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the eighth edition of The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals’ Handbook is now available for purchase.

The Handbook is available for purchase through Amazon.  Note: The 2020 CLFP Exam will continue to be based on the Seventh Edition of the Handbook, which is available from the CLFP Foundation and Amazon.

In 2021, the Exam will be updated to reflect the new content.  A digital version will be available in the near future.

$70 from Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Certified-Lease-Finance-Professionals-Handbook


Deborah Reuben, CLFP, President of TomorrowZone, was again engaged to update the previous edition with a focused effort on incorporating the latest changes to the Body of Knowledge.  Ms. Reuben consulted with five additional Subject Matter Experts and stated, “It was a pleasure collaborating with Reid Raykovich, CLFP and this knowledgeable group of contributors to revise and launch this new edition of the book.”

Expanded and updated content includes revisions to reflect the evolution of tax and accounting, expanded overview and history, new CECL implementation timing, and updates throughout the text. Overall seven of nine chapters were revised for this edition to accommodate the updated Body of Knowledge.

A digital version will be available soon as well and may be purchased through the Foundation’s website.

The CLFP designation is the only certification for the Equipment Finance Industry and there are currently 917 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates in the United States, Canada, India and Australia. For more information visit http://www.CLFPFoundation.org

TomorrowZone is a future-focused consulting firm specializing in technology trends and advising financial services leaders who want to capitalize on the latest innovations to prepare for the future. For more information visit https://www.TomorrowZone.io

 

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Nowadays, eating in the dining room is during the holidays with extended family, so it was unusual for Sue to say the two of us were eating dinner tonight in the dining room on the long dining room table. She asked me to get out the Michael Blube CD. I played the music, which crazily were Christmas songs, as we were having defrosted Filet (Xmas gift from neighbors, we were saving for a special occasion), baked potato, vegetable, and one of my favorites, 2014 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon. I decanted the wine an hour before we ate. Sue sat us six feet apart.  She laughed as we both sat down, and then said, “Six feet apart is the new normal.” I raised the glass of wine and we toasted to the new normal, being alive, and together.

                        Kit Menkin

 

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Bank partner renews $600 million funding commitment
with Service Finance Toronto, Canada

ECN Capital Corp. (TSX: ECN) (“ECN Capital” or the “Company”) today announced that its’ operating subsidiary, Service Finance, has renewed its largest bank funding commitment. Over the next twelve months, this bank partner is committed to purchasing up to $600 million in Service Finance prime and super prime retail installment contracts for home improvement projects across all 50 states.


Steven Hudson CEO of ECN Capital remarked, “In the context of the current economic environment, our long-term partner’s renewal highlights the quality of our prime and super prime assets originated and serviced by Service Finance and the strength of our bank partner funding model.”
 
About ECN Capital Corp.

With managed and advised assets of US$34 billion, ECN Capital Corp. (TSX: ECN) is a leading provider of business services to United States based banks, credit unions, life insurance companies and investment funds (collectively our “Partners”). ECN Capital originates, manages and advises on credit assets on behalf of its Partners, specifically unsecured loan portfolios, secured loan portfolios and credit card portfolios. Our Partners are seeking high quality assets to match with their deposits or liabilities. These services are offered through three operating businesses: Service Finance, Triad Financial Services and The Kessler Group.

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Cute Mutt
Scottsdale, Arizona


Scout

Desert Tails Shelter
6423 E. Thomas Road,
Scottsdale 8525

Contact Us
https://deserttailsshelter.org/contact/

Shelter Hours
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 9am-1pm
Other times available by appointment

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Email from John Kenny about Chester
Mohawk, New York

My best buddy Chester died on January 4th. He started to seem a little off a couple of days before that. When I got him to the vet he was jaundiced and had a mass on his liver. He was 2 months shy of 12 years old. I miss him a lot and wrote this in his memory. Hope you don't mind my sharing.

One More Walk
 
I didn't know our last walk would be your last walk.
I didn't know that last meal would be your last meal.
It snuck up on us too fast, your time to go.
All of the good times were behind us now.
 
Carefree truck rides,
The silly games we played,
The toys, the treats, the apples,
The beautiful, countless sunsets,
They were all behind us now.
 
