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Monday, August 15, 2022

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Webinar Wednesday, August 17, 3:00 pm ET
  AACFB "Pro Tips for Title Deals"
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
   We Are Growing Our Senior Sales Team Now!
Chesswood Closes $347 Million Securitization
    Primarily for Pawnee Leasing
Other States Awaiting December 9, 2022
  Disclosure Requirements to Commercial Loan Applicants
    By Stephen J. Grable, Lizzie A. Walter, and Nicholas Armstrong
Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
    August 8 to August 12
Online sales will top $1 trillion this year and grow at
    a 10% compound annual growth rate through 2027
Labrador Retriever/Siberian Husky
    Novato, California  Adopt-a- Dog
“Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" with Ken Greene
  By Kit Menkin and Ken Greene, Legal Editor
    “The Sausalito Music Factory"
News Briefs---
Saudi Aramco profit surges 90%
    in second quarter amid energy price boom
Rivian now has nearly 200,000 orders for its
    electric trucks and delivery vans. It’s produced 8,000

You May have Missed---
Why John Madden’s return to Madden NFL
    cover was the ‘perfect way’ to honor him

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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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries


Matthew Kelley was hired as Underwriter II, Old National Equipment Finance, a division of Old National Bank, Westmont, Illinois.  He is located in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Previously, he was at Wintrust Financial Corporation, starting October, 2017, Senior Underwriter, promoted February, 2020, Portfolio Manager; Senior Credit Analyst, AVP, Deutsche Leasing USA (October, 2015 - October, 2017); Senior Credit Risk Analyst, West Suburban Bank (January, 2015 - October, 2015); Finance Program Officer, VP and Portfolio Compliance Officer, National Finance Associates, LLC (April, 2006 - October, 2014).

Brian McGivern was hired as Midwest Regional Sales Manager, Office Products, PEAC Solutions, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is located in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Previously, he was Assistant Vice President, Regional Sales Representative, CIT Vendor Financial Services, CIT (December, 2019 - August, 2022) July, 2022);Regional Sales Manager, Wells Fargo Vendor Financial (fka GE Capital) (March, 2012 – December, 2016); Business Development Manager, Macquarie Group (January, 2012 – April, 2012); Office Products Sales Manager, CIT (January, 2007 – October, 2011); Regional Sales Manager, CitiCapital formerly Copelco Capital (2005 – 2007); Account Executive, Canon Financial Services (2003 – 2005); Vendor Services Manager, Sanwa Leasing Corporation (March, 1991 – March, 2002); Vendor Services Manager, Bank of America Leasing Corporation (2000 – 2002); Sales Manager, Fleet Capital Leasing (Acquired by Bank of America) (1991 – 2002); Sales Manager, Sanwa Leasing Corporation (defunct) (1991 – 2002); Credit, Leasefirst (1987 – 1990).

Connor McKeeve, CLFP, was promoted to Area Vice President, Credit Officer, Wintrust Specialty Finance, Irvine, California.  He is located in Orange County, California. He joined the company September, 2019, Credit Analyst, promoted January, 2021, Senior Credit Analyst, promoted January, 2022, Credit Officer, January, 2022. Previously, Credit Analyst, Providence Capital Funding, Inc. (June, 2018 - August, 2019).

John Sandoval was hired as Senior Vice President, Sales, Dext Capital, Oswego, Oregon.  He is located in Los Angeles, California. He previously was Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer,
first Financial Equipment Leasing (June, 2015 - November, 2021); Executive Vice- President, CHG-Meridian (April, 2010 - June, 2015); Vice President/Lease Marketing and Sales, City National Bank (2005 - 2010); Vice-President, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. (2004 - 2005).

Pierina Silversre was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Information Technology, North Mill Equipment Finance, LLC, Norwalk, Connecticut. She joined the company July, 2019, Insurance and Asset Management Administrator, promoted 2020, Loss Mitigation Manager, promoted 2021, Senior Business Analyst.

Paul Vecker was hired as Chief Revenue Officer of Eastern Funding LLC., New York, New York He also serves as President and CEO, Macrolease Corporation (May, 2019 - Present). Previously, he was at PNC, starting February, 2007, Senior  Vice President, Head of Vendor, promoted March, 2017, Chief Growth Officer; Founder, President and CEO, the Navigator Group, LLC (February, 1999 - January, 2007; Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Paramount Financial Corporation (April, 1994 - December, 1998); Chief Financial Officer, COS Computer Systems (1989 - 1993).


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Chesswood Closes $347 Million Securitization
Primarily for Pawnee Leasing

Chesswood Group Limited announced that its subsidiary, Pawnee Leasing Corporation ("Pawnee"), Fort Collins, Colorado, has closed its marketed U.S. securitization of receivables. Proceeds from this securitization totaled US$347 million and will be used to repay Pawnee's warehouse facility and more than US$75 million of Chesswood's corporate revolving credit facility.

Ryan Marr, Chesswood's President and CEO, said, "This transaction strengthens both Pawnee's and Chesswood's financial positions.  The success of this asset-backed securitization is evidence of Pawnee's high quality portfolio and further demonstrates Chesswood's ability to manage treasury and funding resources, allowing us to continue to grow the business."

The websites of Chesswood Group Limited's operating businesses are:         

Note: Chesswood last week reported:  Quarter2 Income: $9.7 Million
Compared to $7.8 Million Same Period in 2021



Other States Are Awaiting December 9, 2022
Disclosure Requirements to Commercial Loan Applicants
By Stephen J. Grable, Lizzie A. Walter, and Nicholas Armstrong

Commercial financing providers in California will soon need to comply with detailed disclosure requirements when making an offer of commercial financing to potential borrowers. The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation’s final implementing regulations for the state’s commercial finance disclosure law (CFDL) become effective on December 9, 2022. Other states that have been considering or already passed a CFDL—including New York—have been awaiting release of California’s regulations and are anticipated to soon release similar regulations.

