Information, news, and entertainment for the commercial
alternate financing, bank, finance and leasing industries

Add me to mailing listSearch | All Lists | Columnists | Site Map
Advertising| Archives | Classified Ads | This Day In American History

Email the Editor

Monday, December 14, 2020

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Balboa Capital "Broker Success" Webinar
   Tuesday, December 15, 2 pm EST
Top Ten Leasing News
    December 7 to December 11
Funders Looking for Broker Business
    During COVID-19 Pandemic
Leasing Industry Positions
    ---Available Now!
"I'm Leaving Right after I Get My Bonus"
    Career Crossroads---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
Calendar: The Pfizer/BioNTECH Vaccination Process
    for the Pfizer/BioNT Tech COVID-19 BNT162b2 Vaccine
Amazon will earn over $14 billion
    in net US digital ad revenues this year
Siberian Husky
    Tustin, California  Adopt a Dog
News Briefs---
Vaccine D-Day begins with rollout
     of first 2.9M doses from Kalamazoo plant
With Veto-Proof Majority, Senate Sends Landmark Bill
    Ending Anonymous Companies to President’s Desk

You May have Missed---
Tips for Better Writing
    for eMails and Texting

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
Leasing News Icon for Android Mobile Device

  Sports Brief----
   California Nuts Brief---
    "Gimme that Wine"
     This Day in History
       Daily Puzzle
         Weather, USA or specific area
          Traffic Live----

######## surrounding the article denotes it is a “press release,” it was not written by Leasing News nor has the information been verified. The source noted. When an article is signed by the writer, it is considered a “byline.” It reflects the opinion and research of the writer.



Balboa Capital "Broker Success" Webinar
   Tuesday, December 15, 2 pm EST

Balboa Capital, a leading direct lender that specializes in equipment financing and small business loans, will host a free 30-minute live webinar on Tuesday, December 15 at 2 p.m. EST to explain how third-party originators can grow their businesses quickly and profitably. The webinar, titled "Broker Success," will provide participants with an overview of Balboa Capital's broker program and the company's technology-based lending platform. In addition, the webinar will cover Balboa Capital's processes and borrowing requirements relating to equipment financing and working capital loan transactions.


Vicki Shimkus, CLFP
Broker Relationship Manager

Matthew Lent
Manager of Ancillary Products/Working Capital

SIGN UP for Free Webinar to learn how the Balboa Capital broker program can help you achieve growth and increase profits.

Click Here:

About Balboa Capital
Balboa Capital is a technology-driven financing company that provides business owners with fast, hassle-free solutions to fuel their growth and success. The company specializes in small business loans, equipment financing, commercial financing, equipment vendor financing, and franchise financing. Balboa Capital developed an intuitive online platform that simplifies the entire financing process. Calculators provide instant estimates, applications can be completed and submitted in a matter of minutes, and sophisticated credit scoring technology provides instant decisions. To learn more, visit



Top Ten Leasing News
December 7 to December 11

(Stories most opened by readers)


(1) Bad Guys: Companies who utilize Evergreen Clauses
    for Extra Lease Payments

(2) The Top Seven Leasing/Finance Company Websites
    in North America

(3) Having Courage does not mean...

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

(5) Dr. Geller Reports 50% decrease Money Anxiety
    Propelled the Market by 50%

(6) Four Hour Funding: A Message
    From Our President, John Boettigheimer

(7) October, 2020 - The List
    The Good, the Band, and the Ugly

(8) New Report Cites Labor Quality As Top Problem
    For Small Business Operators

(9) Lessors, Put Your Seatbelts On!
  "Final Rules" in Collection Procedures
    By: Edward P Kaye, Esq. and Sloan Schickler, Esq.

(10) Cadillac dealers are jumping ship
    rather than upgrade for EV sales, report says




Funders Looking for Broker Business
During COVID-19 Pandemic

To qualify for this list, the company must be a funder (as qualified by Leasing News) and on the “Funder List,” an acceptable Better Business Bureau Rating and no history of current complaints at Leasing News. Also, it is their practice to notify lessees in advance when the lease will end and what the residual will be; they do not automatically extend the lease or insist that their discounter follow the same policy. We reserve the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.

