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Monday, February 26, 2018

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Position Wanted – Credit
   Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity
Top Stories -- February20- February 22
   (Opened Most by Readers)
Go Capital Files Chapter 11
  Large Employee Layoffs Reported
California Seeks to Regulate Small Dollar
  Consumer Loans – Follow-up
   By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
  Seeking Account Executives
"Rule 23"
  Sales Makes it Happen by Steve Chriest
Leasing News Advisor
  Hugh Swandel
Companies who notify lessees
  in advance of lease expiration
Aggregate Funding Sources
 (Online: connects lessees, lessors, and vendors)
Leasing Portals
  (Over 4,000 Finance/Leasing Sites)
Labrador Retriever/Mix
  Roseville, California  Adopt a Dog
Broker Fair, May 14, 2108
  The William Vale, Brooklyn, NY
News Briefs---
ELFA Reports business borrowing for equipment 
  rises about 10 percent in Jan/signed up for $6.9 billion
      in new loans, leases and lines of credit
Citigroup will refund $330 million to credit card customers
    it overcharged - Average Refund $190 per Account
Hottest 50 Businesses to Franchise in America
Fed Study Debunks “Lax Screening” in Mortgage Lending
   Hypothesis of Fintech Lenders
Chicago, airlines nearing $8.5 billion deal
    to dramatically expand O'Hare

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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
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Position Wanted – Credit
Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity

Each Week Leasing News is pleased, as a service to its readership, to offer completely free ads placed by candidates for jobs in the industry.  These ads also can be accessed directly on the website at:

Each ad is limited to (100) words and ads repeat for up to 6 months unless the candidate tells us to stop. Your submissions should be received here by the end of each week.

Please encourage friends and colleagues to take advantage of this service, including recent graduates and others interested in leasing and related careers. 

Work Remotely from Portland, Oregon
Experienced commercial banker and former commercial equipment leasing industry professional seeking full-time or part-time work out of my home in Portland, Oregon. Over twenty years’ experience in credit analysis, underwriting, sales and collections. Known for creative problem solving and strong quantitative & qualitative analytical skills.  Demonstrated ability to gather information, evaluate and make informed strategic business decisions to maximize profit and mitigate risk. Well known for ability to develop strong business relationships with Clients and large list of national equipment leasing Brokers. Please see attached resume and contact me below if interested. 

Orlando, Florida - Will work remotely

As a Commercial Credit Analyst/Underwriter, I have evaluated transactions from sole proprietorships to listed companies, across a broad spectrum of industries, embracing a multitude of asset types. Sound understanding of balance sheet, income statement and cash flow dynamics which impact credit decisions. Strong appreciation for credit/asset risk.
407 430-3917

Seattle, WA – Will Work Remotely

A highly skilled credit expert.  Extensive underwriting background in small ticket leasing and commercial banking.  Managing equipment finance credit operations, performing daily credit tasks, spreading/analyzing financial statements, preparing monthly reports.  Exceptional organizational, analytical, communication skills.  I excel at making sound credit decisions in a fast paced environment.




Top Stories -- February20 - February 22
(Opened Most by Readers)

(1) Leasing Veteran “Marathon Mike” Passes Away
   December 17, 1938 – February 9, 2018

(2)  California Seeks to Require Interest Rate Disclosure
     in Commercial Loans, MCA, Capital Leasing
By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor

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

(4) Top Nine Leasing Company Websites
   in North America

(5) States Take on High Interest Loans After
  CFPB Refuses to Do So and Achieves Win
By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor

(6) State Licensing and Usury Laws:
  An Updated Overview of a Few Troublesome States
  By Barry Marks, CLFP

(7) “If it’s such a hot job market,
   why is it so tough to get an interview?”
   Recruiter Hal T. Horowitz Speaks Out

(8) Twelve Attorneys Against Evergreen Abuse

(9) GreatAmerica Completes 17th Term Securitization
   $5.6 Billion in Placements since 1995 – 500 Employees

(10) Leasing News Advisor
   Don Meyerson


Files Chapter 11
Large Employee Layoffs Reported

Go Capital, lessor of commercial trucks and trailers, files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.  The legal address in the filing is 510 Gibson Drive, Suite 160, Roseville, California 95676.  Website also shows a physical address of 2495 McCabe Way, Irvine, California.