Impacted commercial finance providers should begin working now to conform their practices, including to review the detailed regulations and work with their legal provider for assistance.

Who must comply?

Impacted providers generally include those offering closed-end transactions, commercial open-end credit plans, factoring transactions, sales-based financing, lease financing, general asset-based lending, and other types of commercial financing. Federal- and state-chartered banks, trust companies, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and vehicle rental companies are exempt. The CFDL laws are generally aimed at commercial finance providers not otherwise regulated by the U.S. Government or state banking authorities. These include specialty finance companies like commercial factors and merchant cash advance companies.

The California disclosure requirements apply to all transactions offering $5,000 to $500,000 in financing intended for commercial purposes.

What is required?

The disclosure requirements for California are detailed and specific, comprising 48 pages and addressing different requirements dependent upon the nature of the financing being offered. In general, specific disclosure must be made as to:

  • The total amount of funds provided or available
  • The total dollar cost of the financing
  • The term or estimated term
  • The method, frequency, and amount of payments
  • A description of prepayment policies; and
  • The total cost of the financing expressed as an annualized percentage rate (APR)

The specific content of such disclosures is dependent upon the type of financing being offered. The regulations provide detailed instructions including on how certain items such as APR shall be calculated for disclosure purposes, the estimated average monthly cost that borrowers will pay over the course of the transaction, itemizations for the amounts financed, and other specifically delineated disclosures.

The disclosures also must conform with formatting requirements, including as to the size and formatting of rows and columns in required tables, font style, and font size. Additionally, the disclosures must be made as a stand-alone document  and cannot be part of any other document such as a credit agreement.

To demonstrate the detailed and strict requirements of the regulations, the see below for a sample form of disclosure that captures several of the requirements applicable to various types of financing (for example only, the sample is an amalgamation of various requirements applicable to different types of financing, and includes the bolded and capitalized “offer summary” and title in 16-point Times New Roman font, a table of 3 specified columns in a 3:3:7 ratio and 6 specified rows, 12-point Times New Roman font in the first column, 10-point Times New Roman font in the other columns, a required legal disclosure, and labeled spaces for a signature and date).

What action should commercial finance providers take now?

Commercial finance providers are encouraged to immediately review the regulations and consult with their legal provider as appropriate. Even for those not active in California, many other states have or are expected to pass CFDL laws. Implementing regulations in those states will likely follow the California regulations in many respects. Providers are well-advised to be proactive in working to conform with anticipated disclosures requirements. Substantial penalties can be imposed against providers who do not comply after the regulations become effective.

The California regulations are available (48 pages)

Secured Finance Network Newsletter


Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
August 8 to August 12

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

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

(3) National Equipment Finance Association Announces
the Formation of Regional Committees

(4) We Will Remember...

(5) Correction in Wednesday’s News Edition
Name incorrect, here is correction (edition updated)

(6) Financing Cannabis Funding Sources
Many Work with Third Party Originators

(7)  Targeted Lending Co., LLC.
Updates Funder "A” List

(8) Open Payment Network Offers Instant Payment
from Any Financial Member The Clearing House

(9) The Cannabis Industry Grows with the Announcement of
the First Marijuana Restaurant to Open this Month

(10) Most Influential Lawyers
n Equipment Finance and Leasing


Online sales will top $1 trillion this year and grow at
a 10% compound annual growth rate through 2027

Forrester Research, August 2022. The numbers for
2022 and beyond are projections.

United States ecommerce will continue its upward trajectory, reaching $1.6 trillion — almost 30% of all U.S. retail sales — by 2027, according to a projection from Forrester Research Inc. (Trend is to more online
retail sales, not shopping centers or retail brick stores. Editor).

The research firm says online sales will top $1 trillion this year and grow at a 10% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2027. In 2021, total (online and offline) retail sales (online and offline, excluding automotive and gasoline) reached a record high of $4.3 trillion and will grow to $5.5 trillion, Forrester says.

The largest 1,000 ecommerce retailers in North America made more than $1 trillion in online sales in 2021—the highest levels ever seen—as new forms of digital-centered retail took hold even as the pandemic receded.

But while online sales surged to over 67% overall in the two-year period, the longest-lasting gains went to retailers who adapted when shopper preferences evolved continuously as the coronavirus outbreak waxed and waned.

Driving that performance in part was the adoption of new forms of retail fulfillment. Curbside pickup, for example, became an increasingly common offering of retailers that operate stores. Among retail chains in the Top 1000, 55.2% offered curbside pickup of web orders in 2021, up dramatically from 8.4% in 2019.

Digital Commerce 360’s best-selling 2022 Top 1000 Report is the world’s most trusted source for rankings and insights on North American ecommerce leaders, and provides the actionable data retailers need to find success in an industry that’s been forever changed. 



Labrador Retriever/Siberian Husky
Novato, California  Adopt-a- Dog


ID: 273785
1 Year, 8 months

My health has been checked.
My vaccinations are up to date.
My worming is up to date.
I have been microchipped.

Have you been harboring a secret desire to try out the sport urban mushing? Banjo thinks he's a sled dog training for the Iditarod. Banjo would LOVE to join you on your quest to an urban mushing title. Or maybe you are a racing aficionado and appreciate the idea of gas pedal to the floor, that's our Banjo, at the start of his walks he has one speed "all out" or "pedal to the floor." Banjo is all GO, GO, GO. Moreover, he is silly too, he thinks mud puddles are funny and at times will race around with the zoomies at the slightest encouragement. Banjo is a joy to watch and you will find yourself smiling at his antics. It is hard to convey his compact size in photos he is only 44 pounds. We think he would fit into just about any family that is ready to train him. He will benefit from a front-clip harness and positive-reinforcement training, which will improve his leash manners and build his relationship with his new family.