There is no advertising fee or charge for a listing. They are “free.” Leasing News makes no endorsement of any of the companies listed, except they have qualified to be on this specific list.

We encourage companies who are listed to contact us for any change or addition they would like to make. We encourage adding further information as an "attachment" or clarification of what they have to offer would be helpful to readers.

Please send company name, contact/email or telephone number as well as a URL to attach or description to

Note in the listings:

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

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

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details

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

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

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

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

Madison Capital
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC

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

Full List:

Funder List "A:"




Leasing Industry Help Wanted




"I'm Leaving Right after I Get My Bonus"

Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

First, NEVER burn bridges (many of us have learned this from past experience!). Give notice in the PROPER manner.

I would suggest developing a formal resignation letter at least two weeks prior to terminating your present employment. Many resignation letters state your last day of employment and a willingness to assist in the transition process (sometimes including training a new hire to take over your duties). You may want to include a personal note thanking the employer and explaining your reasoning for your departure.

Whatever the circumstances, make sure you phrase your resignation letter in a positive way. This does not give you free reign to lay out your grievances … not appropriate! Don’t do it!

Your past employer may be called upon to provide a reference for you in the future. AND you never know if you might work with your manager (s) in the future!

If you get your bonus today, Please wait until after Christmas
to submit your letter of resignation!  Better yet, wait until the check
clears your bank account.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,

Emily Fitzpatrick
Sr. Recruiter
Recruiters International, Inc.
Phone:  954-885-9241
Cell:  954-612-0567
Invite me to connect on LinkedIn
Also follow us on Twitter #RIIINFO

Career Crossroads Previous Columns


As the rapid rollout begins, this infographic looks at the process and how long it takes to achieve full immunity in the case of a successful vaccination. As reported, this vaccine requires two doses. 12 days after the first jab, immunity starts to build. After 21 days a second dose is required, allowing the body to develop full immunity by day 28.

By Martin Armstrong, Statista




Amazon will earn over $14 billion
in net US digital ad revenues this year

Amid the pandemic, Amazon’s ad revenues along with its retail sales have increased as consumers continue to shift to ecommerce at elevated rates. We now forecast even faster growth this year for Amazon’s US ad business than we had expected in March.

Amazon has a unique place in our US digital ad revenue breakout: It’s the only company for which we revised our 2020 estimate upward between March and October. We now expect Amazon to earn $14.55 billion in net US digital ad revenues in 2020.



Siberian Husky
Tustin, California  Adopt a Dog


2 Years old
Color: Black/White
Kennel: 521

To make an appointment call 714-935-6848. Call center hours are 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. excluding government holidays.

OC Animal Care
1630 Victory Road
Tustin, California 92782


Prepare for Adoption:


News Briefs---

Vaccine D-Day begins with rollout
     of first 2.9M doses from Kalamazoo plant

With Veto-Proof Majority, Senate Sends Landmark Bill
   Ending Anonymous Companies to President’s Desk


You May Have Missed---

Tips for Better Writing
    for Emails and Texting


Sports Briefs---

49ers’ 23-15 loss to Washington begins fittingly,
     likely ends playoff chances

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs rally to win,
    secure yet another AFC West championship

Officials hand Tom Brady's Buccaneers 3 points
     on rare PI penalty on Hail Mary

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26, Minnesota Vikings 14:
     Missed opportunities doom Vikings in loss

Drew Brees' status uncertain for Week 15 vs. Chiefs

Pac-12 announces final weekend of games
    in football season

Kyle Shanahan Explains Why He Likes Nick Mullens So Much


California Nuts Briefs---

Oracle to move headquarters
   to from Bay Area to Texas

What the COVID shutdown order means
    for Tahoe and holiday travel plans



“Gimme that Wine”

After 2020 What's Next for Wine?

