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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Update Six-Month Leasing/Finance Associations'
    Membership Count and by Category
Correction - Marlin Capital Solutions
    10-Q Quarterly report 7/30/2021
Correction—Photo that appeared was Betty, Not Maya
    100% - Malamute
Leasing Industry Ads
    August is the Month to Explore a Better Career in Sales
Application - Only or Not

    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
CLFP Companies with More than 2 Members
    1,038 Total CLFP's
Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
    August Sold Out/One in September/Two in November
Cannabis Boom in Michigan Creates
    Numerous Opportunities
Financing Cannabis Funding Sources
    Many Work with Third Party Originators
Sikhs, Finding Religious Freedom on the Road,
    Take Outsize Role in American Trucking
       By Joseph Hammond, RNS
Great Pyrenees
    Avon, Indiana  Adopt a Dog
Americans Optimism Fades in the Face of
     Virus Resurgence - Latest Chart
News Briefs---
Chesswood Announces Strong Second Quarter
  2021 Results--Momentum Up over Business Units
The Biden Administration Issues a New Eviction
    Moratorium after a Federal Ban Lapsed
DOD says Face Masks Required
    By All Military Members, Employees
Microsoft Will Require Vaccinations for
    U.S. Workers, Vendors and Office Visitors
Why Tyson's Employee Vaccine Requirement Stands Out
   Business Are Taking a Stand of Vaccines
Willis Lease Finance Corporation
    Reports Second Quarter Pre-tax Loss of $1.9 million

You May have Missed---
The QSR 50 Big Chart on Franchise Ratings
   McDonalds, Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A on Top

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists
| Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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Sports Brief----
 California Nuts Brief---
  "Gimme that Wine"
    This Day in History
      Daily Puzzle
        Weather, USA or specific area
         Traffic Live----

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Update: Six-Month Leasing/Finance Associations'
   Membership Count and by Category


71 Service Providers
56 Banks
137 Nonbanks

Michele Ocejo
Director of Communications

Six-Month Leasing/Finance Associations'
    Membership Count and by Category


Correction - Marlin Capital Solutions
10-Q Quarterly report 7/30/2021

The editor put this comment in the article,
 but did not appear in Monday’s edition:

HPS Investment Partners has billions to deploy post closing.”

It pertains to the original announcement* with the intention that the merger and changing from Marin Business Bank was both a smart idea and right decision to be made. It is the editor’s opinion that a group of stockholders trying to change the direction is a poor move on their part and would not benefit Marlin as much as HPS Investment Partners would.

Readers may understand this better from
 page 54 and 55 below from the 10Q report:

"Deposits issued by MBB (Marlin Business Bank - sec) represent our primary funding source for new originations, primarily through the de-banking process, after which time our primary sources of liquidity will transition to third-party bank and securitization financing as opposed to FDIC-insured deposits. We currently expect that this transition will occur during the fourth quarter of 2021."

* Announcement of Merger/Acquisition:

Full 10-Q:


Correction: Photo that appeared was Betty, Not Maya
100% - Malamute


In response to an Alaskan Malamute in the Roseville, California Adopt-a-Dog in Fridays' News Edition, Hugh Swandel, Senior Vice President, Meridian OneCap Credit Corp., sent an email: “Maya appreciates your support of Adopt-A-Dog and agrees with the Malamute description,” meaning the description of the dog’s behavior with other dogs was "Right on:”

"Gentle as can be … except with other dogs or when the ‘predator/prey gene kicks in,” he explained. “They need a lot of work to be happy (2 X 1 Hour per day with challenging tasks)."

I thanked him for sending and noted "great looking dog!"

He shot back, "She knows it!"

I noted to Hugh, “Just like a beautiful woman knows it!”

“Exactly,” he responded

Photo of Betty in Roseville, California

 A very cute dog, but not Maya.


Help Wanted Ads


Application - Only or Not

Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Application-only products continue to expand in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry. As scoring systems have become more sophisticated and proven over time,
companies have increased the dollar amounts that they are willing to fund under an application-only model. The industry has seen the limits increase from the $75.0K to $150.0K range to ranges that are approaching $350.0K and above.

These larger limit programs are often more defined to include specific industries and equipment, and have higher credit requirements measured through a proprietary scoring model. These models are highly beneficial for the industry and should be embraced. Application-only programs are tools that should be used effectively.