Marin Humane Society
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Novato, California 94949
(415) 506-6225


"Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" with Ken Greene
By Kit Menkin and Ken Greene, Legal Editor
“The Sausalito Music Factory"

Otis Redding

Sue and Kit would spend weekends in the 1980s in Marin County, first going to our favorite Mexican restaurant in Tiburon, Guaymus, where the San Francisco Ferry would dock with passengers. We would spend time in Tiburon, then go and check in at the old Casa Madrona in Sausalito, then have dinner there at their five star restaurant. In the evening, we always wound up at the popular "Name No Bar" to listen to the live jazz band and top music. It was the happening place. Ken Greene often played there. I knew him from Western Association of Equipment Leasing, where he was often the Conference Chair, as well as played piano at many of the conferences, often along with Legal Expert Jeff Wong.  Ken and I became friends, a client, as well as socializing with him and his wife from time-to-time.

Ken was the first to be on the internet with leasing news information, primarily on AOL, which was very popular at the time, sending both leasing and legal news. (1) From there I got the idea to start a "blog" on Yahoo, which grew to Leasing News. Ken joined the advisory board when we incorporated. He was very helpful.

I eventually asked him to be Legal Editor, but he said he was too busy with all his activities and recommended a fellow musician, who he also shared court cases with, Tom McCurnin. When Tom retired as an attorney after writing over 600 columns for Leasing News, he said it was Ken's time to become Legal Editor.

Recently Ken, with a group of musician friends, purchased the famed recording studio "The Sausalito Music Factory" (fka “The Record Plant”). It was really quite famous in the music scene, especially with the song Otis Redding sang.

According to American Songwriter, “Dock of the Bay” was based on a few thoughts and lines Otis Redding came up with during some time he spent sitting and watching the ocean in California. (2) His collaborator/producer explains he had been in San Francisco doing the Fillmore Theater. He had rented a boathouse, or stayed out at a boathouse, and was recording at the local recording studio. He would sit at the dock of the bay (Richardson Bay, part of the SF Bay), watching the sail boats come and go to the San Francisco Bay, (and it was not uncommon for them to sail under the nearby Golden Gate Bridge to the Pacific Ocean). He was by himself and reportedly lonely, when he sat down and made notes like a poem and then put to music. According to famed guitarist Steve Cropper, he added the lyric:  "I left my home in Georgia, headed for the Frisco Bay.” It was originally all about Otis Redding going out to San Francisco to perform.”

"The Sausalito Music Factory"

Studio B

Ken Greene remembers when in October, 1972, Gary Kellgren and Chris Stone opened the “Sausalito Music Factory dba The Record Plant.” At the opening Halloween party, John Lennon and Yoko Ono came dressed as trees.

It became a famed recording studio when legendary producer Al Schmitt brought in New Riders of the Purple Sage, who recorded The “Adventures of Panama Red.” Then came Sly and the Family Stone and the Grateful Dead. In 1973, the great Ken Caillat (now a partner in the studio) produced Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours,” one of the best-selling albums of all time. What followed was nothing less than extraordinary. A small sampling:

1976 Songs in the “Key of Life” (Stevie Wonder)
1978 “For You”  (Prince’s first album)
1983 “Sports”  (Huey Lewis & the News)
1985 “Centerfield” (John Fogerty)
1996-7 “Load and ReLoad” (Metallica)
1999 “Supernatural” (Santana)

That’s just a fraction of the albums recorded there. Other artists included Kenny G, Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton, Luther Vandross, Jerry Harrison, Chris Isaak and Dave Matthews.

In 2018, Ken Caillat called Ken Greene to review some documents in connection with the studio. In March 2020, Ken Caillat and a group of investors purchased the building. “I joined the group and, after a soft launch, we changed the name to The ‘Sausalito Music Factory’.”

As Ken remembers:
In 1980, Marin was the epicenter of the rock ’n’ roll music world. We were graced by the Jefferson Airplane/Starship, enlivened by the Grateful Dead, and enlightened by Huey Lewis & The News. Our eyes were opened by Stevie Wonder and we never stopped believing in Journey. We grooved with Santana, The Youngbloods, Metallica, Pablo Cruise, Neil Young, Primus, Hot Tuna, Tom Waits, Sammy Hagar, Greg Kihn, Sheila E., Faith No More, and sooooo many more.

Today, I am fortunate to sit on the new Board of Directors with two amazing gentlemen, Chris Skarakis, and Jim Rees. Thwarted by Covid, we are finally nearing completion of the repairs to the building.

Last year, we had a jam session with some of my old Marin music buddies, including the great Greg Anton of Zero fame. I was sitting in my little nest behind the Hammond B-3, Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer, when Ken walked over and said to me “you are sitting where Stevie Nicks sat when she introduced the band to a song she had just written called ‘Dreams’”. [jaw drop]. The eclectic vibes, the electric ghosts, and the walls that talked, created an atmosphere of creativity that brought the best out in me and everyone else who was playing. It was nothing short of pure magic.

Today, we have the support of the entire Marin music community and, incredibly, the political powers that be in Sausalito. The mayor wants us to begin a summer series while we put the finishing touches on the studio. We expect another Halloween party opening this October, by which time we will be ready to launch a new era of music and magic in Marin. Life has come full circle for me and for that I can only rejoice.


