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    Today, Monday, October 2 - 3pm ET
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries Reports Index Down
    Full Report Planned for October 5 – NBC
Help Wanted in the Leasing Business
    Balboa and TopMark Careers Open/Sales Especially
Navigating the Employer's Dilemma: Rising Demand,
  Limited Supply-Attracting Top Talent
    By Ken Lubin, ZRG
ELFA Reports September Principles of Equipment
    Leasing and Finance Workshop a Success
Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
    September 25 - September 28
SBA Data Show Major Increase in Loans
    to Latino-Owned Businesses
Tesla Looms Large over UAW Strike
    By Mathew W. Daus, Esq.
Master Lease Programs for Government
    Can Streamline Equipment Financing
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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Kaitlin Fetes was promoted to Senior Credit Manager, Targeted Lending Co., LLC, Williamsville, New York. She joined Target January, 2020, Credit Manager. Previously, she was Mortgage Loan Processor, Key Bank (August, 2015 - February, 2020).  She joined United Auto Credit Corporation August, 2014 as Funding Analyst, promoted November, 2013 as Credit Analyst.

John McNeil was announced as Chief Financial Officer, Spring Oaks Capital, LLC., Chesapeake, Virginia.  He will be based in Atlanta, Georgia. He assumed the position in July, 2023. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer CAN Capital (July, 2015 - July, 2023); VP of Finance, Zume Source CFO, Zume, Inc. (April, 2019 - July, 2019). Full Bio:

Jackie Mursch was hired as Operations Specialist, Captive Capital Corporation, Berwyn, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was Mortgage Loan Processor, WSFS Bank (January, 2021 - September, 2023); Business Development Account Manager, NewLane Finance (January, 2019 - January, 2021); Account Executive, MRP (2018 - 2019); Marketing/Sales, Internship, Philadelphia Insurance Companies (2015 - 2015).

Daniel Worsley was hired as Senior Account Executive and Business
Development, Navitas Credit Corporation, Tampa, Florida.  He will represent the Enterprise Dealer Division of Navitas, growing the company’s national Wireless Broadband Video Security and Radio Communication segments. Previously, he was at Lease Corporation of
America for 27 1/2 years, starting as Account Executive, March, 1996, promoted January, 2004 Business Development Officer, promoted March, 2014, VP of Sales and National Accounts, March, 2021, VP of Sales Administration. Full Bio:

-------------------------------------------------------------- Reports Index Down
Full Report Planned for October 5 – NBC

"Briefly. they are notifying the voices in the recruiting community:
Economists are watching our Recruiter Index as it has been a leading indicator of the job market - as our index was low last month and the actual job numbers came in well under expectations."


Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted


Navigating the Employer's Dilemma: Rising Demand,
Limited Supply-Attracting Top Talent
By Ken Lubin, ZRG

Employers are facing an increasingly challenging market characterized by a rising demand for talent and limited supply of qualified individuals. This situation creates a perfect storm that poses significant hurdles for employers seeking to attract and retain top-tier employees.  There are many factors contributing to this difficult market:

Evolving Skill Requirements One of the primary factors driving the difficult market for employers is the rapid evolution of skill requirements. Technological advancements and digital transformation have revolutionized industries, leading to a shift in the demand for specific skill sets. However, the supply of individuals possessing these in-demand skills has not kept pace with the changing landscape. Employers now face the challenge of finding candidates with the right expertise to meet their evolving needs.

Demographic Shifts and Talent Shortages Demographic shifts, such as the aging population and generational changes, also contribute to the limited supply of skilled workers. As the baby boomer generation retires, organizations are experiencing a significant loss of experienced professionals, creating a talent shortage. Additionally, the entry of younger generations into the workforce brings different expectations and preferences, further complicating the recruitment landscape for employers.

Competitive Global Market In today's interconnected world, businesses operate in a highly competitive global market. Companies are no longer limited to hiring talent from local or regional pools. Instead, they must compete on a global scale to attract top candidates. The globalization of the workforce means that organizations not only face competition from local rivals but also from international companies that can offer attractive opportunities to potential employees.

Changing Workforce Dynamics The modern workforce has experienced a significant shift in dynamics. Today, employees prioritize factors such as work-life balance, career development opportunities, and a positive organizational culture. Employers must adapt to these changing expectations and provide attractive benefits packages and growth prospects to stand out in the market. Failing to do so can result in difficulties attracting and retaining high-quality talent.

Technological Advancements and Automation Automation and technological advancements have revolutionized the way work is done. While this offers increased efficiency and productivity, it also disrupts the job market. Certain roles that were once in high demand may now be replaced or significantly altered by automation and artificial intelligence. This disruption creates challenges for employers as they need to up skill or re-skill their existing workforce or finds new talent with expertise in emerging technologies.

The rising demand for talent and limited supply of qualified individuals present significant challenges for employers in today's market. To overcome these difficulties, employers must adapt their strategies and adopt proactive measures to attract and retain top-tier talent. By focusing on building a strong employer brand.

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Ken Lubin
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ELFA Reports September Principles of Equipment
Leasing and Finance Workshop a Success

Meet the recent graduates of the Equipment Leasing and Finance September Principles of Equipment Leasing and Finance Workshop!

Many thanks to: Arrest Equipment Finance, Assurant, Civista Leasing & Finance, Constellation Financial Software, Driver Advantage Equipment Financing, Equify Financial, Gordon Brothers Equipment Finance, Huntington Equipment Finance, Macquarie Corporate and Asset Finance, Modern Group, Navistar Financial Corporation, Peapack Capital Corporation RESIDCO, Sertant Capital, Stonebriar Commercial Finance, Verdant Commercial Capital, and Wintrust Commercial Finance for sending these outstanding equipment finance rock stars.


Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
September 25 - September 28

(1) Women in Leasing Going Strong!!!
By Sloan Schickler, Esq.

(2) Yet Another California
  Commercial Financial Bill Signed into Law
By Kenneth C. Greene, Leasing News Emeritus

(3) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

(4) The Best Compliment You Can Give

(5) North Mill Equipment Finance Scores Again with
$463 Million Term Securitization

(6) Maxim Commercial Capital Joins
  Funders Taking "New" Broker Business List
Five Do Not Require that Brokers Be Licensed

(7) Are You Part of the 15% or the 85%
By Scott Wheeler, CLFP

(8) AACFB Commercial Financing Expo
  Wraps Up Successful Event in Orlando
The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB)

(9) Canadian Finance and Leasing Association Annual  
  Conference September 19 – 22, Quebec City, Canada
By Hugh Swandel, President, Meridian OneCap Credit Corp.