Application-only programs create an opportunity for originators who are willing to go the extra mile. Top originators do not limit themselves to application-only opportunities. They are not afraid to request financial statements on applicants that need additional explanation to secure an approval, even if the request is within the application-only dollar amount. Top originators are not afraid of pursuing transactions above the application-only limits and are requesting a full credit package to secure a larger approval. Top originators distinguish themselves in the market as well-rounded financial partners. Top originators are capable of securing approvals and fundings through application-only and/or full disclosure models in order to best serve their vendors and end-users.

Too often, average originators stop the process when transactions fall outside of an application-only model, even when they believe there is additional strength in a specific transaction. Additional work and exploration are not necessary for weak transactions, but can be beneficial for transactions that have hidden strengths that only a full credit package can reveal. Top originators have keen credit expertise to determine when a transaction warrants additional effort and they are willing to go the extra mile to capture opportunities that others may bypass. Top originators maximize their production by using all the tools at their disposal.

Attitude is everything when you want to be a top producer.

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Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161


CLFP Companies with More than 2 Members
1,038 Total CLFP's

Row Labels Count of Account Name
First American Equipment Finance 148
U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 53
Ascentium Capital LLC 52
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc. 30
Stearns Bank NA-Equipment Finance Division 28
Key Equipment Finance 27
Amur Equipment Finance 25
DLL 23
Oakmont Capital Holdings 23
The Huntington National Bank 22
AP Equipment Financing 21
Arvest Equipment Finance 19
KLC Financial, Inc. 15
ECS Financial Services, Inc. 14
1st Source Bank 13
Ivory Consulting Corporation 12
Stryker 12
IDS 11
Lease Corporation of America 11
Odessa 11
Wintrust 11
Canon Financial Services, Inc. 10
Fleet Advantage, LLC 10
Navitas Credit Corp. 10
Orion First Financial LLC 10
Great American Insurance 9
North Mill Equipment Finance 9
BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company 8
Channel Partners Capital 8
LTi Technology Solutions 8
Alliance Funding Group 7
BancorpSouth Equipment Finance 7
Beacon Funding Corporation 7
Celtic Commercial Finance 7
Northland Capital Financial Services, LLC 7
Truist 6
Balboa Capital Corporation 5
BankFinancial, NA 5
CoreTech Leasing, Inc. 5
First Foundation Bank 5
GreatAmerica Financial Services 5
Univest Capital, Inc. 5
Cisco Systems Capital Corporation 4
Commerce Bank 4
ENGS Commercial Finance Co. 4
Global Financial & Leasing Services LLC 4
Hanmi Bank 4
NCMIC Finance Corporation 4
Quality Leasing Co., Inc. 4
UniFi Equipment Finance, Inc. 4
Bank of the West 3
Commercial Capital Company, LLC 3
Falcon Leasing 3
First National Capital Corporation 3
Northteq, Inc. 3
Providence Capital Funding, Inc. 3
Taycor Financial 3
Western Equipment Finance 3
American Equipment Financial Services 2
Bryn Mawr Equipment Finance 2
BSB Leasing, Inc. 2
City National Bank 2
Customers Bank Commercial Finance 2
Dakota Financial, LLC 2
Dell Financial Services 2
Diversified Capital Credit Corporation 2
First Commonwealth Bank 2
First Utah Bank 2
FirstLease, Inc. 2
FSG Capital, Inc. 2
Hitachi Capital America Corp. 2
Innovation Finance 2
Koala Capital Group, LLC 2
Macquarie Group 2
Madison Capital LLC 2
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC 2
NetJets 2
NewLane Finance 2
Northpoint Commercial Credit, LLC 2
OnPoint Capital, LLC 2
Pacifica Capital 2
Padco Financial Services, Inc. 2
Patriot Capital Corporation 2
Smarter Equipment Finance, LLC 2
Strada Capital Corporation 2
Takeuchi Financial Services 2
Tamarack Technology, Inc. 2
TopMark Funding 2
VFI Corporate Finance 2



Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
August Sold Out/One in September/Two in November

The Academy for Lease and Finance Professionals (ALFP) is a three-day event designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the CLFP exam assuming the attendee has already self-studied. A trend has begun in having virtual on line sessions.