(2) AMERICAN SONGWRITER “Behind the Song” article. (Song is included in article):


News Briefs---

Saudi Aramco profit surges 90%
    in second quarter amid energy price boom

Rivian now has nearly 200,000 orders for its
    electric trucks and delivery vans. It’s produced 8,000 (pay link)



You May Have Missed---

Why John Madden’s return to Madden NFL
    cover was the ‘perfect way’ to honor him (pay link)



Sports Briefs---

What we learned at 49ers’ practice Sunday
    following preseason opener

There won’t be a satisfactory ending for the Deshaun Watson
imbroglio, and more thoughts (pay link)

Antonio Brown has message for Jerry Jones

Winners and losers from the Broncos 17-7
victory over the Dallas Cowboys


California Nuts Briefs---

Firefighters near full containment of California’s
    biggest and deadliest fire of the year

Spaghetti sauce is under threat as
water crisis slams tomatoes

‘Surviving. That’s all I’m doing’: Santa Cruz’s
high rents are decimating its working class



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Here are winning wines from Mendocino County’s
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This Day in History

     1534 - Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) formed the Society of Jesus, more commonly known as the Jesuits. In the chapel of the Church of Saint Peter, at Montmartre, Loyola and his six companions, of whom only one was a priest, met and took upon themselves the solemn vows of their lifelong work.   He sent his companions as missionaries around Europe to create schools, colleges, and seminaries.
    1620 - Mayflower set sail from Southampton, England with 102 Pilgrims. 
    1635 – The first recorded hurricane hit the Plymouth Colony.
    1787 - Tornadoes were reported in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Wethersfield, CT was hard hit by the tornado outbreak.
    1812 - William Wells migrated with his family to Kentucky when he was nine years old. Five years later, he was captured by Miami Indians and adopted into the family of the Wea village chief Gaviahatte. The young boy quickly adapted to Indian ways. He became a distinguished warrior and married the daughter of a prominent Miami war chief. For several years, Wells fought with the Miami against American soldiers attempting to push them off their land. In 1792, however, the army captured his wife and adopted mother. In exchange for their freedom, Wells agreed to join the American army as an interpreter. A reunion with a long lost brother helped reinforce the allegiance of Wells to the Americans, though his loyalties remained conflicted for the rest of his life. For several years, Wells was an invaluable scout and interpreter for the U.S. Army, helping the Americans defeat the hostile factions of the Miami and other tribes. In 1797, he was appointed Indian agent for the Miami, Delaware, Potawatomi, and other tribes of the Old Northwest (the modern-day Midwest). Yet, increasing pressure for the Indians to give up their lands to white settlers led to renewed conflicts, and Wells was often caught between the two groups. The outbreak of the War of 1812 with Great Britain heightened an already tense situation as some Indians saw the war as chance to join forces with the British to push out the Americans. Concerned about the safety of the Americans at Fort Dearborn (now Chicago), where his niece was married to the fort commander, Wells quickly raised a rescue party of 30 Miami Indians who were loyal to him and the United States and headed north. When he arrived on August 13, he found the fort surrounded by hostile Indians. Wells argued for staying at the fort and making a stand until a larger force of American soldiers could arrive. But the commander insisted on evacuation. On this day in 1812, Wells led a small company of men, women, and children out of the fort. They had not gone far before hundreds of Potawatomi Indians ambushed the party, killing more than 50 and taking the remainder captive. Wells, who was dressed and painted as a Miami warrior, fought heroically but was eventually shot through the lungs. When he fell from his horse, witnesses claimed the Potawatomi swarmed over his body, cut out his heart, and divided it among them. 
    1824 - Freed American slaves formed the country of Liberia. 
1824 - The Marquis de Lafayette, the last surviving French general of the Revolutionary War, arrives in New York and begins a tour of 24 states.
    1843 – The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu is dedicated. Now the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu, it is the oldest such cathedral in continuous use in the United States.
    1843 – The National Black Convention was held in Buffalo, NY.  Free and fugitive Black delegates and attendees had gathered at national colored citizens conventions for over a decade to organize for social, political, educational and labor rights. The fifty-eight delegates and a lively audience convened at Park Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, New York to consider "their moral and political condition as American citizens."  Delegates highlighted the economic progress of Black communities around the country. Entrepreneurial pursuits, occupations and personal wealth were thought to reflect Black people's agency and place within American society.    
    1850 - Fifty firemen from the Protection Engine Co. went to Sacramento to put down squatter rioting on Capt. Sutter’s property, under the direction Mayor Geary and Capt. McCormick of the California Guards 
    1859 – Birthday of Black Sox owner Charles Comiskey (d. 1931) in Chicago.  After his playing and managing careers, he took ownership of the Chicago White Sox in 1900.  He oversaw the building of Comiskey Park in 1910 and won five American League pennants (1900, 1901, 1906, 1917, and 1919) and two World Series (1906, 1917).  Comiskey was notoriously stingy (his defenders called him "frugal"), even forcing his players to pay to launder their own uniforms.  Combined with salaries below the other players in Major League baseball, it has been concluded that these contributed to the players’ interest with gamblers in throwing the 1919 World Series to an inferior Cincinnati Reds team.    
    1876 - US law removed Indians from Black Hills after gold was discovered there. Sioux leaders Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull led their warriors to protect their lands from invasion by prospectors following the discovery of gold. This led to the Great Sioux Campaign staged from Fort Laramie. Gold was discovered in Deadwood in the Dakota Territory by Quebec brothers Fred and Moses Manuel. The mine was incorporated in California on Nov 5, 1877, as the Homestake Mining Company. 
    1878 - The temperature at Denver, CO, soars to an all-time record high of 105 degrees.
