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Monday, December 13, 2021

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Why Bald Eagles
    are photographed from the side
This Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1-2 pm ET
   Free ELFA Webinar on Commercial Financing
    Oh, No! Disclosure Laws in New York and California
Leasing and Finance Ads
   Now Hiring in Sales and Operations
CLFP Foundation Adds 17 New CLFPs
    Largest Online Academy
Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
    All Virtual:  January, February, March, and April
Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
    December 6 to December 10
The Longest Service Active CEOs
     in the S&P 500 Chart
Class 8 Orders Drop Due to Supply Chain Uncertainly
    Lowest for Month of November since 1995 -
Siberian Husky
    Ventura Animal Services, California Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs---
Deadly Amazon warehouse collapse puts spotlight
    on cellphone ban, safety protocols
Canada Says Cross-Border Truckers Must be vaccinated
    Double Vaccinated
Intel Unveils Its Plans to Accelerate Moore’s Law:
    10x Density Improvement, Up To 50% Logic Scaling
Companies Upend Plans on Covid-19 Vaccines and Office Returns, Again
     More employers say workers can now stay home for months longer
Software Flaw Sparks Global Race to Patch Bug
    Cybersecurity researchers say they have seen thousands of attempts

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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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This Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1-2 p.m. ET
Free ELFA Webinar on Commercial Financing
Oh, No! Disclosure Laws in New York and California

APR on Business Loans, Capital Leases, Factoring, Finance. Perhaps effecting Advance Payments, Evergreen, and Guaranteed Purchase Options. as well as affecting Factoring and
 Merchant Cash Advance.

The Dec. 15 webinar will provide attendees with the latest information and practical tips concerning commercial financing disclosure laws that are slated to take effect in 2022 in New York and California. It will also touch on the dizzying array of regulations coming out of the states that could impact key areas, from usury laws to licensing requirements to the definition of a “true lease.”

Overlaps and contradictions between and among state regulations could require redundant investments in technology, software and training. There is a real worry how quickly some of these new or proposed state-level regulations could move from proposal to fully enacted policy.

Speakers will include:

  • Scott Riehl, Vice President, State Government Relations, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
  • Bonnie Michael, Shareholder, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC
  • Moorari Shah, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLC
  • Jeff Taft, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

To register, please visit


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CLFP Foundation Adds 17 New CLFPs
Largest Online Academy

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 17 individuals who recently sat through the 8-hour exam online passed the Academy for Lease and Finance Profession Virtual Examination sponsored by Commercial Equipment Finance, Inc. (based in Puerto Rico).

This is the largest online Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals

There are currently 1,084 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates in the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, India, Africa, and Australia.

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry.

Patricia Boehl, CLFP

Senior Account Executive, DLL

Drew Brown, CLFP

Cisco Area Sales Manager, DLL

Chase Flamand, CLFP

Account Manager-Enterprise Sales, DLL

Amy Gossin, CLFP

Contract Manager, Key Equipment Finance

Megan Grout, CLFP

Supervisor of CAMS and Quality Assurance Team, DLL

Darlene Hookstra, CLFP

Leasing Coordinator, Lewis Tree Service, Inc.

Vincent Knowlton, CLFP

Chief Executive Officer, Entegra Capital LLC

Stephanie Langford, CLFP

Syndication Manager, Navitas Credit Corp

Robert Magee, CLFP

Area Sales Manager, DLL

Anthony McCormick, CLFP

Senior Business Architect, Odessa

Ben McLoughlin, CLFP

Vice President of Sales, Vision Financial Group, Inc.

Tom O’Connell, CLFP

Account Manager, DLL

Robert Russell, CLFP

(an individual)

Amanda Sapienza, CLFP

Vice President, Credit Manager, Nexseer Capital

Alexander Shields, CLFP

Regional Vice President of Sales Equipment Finance,
Byline Financial Group

Kirsten Sinopoli, CLFP

Telesales Executive, DLL

Evan Tuozzoli, CLFP

Vice President of Capital Markets, Nexseer Capital

Alexander Shields, CLFP, Byline Financial Group, commented, “Attending the CLFP Academy and taking the exam had been on my radar screen for a number of years. As an industry participant to just the sales process, the Academy tied everything together for me in an organized and in-depth way.

