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Archives---April 28, 2010
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Appoints
    William G. Sutton, CAE as President
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Top Stories:  January 26 - January 30
Opened Most by Readers of Leasing News
Marlin Leasing Hits 52 Week Stock Low
   “Telephone Interviews”
Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLCP
  What is a Security Deposit?
Apple iPhone and Mac sales Up, but not iPad
  Leasing News Advisor
   Ken Greene, Attorney
Three Friends Start Patriot Equipment Finance
  Commercial, Energy, and Industrial Equipment Financing
National Funding Announces New Broker Services Division
NACM’s Credit Managers’ January Index Starts Year
in Favorable Direction
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Archives---April 28, 2010
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Appoints
William G. Sutton, CAE as President
Ralph Petta Appointed Chief Operating Officer

ELFA Positioned to Continue Moving Forward
Under New Executive Leadership

Washington, DC— The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), which represents companies in the $518 billion equipment finance sector, announces the appointment of Rear Admiral (retired) William G. Sutton, CAE, as President of the ELFA. Ralph Petta, who served previously as interim president of ELFA, was named Chief Operating Officer.

Rear Admiral (retired) William G. Sutton, CAE

Most recently, Mr. Sutton served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association, Education and Business Institute, Inc, in Arlington, VA. A former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral with 30 years’ military service, Mr. Sutton previously served as Commerce Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing and Services, a unit of the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Appointed by President George W. Bush, Rear Admiral (retired) Sutton was unanimously confirmed by the Senate. He joined the Commerce Department after serving for five years as president of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), an association that represents manufacturers of more than 90 percent of North American-produced central air conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment. Mr. Sutton attained the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in 2007 through the American Society of Association Executives.

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ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE,
to Retire at End of 2015 
Chief Operating Officer Ralph Petta to Succeed Sutton in 2016



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Top Stories:  January 26 - January 30
Opened Most by Readers of Leasing News

(1) Update--Balboa Files: "It was an Operating Lease"
        By Tom McCurnin and Frank Peretore

(2) Archives---January 30, 2009
    Marlin Shuts Down Broker Division

(3) Equipment Lessor and Counsel Get Sanctioned for
 Violating the Automatic Stay after Lease is Rejected
     By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor

(4) December, 2014  "The List"
--- Mergers, Acquisitions & Changes
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"--

(5) Marlin Near Hitting Year-end Low

(Tie) (6) Leasing 102 Mr. Terry Winders, CLFP
          Sale-Lease Back Issues

(Tie) (6) Sales Make it Happen by Steve Chriest
          "Don't Shoot The Dog!"

(8) Placard--Cash Flow Is King

(9) New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Industry

(10) 2015 Finance/Leasing to be a Great Year
          ELFA Report/Lessors Agree

(11) African-American Bank Closes in Chicago
     From $11.8 Million Net Worth 2008 YE to $874,000 YE 2014

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 Extra--- Sutton Retires



Marlin Leasing Hits 52 Week Stock Low

52wk high: $26.40
52wk low: $16.04

Marlin Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ: MRLN) will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss fourth quarter results on February 5, 2015, at 09:00 a.m. Eastern Time. 



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“Telephone Interviews”
Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

Can you advise me regarding phone interviews---How do I handle?

Phone interviews are actually more difficult than face-to-face interviews … as you cannot “read” the interviewer’s non-verbal cues. Company’s typically start the interviewing process via phone interviews, so it is imperative that you are well prepared and that you “ACE” the interview to move on to the next step.

The interviewer is generally determining:

    • How well you think on your feet
    • If you have the general experience to fill said position
    • Your knowledge of the industry
    • If your personality will fit into their corporate culture

To prepare for this:

    • Make sure you have your resume and other pertinent documentation (e.g. job description) in front of you to discuss
    • Take the time to do your homework regarding the company, its history, etc…
    • Develop a list of questions regarding the company as a whole; typically HR handles the first phone interview and sometimes they do not know the specifics regarding said position (e.g. territory, quotas, etc…
    • NEVER discuss compensation on a phone or a first face-to-face interview UNLESS you are specifically asked; if asked what you are looking for, best to leave your answer open ended
    • If interested in what you hear, make sure you let the interviewer know this 

Emily Fitzpatrick
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Career Crossroads Previous Columns


(Terry retired January 1, 2015.  To honor him and his many years of writing for readers of Leasing News, in the next few months we will bring up columns he has written that are still meaningful today
--as most of them are. This is from September 9, 2006. Editor)

What is a Security Deposit?

(This is an interesting one, as originally “Security Deposits” were treated differently, especially in larger leases.  They are common today as they are kept by the discounter and the stream of payments are discounted to the funder, and the last payment is the one before the “Security Deposit.”  Companies that abuse the Evergreen Clause often start their series on the last payment, using it as a “default.” Editor)

A security deposit is defined as “a cash bond taken as security against proper performance by the lessee during the lease term”. If the lessee fails to live up to any of the provisions in the lease agreement, funds from the security deposit can be used under the “right to perform for the lessee” section to pay for it. The funds can be used to pay past due payments, unpaid property tax, insurance premiums, late charges, assessed taxes and the like. These usually are called defaults which are cured by using the security funds. Then the lessee is required to replenish the used funds. When the lease terminates the security deposit is returned to the lessee if no default is left outstanding.
Many leasing companies today refer to it as the “last month payment.” In their state or for their accounting records, it avoids the “commingling agreement.”

Originally the use of a security deposit was to lower the lessee’s payment if a “commingling agreement” is in the lease agreement. A commingling agreement allows the lessor to use the security deposit funds during the lease without any compensation. If it is used to help the lessor pay for the equipment then the lessor has a lower investment thus a lower payment.

However the lease payments plus the residual (if any) must always return the total investment so the security deposit can be returned. The effect is to reduce the payment because the lessor's return is calculated only the funds employed by the lessor. The danger here is that if the funds are required to pay for a default then the lessor does not have full use of the deposit and the yield will suffer.

Lower payments help meet the 90% test for operating lease classification for the lessee and are therefore very popular when a conservative residual alone prevents passing the test.

On occasion the lessee may feel that they should receive an interest rate on the deposited funds but in effect they are receiving a lower payment which means their funds are reducing the cost on the funds equal the lessor's yield. If a lessor does not reduce the payment when taking a security deposit and has a commingling agreement then the lessor yield will increase sharply.


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Apple iPhone and Mac sales Up, but not iPad

The company earned an $18 billion profit on $74.6 billion in revenue
in 2014. That profit was more than any company had ever earned in history.

Apple's quarterly revenue was higher than Google's revenue for all of 2014. It was more than Amazon, Google, and Microsoft generated in revenue combined.

Record sales were posted for Apple i6 phone, not mentioned was the company also sold 5.5 million Macs, a record for the December quarter ($6.9 billion revenue), as well as the fall in iPad units.