During the first two days, all of the required sections of the CLFP exam are covered in-depth and on the third day, the exam is offered, but not mandatory and may be taken on another day.

Students are strongly advised to have read and studied The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals' Handbook prior to attending the class in order to ensure success.

Key Equipment Finance (sold out)
August 17 - 18

Channel Partners
September 16 -17
9am - 3pm Central Time

Cisco Capital Corporation
Private ALFP
November 2 – 5, 2021

Commercial Equipment Finance, Inc.
November 17 - 19, 2021
This online ALFP will require attendees to have access to WebEx
(Note that times are Eastern)
Wednesday – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exam may be taken at any time!

About Academy

If you are interested in attending, please contact Reid Raykovich, Executive Director:


Cannabis Boom in Michigan Creates
Numerous Opportunities

$500 million in 2020 to roughly
$2 billion–$2.5 billion in 2025.

Despite its youth and immaturity, America's state-legal cannabis industry has been dubbed one of the fastest-growing sectors in the country. The sector has generated billions of dollars in revenue for businesses and provided jobs for hundreds of thousands of people. In addition, projections have the space pulling in $43 billion by 2025. Cannabis is a high-risk industry and potentially a high-reward industry, especially for companies that can weather the risks, and many businesses are looking to throw their hats into the ring.

Michigan, for instance, legalized recreational cannabis only one and a half years ago, and its large population coupled with favorable cannabis policies makes it an increasingly attractive market. Since last April, Michigan's recreational cannabis sales have exceeded $100 million, and cannabis sales are expected to surpass $1.2 billion this year. According to projections by the 2021 MJBizFactbook, recreational sales in Michigan are set to quadruple from around $500 million in 2020 to roughly $2 billion–$2.5 billion in 2025.

Presently, Michigan has an estimated 200 recreational cannabis stores, putting it at one dispensary for every 34,000 residents. According to Frank Colombo, the director of data analytics for Viridian Capital Advisors, the state has little market penetration and is still in a “process of consolidation.” As such, interested cannabis companies can pitch tent in Michigan's recreational cannabis sector with relatively little competition, at least for the moment. In fact, a report that was recently released by the New York-based Cowen Group states that Michigan is home to one of the biggest cannabis markets in the country.

Source: CannabisNewsWire



Financing Cannabis Funding Sources
Many Work with Third Party Originators

Alliance Commercial Capital
Alternative Finance Network
Cannabis Equipment Leasing
International Financial Services (IFS)
NEC Financial Services
Number One Enterprise
Prime Commercial Lending
Slim Capital
Vertical Companies
XS Equipment Leasing Solutions

Full List:


Sikhs, Finding Religious Freedom on the Road,
Take Outsize Role in American Trucking
By Joseph Hammond, RNS

Photo by Renee Gaudet/Pixabay/Creative Commons

The trucking industry has attracted generations of Americans by offering good salaries for work that allows drivers to essentially be their own bosses. That workplace freedom has drawn many Sikhs in the Sikh American community to pursue trucking. Beginning in the early 1990s and picking up steam after 2009, Sikhs have become an important part of the U.S. trucking scene.

“For many Sikhs, trucking offers independence,” said Satnam Singh, Director of US Operations, Global Truck Loans and Executive Director of Indiana Diverse Truckers Association, and a Sikh. “You can pray whenever you want and you can observe the articles of faith. And like any other recent immigrant community, they want to work hard and earn good money.”

“This is an industry where within one or two generations, many Sikhs have gone from immigrants fleeing persecution to working a blue-collar job as a truck driver that earns them good money. Often these same drivers go into white-collar jobs in trucking equipment, finance or another industry entirely,” Singh said.


Great Pyrenees
Avon, Indiana  Adopt a Dog


ID 46670171
1 Year Old
100 lbs.
$200 Adoption Fee

Hi'ya! I'm Cooper, and I'm a Great Pyrenees...with the emphasis on great! I'm only about a year old and weigh around 100 lb. If you're a fan of extra large doggos, you need to check me out!