Small Wineries Bearing the Brunt of Industry Pivot

Americans get stern holiday COVID warning:
     'No Christmas parties'

Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines 2020 to be announced Monday

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

    1763 – Fifty-Seven whites enter Conestoga Indian settlement and, in violation of a treaty made between the tribe and William Penn — to last "as long as the sun should shine, or the waters run in the rivers" — shot, stabbed, and hatched the three men, two women and one young boy they found there (more on 27 December).
    1774 - After Paul Revere warned Portsmouth, NH of possible attack, Massachusetts militiamen successfully attacked the arsenal of Fort William and Mary and confiscated all arms and gun powder. Actually, this was the first shot of the Revolutionary War and not in Boston Common as history books report.  Revere did not finish his ride, nor did he communicate about the lantern signals, but he did warn several towns and woke up many farmers to warn other farmers about the possible attack, making it to the town of Portsmouth.
    1782 – Charleston, SC was evacuated by British. There were more battles in South Carolina as the British fought to conquer this land more than others in the colonies at the time, and this was a major event in the American Revolutionary War.  The British had captured Charleston on May 12, 1780.
    1793 - Kentucky was the first state to authorize a road. They authorized Daniel Weisiger, Bennett Pemberton, and Nathaniel Sanders as “commissioners to receive subscriptions in money, labor or property,” to raise a fund for clearing a wagon road from Frankfort, Kentucky, to Cincinnati, Ohio.
    1798 - David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patented both the nut and bolt machine, and the screw.
    1799 – George Washington died at his home in Mt. Vernon, VA at the age of 67.
    1819 - Alabama became the 22nd state. Deep in the “Heart of Dixie,” (one of the state's nicknames), Alabama was first inhabited by the Creek Indians (Alabama means ‘tribal town'), then explored by the Spanish, settled by the French, and then controlled by the British. The region was ceded to the U.S. following the American Revolution. The Confederacy was founded in Alabama; the state flag still bears a resemblance to the Confederate Battle Flag. Alabama's motto, "Audemus jura nostra defendere – We Dare Defend Our Rights" - has been taken very seriously throughout the state's history, especially in the 1950s and 1960s, as it was the site of landmark civil rights actions. The state tree, pinus palustris or Southern longleaf pine, and the camellia, the state flower, are plentiful throughout the state, as is the state bird, the yellowhammer, which is also the state's other nickname.
    1863 - President Lincoln announces a grant of amnesty for Mrs. Emilie Todd Helm, Mary Lincoln's half-sister and the widow of a Confederate general. The pardon was one of the first under Lincoln's Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction, which he had announced less than a week before. The plan was the President's blueprint for the reintegration of the South into the Union. Part of the plan allowed for former Confederates to be granted amnesty if they took an oath to the United States
    1885 - Birthday of Ethel Browne Harvey (d. 1965), Baltimore, MD.  U.S. cell biologist, embryologist, most noted for her findings about cell division, bringing her international fame. Using sea urchins, she was able to excite cell division without maternal or paternal nucleus. Harvey speculated that her parthenogenetic meogones might mean that fundamental characteristics of living matter (such as cell division) were cytoplasmic, while genes controlled later, more specialized characteristics (like eye color). Today, sea urchins are very much in demand by connoisseurs, not only for their taste but supposed aphrodisiac ability, attributed to Dr. Harvey's work.
    1896 - Birthday of James Doolittle (d. 1993) at Alameda, CA.  He was a flying instructor during World War I and a Reserve officer in the US Army Air Corps, but he was recalled to active duty during World War II.  Lieutenant General in the US Army Air Force, he was the first person to fly across North America in less than a day. Doolittle studied as an undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1922 and earning a doctorate in aeronautics from the MIT in 1925.  He was a pioneer in instrument landing techniques during the 1920s when flying was still in its infancy.  On Apr 18, 1942, Doolittle led a squadron of 16 B-25 bombers, launched from aircraft carrier USS Hornet, on the first US aerial raid on Japan of World War II.   Until that time, after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the US was not faring well against the Japanese.  The daring raid was considered dangerous because the thought was that B-25s could not take off from a carrier.  While the damage to Tokyo was slight, it pierced the Japanese feeling of invincibility and turned US morale around that continued through the remainder of the war.  He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for this accomplishment. Doolittle also headed the Eighth Air Force during the Normandy invasion.