(10) UPS using AI to prevent ‘porch pirates’
from stealing packages

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SBA Data Show Major Increase in Loans
to Latino-Owned Businesses

SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman noted, “America’s more than five million Latino-owned small businesses create jobs, deliver over $800 billion to our economy every year, and add to our nation’s global competitiveness—and they could do even more if we invested in them equitably.

“We are seeing a small business boom and the fastest creation rate of Latino-owned businesses in over a decade. Since day one of the Biden-Harris Administration, the SBA has been committed to expanding access to capital and addressing historic gaps in small business lending to this highly entrepreneurial community and this 1.5x increase in loans to Latino-owned small businesses demonstrates the positive impact of President Biden’s economic agenda. We are on the right path and we will continue to do more to deliver the needed funding to advance opportunities for all.”

Nanette Barragán, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said, “Latino-owned businesses are seeing the fastest creation rate in more than a decade The U.S. Small Business Administration’s new benchmark loan numbers show a strong uptick in lending to Latino small business owners.”

The SBA has backed more than 7,300 SBA loans to Latino-owned businesses so far in Fiscal Year 2023 through the 7(a) and 504 programs. Total loan dollars ($2.8 billion) and overall share of SBA-approved loans (12.2%) to Latino-owned businesses are both up more than 1.5X since the start of the Biden-Harris Administration.

 SBA’s 7(a) Loan is SBA’s primary business loan program. It provides guaranties to lenders that support financing to small businesses for working capital and a range of other uses, up to $5 million. SBA’s 504 Loan provides long-term, fixed-rate financing up to $5.5 million for major fixed asset purchases by small businesses.

The SBA guarantee enables lenders to offer credit to businesses that otherwise would not qualify. SBA lenders must adhere to interest rate caps and fee restrictions; they often help borrowers by providing more extended repayment periods that would otherwise be unavailable.


Tesla Looms Large over UAW Strike
By Mathew W. Daus, Esq.

The UAW strike has been going on for two weeks now and it is a pretty complicated issue. It affects the “Detroit Big Three,” Chrysler (Stellantis), Ford, and GM, to varying degrees. Tesla is the only major American automaker that doesn’t employ UAW workers, and therefore, it is safe in this strike, like some major foreign automakers that also produce vehicles in the US without union workers.

Despite not being directly involved, Tesla looms large over the negotiation table. Tesla is responsible for pushing those three legacy automakers to accelerate their electrification plans, which is in fact one of the main points of contention.

These automakers are all currently losing money on their electric vehicles while Tesla has industry-leading gross margins. Therefore, any concession they make to UAW will make it even harder to catch up to Tesla.

Matthew W. Daus, Esq.
Partner and Chairman, Windels Marx Transportation Practice Group
President, International Association of Transportation Regulators,
Transportation Technology Chair, University Transportation Research Center
156 West 56th Street | New York, NY 10019
T. 212.237.1106 | F. 212.262.1215 



Master Lease Programs for Government
Can Streamline Equipment Financing

What are the benefits of master lease programs? State, local and tribal government officials sometimes ask this question when funding essential equipment and real property through Baystone Government Finance. The question comes up when Baystone professionals explain that all of our lease contracts, including tax-exempt financing through municipal leases, are set up as “master leases.”

Each lease includes terms that make it a master lease, meaning it can encompass multiple leases for different equipment acquired at different times. This capability comes in handy for customers who need additional equipment after signing the existing lease.

We will discuss how master leases work, and their benefits, with the help of Baystone Vice President Christina Ummel.

How does a master lease work?

Documentation for tax-exempt municipal leases and other leases can include terms that define them as master leases.

For example, the terms allow a government body to later add equipment or real property that was not identified on the origination date when the existing lease was executed. To do so, the government entity signs a brief schedule, addendum or supplement to the existing lease, in accordance with that lease’s provisions. It eliminates the need to enter into separate leases each time a government organization requires equipment financing.

However, a master lease does not lock in a rate for future equipment or ensure that future requests for funding are automatically approved. Each new schedule, addendum or supplement is subject to a credit review and is priced on its own merits. This is required because rates and circumstances can change after an existing lease is signed.

What are the benefits of a master leasing program?

The existing lease agreement already includes master lease terms, which streamlines subsequent lease financing for customers in two ways.

The primary benefit: time savings. Adding lease schedules under an existing master lease requires minimal or no legal review by the obligor. Baystone can notify customers of approvals faster and pay equipment vendors more quickly than it can if the customer submits an entirely new lease application.

A secondary benefit: reduced paperwork. Baystone already requires minimal paperwork for lease agreements, but organizations can trim their paperwork even more, by about a third, if they submit a new schedule to an existing lease versus applying for a new lease.

In some cases, the benefits of having tax-exempt financing with master lease terms can multiply significantly. A Florida municipality we serve, for example, added 13 schedules over multiple years to cover more equipment under its existing lease agreement. The time and paperwork required for this would have been considerably more had the municipality opted to initiate 13 new lease contracts.

The basic terms and conditions of the finance agreement are contained in the master lease (the master municipal lease agreement), which streamlines subsequent lease financings. Lease schedules require only minimal or no legal review by the obligor. This can reduce the amount of time between receiving the finance paperwork and funding to the vendor.