I have pretty good potty habits, which I'm told is something you humans appreciate, considering my size. I'd really like to have at least one other big dog in my forever home so that I'll have a buddy to actively play with. I'm okay with smaller dogs, but I can't really play with them like I would a bigger dog. (In my foster home, one of the Littles uses my tail as a bed, silly doggo.) I may occasionally growl at them to let them know they're pestering me, but we get along okay. I'm living with a young human, and I'm okay with that, too. Young humans just need to know that they have to respect us dogs.

I like most adult people, although tall males frighten me a bit. I just need a little time to get past that, then I'm fine. Being so big and young, I have a lot of energy, so I need a fenced yard where I can run and run. Leash walking just doesn't do much for me, ya know? I get pretty vocal when I see humans outside, so we might need to work on that. Did I mention that I'm kind of high maintenance with my handsome white fur? I need regular brushing to maintain my spectacular good looks.

If you're an extra-large dog aficionado, and you don't mind occasional clouds of white fur floating around, please submit an adoption application for me. You can do that online at

Misty Eyes Animal Center
616 South CR 800E
Avon, IN 46123
(317) 858-8022

We have an adoption Center at 616 S. County Road 800E (Dan Jones Road), Avon, In 46123

All animals live in foster homes, and we have some of our animals on site on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-1pm


After a couple of months of respite, when things were starting to look up and many Americans caught a glimpse of pre-pandemic life, COVID-19 is back on the front pages and on top of many people’s minds. With cases rising and the vaccine rollout stalling, the U.S. is facing another wave of infections and many Americans are concerned about what the more contagious Delta variant means for them and their loved ones.

Amid the latest resurgence of COVID cases, optimism among Americans is quickly fading, as data from polling company Gallup illustrates.

By Felix Richter, Statista


News Briefs---

Chesswood Announces Strong Second Quarter
  2021 Results--Momentum Up over Business Units

The Biden Administration Issues a New Eviction
    Moratorium after a Federal Ban Lapsed

DOD says Face Masks Required
    By All Military Members, Employees Again

Microsoft Will Require Vaccinations for
    U.S. Workers, Vendors and Office Visitors

Why Tyson's employee vaccine requirement stands out
   Business Are Taking a Stand of Vaccines

Willis Lease Finance Corporation
    Reports Second Quarter Pre-tax Loss of $1.9 million


You May Have Missed---

The QSR 50 Big Chart on Franchise Ratings
  McDonalds, Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A on Top



Sports Briefs---

Jade Carey ended Sunday in tears. She ended Monday with a gold medal

Steph Curry, Warriors agree on four-year, $215 million

    contract extension, per report

Kevin Durant praises Devin Booker’s ‘all-around’ play
    in USA win vs. Spain

Lakers Valuing Experience in Free Agency,
    but Are They Already Too Old?

The Top NBA Free Agents Still Available:
    Kawhi, Collins and the Field

New York Giants' massive brawl at practice
   leaves coach Joe Judge screaming mad

Nick Foles addresses Colts trade speculation,
    expresses admiration for Frank Reich

Vikings release CB Jeff Gladney after
     he is indicted for felony assault

Carson Wentz, looking to rebound with Colts,
    will miss up to 12 weeks with foot injury


California Nuts Briefs---

Half of California now under mask mandates
     as San Francisco Bay Area joins Sacramento, Los Angeles

Used-car boom fuels North Bay repair shop revenue

‘A crisis on our hands’: San Jose’s Reid-Hillview Airport
    exposes children to high lead levels, study finds



“Gimme that Wine”

California Wine Country Rebuilds as Threats Persist

New Zealand Wine Giant Saved from Liquidation

How Catena’s terroir of Malbec study ‘proves that terroir exists’