“If you know a little about a lot of different in leasing and finance, the Academy and the Exam is a must. Your knowledge base increases in depth and width.”

Stephanie Langford, CLFP, commented, “Each important arm of the equipment financing industry depends on the other to complete the full task at hand in a professional, efficient manner. Having the CLFP designation gives the various funding sources, clients, and colleague’s confidence that they can trust in my deeper understanding and knowledge, professionalism, integrity, and experience as we conduct business within our industry partnerships.”

For more information, visit


Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
All Virtual: January, February, March, and April

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

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

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

Ascentium Capital Host
January 6-7, 2022
Private ALFP

February 3-4
Private ALFP

Key Equipment Host
February 15 – February 17
Public ALFP

Channel Host
March 1 – March 4
Public ALFP

Arvest Equipment Finance Host
April 20 - 23, 2022
Private ALFP

About Academy

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


Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
December 6 to December 10

(1)  Transition to NMLS
By Kenneth C. Greene, Leasing News Legal Editor

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

(3) Captain Kirk, an incoming message
from Romulan High Command!

(4) Windows Cannot Find the File
File Missing, Now What?

(5) Former CFO of Boston Grand Prix (and Leasing Broker)
Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Tax Schemes

(6) Channel Closes $105MM Securitization
Formerly Known as Channel Partners

(7) First Financial to acquire Summit Funding Group
  Summit leadership and all associates continuing
in their positions, led by Founder and CEO Rick Ross

(8) How to Lose $2 Billion in 10 Years
Unpaid Bills Pile Up for Former Hedge-Fund Star

(9) Centra Funding (4-Hour Funding) Joins and
Strengthens APPROVE Lender Network and How it Works

(10) ELFA Reveals Compensation Trends for
Cross-Section of Equipment Finance Industry



Class 8 Orders Drop Due to Supply Chain Uncertainly
Lowest for Month of November since 1995 -

November orders, down 41% from October and down 82% year-over-year, were the lowest for the month of November since 1995.

North American Class 8 net orders dropped in November to between 9,500 and 9,800 units, FTR and ACT Research reported, respectively.

The drop, down about 41% from October and down 82% year-over-year, was the lowest for the month of November since 1995.

The low order total in November is not due to any lack of demand for new equipment (which is very high), but rather due to the uncertainty in the supply chain, FTR officials explained

November orders, down 41% from October and down 82% year-over-year, were the lowest for the month of November since 1995.

North American Class 8 net orders dropped in November to between 9,500 and 9,800 units, FTR and ACT Research reported, respectively.

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This location also houses our Administrative Offices and Veterinary Hospital


News Briefs---

Deadly Amazon warehouse collapse puts spotlight
     on phone ban, safety protocols

Canada Says Cross-Border Truckers Must be vaccinated
Double Vaccinated

Intel Unveils Its Plans to Accelerate Moore’s Law:
10x Density Improvement, Up To 50% Logic Scaling

Companies Upend Plans on Covid-19 Vaccines and Office Returns, Again
     More employers say workers can now stay home for months longer

Software Flaw Sparks Global Race to Patch Bug
    Cybersecurity researchers say they have seen thousands of attempts to exploit the bug


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Deck the Paws! PetSmart Offers Free Pet Photos
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Sports Briefs---

Dallas Cowboys defense powers win over Washington
    Football Team, denies frantic comeback bid

Baltimore Ravens lose Lamar Jackson to injury
as Browns hold on for victory


California Nuts Briefs---

While most San Francisco Bay Area economies floundered
     in the first year of the pandemic, Santa Clara County’s soared

Sacramento police chief speaks of equity,
protests and death threats as he’s set to retire

California reports more omicron variant cases
But no California cases hospitalized

San Francisco home sells for $1 million over asking price
"We were all surprised!"