We sat together for what seemed like hours and hours,
Tears filling my eyes, love in yours, filling my heart.
Your sun setting this time, your time to go.
All of the good times are behind us now.
 
If only, if only, we could go for one more walk.

www.ReceivablesManagementLLC.com

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News Briefs----

At least 30 cruise ships are at sea right now.
    Here's what it's like on board
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/cruise-ship-passengers-stranded-coronavirus/index.html

Freezers Sell Out as Consumers Stock Up
   people are preparing to hunker down for weeks or longer
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/21/business/coronavirus-freezers-sold-out.html

Hawaii institutes mandatory 14-day quarantine
    for all new incoming visitors, returning residents
https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/03/22/live-governor-expected-announce-new-restrictions-bid-fight-spread-virus/

The Best Alternatives to Zoom
    for Remote Meetings
https://lifehacker.com/the-best-alternatives-to-zoom-for-remote-meetings-1842431075

U.S. intelligence reports from January and February
    warned about a likely pandemic
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-intelligence-reports-from-january-and-february-warned-about-a-likely-pandemic/ar-BB11udi8

 

 

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You May Have Missed---

US Industries Being Devastated by the Coronavirus
  18 Industries   247/wallst.com
https://247wallst.com/special-report/2020/03/17/us-industries-being-devastated-by-the-coronavirus/2/


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Patriots to sign veteran QB Brian Hoyer to one-year deal
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2020/03/22/brian-hoyer-patriots-new-england-bring-back-veteran-3rd-stint/2895642001/

Mark Purdy: An ode to a football coach, and a friend
https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/22/mark-purdy-an-ode-to-a-football-coach-and-a-friend/

NFL planning to hold 2020 draft as a studio show
https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/nfl-planning-to-hold-2020-draft-as-a-studio-show/ar-BB11wwIo

Tom Brady had just one request
   after signing with Tampa Bay Buccaneers
https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/patriots/tom-brady-had-just-one-request-after-signing-tampa-bay-buccaneers


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California Nuts Briefs---

CalPERS loses $69 billion in biggest market losses
   since Great Recession
https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/the-state-worker/article241391841.html?

Golden Gate Bridge losing $300,000 a day in toll money
https://www.sfgate.com/driving/article/golden-gate-bridge-losing-300000-per-day-15143356.php

Inside the effort to keep home construction going
  in California during the coronavirus crisis
https://www.sacbee.com/news/coronavirus/article241374681.html?

California’s rural hospitals can’t handle a coronavirus wave.
    ‘People will die,’ doctor warns
https://www.sacbee.com/news/coronavirus/article241383646.html?

Will coronavirus spur a traffic-solving remote-work revolution?
    Don’t count on it
https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/22/will-coronavirus-spur-a-traffic-solving-remote-work-revolution-dont-count-on-it/

San Francisco East Bay parks may be next to close
  as huge crowds create health, safety issues
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/East-Bay-parks-may-be-next-to-close-as-huge-15149356.php

As Clover Sonoma reups as a B Corporation, Petaluma firm
    further explains new plant-based milk carton
https://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/industrynews/manufacturing/10812884-181/clover-sonoma-b-corp-plant-based-packaging


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“Gimme that Wine”

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

Wine retailers who'll deliver to self-isolators
https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/wine-retailers-wholl-deliver-self-isolators

Where to Buy Great Wine Online
https://www.bonappetit.com/story/buy-wine-online

Auction Napa Valley Cancelled, 40 Million Californians
   to Stay Home, Trade Groups Seek Relief
https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=227948

Virtual Tasting Best Practices: Webinar to Review
   Winery Strategies and Techniques
https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=227945

Alcohol distributors urge governors
   to keep liquor stores open
https://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/business-a-lobbying/488457-alcohol-distributors-urge-governors-to-keep-liquor


