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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Certified Leasing and Finance Professionals Zoom Day
   Thursday, August 26, 15 Minute 2:00pm Pacific Time
Funders Looking for Broker Business
Leasing Industry Ads
    Balboa Capital/LCA/Top Mark Funding
    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
The List  - July 2021
    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Best-Pay States for Tech Workers
    in 2021  -  Map
As More Financing is Made Available, Forecasts Show
    States will Earn Higher Revenues from Cannabis in 2021
Financing Cannabis Funding Sources
    Many Work with Third Party Originators
    Northbrook, Illinois  Adopt-a-Dog
NEFA Funding Symposium Taking Safety Seriously!
    October 13-15, 2021 | The Westin, Charlotte NC
News Briefs---
FinTechs Found to Be Much More Likely
    to OK Suspicious PPP Loans
Federal Mask Mandate for Planes, Buses
   and Trains to Extend into Next Year
Texas Requests Five Mortuary Trailers from FEMA,
     Bracing for More COVID-19 Deaths
More than 8,000 Florida Students in One School District
    Isolate or Quarantine Amid Local COVID Surge

You May have Missed---
Analysis: Regional bank deals in U.S.
    seen ebbing with fewer partners left

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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Funders Looking for Broker Business

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details

1st Enterprise Bank Leasing
360 Equipment Finance
Allegheny Valley Bank Leasing
Balboa Capital Corp.
Bankers Capital
Barrett Capital Corporation
Baystone Government Finance/
KS StateBank

Black Rock Capital
Boston Financial & Equity Corp.
BSB Leasing, Inc.
Calfund, LLC
Celtic Bank
C.H. Brown Company
Chesapeake Industrial Leasing Co., Inc.

Dakota Financial
Dedicated Funding
Dext Capital
Exchange Bank Leasing (formerly Dumac Leasing)
FirstLease, Inc.
First Federal Leasing
First Foundation Bank
First Midwest Equipment
Finance Co.

Financial Pacific Leasing
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Global Financial & Leasing Services, LLC
International Financial Services

Madison Capital
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC

Mesa Leasing
National Equipment Finance
Navitas Lease Corp.
NewLane Finance
NexTier Leasing
NFS Leasing, Inc
North Mill Equipment Finance
Northwest Leasing Company, Inc
Padco Financial Services
Pacific Mercantile Bank
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Providence Equipment Finance
Quality Leasing Co, Inc
RLC Funding
SLIM Capital, LLC
Standard Professional Services, LLC
TEAM Funding Solutions

Leasing Associations: All non-profit leasing associations are abbreviated. To see the full name and learn more about the association, please click here.

BBB - Better Business Report | CBB - Leasing News Complaint Bulletin Board
| CNI - Current News Information
A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed | C -Sub-Broker Program
| D -"Private label Program" | E - Also "in house" salesmen

N/R (not reported)
* (no response---these listing do not come from the company directly, but from our research from many sources. It is our policy not to put anything in this section without confirmation

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Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

During a recent conversation with several seasoned originators in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry, we discussed how luck happens to those who work the hardest. We agreed that we would all accept luck whenever it comes our way. However, it was our consensus that luck was never enough to be a top producing originator.

Originators are very fortunate in summer of 2021 that the market is robust. There is plenty of business available for originators who are active in the market. Even average producers are posting strong monthly production numbers. If an originator is relatively new to the industry, it is taking weeks rather than months to ramp up and find, approve, and fund his first few transactions. With the above as our assumptions, I asked the group for their suggestions of how originators at all levels should be leveraging their good fortune of being in the industry at a time when the market is so strong, and a few responses are below:

  • Do not assume that your production numbers are strictly a result of luck, nor should an originator assume that they are doing well because they are such an outstanding salesperson. It may be, and probably is, a combination of both.
  • If an originator wants to take advantage of the strong market, she should be working harder and smarter than ever. Now is not the time to slack off  but to aggressively move forward.
  • Build deep and long-lasting relationships now while business is strong. Relationships built now will sustain you when business becomes leaner (and lean days will come).
  • Do not get cocky; you are not as good as you think. Being humble is a virtue.
  • Do not take any relationship for granted. Embrace your clients daily and let them know how much you appreciate their business.
  • Learn something new every day and use what you learn to better serve your clients.

Originators are lucky to be involved in the lucrative commercial equipment finance and leasing industry in the summers of 2021. Now is the time to leverage your talents and maximize your effectiveness in the market. Think and act more boldly.

