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Monday, August 7, 2023

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Providence Equipment Finance, A Division
  Of Providence Bank & Trust, Villa Park, Illinois
    No Longer in Business
FinWise Bank Equipment Finance
    Joins Funder List “A”
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
  We Are Growing Our Senior Sales Team Now!
Why Waiting for the "Perfect" Candidate
  Can Prolong Your Vacancy
    By Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners
Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
    July 31 to August 4
Interview with Randy Haug, EVP/Co-Founder, LTI
    Technology Solutions and the Veracode Verified Standard
ELFA 2023 Equity Forum
  Sept. 13-14 New Orleans
Mixed Breed
    Murray, Utah  Adopt-a-Dog
Check Off Your To-Do List
  2023 AACFB Commercial Financing Expo
    Orlando, Florida September 20-21
News Briefs ---
ADP® National Employment Report
    Four Page Report PDF
U.S. companies are buying less from China
    as relations remain tense
Three Men Battle the FBI Over Buried Civil War Gold
    'Stuff Just Doesn’t Add Up'
Trucker Yellow Files for Bankruptcy, Will Liquidate
    Chief executive says Yellow is closing after the chapter 11 filing

You May Have Missed --
What changes at Ste. Michelle might mean
    for the Washington wine industry and industry

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

Sports Briefs
   California News
    "Gimme that Wine"
 This Day in History
   Daily Puzzle
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Providence Equipment Finance, A Division
Of Providence Bank & Trust, Villa Park, Illinois
No Longer in Business

"The bank discontinued the equipment finance division earlier this year. The bank is also no longer a member of ELFA, AACFB, nor NEFA.

"Providence Equipment Finance, a Division of Providence Bank & Trust is no longer operating.

"We are now strictly a community lender operating in the Chicagoland area.

"Thank you."

Ryan M. Rau | Commercial Services Officer
Providence Bank & Trust | Direct 630.589.3148

Dale Kluga, CPA
Founder & President, Cobra Capital nka
Providence Equipment Finance

"Yes it is Kit. After the banking industry debacle from unrealized losses on investment securities occurred this past spring and after we successfully completed my 7 year contract with record returns, the bank reluctantly decided to exit all national businesses and return to their core local community banking business.

“We thank all of our Cobra Capital and PEF partners for their support over the last 23 years and of course our loyal PEF staff and all the support provided by the bank over the last 7 years.

“It was a great run and we had a lot of fun delivering our trademarked ‘Solutions that work’ services for all of our stakeholders."


Please publish letter from Providence Bank & Trust President PDF

No Longer taking Broker/Discounting Business
plus Finance and Leasing Companies Out of Business List


FinWise Bank Equipment Finance
    Joins Funder List “A”

In Business Since
Leasing Association

FinWise Bank
Equipment Finance

   Murray, Utah
Chris Morell
495 -326-4527



A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed
| C -Sub-Broker Program |D -"Private label Program"
| E - Also "in house" salesmen

Full Funder “A” list:


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Brian DeRusha was promoted to Executive Vice President, Director Asset Management, Wintrust Commercial Finance, Irvine, California.  He is located in Plano, Texas. He joined Wintrust May, 2017, Senior Vice President of Asset Management. Previously, he was Managing Director, Asset Management, AIG Investments (2004 - May, 2017); Director, Asset Management, Transamerica Commercial Finance (2000 - 2004).

Grace Feliciano was promoted to Sales Operations Analyst at Tyler Technology, Plano, Texas. She joined Tyler October, 2020, Sales Operations Administrator, promoted May, 2022, Sales Operating Analyst. Previously, she was at TimePayment, starting February, 2018, Account Manager, promoted February, 2020, Regional Account Manager; Assistant, KWC Team (May, 2017 -February, 2018).

Caitlin Keefe was promoted to Broker Channel Supervisor, TimePayment. She is in Atlanta, Georgia. She joined TimePayment July, 2020, as Broker Account Manager. Full Bio:


Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
  We Are Growing Our Senior Sales Team Now!


Why Waiting for the "Perfect" Candidate
Can Prolong Your Vacancy
By Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners

In the competitive landscape of talent acquisition, the pursuit of the "perfect" candidate can inadvertently lead to prolonged job vacancies. While aiming for excellence is commendable, fixating on an unrealistic ideal may cause organizations to miss out on exceptional candidates who possess the potential and eagerness to learn and grow. Let's delve into the pitfalls of prioritizing perfection and explore the benefits of embracing candidates who exhibit promise and a readiness to develop within your company.