    1897- Birthday of Margaret Chase Smith (d. 1995) at Skowhegan, ME.   Smith was the first woman to be elected to both houses of Congress (1941 to the House and 1949 to the Senate). She was also one of seven Republican senators to issue a “declaration of conscience” to denounce Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's communist witch-hunt.
    1902 - The ship, "Silverton," set sail from the Bay Area to lay the first telephone cable between San Francisco, California and Honolulu, Hawaii. The project was finished by January 1, 1903.
    1903 – The Wright Brothers make the first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, NC.  Coincidentally this was the same date in 1782 that the Montgolfier brothers succeeded in launching the first piloted ascent into the sky in a balloon, in France.  The three-second flight attempt stalled after takeoff and caused minor damage to the Flyer.  Following repairs, the Wrights took off again on December 17, 1903, making two flights each from level ground into a freezing headwind gusting to 27 miles per hour. The first flight, by Orville at 10:35 am, of 120 feet in 12 seconds, at a speed of only 6.8 miles per hour over the ground, was recorded in the famous photograph.  The next two flights covered approximately 175 and 200 feet, by Wilbur and Orville respectively. Their altitude was about 10 feet above the ground.
    1910 - Tenor sax player Budd Johnson (d. 1984) born Dallas, Texas.
    1911 - The elusive object of many expeditions dating from the 7th century, the South Pole was located and visited by Roald Amundsen with four companions and 52 sled dogs. All five men and 12 of the dogs returned to base camp safely. The next to visit the South Pole, January 17, 1912, was a party of five led by Captain Robert Scott, all of whom perished during the return trip. A search party found their frozen bodies 11 months later.
    1917 – June Taylor (d. 2004) was born in Chicago.  Best known as the founder of the June Taylor Dancers, who were featured on Jackie Gleason’s various television variety programs.  In 1946, Taylor met Gleason at a Baltimore nightclub. The two became friends when Taylor helped Gleason overcome a case of stage fright.  In 1948, Taylor made her television debut on “The Toast of the Town starring Ed Sullivan, where six of her original dancers appeared as The Toastettes.  Two years later, Taylor joined Gleason's Cavalcade of Stars and followed him, along with 16 dancers, to “The Jackie Gleason Show,” where her signature was the overhead camera shot of the dancers making kaleidoscopic geometric patterns, reminiscent of the work of Busby Berkeley.  She won an Emmy for choreography in 1955.
    1920 - Trumpet Player Clark Terry (d. 2015) was born in St. Louis.
    1922 – Don Hewitt (d. 2009), the creator of CBS’ “60 Minutes” was born in NYC.  At the time of his death, “60 Minutes” was the longest-running prime-time broadcast on American television.  Under Hewitt's leadership, “60 Minutes” was the only news program ever rated the nation’s top-ranked television program, an achievement it accomplished five times.  Hewitt produced the first televised presidential debate in 1960, between candidates Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.
    1924 - The temperature at Helena, MT plunged 79 degrees in 24 hours, and 88 degrees in 34 hours. The mercury plummeted from 63 above to 25 below zero. At Fairfield, MT, the temperature plunged 84 degrees in just 12 hours, from 63 at Noon to 21 below zero at midnight
    1934 - The first streamlined steam locomotive was introduced by the New York Central Lines between Albany and Kamer, NY. Built in West Albany, NY, it was named the “Commodore Vanderbilt” after the founder of the New York Central Lines. It developed 4,075 horsepower.
    1939 - Jimmy Lunceford Band records “Uptown Blues,” New York City.
    1939 - League of Nations, the international peacekeeping organization formed at the end of World War I, expels the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in response to the Soviets' invasion of Finland on October 30. President Roosevelt, although an "ally" of the USSR, condemned the invasion, causing the Soviets to withdraw from the New York World's Fair. And finally, the League of Nations, drawing almost its last breath, expelled it.
    1939 – Ernie Davis (d. 1963), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy, was born in New Salem, PA.  After his All-American career at Syracuse University, Davis was drafted #1 by the Washington Redskins who traded him immediately to the Cleveland Browns.  He never played a professional game, as he was diagnosed with leukemia in 1962 and died at the age of 23. Davis was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979.