Free Wine App
https://www.nataliemaclean.com/mobileapp/

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

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

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

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This Day in History

     1775 - Patrick Henry spoke for arming the Virginia militia at St. Johns Church, Richmond, Virginia. He was addressing the second Virginia convention, and delivered his immortal speech against arbitrary British rule:  “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.” Ironically, history has made this the best known, but from a contemporary journal, his most famous remark at the time, the one most repeated, occurred when he uttered:  “Caesar had his Brutus; Charles the first his Cromwell; and George the Third may profit by their example.” He was then interrupted and accused of treason, where he responded, “If this is treason, make the most of it.” The speech caused a sensation, being bolder than any speech given that year.
    1806 – Lewis and Clark began their return trip home after arriving at the Pacific Ocean.
    1810 - In France, Napoleon Bonaparte signs the Rambouillet Decree which mandates the seizure, confiscation and sale of any US ship in French ports. The Decree is published 14 May and is to be retroactive to 20 May 1809.
    1839 - “O.K.” first appeared in print, in “The Boston Morning Post.  It derived from a misspelling of “all correct”—“oll korrect.” Etymologist Allen Read doggedly tracked down the word’s origin in the 1960’s. “O.K” is now used in most languages.
    1842 - Congressman Joshua R. Giddings of Ohio is censured by the House of Representatives for introducing resolutions opposing slavery and the coastal slave trade. The "Gag Rule," first adopted by a South-dominated Congress in 1836, and renewed at the beginning of each session thereafter, pledged every member not to mention the slavery issue on the floor of the House.
    1857 - Fannie Farmer Cookbook standardizes measurements in cooking.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/mar23.html
    1857 – Elisha Otis’ first elevator was installed at 488 Broadway, New York City.
    1858 - Eleazer A. Gardner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania obtained a patent on an “improvement in tracks for city railways.” The cable was housed in an underground tunnel with a series of pulleys inside. It was not until 1873 that the cable car began operation on the Clay Street Hill in San Francisco. It was the first cable car put into service anywhere in the world, on an improvement and new patent by Andrew Smith Hallidie for an “endless-wire rope way.”
http://www.sfcablecar.com/history.html
    1862 - As General George McClellan began the Peninsula campaign to move on the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson engaged a larger force of Union troops at Kernstown in the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Although he ultimately was forced to retreat, the Battle of Kernstown provided a diversion central to the South’s military strategy. Fearing an attack on Washington, DC, northern troops were kept around Washington as part of its defense, leaving fewer troops available for the Peninsula campaign.
    1867 - The Second Reconstruction Act was passed over President Johnson’s veto. It provided for the registration of all qualified voters, who were subsequently to decide on readmittance to the Union.
    1868 - University of California was founded in Oakland, CA, until opening its first campus in Berkeley in 1873.  In November 1857, the College's trustees began to acquire various parcels of land in what is now Berkeley for a future planned campus outside of Oakland. 
http://www.berkeley.edu/about/history/
    1872 - "Emperor" Joshua A. Norton is often credited with the idea of bridging the bay between San Francisco and Oakland. His most famous decree­ March 23, 1872, ­which ordered construction of a bridge between Oakland Point and Goat Island, was apparently based upon concepts outlined in several newspaper articles during the early 1870s. Charles Crocker of the Central Pacific Railroad had earlier proposed a railroad bridge from Oakland to San Francisco via Goat Island.
    1877 - Mormon zealot John Doyle Lee was executed by a firing squad for masterminding the Mountain Meadows Massacre. In 1857, a wagon train of 127 Arkansas Methodist emigrants, bound for California, were killed by a party of Mormon settlers and Paiute Indians at Mountain Meadows (near Cedar City), Utah.
http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/i_r/lee.htm
http://www.usu.edu/usupress/individl/johnlee.htm
http://www.lib.utah.edu/spc/mss/accn186/186.html
http://www.onlineutah.com/historylee.shtml
    1887 - Sidney Hillman (d. 1946), American labor leader, was born in Lithuania.   He was the head of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and was a key figure in the founding of the CIO and in marshaling labor's support for Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Democratic Party.