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

Sales Makes it Happen articles:


The List  - July 2021
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Balboa Capital Reports 93% Year-Over-Year Increase
    in Q2 Originations, Hires 25 New Employees

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

Pfizer Gets a Booster Shot from its COVID-19 Vaccine
    Pizer's Annual Revenue since 2016

DLL Closes Eighth U.S. Securitization Transaction
    at $1 Billion

Marlin Business Services Reports $10.3M 2Q Income
    Compared to Net Loss of $5.9 million Previous Q Last Year

Marlin Business Service Served with Lawsuit
   Affecting Pending Sale and Merger

Company Celebrates Being Back in the Office
    from Alina Gilmore, VP, Can Capital

Myth of Being #1 on the Google Search Page
    FinTech #102 by Brittney Holcomb

The Massive Costs behind the Olympic Games
    Since 1992

Breaking News: All California Licensing Law Licenses
  Must Transition to NMLS by December 21, 2021
    By Kenneth C. Greene, Attorney

Sales Makes it Happen --- Linda P. Kester
   The Evolving Internet

Maxim Commercial Capital Reports
    Strong Results for 2Q 2021

Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP, Remembered
    By Kit Menkin

Dext Capital Continues its Growth
    Interview with Kyin Lok, President and CEO
      The Growth, Plans, and Direction for More Success

The First Half of 2021 is on Pace
    to be SLIM Capital’s Strongest Year Yet

Snider Leasing, Sacramento, Sold to
    Financial Pacific Leasing

Ken Lubin -  Scott McFetters
   Founder CoreTech Leasing

Fifth Notice of Modifications to Proposed Regulations:
   California Financing Law (PRO 02/17)



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As More Financing is Made Available, Forecasts Show
States will Earn Higher Revenues from Cannabis in 2021

Over the past few years, America's state legal cannabis sector has proven to be both resilient and lucrative. As one of the few industries declared essential during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, cannabis saw increased sales month over month, providing states with much needed tax revenue at a time when their coffers were running low. More than a dozen states have already legalized recreational marijuana and this year alone has seen New York, New Mexico, Virginia, and Connecticut pass adult use legislation, bringing the total number of states with recreational markets to 19.

As these recreational cannabis markets mature, experts predict that states will earn higher tax revenues thanks to increased sales. In 2020, California and Colorado earned the most excise tax revenue from cannabis, earning $526 million and $307 million, respectively. According to projections for 2021, California and Colorado are expected to collect an estimated $757 million and $411 million in excise tax revenue, respectively. Alaska and Michigan, which collected the lowest excise tax revenue at $25 million and $31 million, are projected to earn $29 million and $75 million this year.
Cannabis is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the country currently generating billions in sales revenue and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. The industry will most likely experience significant growth within the decade, especially with lawmakers initiating the process to deschedule cannabis at the federal level. Understandably, states that haven't launched their own cannabis markets and even those with existing markets would want to cash in via cannabis taxes.



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

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Northbrook, Illinois  Adopt-a-Dog


3 Years, 3 months
Weight: 79 lbs.
Location: C. North Wing. 89
Adult-Only Home Preferred

"Nino is a sweet, happy guy who loves to run and play! He is large, but not too strong on his front clip harness! He loves to play in the yard and roll in the grass."

Orphans of the Storm Animal Shelter
2140 Northbrook Ct, Northbrook, IL 60062



NEFA Funding Symposium Taking Safety Seriously!
October 13-15, 2021 | The Westin, Charlotte NC

"The National Equipment Finance Association Leadership is excited to see you at the October 13-15 Funding Symposium in Charlotte, NC. The conference planning committee has organized a great conference with featured keynote speakers, industry practical application sessions, and phenomenal networking.

"We understand you’ve been through a lot, over the past year and a half, and we are taking measures to ensure the conference is safe for attendees.

The Following Safety Measures Will Be In Place:

  • Comfort Bracelets – attendees may choose a bracelet that provides their comfort level when interacting with other attendees
  • Hand Sanitizer available throughout conference site
  • Face masks available upon request
  • Connect Through Our Conference App.:

"The Conference Mobile App will be made available to all registered attendees, featuring the agenda, event materials, access to practical application sessions, and endless opportunities to connect virtually with exhibitors and attendees.

"To further support attendees and reduce the spread of COVID-19, NEFA is offering a registration credit for any attendee that wishes to cancel due to an illness or company travel restrictions. A credit will be provided for a future NEFA event.

"Please register today… the early bird rate expires soon!"

Chad Sluss

Hotel ($219 per night special discount)


News Briefs---

FinTechs Found to Be Much More Likely
    to OK Suspicious PPP Loans

Federal mask mandate for planes, buses
   and trains to extend into next year

Texas requests five mortuary trailers from FEMA,
     bracing for more covid-19 deaths

Florida school district

U.S. to Advise Boosters for Most Americans
    8 Months after Vaccination




You May Have Missed---

Analysis: Regional bank deals in U.S.
    seen ebbing with fewer partners left



Sports Briefs---

Photos Shows Jimmy Garoppolo’s Reaction
    To Trey Lance Touchdown
Jaguars release Tim Tebow, ending his NFL comeback

49ers say goodbye to former top-10 pick Josh Rosen,
    acquire Ravens CB off waivers

Raiders coach John Gruden supports requiring
    proof of COVID-19 vaccination at home games

Seattle Seahawks, Jamal Adams agree to 4-year extension
    with maximum value of $72 million


California Nuts Briefs---

California recommends private employers require
    COVID vaccines or testing for workers

Attorney sues dozens of Peninsula businesses
    over ADA violations



“Gimme that Wine”

OpenTable adds a new ‘verified’ tag
     for restaurants to check vaccine status

Drought, frost, heat blamed for light
    Mendocino County wine grape crop

Fairest Creature Napa wines retail at $1000 per bottle?
    Fairest Creatures and Where to Find Them