    1944 - NEPPEL, RALPH G., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company M, 329th Infantry, 83d Infantry Division. Place and date: Birgel, Germany, 14 December 1944. Entered service at: Glidden, lowa. Birth: Willey, lowa. G.O. No.: 77, 10 September 1945. Citation: He was leader of a machinegun squad defending an approach to the village of Birgel, Germany, on 14 December 1944, when an enemy tank, supported by 20 infantrymen, counterattacked. He held his fire until the Germans were within 100 yards and then raked the foot soldiers beside the tank killing several of them. The enemy armor continued to press forward and, at the pointblank range of 30 yards, fired a high-velocity shell into the American emplacement, wounding the entire squad. Sgt. Neppel, blown 10 yards from his gun, had 1 leg severed below the knee and suffered other wounds. Despite his injuries and the danger from the onrushing tank and infantry, he dragged himself back to his position on his elbows, remounted his gun and killed the remaining enemy riflemen. Stripped of its infantry protection, the tank was forced to withdraw. By his superb courage and indomitable fighting spirit, Sgt. Neppel inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy and broke a determined counterattack.
    1944 - THOMAS, CHARLES L., Medal of Honor
Citation: For extraordinary heroism in action on 14 December 1944, near Climbach, France. While riding in the lead vehicles of a task force organized to storm and capture the village of Climbach, France, then First Lieutenant Thomas's armored scout car was subjected to intense enemy artillery, self-propelled gun, and small arms fire. Although wounded by the initial burst of hostile fire, Lieutenant Thomas signaled the remainder of the column to halt and, despite the severity of his wounds, assisted the crew of the wrecked car in dismounting. Upon leaving the scant protection which the vehicle afforded, Lieutenant Thomas was again subjected to a hail of enemy fire which inflicted multiple gunshot wounds in his chest, legs, and left arm. Despite the intense pain caused by these wounds, Lieutenant Thomas ordered and directed the dispersion and emplacement of two antitank guns which in a few moments were promptly and effectively returning the enemy fire. Realizing that he could no longer remain in command of the platoon, he signaled to the platoon commander to join him. Lieutenant Thomas then thoroughly oriented him on enemy gun dispositions and the general situation. Only after he was certain that his junior officer was in full control of the situation did he permit himself to be evacuated. First Lieutenant Thomas' outstanding heroism was an inspiration to his men and exemplifies the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
    1946 – The United Nations voted to establish headquarters in NYC.
    1947 - Part-time auto racer and full-time promoter Bill France, Sr., tried to bring some order to the chaotic world of stock car racing by opening a 3-day meeting at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida, among several warring factions. The result of the meeting was the creation of NASCAR, the National Association of Stock Car Automobile Racing, the body that has governed the sport ever since.
    1951 - Top Hits
“Sin (It's No)” - Eddy Howard
“Slowpoke” - Pee Wee King
“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” - Gene Autry
“Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way” - Carl Smith
    1953 - 18-year old Sandy Koufax signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Until that date, Koufax reportedly had played no more than 20 games of baseball and was primarily a basketball player who walked on to the University of Cincinnati team as a freshman. During the next 12 seasons, he posted a 167-87 record, 2.76 ERA and 2,396 strikeouts, threw four no-hitters including a perfect game, 7-time All-Star, 4-time World Series champ, 2-time World Series MVP, one-time NL MVP, 3-time Cy Young Award winner and became the youngest inductee into the Baseball hall of Fame at age 35.
    1953 - "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas," recorded earlier in the year by 10-year-old Gayla Peevey, inspired an Oklahoma City fund-raising effort to buy a hippopotamus for the Oklahoma City Zoo. Oklahomans raised $4,000 for the cause, with much of the money coming from children. The zoo bought a 3-year-old hippo named Matilda who had eight offspring and died in 1998.
    1954 - Birthday of Alan Kulwicki (d. 1993), auto racer, born at Greenfield, WI. Kulwicki was NASCAR's Rookie of the Year in 1987 and Winston Cup champion in 1992. He won 24 NASCAR races in 207 starts. He died in a plane crash, April 1, 1993. Maybe John Madden is right to travel by bus. Kulwicki was safer on the race track than in the air.