Kansas City State Bank Keystone Government Finance
Manhattan, Kansas

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More than a quarter million Onewheel electric
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Christian McCaffrey scores 4 TDs to
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This Day in History

     1656 – The colony of Connecticut passes a law against the Quakers.
    1696 - Birthday of Ann Smith Franklin (d. 1763), Boston.  Colonial woman printer. There were a large number of Colonial women who were printers, owners of taverns, silversmiths, artists, merchants, etc. Even though the women of that period had very few legal rights, many of them worked in commercial ventures and were the primary breadwinners of their families.
    1721 - The Boston Gazette advertised a Camel would be exhibited for sale: ” African camel...7 feet high and 12 feet long.”
    1780 - British intelligence officer Major John André was hanged as a spy in Tappan, New York. Captured on his return to New York City by American militiamen fighting in the War of Independence, Major André was found to have papers hidden in his boot concerning West Point. General George Washington designated a board of officers to hear the case which, after finding André guilty of spying, sentenced him to death. More disturbing news was uncovered during the process of the investigation. The papers carried by the British officer had been given to him by Brigadier General Benedict Arnold of the Continental Army, recently appointed commandant of the fort at West Point. Since May 1779, Arnold, motivated by greed, by his opposition to the French alliance of 1778, and by his resentment towards authorities who had reprimanded him for irregularities during his command in Philadelphia, had maintained a secret correspondence with Major André. On September 21, Arnold had agreed to surrender West Point to the British in exchange for 20,000 pounds. West Point, at the time, was a major fort, plus it defended the major water transportation for the area, the Hudson River.  (Lower half of: it
    1789 – President George Washington sends the proposed Constitutional amendments, The Bill of Rights, to the States for ratification.
      1800 – Birthday of Nat Turner (d. 1831) in Southampton County, VA, leader of major slave rebellion.