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

     1587 - The first child in America born of European parents was Virginia Dare, at Roanoke Island, in the future state of North Carolina. She was the daughter of Ananias Dare and Eleanor (White) Dare. Only the first nine days of her life are known to history. Her parents were part of a group of 150 settlers, including 25 women and children, who left England on May 8, 1587 in three vessels. They landed at Cape Hatteras on July 22 and cruised up what is now Pamilco Sound to the “iland called Roanoac.” Two vessels returned to England immediately. The third, with John White aboard, sailed off to England on August 27, nine days after Virginia Dare's birth, to acquire more supplies. Another source states: The first European child born in North America is probably Snorri who was born in Vinland (the wooded land in North America that was visited and named by Leif Eriksson about the year AD 1000. Its exact location is not known, but it was probably somewhere along the Atlantic coastline of what is now eastern or northeastern Canada) around the year 1000.
    1590 - John White, the governor of the Roanoke Island colony in present-day North Carolina, returns from a supply-trip to England to find the settlement deserted. White and his men found no trace of the 100 or so colonists he left behind, and there was no sign of violence. Among the missing were Eleanor Dare, White's daughter, and Virginia Dare, White's granddaughter and the first English child born in America.  August 18 was to have been Virginia's third birthday. The only clue to their mysterious disappearance was the word "CROATOAN" carved into the palisade that had been built around the settlement. White took the letters to mean that the colonists had moved to Croatoan Island, some 50 miles away, but a later search of the island found none of the settlers. The Roanoke Island colony, the first English settlement in the New World, was founded by English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh in August, 1585. In 1998, archaeologists studying tree-ring data from Virginia found that extreme drought conditions persisted between 1587 and 1589. These conditions undoubtedly contributed to the demise of the so-called Lost Colony, but where the settlers went after they left Roanoke remains a mystery. One theory has them being absorbed into an Indian tribe known as the Croatans.
    1688 - Puritan clergyman John Bunyan, 69, preached his last sermon, before dying 13 days later. In 1678, he had authored “Pilgrim's Progress,” an allegory describing the difficulties encountered in the Christian life, while journeying through this world.
    1735 – Successor to the “Weekly Rehearsal,” the Boston Evening-Post began publishing.
    1774 - Birthday of Explorer Meriwether Lewis (d. 1809) in Albemarle County, VA.  In 1793, Lewis graduated from Liberty Hall (now Washington and Lee University).  That year he joined the Virginia militia, and in 1794, he was sent as part of a detachment to put down the Whiskey Rebellion. In 1795, Lewis joined the US Army and was commissioned. By 1800, he rose to Captain and ended his service there in 1801. Among his commanding officers was William Clark.  On April 1, 1801, Lewis was appointed as an aide by President Thomas Jefferson whom he knew through Virginia society in Albemarle County. Lewis resided in the presidential mansion and frequently conversed with various prominent figures in politics, the arts and other circles.   He compiled information on the personnel and politics of the United States Army, which had seen an influx of Federalist officers as a result of John Adams’ midnight appointments.   When Jefferson began to plan for an expedition across the continent, he chose Lewis to lead the expedition. Meriwether Lewis recruited Clark, then age 33, to share command of the expedition.
     1812 – Returning from a cruise into Canadian waters, Captain Isaac Hull’s USS Constitution of the fledgling U.S. Navy encountered British Captain Richard Dacre’s HMS Guerriere about 750 miles out of Boston. After a frenzied 55-minute battle that left 101 dead, Guerriere rolled helplessly in the water, smashed beyond salvage. Dacre struck his colors and surrendered to Hull’s boarding party. In contrast, Constitution suffered little damage and only 14 casualties. The fight’s outcome shocked the British Admiralty while it heartened America through the dark days of the War of 1812.
    1834 – Birthday of department store magnate Marshall Field (d. 1906) in Conway, MA.  Field is also known for his philanthropy, providing funding for the Field Museum of Natural History and donating land for the campus of the University of Chicago.
    1838 - The Wilkes Expedition, which would explore the Puget Sound and Antarctica, weighs anchor at Hampton Roads, VA.  The voyage was authorized by Congress in 1836. It is named in honor of its commanding officer, US Navy Lieutenant Charles Wilkes. The expedition was of major importance to the growth of the then-young field of oceanography. During the event, armed conflict between Pacific islanders and the expedition was not uncommon and dozens of natives were killed in action, as well as a few Americans.
    1852 - The roots of the Baptist General Conference were planted when Swedish immigrant pastor Gustaf Palmquist baptized his first three converts in the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois. Today, the denomination numbers about 140,000.
    1856 - In San Francisco, the Committee of Vigilance voluntarily disbanded after a parade of 6000 armed men. The committee's headquarters became a temporary museum.
    1862 - The Sioux Indians began an uprising, eventually crushed, in Minnesota.
    1872 - The first mail-order catalogue was published by Montgomery Ward, founded by Aaron Montgomery Ward earlier this year in Chicago. It was only a single sheet of paper. By 1904, the Montgomery Ward catalog weighed four pounds. Households throughout the US did not have to live or visit a major city to obtain any product.
    1896 – The first Klondike Gold Strike occurred in Alaska, found at Bonanza Creek by George Carmack.