    1889 - President Harrison opens Oklahoma for colonization, creating the great Oklahoma land rush.  It quickly grew out of control as
there was no local authority or representative of the federal government in charge. The date set was for April 22 and for white settlers only.
http://digital.library.okstate.edu/chronicles/v020/v020p218.html
http://www.multied.com/Bio/presidents/b_harrison.html
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/11230c.htm
http://marti.rootsweb.com/land/oklands.html
    1911 - National Urban League founded.
http://www.britannica.com/blackhistory/micro/417/36.html
http://www.nul.org/about/mission.htm
    1904 - Birthday of actress Joan Crawford (d. 1977), born Lucille Fay LaSueur at San Antonio, TX. Crawford became a Hollywood star with her performance in “Our Chancing Daughters.”  She won an Oscar in 1945 for her role in “Mildred Pierce.” Events of Crawford’s life are chronicled in “Mommie Dearest.” Other films included “The Women,” “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” and “Twelve Miles Out.” I am confused about the actual dates, but I believe it was in 1947, when my father, Lawrence Menkin, was brought to Hollywood to work on the "Possessed" movie. He had a number of photographs of Joan Crawford and him (she also looked a lot like my mother.) He never said anything about her that I can remember, but he hated the Hollywood scene and the doctoring of the script.  After finishing whatever he was brought in for, he was offered another film to work on, but he wanted to go back to New York where he was much better known, and had an offer from Dr. Dumont to work on television shows with Bill Cadigan for the new Dumont television channel, which he said was more exciting. He was born and raised in New York City. I can tell you he did not learn to drive until the early 1950's, so being in California without an ability to drive would certainly also be a deterrent, plus his family stayed in New York while he was working in Hollywood. By the way, Joan Crawford was nominated for an Oscar, but lost it to Loretta Young for "The Farmer's Daughter."
http://www.famoustexans.com/joancrawford.htm
http://www.reelclassics.com/Actresses/Crawford/crawford.htm
    1907 - San Francisco Mayor Eugene Schmitz reportedly is considering resigning as chief executive of the city on the condition that he is granted immunity from further prosecution and indictment by the grand jury. Schmitz is being kept in his house at Pierce and Vallejo streets and is constantly watched by details or detectives. 
    1912 - Residents of Kansas City, Missouri began to dig out from a storm that dumped 25 inches for snow in 24 hours. This snowfall total was nearly twice that of any other storm of modern record in Kansas City before or since that time. A record 40 inches of snow fell during the month of March that year and the total of 67 inches for the winter season was also a record. Olathe, Kansas received 37 inches of snow in the storm establishing a single storm record for the state.
    1913 - A vicious tornado hit the city of Omaha, NE. The tornado struck during the late afternoon on Easter Sunday, and in just twelve minutes cut a swath of total destruction five miles long and two blocks wide across the city killing 94 persons and causing 3.5 million dollars property damage.
    1917 - Pianist Johnny Guarnieri (d. 1985) birthday, NYC.
http://jagmusic-1.com/Bio.htm
http://entertainment.msn.com/artist/?artist=113789
http://soley.zodchiy.ru/J/Johnny_Guarnieri.html
    1924 - Bette Nesmith Graham (d. 1980) was born in Dallas.  She was the inventor of white-out, under the brand Liquid Paper.  In 1979, she sold Liquid Paper to Gillette for $47.5 million. At the time, her company employed 200 people and made 25 million bottles of Liquid Paper per year.
   1926 - Birthday of Martha Wright (d. 2016), Duvall, WA.  She is a singer who sang one part 1,080 times for the longest run ever recorded on the Broadway stage.  Few remember her name because she succeeded Mary Martin as Nellie Forbisch in “South Pacific.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Wright_(actress)
    1929 – The first man to run a mile under 4 minutes, Sir Roger Bannister, was born in Harrow, England.  He achieved this feat on May 6, 1954 at Oxford in 3 min 59.4 sec.  The record was broken 46 days later.
    1932 - Birthday of guitarist/harmonica player Louisiana Red born Iverson Minter (d. 2012) in Vicksburg, MS.
http://www.eharmonica.net/iverson%20minter.htm
http://www.oldies.com/artist/biography.cfm/id_339.html
    1938 - Birthday of vibes player Dave Pike (d. 2015), Detroit, MI.
http://www.ubiquityrecords.com/dave_pike.html
http://www.fantasyjazz.com/catalog/pike_d_cat.html
http://www.hipwax.com/music/patch/vibes_dp.html