    1835 - The Texas Revolution against Mexico begins with the Battle of Gonzalez: Mexican soldiers attempt to disarm the people of Gonzalez, TX, but encounter stiff resistance from a hastily assembled militia.
      1864 - Battle of Saltville.  A Union cavalry column strikes Saltville in southwestern Virginia, but is defeated by a force patched together from several reserve units. The Confederacy's main source of salt, used as a preservative for army rations, was secured as the war entered its final phase. With nearly 8,000 soldiers, the two Union forces converged on the area; the Confederates had barely 1,000 men to stop them. Some of those were used to slow Gillem's advance, but only a few hundred men under the command of Colonel Henry Giltner were available to face Union General Burbridge. On October 1, Giltner delayed the Yankees at Clinch Mountain, but by October 2, the Yankees had reached the outskirts of Saltville. Confederate General John Williams arrived just in time with cavalry reinforcements, and Burbridge suddenly faced more than 2,500 Rebels. The determined Confederates dug in and repulsed a series of attacks. By nightfall, Burbridge's men were running low on ammunition. The Yankees withdrew during the night, and the Confederates pursued them to the Kentucky border. The glory of the victory was tarnished, however, when the Confederates massacred wounded Union soldiers from the 5th and 6th Colored Cavalry.  Irregular forces under the notorious Champ Ferguson murdered white and black Union soldiers, who had been wounded and captured. Ferguson was tried after the war in Nashville for these and other non-military killings. He was found guilty and executed.The Union suffered 329 men killed, wounded, or missing at Saltville, while the Confederates lost 190 men. It was a stunning victory for the Confederates, since they were vastly outnumbered. Winning the Battle of Saltville did little to delay the collapse of the Confederacy.  A second battle occurred two months later at Saltville. In that encounter, Union general George Stoneman defeated Confederate defenders and burned the salt works.  The Confederacy collapsed just six months later.
    1866 - J. Osterhoudt, of New York City, obtained a patent for an "improved method of opening tin cans." The can had a projecting lip and a key could open it.
    1871 - Birthday of Cordell Hull (d. 1955), American statesman who served in both houses of the Congress and as Secretary of State, at Pickett County, TN. Noted for his contributions to the “Good Neighbor” policies of the US with regard to countries of the Americas and to the establishment of the United Nations. Hull was FDR’s Secretary of State on December 7, 1941, who received two representatives of Japan who delivered the declaration of war an hour after the attacks at Pearl Harbor.
    1871 - Brigham Young, Mormon leader, arrested for bigamy
    1885 - Ruth Bryan Owen Rohde’s (d. 1954) birthday, Jacksonville, IL.    A remarkable woman from Florida and U.S. statesperson.   She was a former United States Ambassador to Denmark; member of the House of Representatives from 1929-1933, and the first woman elected from the deep South.  Her accomplishments as U.S. Representative include the farsighted proposals to designate the Florida Everglades as a national park and to establish a cabinet-level department to oversee the health and welfare of families and children.  She lost her reelection in 1932 because she favored prohibition, although later she voted for its repeal because that was what her constituents wanted. Rohde was appointed U.S. Minister to Denmark in 1933 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She resigned from the Foreign Service (1936) to marry a second time, a Danish citizen. Her marriage to a Dane gave her dual citizenship according to Danish law and an impossible conflict as a U.S. ambassador. President Harry Truman appointed her alternate U.S. delegate (1949) to the U.N. General Assembly where she chaired the executive committee of the UN Speakers Research Committee. She received the Distinguished Service Medal from King Frederik of Denmark (1954). Rohde authored six books. Politically, she is best known, however, for the grueling 10,000 mile campaign up and down the coast of Florida in her winning campaign for the Fourth District Congressional seat in 1928.  After she won election, her opponents challenged her by claiming that she had forfeited her American citizenship under a law passed in 1907 when she married a British subject, Reginald Owen in 1910. The 1922 Cable Act, one of a series to right the wrongs of the 1907 law, enabled her to be renaturalized, but her opponents claimed it did not meet the seven year PRIOR citizenship requirement for a congressional representative. The 1907 law stripped a native-born U.S. woman of her citizenship if she married a citizen of another nation. No such outrageous actions were taken against men who married foreign women - in fact, their marriage conferred U.S. citizenship on their wives!   The House ethics committee allowed her to be seated after an emotional appeal and a LOGICAL one. She was, after all, BORN an American. Her case focused national attention on the grossly unfair laws affecting women. The law had been changed but even such people as heiress Barbara Hutton and renowned news correspondent Dorothy Thompson had lost their citizenship because of the appalling law and were unable to regain it because there was no retroactive elimination. By the way, Rohde was the eldest daughter of William Jennings Bryan, noted U.S. political figure and a candidate for the presidency. A daughter but not his clone, while serving as U.S. Representative, she astonished pundits by voting for tariffs on imports, a policy her father had vehemently opposed.
    1889 - In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the Old West.
    1890 - Birthday of Julius Henry Marx (d. 1977) at New York, NY.  Better known as Groucho, a great comedian, who along with his brothers, constituted the famous Marx Brothers. The Marx Brothers began as a singing group and then acted in such movies as “Duck Soup” and “Animal Crackers.” During the '40s and '50s, Groucho was the host of the television and radio show, "You Bet Your Life."
    1895 - Birthday of comedian Bud Abbott (d. 1974) at Asbury Park, NJ.  Born William Henry Abbott into a show business family as his parents were part of Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus.  At the age of 15, Abbott was drugged and shanghaied onto a ship bound for Norway, but he was eventually able to work his way back to the States.  Abbott crossed paths with Lou Costello, from Paterson, NJ, in burlesque in the early 1930s. During World War II, Abbott and Costello were among the most popular and highest-paid stars in the world. Between 1940 and 1956, they made 36 films, and earned a percentage of the profits on each. They were popular on radio throughout the 1940s, primarily on their own program which ran from 1942 until 1947 on NBC and from 1947 to 1949 on ABC. In the 1950s, they introduced their comedy to live television on “The Colgate Comedy Hour,” and launched their own half-hour series, “The Abbott and Costello Show.”  The origin of “Who’s On First?” predated Abbott & Costello but is they who made it famous and the first time they performed it is unknown.  The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown displays an honoring plaque and a gold record.  A transcript of the "Who's On First?" sketch has been included in the museum collection since 1956 and the routine runs on an endless loop on televisions at the Hall, making Abbott and Costello among the few non-baseball players or managers to have a memorial in the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Groucho Mark has said Abbott was "the greatest straight man ever.” )
    1895 – The first cartoon appeared in a newspaper in the US.