Business Capital Delivers Financing for Deerfield Ranch Winery

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

     1735 - Freedom of the press was established in the United States when John Peter Zenger, publisher of the New York Weekly Journal, won an acquittal of the libel charges placed by Gov. William Crosby. The royal governor had tried to censor Zenger's attacks on the British crown.
    1753 - George Washington became a Master Mason.
    1790 - U.S. Coast Guard founded.
    1810 - Birthday of abolitionist Robert Purvis (d. 1898) in Charleston, SC. He ran all the Underground Railroads from his home and was the founder of the American Leasing Anti-Slavery Society.
    1830 - Plans for the city of Chicago laid out.
    1838 – The British emancipated the slaves in the Bahamas and Grenada. A rumor started in the South that slaves would try to escape to the Bahamas and fear of this lead to stricter attitudes and positions of slavery, especially by the many large slave owners who relied on the “free” labor at their farms, called plantations.
    1873 - While protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, Custer and the US 7th Cavalry clash for the first time with the Sioux Indians, who will defeat them three years later at Little Big Horn. During the previous two years, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and the 7th had not fought a single battle against the hostile Indians of the western Plains. Hungry for action, Custer was pleased when he was ordered to help protect a party of surveyors laying out the route for the proposed Northern Pacific Railroad. The new transcontinental railroad (the third in the United States) was to pass through territory controlled by hostile Sioux Indians. Custer was optimistic that the assignment would give him a chance to improve his reputation as an Indian fighter. Initially, the military escort saw little action. The hostile Indians seemed to be avoiding or ignoring the survey party. For Custer, the mission turned into something of a lark. He spent much of his time shooting buffalo, antelope, elk, and other animals. To find good hunting, he often led the 7th Cavalry far away from the survey party and the main body of the military escort.
On this day in 1873, Custer was far ahead of the rest of the force, camping along the Tongue River in southeastern Montana. Suddenly, a large band of Sioux warriors appeared on the horizon and attacked. The Indians were led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, but the young braves seemed to have attacked impetuously and with little planning. Custer, who had been taking an afternoon nap, reacted quickly and mounted an effective defense. After a brief skirmish, the Indians withdrew. Since only one soldier and one Indian were killed in the skirmish, Custer's short battle along the Tongue River seemed relatively insignificant at the time. However, Custer's easy escape in his first encounter with Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse may have given him a dangerously scornful view of their fighting abilities. It helped to confirm his belief that the Plains warriors tended to flee rather than fight. As a result, when Custer again encountered Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse at the Little Big Horn River three years later, his greatest fear was that they would withdraw before he could attack, and he rushed in without proper reconnaissance. That time, though, the Indians stood and fought, leaving Custer and more than 200 of his men dead.
    1874 - Methodist clergyman John H. Vincent (1832-1920) and Ohio manufacturer Lewis Miller established the Chautauqua Assembly in northwest New York State, a summer retreat center combining recreational activities with the training of Sunday School teachers and other church workers.
    1875 - The first Convention of Colored Newspapermen was held in Cincinnati, Ohio. The convention's aim was to promote the establishment of United States newspapers that would focus on the African American community.
    1881 - 122ø F (50ø C), Seville, Spain (European record)
    1882 - A vivid aurora was visible from Oregon to Maine, down the east coast as far as Mayport, FL, and inland as far as Wellington KS. Observers at Louisville, KY noted "merry dancers" across the sky, and observers at Saint Vincent, MN, noted it was probably the most brilliant ever seen at that location.
    1884 – Pud Galvin pitched the most lopsided no-hitter in Major League history as the Buffalo Bisons routed the Detroit Wolverines, 18-0. It is the second career no-hitter for future Hall of Famer.
    1897 – African-American Henry Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia
    1900 - Louis Armstrong (d. 1971), Jazz musician extraordinaire, was born at New Orleans, LA. For years, he had told reporters that he was born on July 4th, but actual records show August 4, which he realized later in life, noting his orphan home had told him otherwise. Perhaps the greatest jazz trumpet player who ever lived. Asked to define jazz, Armstrong reportedly replied, "Man, if you gotta ask, you'll never know." The trumpet player was also known as Satchmo. He appeared in many films. Popular singles included "What a Wonderful World" and "Hello, Dolly" (with Barbra Streisand) and “High Society.”   Two of my favorite albums are “Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy” and “Ella and Louis.”
Best Louis Armstrong Vocal:

My favorite single Armstrong Album:

    1904 - Trumpet player Bill Coleman (d. 1981) birthday, Centreville, KY.
    1904 - Pianist/alto sax/trumpet player Kenneth Anderson born Pittsburgh, PA.
(See the list:
    1905 - Piano player Joseph Louis “Red” Cayou (d. 1994) was born New Orleans, LA.
    1910 - Birthday of American composer William Howard Schuman (d. 1992) at New York City.   He won the first Pulitzer Prize for composition and founded the Juilliard School of Music.  His compositions include “American Festival Overture”, “New England Triptych”, the baseball opera “The Mighty Casey” and “On Freedom's Ground”, written for the centennial of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. He was instrumental in the conception of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and served as its first president. In 1985, he was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for his contributions. He also received a National Medal of Arts in 1985 and a Kennedy Center Honor in 1989.
    1910 - The Philadelphia Athletics’ Jack Coombs and Chicago White Sox’ Ed Walsh dueled 16 innings to a scoreless tie. Coombs gave up just three hits and fanned 18 in what he called his best game. Walsh gave up just six hits in 16 innings but the woeful Sox offense provided no support. Working with little rest, Walsh won 18 of 19 starts in July, August, and September, finishing 30-9 with a 1.30 ERA. His 13 shutouts are the American League record; in 12 other games, he gives up just one run.  Both men are Hall of Famers.
    1916 - Denmark agreed to cede the Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the United States for $25 million. The deal took effect the following March 31.
    1919 - Birthday of Glenn Clarence Cunningham (d. 1988) at Atlanta, KS.  Known as the "Kansas Ironman”, American track athlete and, from 1934-37, world record holder for the mile; member of the US Olympic teams in 1932 and 1936.  On June 16, 1934, at Princeton, NJ, Cunningham set a world record for the mile (4:06.7).
    1920 - Birthday of Helen Thomas (d. 2013) - U.S. journalist
    1921 - Guitarist Herb Ellis (d. 2010) born McKinley, Texas
    1927 - The General Electric Station in Schenectady, New York, station 2XAG which was later named WGY, began experimenting with operations from a 100,000-watt transmitter. The FCC would later regulate the power of AM radio stations to not go over 50,000 watts on "clear channels" where few stations would interfere with each other.
    1927 - For Victor Records in Bristol, Tennessee, singer Jimmie Rodgers recorded his first songs. On the record, he sang "Sleep Baby Sleep" and "Soldier’s Sweetheart".
    1930 - The temperature at Moorefield, WV, soared to 112 degrees to establish a state record, having reached 110 degrees the previous day. Widespread drought after April of that year caused some towns to haul water for domestic use, and many manufacturing plants were barely operational.
    1933 - Sax player Huey “Sonny” Simmons (d. 2021) born Sicily Island, Louisiana.,,493395,00.html?