The Perfection Paradox: The quest for the flawless candidate can unwittingly create a paradox – the more stringent the criteria, the harder it becomes to find an exact match. This perfection-seeking mindset can result in a prolonged hiring process, leading to increased costs, delayed projects, and frustrated teams. In the rapidly evolving professional landscape, waiting for a candidate who checks every box may mean missing out on adaptable individuals who can quickly contribute and thrive.

The Potential Advantage: Considering candidates who demonstrate potential opens the door to a broader talent pool. These candidates may not possess all the desired skills at the outset, but their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn can be invaluable assets. By focusing on candidates with a strong foundation and a willingness to acquire new skills, you can build a team that is not only proficient but also open to innovation and growth.

Benefits of Embracing Potential:

  1. Faster Time-to-Hire: Recognizing potential allows you to identify and engage candidates more efficiently; reducing the time it takes to fill crucial positions.

  2. Diverse Perspectives: Embracing candidates with potential promotes diversity by considering individuals from different backgrounds and experiences, enriching your team's viewpoints.

  3. Adaptability and Innovation: Candidates with a growth mindset are often more adaptable and open to change. They are likely to contribute fresh ideas and approaches that can drive innovation.

  4. Cultural Fit: Candidates willing to learn and grow align well with company values and culture, fostering a positive and collaborative work environment.

  5. Long-Term Value: Investing in employees who are eager to learn can lead to long-term value as they evolve and take on increasingly responsible roles within the organization.

Navigating the Selection Process: To effectively embrace potential, consider these steps in your hiring process:

  1. Reassess Job Requirements: Review your job descriptions and requirements to ensure they prioritize essential skills while allowing room for growth.

  2. Behavioral Interviews: Use behavioral interviews to assess candidates' problem-solving abilities, adaptability, and willingness to learn from past experiences.

  3. Skills Assessment: Incorporate skills assessments that evaluate a candidate's ability to learn and apply new concepts.

  4. Onboarding and Development: Highlight your company's commitment to professional development during the onboarding process, attracting candidates who value growth opportunities.

Perfection is an elusive standard that can hinder your organization's ability to attract and secure top talent. By shifting your focus towards candidates who exhibit potential, you can build a dynamic and agile team that contributes to your company's success. Embracing individuals with the drive to learn and grow not only fills positions more efficiently but also nurtures a culture of innovation, adaptability, and continuous improvement.

In the end, it's the willingness to evolve that often distinguishes the most successful candidates and organizations from the rest.

Ken Lubin
Managing Director
ZRG Partners, LLC
Americas I EMEA I Asia Pacific
C: 508-733-4789

The Ultimate Hire Collections:


Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
July 31 to August 4


(1) California Brokers Commercial
  Financing Licensing Bill
By Marshall Goldberg, Esq. Leasing News Legal Editor

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

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

(4) Look Out! New York Commercial Finance Disclosure Law
  in Effect Tomorrow, August 1, 2023
Current List of State’s Effective Disclosure Laws

(5) North Mill Equipment Finance Attempt to Acquire
IOU Financial - The Inside Story

(6) Correction
Funders Looking for Broker Business
(Please Update Your Listing)

(8) Trucking Giant Yellow Shuts Down Operations
99-year-old company with 22,000 Teamsters

(9) North Mill Equipment Finance Attempt to Acquire
IOU Financial - The Inside Story

(10) Workplace Trends: How Careers are
  Evolving in the Age of Technology
By Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners


Interview with Randy Haug, EVP/ Co-Founder LTI
Technology Solutions and the Veracode Verified Standard

Compliance and Vulnerability software testing that is taking place or soon will in the markets we work in. Any regulated financial services institutions will be requiring this in the future from their software providers.

That Security and vulnerability testing is happening in all aspects of Financial Services, especially in the highly regulated parts of it. That said, if you’re an unregulated independent funder with a wholesale line from a regulated bank or funder. Which is the majority of the market of funders. You are required by your regulated funders to pass these same requirements. All regulations move downhill in those instances.

As a premier financial services software provider, you must go through continuous scrutiny to make sure you not only say you’re in compliance. You must document it, demonstrate it, and have independent 3rd party scrutinized testing by the likes of Veracode to prove it. Not just once but, ongoing. Plus, it must be inherent in how you build your software as the testing is rigorous and continuous as long as you are updating your software solutions like LTi does.