According to www.businessinsider, "Based on company data charted for us by BI Intelligence, Apple sold 21.5 million iPad units, which fell below Wall Street expectations and was down 17% year-over-year. Just looking at the chart, it looks like iPad's sales growth peaked in last December, the same quarter Apple launched the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. Apple CEO Tim Cook says there's some cannibalization going on — the iPhone on one side and the Mac on the other — but he also hinted at the iPad having room for growth, particularly in the workplace. 'The real opportunity is to bring mobility into the enterprises and change how people work,' Cook said on Tuesday's call.

"Apple just launched its partnership with IBM last quarter, and the company is expected to launch its first 12-inch iPad, which may offer more features for advanced productivity."

Perhaps this is the turn for phablets being utilized more and more
by business, as Juniper Research predicts big-screen phones will account for more than 20 percent of mobile devices shipped by 2019:



Leasing News Advisor
Ken Greene, Attorney

Ken was involved in the formation of Leasing News and represented it (pro bono) in the early days. Ken is currently based in Southern California. His equipment finance and litigation practice has been broadened to include entertainment law, based on his love for music as well his past life as a professional musician. He has also moved into production and is working with filmmakers, writers and other artists.

Ken Greene
Law Offices of Kenneth Charles Greene
5743 Corsa Avenue Suite 208
Westlake Village, California 91362
Tel: 818.575.9095
Fax: 805.435.7464

Skype: 424.235.1658

Ken is an attorney and has his own law firm, the Law Offices of Kenneth Charles Greene. He is also General Counsel to Ancient Films, Inc., a film production company.

Ken began his leasing career with BankAmerilease in 1981. He has been a partner in several law firms (including Ross & Ivanjack, one of the first law firms in the country devoted exclusively to the equipment finance industry). He served as corporate counsel to a leasing company and a real estate development company. He was a partner in a major Universal City law firm before opening his own firm in Westlake Village, CA in 2013. The new firm continues representation of equipment finance companies, including lessors and brokers, in litigation, bankruptcy and transactions. He also represents small businesses and individuals in litigation, bankruptcy, transactions, contract, and corporate matters, as well as entities and individuals in the entertainment industry.

Ken has been associated with the American Bankruptcy Institute, California Bankruptcy Forum, Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors (“EAEL”), Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (“ELFA”—formerly the Equipment Leasing Association), and National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) (formerly NAEL, UAEL, and, once upon a time, WAEL).

He has served on the Board of Directors of that association and has been its Legal Committee Chairman, Legal Line Editor, Regional Committee Chair, and Conference Chairman. He is currently a member of the NAELB (“National Association of Equipment Lease Brokers”) and has spoken at conference panels the last two years.

Ken serves on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County and previously served on The Mountain Play Association in Marin County, California. In 2012, he worked with the musical director of the United Nations to produce a concert to save the rain forests. He has been active in musical theater at the school and community levels. He is a member of Provisors and AllCities, both networking groups in Southern California.

Ken received his B. A, at Brandeis University, located in Waltham, Massachusetts, graduating cum laude. He received his J.D. at Santa Clara University in 1980, also graduating cum laude.

Mr. Greene has been a frequent writer and lecturer on matters of leasing law and other related legal issues. He is an acknowledged contributor on bankruptcy issues to Miller & Starr, California Real Estate 2d (Bancroft Whitney). He has lectured on leasing law and documentation, litigation and collection matters, and has produced and presented seminars to leasing companies on enhancing the attorney-client relationship. He has also taught nationally for Euromoney Lease Training. Ken’s passions, besides music, include travel, yoga, cooking, hiking, camping, boxing, surfing, golf, the Yankees, cigars, wine, and more. He lives in Westlake Village with his wife Barbara, their son Alex, who graduated Cal Lutheran last year, and, on occasion, their beautiful daughter Gigi, who graduated UC Irvine last spring. Both Alex and Gigi are aspiring actors. In addition, Alex has a computer repair business (“The PC Whisperer”) and Gigi has a photography business (PhotoGGraphy). Ken is the keyboard player in the LA rock and roll band “The Locksmiths” and also plays and records with other local artists.


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Three Friends Start Patriot Equipment Finance
Commercial, Energy, and Industrial Equipment Financing

("Patriot Equipment Finance provides financing solutions to the commercial market.  Lease, Loans and credit Facilities.  We source capital through private and public institutions.  We also have access to internal funding via our investors. Anthony Salm.)

Strongsville, OH -- (ReleaseWire) -- A person never knows what a Las Vegas night may inspire when three friends who happen to be former leasing executives get together to celebrate the birthday of their colleague.

"We're small-time gamblers, but big time, big ticket leasing guys!" jokes Anthony Salm, president of newly formed Patriot Equipment Finance as he conveys the story of how the company got its start. It was that celebratory weekend when the trio decided to form a company that allowed them to continue doing what they had learned so well over the years – equipment financing – while focusing in key vertical markets where they all had expertise – namely the energy, construction, and mining industries.

"We know many of the major players in these vertical markets, and we also know what funding sources have an appetite for based on their current credit situations. And, we also understand the collateral they are trying to finance," explains Salm. "It was no surprise that a consortium of oil and gas investors wanted to invest in us and our books of business. With our new investors, we knew we could fund transactions from private equity and go beyond the super broker model with these guys (investors)."

Mr. Salm, along with Scott Glover, executive vice president of sales and operations, Hank Lee, chief operating officer, and two Cleveland based business analysts formed the new equipment finance company, Patriot Equipment Finance. Together, they have over 75 years of experience working together and on their own and at a multitude of mid-ticket lessors and banks. Collectively, they have financed over $1.5 billion in capital projects – from aviation to energy.

Their intent was to go beyond what normal equipment leasing companies often touted, mainly low rates and fast credit decisions. "We wanted to form a company that went beyond the core competencies of what the major players in the industry were providing, so we set out to define the areas that made us successful in the corporate world."

To that end, Patriot Equipment Finance intends to provide value to corporate CFOs by offering creative lease finance tools to assist them in their strategic planning. The company will evaluate how equipment finance plays a role in helping CFOs build and communicate the company's values. This, in turn, will help build rapport with analysts and investors, while creating trust in the CFO, the numbers they report, and their companies. Patriot Equipment Finance will help educate CFOs on how a resourceful leasing partner will allow them to work more effectively as a team with the COO, CEO, and others on the management team.

"It's simple. Patriot Equipment Finance is a partner that integrates well with our customers and the industry's we serve," explains Mr. Salm. "We know the true value of these relationships and we want to build a company around that. It's less of a gamble than Las Vegas."

Patriot Equipment Finance has its corporate office in Strongsville, OH and sales offices in Pittsburgh, PA and Los Angeles, CA.

Learn more about Patriot Equipment Financing here:

About Patriot Equipment Finance
Patriot Equipment Finance intends to provide value to corporate CFOs by offering creative lease finance tools to assist them in their strategic planning

Scott Glover, Executive Vice President of Sales & Operations
Ph: 844-515-9266 x1004

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National Funding Announces New Broker Services Division

National Funding, one of the country’s largest private lenders of small business loans, has expanded its business to include Broker Services to fund loans secured by independent sales organizations across the country.