    1938 – MLB Commissioner Landis freed 74 St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers, among them Pete Reiser, in yet another attempt to halt the farm system cover-up. Brooklyn GM Larry MacPhail made a pact with his St. Louis counterpart, Branch Rickey to take the as-yet unknown Reiser and swap him back in the future, but the young outfielder's ability is too great to hide.
    1942 - The first Japanese-Americans evacuated by the U.S. Army during World War II arrived at the internment camp in Manzanar, Calif.
    1944 - Woody Herman waxes homogenized protest “Milkman Keep Those Bottles Quiet,” making his last appearance with the Herd in Grand Meadow, Minnesota.
    1945 - CARTER, EDWARD A., JR., Medal of Honor
Rank: Staff Sergeant. Citation: For extraordinary heroism in action on 23 March 1945, near Speyer, Germany. When the tank on which he was riding received heavy bazooka and small arms fire, Sergeant Carter voluntarily attempted to lead a three-man group across an open field. Within a short time, two of his men were killed and the third seriously wounded. Continuing on alone, he was wounded five times and finally forced to take cover. As eight enemy riflemen attempted to capture him, Sergeant Carter killed six of them and captured the remaining two. He then crossed the field using as a shield his two prisoners from which he obtained valuable information concerning the disposition of enemy troops. Staff Sergeant Carter's extraordinary heroism was an inspiration to the officers and men of the Seventh Army Infantry Company Number 1 (Provisional) and exemplifies the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
    1946 - Top Hits
“Oh, What It Seemed to Be” - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie Hughes)
“Personality” - Johnny Mercer
“Day by Day” - Frank Sinatra
“Guitar Polka” - Al Dexter
    1950 - “Beat the Clock” premiered on television. On this game show from the team of Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, couples performed stunts within a specified time period (usually under 60 seconds) with the winners being given a chance to try a special stunt to win a great prize. Special stunts were very difficult, and the same one was attempted every week until a couple got it right. In 1952, James Dean got his first TV job testing stunts and warming up the audience. Bud Collier was the host, assisted by Roxanne (real name Dolores Rosedale). A 1969 syndicated version hosted by Jack Narz and then by Gene Wood had celebrities to help the contestants. A 1979 revival was hosted by Monty Hall.
    1952 - Bill Mosienko of the Chicago Blackhawks set an NHL record by scoring three goals in 21 seconds in a game against the New York Rangers. Mosienko scored at 6:09, 6:30 and 6:30 of the third period against goalie Lorne Anderson. Chicago won, 7-6.
    1954 - Top Hits
“Make Love to Me!” - Jo Stafford
“Cross Over the Bridge” - Patti Page
“Wanted” - Perry Como
“Slowly” - Webb Pierce
    1954 – Luigi “Geno” Auriemma, head coach of women’s basketball at the University of Connecticut, was born in Montella, Italy.  He emigrated with his family to Norristown, PA when he was seven years old, and spent the rest of his childhood there.  He has led UConn to eleven NCAA Division I national championships, a feat only matched by John Wooden, and has won six national Naismith College Coach of the Year awards.  Auriemma was also the head coach of the US women’s national basketball team from 2009 to 2014, during which time his teams won the 2010 and 2014 World Championships and the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.  His career record as a head coach, all at UConn since 1986, is 1010–135 (.882).  UConn also holds the NCAA record of most consecutive wins, 111, (2014-17).  Since the beginning of the 2013-14 season, UConn has 171-2 record and are 19-0 in the 2017-18 season.
    1955 - Elvis Presley auditions for TV's Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, where he plays "Good Rockin' Tonight." His performance is weak and the show's producers turn him down.
    1958 - A teenage quartet from Hollywood, California who called themselves The Four Preps saw their first big hit, "Twenty-Six Miles (Santa Catalina)" peak at #2 on the Hot 100. They would go on to place six more songs in the Top 40 over the next four years, including "Big Man" (#3) and "Down by the Station" (#13).
    1959 - The Skyliners, a five-member group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, entered the Billboard Pop chart for the first time with the now classic doo-wop hit, "Since I Don't Have You." The song will be their biggest success, reaching #12. Joe Rock would later say that he was upset about a girl who had just left him and wrote most of the lyrics while sitting in his car between stoplights.
    1962 - Top Hits
“Hey! Baby” - Bruce Channel
“Midnight in Moscow” - Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen
“Don’t Break the Heart that Loves You” - Connie Francis
“That’s My Pa” - Sheb Wooley