Telephone calls were not returned. It appears the company opened the Roseville office in 2004.  Many complaints of layoffs:

The filing shows the Debtor’s Full Name is Nations First Capital, LLC, and, in the last eight years, has used the following DBA's: Go Capital Leasing, Go Capital, USA, Go Construction Capital, Go Tech Capital, Go Truck Capital, Go Capital Funding, Go Funding USA, Go Lease USA, Go Leasing USA.

Bankruptcy filing indicates 20 loans listed to primarily individuals of $26 million, signed by James Daniel Summers, Managing Director, and Evan B. Lang, Managing Director.  There is a call for creditors.  Debtor's attorney is Paul J. Pascuzzi, Sacramento, California, with the first meeting of creditors March 14, 2018 at Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse, Sacramento, California. (1)

Dan Summers is listed in LinkedIn, starting as Managing Director/Partner, Go Capital, March, 2013, Irvine, California. Previously at Eagle Rider Motorcycles; COO, Matrix Business Credit; COO/DFO, Nationwide Funding; Balboa Capital.

Evan Lang is listed in as being "... responsible for strategy and planning, and for the oversight of transaction underwriting, sales, and portfolio management. Prior to founding Go Capital, Mr. Lang founded and served as President of Nationwide Funding, LLC (“Nationwide”), a lease brokerage firm in Irvine, CA, which he founded in 1998 and sold in 2008 after building the company to $40,000,000 in annual originations."

It is interesting that LinkedIn "Go Capital" shows 1,727 results, primarily what appear to be previous sales personnel for Go Capital:

There is a Master List, 34 pages, of those notified of the bankruptcy and appears to be those who have done business with the company and who were notified of the bankruptcy filing. (2)

Nations First Capital dba Go Capital has a California Lenders License active March 9, 2015 (603L261).

In Chapter 11, the debtor retains ownership and control of its assets and is re-termed a debtor in possession ("DIP"). The debtor in possession runs the day to day operations of the business while creditors and the debtor work with the Bankruptcy Court in order to negotiate and complete a plan. Upon meeting certain requirements (e.g. fairness among creditors, priority of certain creditors) creditors are permitted to vote on the proposed plan. If a plan is confirmed the debtor will continue to operate and pay its debts under the terms of the confirmed plan. If a specified majority of creditors do not vote to confirm a plan, additional requirements may be imposed by the court in order to confirm the plan.

  1. Nations First Capital
  2. Nations First Capital Master List



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California Seeks to Regulate Small Dollar
Consumer Loans – Follow-up

By Tom McCurnin
Leasing News Legal Editor

Licensed Lenders in California Have No Interest Cap,
But Proposed Bill Seeks to Regulate Industry Further

California Assembly Bill  AB2500 (Ash Kalra (D-San Jose).  

I originally wrote about California SB 1235: "California Seeks to Require Interest Rate Disclosure in Commercial Loans, MCA, Capital Leasing" (1) Then the state taking on high interest loans. (2) I mentioned that now there are two bills introduced in California, one to cap interest rates on all consumer loans and another to require interest rate disclosures in commercial loans, MCA, and capital leases.

Several readers noted that there are states that require interest rates disclosures, one mentioning New Hampshire. However, the New Hampshire law does not cover commercial loans, but does require consumer loans be given full interest and cost disclosure. (3) It should also be noted the states that require a license also exempt banks from these requirements.

The point I was originally making was the states would take up the regulation of high interest loans since the Consumer Finance Production Board was not doing so.

Small dollar loans in California (under $2,500) have some modest interest rate caps, but over $2,500, there are none. In short, if a lender has a California Lender’s License, it can pretty much charge any interest rate it wants. However, a new bill introduced by Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) would impose a 20% interest cap in consumer loans from $2,500 to $10,000. 