After 15 years of exclusively underwriting its own agreements, National Funding is extending its capabilities to brokers. The company has seen a strong interest in the new Broker Services division, and anticipates high growth from the new offering.

Dave Gilbert
Founder/CEO, National Funding
Former co-founder Five Point Capital

“National Funding started as a broker, so we have a deep understanding of this market. We know that it is important to structure deals correctly with quick turnaround time, and to provide fair compensation for the brokers,” said David Gilbert, Founder and CEO of National Funding. “Through this offering, we will be opening up our services and providing even more options to a larger field of small business owners.”

By working directly with brokers, National Funding is expanding its overall network and enhancing its already competitive portfolio of lending services to companies such as Clear Skies Capital, a provider of financial consulting services to mid-market private company shareholders.

“Working with National Funding’s loan program has changed the way we approach the business with each of our clients. When we are issued an approval, we have the confidence that we are presenting the best offer available to the business owner. Completing the loan process is fast and easy, which helps our clients get the money when they need it, without having to jump through a bunch of extra hoops,” says Jeff Thon of Clear Skies Capital.

Bob Anthony
Director of Broker Services
National Funding

Bob Anthony, who has been with National Funding for four years in positions of increasing leadership and responsibility, will lead the division in his new role as Director of Broker Services. His experience has given him a unique understanding of what issues are most important to a sales organization in the industry, and he will play an integral role in helping National Funding succeed in this new market.

“Since I joined National Funding in 2011, I have seen the lending business grow and adapt,” said Anthony. “That experience has assisted me in the development of our services. I know that the key to success in our space is to make the lending process as quick and easy as possible, not only for the customer, but also for the sales organizations working on the deals.”

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NACM’s Credit Managers’ January Index Starts Year
in Favorable Direction

Movement in January’s economic report from the National Association of Credit Management's delivers a cautiously optimistic start to the New Year as the index improves slightly. The combined index rose this month after two consecutive months of slippages.

The January report of the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) has joined the ranks of the cautiously optimistic. After two consecutive months of slippages, the monthly economic indicator’s combined score moved forward to 55.1 in January, up from 54.9 in December.

Dr. Chris Kuehl
FMA Economic Analyst

“This is certainly not a spectacular turnaround as the index was at 55.8 and 57.0 in November and October, respectively,” said Dr. Chris Kuehl, Kansas City-based NACM economist. “The fact is January’s reading is still the third lowest in the past year, but it is trending in the right direction this month.”

The survey of business-to-business credit professionals measures activity in manufacturing and service sectors, including credit applications, collections and extensions.

Slight improvement in readings for unfavorable factors sent a positive message because the numbers have held close to the line between contraction and expansion. “Only one reading remains under 50 compared with last month, which had three,” Kuehl said. “While there’s nothing to suggest an imminent boom, it would appear that conditions have started to improve.”

Highlights include a 3.5 gain in dollar collections, which “signals that companies are paying their bills more regularly,” Kuehl said. A pullback in credit activity, however, suggests “there is more caution within the credit community as a whole, and that is affecting the number of applications as well as the amount of credit extended.”

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This Day in American History