The old days are behind us, and the new era, which has been brought on by the use of Cloud based systems, is now.

The greater regulatory scrutiny is the new reality in the financial software business. The change is not slowing down, nor are the requirements. It’s creating tremendous pressure on regulated banks to do this testing of any software that is considered critical in their operations. Plus requiring lots of additional overhead to feed the compliance regulatory environment. Ask any regulated entity and they will explain their new cost structures to support this.

It’s always exciting to be in our business and we are fortunate to have built a great and talented team that spends a lot of time trying to help our customers be successful in their business from a processing perspective, and their internal IT audits and compliance. We  consider this a product unto itself that we also must deliver. Our client partners consider our relationship to be a great value added to their business success.

The old days, which I also loved, unfortunately are not coming back. Onward and Upward.

Randy Haug | EVP/ Co-Founder
LTi Technology Solutions
w: 402.493.3445 ext. 1014
Mobile: 402-981-3155


##### Press Release ############################

ELFA Announces Plans for the 2023 Equity Forum
Sept. 13-14 in New Orleans
Members of the 2023 Equity Committee Recognized

Washington, D.C. – The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association today announced plans for the second annual ELFA Equity Forum celebrating and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the equipment finance industry. Industry professionals who consider themselves diverse, as well as allies and those interested in creating inclusivity in their organizations, are encouraged to attend the Forum on Sept. 13-14 in New Orleans.

“The key theme of this year’s Equity Forum is showcasing how diversity, equity and inclusion are good for business, good for hiring and good for all of us,” said Scott Thacker, CPA, CLFP, Founding Chair of the ELFA Equity Committee, which is involved in planning and hosting the Forum. “We're going to dive into the business case for DEI as well as strategies for recruiting, hiring and creating a culture of inclusiveness. Throughout the Forum, attendees will have many opportunities to meet and network with a talented and thoughtful group of their industry colleagues. We had such a positive response to our first Forum last year, we can’t wait to bring ELFA members together for our second event. We hope you’ll join us Sept. 13-14!”

Agenda Highlights

At the 2023 ELFA Equity Forum, sessions will be offered in a variety of formats to create a place for meaningful conversation, balancing both learning and dialogue. The goal is to provide a forum to discuss strategies that can influence corporate social responsibility and broaden cross-cultural understanding. Highlights will include:

•       DEI Strategies for Building an Inclusive Workforce
•       DEI in the Manufacturing Industry & Beyond – Making the Business Case
•       How to Hire for Diversity – Now and in 2028
•       Recruiting in Our Industry
•       The ELFA Equity Eco-Sphere – Others Are Jumping In
•       From Hiring to ERG’s – Brainstorming How to Create a DEI Focus throughout the Employee Lifecycle
•       Real-Life Problem Analysis with Specific New Directions
•       Multiple networking opportunities, including an opening networking luncheon with New Orleans jazz music, a networking reception featuring the Black Equipment Finance Network, a dine around, a fun run/walk and a networking breakfast.

Planning Committee

ELFA recognizes the members of the 2023 Equity Committee who are helping to plan the Equity Forum, including:

•   Scott Thacker, CPA, CLFP, CEO, Ivory Consulting Corporation  
(Committee Chair)
•       Michael Baez, VP, Professional Services and Customer Strategy,
•       Deborah Baker, Head of Worldwide Leasing and Financing, HP Inc.
•       Linda D'Amico, Sr. Director, Global Lead Cisco Refresh, Cisco      
Capital Compliance, Cisco Systems Capital Corporation
•       Julia Gavrilov, Partner, Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP
•       Benjamin Grove, Legislative Director, Thompson Coburn LLP
•       Christopher Johnson, SVP & President, Pitney Bowes Global
Financial Services
•       Svetlana Kralik, CLFP, Credit Administration Officer, VP, U.S.
•       Eric McGriff, SVP - Chief Risk Officer, Wintrust Specialty Finance
•       Stuart Papavassiliou, Copywriter, LEAF Commercial Capital Inc.
•       Ricardo Rios, President & CEO, Commercial Equipment Finance,
•       Sean Scampton, Director of Sales & Marketing, Leasepath
•       DelRoy Stauffer, CLFP, Director of Sales & Business   
Development, Odessa
•       Moto Tohda, CLFP, VP / Information Systems, Tokyo Century
(USA) Inc.
•       Ernest Tsorvas, Senior VP, National Sales Manager, Fifth Third
Bank, National Association
•       Derek Vander Linden, Strategic Projects Business Analyst, Key
Equipment Finance
•       Amy Weum, Regional VP, Farm Credit Leasing