    1959 - Guy Mitchell achieves his second Billboard number one hit with "Heartaches by the Number."
    1959 - Top Hits
“Heartaches by the Number” - Guy Mitchell
“Mr. Blue” - The Fleetwoods
“In the Mood” - Ernie Field's Orch.
“The Same Old Me” - Ray Price
    1961 - In a public exchange of letters with South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, President John F. Kennedy formally announces that the United States will increase aid to South Vietnam, which would include the expansion of the U.S. troop commitment. Shortly after President Kennedy was assassinated, there were more than 16,000 U.S. advisers in South Vietnam. Kennedy's successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, rapidly escalated the war, which resulted in the commitment of U.S. ground forces and eventually more than 500,000 American troops in Vietnam.
    1962 – NASA’s Mariner 2 became the first spacecraft to fly by Venus.
    1963 - The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" begins a five week stretch at number one on the UK record charts, replacing their own "She Loves You".
    1963 - The dam containing the Baldwin Hills Reservoir burst, killing five people and damaging hundreds of homes in LA.
    1964 - The Supreme Court ruled that Congress can use the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to fight discrimination.  (Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States).
    1967 - Top Hits
“Daydream Believer” - The Monkees
“The Rain, the Park and Other Things” - The Cowsills
“I Say a Little Prayer” - Dionne Warwick
“It's the Little Things” - Sonny James
    1968 - Tommy James and the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover" is released.
    1968 - Iron Butterfly's epic "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" goes gold.
    1969 - San Diego wide receiver Lance Alworth sets a professional record with a pass reception in his 96th straight game.
    1970 - While golfing great Lee Trevino won only two tournaments during the year, he still became the top golf money-winner with his yearly earnings averaging $157,037.
    1970 - The National Press Club finally voted to admit women members.
    1972 – Astronaut Gene Cernan became the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt completed the third and final extra-vehicular activity (EVA) of the Apollo 17 mission.
    1974 - David Crosby and Graham Nash perform together in San Francisco at a benefit concert for the United Farm Workers and Project Jonah, a whale protection media project.
    1975 - Top Hits
“Fly, Robin, Fly” - Silver Convention
“Let's Do It Again” - The Staple Singers
“Saturday Night” - Bay City Rollers
“Love Put a Song in My Heart” - Johnny Rodriguez
    1977 - "Saturday Night Fever" premieres in New York City. It not only makes a star out of John Travolta but spreads the disco craze throughout the country. The soundtrack is full of recent and soon-to-be dance hits by the Bee Gees, the Trammps, Kool and the Gang, MFSB, K.C. and the Sunshine Band and Yvonne Elliman. It will be one of the biggest-selling albums of all time.
    1980 - At Yoko Ono's request, at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, John Lennon fans around the world mourn him with ten minutes of silent prayer. In New York over 100,000 people converge in Central Park in tribute and in Liverpool, a crowd of 30,000 gatherers outside of St. George's Hall on Lime Street.
    1982 - Marcel Dionne of the Los Angeles Kings scored the 500th goal of his career in a 7-2 loss to the Washington Capitals. Dionne played from 1971-72 through 1988-89 and finished his career with 731 goals.
    1983 - Top Hits
“Say Say Say” - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
“Say It Isn't So” - Daryl Hall-John Oates
“Union of the Snake” - Duran Duran
“Tell Me a Lie” - Janie Fricke
    1985 - UCLA defeated American University, 1-0, with a goal in the eight overtime period to win the NCAAA soccer championship in the longest game in US college soccer history.
    1985 - The United States' high school football coach with the most wins called it quits. After 43 years, Gordon Wood, 71, of Brownwood High School in Central Texas, retired. Wood had a career record of 405 wins, 88 losses and 12 ties. The football stadium at Brownwood High was rebuilt and named after him.
    1985 - Wilma Mankiller takes the oath of office as the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the first time a woman has headed a major Native American tribe. ERRATA: Several people have written regarding Wilma Mankiller to say that her title was the first time since the European annexation of Amerindian lands and rights that a woman was recognized by the white people as a tribal chief. Evidently women “were” tribal leaders before the coming of the Europe