     1633 - The tobacco laws of Virginia were codified, limiting tobacco production to reduce dependence on a single-crop economy. The main export was tobacco to Europe, who had become addicted.   
    1653 – In the Colonies, New Amsterdam was incorporated a city and would later be renamed New York, after Jaems, the Duke of York, brother to the English King Charles II.
    1709 - British sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years.  His story inspired "Robinson Crusoe".
    1780 – The British fleet carrying General Clinton’s 8,000-man army arrives from New York off Charleston, South Carolina.    
    1787 - Arthur St. Clair was elected the 9th President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.
    1788 – Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the US Constitution.
    1790 - The Supreme Court of the United States met for the first time in New York City with Chief Justice John Jay presiding.
    1798 - Federal St Theater, Boston, became the first in the US to be destroyed by fire.
    1842 – Fairmount, PA:  the first wire suspension bridge was opened to traffic.
    1843 – Settlers from the US and England in Oregon Territory chose their government committee.
    1848 – The first ship carrying Chinese immigrants arrived in San Francisco.
    1848 - Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended The Mexican War.  The US acquired Texas, California, New Mexico, and Arizona for $15 million.
    1859 - Considered one of America's greatest composers, Victor Herbert, was born in Dublin, Ireland.
    1860 - The first Rabbi to open the House of Representatives with prayer was Rabbi Morris Jacob Raphall, rabbi of Congregation B'nai Jeshurn, New York City, who delivered the invocation at the first session of the 36th congress.
    1860 - Decree from Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, orders representatives of the different states to assemble at Platt's Music Hall in San Francisco to change laws to ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring.
    1861 - Texas seceded from the Union and joined the Confederate States of America.
    1861 – Birthday of Solomon Guggenheim, American businessman and philanthropist, who founded the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in Philadelphia.  Born into a wealthy mining family, Guggenheim founded the Yukon Gold Company in Alaska, among other business interests. He began collecting art in the 1890s, and after World War I, he retired from his business to pursue full-time art collecting.  He died in 1949.
    1862 – “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, written by Julia Ward Howe, was first published in the Atlantic Monthly. The song's music was inspired by the song "John Brown's Body." Howe just wrote new words for the existing music.
    1863 - Samuel Clemens became Mark Twain for the first time.
    1865 - President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, abolishing slavery: "1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction. 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." The amendment had been proposed by the Congress Jan 31, 1865; ratification was completed Dec 6, 1865.
    1865 - The first African-American lawyer admitted to practice before the Supreme Court was John S. Rock. His admittance was moved by Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts. Chief Justice Salmon Portland Chase presided. It would be the last triumphant act in a life overflowing with achievement, for Rock died suddenly on December 3, 1866. He was interred at the Twelfth Baptist Church and buried with full Masonic honors at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA.
    1869 – A removable tempered steel plow blade was invented by James Oliver.
    1872 - Brigham Young, the 71-year-old leader of the Mormon Church, was arrested on a charge of bigamy. He had 25 wives.
    1876 – The National League in baseball was established with the following teams:  Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis
    1878 - Hattie Wyatt Caraway was born at Bakersville, TN, Hattie Caraway became a US senator from Arkansas when her husband died in 1931 and she was appointed to fill out his term. The following year, she ran for the seat herself and became the first woman elected to the US Senate. She served 14 years there, becoming an adept and tireless legislator (once introducing 43 bills on the same day) who worked for women's rights (once co-sponsoring an equal rights amendment), supported New Deal policies as well as Prohibition and opposed the increasing influence of lobbyists. Caraway died at Falls Church, VA, Dec 21, 1950.
    1882 – The Knights of Columbus formed in New Haven, CT
    1886-Wiliam Rose Benet, American poet and credit, born at Fort Hamilton, NY; died at New York, NY, May 4, 1950.
    1887 - The first Groundhog Day was observed in Punxsutawney, PA.
    1888 - Frank Sprague opened the first successful U.S. electric street railway system, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, in Richmond, VA.
    1890 – Talk about a pioneer!  Alice Sanger became the first female White House staffer.
    1892 - Ellis Island opened as America's first federal immigration center. Annie Moore, at age 15, became the first person to pass through.
    1893 - The first moving picture studio was built at Thomas Edison's laboratory compound at West Orange, NJ, at a cost of less than $700. The wooden structure of irregular oblong shape was covered with black tar paper. It had a sharply sloping roof hinged at one edge so that half of it could be raised to admit sunlight. Fifty feet in length, it was mounted on a pivot enabling it to be swung around to follow the changing position of the sun. There was a stage draped in black at one end of the room. Though the structure was officially called a Kinetographic Theater, it was nicknamed the "Black Maria" because it resembled an old-fashioned police wagon.
    1895 - Film director John Ford was born at Cape Elizabeth, ME, as Sean Aloysius O'Feeney; he changed his name after moving to Hollywood. Ford won his first Academy Award in 1935 for “The Informer”. Among his many other films: Stagecoach”, “Young Mr. Lincoln”, “The Grapes of Wrath”, “How Green Was My Valley”, “Rio Grande”, “What Price Glory?” and “Mister Roberts”. During World War II, he served as chief of the Field Photographic Branch of the OSS. Two documentaries made during the war earned him Academy Awards. He died Aug 31, 1973, at Palm Desert, CA.
    1895 – George Halas, NFL pioneer and long-time owner and coach of the Chicago Bears, was born in Chicago.  Serving as an ensign in the Navy during World War I, he played the Great lakes naval Air Station team and was named MVP of the 1919 Rose Bowl.  Afterward, he played baseball, eventually earning a promotion to the New York Yankees, where he played 12 games as an outfielder in 1919. However, a hip injury effectively ended his baseball career. Halas moved to Decatur, IL to take a position with the A.E. Staley Company, a starch manufacturer. He served as a company sales representative, an outfielder on the company-sponsored baseball team, and the player-coach of the company-sponsored football team, the Decatur Staleys. In 1920, Halas represented the Staleys at the meeting which formed the American Professional Football Association (which became the NFL in 1922) in Canton, OH.  After suffering financial losses despite a 10–1–2 record, company founder turned control of the team to Halas in 1921. Halas moved the team to Chicago, changed the name to "Chicago Staleys", and won the NFL Championship. They took the name Bears in 1922 as a tribute to baseball's Cubs, which permitted the Bears to play their games at Wrigley Field. His overall record is 324–152–31.  Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.  8 NFL/Super Bowl Championships as a player, coach, owner.  Halas died in 1983.
    1898 - Travelers Insurance Company issued the first car insurance against accidents with horses.
    1901 - Actor Clark Gable’s birthday at Cadiz, OH. His first film was The Painted Desert” in 1931, when talking films were replacing silent films. He won an Academy Award for his role in the comedy “It Happened One Night”, which established him as a romantic screen idol. Other films included “China Seas”, “Mutiny on the Bounty”, “Saratoga”, “Run Silent Run Deep” and “Gone with the Wind”, for which his casting as Rhett Butler seemed a foregone conclusion due to his popularity as the acknowledged "King of Movies."  Shortly after completing his last film, Arthur Miller's The Misfits”, in which he starred with Marilyn Monroe, he died Nov 16, 1960, at Hollywood, CA.
    1901 – The Female Army Nurse Corps was established as a permanent organization.
    1901 - Congress passed the Army Reorganization Act, placing the minimum number of men under arms at 58,000