    1879 – Actress Ethel Barrymore (d. 1959) was born in Philadelphia.  She was the sister of actors John and Lionel Barrymore, the aunt of actor John Drew Barrymore, and the grand-aunt of actress Drew Barrymore.  Her stellar career on stage preceded her as one of the film industry’s first mega stars that later followed into television.  She married Russell Griswold Colt, grandnephew of the American arms maker. 
    1885 - Birthday of Edna Ferber (d. 1968), Kalamazoo, MI.  Author and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist for “So Big” (1924). Her books “Show Boat,” “Cimarron,” “Saratoga Trunk,” “Giant,” and “Ice Palace” were all made into popular Hollywood movies. 
    1904 – Puppeteer Bill Baird (d. 1987) was born at Grand Island, NE.  Baird was the creator of the Baird Marionettes who played multiple venues…theater, film, and television.  
    1909 – Hugo Winterhalter, American composer and bandleader (d. 1973), was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA. 
    1912 - Birthday of Julia Child (d. 2004) in Pasadena, CA.   Cooking expert, author, and television personality. She won a Peabody Award in 1965 and an Emmy in 1966 for cooking shows that centered on traditional French cuisine. But the shows became a general viewing audience favorite as she conducted them in her inimitable aplomb and down-to-earth methods. She went on to write other books demystifying cooking in general and French gourmet cooking in particular. Bon Appetite!
    1914 - The American-built waterway, the Panama Canal, across the Isthmus of Panama, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, is inaugurated with the passage of the U.S. vessel SS Ancon, a cargo and passenger ship. The rush of settlers to California and Oregon in the mid-19th century was the initial impetus of the U.S. desire to build an artificial waterway across Central America. In 1855, the United States completed a railroad across the Isthmus of Panama (then part of Colombia), prompting various parties to propose canal-building plans.
    1914 - A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the latter's Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.
    1915 - A story in the New York World newspaper reveals that the Imperial German government had purchased excess phenol from Thomas Edison that could be used to make explosives for the war effort and diverted it to Bayer for Aspirin production. 
    1916 - At Fenway, Babe Ruth outdueled Washington ace Walter Johnson, winning, 1-0, in 13 innings. Johnson allowed just five hits through 12 innings, while, from the 7th inning on, Ruth surrendered just an infield single in the 11th. Ruth was robbed of a homer in the 12th. Ruth at this point was 3-0 in his meetings with Johnson. 
    1918 - Russia severed diplomatic ties with US. 
    1919 – Henry Richard ‘Huntz’ Hall (d. 1999), one of the original Bowery Boys, was born in NYC.  Fictional NYC characters, portrayed by a company of New York actors, were the subject of feature films released by Monogram Pictures from 1946 through 1958.  The Bowery Boys – Hall, Leo and David Gorcey, Booby Jordan and Billy Benedict - were successors of the “The East Side Kids," who had been the subject of films since 1940. The group originated as the “Dead End Kids", who originally appeared in the 1937 film “Dead End” which starred Sylvia Sydney, Joel McCrea and Humphrey Bogart.
    1923 – Actress, singer Rose Marie was born Rose Marie Mazetta (d. 2017) in NYC. Child star (Baby Rose Marie) of the 1930’s and part of the cast of the long-running and Emmy winning “Dick Van Dyke Show.”  
    1924 - American activist Phyllis Schlafly’s (d. 2016) birthday in St. Louis.  She is known for her staunch social and political conservatism, her opposition to modern feminism and for her campaign against the proposed Equal Rights Amendment. Her self-published book, “A Choice, Not an Echo,” was published in 1964 from her home 
    1925 – “Mannix.”  Actor and producer Mike Connors was born Krekor Ohanian (d. 2017) in Fresno, CA.  During World War II, he served in the US Army Air Force.   After the war, he attended UCLA on a basketball scholarship, where he played under Hall of Fame coach John Wooden before Wooden became THE John Wooden.  After an early film career, Connors moved to television where he played in several episodes of “Wagon Train” and “Perry Mason,” among others.  “Mannix” was a popular Saturday night show that ran from 1967-75. 
    1925 – Bill Pinkney (d. 2007), one of the Original Drifters, born in Dalzell, SC. Before his career with the Drifters, Pinkney pitched for the Negro Leagues’ New York Blue Sox. He also served in the US Army in World War II, earning a Presidential Citation with five Bronze Stars (for battles including Normandy and Bastogne under General Patton).  After the war, Pinkney, brothers Andrew and Gerhart Thrasher, and bass singer Willie Ferbie were approached by Clyde McPhatter, who had just quit as the lead tenor of Billy Ward and The Dominoes to form the Drifters for Atlantic Records where they sang a string of rock ‘n’ roll’s early hits in the 1950s and early 1960s.  Pinkney became active in a Drifters’ revival for the PBS series, “My Music” in the 1990s-2000s before passing in 2007. 
    1932 – Jim Lange (d. 2014), “The Dating Game” host, born in St. Paul, MN.  Wrapped around his stint as the game show’s host, Lange was a DJ in both LA and SF. 
    1933 – Bobby Helms (d. 1997) was born in Bloomington, IN.  He rules the airwaves every year during the Christmas holiday season. His single ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ first became a hit in 1957, and it reappeared on the charts four of the following five years to become an all-time Christmas classic. Before he was pigeonholed, though, Helms had a successful country career with two number one hits to his credit… Helms' first single in 1957 titled ‘Fraulein’ went to No. 1 on the country music chart and made it into the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Later that same year, he released ‘My Special Angel,’ which also hit No. 1 on the country charts and entered the Top 10 on Billboard's pop music chart, peaking at No. 7.  
    1934 - 19 years of occupation ended as the 1st Marine Brigade departed Haiti.
    1935 – Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, AK. 
    1935 – Vernon Jordan, one of President Clinton’s close advisors, born in Atlanta.
    1938 – Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer born in San Francisco.
    1939 - After five directors, several script drafts, and endless casting changes, the movie musical “The Wizard of Oz” premieres at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. 
    1942 - The Japanese submarine I-25 departed Japan with a floatplane in its hold. It was assembled upon arriving off the West Coast of the US and used to bomb U.S. forests. 
    1944 - After several postponements, Allied forces began Operation Dragoon, the landing on the south coast of France during World War II.  More than 2,000 transports and landing craft transported 94,000 men to an area between Toulon and Cannes, with only 183 allied losses.  they encountered minimal opposition, and by the end of August, the French coast from the mouth of the Rhone to Nice was in Allied hands. Sgt. Connor received