### Press Release ############################


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Check Off Your To-Do List
2023 AACFB Commercial Financing Expo
Orlando, Florida September 20-21



News Briefs---

ADP® National Employment Report
    Four Page Report PDF

U.S. companies are buying less from China
    as relations remain tense

Three Men Battle the FBI Over Buried Civil War Gold
    'Stuff Just Doesn’t Add Up'

Trucker Yellow Files for Bankruptcy, Will Liquidate
    Chief executive says Yellow is closing after the chapter 11 filing




What changes at Ste. Michelle might mean
for the Washington wine industry and industry


Sports Briefs---

The Mets Begin Dismantling the Most Expensive Team in Baseball History


California News Briefs---

California women get paid 88% of men,
     and that’s 6th-best in US

6 ways COVID-19 dramatically changed the
     San Francisco Bay Area commute

‘Fit our profile’: Why Hawaii prefers
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Gimme that Wine    

St. Helena, Napa Wine Maker
    Andrew Schweiger

San Jose winery named Best New Winery
Experience by USA To readership

How to read a wine label
This quick study of two labels will help you decipher

Wine of the week: Cuvaison, 2021 Pinot Noir,
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Congressional Wine Caucus welcomes Sonoma County
vineyard workers to Washington, D.C

Wine Job Listings entire United States
Many with Full Descriptions of Positions & the Wineries


This Day in History


1679 - The “Le Griffon,” a two-masted armored square-rigger built by the explorer Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, at Cayuga Creek, near the Niagara River in New York, was launched in the Great Lakes, the first such ship to sail here. It was of 60 tons burden and sailed Lake Erie and Lake Michigan. It sank on September 18, 1679, only a month in operation, during a gale in Mackinaw Strait, and is believed to be resting in Mississagi Strait, Manitoulin Island, Canada. Road transportation was very poor, and the best, fastest means of transportation of not only people, but supplies, was by water. The majority of the population lived around waterways.     
1727 - French Ursuline nuns first arrived at New Orleans, where they set up the first Catholic charitable institution in America. It comprised an orphanage, a girl's school and a hospital
1742 - Birthday of Nathaniel Greene (d. 1786), born at Patowomut, RI. A statue of him was placed at the US Capitol in 1870 by Rhode Island. Many historians rank him second only to Washington as a military leader. Born to a Quaker family, who organized the Kentish Guards, and his life is right out of movie “The Patriot,” which may have been based on his life. Some trivia facts, because of a stiff knee, the men would not let him lead the troops, so he followed with the general rank of soldiers. He worked his way up to brigadier general, then major general, and commandeered the army of occupation in Boston. He was chosen by Washington to run administration, a post he did not like, and resigned to replace General Horatio Gates, whose army had been badly beaten at Camden, S.C. By skill preparation and a series of brilliant maneuvers, according to historians, Greene push the British back into Charleston and Savannah (just like in the movie, “The Patriot”). Georgia was so grateful for his saving so many farms and lives, they gave him a plantation near Savannah, where he went to live in 1785.