My prediction is that this bill will fail. Previously, the issue has been an availability of credit issue. In other words, the State of California wanted to let lenders and borrowers negotiate in the open market for credit. Having a 20% limit would simply dry up credit for many under-qualified borrowers. 

While the Assemblyman’s press release touts predatory lending, there are already a host of regulations assuring that borrowers have the ability to repay these types of obligations.

As an aside, I previously reported that the new director of CFPB  refused to regulate payday lenders and in fact dismissed a suit against tribal lenders. I predicted that the States would take up the regulatory mantel.  My prediction has sadly become true. Indeed, the press release specifically cites President Trump and the CFPB reversal of regulation decision. 

“Assembly member Kalra’s bill comes as the Trump Administration is actively rolling back important federal consumer protection regulations, including delaying the implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed rule on payday and car-title lending. Inaction at the federal level means that California families will highly depend on the state legislature to curb predatory lending and abusive high-cost installment loans.”

This may sound counter-intuitive, but I am in favor of Federal regulation of lending. When the Federal government steps in and regulates an area, there is a doctrine of preemption, which forbids states from regulating areas in which the Federal Government is regulating. I would rather have one set of regulations than 50. 

SB 2550

(1) California Seeks to Require Interest Rate Disclosure
     in Commercial Loans, MCA, Capital Leasing

(2) States Take on High Interest Loans After
  CFPB Refuses to Do So and Achieves Win


Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting in Los Angeles, California.

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"Rule 23"
Sales Makes it Happen by Steve Chriest

Rule #21
- Everyone in an organization is a salesperson.

Rule #22

- Not everyone believes rule number one.

Rule #23

- Everyone has customers.

The most successful, customer-centric organizations we encounter work hard to create a culture that champions all customers, including the company's employees.

Managers in these organizations recognize that they oversee a volunteer workforce and they realize that their success as managers depends, to a large degree, on their ability to persuade employees to work at fulfilling the company's mission.

We've noticed that these same managers faithfully follow their company's sales process when interacting with subordinates.

We don't think it is an accident that companies that are satisfied with their implementation of highly complex CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems or Pay Per Click leads or uses of programs such as share a common approach to managing their employees.

Instead of simply announcing the arrival of new CRM software, managers solicited input from all affected business units during the project's planning phase, launched modules in stages to promote user adoption, and addressed the cultural shift issues that a major change in software often entails. In short, they approached their employees as customers of the new software system!

A willingness to accept the three rules that apply to all organizations today, and a commitment to treat everyone in the organization as a "customer," helps create a true customer-focused enterprise.

Steve Chriest is the CEO of Open Advance and author of “Selling to the E-Suite, The Proven System for Reaching and Selling Senior Executives and Business Acumen 101.”  He recently re-named his company from Selling-Up.  He produces video and radio blogs, as well as continuing as a columnist for Leasing News since 2005.

Sales Makes it Happen articles: 



Leasing News Advisor
Hugh Swandel

Hugh Swandel
Senior Managing Director - Canada
204.477.0703 direct
204.996.4844 mobile

Hugh Swandel is the senior managing director of The Alta Group in Canada. The Alta Group is a global consultancy practice specializing in the asset based finance industry. Mr. Swandel is well known to the industry and a frequent speaker at industry events and a current member of the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association board of directors. During recent years Hugh Swandel has assisted many top Canadian industry firms on a variety of projects including market entry studies, acquisitions, due diligence, funding and strategic planning.

With extensive North American contacts in the equipment finance and leasing industry, Hugh has a strong reputation as an effective negotiator of win/win agreements involving mergers and acquisitions, business development, market entry, operations and analysis, securitization and other matters of importance to lessors.

Hugh serves on the boards of directors of the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association (CFLA), is Chairman of the CFLA research committee, and is the past President of the National Equipment Financing Association (NEFA, USA). He also is a member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association of America (ELFA). In addition to his involvement in industry association Mr. Swandel is on the advisory board of the industry trade publication Leasing News.