a medal of honor for his role, and you can read more about this event below.
    1944 - CONNOR, JAMES P., Medal of Honor. 
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, 7th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Cape Cavalaire, southern France, 15 August 1944. Entered service at: Wilmington, Del. Birth: Wilmington, Del. G.O. No.: 18, 15 March 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 15 August 1944, Sgt. Connor, through sheer grit and determination, led his platoon in clearing an enemy vastly superior in numbers and firepower from strongly entrenched positions on Cape Cavalaire, removing a grave enemy threat to his division during the amphibious landing in southern France, and thereby insured safe and uninterrupted landings for the huge volume of men and materiel which followed. His battle patrol landed on "Red Beach" with the mission of destroying the strongly fortified enemy positions on Cape Cavalaire with utmost speed. From the peninsula the enemy had commanding observation and seriously menaced the vast landing operations taking place. Though knocked down and seriously wounded in the neck by a hanging mine which killed his platoon lieutenant, Sgt. Connor refused medical aid and with his driving spirit practically carried the platoon across several thousand yards of mine-saturated beach through intense fire from mortars, 20-mm. flak guns, machineguns, and snipers. En route to the Cape he personally shot and killed 2 snipers. The platoon sergeant was killed and Sgt. Connor became platoon leader. Receiving a second wound, which lacerated his shoulder and back, he again refused evacuation, expressing determination to carry on until physically unable to continue. He reassured and prodded the hesitating men of his decimated platoon forward through almost impregnable mortar concentrations. Again emphasizing the prevalent urgency of their mission, he impelled his men toward a group of buildings honeycombed with enemy snipers and machineguns. Here he received his third grave wound, this time in the leg, felling him in his tracks. Still resolved to carry on, he relinquished command only after his attempts proved that it was physically impossible to stand. Nevertheless, from his prone position, he gave the orders and directed his men in assaulting the enemy. Infused with Sgt. Connor's dogged determination, the platoon, though reduced to less than one-third of its original 36 men, outflanked and rushed the enemy with such furiousness that they killed 7, captured 40, seized 3 machineguns and considerable other materiel, and took all their assigned objectives, successfully completing their mission. By his repeated examples of tenaciousness and indomitable spirit Sgt Connor transmitted his heroism to his men until they became a fighting team which could not be stopped.
    1944 – Former NBC News anchor Linda Ellerbee was born Linda Jane Smith in Bryan, TX.
    1945 – NFL Hall of Famer and Players Union head Gene Upshaw (d. 2008) was born in Robstown, TX.  He was an original Oakland Raider from the AFL days. 
    1945 – World War II gasoline rationing in America ended on this day. Rationing was just one of the special measures taken in the U.S. during wartime. Civilian auto production virtually ceased after the attack on Pearl Harbor, as the U.S. automotive industry turned to war production. Automotive firms made almost $29 billion worth of military materials between 1940 and 1945, including Jeeps, trucks, machine guns, carbines, tanks, helmets, and aerial bombs. After the war, rationing ended and the auto industry boomed.
    1945 – Celebrations mark the end of World War II — VJ Day. A two-day holiday is proclaimed for all federal employees. In New York, Mayor La Guardia pays tribute to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the deceased president, in a radio broadcast.
    1945 – US Task Force 38 launches massive air strikes on the Tokyo area, encountering numerous Japanese fighters but the aircraft are recalled upon receipt of the surrender announcement. Meanwhile, Vice-Admiral Ugaki, commanding Kamikaze operations, leads a final mission but the 7 dive-bombers are shot down off Tokyo before they can reach Okinawa.
    1945 – Following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6, Emperor Hirohito gave a recorded radio address across the Empire during which he announced the surrender of Japan to the Allies.
    1945 – Major League Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler sold the radio rights for the World Series for $150,000 to Gillette. Ford had been the World Series sponsor since 1934, paying $100,000 annually. 
    1946 – One of 20th century America’s most prolific songwriters, Jimmy Webb was born in Elk City, OK.  His songs have been performed by many popular contemporary singers, including Glen Campbell, the 5th Dimension, Thelma Houston, the Supremes, Richard Harris, Johnny Maestro, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, Art Garfunkel, Amy Grant, America, Linda Ronstadt, R.E.M., Michael Feinstein, Donna Summer and Carly Simon. Inducted in 1986 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  As a co-writer in 1968 with Glen Campbell of “Wichita Lineman”, he was inspired by the isolation of a telephone-pole worker he saw on the Kansas-Oklahoma border. Campbell then asked if Webb could come up with another, so he wrote “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.”  According to BMI, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” was the third most performed song in the fifty years between 1940 and 1990. Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.  
    1946 - Saint Louis, MO, was deluged with a record 8.78 inches of rain in 24 hours. 
    1951 - Top Hits
“Too Young” - Nat King Cole
“Mister and Mississippi” - Patti Page
“Because of You” - Tony Bennett
“I Wanna Play House with You” - Eddy Arnold
    1953 - Perry Como's "No Other Love" hits #1
    1955 - Elvis Presley attends a meeting in Memphis with his manager Bob Neal, Colonel Tom Parker and his father, Vernon Presley, at which a new contract is signed that names Colonel Parker as "special advisor" with control of virtually every aspect of Elvis' career. Parker was not really a Colonel at all, but a Dutch immigrant named Andreas Cornelius van Kujik, whose honorary title was given to him in 1948 by Governor Jimmie Davis of Louisiana. He was a flamboyant promoter whose pre-Elvis experience included shows called “The Great Parker Pony Circus” and “Tom Parker and His Dancing Turkeys” and was a veteran of carnivals, medicine shows and various other entertainment enterprises. 
    1951 – In a play that will be repeated more famously in the World Series three years hence, Giants rookie CF Willie Mays made a miraculous play in the 8th. With the score 1-1 and Billy Cox on third, Mays sprinted to deep right centerfield, made a running catch of a Carl Furillo’s drive going away from home plate, whirled counterclockwise and threw out the astonished Cox at home. The Giants beat the Dodgers, 3-1.