    1934 - Mel Ott became the first Major League baseball player to score 6 runs in one game.
    1936 - "Long" John Woodruff wins an Olympic gold medal in the 800-meter run
    1940 - "Crime Doctor" introduced a new radio hero. CBS radio presented Dr. Benjamin Ordway, the show’s main character, as an amnesia victim. A former criminal, he got hit on the head, and began to work as a crime fighter.
    1944 - Nazi police found Anne Frank and her family, hiding in secret rooms above her father’s factory in Amsterdam, Holland. Anne was 15 years old at this time and had kept a diary during the two years of hiding from the Nazis. After the arrest, Anne and her sister were taken to a concentration camp. Anne Frank would die at Bergen-Belsen. Later, Anne's diary was found and has since been translated into 30 languages and was adapted as both a play and a Hollywood film.
    1944 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Swinging on a Star," Bing Crosby.
    1947 - Top Hits
“Peg o’ My Heart” - The Harmonicats
“That’s My Desire” - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
“I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder” - Eddy Howard
“Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” - Tex Williams
    1953 - Drummer Jeff Hamilton born Richmond, Indiana
    1954 - In Saskatchewan, Canada, the uranium rush began.
    1954 - Alfred Hitchcock's “Rear Window” had its world premiere at New York's Rivoli Theater.
    1954 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Sh-Boom," The Crew-Cuts.
    1955 - Top Hits
“Rock Around the Clock” - Bill Haley & His Comets
“Ain’t That a Shame” - Fats Domino
“Learnin’ the Blues” - Frank Sinatra
“I Don’t Care” - Webb Pierce
    1955 – “To Catch a Thief,” starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, debuted in New York. The film later received an Oscar for Best Color Cinematography.
    1956 - At Wendover, Utah, Wilhelm Herz was clocked at 210 miles per hour, making him the first person to race a motorcycle over 200 miles-per-hour.
    1956 - Elvis Presley record "Hound Dog" b/w "Don't Be Cruel" is released.
    1956 - The Platters' "My Prayer" hits #1
    1957 - A world record was set by Florence Chadwick who swam the English Channel in 6 hours, 7 minutes.
    1957 - Juan Fangio won his last car race, winning the world auto driving championship for the fifth consecutive year.
    1957 - The Everly Brothers make their second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and introduce their upcoming single, "Wake Up Little Susie," a song which would go on to cause some major controversy and be banned from some radio stations
    1958 - Billboard magazine introduces its "Hot 100" chart, a list of the 100 best-selling pop singles in the country. This list replaced multiple charts the magazine had previously published, including Best Sellers in Stores and Most Played in Juke Boxes. The first song to top the Hot 100 list was "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson.
    1958 - Dumont TV Network crumbles. My father was a producer/writer/director for the Dumont network, creating shows such as “Harlem Detective,” “Captain Video,” “Hands of Murder.” He met often with Dr. Dumont, who he once gave one of the exploding cigars I put in his pocket as a kid. Dumont was a scientist and not a “showman,” losing Jackie Gleason among others. My father worked right under Ted Bergman, who I remember my father respected, but Dr. Dumont was not a businessman, nor was my father. They got alone famously, he told me.
    1961 - 108ø F, Spokane, WA (record)
    1961 – Former President Barack Obama was born in Honolulu.
    1963 - The Beatles appear on the US record charts for the first time as "From Me to You" debuts at #116 in Billboard. Unfortunately, it stays there, due to problems with its American label (Vee Jay) and a cover version by Del Shannon that got the jump on it. It would take a massive promotional blitz by Capitol over the next five months to ensure a Beatles hit in America with the single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" b/w "I Saw Her Standing There" (Capitol 5112).
    1963 - Top Hits
“So Much in Love” - The Tymes
“Fingertips” - Pt 2 - Little Stevie Wonder
“(You’re the) Devil in Disguise” - Elvis Presley
“Ring of Fire” - Johnny Cash
    1963 - In his first at-bat in two months after breaking his left foot, Mickey Mantle slams a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning to beat the Orioles, 11-10.
    1964 - After disappearing on June 21, three civil rights workers were found murdered and buried in an earthen dam outside Philadelphia, MS. The three young men were workers on the Mississippi Summer Project organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to increase black voter registration. Prior to their disappearance, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were detained by Neshoba County police on charges of speeding. When their car was found, burned, on June 23, President Johnson ordered an FBI search for the men.
    1964 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "A Hard Day's Night," The Beatles.
    1966 - John Lennon's comment that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus Christ" was re-printed in an American teen magazine called Datebook and was widely reported in North America. The statement, made to London Evening Standard journalist Maureen Cleave several months earlier, caused a public outcry in the US and led to mass destruction of Beatle records. Thirty-five radio stations banned all Beatles songs and even the Ku Klux Klan made threats against the group. What Lennon actually said was "Christianity will go. It will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that, I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus Christ now; I don't know which will go first - rock 'n roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."
    1968 - The Newport Pop Festival begins in Costa Mesa, California. 100,000 fans come out to hear Sonny & Cher, Tiny Tim, Jefferson Airplane, Steppenwolf, the Grateful Dead, the Byrds, Iron Butterfly and Eric Burdon and The Animals.