In 2006 and again in 2010, Hugh received the Canadian leasing industry's highest honor when he was named "CFLA Member of the Year." In 2010 Mr. Swandel was also named President and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Equipment and Finance Association in 2011. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has had several articles published in leading industry magazines.

During the Global Credit Crisis Hugh was retained by the Canadian Finance and Leasing Industry to prepare materials and provide insight into the impact of the credit crisis on Canadian independent finance companies. Mr. Swandel presented to the advisory committee to the Minister of Finance and was later asked to provide commentary to the CD Howe Institute at policy development discussion with government and industry representatives. Mr. Swandel has also been a presenter at industry conference, published in numerous industry magazines and co-authored a research document for the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation on the Canadian Market.

Mr. Swandel is an active fundraiser and trustee of the Chris Walker Education Fund – an equipment finance industry charity dedicated to furthering research and education in memory of Chris Walker. In addition to supporting industry research Mr. Swandel and his family also operate an annual fundraising concert for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Charities in memory of RCMP officer and family friend Ken Barker.

Prior to founding his consulting firm, Swandel and Associates, in 2001, Hugh served as president and chief operation officer of Electronic Financial Group (EFG). EFG was a Canadian company that launched a multi lending web based credit system. Earlier, Hugh spent 10 years with National Leasing Group in a variety of senior positions. National Leasing Group is Canadian lessor that has won numerous awards for excellence in management and innovation.


Companies who notify lessees
 in advance of lease expiration

These companies do not use language to confuse, perhaps to deceive, with the result an automatic continuation for an additional twelve months of payments. They do not invoke the twelve months of renewal payments on a $1.00 purchase option or an Equipment Finance Agreement.

In its editorial of June 30, 2011, Leasing News recommends that the equipment lessor send a certified letter with return receipt; however, at this time, the acceptance of the word of the president of the company will be accepted until proven otherwise.

American Leasefund, Inc.
BancLease Acceptance Corporation
Bankers Capital
Equipment Finance 
Black Rock Capital
BSB Leasing
Capital Technology & Leasing, LLC
Cobra Capital, LLC
Dakota Financial, LLC
Direct Capital

Financial Pacific Leasing
First Midwest Equipment Finance 
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding

GreatAmerica Financial
Innovative Lease Services, Inc.
Madison Capital
Macrolease Corporation 
Manufacturer's Lease Plans, Inc
Navitas Lease Corp. 
Northwest Leasing Company
P&L Capital Corporation 
Pacifica Capital 
Padco Financial Services
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Southern California Leasing, Inc
Specialty Funding, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Standard Professional Services, LLC 
TEAM Funding Solutions

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Aggregate Funding Sources
(Online: connects lessees, lessors, and vendors)

These are online companies that connect via Financial Technology to funders of business loans, leasing, working capital, and other finance methods to secure credit approval that meets the criteria of the funder that they represent as well as being the most attractive rate and terms for the applicant.

Some of these aggregate funding sources also will accept applications from third party originators (often called "brokers.")  Several also provide other services such as insurance, as well as utilization of their technology software.


Leasing Portals
(Over 4,000 Finance/Leasing Sites)

Perhaps the earliest such portals date to when Netscape came on line. Today Google, Yahoo, Opera, Bing, and others provide these searches for free. Portals led those seeking leasing and loans direct to sources. Only one appears active on the Internet today.

The website states "Search over 4,000 sources of Business Finance and get your free matched list in seconds"

The main page touts small business loans:

Small Business Loans    2,105 sources
Equipment Finance         317 sources
Working Capital             192 sources

Equity Investments      1,121 sources
Commercial Finance         178 sources
Commercial Mortgages     232 sources



Labrador Retriever/Mix
Roseville, California  Adopt-a-Dog


Age: 8 years, 2 months
Size: Large
Color: Chocolate/White
Declawed: No
Intake Dae: 2/11/2018

Companion Request Form:

Placer SPCA Companion Animal Care Center
150 Corporation Yard Rd.
Roseville, CA 95678
T: (916) 782-7722 | (530) 885-7387
F: (916) 782-8655
Tues, Fri-Sun: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wed & Thurs: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
*Closed Mondays & holidays unless specifically noted

Adopt-a-Pet by Leasing Co. State/City

Adopt a Pet



Broker Fair, May 14, 2108
The William Vale, Brooklyn, NY

"Broker Fair 2018 will be the single largest gathering of MCA and business loan brokers to-date. During this exclusive one-day event, brokers, lenders, funders and service providers alike can expect education, inspiration and opportunities to connect and grow their business. There will be something for everyone at this industry’s first-of-its-kind uniquely curated event.

"Broker Fair is presented by deBanked, an industry trade publication founded by former MCA underwriter and broker Sean Murray. Murray started working in the merchant cash advance industry in 2006 and launched deBanked in 2010 while he was still brokering deals.

"deBanked has repeatedly featured brokers in its coverage, even going so far as to coin 2015, "The Year of the Broker." deBanked also collaborated with CounselorLibrary to offer the only merchant cash advance course in existence, "Merchant Cash Advance Basics:"

Featured Speakers:





News Briefs----

ELFA Reports business borrowing for equipment 
  rises about 10 percent in Jan/signed up for $6.9 billion
      in new loans, leases and lines of credit

Citigroup will refund $330 million to credit card customers
    it overcharged - Average Refund $190 per Account

Hottest 50 Businesses to Franchise in America

Fed Study Debunks “Lax Screening” in Mortgage Lending
   Hypothesis of Fintech Lenders
(75 pages) Federal Reserve Bank of New York Report

Chicago, airlines nearing $8.5 billion deal
    to dramatically expand O'Hare

Equipment Leasing Account Executive

What sets CoreTech apart from other equipment leasing companies is our team members and impeccable reputation. Are you unhappy with the ethics of your company and the promises made to you? Come to Newport Beach and join us.

To learn more, please click here
CoreTech specializes in medium to
large size companies and firms

Over 100 law firms trust CoreTech for their leasing needs, why wouldn't you?


You May Have Missed---

In 1969, Mr. Rogers gave the following emotional plea to a Senate Subcommittee. Nixon was trying to cut funding for PBS. Mr. Rogers was trying to save it. This speech is one of many fantastic memories that remind us just how fantastic a happiness hero this man really was. (video)



"Splash," said a raindrop
As it fell upon my hat;
"Splash said another
As it trickled down my back.
"You are very rude," I said
As I looked up to the sky;
Then another raindrop splashed
Right into my eye!




Sports Briefs---

Where Is Bob Costas At 2018 Olympics?
 — Why He’s Not Hosting & Who’s Taking His Place 

Final gold medal in PyeongChang goes to
 most decorated Winter Olympian ever

Women took over NBC’s Winter Olympics for first time ever

The 2018 starting quarterbacks, ranked by APY

Arizona Cardinals' Fitzgerald visits Sen. McCain
   at his Arizona cabin


California Nuts Briefs---

Fires fuel a daunting push to solve
    Sonoma County housing crisis



“Gimme that Wine”

Oregon Economic Impact Up 72%

Is Napa running out of land for vineyards?