    1955 - After a suggestion that RCA bid $20,000 to land Elvis Presley, company executive Mitch Miller replies "no singer is worth that much."
    1958 – Buddy Holly and Maria Elena Santiago are married in a private ceremony at his parents’ home in Lubbock, TX. 
    1959 - Top Hits
“Lonely Boy” - Paul Anka
“A Big Hunk o’ Love” - Elvis Presley
“My Heart is an Open Book” - Carl Dobkins, Jr.
“Waterloo” - Stonewall Jackson
    1960 - Elvis Presley's "It's Now or Never" sits on top of the Billboard singles chart, where it would stay for a month. The record would have international sales of over 20 million and become a personal favorite of The King. 
    1961 – Two days after sealing off free passage between East and West Berlin with barbed wire, East German authorities begin building a wall–the Berlin Wall–to permanently close off access to the West. For the next 28 years, the heavily fortified Berlin Wall stood as the most tangible symbol of the Cold War–a literal “iron curtain” dividing Europe. The end of World War II in 1945 saw Germany divided into four Allied occupation zones. Berlin, the German capital, was likewise divided into occupation sectors, even though it was located deep within the Soviet zone. The future of Germany and Berlin was a major sticking point in postwar treaty talks, and tensions grew when the United States, Britain, and France moved in 1948 to unite their occupation zones into a single autonomous entity–the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany). In response, the USSR launched a land blockade of West Berlin in an effort to force the West to abandon the city. However, a massive airlift by Britain and the United States kept West Berlin supplied with food and fuel, and in May 1949 the Soviets ended the defeated blockade. By 1961, Cold War tensions over Berlin were running high again.  In 1989, East Germany’s communist regime was overwhelmed by the democratization sweeping across Eastern Europe. On the evening of November 9, 1989, East Germany announced an easing of travel restrictions to the West, and thousands demanded passage though the Berlin Wall. Faced with growing demonstrations, East German border guards opened the borders. Jubilant Berliners climbed on top of the Berlin Wall, painted graffiti on it, and removed fragments as souvenirs. The next day, East German troops began dismantling the wall. In 1990, East and West Germany were formally reunited.
    1964 - Despite the fact that the US record charts are dominated by Rock ‘n’ Roll, crooner Dean Martin has the number one record with his biggest hit, "Everybody Loves Somebody.” The song had been around since 1949 and had been previously recorded by several well-known artists without success.
    1964 - A race riot took place in Dixmoor, a suburb of Chicago, Ill.
    1965 - The Beatles' third North American tour kicks off at Shea Stadium in front of a record crowd of 55,000 fans and 2,000 security guards. It grossed $304,000, of which The Beatles' share was $160,000. At 8 pm EST, the Beatles take the stage at Shea Stadium in New York City, marking the very first time a rock band would headline a stadium concert and a major victory for promoter Sid Bernstein, who had arranged the gig after his gamble of booking the then-unknown group at Carnegie Hall had paid off. Tickets for the show, sold merely by word of mouth created by kids who asked Bernstein about the next Beatles show while he strolled in Central Park, sold out in just three weeks, beating the stadium's old seating record with 56,000 seats sold. Two thousand professionals were pressed into service for security. The concert, filmed for BBC and NBC both, also featured openers Brenda Holloway, The King Curtis Band, and Bernstein's new obsession, the Young Rascals. 
    1965 - The Japanese community of San Francisco held Masanori Murakami Day at Candlestick Park to honor the first Japanese player to have reached the Majors in the US.  Ordinarily a reliever, Murakami made his first big league start as the Giants outslugged the Phillies, 15-9. 
    1966 - The Mamas and Papas cut short their act at the Forest Hills Stadium as some 20 teen-agers spoiled the show. In the midst of “Monday, Monday,” several teen-agers charged across the grass and attempted to leap on stage. They were deterred by a heavy detail of New York police. On the last note of the song, the group ran off the stage and did not return, even though they were called back for an encore. 
    1966 – Bobby Darin stages a crossover, releasing “If I Were a Carpenter.”
    1967 - Top Hits
“Light My Fire” - The Doors
“All You Need is Love” - The Beatles
“A Whiter Shade of Pale” - Procol Harum
“I’ll Never Find Another You” - Sonny James
    1967 - At the San Francisco Fillmore Auditorium: Count Basie & His Orchestra, Chuck Berry, Charles Lloyd Quartet, The Young Rascals, Steve Miller Band, Hair.
    1967 - The Sundance fire in northern Idaho was started by lightning. Winds of 50 mph carried firebrands as much as ten miles in advance to ignite new fires, and as a result, the forest fire spread twenty miles across the Selkirk Mountains in just twelve hours, burning 56,000 acres. The heat of the fire produced whirlwinds of flame with winds up to 300 mph which flung giant trees about like matchsticks.
    1968 - The Beatles record "Rocky Raccoon."
    1969 - The Woodstock Music and Art Festival began on Max Yasgur's 600-acre farm in Bethel, New York, promising "three days of peace, love, and music." Featuring two dozen of the country's hottest bands, the festival draws over 450,000 hippies to the tiny town, causing unimaginable traffic and logistics problems but nevertheless impressing the ordinary citizens. Three deaths, two births, four miscarriages, and a wedding are all reported before Jimi Hendrix ends the festivities with his legendary rendition of the US national anthem. Also appearing were (in part) Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Santana, The Who, Credence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Santana, Melanie, Ten Years After, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar, Country Joe and the Fish, Blood Sweat and Tears, and Arlo Guthrie. Among those who elected not to attend were Tommy James and the Shondells, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Jethro Tull, and The Moody Blues.
    1969 - Three Dog Night are awarded a Gold record for their self-titled debut album. The LP featured two modest selling 45s, "Nobody" and "Try A Little Tenderness" and the group had moved on to record their second album, "Suitable for Framing" when ABC Dunhill released a third single, "One." It shot to #5 in the US and subsequent copies of the LP were labeled "Three Dog Night – One."
    1970 - "Looking Out My Back Door" by Creedence Clearwater Revival enters the Billboard Hot 100 on its way to #2. Although some fans speculate that the song is about drugs because of its colorful, dream-like lyrics, writer John Fogerty said it was actually written for his then three-year old son, Josh.