    1898 - A hurricane struck the Georgia coast washing away Campbell Island.
    1907 – Phillies’ Eddie Grant goes 7 for 7 in a doubleheader vs the New York Giants.
    1908 - Addie Joss pitched a perfect game to stop Ed Walsh 1-0, who had won 40 in a row.  Both are in the Hall of Fame.
     1916 – Grover Cleveland Alexander throws his 16th shutout of the year.
     1919 - President Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and Vice-President Thomas R. Marshall was urged to assume the presidency but he refused. It was reported Mrs. Wilson became the secret acting president.
    1925 – John L. Baird performs the first test of a working television system.
      1928 – African-American DeFord Bailey cut eight masters at Victor Records Studios in Nashville. Three songs were issued, marking the first studio recording sessions in the place now known as Music City, USA.  On December 6, 1925, DeFord won second place with his rendition of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More" in a French harp contest on radio station WDAD. Soon after, Bailey made his first appearance on WSM Radio, after overcoming some racial opposition from the station's director. The young black performer was given the title "Harmonica Wizard." Bailey played a role in the naming of the "Grand Ole Opry." In 1926, the WSM Barn Dance followed an hour of symphonic music, and one evening its programming concluded with a selection by a young composer from Iowa reproducing the sound of a train. Bailey opened the country music program with his rendition of "Pan American Blues." The difference in the musical genres caused the director, George D. "Judge" Hay, to observe, "For the past hour we have been listening to music taken largely from grand opera; from now on we will present 'The Grand Ole Opry.'" Bailey toured with other stars of the Opry, including Roy Acuff, Uncle Dave Macon, Bill Monroe, and others. During his travels throughout the South in the 1930s, he was well received by the country music public, although racial segregation laws caused Bailey problems in hotels and restaurants. To get a hotel room, on some occasions, either he posed as a baggage boy for the white performers or pretended to be Uncle Dave Macon's valet.  In April of 1927, Bailey teamed with the black Golden Echo Quartet to make his first recordings of "Pan American Express" and "Hesitation" for Columbia Records in Atlanta. The Columbia recordings were never released. Two weeks later he recorded eight titles for Brunswick label in New York. On October 2, 1928, DeFord recorded for Victor records during a Nashville session. "Ice Water Blues/Davidson County Blues" became so popular that the Victor label released it three times.
    1928 - Birthday of child actor George “Spanky” McFarland (d. 1993) in Dennison, TX.  In January 1931, responding to a trade magazine advertisement from Hal Roach Studios requesting photographs of "cute kids," Spanky's aunt sent pictures. An invitation for a screen test soon arrived, leading to his acting career. He instantly became a key member of the “Our Gang” children's comedy movie series and one of Hollywood's stars. His scene-stealing abilities brought him more attention, and by 1935 he was the de facto leader of the gang, often paired with Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer, and always the enterprising "idea man."   After serving in the Air Force he returned in time for the advent of television and “Our Gang” was re-branded as “The Little Rascals.”  With fellow Rascal, Jackie Cooper, they are the only “Our Gang” members to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.,+George+'Spanky
    1929 - Guitarist Howard Roberts (d. 1992) birthday, Phoenix, AZ.
    1929 - Birthday of Moses Gunn (d. 1993), St. Louis, MO. The 1981 winner of the NAACP Image Award for his performance as Booker T. Washington in the film “Ragtime,” his appearances on stage ranged from the title role in “Oth­ello” to Jean Genet's “The Blacks.”He received an Emmy nomina­tion for his role in “Roots”and was awarded several Obies for off-Broadway performances. On film he appeared in “Shaft”and “The Great White Hope.”
    1929 - "The National Farm and Home Hour," which gave rural Americans information about farm products, growing crops, farm animal care and useful household tips, debuted on NBC radio. "The Stars and Stripes Forever" opened the show. Don Ameche and Raymond Edward Johnson were featured, along with music and entertainment by The Cadets male quartet, Jack Baus and The Cornbusters and Mirandy of Persimmons Holler. "The National Farm and Home Hour" was sponsored by Montgomery Ward (or, Monkey Ward's, as we used to call it).
    1932 - Birthday of former baseball manager and player Maurice Morning “Maury” Wills, born Washington, DC.
    1935 - Birthday of Robert H. Lawrence, Jr. (d. 1967), on Chicago’s South Side. He was named the first black astronaut when he was selected by the Air Force for space flight training in 1966. Lawrence graduated from Englewood High School and earned a B.S in chemistry from Bradley University in 1956. He joined the Air Force and completed a doctorate in physical chemistry at Ohio State University. He died in a plane crash on Dec. 8, 1967, at Edwards Air Force Base in California before the start of his space mission. On August 30, 1983, Guion (Guy) S. Bluford, Jr. became the first black American astronaut to make a space flight. Robert H. Lawrence School in Chicago's Jeffrey Manor neighborhood is named in his memory.
    1932 – Playing in Boston as the Braves, the team that would move to Washington, DC and become the Redskins, played its first NFL game, losing 14-0.  The following year, the team changed the team's name to the "Redskins." To round out the change, Marshall hired “Lone Star” Dietz, who claimed to be part Sioux, as the team's head coach.
   1933 - "Red Adams" was heard for the first time on NBC radio. Later, the program was retiled, "Red Davis" (starring Burgess Meredith), "Forever Young" and, finally, "Pepper Young's Family" (starring Mason Adams). Radio listeners kept listening through all the changes until 1959.
    1933 – Dave Somerville (d. 2015), lead singer of The Diamonds (“Little Darlin”) was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
    1936 – Tony Lazzeri became the first Yankee to hit a grand slam in the World Series, and only the second slam in World Series history.  Lazzeri is one of only 14 major league baseball players to hit for the natural cycle (hitting a single, double, triple and home run in sequence) and the only player to complete a natural cycle with a grand slam. Earlier in 1936, he became the first Major Leaguer to hit two grand slams in one game. Lazzeri was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
    1937 - Ronald Reagan, just 26 years old, made his acting debut with the Warner Brothers release of "Love is in the Air."
    1937 – OJ’s lawyer, Johnnie Cochran (d. 2005) was born, Shreveport, LA.
    1938 – The Indians’ Bob Feller stuck out 18 Tigers.
    1939 - "Flying Home" was recorded by Benny Goodman and his six-man-band for Columbia Records. It became his “signature” tune. He had two black musicians, Teddy Wilson on piano and Lionel Hampton on vibraphone. Goodman was the first to break the white-black musician barrier in the early 1930's and the first major band and group to include both black and white musicians playing together, especially in lead positions.
    1942 – Steve Sabol (d. 2012) of NFL Films was born in Moorestown, NJ.  As the son of NFL Films’ founder, Ed Sabol, Steve took the fledgling enterprise to dramatic heights with the increasingly popularity of NFL Football through its rise on television.  NFL Films has been awarded over 40 Emmys. 