    1971 - Top Hits
“You’ve Got a Friend” - James Taylor
“Mr. Big Stuff” - Jean Knight
“Draggin’ the Line” - Tommy James
“I’m Just Me” - Charley Pride
    1972 – “Superfly,” starring Ron O'Neal, opened in theaters. Directed by Gordon Parks, Jr., “Superfly's” success at the box office and unexpected acclaim prompted two sequels. The plot centers on a Harlem drug dealer who wants to retire. Curtis Mayfield's dynamic soundtrack set it apart from similar low-budget films.
    1973 - Maureen McGovern's "The Morning After (The Song from the Poseidon Adventure)" hits #1
    1974 - Paul Simon's "Love Me like a Rock" is released.
    1974 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Feel Like Makin' Love," Roberta Flack.
    1979 - Top Hits
“Bad Girls” - Donna Summer
“Good Times” - Chic
“Ring My Bell” - Anita Ward
“You’re the Only One” - Dolly Parton
    1980 - A record forty-two consecutive days of 100 degree heat finally came to an end at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. July, 1980 proved to be the hottest month of record with a mean temperature of 92 degrees. There was just one day of rain in July, and there was no measurable rain in August. There were 18 more days of 100-degree heat in August, and four in September. Hot weather that summer contributed to the deaths of 1200 people nationally, and losses from the heat across the country were estimated at twenty billion dollars.
    1980 - After a five-year hiatus, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording their album "Double Fantasy" at New York's Hit Factory Studio. The LP would go to number one in the US after its release in November, less than a month before Lennon was gunned down outside his New York apartment. "Double Fantasy" received the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
    1981 - A United States court ordered striking air traffic controllers back to work and fined their union $2.4 million a day for the duration of the strike.    
    1983 - During warm-ups, New York Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield threw a baseball and accidentally killed a seagull. When the game was over, Toronto police surrounded the batter and arrested him for "causing unnecessary suffering to an animal."
    1985 – On the same day, Tom Seaver became the 17th pitcher to win 300 games and Rod Carew became the 16th player ever to collect 3,000 hits. 
    1987 - Top Hits
“Shakedown” - Bob Seger
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” - U2
“I Want Your Sex” - George Michael
“Snap Your Fingers” - Ronnie Milsap
    1988 - Congress votes $20,000 to each Japanese-American interned in WW II.  Still waiting are the Italian-Americans who were similarly interned during the war.
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from eastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas to the Great Lakes Region, with 150 reports of large hail or damaging winds during the afternoon, evening, and nighttime hours. Thunderstorms produced tennis ball size hail at Claremont, MN, and wind gusts to 75 mph at Milwaukee, WI. Thunderstorms representing what once was Hurricane Chantal produced five inches of rain at Grant, MI, and deluged Chicago, IL, with more than three inches of rain in three hours
    1995 – Long-time coach, the late Jimmie Reese (1901-94), whose 23 years in an Angels uniform equals longest in club history, is inducted into the Angels' Hall of Fame. The former roommate of Babe Ruth began his career as a batboy for the Pacific Coast League's Los Angeles Angels in 1917.
    1995 – “Babe,” the charming sleeper hit about a pig that learns to be a sheep dog, debuted in United States movie theaters. The gentle film, with state-of-the-art computer technology, thrilled audiences young and old, and the film garnered many awards and nominations, including the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/ Musical, and it was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Veteran actor James Cromwell received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Farmer Hoggett, and director Chris Noonan received the New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best New Director. The National Society of Film Critics declared it Best Film of the Year. Christine Cavanaugh supplied the voice of the hero pig, and Roscoe Lee Browne was a moving narrator. “Babe” was based on the book "The Sheep-Pig" by Dick King- Smith.
    1997 - The world's oldest person, Jeanne Calment (1875-1997), died aged 122 years and 164 days in Arles, France.
    1998 - Yankees' slugger Darryl Strawberry hits a game-tying pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth inning of New York's 10-5 win becoming the second Major Leaguer to hit two pinch-hit grand slams in one season.
    2000 - With 32 home games remaining, the Astros, who moved from the pitcher-friendly Astrodome to homer-haven Enron Field this season, set a franchise-record by already hitting 83 homers at home this season.
    2001 - Top Hits
“Bootylicious” -Destiny's Child
“Loverboy” -Mariah Carey Featuring Cameo
“Let Me Blow Ya Mind” -Eve Featuring Gwen Stefani
“Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)” -Blu Cantrell
    2007 – Although clouded by his admitted use of PEDs, Barry Bonds hit the 755th home run of his career to tie Henry Aaron for the all-time home run record.  At Yankee Stadium, 3B Alex Rodriguez, another PED abuser, became the youngest Major Leaguer to hit 500 homers.
    2009 - A Federal jury ruled that a 25-year-old Boston University graduate student must pay $675,000 to four music companies for illegally downloading and distributing more than two dozen songs. The man said that he would file for bankruptcy protection.
    2011 - The Southern United States experiences a heat alert for fourteen states; several dozen heat-related deaths occurred since July.
    2020 - UN says COVID-19 pandemic has created biggest educational disruption in history affecting nearly 1.6 million students in 190 countries, 94% worldwide



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