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This Day in History

     1577 - English seaman Francis Drake sets out from Plymouth, England with five ships and 164 men on a mission to raid Spanish holdings on the Pacific coast of the New World and explore the Pacific Ocean. Three years later, Drake's return to Plymouth marked the first circumnavigation of the earth by a British explorer. After crossing the Atlantic, Drake abandoned two of his ships in South America and then sailed into the Straits of Magellan with the remaining three. A series of devastating storms besieged his expedition in the treacherous straits, wrecking one ship and forcing another to return to England. Only “The Golden Hind” reached the Pacific Ocean, but Drake continued undaunted up the western coast of South America, raiding Spanish settlements and capturing a rich Spanish treasure ship. Drake then continued up the western coast of North America, searching for a possible northeast passage back to the Atlantic. Reaching as far north as present-day Washington before turning back, Drake paused near San Francisco Bay in June, 1579 to repair his ship and prepare for a journey across the Pacific. Calling the land "Nova Albion," Drake was the first captain to sail his own ship all the way around the world--the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan had sailed three-fourths of the way around the globe earlier in the century but had been killed in the Philippines, leaving the Basque navigator Juan Sebastiýn de Elcano to complete the journey. In 1581, Queen Elizabeth I knighted Drake, the son of a tenant farmer, during a visit to his ship. The most renowned of the Elizabethan seamen, Sir Francis Drake later played a crucial role in the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
    1621 - Under the care of Robert Cushman, the first American furs to be exported from the continent leave for England aboard the Fortune. One month before, Cushman and the Fortune had arrived at Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts with 35 settlers, the first new colonists since the settlement was founded in 1620. During Cushman's return to England, the Fortune was captured by the French, and its valuable cargo of furs was taken. Cushman was detained on the Ile d'Dieu before being returned to England. Within a few years of their first fur export, the Plymouth colonists, unable to make their living through cod fishing as they had originally planned, begin concentrating almost entirely on the fur trade. The colonists developed an economic system in which their chief crop, Indian corn, was traded with Native Americans to the north for highly valued beaver skins, which were in turn profitably sold in England to pay the Plymouth Colony's debts and buy necessary supplies.
    1666 - Frederick Phillips in New Amsterdam (the future New York City) cornered the market in wampum* by creating a shortage, considered by historians as the first “financial corner” of the marketplace in the New World. He buried several hogsheads (a large barrel or cask holding anywhere from 63 to 110 gallons) of it in order to force those who had to use this medium of exchange to purchase wampum from him at a higher price. (* wampum were tubular beads made from specific oyster shells and used as an exchange of value by various Indian tribes, often sewn into belts or garments.)
    1759 – The first music store in America opened in Philadelphia.
    1769 - Dartmouth College is chartered by Eleazar Wheelock.  It is the ninth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. Founded as a school to educate Native Americans in Christian theology and the English way of life, Dartmouth primarily trained Congregationalist ministers throughout its early history before it gradually secularized, emerging at the turn of the 20th century from relative obscurity into national prominence.
    1774 - Contrary to popular belief, the first battle of the Revolutionary War was not the Battle of Lexington on April 17, 1775.  On this date, Major John Sullivan of the Granite State Volunteers, later a major general in the Continental Army, captured by the British, helped Washington against General Howe. He led 400 patriots that attacked Fort William and Mary at New Castle, New Hampshire, in Portsmouth Harbor. They bound the commander of the fort and frightened the soldiers away, capturing 100 casks of power and small arms. The news of this victory spread over New England the next few months, leading up to the Battle of Lexington.
    1818 - Birthday of Mary Todd Lincoln (d. 1882) at Lexington, Kentucky.  Wife of Abraham Lincoln, sixteenth president of the United States.
    1835 - Birthday of Phillips Brooks (d. 1893) at Boston, Massachusetts. American clergyman and composer, best remembered for his lyrics for the Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”
    1843 - "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens published, 6,000 copies sold
    1861 - Battle of Allegheny Mountain, WV.  A bitter winter killed most wounded and other soldiers, too, in Pocahontas County, Virginia (now West Virginia) as part of the Operations in Western Virginia Campaign during the American Civil War.  Confederate forces under Col. Edward Johnson occupied the summit of Allegheny Mountain to defend the Staunton-Parkersburg Pike. A Union force under Brig. Gen. Robert H. Milroy attacked Johnson at sunrise.   In a piercing winter wind, each side maneuvered on the hillside fields and woods to gain the advantage. Milroy had posted a strong force in a mountain clearing, among the fallen timber, stumps and brush, which proved to be too difficult for the Confederate infantry to drive off. A Confederate artillery battery unlimbered and unleashed a "storm of round shot and canister among them, knocking their timber defenses about their heads, and making their nest too hot to hold them..." Finally, Milroy's troops were repulsed, and he retreated to his camps at Green Spring Run near Cheat Mountain. Johnson's losses were high: 25 men were killed and 97 were wounded in the engagement, plus 23 went missing.
    1862 - General Robert E. Lee with 80,000 Confederates repulsed General Burnside with his 150,000 Federals at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia. After hard fighting along the Massaponax River, Burnside lost almost 14,000 troops. The victory spurred Lee to take his army and invade the North, whose march was discovered by accident in Gettysburg, PA. Burnside was put in this position due to General McClennan’s defeats as well as his political attempts to raise money to run for president. Lincoln eventually would go against his cabinet’s wishes and chose Ulysses Simpson Grant, although he was told “Grant drank too much” at Washington dinner parties.
    1864 – Second Battle of Fort McAllister, GA began as General Sherman gets ready to attack Savannah.