    1898 - Edwin Prescott patented the roller coaster.  He called it the centrifugal railway because the car depended on centrifugal force to stay on the tracks.  The Loop-the-Loop was first built at Coney Island in 1901, relying on basic physics. Prescott even charged for people to view others on the ride. The only flaw was that it could only be hold 4 riders every 5 minutes. 
    1902 – The first unassisted triple play in organized baseball was executed by 1B Hal O’Hagan of the Rochester Bronchos against Jersey City.
    1904 – Birthday of Max Factor, Jr, born Francis Factor (d. 1996) in St. Louis, the son of Max Factor, a cosmetics pioneer. Known as Frank, his family moved to Los Angeles in 1908 where he began working in the family business.  Frank Factor took the lead upon his father’s death over the two years that it took to develop a suitable make-up for use with the newly developed Technicolor film. This make-up was released to the film industry under the name “Pan-Cake.”
    1914 – President Woodrow Wilson issued the Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.
    1915 - The Boston Braves opened Braves Field defeating the Cardinals, 3-1.  Since their beginning as Boston’s National League team in 1871, they played at the South End Grounds.  The success of the “Miracle Braves” in 1914, winning the World Series after a 26-40 start, revenue allowed the construction of the new park.  This stadium is now known as Nickerson Field, home of the Boston University baseball team.  The Braves, now in Atlanta, are the oldest continuing operating franchise in Major League Baseball.
    1917 – Caspar Weinberger’s (d. 2006) birthday in San Francisco.  Weinberger served in World War II. His entry into politics was as a California State Assemblyman from 1953 to 1959 and he would go on to serve as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under Presidents Nixon and Ford. An accomplished private sector businessman, he later became vice president and general counsel of Bechtel Corporation, and still later, Chairman of Forbes.  He was appointed Secretary of Defense under President Reagan from 1981 to 1987, the third longest tenure in that position in U.S. history, and spanned the final years of the Cold War. He is also known for his key role in the administration's Strategic Defense Initiative and later indictments in the Iran-Contra Affair. 
    1918 - Sax player Eddie Shu, born Edward Shulman (d. 1986) birthday, Brooklyn, NY.
    1920 - Drummer Don Lamond (d. 2003) was born Oklahoma City, Okla.
    1920 - The Nineteenth Amendment was added to the US Constitution extending the right to vote to women. The historians say it was handsome Warren G. Harding who wanted women to vote for him (he also had quite a taste for the ladies and died here in San Francisco). There was over 100 years of women's suffrage. The ratification of the 19th Amendment by Tennessee that would total ratification by two-thirds of all states, guaranteed suffrage for ALL women in the U.S. had come down to one state.   24-year-old Harry Burns had been considered a safe vote before his mother intervened. She wrote him a letter. He stood up at his seat in the Tennessee legislature when it came to a motion to table the vote and voted against it. Later he voted yes and the measure became law in the United States. He won re-election.
    1922 - Birthday of actress Shelley Winters, born Shirley Schrift (d. 2006), St. Louis, MO. She was nominated four times for Academy Awards, winning two, “The Diary of Anne Frank” (1959) and “A Patch of Blue” (1965). Her autobiography, “Shelley, also known as Shirley” (1980) was a runaway best seller, one of the first woman's kiss and tell insider revelations of Hollywood. A noted actor, she conducted acting classes for some of the screen’s best actors.
    1925 - During the late morning hours, a severe hailstorm struck southeastern Iowa, completely destroying crops along a path six to ten miles wide and 75 miles long. The hail also injured and killed poultry and livestock, and caused a total of $2.5 million damage. The hailstorm flattened fields of corn to such an extent that many had to leave their farms in search of other work. It was one of the worst hailstorms of record for the nation.
    1927 – Birthday of early rock ‘n’ roller Sonny Til, born Earlington Carl Tilghman (d. 1981), Baltimore, MD.  Lead singer of the Orioles (“Cryin in the Chapel”), a group from Baltimore.  By 1960, Til was the only original member left. He led the Orioles from its establishment until his death of heart failure, complicated by diabetes.  The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
    1927 – Rosalynn Carter, First Lady, born Eleanor Rosalynn Smith, Plains, GA.
    1928 – Birthday of Marge Schott, born Margaret Carolyn Unnewehr (d. 2004), Cincinnati, OH.  She was the third woman to own a North American major league team (Cincinnati Reds (1984-99) without inheriting it and the second woman to buy an existing team rather than inheriting it.  Her indiscriminate comments regarding ethnic groups and her favorable comments toward Hitler have outlived her.
    1932 - Mildred Bailey first records “Rockin' Chair,” NYC (VI 24117
    1934 – Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente (d. 1972) born in Puerto Rico as Roberto Clemente Walker.  Signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954, he was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the rookie draft and played his entire career there.  Clemente was involved in charity work in Puerto Rico and Latin American countries during the off seasons, often delivering baseball equipment and food to those in need. He died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, while in route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.  Clemente was inducted posthumously to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, becoming the first Latin American to be enshrined. His death established the precedent that as an alternate to the five-year retirement period, a player deceased for at least 6 months is eligible for entry into the Hall of Fame.  Clemente is the first Latino player to win a World Series as a starter (1960), to receive a National League MVP Award (1966), and to receive a World Series MVP (1971).