- In the French and Indian War (1754-1763), Captain Demere capitulated to the Cherokee Indians at Fort Loudon, Tennessee. He surrendered under condition that his troops be allowed to retreat unimpeded. On August 10, the garrison was ambushed and massacred by Indians while retreating to Fort Prince George in South Carolina. To fully understand the life in this period, American Indians were constantly fighting and killing each tribe, very similar to Africa in the last century, as they fought for dominance. Perhaps similar to European culture as the French, English, Germans, and Spanish for centuries warred with each other. The Indians, as did the Europeans, allied with the British, the French, the Dutch, especially if another tribe had aligned themselves with the opposing side. They also did not follow the European custom of war or truce, especially fighting what was then modern warfare of armor, cannon, rifles and horses, unknown to the Indians until introduced by the Spanish and English. All Indians were not to be trusted. Physically alcohol went right to their brain and soon they became very dependent on rum, whiskey, and wine, which they had never produced before.
1782 - At Newburgh, NY, General George Washington ordered the creation of a Badge of Military Merit. It was the first honor badge for enlisted men and noncommissioned officers. The badge consisted of a purple cloth heart with silver braided edge. Only three are known to have been awarded during the Revolutionary War: Sergeants Daniel Bissell, William Brown and Elijah Churchill of Connecticut regiments, decorated on May 9, 1783, for singularly meritorious action in the Revolutionary War. They were entitled “to wear on facings over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk, with narrow lace or bindings.” The award was re-instituted on the bicentennial of Washington's birth, Feb 22, 1932, and recognizes those wounded in action.
1789 - The first lighthouse built after American independence was located at Cape Henry, Virginia at the entrance of Chesapeake Bay. The first lighthouse keeper was Laban Goffigan. The original fuel for illumination was fish oil, followed later by whale oil, colza oil, lard oil, kerosene, gas, and finally, electricity. With the advent of inexpensive radar, many lighthouses have been sold or demolished in the United States as too costly to maintain.
1794 - The Whiskey Rebellion broke out in western Pennsylvania among farmers opposed to a federal excise tax on liquor passed in 1791. Farmers of Washington and Allegheny counties attacked federal officers. Washington issued a proclamation ordering the insurgents to go home and calling out a militia of 13,000 from four states. He issued another proclamation on September 24 and ordered the militia to suppress the uprising. “The report of the commissioners marks their firmness and abilities, and must unite all virtuous men, by shewing that the means of conciliation have been exhausted.” For a time, Washington led this force in person. By mid-November the trouble was over. Two men were convicted of treason but Washington pardoned them.
1801 - The Great Religious Revival of the American West began at a Presbyterian camp meeting in Cane Ridge, Kentucky.
1807 - The launch of the Clermont, a steamboat, designed by Robert Fulton, began its trip to Albany, NY. It made the 150-mile journey in 32 hours and returned in 30 hours, quite a feat in its day. The Clermont was the first steamboat to make regular trips.
1847 - George Page, Washington, DC, received a patent for a plow for pulverizing the soil. Page's design used a revolving single disk on the side of the plow. This invention revolutionized farming.
1849 - Wright and Co. of San Francisco asked Gov. Riley for permission to mint $5 and $10 gold coins to relieve money famine
1852 - Birthday of Franklin L. Sheppard (d. 1930), Philadelphia.  Presbyterian organist and hymnbook editor. It was Sheppard who composed the hymn tune “TERRA PATRIS,” to which we sing "This is My Father's World."
1856 - Justice Terry was released by the Committee of Vigilance and immediately took refuge aboard the Navy vessel "John Adams" in San Francisco Bay.
1882 - Hatfields of south West Virginia and the McCoys of east Kentucky feud, 100 wounded or die.
1887 - Birthday of pianist Charles Luckyth “Lucky” Roberts (d. 1968), Philadelphia, PA.
1880 - Theophilius Van Kannel of Philadelphia, PA received a patent for a revolving door. The first building to install a revolving door was an office building in Philadelphia.
1903 - Birthday of Rudol C. Ising (d. 1993), co-creator with Hugh Harmon of “Looney Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies,” at Kansas City, MO. Ising and Harmon's inital production, Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid(1929) was the first talkie cartoon synchronizing dialogue on the soundtrack with the action on screen. Ising received an Academy award in 1948 for “Milky Way,” a cartoon about three kittens. During World War II, he headed the animation division of the Army Air Forces movie unit developing training films.
1904- Birthday of Ralph Bunche (d. 1971), American statesman, UN official, the first African American Nobel Peace Prize recipient, at Detroit, MI.