    1986 - Elton John records a live version of "Candle in the Wind" in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The song is released as a single and hits #6 on the chart.
    1986 - The experimental aircraft Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, took off from Edwards Air Force Base in California on the first non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world. On December 14, 1986, Yeager and Rutan began their history-making flight in the Voyager, flying the maximum circumference of the globe in nine days, three minutes and forty-four seconds.
    1987 - A powerful storm spread heavy snow from the Southern High Plains to the Middle Mississippi Valley, and produced severe thunderstorms in the Lower Mississippi Valley. During the evening a tornado hit West Memphis, TN killing six persons and injuring two hundred others. The tornado left 1500 persons homeless and left all of the residents of Crittendon County without electricity. Kansas City, MO was blanketed with 10.8 inches of snow, a 24-hour record for December, and snowfall totals in the Oklahoma panhandle ranged up to 14 inches. Strong winds, gusting to 63 mph at Austin, TX, ushered arctic cold into the Great Plains, and caused considerable blowing and drifting of snow.
    1988 - The Miami Heat defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles to earn the first victory in the franchise's history. The Heat, in their first season, had gone 17 games without a win, an NBA record for most consecutive defeats at the start of a season.
    1989 - High winds and heavy snow prevailed from Montana to Colorado. Snowfall totals in Wyoming ranged up to 20 inches at Burgess Junction, leaving up to 48 inches on the ground in the northeast sections of the state. Wind gusts in Colorado reached 87 mph south of the town of Rollinsville. Strong northwesterly winds continued to produce heavy snow squalls in the Great Lakes Region. Totals in northeastern Lower Michigan ranged up to 29 inches at Hubbard Lake, with 28 inches reported at Posen. Two day totals in northeastern Wisconsin ranged up to thirty inches.
    1991 - Top Hits
“Black or White” - Michael Jackson
“It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” - Boyz II Men
“All 4 Love” - Color Me Badd
“For My Broken Heart” - Reba McEntire
    1997 - Phoenix Coyote Mike Gartner is 5th NHL player to score 700 goals
   1997 - Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana, "Candle in the Wind 1997," was at its ninth week at number 1 on the Billboard chart. The record would eventually pass Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" to become the largest selling single of all time.
    1999 - Top Hits
“Smooth” - Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
“Back At One” - Brian McKnight
“I Wanna Love You Forever” - Jessica Simpson
“I Knew I Loved You” - Savage Garden
    2002 - A powerful Pacific storm system plowed into the western United States during the 13th-16th, producing high winds, heavy rains, significant mountain snowfall and causing 9 deaths (Associated Press). Rainfall amounts exceeding 10 inches occurred in parts of California, and wind gusts over 45 mph produced up to 1.9 million power outages during the period.
    2008 - An Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at President George W. Bush during a news conference in Baghdad; Bush was not hit.
    2012 - Twenty-eight people, including the gunman, are killed in Sandy Hook (CT) Elementary School.  20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members.  Prior to driving to the school, Lanza shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home.  As first responders arrived at the scene, Lanza committed suicide by a shot to the head.
    2014 - Almost 200 nations at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Peru join an emissions reduction accord requiring each nation to post its plan online in 2015; the public can then pressure noncompliant nations to keep and strengthen their commitments.
    2016 – Amazon announced its first delivery by drone 2 km from their warehouse in the UK.
    2017 - The Walt Disney Company buys most of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion.
    2018 - Reuters US reported that pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson knew for decades their talc was contaminated with asbestos.  On May 19, 2020, J&J announced it was stopping the sales of its talc-based baby powder in the US and Canada. On June 23, 2020, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict that J&J’s talcum powder caused 0varian in 22 women and ordered the company to pay $2.1 billion



The object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once. What could be simpler?





Daily Puzzle

How to play:

Refresh for current date:






See USA map, click to specific area, no commercials



Traffic Live---

Real Time Traffic Information

You can save up to 20 different routes and check them out with one click,
or type in a new route to learn the traffic live