    1970 – Patricia Palinkas becomes the first woman to play professionally in an American football game.  She was a holder for her husband Steven Palinkas for the Orlando Panthers in the Atlantic Coast Football League. 
    1971 – President Nixon completes the break from the gold standard by ending convertibility of the US dollar into gold by foreign investors.
    1972 – Ben Affleck was born in Berkeley, CA.  He won the Academy Award in 1997 for “Good Will Hunting,” co-written with Matt Damon.
    1973 - Baltimore, MD, declares today "Cass Elliot Day" in honor of the native singer for The Mamas and the Papas, who was born there September 19, 1941.
    1973 – US bombing of Cambodia during the Viet Nam War ends.
    1975 - Top Hits
“One of These Nights” - Eagles
“Jive Talkin’” - Bee Gees
“Please Mr. Please” - Olivia Newton-John
“Just Get Up and Close the Door” - Johnny Rodriguez
    1979 - After years of production and financial troubles, “Apocalypse Now” finally opens in American theaters, three months after its premiere at Cannes.
    1981 - Lionel Richie and Diana Ross saw their duet "Endless Love" rise to the number one position in the US for the first of nine weeks. Because of scheduling difficulties, the song was completed at a Reno, Nevada recording studio at 5 A.M., after one of Diana's concerts. Richie was dividing his time between the next Commodores album and work with Kenny Rogers. 
    1983 - Top Hits
“Every Breath You Take” - The Police
“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” - Eurhythmics
“She Works Hard for the Money” - Donna Summer
“Your Love’s on the Line” - Earl Thomas Conley
    1987 - Less than three months after they go to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 for the first time with "With or Without You," U2 return to the top of the chart with "I Still Haven't Found what I'm Looking For," the second single from "The Joshua Tree." (A birthday present for the Edge.)
    1987 - Thunderstorms developing ahead of a sharp cold front produced severe weather in the Upper Midwest during the afternoon and evening hours, with Minnesota and eastern South Dakota hardest hit. A thunderstorm in west central Minnesota spawned a tornado at Eagle Lake which killed one person and injured eight others. A thunderstorm in eastern South Dakota produced softball size hail at Warner.
    1988 - Thirty five cities in twenty states in the north central and northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Lamoni, IA and Baltimore, MD, where the mercury hit 105 degrees. Temperatures 100 degrees or above were reported in twenty-two states. Pierre, SD was the hot spot in the nation with a high of 114 degrees. Bluefield, WV reported eight straight days of record heat.
    1989 - Evening thunderstorms in eastern New Mexico produced wind gusts to 66 mph at Clovis. Evening thunderstorms in West Texas produced baseball size hail around Hereford, Dimmitt, Ware and Dalhart. 
    1989 – In his second start after coming back from cancer surgery, Giants lefty Dave Dravecky suffered a broken arm beating the Expos, 3-2. He collapsed to the ground, clutching his left arm in severe pain after throwing a wild pitch to Tim Raines. The bone will heal but Dravecky will break it again during the Giants on-field celebration when they clinch the pennant later that season. Dravecky never pitched again in the Majors. 
    1990 – Actress Jennifer Lawrence was born in Louisville.  Her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook”, opposite Bradley Cooper, won her the Best Actress Oscar, making her the second-youngest Best Actress winner.  She followed that with an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in “American Hustle”.
    1991 - Top Hits
“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” - Bryan Adams
“P.A.S.S.I.O.N.” - Rhythm Syndicate
“Summertime” - D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
“She’s in Love with the Boy” - Trisha Yearwood
    1991 - Paul Simon gave a free concert in Central Park, New York in front of 600,000 people. The performance was released later in the year as "Paul Simon's Concert in the Park". 
    1994 - Janet Jackson tied Aretha Franklin for the most gold singles by a female artist - 14 - when "Any Time, Any Place" was certified as having sold more than 500,000 copies. 
    1995 – Shannon Faulkner becomes the first female cadet matriculated at The Citadel (she drops out less than a week later).
    1995 - The Canadian stage production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" opened at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. At $17 million, it was the most expensive stage production in Canadian history.
    1995 - At request of the Mantle family, Bob Costas delivers the eulogy at Mickey's funeral. The popular broadcaster, known for his love of the game and his admiration of the Yankee superstar, describes the Hall of Famer as "a fragile hero to whom we had an emotional attachment so strong and lasting that it defied logic."
    1996 - A New York women's shelter refuses to take money raised by a recent benefit concert when they learn that one of the performers was James Brown, often accused of emotional and physical abuse of women.    
    2000 - Club owner Ted Turner and two-time National League MVP Dale Murphy are inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame joining Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Phil Niekro and Warren Spahn.
    2002 - A memorial to John Lennon was unveiled in the remote Scottish village of Durness, where Lennon had spent his holidays from age seven to fifteen. The lyrics from "In My Life" were inscribed on three stones.
    2006 - Deana Martin's album "Memories Are Made of This" was released. The album featured her versions of many of her father's hits and other hits by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. 
    2007 - The Osmond Brothers, joined by siblings Donny, Marie and Jimmy, took the stage for the taping of a 50th anniversary reunion show to be aired on PBS. A meeting of no less than seven singing Osmonds onstage hadn't happened in more than 20 years, although no one could remember the exact date of the last full family concert. 
    2011 - Jim Thome becomes the eighth player to reach the 600 career home runs plateau when he hits a two-run homer in the sixth (599), followed by three-run blast an inning later off Detroit's Daniel Schlereth. Needing fewer at-bats to reach 600 than anyone except for Babe Ruth, the 40-year-old Twins slugger accomplishes the feat in his 8,167th at-bat, compared to the Bambino's 6,921.  Thome finished seventh all-time with 612 HRs across a 22-year career that ended in 2012.  He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.
    2013 - The Smithsonian announces the discovery of the olinguito, the first new carnivoran species found in the Americas in 35 years.



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