1904 - A flash flood near Pueblo, CO, washed a train from the tracks killing 89 passengers. A bridge, weakened by the floodwaters sweeping through the valley below, gave way under the weight of the train dashing all but the sleeping cars into the torrent drowning the occupants. Rail service was frequently interrupted in the Rocky Mountain Region and southwestern U.S. that summer due to numerous heavy downpours which washed out the railroad beds delaying trains as much as five days.
1905 - The mercury soared to 127 degrees at Parker, AZ, to tie the state record established at Fort Mohave on the 15th of June in 1896.
1910 - Pianist/Bandleader/Boogie Woogie Champ Freddie Slack (d. 1965) birthday, Westby, WI.
    1913 - Birthday of guitarist George Van Eps (d. 1998), Plainfield, NJ.
1923 - Birthday of trumpet player Idrees Sulieman (d. 2002), St Petersburg FL.
1918 - New York City's hottest day and night with 102 and 82 minimum. Philadelphia reached a record of 108.
1926 - Birthday of satirist Stan Freberg (d. 2015), Pasadena, CA.   He began his career doing cartoon voices and, in 1951, had a record hit with "John and Marsha," a parody of soap operas. Freberg's 1953 recording of "St. George and the Dragonet" and "Little Blue Riding Hood" was a double-sided million seller. Freberg later turned to producing radio and TV commercials.
1929 - Babe Ruth ties record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games.
1934 - US Court of Appeals upheld lower court ruling striking down government's attempt to ban controversial James Joyce novel "Ulysses."
1936 - Birthday of saxophone player Rahsaan Roland Kirk (d. 1977), Columbus OH.
1937 - Birthday of trombone player George Bohanon, Detroit MI. 
1937 - Trumpet player Bunny Berigan Band records classic version of “I Can't Get Started.” (Victor 36208). It was released in a two side shellac and a large 12 inch shellac, due to his long and famous trumpet solo.
1939 - Birthday of singer Ron Holden (d. 1997), Seattle, WA.
1940 - Largest amount paid for a stamp at that time: $45,000 for one 1856 British Guiana.
1941 - Birthday of sax player Howard Johnson, Montgomery, AL. 
1942 - Birthday of singer B.J. Thomas, born in Hugo, OK.  His easy, middle-of-the-road style was featured on the million-sellers "Hooked on a Feeling" in 1968 and "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," from the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," in 1970. In 1975, Thomas topped both the pop and country charts with "(Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song." He later concentrated on gospel, and more recently pure country material.
1942 - The U.S. Marines Landed on Guadalcanal. The American offensive in the Pacific in World War II began at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, by the Marines under Lieutenant General Alexander Archer Vandergrift. The Marines landed at Floria, Gavutu, Guadalcanal, Tanambogo, and Tulagi. The overall commander was Vice Admiral Robert Lee Ghormley, South Pacific Commander. This was considered the turning point of the war as US Allies had to win this geography for defense purposes and to raise morale at home and on the European front.  It was a key strategy of the War in the Pacific that was documented at “Victory at Sea” with the music of Richard Rodgers.
1943 - Birthday of singer Lana Cantrell, Sydney, Australia.
1947 - Balsa raft Kon Tiki crashes into a Polynesian archipelago reef.
1948 - Hank Williams made his first appearance on the "Louisiana Hayride" radio show over station KWKH in Shreveport. Although Williams was virtually an alcoholic, he was booked regularly on the show. And in 1949, came a contract with the Grand Ole Opry. Williams was fired from the Opry in 1952 because of his perpetual drunkeness.
1949 - "Martin Kane, Private Eye" was first heard on Mutual radio. William Gargan starred on the Sunday afternoon program.
1951 - Birth of Randy Shilts (d. 1994), Davenport, IA.  Gay San Francisco author and journalist whose groundbreaking books in the '80s exhaustively chronicled for the first time the spread of the AIDS epidemic and the Reagan Administration's deadly indifference to it.
1953 - The first Navy-Marine Corps Medal for Heroism awarded to a woman was present to Staff Sergeant Barbara Olive Barnwell, of Pittsburgh, PA, Marine Corps Reserve, in Washington, DC. She saved Private First Class Frederick G. Romann form drowning on June 7, 1952, at Onslow Beach, Camp Lejeune, NC..
1954 - Billboard magazine runs an article about Elvis Presley, calling him "a potent new chanter who can rock a tune for either the Country or the R&B markets."
1956 - 57,000 people, the largest minor league baseball crowd in history, watched former Negro Leagues star and Major Leaguer Satchel Paige pitch of the Miami Marlins in an International League game against the Columbus Jets. The game was played at the Orange Bowl and Miami won.
1957 - Paul Anka makes his first network TV appearance on “American Bandstand” where he performs his current hit, "Diana". 
1959 - US satellite Explorer VI transmitted the first picture of Earth from space. For the first time, we had a likeness of our planet based on more than projections and conjectures.
1963 - The film, “Beach Party,” with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, opens in American theatres. Music is provided by Dick Dale and the Del Tones. 