    1963 - The Beatles' first LP, "Please, Please Me," was released in Britain. The album included the title song, which had topped the British chart a month earlier. The LP, with the exception of the title song, was recorded in one 13-hour session on February 11th. Other hits included in the Beatles' first album included "Love Me Do," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Do You Want To Know a Secret?" and "Twist and Shout."
    1963 - The Beach Boys release "Surfin U.S.A."
    1964 - IBM vastly underestimates System/360 demand. IBM told reporters that the company expected to install 5000 units of its new computer line, System/360, in the next five years. The company vastly overshot its goals, installing 25,000 by 1969. During the first two years of the new product line's production, the company could fill only about half of the nine thousand orders it received. The System/360 line was the first series of compatible computers. Previous computers were custom-built for each customer and required individual programming. The product line, which cost $5 billion to develop, fostered IBM's dominant position in the computer industry.
    1964 - Elvis Presley received his discharge from the US Army Reserve. He had left active duty in February, 1960. 
    1965 - Astronaut John Young became the first person to eat a corned beef sandwich in space. Young snuck the sandwich on board to supplement his meals of dehydrated foods, including powdered fruit juice.
    1970 - Top Hits
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
The Rapper - The Jaggerz
Give Me Just a Little More Time - Chairmen of the Board
The Fightin’ Side of Me - Merle Haggard
    1971 - FITZMAURICE, MICHAEL JOHN, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Troop D, 2d Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division. Place and date: Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam, 23 March 1971. Entered service at: Jamestown, N. Dak. Born: 9 March 1950, Jamestown, N. Dak. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Fitzmaurice, 3d Platoon, Troop D, distinguished himself at Khe Sanh. Sp4c. Fitzmaurice and 3 fellow soldiers were occupying a bunker when a company of North Vietnamese sappers infiltrated the area. At the onset of the attack Sp4c. Fitzmaurice observed 3 explosive charges which had been thrown into the bunker by the enemy. Realizing the imminent danger to his comrades, and with complete disregard for his personal safety, he hurled 2 of the charges out of the bunker. He then threw his flak vest and himself over the remaining charge. By this courageous act he absorbed the blast and shielded his fellow-soldiers. Although suffering from serious multiple wounds and partial loss of sight, he charged out of the bunker, and engaged the enemy until his rifle was damaged by the blast of an enemy hand grenade. While in search of another weapon, Sp4c. Fitzmaurice encountered and overcame an enemy sapper in hand-to-hand combat. Having obtained another weapon, he returned to his original fighting position and inflicted additional casualties on the attacking enemy. Although seriously wounded, Sp4c. Fitzmaurice refused to be medically evacuated, preferring to remain at his post. Sp4c. Fitzmaurice's extraordinary heroism in action at the risk of his life contributed significantly to the successful defense of the position and resulted in saving the lives of a number of his fellow soldiers. These acts of heroism go above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect great credit on Sp4c. Fitzmaurice and the U.S. Army. 
    1973 - "Concentration," the longest-running game show in television, starring Hugh Downs, came to an end after 15 years on NBC. A syndicated version without Downs aired, but did not last long. 
    1973 - Jason Kidd, NBA basketball player and former head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, was born in San Francisco, CA.
    1973 - "Derek and the Dominos in Concert," the two-record set released well over a year after the short-lived group's break-up, goes gold.
    1974 - Cher hit the top of the music charts when "Dark Lady" reached the #1 for a one-week stay. Other artists sharing the spotlight during that time included: Terry Jacks, John Denver, Blue Swede, Elton John and MFSB.
    1975 - San Francisco's Kezar Stadium is the site for a Bill Graham-run benefit show called SNACK (Students Need Athletics, Culture and Kicks). The Show features the Tower of Power, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Joan Baez, Graham Central Station, Neil Young and special guest Bob Dylan. It's to raise money for the San Francisco school system which recently canceled most sports and after-hour activities because of a $3-million budget deficit. Almost $200,000 is raised, but it's really not needed because the day before the event, an announcement is made that through a financial adjustment, $2.1 million has been "found."