    1935 – Rafer Johnson’s (d. 2020) birthday in Hillsboro, TX.  Johnson qualified for both the decathlon and the long jump events for the 1956 Olympics.  He broke the world record in 1958 and 1960. The crown to his career came at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.  The NFL LA Rams drafted him but he never played in the NFL.  He did have a number of small parts in movies such as “Spartacus” and “License to Kill,” and joined the Peace Corps immediately after its creation.  In 1968, he joined the campaign of Robert F. Kennedy, and with the help of Rosey Grier, apprehended Sirhan Sirhan after his assassination of Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968.
    1935 – Gail Fisher (d. 2000), one of the first black women in television, was born in Orange, NJ.  During the early 1960s, she appeared in a television commercial for All laundry detergent, which made her the first black person to make a national TV commercial, on camera, with lines.  She was best known for playing the role of secretary Peggy Fair on the television detective series “Mannix” from 1968 through 1975, a role for which she won two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy; she was the first black woman to win either award.
    1937 - Actor director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist Robert Redford, born in Santa Monica, California.  Redford's career began in New York. Starting in 1959, he appeared as a guest star on numerous TV programs.  Moving to Broadway, his biggest Broadway success was as the stuffy newlywed husband in “Barefoot in the Park” (1963).  His film debut was in 1962 and started a string of successes.  Among them: “Inside Daisy Clover” (1965), “Barefoot in the Park” (1969), “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969), “Jeremiah Johnson” (1972), “The Candidate” (1972), “The Way We Were” (1973), and the biggest hit of his career: the blockbuster crime caper “The Sting” (1973), for which he was also nominated for an Oscar.  Between 1974 and 1976, exhibitors voted Redford Hollywood's top box-office name.  His hits included “The Great Gatsby” (1974), “Three Days of The Condor” (1975), “All The President’s Men” (1976)…the list goes on and includes his directorial accomplishments as well.
    1937 - The first FM (frequency modulation) radio station in the US, Boston's WGTR (now WAAF), is granted its construction permit by the FCC.
    1938 – Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York with Ontario, Canada over the St. Lawrence River, is dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt.
    1939 - Johnny Preston was born John Preston Courville (d. 2011) at Port Arthur, TX, birthplace of Janis Joplin.  Preston had two rock ‘n’ roll hits in 1959 and 1960, respectively: “Running Bear” reached # 1 and “Cradle of Love” reached #2.
    1940 – Jimmy Powers, sport editor of the Sunday New York Daily News, causes a flap when he suggests the Yankees’ poor play this season can be attributed to "a mass polio epidemic" contracted from Lou Gehrig who had already retired. The former Yankee first baseman and his roommate, Bill Dickey, file suit and the newspaper retracted the story on September 26 and apologizes.
    1942 – On Guadalcanal, Japanese reinforcements are landed at Taivu and a detachment of 1,000 troops under the leadership of Colonel Ichiki starts towards the American position. The Japanese believe there are only 3,000 Americans on the Island. There are actually 10,000 and the airstrip is now ready to receive aircraft.
    1942 - THOMASON, CLYDE, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 23 May 1914, Atlanta, Ga. Accredited to: Georgia. Citation: For conspicuous heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty during the Marine Raider Expedition against the Japanese-held island of Makin on 17-18 August 1942. Leading the advance element of the assault echelon, Sgt. Thomason disposed his men with keen judgment and discrimination and, by his exemplary leadership and great personal valor, exhorted them to like fearless efforts. On 1 occasion, he dauntlessly walked up to a house which concealed an enemy Japanese sniper, forced in the door and shot the man before he could resist. Later in the action, while leading an assault on an enemy position, he gallantly gave his life in the service of his country. His courage and loyal devotion to duty in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1943 - Betty Smith's novel, ”A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” concerning life in the Brooklyn slums, was published and became a best-seller. It was made into a film a few years later, starring juvenile actress Peggy Ann Garner, and earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for James Dunn.
    1943 - CHELI, RALPH (Air Mission), Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Army Air Corps. Place and date: Near Wewak, New Guinea, 18 August 1943. Entered service at: Brooklyn, N.Y. Birth: San Francisco, Calif. G.O. No.: 72, 28 October 1943. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy. While Maj. Cheli was leading his squadron in a dive to attack the heavily defended Dagua Airdrome, intercepting enemy aircraft centered their fire on his plane, causing it to burst into flames while still 2 miles from the objective. His speed would have enabled him to gain necessary altitude to parachute to safety, but this action would have resulted in his formation becoming disorganized and exposed to the enemy. Although a crash was inevitable, he courageously elected to continue leading the attack in his blazing plane. From a minimum altitude, the squadron made a devastating bombing and strafing attack on the target. The mission completed, Maj. Cheli instructed his wingman to lead the formation and crashed into the sea.
    1945 - Top Hits
“If I Loved You” - Perry Como
“I Wish I Knew” - Dick Haymes
“Till the End of Time” - Perry Como
“Oklahoma Hills” - Jack Guthrie