    1902 - Birthday of Langston Hughes at Joplin, MO. African American poet and author. Among his works are the poetry collection Montage of a Dream Deferred”, plays, a novel and short stories. Hughes died May 22, 1967 at New York, NY.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
and then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load
Or does it just explode?
— Langston Hughes, "Dream Deferred"
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    1905 – Ayn Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia.  She is known for her two best-selling novels, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged”, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.  Rand moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful in America, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, “The Fountainhead”.  In 1957, she published her best-known work, the novel “Atlas Shrugged”.  Rand died in 1982 in NYC.   
    1906 – The first federal penitentiary building was completed at Ft. Leavenworth KS. The penitentiary is the largest maximum-security prison in the United States, housing more than 2,200 inmates.  Famous inmates over the years included Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, and Robert Stroud – the famous “Birdman of Alcatraz.”  Actually, Stroud's bird work began at Leavenworth, where he served 28 years before being transferred to Alcatraz. The Immanuel Church, located on the grounds, was made famous in Ripley's Believe it or Not as the only church in which Protestant and Catholic services were conducted simultaneously.
    1910 - The first junior high school in the US opened. McKinley School in Berkeley, CA, housed seventh and eighth grade students. In a separate building, students were housed who attended grades 9-12.
    1911 - Thomas Jennings was found guilty and sentenced to death for the murder of Clarence B. Hiller in the Criminal Court of Cook County, Illinois. He was convicted because of his fingerprints and is the first to be found guilty with fingerprints as evidence. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that fingerprints were admissible evidence.
Hiller was hanged for his crime.
    1913 – Jim Thorpe, the greatest athlete of the first half of the 20th century, was signed by the New York Football Giants.
    1913 – Grand Central Terminal opened in NYC.
    1914 – “Making a Living” premiered Charlie Chaplin’s first film performance.
    1919 - The first Miss America was crowned in New York City. The winner, Edith Hyde, was found by the judges not to be a Miss. She was a "Mrs." named Mrs. Todd Robbins, the mother of two children.
    1920 - The North West Mounted Police ("The Mounties") became the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
    1921 - The first religious broadcast on radio was heard on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh as Dr. E.J. Van Etten of Calvary Episcopal Church preached.
    1922 - Birthday of Renata Tebaldi in Pesaro, Italy.  She was an Italian operatic soprano whose rich, sumptuous voice made her the operatic star at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, and LaScala in the 1950s and 60s. She was known for her acting ability. In 1946, along with Arturo Toscanini, she performed at the reopening concert of La Scala, which had been closed during World War II.    Her great roles included Giacomo Puccini's Mimi (“La Boh è me”) and “Tosca”, Giuseppe Verdi's Desdemona (“Otello”) and “Aida”, and Umberto Giordano's Madeleine (“Andrea Ch é nier”).  She died at age 82.
    1922 – “Ulysses” by James Joyce was published.
    1923 – Next to Stan Musial, the quintessential St. Louis Cardinal, Red Schoendienst was born in Germantown, IL.
    1923 – Gossip columnist Liz Smith was born in Ft. Worth.
    1927-Stan Getz, tenor saxophone player, born in in Philadelphia, PA.  He introduced the cool-jazz style, which became a major movement in the 1950s, and bossa nova (new wave) style of the 1960s.  Getz received 11 Grammy Awards and was the first jazz musician to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year (1965), for “the Girl from Ipanema.” Died at Malibu, CA, June 6, 1991.
    1934 - Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio was born in Hilo, Hawaii as Robert Castle Schoen. With Dave Guard, a Punahou School classmate, and Nick Reynolds, The Kingston Trio was credited with starting the immense popularity of folk music of the late 1950's and early '60s with their hit recording of "Tom Dooley" in 1958. They had a clean-cut collegiate image which helped them win acceptance among the trendy college crowd. In 1959 alone, the group released four albums, three of which attained #1 status and all four of which were in Billboard's Top Ten in December 1959, a feat equaled only by the Beatles. Thirteen of their albums placed in Billboard's Top Ten, with five going to #1 and the first album, “The Kingston Trio”, remaining on the charts for 195 weeks. A half dozen singles charted in the Top 100 as well. The group played over two hundred dates per year for several years, pioneering the college concert circuit and appearing at most of the country's top night clubs, festivals, and amphitheaters as well.  Other hits:  “MTA”, Scotch and Soda”, “Tijuana Jail”, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”, “Worried Man”, and “One More Town”.  After creative differences, the trio broke up in 1968 and an early 80s reunion passed with modest reception.   With Nick Reynolds’ passing in October 2008, Shane is the only surviving founding member of The Kingston Trio.  To many of us Boomers, this was fun music that is reminiscent of times both turbulent and nostalgic.
    1934 – The Export-Import Bank of the United States was incorporated.
    1935 - James T. Farrell finishes his Studs Lonigan trilogy (Judgment Day).
     1936—The five charter members of the brand-new Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY, were announced. Of 226 ballots case, Ty Cobb was named on 222.  Babe Ruth on 215. Honus Wagner on 215. Christy Mathewson on 205 and Walter Johnson on 189.  A total of 170 votes were necessary to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
    1937 - Don Everly of the Everly Brothers was born in Brownie, Kentucky. The brothers were one of the most important acts of early rock 'n' roll. Their music, a mixture of close country harmonies over a rocking beat, resulted in two dozen chart entries, including such number-one records as "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Cathy's Clown." The brothers broke up in 1973, reunited in 1983 and again in 1985. They were last seen touring with Simon and Garfunkle, who re-united, and confessed on stage, before the introduction, when they started, they were trying to sound like their idols, the Everly Brothers.
    1937 – Comedian Tom Smothers was born in NYC.  Alongside his younger brother Dick, they formed The Smothers Brothers and appeared on the CBS sitcom, “The Smothers Brothers Show” from 1965 to 1966. Tom felt that the show didn't play to the brothers' strengths and wanted creative control over their next venture. He negotiated creative control over their next CBS show, “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” in 1967. They continually fought CBS censors to sneak in references to religion, recreational drugs, sex, and the Vietnam War. Smothers is widely quoted as saying: "The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen." The brothers' oppositional politics led to their show's demise, with David Steinberg later claiming "The most innovative variety show on television shut down because of political pressure". Tom has since stated, "When the Smothers Brothers came on the air, we had no political point of view or social consciousness, it just evolved as the show was on the air."
    1939 - On Victor Records, Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded "And the Angels Sing". The vocalist for that song went on to find fame at Capitol Records, Martha Tilton.
    1940 - For his first recording session, held in Chicago, Illinois, with the Tommy Dorsey Band, Frank Sinatra sang "Too Romantic" and "The Sky Fell Down". Sinatra replaced Jack Leonard as the band's lead singer.
    1941 - "Downbeat" magazine reported Glenn Miller had signed a new three-year contract with RCA Victor Records, guaranteeing him $750 a side, the largest record contract signed to that date.
    1942 – British singer-songwriter Graham Nash was born in Blackpool, England.
    1943-Two pockets of starving German soldiers remained in Stalingrad, USSR, on this date.  They had received few supplies since Soviet soldiers had encircled the city the previous November.  Fredrick Paulus, who Hitler had promoted to field marshal on the day before, was forced to seek surrender terms, thereby becoming the first German marshal to surrender. Hitler was furious with Paulus, believing he should have preferred suicide to surrender.  Approximately 160,000 Germans died in the Stalingrad Battle, 34,000 were evacuated by air. Of the 90,000 captured and sent to Siberia on foot, tens of thousands died on the way.  This Allied victory is generally considered the psychological turning point of WWII.