    1878 – Temperature at Los Angeles, CA fell to 30, the lowest at that time for December.
    1887 – Alvin York (d. 1964) was born near Pall Mall, TN.  Sgt. York was one of the most decorated US Army soldiers of World War I.  While his men guarded prisoners, York attacked a machine gun position, dispatching several German soldiers with his rifle. By the time six Germans charged him with bayonets he was out of rifle ammunition, so he drew his pistol and shot them all. The German officer responsible for the machine gun position had emptied his pistol while firing at York, but failed to hit him. This officer then offered to surrender, and York accepted. York and his men marched back to their unit's command post having taken 35 machine guns, killing at least 25 enemy soldiers, and capturing 132. York was immediately promoted to sergeant, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross; a later investigation led to this award being upgraded to the Medal of Honor. York became a national hero and international celebrity; he went on to receive decorations from several foreign countries, including France, Italy and Montenegro.
    1897 – Newscaster Drew Pearson was born Andrew Russell Pearson (d. 1969) in Evanston, IL.  One of the best-known American columnists of his day, he was noted for his syndicated newspaper column “Washington Merry-Go-Round,” in which he criticized various public persons. He also had a program on NBC Radio titled “Drew Pearson Comments.”
    1903 – Birthday of drummer Sonny Greer (d. 1982), Long Branch, NJ.  Best known for his work with Duke Ellington.
    1911 - American poet Kenneth Patchen (d. 1972) born Niles, OH. Pioneered jazz poetry ("Kenneth Patchen Reads with the Chamber Jazz Sextet"). For more than thirty years, Patchen lived with a severe spinal ailment that caused him almost constant physical pain. The weight of this personal battle was compounded by his sensitivity to greater issues of humanity and his poetry paid special attention to the horrors of war. With his work, he tried to create a kind of sanctuary for the reader, apart from reality, where larger-than-life characters were motivated by their loving and benevolent natures.
    1911 - At the National League meetings at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, “Sporting Life” reported that "For the first time in history a woman sat in at a major league meeting. Mrs. H.H. Britton, owner of the St. Louis Cardinals, remained throughout the entire session of the National League meeting on the second day.
    1913 - Birthday of Archibald Lee Wright (d. 1998), better known as Archie Moore, at Benoit, MS. One of the most colorful fighters ever, Moore boxed from the mid-1930s to 1963, holding the light-heavyweight title for a record nine years. For much of his career, he fought an average of once a month. Moore let an aura of celebrity surround him; he lied about his age, ate an unusual diet, married five times and spoke out on a variety of political and social issues.
    1915 - A heavy snowstorm kicked off the snowiest winter in modern records for western New England.
    1918 - Birthday of the “Mad Russian,” William Vukovich, Sr. was born William Vucerovich (d. 1955) at Fresno, CA. Vukovich began racing midget cars in 1937 and picked up his career after World War II. Known as the “Mad Russian” for his hell-bent style, he won the 1953 Indianapolis 500 from the pole and the 1954 race as well. Ahead again in the 1955 race, he crashed on the 57th lap and died on the track.
    1918 – President Woodrow Wilson became the first US president to visit a foreign country when he arrived in France to take part in World War I peace negotiations and to promote his plan for a League of Nations. 
    1922 - Alarmed at the increase in home run hitting (1,054 in the major leagues, up from 936), some American league owners backed a zoning system setting a minimum of 300 feet for a ball to be called a home run. The motion died. In another action, the league required each club to furnish two home uniforms per player, plus extra caps and stockings on the road, to improve the players' appearance. In National League meetings, Cahrles Ebbets proposed putting numbers on players' sleeves or caps. It's left to each club to do as it wishes.
    1923 – Larry Doby (d. 2003) was born in Camden, SC.  He was the second African American to play in a Major League game in the 20th century (the first in the American League and the second African American manager in baseball history. Doby was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1947. He started the American League on the road to integration when he became the first black player to appear in an AL game on July 5, 1947, less than three months after Jackie Robinson.  While he had limited success that first year, he became the club's regular center fielder in 1948 when the Indians won the World Series. Doby was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.