Napa grape growers brace for extended frost season, with little rain

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History

     1732 - Mass was celebrated for the first time at St Joseph's Church in Philadelphia, the only Roman Catholic church built and maintained in the American colonies before the Revolutionary War.
    1750 - Population estimated the number of white inhabitants of all the colonies to be 1,165,000, and blacks (who were mostly slaves) to be 260,000, distributed as follows: WHITE/BLACK: Massachusetts-207,000/3,000; New Hampshire-50,000/3,000; Connecticut-133,000/3,500; Rhode Island-35,000/4,500; New York-85,000/11,000; New Jersey-73,000/5,000; Pennsylvania and Delaware-195,000/11,000; Maryland-104,000/44,000; Virginia-168,000/116,000; North Carolina-70,000/20,000; South Carolina-40,000/40,000; Georgia-5,000/2,000. Since the English Revolution in 1688--a period of only sixty-six years--the growth of the colonies in population had been marvelous. New England had increased from 75,000 to 425,000; New York, from 20,000 to 85,000; New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, from 47,000 to 372,000; Virginia, from 50,000 to 168,000; and the Carolinas and Georgia, from 8,000 to 135,000. The assertion of a letter of an "American Farmer" was almost literally true when he wrote: "We are all tillers of the earth from Nova Scotia to West Florida. We are a people of cultivation, scattered over an immense territory; communicating with each other by means of good roads and navigable rivers; united by the silken bands of mild government; all respecting the laws, without dreading their power because they are equitable."
    1829 - Bavarian immigrant Levi Strauss (d. 1902) was born in Buttenheim. His company, Levi Strauss & Company began in San Francisco in 1853.  He created the world's first pair of jeans—Levi's 501 jeans—for California's gold miners. They were made of sail canvas and rivets were used along with sail making thread. He dyed them blue to hide the marks from the riveting apparatus and to make them more attractive. The pants style is still popular today, but now in “designer” styles from full boot to slim leg and more.
    1846 - George C. Stebbins (d. 1945) was born in Orleans County, NY.  American Baptist music evangelist. A composer of over 1,500 songs during his lifetime, Stebbins is still remembered today for writing the melodies to such hymns as: "I've Found a Friend," "Take Time to Be Holy," "Have Thine Own Way, Lord" and "Jesus is Tenderly Calling Thee Home."
    1846 - William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s (d. 1917) birthday at Scott County, Iowa. He claimed to have killed more than 4,000 buffaloes. Buffalo Bill started working at the age of eleven after his father's death, and became a rider for the Pony express at age 14. During the Civil War, he served for the Union from 1863 to the end of the war in 1865. Later he served as a civilian scout to the US Army during the Indian Wars, receiving the Medal of Honor in 1872. Subject of many heroic Wild West yarns, Cody became successful as a showman taking his acts across the US and to Europe. 
    1870 - The first pneumatic subway, invented by Alfred Ely Beach, known first as the Beach Pneumatic Underground Railway, was opened to the public in New York City. It consisted of a circular tube nine feet in diameter and the cars, which were well upholstered, carried 222 persons each way. They were propelled by a rotary blower that drove a blast of air through the tunnel against the rear of the car, carrying it along “like a sailboat before the wind.”
    1870 - Wyatt Outlaw, black leader of Union League in North Carolina, was lynched. Wyatt Outlaw, the Negro police officer who had fired upon the Klansmen at their first appearance in the county, was head of the Union League, an anti-Ku Klux Group in the County. His death had been determined by certain members of one of the Klan orders. A party of them rode into Graham, seized Outlaw in his home, and carried him to a tree in the courthouse square. There they hanged him, leaving on his breast the inscription: "Beware, ye guilty, both black and white.” Many blacks were killed by the Klan, and black homes and property burned/destroyed for the next sixty-five years, into the late 1920's.
    1873 - The American bison, also called the buffalo, was almost extinct, even though at the start of the nine­teenth century estimates placed the North American bison population as high as 60,000,000. Bison were essential to the way of life of the Indians of the Great Plains, who depended on them for food, clothing, and shelter. The symbiotic relationship of the Indians and the bison threatened neither group. However, with the coming of the railroad, professional buffalo hunters, and the settlement of the West, the situation changed. Bison were slaughtered far beyond any need for food or hides. Although in 1865 about 10,000,000 bison still roamed the plains, by 1890 only 1000 or so were left.