    1944 - Top Hits
“My Heart Tells Me” - The Glen Gray Orchestra (vocal: Eugenie Baird)
“Shoo, Shoo, Baby” - The Andrews Sisters
“Besame Mucho” - The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen
“Pistol Packin' Mama” - Al Dexter
    1944 - KNAPPENBERGER, ALTON W., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy, 1 February 1944. Entered service at: Spring Mount, Pa. Birth: Cooperstown, Pa. G.O. No.: 41, 26 May 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action involving actual conflict with the enemy, on 1 February 1944 near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy. When a heavy German counterattack was launched against his battalion, Pfc. Knappenberger crawled to an exposed knoll and went into position with his automatic rifle. An enemy machinegun 85 yards away opened fire, and bullets struck within 6 inches of him. Rising to a kneeling position, Pfc. Knappenberger opened fire on the hostile crew, knocked out the gun, killed 2 members of the crew, and wounded the third. While he fired at this hostile position, 2 Germans crawled to a point within 20 yards of the knoll and threw potato-masher grenades at him, but Pfc. Knappenberger killed them both with 1 burst from his automatic rifle. Later, a second machinegun opened fire upon his exposed position from a distance of 100 yards, and this weapon also was silenced by his well-aimed shots. Shortly thereafter, an enemy 20mm. antiaircraft gun directed fire at him, and again Pfc. Knappenberger returned fire to wound 1 member of the hostile crew. Under tank and artillery shellfire, with shells bursting within 15 yards of him, he held his precarious position and fired at all enemy infantrymen armed with machine pistols and machineguns which he could locate. When his ammunition supply became exhausted, he crawled 15 yards forward through steady machinegun fire, removed rifle clips from the belt of a casualty, returned to his position and resumed firing to repel an assaulting German platoon armed with automatic weapons. Finally, his ammunition supply being completely exhausted, he rejoined his company. Pfc. Knappenberger's intrepid action disrupted the enemy attack for over 2 hours.
    1945 - US Army arrives at Siegfriedlinie, a major defense of the Nazi regime. p?p=117338&sid=d4b2df326cdcad65d492d560b41a5cc6
    1947 – Farah Fawcett was born in Corpus Christi, TX.  An actress and artist, four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she posed for that iconic red swimsuit poster that likely adorned the walls of every teenaged boy in the 1970s.  She also starred as private investigator Jill Munroe in the first season of the television series “Charlie’s Angels” (1976–77). In 1996, she was ranked No. 26 on TV Guide’s "50 Greatest TV stars of All-Time".  She died in 2009 of cancer.
    1949 - Louis B. Mayer, of Metro Goldwin Mayer (MGM), became a millionaire all over again when he sold his racehorse breeding farm for one-million dollars.
    1949 - RCA Victor introduced the 45 rpm record. It was designed as a rival to Columbia's 33 1/3 rpm long- playing disc, introduced the previous year. The two systems directly competed with each other to replace 78 rpm records, bewildering consumers and causing a drop in record sales.  By the end of 1949, all the major companies, except RCA, had committed themselves to the LP record, seemingly putting an end to the 45. Even RCA itself announced it would issue its classical library on 33 1/3 rpm discs. But RCA was not ready to admit the demise of the 45 rpm record. The company spent $5-million publicizing 45 rpm as the preferred speed for popular music. The campaign worked. Buyers of non-classical records turned increasingly to the 45 rpm record, so that by 1954, more than 200-million of them had been sold. And all the major companies now were producing both 33 1/3 and 45 rpm records.  Many, if not most, rock ‘n’ roll records were sold as singles on 45s, costing 69 cents, making them easily affordable for most teens of the 50s and 60s, another propellant of the genre.
    1951 - -50ºF (-46ºC), Gavilan, NM (state record)
    1951 - The greatest ice storm of record in the U.S. produced glaze up to four inches thick from Texas to Pennsylvania causing twenty-five deaths, 500 serious injuries, and 100 million dollars damage. Tennessee was hardest hit by the storm. Communications and utilities were interrupted for a week to ten days.
    1951 - The temperature at Taylor Park Dam plunged to 60 degrees below zero, a record for the state of Colorado
    1952 - Top Hits
“Slowpoke” - Pee Wee King
“Cry” - Johnnie Ray
“Anytime” - Eddie Fisher
“Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)” - Lefty Frizzell
    1953 - "Private Secretary" debuted on CBS-TV starring Ann Southern as Susie McNamara, the private secretary to New York talent agent, Peter Sands played by Don Porter. With its last show airing on September 10, 1957, the show ran on CBS during the regular television seasons and ran on NBC-TV in the summers of 1953 and 1954.
    1953 - "You Are There" premiered on Television. The program began as an inventive radio show in 1947. News correspondents would comb the annals of history and "interview" the movers and shakers of times past. Walter Cronkite hosted the series on CBS for four seasons. The show's concept was revived for a season in 1971 with Cronkite gearing the program toward children.
    1953 – “General Electric Theater” premiered on TV. CBS's half-hour dramatic anthology series was hosted by Ronald Reagan in between his movie and political careers. Making their television debuts were Joseph Cotten (1954); Fred MacMurray, James Stewart and Myrna Loy (1955); Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Tony Curtis and Fred Astaire (1957); Sammy Davis, Jr (1958); and Gene Tierney (1960). Other memorable stars who appeared on the series include: Joan Crawford, Harry Belafonte, Rosalind Russell, Ernie Kovacs, the Marx Brothers and Nancy Davis Reagan, who starred with her husband in the premonitory episode titled "A Turkey for the President" (1958).
    1954 - On CBS-TV, "The Secret Storm" was shown for the first day of a 20-year run.
    1954 – Christie Brinkley was born in Monroe, MI.  A stunning model and actress, Brinkley gained worldwide fame beginning in the late 1970s with three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers through 1981. She spent twenty five years as the face of CoverGirl (the longest running cosmetics contract of any model in history), has appeared on over 500 magazine covers, and has signed contracts with major brands—both fashion and non-fashion.  Is anyone stunned that she and Farah Fawcett share the same birthday?
     1954 - Backed by his Jazz ensemble, Big Joe Turner records the original version of "Shake, Rattle and Roll". The tune will top the Billboard R&B chart next June, but did not cross over to the Pop chart. Some of the original lyrics, that would have been considered highly sexual at the time, were changed when Bill Haley recorded the song five months later.
    1955 - Elvis Presley records, "Baby, Let's Play House"
    1956 - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Montgomery Improvement Association files suit in federal court against Alabama for segregation of buses.
    1956 - The Coasters signed with Atlantic Records.    
    1957 - Fats Domino sang "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday" on the "Perry Como Show" on television.
    1957 - Birthday of Donna Adamek, known as "Mighty Mite", in Duarte, CA.  She dominated women's professional bowling from 1978 through 1981. She was Woman Bowler of the Year each year and, in that four-year period, she won the Women's Open in 1978 and 1981, the WIBC Queens in 1979 and 1980, and the WPBA National Championship in 1980. Adamek led the WPBA tour in winnings for three consecutive years, 1978 through 1980. During the 1981-82 season, she rolled three perfect 300 games. {{The compiler of WOAH whose highest average was 194 (287 game) remembers when ONE 300 GAME was memorable before the change in bowling ball construction and the way bowling lanes are dressed.
    1957 - 20-year-old Don Everly and his 2-year-younger brother Phil sign a recording contract with Cadence Records. During their career, The Everly Brothers will have 35 Billboard Hot 100 singles
    1958 - Elvis Presley crams in one more trip to a recording studio before joining the US Army. The session will produce "Wear My Ring around Your Neck", which will reach #3 in the US and the UK.
    1958 - Elvis Presley records: "My Wish Came True," "Doncha' Think It's Time," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck."
    1959 - Frankie Avalon's "Venus" was released.