    1923 – For you old Brooklyn Dodger fans, this is the birthday of George “Shotgun” Shuba (d. 2014), born in Youngstown, OH.  Also, P Carl Erskine was born in Anderson, IN in 1926, and P Billy Loes (d. 2010), who once claimed he lost a grounder back to the mound in the sun, was born in Long Island City, NY in 1929.
    1925 - Actor/Comedian/Singer Dick Van Dyke born West Plains, Mo.  His entertainment career has spanned seven decades. He first gained recognition on radio and Broadway, then became known for his role as Rob Petrie on the television sitcom, “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which ran from 1961 to 1966. He also gained significant popularity for roles in the musical films “Bye Bye Birdie” (1963), “Mary Poppins” (1964), and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (1968). His other prominent film appearances include roles in several other genre films through 2014.  Other prominent TV roles include the leads in “The New Dick Van Dyke Show” (1971–74), “Diagnosis Murder” (1993-2001), and “Murder 101” (2006–08) which both co-starred his son, Barry.  Van Dyke was the recipient of five Primetime Emmys, a Tony, and a Grammy Award.  He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995; received the Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the SAG Life Achievement Award, in 2013.   He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has also been recognized as a Disney Legend. 
    1927 - James Wright (d. 1980) was born Martin's Ferry, Ohio. American poet of the postmodern era who writes of sorrow, salvation, and self-revelation. Much of his work draws upon the images of nature and industry found in his native Ohio River valley.
    1928 - The George Gershwin composition, "American in Paris," had its debut performance by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Walter Damrosch.
    1928 - Clip-on tie designed.
    1929 - Hoagy Carmichael and Louis Armstrong recorded "Rockin’ Chair" on Columbia records and cylinders.
    1932 - The great Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Band cuts “Last Date” for Victor, 1932.
    1936 - Green Bay won the National Football League championship after they beat the Boston Redskins, 21-6. It was Boston's last game, as they became the Washington Redskins in 1937.
    1937 - Japanese forces took the Chinese city of Nanking (Nanjing). Over the following six weeks, in one of the worst atrocities of World War II, they killed an estimated 200,000 Chinese in what became known as the "Rape of Nanking."
    1938 - Birthday of Gus Johnson, Jr. (d. 1987), basketball player born at Akron, OH. Johnson played at the University of Akron, Boise Junior College and the University of Idaho. He was drafted by the Washington Bullets and helped make them a perennial contender for playoff honors. Johnson was the prototype of the power forward. He could score from the corner and was one of the first players to use the slam dunk. He finished his career with the Phoenix Suns.
    1939 - In World War II, the battle of the River Plate took place off the coast of South America between the British cruisers Exeter, Ajax and Achilles and the German battleship Graf Spee.
    1940 - Lester Young splits from the Count Basie Band.
    1940 - Glenn Miller and his orchestra recorded the two-sided jump tune, "The Anvil Chorus," for Bluebird Records in New York. The 10-inch, 78 rpm record was six minutes long.
    1941 - The first Ace in World War II was First Lieutenant Boyd David Wagner of Johnstown, PA. While serving in the Army Air Corps in the Philippines, Wagner was attacked by five Japanese pursuit planes. He shot two plans out of the air and machine-gunned 12 on the ground, leaving five burning. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
    1942 – Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins was born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada.  Pitching for the Chicago Cubs, he won 20 games six consecutive seasons, 1967-72.  He is the only pitcher in history to have struck out more than 3,000 batters (3,192) while allowing fewer than 1,000 walks (997). He was the 1971 Cy Young Award winner in the NL and a three-time All-Star.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.
    1944 - Japanese kamikaze crashes into US cruiser Nashville, killing 138.
    1945 - Singer June Christy signs contract with Capitol Records and recorded 18 post-Stan Kenton albums.
    1948 - After an 11 1/2 month strike, the American Federation of Musicians went back to work. During the strike, there was also an 11½-month ban on phonograph records.