1963 - Jackie Kennedy becomes the first First Lady to give birth since First Lady Frances Cleveland (1893 and 1895).  Cleveland was 27 years younger than her long-time bachelor president-husband who she married in his first term.  He was defeated, but won the next election, the only president to do so). "Mrs. Kennedy gave birth to their third child, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy. He suffered from a serious lung ailment and was rushed to the Children's Hospital in Boston. Patrick died two days later and Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy grew closer as they grieved the death of their son. Sadly, another tragedy befell her as she was still recovering from this terrible loss. On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy and Mrs. Kennedy were in Dallas, Texas. As their car drove slowly past cheering crowds, shots rang out. President Kennedy was killed and Jacqueline Kennedy became a widow at age thirty-four. She planned the President's state funeral, which was watched by millions around the world who shared her grief and admired her courage and dignity." 
1964 - Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution,” pertaining to the war in Vietnam, which gave President Lyndon Johnson authority” to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression.”
1965 - Herman's Hermits reached number one in the US with a silly little song called "I'm Henry VIII, I Am". The tune was actually written in 1911 and had been popularized by Cockney comedian Harry Champion. 
1966 - Race riot in Lansing, Michigan.
1966 - Third-Annual San Francisco South-of-Market and North Beach Children's Adventure Day Camp benefit with Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and The Grateful Dead held at Fillmore Auditorium. Gary Goodrow of The Committee was master of ceremonies.
1970 - Christine McVie became the first female member of the British rock band Fleetwood Mac. McVie was the wife of the group's bass guitarist, John McVie, and had previously performed with the blues rock band Chicken Shack. Christine joined Fleetwood Mac shortly after one of the group's original members, Peter Green, had left. When Fleetwood Mac was formed in 1967, it played blues classics and blues-influenced original material. But after the departure of Green, the group began performing more melodic rock songs. The band's commercial breakthrough came with the 1975 album "Fleetwood Mac," which sold four-million copies.
1970 - Four people, including presiding judge, killed in courthouse shootout in San Rafael, California. Police charged that Angela Davis provided weapons. 
1970 - Jonathan Jackson (the younger brother of George) and three others killed in attempt to seize radio station in Marin County, Calif. to expose injustice.
1971 - HAGEN, LOREN D., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Infantry, U.S. Army Training Advisory Group. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 7 August 1971. Entered service at: Fargo, N. Dak. Born: 25 February 1946, Fargo, N. Dak. Citation: 1st Lt. Hagen distinguished himself in action while serving as the team leader of a small reconnaissance team operating deep within enemy-held territory. At approximately 0630 hours on the morning of 7 August 1971 the small team came under a fierce assault by a superior-sized enemy force using heavy small arms, automatic weapons, mortar, and rocket fire. 1st Lt. Hagen immediately began returning small-arms fire upon the attackers and successfully led this team in repelling the first enemy onslaught. He then quickly deployed his men into more strategic defense locations before the enemy struck again in an attempt to overrun and annihilate the beleaguered team's members. 1st Lt. Hagen repeatedly exposed himself to- the enemy fire directed at him as he constantly moved about the team's perimeter, directing fire, rallying the members, and resupplying the team with ammunition, while courageously returning small arms and hand grenade fire in a valorous attempt to repel the advancing enemy force. The courageous actions and expert leadership abilities of 1st Lt. Hagen were a great source of inspiration and instilled confidence in the team members. After observing an enemy rocket make a direct hit on and destroy 1 of the team's bunkers, 1st Lt. Hagen moved toward the wrecked bunker in search for team members despite the fact that the enemy force now controlled the bunker area. With total disregard for his own personal safety, he crawled through the enemy fire while returning small-arms fire upon the enemy force. Undaunted by the enemy rockets and grenades impacting all around him, 1st Lt. Hagen desperately advanced upon the destroyed bunker until he was fatally wounded by enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire. With complete disregard for his personal safety, 1st Lt. Hagen's courageous gallantry, extraordinary heroism, and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty, at the cost of his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon him and the U.S. Army.
1971 - After having half-a-dozen Top 20 hits in the US, The Bee Gees finally scored their first number one with "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart". Barry and Robin Gibb had written the song for crooner Andy Williams, but he turned it down. 
1972 - Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez and Early Wynn were among eight players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Koufax, age 37, became the youngest ever to be inducted.