    1944 - CARR, CHRIS (name legally changed from CHRISTOS H. KARABERIS, under which name the medal was awarded), MEDAL OF HONOR. Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company L, 337th Infantry, 85th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Guignola, Italy, 1-2 October 1944. Entered service at: Manchester, N.H. Birth: Manchester, N.H. G.O. No.: 97, 1 November 1945. Citation Leading a squad of Company L, he gallantly cleared the way for his company's approach along a ridge toward its objective, the Casoni di Remagna. When his platoon was pinned down by heavy fire from enemy mortars, machineguns, machine pistols, and rifles, he climbed in advance of his squad on a maneuver around the left flank to locate and eliminate the enemy gun positions. Undeterred by deadly fire that ricocheted off the barren rocky hillside, he crept to the rear of the first machinegun and charged, firing his submachine gun. In this surprise attack he captured 8 prisoners and turned them over to his squad before striking out alone for a second machinegun. Discovered in his advance and subjected to direct fire from the hostile weapon, he leaped to his feet and ran forward, weaving and crouching, pouring automatic fire into the emplacement that killed 4 of its defenders and forced the surrender of a lone survivor. He again moved forward through heavy fire to attack a third machinegun. When close to the emplacement, he closed with a nerve-shattering shout and burst of fire. Paralyzed by his whirlwind attack, all 4 gunners immediately surrendered. Once more advancing aggressively in the face of a thoroughly alerted enemy, he approached a point of high ground occupied by 2 machineguns which were firing on his company on the slope below. Charging the first of these weapons, he killed 4 of the crew and captured 3 more. The 6 defenders of the adjacent position, cowed by the savagery of his assault, immediately gave up. By his l-man attack, heroically and voluntarily undertaken in the face of tremendous risks, Sgt. Karaberis captured 5 enemy machinegun positions, killed 8 Germans, took 22 prisoners, cleared the ridge leading to his company's objective, and drove a deep wedge into the enemy line, making it possible for his battalion to occupy important, commanding ground.
    1945 – Ten-year-old Elvis Presley makes his first public appearance in a talent show at the Mississippi-Alabama Dairy Show singing "Old Shep." He won 2nd place and 5 dollars.
    1945 - Birthday of singer/songwriter Don McLean, New Rochelle, NY.  His rock ‘n’ roll anthem, “American Pie,” is among the most played songs of that era.
    1946 - Birthday of singer Freddie Jackson, Harlem, NY.
    1946 - Birthday of accordion player Jo-eL Sonnier, Rayne, LA
    1947 - Yogi Berra becomes first batter to pinch hit a World Series homer.  He hit it off the Dodgers’ Ralph Branca, who would give up another historic HR four years later.
    1948 - Fashion designer Donna Karan was born Donna Ivy Faske at Forest Hills, NY.  Responsible for the Murphy Brown look - the mix and match wear in soft fabrics in muted colors that allowed an active woman to move comfortably and stay neat all day. She had two terms as chief designer for the Anne Klein line before breaking off to form her own line. Her first stock offering topped $160 million.
    1949 - Birthday of photographer Annie Leibovitz. She made her greatest early impact as chief photographer of “Rolling Stone” magazine, 1973-83. She was winner of the advertising Clio award 1988. Her photographs are often the ones historians use to illustrate the 60s and 70s culture. Like so many of the "hippy" generation, she graduated to "yuppy" and is now one of the leading photographers of such publications as “Vanity Fair”. She recently won a judgment to keep all her copyrights, about to lose them in a debt settlement.
    1949 - “Hennnnnnreeeeee! Henry Aldrich!” “Coming, Mother!” The popular radio program, "The Aldrich Family", became one of TV's first hits, as the longtime radio show appeared on NBC-TV for the first time. In addition to being a successful radio transplant, "The Aldrich Family" scored another distinction -- being the very first TV sitcom (situation comedy).
    1949 – The Yankees and the Red Sox are tied for first and played the final game of the season with the Yanks winning 5-3. It was Ellis Kinder for the Sox facing Vic Raschi.  The Yankees led 1-0 after seven innings, having scored in the first. In the eighth inning, Red Sox and former Yankees’ manager Joe McCarthy lifted Kinder for a pinch hitter. Then he brought in Mel Parnell in relief and Parnell yielded a homer to Tommy Henrich and a single to Yogi Berra. Parnell was replaced by Tex Hughson, who had been on the disabled list and said his arm still hurt. But he came on and, with the bases loaded, Jerry Coleman hit a soft liner that Al Zarilla in right field tried to make a shoestring catch, but he missed and it went for a triple and three runs. In the ninth inning the Red Sox rallied for three runs but still fell short.
    1950 - Top Hits
“Goodnight Irene” - The Weavers
“La Vie En Rose” - Tony Martin
“All My Love” - Patti Page
“Goodnight Irene” - Red Foley-Ernest Tubb
    1950 - “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schultz is first published as “Li’l Folks”.  This comic strip featured Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Pigpen, and Charlie's dog, Snoopy. The last new Peanuts strip was published Feb 13, 2000 and Schultz died the next day.
    1950 - "Lux Video Theater" premiered on television.  James Mason, Otto Kruger and Gordon MacRae hosted this half-hour dramatic anthology series that aired for seven years on both CBS and NBC. Its famed guest stars included: Robert Stack in "Inside Story" (1951); Peter Lorre in "The Taste" (1952); Grace Kelly in "A Message for Janice" (1952); Edward G. Robinson in "Witness for the Prosecution" (1953) and Esther Williams in "The Armed Venus" (1957).
    1951 – In the second game of this famous playoff series, the Brooklyn Dodgers blast the New York Giants, 10-0, tying the playoffs at 1 each and setting the stage for “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”
    1953 - Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine strikes out 14 Yankees in the 50th World Series.
    1954 - "The Jimmy Durante Show" premiered on TV. Affectionately known as "The Schnozz," Durante hosted a Saturday night variety show with his former vaudeville partner, Eddie Jackson, pianist Jules Baffano and drummer Jack Roth. It alternated with "The Donald O'Connor Show" on NBC and aired for two years.  “Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are”
    1954 - “The George Gobel Show” premiers on TV. George Gobel hosted this comedy-variety show for five years on NBC. Chanteuse Peggy King and Jeff Donnell were also on the show, with Eddie Fisher as “permanent guest star.” In 1959, Gobel switched networks to CBS and appeared for a year with Joe Flynn, Anita Bryant and Harry von Zell. He played Las Vegas, Nevada very often.
    1954 – Birthday of Dr. Melfi in “The Sopranos,” Lorraine Bracco, Brooklyn.
    1955 - "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premiered on TV.  Alfred Hitchcock was already an acclaimed director when he began hosting this mystery anthology series that aired on CBS and NBC for 10 years. Each episode began with an introduction by Hitchcock, the man with the world's most recognized profile. Hitchcock directed about 22 episodes of the series. Robert Altman was also a director for the series. Among the many stars who appeared on the show are:  Barbara Bel Geddes, Brian Keith, Gena Rowlands, Dick York, Claris Leachman, Joanne Woodward, Steve McQueen, Peter Lorre, Dick Van Dyke, Robert Redford and Katherine Ross.
    1957 - Specialty Records releases "Bony Maronie" backed with "You Bug Me, Baby," by Larry Williams. "Bony Maronie" peaks at #14 on the pop chart. ("I got a girl and her name is Bony Maronie, she's as skinny as a stick of macaroni--bom-bom-bom-arat-ta)