    1960 - Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    1960 - Greensboro Sit-In. Commercial discrimination against blacks and other minorities provoked a nonviolent protest. At Greensboro, NC, four students from the Agricultural and Technical College (Ezell Blair, Jr, Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeill and David Richmond) sat down at a Woolworth's store lunch counter and ordered coffee. Refused service, they remained all day. The following days similar sit-ins took place at the Woolworth's' lunch counter. Before the week was over they were joined by a few white students. The protest spread rapidly, especially in southern states. More than 1,600 people were arrested before the year was over for participating in sit-ins. Civil rights for all became a cause for thousands of students and activists. In response, equal accommodation regardless of race became the rule at lunch counters, hotels and business establishments in thousands of places.
    1960 - Top Hits
“Running Bear” - Johnny Preston
“Teen Angel” - Mark Dinning
“Where or When” - Dion & The Belmonts
“El Paso” - Marty Robbins
    1962 - Ken Kesey's “One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest” is published.
    1963 - Paul Simon graduates from New York City's Queens College.
    1963 - The Beatles began their first British tour supporting Helen Spapiro.
    1964 - "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It stayed there for seven weeks.
    1964 - The Beatles' "Please Please Me" enters the pop charts
    1964 - The governor of Indiana declared "Louie, Louie" pornographic. The song was about seven years old when the Kingsmen recorded their version in 1963, and the fantastic legend that grew up in its wake--a legend that even an FCC investigation couldn't kill--seems to have sprung solely from their extraordinary lack of elocution. Composer Richard Berry, who spoke to a Los Angeles interviewer named Bill Reed, explained the song as the lament of a seafaring man, spoken to a sympathetic bartender named Louie. Here are the "official" published lyrics:
"Louie Louie, me gotta go. Louie Louie, me gotta go. A fine little girl, she wait for me. Me catch the ship across the sea. I sailed the ship all alone. I never think I'll make it home. Louie Louie, me gotta go . Three nights and days we sailed the sea. Me think of girl constantly. On the ship, I dream she there. I smell the rose in her hair. Louie Louie, me gotta go. Me see Jamaican moon above. It won't be long me see me love. Me take her in my arms and then I tell her I never leave again. Louie Louie, me gotta go." (By Richard Berry. Copyright 1957-1963 by Limax Music Inc.)
    1965 - Joe Namath signed the richest rookie contract ($427,000 plus a new Lincoln Continental convertible) in the history of pro football with the New York Jets.  Between 1962-1964, Namath quarterbacked the University of Alabam Crimson Tide under head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and his offensive coordinator Howard Schellenberger. Namath led the Tide to a national championship in 1964. During his time at Alabama, Namath led the team to a 29–4 record over three seasons.  Bryant called Namath "the greatest athlete I ever coached".  He was a first round draft selection by both the National Football League and the upstart American Football League. The two competing leagues were at the height of their bidding war and held their respective drafts on the same day: November 28, 1964. The NFL St. Louis Cardinals selected Namath twelfth overall while the AFL Jets selected him with the first overall pick. He elected to sign with the Jets, who were under the direction of Hall of Fame owner Sonny Werblin, the day after the Orange Bowl for a salary of $427,000 over three years (a pro football record at the time).
    1966 - The first African-American Navy captain was Thomas David Parham, Jr., of Newport News, VA, a Presbyterian chaplain, whose rank was raised from commander to captain.
    1966 - Bill Graham resigns as business manager of the San Francisco Mime Troupe in order to devote himself full-time to the business of acid rock concert promotion, initially at the Fillmore Auditorium.
    1966 - Birthday of soccer great Michelle Akers in Santa Clara, CA.
    1967 - The American Basketball Association (ABA) was born with 10 teams and George Mikan as commissioner in its first season. The ABA lasted nine years before four teams, the Denver Nuggets, the Indiana Pacers, the New Jersey Nets and the San Antonio Spurs, were absorbed into the NBA in 1976.  Who can forget the red, white, and blue basketball, the Carolina Cougars who began as the Virginia Squires, Anaheim Amigos, Dallas Chaparrals, Pittsburgh Pipers, New Orleans Buccaneers, Kentucky Colonels, and the Spirits of St. Louis?   The ABA is where we first saw Dr. J, Rick Barry, George Gervin, Connie Hawkins, and George McInnis.
    1967 - The Beatles record "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
    1968 - DIX, DREW DENNIS, Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, U.S. Senior Advisor Group, IV Corps, Military Assistance Command. Place and date: Chau Doc Province, Republic of Vietnam, 31 January and 1 February 1968. Entered service at: Denver, Colo. Born: 14 December 1944, West Point, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Dix distinguished himself by exceptional heroism while serving as a unit adviser. Two heavily armed Viet Cong battalions attacked the Province capital city of Chau Phu resulting in the complete breakdown and fragmentation of the defenses of the city. S/Sgt. Dix, with a patrol of Vietnamese soldiers, was recalled to assist in the defense of Chau Phu. Learning that a nurse was trapped in a house near the center of the city, S/Sgt. Dix organized a relief force, successfully rescued the nurse, and returned her to the safety of the Tactical Operations Center. Being informed of other trapped civilians within the city, S/Sgt. Dix voluntarily led another force to rescue 8 civilian employees located in a building which was under heavy mortar and small-arms fire. S/Sgt. Dix then returned to the center of the city. Upon approaching a building, he was subjected to intense automatic rifle and machine gun fire from an unknown number of Viet Cong. He personally assaulted the building, killing 6 Viet Cong, and rescuing 2 Filipinos. The following day S/Sgt. Dix, still on his own volition, assembled a 20-man force and though under intense enemy fire cleared the Viet Cong out of the hotel, theater, and other adjacent buildings within the city. During this portion of the attack, Army Republic of Vietnam soldiers inspired by the heroism and success of S/Sgt. Dix, rallied and commenced firing upon the Viet Cong. S/Sgt. Dix captured 20 prisoners, including a high ranking Viet Cong official. He then attacked enemy troops who had entered the residence of the Deputy Province Chief and was successful in rescuing the official's wife and children. S/Sgt. Dix's personal heroic actions resulted in 14 confirmed Viet Cong killed in action and possibly 25 more, the capture of 20 prisoners, 15 weapons, and the rescue of the 14 United States and free world civilians. The heroism of S/Sgt. Dix was in the highest tradition and reflects great credit upon the U.S. Army.
    1968 - Top Hits
“Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” - John Fred & His Playboy Band
“Chain of Fools” - Aretha Franklin
“Green Tambourine” - The Lemon Pipers
“Sing Me Back Home” - Merle Haggard
    1968 - Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi resigned after nine seasons, five NFL titles and victories in the first two Super Bowls. Oddly enough, Green Bay's founding coach, Curly Lambeau, resigned on the same day in 1950 after 29 years on the job.
    1968 - Elvis Presley's only child, Lisa Marie, was born. Elvis and his wife, Priscilla, were married in Las Vegas the previous May. They were divorced in 1973.
    1968 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers played at the Fillmore Auditorium.
    1969 - Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" enters the pop charts
    1969 - Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover" hits #1.
    1970 - Timothy Leary sentenced to 10 years for Texas/Mex marijuana bust.
    1970 - STEINDAM, RUSSELL A., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Troop B, 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry, Division. Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 1 February 1970. Entered service at: Austin, Tex. Born: 27 August 1946, Austin, Tex. Citation: for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Steindam, Troop B, while serving as a platoon leader, led members of his platoon on a night ambush operation. On the way to the ambush site, suspected enemy movement was detected on 1 flank and the platoon's temporary position was subjected to intense small arms and automatic weapons fire as well as a fusillade of hand and rocket-propelled grenades. After the initial barrage, 1st Lt. Steindam ordered fire placed on the enemy position and the wounded men to be moved to a shallow bomb crater. As he directed the return fire against the enemy from his exposed position, a fragmentation grenade was thrown into the site occupied by his command group. Instantly realizing the extreme gravity of the situation, 1st Lt. Steindam shouted a warning to alert his fellow soldiers in the immediate vicinity. Then, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his safety, 1st Lt. Steindam deliberately threw himself on the grenade, absorbing the full and fatal force of the explosion as it detonated. By his gallant action and self-sacrifice, he was able to save the lives of the nearby members of his command group. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by 1st Lt. Steindam were an inspiration to his comrades and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.