    1949 - The American League said no to a proposal to revive the spitball, outlawed since 1920. Many pitchers still tossed the spitter anyway.
    1950 - Top Hits
“A Bushel and a Peck” - Perry Como & Betty Hutton
“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” - Gene Autry
“Nevertheless” - Jack Denny
“I’m Moving On” - Hank Snow
    1951 - U.S. Air Force George A. Davis, flying a F-86 Sabre jet out of the 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, was credited with four aerial victories against MiG-15s, the largest number of kills by a single pilot in one day during the war. These victories made Davis the first "double ace" of the Korean War. A double ace has 10 enemy kills.
    1956 - The Brooklyn Dodgers traded Jackie Robinson to the cross-town rival Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield and $35,000. Jackie, according to some accounts had already decided privately to leave the game to work for Chock Full ‘o’ Nuts, publicly retired from baseball rather than accept the trade. Many questioned the Dodgers’ intent here as at this time, there was no worse trade for a Dodger, and vice versa, than to the hated Giants.
    1957 – Rock and Roller Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Brown. Only 22, Lewis had already been married twice and was yet to divorce his second wife. The news broke a few weeks later as Lewis, who had notched up a worldwide No.1 hit with “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On,” arrived in London and was about to begin a tour of the UK. His latest single, “Great Balls of Fire,” had just topped the charts. Newspaper reports of his 13-year-old “bride” and his tangled marital affairs caused such an outcry that the tour was cancelled and he returned to the US in disgrace.  Lewis’ career was never the same. In 1970, Brown filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery and abuse. He is on his seventh marriage. 
1958 - Top Hits
“To Know Him, is to Love Him” - The Teddy Bears
“Problems” - The Everly Brothers
“Queen of the Hop” - Bobby Darin
“City Lights” - Ray Price
    1960 - The first of three Middle Atlantic snowstorms produced a foot of snow at Baltimore, MD. A pre-winter blizzard struck the northeastern U.S. producing wind gusts as high as 51 mph, along with 16 inches of snow at Nantucket, MA and 20 inches at Newark, NJ.
    1961 - Jimmy Dean's “Big Bad John” album is country music's first million  seller.
    1961 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," The Tokens
    1962 - A severe Florida freeze occurred. Morning lows reached 35 degrees at Miami, 18 degrees at Tampa, and 12 degrees at Jacksonville. It was the coldest December weather of the 20th century and caused millions of dollars damage to crops and foliage. In Georgia, the morning low of 9 degrees below zero at Blairsville established a state record for the month of December.
    1966 - Top Hits
“Good Vibrations” - The Beach Boys
“Mellow Yellow” - Donovan
“Lady Godiva” - Peter & Gordon
“Somebody Like Me” - Eddy Arnold
    1968 - A severe coastal storm produced high winds and record early snows from Georgia to Maine. Winds reached 90 mph in Massachusetts, and ten inches of snow blanketed interior Maine.
    1969 - Arlo Guthrie released "Alice's Restaurant."
    1973 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "The Most Beautiful Girl," Charlie Rich.
    1974 - Former Beatle George Harrison was invited to lunch by President Gerald R. Ford. At the White House, the two exchanged buttons, Ford giving George a WIN (Whip Inflation Now) pin and Harrison giving the President an OM (Hindu mantra word expressing creation) button.
    1974 - Top Hits
“Kung Fu Fighting” - Carl Douglas
“When Will I See You Again” - The Three Degrees
“Cat’s in the Cradle” - Harry Chapin
“She Called Me Baby” - Charlie Rich
    1975 – “Saturday Night Live” is first produced “delayed recording.” The late-night television variety show, “Saturday Night Live,” did not broadcast live for the first time on this date. NBC was concerned that the host for that evening's show, popular comedian Richard Pryor, would utter some obscene words or phrases. Pryor had promised that he would not use foul language, but as most of his stand-up routine consisted of four-letter words, the possibility existed that he would accidentally, or purposefully, "let loose." The show's executive heads decided that the show would be placed on a 5-second electronic delay. Two expletives spoken by Pryor were determined unsuitable for television and were deleted before they hit the airwaves.
    1975 - David Bowie's "Golden Years" and Foghat's "Slow Ride" are released.