    1949 - Ralph Flanagan and his orchestra recorded their first tune on wax, "You're Breaking My Heart."
    1953 - Top Hits
“No Other Love” - Perry Como
“I'm Walking Behind You” - Eddie Fisher
“Vaya Con Dios” - Les Paul & Mary Ford
“Rub-A-Dub-Dub” - Hank Thompson
    1954 - James E. Wilkins became the first Africa-American to attend a United States Cabinet meeting. He was Assistant Secretary of Labor and attended because the Secretary and Under-Secretary were away.
    1956 - Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" enters the R&B chart at #11. Peacock records releases Big Mama Thornton's original version the same day. It was a R&B Number One for Thornton in 1953
    1956 - Little Willie John's original version of "Fever" enters the pop charts at #24. The song will later become a big hit for both the McCoys and Peggy Lee.
    1958 - The "Mambo King," 41-year-old Perez Prado, received one of the first gold records to be awarded by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) when his single, "Patricia," was certified as having sold more than one million copies.  Three years earlier, the Cuban born band leader had his first US chart topper with "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White".
    1958 - Italy's leading male vocalist, Domenico Modugno hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Volare" (Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu). The song would become the year's best-selling record and win three Grammy Awards. He later served in Italian government 1987-92 in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.  He died August 6, 1994.
    1958 – Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel “Lolita” is published in the United States.
    1960 - The first commercially-produced oral contraceptive, Enovid 10, was introduced in Skokie, Illinois.
    1960 - Bobby Darin recorded “Artificial Flowers” and “Lazy River.”
    1961 – Former NY Federal Reserve District Governor and 75th Secretary of the Treasury, under President Obama, Timothy Geithner birthday in New York City.  His mother is a Mayflower descendant and his maternal grandfather served under President Eisenhower.
    1961 - Top Hits
“Tossin' and Turnin'” - Bobby Lewis
“I Like It Like That” - Chris Kenner
“Last Night” - Mar-Keys
“I Fall to Pieces” - Patsy Cline
    1962 - Peter, Paul & Mary's "If I Had A Hammer" is released.
    1963 - James Meredith, the first Black person admitted to the University of Mississippi, graduates from University of Mississippi.
    1964 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Where Did Our Love Go," The Supremes. It is the group's first hit.
    1964 - The Beatles arrive in San Francisco for the start of their first full US tour and were met at the airport by nine thousand screaming fans (but not the ticker tape parade that had been rumored). A fenced-off press area is destroyed by the sheer size of the crowd, forcing a frightened group to retreat to their hotel. There, a woman is beaten and robbed on another floor, ignored by authorities who assume the screaming is part of the Beatles' fan base. On August 29, 1966, the Beatles played at Candlestick Park, their last concert as a group.  The last event at Candlestick, August 15, 2014, was a farewell concert by Paul McCartney, who sang over 40 Beatle’s songs.  The famed arena is scheduled for housing and a retail center.
    1965 - Tom Moffat, disc jockey for KPOI in Hawaii, arranges for Herman's Hermits lead singer Peter Noone to interview Elvis Presley live from his bungalow in Honolulu, where he is relaxing while filming his latest movie, “Paradise, Hawaiian Style.” "Who's your favorite group?" Noone asks. "The Boston Pops," Elvis replies, laughing.
    1965 - O'MALLEY, ROBERT E., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Sergeant (then Cpl.), U.S. Marine Corps, Company 1, 3d Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division (Rein). Place and date: Near An Cu'ong 2, South Vietnam, 18 August 1965. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Born: 3 June 1943, New York, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the communist (Viet Cong) forces at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While leading his squad in the assault against a strongly entrenched enemy force, his unit came under intense small-arms fire. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Sgt. O'Malley raced across an open rice paddy to a trench line where the enemy forces were located. Jumping into the trench, he attacked the Viet Cong with his rifle and grenades, and singly killed 8 of the enemy. He then led his squad to the assistance of an adjacent marine unit which was suffering heavy casualties. Continuing to press forward, he reloaded his weapon and fired with telling effect into the enemy emplacement. He personally assisted in the evacuation of several wounded marines, and again regrouping the remnants of his squad, he returned to the point of the heaviest fighting. Ordered to an evacuation point by an officer, Sgt. O'Malley gathered his besieged and badly wounded squad, and boldly led them under fire to a helicopter for withdrawal. Although 3 times wounded in this encounter and, facing imminent death from a fanatic and determined enemy, he steadfastly refused evacuation and continued to cover his squad's boarding of the helicopters while, from an exposed position, he delivered fire against the enemy until his wounded men were evacuated. Only then, with his last mission accomplished, did he permit himself to be removed from the battlefield. By his valor, leadership, and courageous efforts in behalf of his comrades, he served as an inspiration to all who observed him, and reflected the highest credit upon the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.