    1971 - The “Love Story” soundtrack album is certified gold.
    1971 - A federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect.
    1974 - “Good Times” premiered on TV. A CBS spin-off from "Maude," which was a spin-off of "All in the Family," "Good Times" featured an African-American family living in the housing projects of Chicago. The series portrayed the Evans family's struggles to improve their lot. The cast featured Esther Rolle and John Amos as Florida and James Evans, Jimmie Walker as son J.J., Bernadette Stanis as daughter Thelma, Ralph Carter as son Michael, Johnny Brown as janitor Mr. Bookman, Ja'Net DuBois as neighbor Willona Woods, Janet Jackson as Willona's adopted daughter Penny and Ben Powers as Thelma's husband, Keith Anderson.
    1974 – President Richard Nixon signed a bill requiring all states to lower the maximum speed limit to 55 MPH. The law was intended to conserve gasoline supplies during an embargo imposed by Arab oil-producing countries. Federal speed limits were abolished in 1995.    
    1975 - Neil Sedaka's "Laughter in the Rain" hits #1.
    1976 - Top Hits
“Love Rollercoaster” - Ohio Players
“Love to Love You Baby” - Donna Summer
“You Sexy Thing” - Hot Chocolate
“This Time I've Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me” - Conway Twitty
    1978 - The first postage stamp depicting an African-American woman was issued. It showed the likeness of Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave and abolitionist who led more than 300 slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad.
    1978 - Bob Dylan's film "Renaldo and Clara," a documentary of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour mixed with surrealistic fantasy sequences, premieres in Los Angeles.
    1979 - Patty Hearst released from jail.
    1979 - At the age of 21, ex-Sex Pistol bass player Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in the New York City apartment of his present girlfriend, Michelle Robinson.
    1980 - Reports surfaced that the FBI was targeting allegedly corrupt Congressman in the Abscam operation.
    1982 - "Late Night with David Letterman premiered.  This is when it all began: the stupid pet tricks, stupid human tricks and the legendary top ten lists. "Late Night" premiered on NBC as a talk/variety show appearing after "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." Host David Letterman was known for his irreverent sense of humor and daffy antics. The offbeat show attained cult status among college crowds and insomniacs, as many tuned in to see a Velcro-suited Letterman throw himself against a wall. The show also featured bandleader-sidekick Paul Shaffer, writer Chris Elliott and Calvert DeForest as geezer Larry "Bud" Melman. In 1993, Letterman made a highly publicized exit from NBC and began hosting "The Late Show" on CBS.
    1983 - The final edition of Garry Trudeau’s comic strip, "Doonesbury", appeared in 726 newspapers. "Doonesbury" began running again in September 1984.
    1983 - Air Supply's third album, "Now and Forever" is certified Platinum.
    1984 - Top Hits
“Owner of a Lonely Heart” - Yes
“Karma Chameleon” - Culture Club
“Talking in Your Sleep” - The Romantics
“The Sound of Goodbye” - Crystal Gayle
    1985 - -69ºF (-56ºC), Peter's Sink, UT (state record)
    1985 - Snow, sleet and ice glazed southern Tennessee and northern sections of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The winter storm produced up to eleven inches of sleet and ice in Lauderdale County, AL, one of the worst storms of record for the state. All streets in Florence, AL were closed for the first time of record
    1985 - The Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV beat Utah State in three overtime periods. The final score of 142-140 set a new NCAA record for total points in a basketball game (282). The game took over three hours to play.
    1987 - Terry Williams from Los Gatos, California, won the largest slot machine payoff, to that time, pocketing $4.9 million after getting four lucky 7s on a machine in Reno, Nevada.
    1988 - Thirty cities in the eastern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date, including Richmond, VA with a reading of 73 degrees. Thunderstorms in southern Louisiana deluged Basile with 12.34 inches of rain. Arctic cold gripped the north central U.S. Wolf Point, MT reported a low of 32 degrees below zero
    1989 - While arctic cold continued to invade the central U.S., fifty- four cities in the south central and eastern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. Russell, KS, the hot spot in the nation with a high of 84 degrees the previous day, reported a morning low of 12 above. Tioga, ND reported a wind chill reading of 90 degrees below zero
    1989 - A Spokane, Washington, funeral director revealed that jazz saxophonist and pianist Billy Tipton, who had lived his life as a man, was a woman. Tipton played for years in the US northwest after a career with several big bands. He appeared to have a wife and adopted three sons.
    1990 - Top Hits
“How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” - Michael Bolton
“Opposites Attract” - Paula Abdul (Duet With The Wild Pair)
“Downtown Train” - Rod Stewart
“Two To Make It Right”- Seduction
    1991 - Sharon Pratt Dixon was sworn in as mayor of Washington, DC. She was the first African-American woman to head a city of that size and prominence.
    1992 - Elton John and George Michael teamed up to score a US number one with a song recorded live at Wembley Stadium the previous March, "Don't Let the Sun Go down on Me". Elton had originally released the song on his "Caribou" album in 1974.
    1992 - United States President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the Camp David declaration which states that their two countries no longer regard each other as adversaries
    1992 - Barry Bonds signs baseball's highest single year contract ($4.7 million)
    1993 - On Lisa Marie's 25th birthday, it was announced that she wouldn't be taking over her father's estate as provided in his will. Lisa Marie left management of Graceland and other parts of Elvis's multimillion-dollar estate to Jack Soden, head of Elvis Presley Enterprises.
    1993 - Willie Nelson and the IRS settle their longstanding tax feud. The US government kept $3.6 million in assets it had already seized and Nelson would have to pay $5.4 million of the $13.1 million balance.
    1993 - First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton is given an office in the West Wing of the White House and named on January 25 to head a commission charged with creating a health plan for the nation. It is the most influential position a First Lady has ever had, excluding Mrs. Woodrow Wilson.  She bans smoking in the White House February 1.
    1995 - Top Hits
“Creep” - TLC
“On Bended Knee” - Boyz II Men
“Another Night” - Real McCoy
“Take A Bow” - Madonna
    2000 - Top Hits
“I Knew I Loved You” - Savage Garden
“What A Girl Wants” - Christina Aguilera
“Smooth” - Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
“Back At One” - Brian McKnigh
    2003 - After a successful 16 day mission, the space shuttle Columbia, with a crew of seven, perished during entry. Kalpana Chawla, 41, emigrated to United States from India in 1980s and became an astronaut in 1994.  Laurel Clark, 41, from Racine, WI and had an 8-year old son, was a Navy diving medical officer aboard submarines, then a flight surgeon who became an astronaut in 1996. Commander Rick Husband, 45, Air Force colonel; Pilot William McCool, 41; Payload commander Michael Anderson, 43; David Brown, 46, a Navy captain, pilot and doctor; Ilan Ramon, 48, a colonel in Israel's air force and the first Israeli in space.
    2003 – Jennifer Lopez started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have'.
    2009 – Hillary Clinton was sworn as US Secretary of State.
    2014 - Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks defeated Denver Broncos 42-8.  It became the most-viewed television event in the United States with over 111 million viewers.


Super Bowl Champions This Date
    1983 - Washington Redskins (Washington 27-Miami 17)
    1994 - Dallas Cowboys (Dallas 30-Buffalo 13)
    2000 - St. Louis Rams (St. Louis 23-Tennesse 16)



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