    1957 - After a heated argument with her father, Connie Francis reluctantly records "Who's Sorry Now" in two takes. Although she doesn't like the song at all, record buyers feel differently and by the following March, it would become her first hit, reaching number 4 in the US and number 1 in the UK.
    1958 - At a press conference in Germany, a reporter asks Elvis if he is afraid of being forgotten by music fans while he is in the Army. Presley responds "It makes you wonder, but if people forget me, I can't complain. I had it once."
    1958 - Top Hits
“It's All in the Game” - Tommy Edwards
“Rock-in Robin” - Bobby Day
“Tears on My Pillow” - Little Anthony & The Imperials
“Bird Dog” - The Everly Brothers
    1958 - Rocker Robbie Nevil born in LA.  He began performing his original music and signed a publishing deal in 1983, writing songs for the Pointer Sisters, El DeBarge, and Earth, Wind, & Fire.
    1959 - A tornado struck the town of Ivy, VA (located near Charlottesville). Eleven persons were killed, including ten from one family.
    1959 - "The Twilight Zone" went on the air with these now-familiar words: "There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fear and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call ‘The Twilight Zone'." The anthology program ran five seasons for 154 installments, with a one-year hiatus between the third and fourth seasons. It now is considered to have been one of the best dramas to appear on television. It was created and hosted by Rod Serling. He lived down the street from us in the Pacific Palisades. My father, Lawrence Menkin, wrote several of the episodes. He used to give Rod Serling a hard time, calling him a "hog" for writing most of them. Serling would get a kick out of this from my father who was a big man, six foot four, and Sterling was thin and about five foot four tall. I used to babysit for him. The last episode was telecast on Sept 31, 1965.
    1960 - "Stay" by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, enters the R&B chart and peaks at #3. On the pop chart, it climbs to Number One and popularizes the beach sound of the Carolina beach resorts.    
    1961 - “Ben Casey” premieres on television, competing with “Dr. Kildare,” starring Richard Chamberlain. The second year, it overtook Dr. Kildare in ratings, running for five years and 153 episodes starring Vince Edwards as Dr. Ben Casey, Sam Jaffe as Dr. David Zorba, Franchot Tone as Dr. Freeland and Bettye Ackerman as Dr. Maggie Graham. He was a friend of my father’s very good friend and actor (can't remember his name right now), who found himself “typecast” as an actor, tried singing, and felt he had gone from nobody to a great TV star, and then back to a “nobody,” brooding about it, almost obsessed, as I remember. Vince Edwards died of cancer March 12, 1996 l
    1961 - Vanguard Records releases the album "Volume Two" and the single "Banks of the Ohio" by 22 year old Joan Baez. She will go on to be one of the most popular and outspoken protest singers of the '60s.
    1962 - Frank Sinatra records with Count Basie, Los Angeles, Reprise Records FS 1008
    1964 - Protest Rally Continues Against UC Berkeley (I was there as a reporter for KFRC-News, San Francisco.) Some 450 police assemble on campus to undertake removal of police car. 
    1965 - The Who, The Four Tops and Gerry and the Pacemakers all appear on the US TV show, “Shindig!”
    1965 - The Beatles concert in the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Pandemonium broke out as fans rushed the stage. The Fab Four waited backstage until the frenzy diminished. It was so bad that the pranksters had to leave halfway through. Booze, joints, you name it was everywhere. It seems not only did people arrive early, they left late, many falling asleep all over the place, so many, the police did very little, but the first aid station was overwhelmed. The only band you can really hear at the Cow Palace with this type crowd was AC/DC.
    1965 - Pope Paul VI named the Very Reverend Bishop Harold Robert Perry of Lake Charles, LA, as the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He was the very first Catholic bishop who was an African-American.   He was consecrated in the Basilica of St. Louis, New Orleans, LA, on January 6, 1966, and was the pastor of the New Orleans Parish of St. Theresa of the Child of Jesus, Society of the Divine Word.
    1965 - The McCoys' "Hang on Sloopy" hit #1 in the U.S. The song snuck in at number one for one week, between "Eve of Destruction", by Barry McGuire and "Yesterday", by The Beatles.
    1965 - Soul singer Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me" enters the Hot 100. It remains on the pop charts for thirteen weeks where it peaks at Number Four.
    1966 - Top Hits
“Cherish” - The Association
“Beauty is Only Skin Deep” - The Temptations
“Black is Black” - Los Bravos
“Almost Persuaded” - David Houston
    1966 - Sandy Koufax, in great pain from an arthritic elbow, won 27 games and, for the third time in four years, led the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League pennant. He ended up pitching 323 innings, a 27–9 record, and a 1.73 ERA. Since then, no left-hander has had more wins, nor a lower ERA, in a season.  In this season finale, the Dodgers had to beat the Phillies to win the pennant. In the second game of a doubleheader, Koufax faced Jim Bunning for the second time that season in a match-up between perfect game winners. Koufax, on two days’ rest, pitched a complete game, 6–3 victory to clinch the pennant. He started 41 games (for the second year in a row); only two left-handers started as many games in any season over the ensuing years through 2013.  However, the Baltimore Orioles swept the Dodgers 4-0 in the World Series that year.  He retired after the Series at the peak of his career and, in 1972, became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, aged 36 years and 20 days
    1967 - Thurgood Marshall, appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, was sworn in as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall was the first black Supreme Court justice and served until his retirement on June 27, 1991, at the age of 82. He had served in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals (1961-1965) and as U.S. Solicitor General (1965-1967). Justice Marshall died on January 24, 1993.  His career highlights:
…1930 Mr. Marshall graduates with honors from Lincoln U. (cum laude)
…1933 Receives law degree from Howard U. (magna cum laude); begins private practice in Baltimore
…1934 Begins to work for Baltimore branch of NAACP
…1935 With Charles Houston, wins first major civil rights case, Murray v. Pearson
…1936 Becomes assistant special counsel for NAACP in New York
…1940 Wins first of 29 Supreme Court victories (Chambers v. Florida)
…1944 Successfully argues Smith v. Allwright, overthrowing the South's "white primary"
…1948 Wins Shelley v. Kraemer, in which Supreme Court strikes down legality of racially restrictive covenants
…1950 Wins Supreme Court victories in two graduate-school integration cases, Sweatt v. Painter and McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents
…1951 Visits South Korea and Japan to investigate charges of racism in U.S. armed forces. He reported that the general practice was one of "rigid segregation".
…1954 Wins Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, landmark case that demolishes legal basis for segregation in America
…1961 Defends civil rights demonstrators, winning Supreme Circuit Court victory in Garner v. Louisiana; nominated to Second Court of Appeals by President J.F. Kennedy
…1961 Appointed circuit judge, makes 112 rulings, all of them later upheld by Supreme Court (1961-1965)
…1965 Appointed U.S. solicitor general by President Lyndon Johnson; wins 14 of the 19 cases he argues for the government (1965-1967)