    1965 - PAUL, JOE C., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines (Rein), 3d Marine Division (Rein). Place and date: near Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam, 18 August 1965. Entered service at: Dayton, Ohio. Born: 23 April 1946, Williamsburg, Ky. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. In violent battle, L/Cpl. Paul's platoon sustained 5 casualties as it was temporarily pinned down, by devastating mortar, recoilless rifle, automatic weapons, and rifle fire delivered by insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in well entrenched positions. The wounded marines were unable to move from their perilously exposed positions forward of the remainder of their platoon and were suddenly subjected to a barrage of white phosphorous rifle grenades. L/Cpl. Paul, fully aware that his tactics would almost certainly result in serious injury or death to himself, chose to disregard his safety and boldly dashed across the fire-swept rice paddies, placed himself between his wounded comrades and the enemy, and delivered effective suppressive fire with his automatic weapon in order to divert the attack long enough to allow the casualties to be evacuated. Although critically wounded during the course of the battle, he resolutely remained in his exposed position and continued to fire his rifle until he collapsed and was evacuated. By his fortitude and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death, he saved the lives of several of his fellow marines. His heroic action served to inspire all who observed him and reflect the highest credit upon himself, the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.
    1966 - The House Un-American Activities Commission began investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intended to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupted the meeting and 50 people were arrested.
    1967 – The Red Sox’s Tony Conigliaro was beaned by the Angels’ Jack Hamilton. Hit on the left cheekbone, just below the eye socket, Conigliaro missed the rest of this year and all of 1968. He was hitting .267 with 20 home runs and 67 RBI in 95 games.
    1969 – Actor Edward Norton birthday, Boston.
    1969 - Woodstock ends at approximately 9 am EST when Jimi Hendrix performs "Hey Joe," after his now-legendary rendition of the US National Anthem a few songs earlier.
    1969 - Top Hits
“In the Year 2525” - Zager & Evans
“Honky Tonk Women” - The Rolling Stones
“Sweet Caroline” - Neil Diamond
“Workin' Man Blues” - Merle Haggard
    1970 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Make It with You," Bread.
    1971 - Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
    1973 - According to Cashbox Magazine, Wings (with Paul McCartney) had the best-selling single in the US with "Live and Let Die." He ended the farewell concert at Candlestick Park with this song amid fireworks on August 15, 2014.
    1973 - Diana Ross' "Touch Me In The Morning" hits #1   
    1973 - Jazz drumming legend Gene Krupa plays what is to be his last live show, a gig with the Benny Goodman Quartet in New York City.
    1977 – Elvis Presley's funeral is held in at his Memphis estate, Graceland, where 150 mourners attend, including such luminaries as Ann-Margret, James Brown, and actor George Hamilton. (Everyone from Sammy Davis Jr. to Farrah Fawcett to Burt Reynolds to John Wayne were rumored to attend but did not.) Held in Graceland's living room, it lasted from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and was led by Wooddale Church of Christ pastor C.W. Bradley. Televangelist Rex Humbard gave a short sermon, followed by a testimonial from comedian Jackie Kahane, who often opened Elvis' shows. Other Elvis tour vets -- J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, the Statesmen, and Kathy Westmoreland -- performed some of Elvis' favorite hymns including "Heavenly Father." Outside, 75,000 fans mourn, so many that President Jimmy Carter has ordered the National Guard in to maintain order. Elvis' burial begins with a long procession down the street that bears his name, a white hearse and seventeen white limousines behind, ending at Forest Hill Cemetery. The 900-pound copper coffin is carried by pallbearers Jerry Schilling, Joe Esposito, George Klein, Lamar Fike, Billy Smith, Charlie Hodges, Gene Smith, and Dr. George Nichopoulous. A small service is then held in the mausoleum, followed by the paying of respects from family and friends. Elvis' father, Vernon, is the last to pay respects, kissing the coffin and repeating "Daddy will be with you soon." Elvis is interred at 4:30 pm CST.
    1977 - The Police play their first gig without original guitarist Henri Padovani at Rebecca's Club in Birmingham, England. The Police were originally formed by Sting (Gordon Sumner), Stewart Copeland, and Henri Padovani. A fourth member, Andy Summers, joined later as a second guitarist. Padovani left the band soon thereafter, leaving the Police, once again, a trio. It is this trio which delivered such pop hits as "Every Breath You Take," "Can't Stand Losing You," and "Roxanne."
    1977 - Top Hits
“I Just Want to Be Your Everything” - Andy Gibb
“I'm in You” - Peter Frampton
“Best of My Love” - Emotions
“Rollin' with the Flow” - Charlie Rich
    1982 - At Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, the longest baseball game, to that date, was played. It lasted 22 innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cubs 2-1. Having started the previous day, the game had been postponed, after 17 innings, because of darkness.
    1982 - Liverpool names four of its streets for its hometown heroes the Beatles: John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close and Ringo Starr Drive.
    1983 – Hurricane Alicia hits the Texas coast, killing 22 people and causing over $1 billion in damage.
    1985 - Top Hits
“Shout” - Tears For Fears
“The Power of Love” - Huey Lewis & The News
“Freeway of Love” - Aretha Franklin
“Highwayman” - Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson/Johnny Cash/Kris Kristofferson
    1986 - Jim Kelly signed with the National Football League's Buffalo Bills for an estimated $7.5 million, over five years. Formerly of the Houston Gamblers of the USFL, the contract made Kelly the highest paid in the NFL.
    1986 - Bon Jovi releases its "Slippery When Wet" album.
    1987 - Thirteen cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Orlando, FL with a reading of 98 degrees, and Portland, ME with a high of 94 degrees. Newark, NJ reached 90 degrees for the thirty-sixth time of the year, their second highest total of record