    1978 - The Philadelphia Mint struck the first Susan B. Anthony dollar coins, with 1979 dates and the first “P” mintmark since the silver nickels of World War II. Denver production began on January 9, 1979, and San Francisco minting began on February 2, 1979. The Susan B. Anthony dollar, the first coin to honor a woman, was not a hit with the public for several reasons, most importantly because it was often mistaken for a quarter, which was about and eighth of an inch smaller in diameter.
    1982 - Top Hits
“Mickey” - Toni Basil
“Maneater” - Daryl Hall & John Oates
“The Girl is Mine” - Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney
“Redneck Girl” - The Bellamy Brothers
    1983 - In professional basketball, Detroit and Denver played for 3 hours, 11 minutes. The Pistons won, 186-184, during triple overtime. NBA records for single-game were set for most points by two teams; by one team; assists; and field goals. Kiki Vandeweghe of the Denver Nuggets scored a career-high with 51 points.
    1985 - In a first for movies, the murder mystery, "Clue," opened featuring three different endings. Newspaper ads said which ending was playing at which theatre.
    1986 - In the school's 62-year history, Duke University won its first NCAA team championship when the Blue Devils’ soccer team beat Akron, 1-0.
    1986 - Madonna's recording of “Open Your Heart” entered Billboard's Top 40 pop charts on this date, and later peaked at Number 1 for a week. The song stayed on the charts for 14 weeks.
    1986 - "The Way It Is," by Bruce Hornsby and the Range, hit #1 for a week in the U.S.: “That’s just the way it is; Some things will never change. That’s just the way it is; Aw, but don’t you believe them.”
    1987 - A major winter storm produced high winds and heavy snow in the Southern Rockies and the Southern High Plains. Snowfall totals in New Mexico ranged up to 25 inches at Cedar Crest, with up to three feet of snow reported in the higher elevations. Winds of 75 mph, with gusts to 124 mph, were reported northeast of Albuquerque, NM. El Paso, TX was buried under 22.4 inches of snow, including a single storm record of 16.8 inches in 24 hours. The snowfall total surpassed their previous record for an entire winter season of 18.4 inches. Record cold was experienced the next three nights as readings dipped into the single numbers. High winds ushering unseasonably cold air into the southwestern U.S. gusted to 100 mph at Grapevine, CA.
    1988 - Cold arctic air spread from the Great Lakes Region to the Appalachian Region. Twenty-five cities, mostly in the northeastern U.S., reported record low temperatures for the date. The low of 12 degrees below zero at Albany, NY was their coldest reading of record for so early in the season. Saranac Lake, NY was the cold spot in the nation with a low of 28 degrees below zero.
    1989 - Strong northwesterly winds, ushering bitterly cold arctic air into the central U.S., produced squalls with heavy snow in the Great Lakes Region. Snowfall totals in Upper Michigan ranged up to 24 inches at Manistique. Nine cities in Arkansas and Texas reported record low temperatures for the date, including Calico Rock, AR with a reading of 4 degrees above zero.
    1989 – Singer Taylor Swift was born in Reading, PA. Her discography spans multiple genres, and her narrative songwriting, which is often inspired by her personal life, has received widespread media coverage and critical praise. Having sold over 200 million records worldwide, Swift is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her accolades include 11GFrammy Awards (including three Album of the Year wins), an Emmy Award, 12 Country Music Association Awards, 25 Billboard Music Awards (the most wins for a female artist), 34American Music awards (the most wins for an artist) and 52 Guinness World Records. She featured on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time (2015), placed eighth on Billboard’s Greatest of All Time Artists list (2019), and appeared multiple times on power rankings such as the Time 100 and the Forbes Celebrity 100. Named the Woman of the 2010s Decade by Billboard and the Artist of the 2010s Decade by the American Music Awards, Swift has been recognized for her advocacy of artists' rights and women's empowerment in the music industry. An astonishing career by any measure, she is only 31 years of age.
1990 - Top Hits
“Because I Love You” (“The Postman Song”) - Stevie B
“From a Distance” - Bette Midler
“Something to Believe In” - Poison
“I’ve Come to Expect It from You” - George Strait
    1991 - North and South Korea signed a treat of reconciliation and nonaggression, formally ending the Korean War, 38 years after fighting ceased in 1953. This agreement was not hailed as a peace treaty and the armistice that was signed July 27, 1953, between the UN and North Korea, was to remain in effect until it could be transformed into a formal peace.
    1995 - US Federal Court votes that Cable companies must carry local stations
    1997 - 63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB)