    1977 - No. 1 Billboard hit:  “Rich Girl,'' Daryl Hall & John Oates. Hall and Oates met in 1969 in a service elevator while trying to escape a fight between rival gangs at a record hop in Philadelphia's Adelphi Ballroom.
    1977 - The first of “The Nixon Interviews” (12 will be recorded over four weeks) was videotaped with British journalist David Frost interviewing former President Richard Nixon about Watergate and the tapes.
    1978 - Top Hits
“Night Fever” - Bee Gees
“Stayin’ Alive” - Bee Gees
“Lay Down Sally” - Eric Clapton
“Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” - Waylon & Willie
    1981 - No. 1 Billboard hit:  “Rapture,'' Blondie. The song is the first rap song to reach No. 1.
    1981 – The Supreme Court ruled that states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teenage girls seek abortions.
    1983 - Barney Clark died after living almost 112 days with an artificial heart. The heart, made of polyurethane plastic and aluminum, was implanted in Clark at the University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Dec. 2, 1982. Clark was the first person ever to receive a permanent artificial heart. Born at Provo, UT, Jan 21, 1921, Clark was 62 when he died.
    1983 - No. 1 Billboard hit:  “Billie Jean,'' Michael Jackson. The song is the first No. 1 single from “Thriller,'' the best-selling album of all time.
    1983 - In his "Star Wars" speech, Pres. Ronald Reagan proposes a space-based system to blast incoming missiles out of the sky -- just like the 1940 film "Murder in the Air," whose hero, Secret Service Agent Brass Bancroft (played by Ronald Reagan!), gets involved with the "Inertia Projector," a death ray that can zap planes.
    1985 - Former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty went to #1 on the US album chart with "Centerfield."  “Centerfield" is the title track from that album and it is now commonly played at baseball games across the United States.  Along with "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," it is one of the best-known baseball songs.  In 2010, John Fogerty became the only musician to be celebrated at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony when "Centerfield" was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  “…put me in coach, I’m ready to play today…”
    1985 - Musician Billy Joel married model Christie Brinkley in a private ceremony held in New York City. They announced in April, 1994 that they had separated.
    1986 - Top Hits
“These Dreams” - Heart
“Secret Lovers” - Atlantic Starr
“Rock Me Amadeus” - Falco
“What’s a Memory like You” (“Doing in a Love like This”) - John Schneider
    1987 - A 3-day snowstorm commenced over the central Plains. It left amounts exceeding one foot in a south to north band from the Texas Panhandle to South Dakota. Blizzard conditions prevailed with winds gusting to 78 mph at Dodge City, Kansas and Altus, Oklahoma. Pampa, Texas was buried under 20 inches of snow, the worst in the area in at least 70 years. 24 inches of snow was recorded at Neligh, Nebraska.
    1987 - “The Bold and the Beautiful” premiered on TV. A continuing daytime serial created by William Bell and Lee Phillip Bell to be "young and hip." It is set in the fashion industry of Los Angeles with two central families, the Logans and the Forresters. The cast has included, as the Forresters: John McCook, Susan Flannery, Clayton Norcross, Jeff Trachta, Ronn Moss, Teri Ann Linn, Colleen Dion and as the Logans: Robert Pine, Judith Baldwin, Nancy Burnett, Nancy Sloan, Carrie Mitchum (granddaughter of Robert), Ethan Wayne (son of John), Brian Patrick Clarke, Katherine Kelly Lang and Lesley Woods. Other cast members include Jeff Conaway, Tippi Hedren and Hunter Tylo.
    1989 - After 33 years, 59-year-old Dick Clark retired from hosting the television program, “American Bandstand.”  It aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989.  “American Bandstand” premiered locally in late March, 1950 as “Bandstand” on Philadelphia television station WFIL-TV Channel 6, as a replacement for a weekday movie that had shown predominantly British films.  Clark pitched the show to ABC president Thomas Moore and, after some badgering, the show was picked up nationally, becoming “American Bandstand” on August 5, 1957. Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon holds the record for most appearances at 110.
    1990 - An upper level storm system produced heavy snow in the Lower Missouri Valley. Snowfall totals ranged up to nine inches at Kansas City, MO, with eight inches reported at Falls City, NE, Columbia, MO and Saint Louis, MO. Thunderstorms produced heavy snow in the Kansas City area during the evening rush hour.