1976 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," Elton John & Kiki Dee. The song is the first on which John sings to hit No. 1 on the British charts.
1981 - After 128 years of publication, "The Washington Star" ceased operation. Only one daily newspaper remained to serve the nation's capital: "The Washington Post."
1984 - Jim Deshales becomes 1,000th playing Yankee.
1985 - Barbara Streisand records "The Broadway Album." 
1986 - A judge in Los Angeles dismissed a lawsuit against heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of a teenage suicide victim. The 19-year-old youth killed himself while listening to Osbourne's "Suicide Solution."
1986 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Glory of Love," Peter Cetera. Cetera was a member of the group Chicago until 1982.
1987 - "Back to the Beach" opened at theatres around the country. The film reunited Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, who played middle-aged parents with rebellious kids -- kids like Frankie and Annette had played in their "Bikini Beach" movies in the 1960s.    1988 - Thirty-eight cities in the north central and northeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Youngstown, OH, hit 100 degrees, and for the second day in a row, Flint, MI, reached 101 degrees, equaling all-time records for those two cities.
1989 - Phoenix records the 62nd straight day with 100 degree plus temperatures, setting a new record. Twenty-four cities, mostly in the southwestern U.S., reported record high temperatures for the date. Afternoon highs of 105 degrees at Cedar City, UT, and 114 degrees at Moab, UT, were all-time records for those locations
1990 - Five days after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, US President George Bush ordered the military buildup that would become known as Desert Shield to prevent further Iraqi advances. This was a watershed day in the Middle East. Iraq announced that it had annexed the kingdom of Kuwait, moving over 200,000 troops into the tiny, oil-rich country. As Iraq declared Kuwait to be its 19th Providence, U.S. President George Bush (I) warned Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, “A line has been drawn in the sand.” An ordered trade and financial boycott had not worked and American forces began moving into Saudi Arabia. On August 9, a naval blockade would begin and by November 8, 230,000 American troops would be in Saudi Arabia. CNN would bring us the war “live” and the “see all, expose all” of satellite transmissions would bring instantaneous sight and sound to the entire world. The BBC had been doing this for years, building a worldwide audience, but CNN would bring dramatic pictures and “You Are There.”
1991 - A last-minute entry who didn't have the opportunity to play a practice round, John Daly won the PGA Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indiana by three strokes over Bruce Lietzke. Daly endured a wealth of personal problems in the ensuing years, including marital difficulties and alcoholism. but he continued to thrill tournament crowds with his prodigious drives and his “grip it and rip it” approach to the game.
1995 - Alanis Morissette's biting "You Oughta Know" soars to No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart and is the most requested tune on rock radio.
1997 - Garth Brooks played to a crowd estimated at between 250,000 and 900,000 -- with an HBO audience of more than 15 million. The crowd at the free concert, was the largest ever for a concert in New York's Central Park. Said Garth of the preparations required, “We rehearse indoors at a place here in New York. Then we rehearse with no sound for the camera guys, so they will hopefully be in the vicinity of what's going on. And then the rest of it's really, man, just fly by the seat of your pants. You know, once the show starts, all the rules are out the window.” Police estimated 250,000 were there - the promoters said the crowd was three times that size. Billy Joel and Don McLean made guest appearances. The show was meant to coincide with the release of Brooks' album "Sevens," but because of a dispute between the singer and his record company, EMI, it didn't come out until three months later.
1998 - A pair of major explosions near U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. “Clearly, this is a terrorist attack,” U.S. State Department spokesman Lee McClenny said.
2001 - "Black Betsy," Shoeless Joe Jackson's 40-ounce warped hickory bat, is won by 30-year-old businessman Rob Mitchell in a 10-day eBay auction. The $577,610 price tag is believed to be the largest amount ever paid for a baseball bat.2003 - Albert Pujols joins Jose Canseco as the only other player in Major League history to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs during his first three seasons.
2007 – Barry Bonds broke the Major League career me run record when he hit the 756th of his career to surpass Henry Aaron.
2014 – By court order, student athletes can now profit from the commercial use of their names and images.  NCAA had previously retained all revenues from such deals but students will now have profits placed in trust to be received upon leaving school.
2014 – Former Reagan press secretary James Brady died at age 73. Brady’s death was ruled a homicide due to a gunshot made 33 years earlier by John Hinckley who was found to be insane.  Hinckley had attempted to assassinate President Reagan.



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