    1998 - Voters in Puerto Rico rejected United States statehood.
    1998 - Baltimore and Minnesota combine to set an NFL record with three kickoff return touchdowns in the same game, all in the first quarter of the Vikings' 38-28 victory. Corey Harris and Patrick Johnson score for the Ravens while David Palmer turns the trick for Minnesota. Vikings kicker Gary Anderson sets an NFL record when he converts his 34th consecutive field goal.
    2000 - Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency five weeks after Election Day and a day after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down further recounts of disputed ballots in Florida. Democrat Al Gore conceded, delivering a call for national unity.
    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.
    2007 – In a blockbuster announcement that reverberates today, the Mitchell Report was released, naming 89 players as having used or been in possession of steroids.  Many of the game’s biggest stars, including Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Miguel Tejada and Jason Giambi, are among those named. The report, calling for tighter regulation of performance-enhancing drugs, was commissioned by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig to look into the extent to which performance-enhancing drugs were prevalent in baseball.  Over 2 million people downloaded the report in the first couple of days it was online.
    2011 - A bill extending a payroll tax extension and a bill expediting the Keystone XL pipeline between Canada and Texas is passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.
    2013 - An experimental privacy feature on Google's Android mobile software is removed, raising objections from the Electronic Frontier Foundation; the feature allowed users to block apps from collecting personal information such as a user's location and address book data.
2017 – Salma Hayek accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and threatening to kill her.
2018 - Actress Eliza Dushku revealed received $9.5 million settlement from CBS after sexual harassment on set of "Bull" from actor Michael Weatherley.
2018 - German basketball forward Dirk Nowitzki took the court for his record 21st NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks, surpassing Kobe Bryant's 20 seasons with the LA Lakers.



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