    1990 - Gambler Howard Spira was arrested for extorting money from New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who paid Spira $40,000 in January to uncover dirt on Yankees start, Dave Winfield. The Commissioner suspended Steinbrenner because of his relationship with the unsavory character.  Oddly, it was during Steinbrenner’s suspension with the club under the guidance of GM Gene Michael, that the nucleus of the 90s dynasty was signed.  The so-called Core Four – Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada - came to the Yankees in this period and joined CF Bernie Williams as the backbone of those championships in 1996, 1998-2000, and 2009.
    1991 - Elton John joins George Michael onstage at London's Wembley Arena for a duet on the 1974 hit "Don't Let the Sun Go down on Me." The 'live' version will be released as a single and top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic next December. Michael will donate $500,000 from the royalties to various charities.
    1991 - WLAF Makes its Debut: The World League of American Football, part of a marketing attempt by the National Football League to extend the game’s popularity in Europe, made its début as the London Monarchs defeated the Frankfurt Galaxy, 24-11.
    1993 - During a surprise concert in Red Bank, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen ripped off his shirt and offered a version of Billy Ray Cyrus's "Achy Breaky Heart." Springsteen told his audience that it was a "damn good" tune. The surprise show, which benefited a local theatre and a food bank, was a warm-up for a European tour.
    1994 - Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings broke Gordie Howe's National Hockey League career record with his 802nd goal.
    1998 - The movie, "Titanic," won a record-tying 11 Oscars at the 70th Annual Academy Awards (tying the number of awards won by "Ben-Hur" in 1959). Comedian/actor Billy Crystal kept the crowd at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, and the millions watching on TV, in stitches as "Titanic" (James Cameron, Jon Landau, producers) won Best Picture; Best Director (James Cameron); Best Cinematography (Russell Carpenter); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Peter Lamont [art director], Michael Ford [set decorator]); Best Costume Design (Deborah Lynn Scott); Best Sound (Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, Gary Summers, Mark Ulano); Best Film Editing (Conrad Buff IV, James Cameron, Richard A. Harris); Best Effects/Sound Effects Editing (Tom Bellfort, Christopher Boyes); Best Effects/Visual Effects (Robert Legato, Mark A. Lasoff, Thomas L. Fisher, Michael Kanfer); Best Music/Original Dramatic Score (James Horner); and Best Music/Song (James Horner [music] and Will Jennings [lyrics] for "My Heart Will Go On," performed by Céline Dion). Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt took top acting honors as the misanthropic writer and the waitress who softens his heart in "As Good as it Gets." The Best Supporting Actor Oscar went to Robin Williams for "Good Will Hunting" and Best Supporting Actress was Kim Basinger for her "L.A. Confidential" part (Lynn Bracken: “Merry Christmas to you, officer.”)
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http://ww se.com/ipa/A0748303.html
    1998 - The National Football League awarded an expansion franchise to the City of Cleveland. The team is called the Browns, as was Cleveland’s former team, which relocated to Baltimore and became the Ravens.  The city of Cleveland had successfully sued to maintain the Browns name.
    2004 - An album Paul Simon recorded in 1965 that has never saw the light of day in America gets its first official release there. "The Paul Simon Songbook," previously only available as an import and long out-of-print even in that form, is released via Columbia/Legacy. The original 12-track album was recorded in the wake of the lukewarm response afforded Simon & Garfunkel's 1964 debut, "Wednesday Morning 3 A.M."
    2007 - A trailer is thrown through a bowling alley as a tornado moves through Clovis, NM. About 100 homes and businesses are destroyed, at least three schools are damaged and telephone poles are snapped. Thirteen tornadoes struck a dozen communities along the New Mexico/Texas border. Two people were critically injured.
    2010 - President Barack Obama signed into law the $989 billion Affordable Care Act, the most sweeping federal legislation since Medicare was passed in 1965.
    2011 - A series of tornadoes is spawned from severe thunderstorms in Pennsylvania. In Hempfield Township, dozens of homes and a high school auditorium where students are rehearsing a play are severely damaged.
    2013 – By a vote of 50-49, the Senate passed its first budget in four years.
    2015 – Iconic Hillerich & Bradsby, which has manufactured the Louisville Slugger bats for 130 years, sold the brand to the rival Wilson Sporting Goods Company for $70 million. The bats will continue to be produced in Louisville and the Louisville Slugger Museum will also remain open.

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    1948 - Kentucky
    1957 - North Carolina
    1963 – Loyola, Chicago
    1968 - UCLA

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