    1968 - Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals struck out 17 Detroit Tigers, a new World Series record, in the first game of the World Series. The Tigers recovered to win the Series in seven games.
    1968 - Redwood National Park established.
    1969 - NOVOSEL, MICHAEL J., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army, 82d Medical Detachment, 45th Medical Company, 68th Medical Group. Place and date: Kien Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam, 2 October 1969. Entered service at: Kenner, La. Born: 3 September 1922, Etna, Pa. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. CWO Novosel, 82d Medical Detachment, distinguished himself while serving as commander of a medical evacuation helicopter. He unhesitatingly maneuvered his helicopter into a heavily fortified and defended enemy training area where a group of wounded Vietnamese soldiers were pinned down by a large enemy force. Flying without gunship or other cover and exposed to intense machinegun fire, CWO Novosel was able to locate and rescue a wounded soldier. Since all communications with the beleaguered troops had been lost, he repeatedly circled the battle area, flying at low level under continuous heavy fire, to attract the attention of the scattered friendly troops. This display of courage visibly raised their morale, as they recognized this as a signal to assemble for evacuation. On 6 occasions he and his crew were forced out of the battle area by the intense enemy fire, only to circle and return from another direction to land and extract additional troops. Near the end of the mission, a wounded soldier was spotted close to an enemy bunker. Fully realizing that he would attract a hail of enemy fire, CWO Novosel nevertheless attempted the extraction by hovering the helicopter backward. As the man was pulled on aboard, enemy automatic weapons opened fire at close range, damaged the aircraft and wounded CWO Novosel. He momentarily lost control of the aircraft, but quickly recovered and departed under the withering enemy fire. In all, 15 extremely hazardous extractions were performed in order to remove wounded personnel. As a direct result of his selfless conduct, the lives of 29 soldiers were saved. The extraordinary heroism displayed by CWO Novosel was an inspiration to his comrades in arms and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1970 – A plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado and killed 31.
    1970 – Television host Kelly Ripa was born in Stratford, NJ.
    1971 - John Lennon's "Imagine" LP enters the chart as does The Beach Boys' "Surf's Up" LP.
    1971 - Rod Stewart enjoyed a two sided, US number one record with "Maggie May / "Reason To Believe".
    1971 – “Soul Train,” a new, weekly TV show that showcased current R&B artists, makes its debut in the US. The first broadcast featured Gladys Knight and The Pips, Eddie Kendricks and Honey Cone.
    1974 - Top Hits
“Rock Me Gently” - Andy Kim
“I Honestly Love You” - Olivia Newton-John
“Nothing from Nothing” - Billy Preston
“I'm a Ramblin' Man” - Waylon Jennings
    1975 - After a year of desperately trying to revive its flagging fortunes, the once-mighty retailer W.T. Grant filed for bankruptcy on this day. Seeds of the company's collapse were planted in the mid-1960s, when management embarked on an ambitious growth program. The company decided to open a fleet of new stores and, after five years of rapid expansion, 410 super-sized Grant outlets had been built around the country. At the same time, Grant, which had traditionally stocked mainly inexpensive products, began to offer more of the pricier items usually sold at department stores. Unfortunately, the retail makeover only served to alienate Grant's clientele, who had relied on the stores for cheap goods. When a recession hit in 1974, the company was left with little in the way of customers or earnings. At the time it went belly-up, W.T. Grant was saddled with over $1 billion in debt, making it the nation's single biggest retailing failure.  When founded, Grant was the object of vitriol and litigation as the developer of the department store concept that brought several different retail lines under one roof.  Heretofore America was dotted with small stores in the center of town who felt threatened by this concept.  Eventually the concept was ruled to be legal and with it the demise of small towns’ downtowns began.
    1976 - John Belushi joins Joe Cocker on Saturday Night Live during the performance of "Feeling Alright." Belushi performs his exaggeratedly spastic imitation of Cocker and the crowd goes wild. After the show, Cocker says he's happy with Belushi's impression of him.
    1976 - Rod Stewart's "Tonight's The Night" is released.
    1977 - When Dusty Baker hits his 30th homer of the season against the Astros' J.R. Richard, the Dodgers become the first team in Major League history to have four players hit 30 or more home runs. He joins with Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32) and Ron Cey (30) to complete the foursome.
    1977 - Gene Simmons receives a Platinum record for his solo LP, one of four released concurrently by the members of KISS. Simmons' charts the highest in the US, reaching #22.
    1977 - After a month following what appeared to be an attempt to steal the body of Elvis Presley from Forest Hill Cemetery, both Presley's and his grandmother's bodies are moved to Graceland.
    1980 - Larry Holmes retains WBC heavyweight title defeating Muhammad Ali
    1980 – Michael Myers becomes the first member of either chamber of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War
      1982 - John Cougar's "Jack & Diane" hits #1 on the singles chart while .38 Special's "You Keep Runnin' Away" peaks at #38.
    1982 - Top Hits
“Jack & Diane” - John Cougar
“Eye in the Sky” - The Alan Parsons Project
“Somebody's Baby” - Jackson Browne
“Put Your Dreams Away” - Mickey Gilley
    1982 - Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska" enters the rock albums chart at #24. Though the record, which consists mainly of solo acoustic songs, will receive virtually no radio play, it remains on the best-seller charts for several months.
    1982 - The Clash's "Rock the Casbah" enters the Hot 100 at #90. It eventually makes the pop Top Ten and the funk-dub remix, "Mustapha Dance" makes the disco singles Top Ten, helping the group's latest album "Combat Rock" become its first gold and platinum LP.
    1982 - Aerosmith's "Rock In A Hard Place" album enters the chart. The LP was recorded without guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford.
    1982 - Rush's "Signals" enters the LP chart.
    1985 - Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." tour ends at the L.A. Coliseum.
    1986 - The Everly Brothers are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
    1988 - The games of the XXIV Olympiad closed at Seoul, Korea. The Soviet Union topped the medals tally with 132 (55 gold) against 102 medals for East Germany (37 gold) and 94 for the United States (36 gold). The Olympics were also profitable, with a surplus of $288 million. And the Games helped open new avenues of foreign trade and commerce to the isolated, but burgeoning, South Korean economy.
    1989 - Flooding due to thunderstorm rains in the southeastern U.S. on the last day of September and the first day of October caused the Etowah River to rise seven feet above flood stage at Canton, GA. Thunderstorms produced up to ten inches of rain in northeastern Georgia, with six inches reported at Athens, GA in 24 hours. One man was killed, and another man was injured, when sucked by floodwaters into drainage lines.
    1990 - Top Hits
“(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection” - Nelson
“Close to You” - Maxi Priest
“Praying for Time” - George Michael
“Jukebox in My Mind” – Alabama
    1993 - Rod Stewart's "unplugged" version of "Reason To Believe" hits #19 on the pop singles chart
    1993 - Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell" enters the LP chart.
    1996 – President Bill Clinton signs the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments.
      2001 - Slugging Sammy Sosa becomes the first player in baseball history to slug 60 home runs in three seasons. The Cubs' outfielder connects off Reds starter Lance Davis to reach the milestone.
    2002 - Former Diamondback Alex Cabrera slams his 55th home run to tie the Japanese single-season home run mark. The 31-year-old Seibu Lion joins Sadaharu Oh (1964) and Tuffy Rhodes (2001) in Japan’s record book.
    2004 - Billy Joel married a woman who is just four years older than his daughter. The 55-year-old piano man tied the knot with Katie Lee, a 22-year-old cooking student that he had been dating for about a year. They are now divorced.
    2004 - Jeff Kent hits two round-trippers to become the all-time home run leader of second basemen. The Astros infielder records his 278th dinger and 302nd overall to break Ryne Sandberg's major league record established in 1997.
    2006 - Five school girls are murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in an Amish school in Nickel Mines, PA before he commits suicide.
    2011 - Over 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested when they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic.
    2013 – In the case of AEG Live v. Michael Jackson Estate, the court ruled that AEG Live is not guilty of negligence for hiring Jackson’s physician Conrad Murray.
    2014 – JPMorgan Chase disclosed that a July data breach resulted in the exposure of contact information for 83 million households.  The bank stated that security information, such as passwords and birth dates, did not appear to have been compromised.

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