    1987 - NFL Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell, the "Tyler Rose," announced his retirement. The 1977 Heisman Trophy winner for the University of Texas, Campbell, played eight seasons with the National Football League.  Campbell was the first overall draft pick in the 1978 NFL Draft, selected by the Houston Oilers. The Oilers obtained the pick from Tampa Bay by trading their starting tight end, their first and second round picks in the 1978 Draft, and their third and fifth round picks in the 1979 Draft.  Campbell is widely acknowledged as one of the best power running backs in NFL history, with Jim Brown and John Riggins, and was highly regarded by his peers. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
    1988 - Twenty-two cities, from the Carolinas to the Upper Ohio Valley, reported record high temperatures for the date, pushing the total number of daily record highs since the first of June above the 1100 mark. Afternoon highs of 102 degrees at Greensboro, NC and 105 degrees at Raleigh, NC equaled all-time records. Evening thunderstorms in Montana produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Scobey.
    1988 - Republican Convention in New Orleans select Bush-Quayle ticket
    1992 - Basketball star Larry Bird, after 13 years with the Boston Celtics, announced his retirement.
    1994 - Top Hits
“Stay (I Missed You)” (From "Reality Bites") - Lisa Loeb
“I'll Make Love To You” - Boyz II Men
“Fantastic Voyage” - Coolio
Wild Night - John Mellencamp With Me Shell Ndegeocello
    1995 – Yankees announcer and former SS, Phil Rizzuto, retired as team broadcaster after 39 years at the mike, reportedly because WPIX-TV refused to allow him to miss a game to attend teammate Mickey Mantle’s funeral. Rizzuto eventually will return for the 1996 season.
    1997 - The Rolling Stones announce the plans for their upcoming "Bridges To Babylon" tour in grand style. The band rolls up to the Brooklyn Bridge in New York in a red '55 Cadillac with Mick at the wheel.
    1997 – Virginia Military Institute admitted a female for the first time in its 158-year history.  VMI was the last U.S. military college to admit women.  In 1990, the Department of Justice filed a discrimination lawsuit against VMI for its all-male admissions policy. While the court challenge was pending, a state-sponsored Virginian Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) was opened at Mary Baldwin College as a parallel program for women. The VWIL continued, even after VMI's admission of women.  After VMI won its case in US District Court, the case went through several appeals until 26 June 1996, when the Supreme Court, in a 7–1 decision, found that it was unconstitutional for a school supported by public funds to exclude women.
    1999 - Top Hits
“Genie in a Bottle” - Christina Aguilera
Bills, Bills, Bills” – Destiny’s Child
“Tell Me It’s Real” - K-Ci
“Summer Girls” - LFO
    1999 - DMX and Lauryn Hill are the big winners at the 1999 Source Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. DMX goes home with artist and live performer of the year, while Hill takes album of the year and new artist, solo.
    2006 - At Fenway Park, the Yankees beat the Red Sox in the night cap to complete a day-night doubleheader sweep. The 14-11 slugfest, in which the AL East Division rivals bang out a total 34 hits, takes 4 hours and 45 minutes to play, making it the longest nine-inning game in big league history. A team scored in nine of the 18 half-innings.
    2008 - The Trump International Hotel and tower in Chicago topped off at 1,389 feet, at the time becoming the world's highest residence above ground-level.
    2012 - Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, was granted political asylum by Ecuador.  Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006, but came to global prominence in 2010, when WikiLeaks published a series of leaks provided by Chelsea Manning. Following the 2010 leaks, the US government launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks and asked allied nations for assistance.  Assange surrendered himself to UK police on 7 December 2010, and was held for ten days in solitary confinement before being released on bail. Having been unsuccessful in his challenge to the extradition proceedings, he breached his bail and absconded. He was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012. He has since remained in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, and is in principle free to leave, although it is likely that he will then be arrested for the criminal offence of breaching his bail conditions
    2015 - Australian golfer Jason Day won the PGA Championship with a score of 20 under par; American Jordan Spieth finished in second place, resulting in a rank of #1 in the world, replacing Northern Irish golf champ Rory McIlroy.
    2018 – In a landmark case against weed killer Roundup, a San Francisco court awards groundsman Dewayne Johnson $289 million against Monsanto for giving him terminal cancer.
    2019 – In an apparent suicide, financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell in New York, while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.  The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.  Epstein's lawyers have disputed the ruling and there has been significant public skepticism about the true cause of death.  Epstein had a decades-long association with Ghislaine Maxwell, who faces persistent allegations of procuring and sexually trafficking underage girls for Epstein, which led to her arrest by the FBI on July 2, 2020.  He had previously served time for sex-related crimes with an underage girl in Florida.  Epstein also maintained long-term relationships with various high-profile individuals, including Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Donald Trump, and Prince Andrew.
    2020 - Global COVID-19 cases passed 20 million and is accelerating.  The first 10 million took almost 6 months, the second 10 million took just 43 days.



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