    1882 – Husband E. Kimmel (d. 1968) was born in Henderson, KY.  A four-star Admiral in the US Navy and Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Kimmel was relieved of his command ten days after the attack and he was reduced to the two-star rank of Rear Admiral.  The base for the fleet had been moved from its traditional home at San Diego to Pearl Harbor in May, 1940. On February 18, 1941, Kimmel wrote to the Chief of Naval Operations:  “I feel that a surprise attack (submarine, air, or combined) on Pearl Harbor is a possibility, and we are taking immediate practical steps to minimize the damage inflicted and to ensure that the attacking force will pay.”  The Roberts Commission appointed by President Roosevelt to investigate the attack, determined that Kimmel and his counterpart, Army Lt. Gen. Walter Short, were guilty of errors of judgment and dereliction of duty in the events leading up to the attack. Kimmel defended his decisions at several hearings, testifying that important information had not been made available to him.  Subsequent exhaustive writings about the near-attack events seem to support him.
    1885 - Birthday of Lavinia Lloyd Dock (d. 1956) in Harrisburg, PA.  Nurse, settlement house worker, suffragist, she trained as a nurse at Bellevue Hospital, the first American school to follow Florence Nightingale's principles of patient care and nurse self-reliance. Dock nursed during a yellow fever epidemic in Jacksonville, FL, and at the Johnstown, PA flood. She wrote “Materia Medical for Nurses” (1890), the standard nursing text for a generation. Moved to the Henry Street Settlement house Lillian Wald had created, she became a member of Wald's inner circle, and lived there for 20 years. She also wrote “A History of Nursing” (1907) with Adelaide Nutting which explored the glorious historical past of women's involvement in nursing, until men took over to bring "general contempt" to nurses and "misery" to patients, until Florence Nightingale came to the rescue." She had to move out of the Henry Street Settlement because of her actions - including arrests - in connection with the radical American Woman's movement.
    1887 - Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander (d. 1950), Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, was born at Elba, NE. Suffering from epilepsy, haunted by his experiences in combat during World War I, and shadowed by alcoholism, Alexander was still able to win 373 games during a 20-year career, the third highest total in Major League history, pitching for 20 years with the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. He won 30 or more games three times and won the National League earned run average title five times. In Game Seven of the 1926 World Series with St. Louis ahead, 3-2, he staggered in from the bullpen to strike out the New York Yankees' Tony Lazzeri with the bases loaded and held New York at bay for the last two innings. Alexander pitched complete game victories in Games 2 and 6 and according to teammate Bob O’Farrell in “The Glory of Their Times,” after the game six victory, Alexander got drunk that night and was still feeling the effects when he was sent out to pitch the next day in Game 7.  Ronald Reagan played Alexander in the moving, “The Winning Team.” Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1938.
    1887 – William Frawley (d. 1966) was born in Burlington, IA.  Although Frawley appeared in over 100 films, he is best known for his television work, playing landlord Fred Mertz in the long-running “I Love Lucy” and Bub in “My Three Sons.”
    1893 – Wallace Fard Muhammad (d. 1934) was born.  There is considerable doubt as to this date and the location of the birth for the founder of the Nation of Islam. He arrived in Detroit in 1930 with an obscure background and several aliases, where he taught a distinctive form of Islam to members of the city's African-American population. He disappeared in 1934. 
    1894 – Major League Baseball introduced rule changes that made foul bunts strikes, and the infield fly rule is instituted.
    1905 - Violinist/producer/composer Bill Russell (d. 1992) was born, Canton, MO.
    1907 - The United States Congress raised their pay to $7500, for both House and Senate members. The Cabinet members and the Vice President earned twelve thousand. At that time, the Vice President was paid enough to buy half a dozen houses. The richest man in the world, John D. Rockefeller's oil fortune was, at that time, worth no more than $300 million.
    1910 - Parts of Washington State were in the midst of a storm which produced 129 inches of snow at Laconia between the 24th and the 26th, a single storm record for the state. A series of storms, which began on the 23rd, led to a deadly avalanche on the first of March. By late on the 28th, the snow had changed to rain, setting the stage for disaster.
    1916 - American musician, comedian and actor, John Herbert "Jackie" Gleason (d. 1987) was born at Brooklyn, NY. Best known for his role as Ralph Kramden in the long-running television series "The Honeymooners," he also developed “The Jackie Gleason Show.”  Gleason's big break occurred in 1949, when he landed the role of blunt but softhearted aircraft worker Chester A. Riley for “The Life of Riley.”  He was hired to host DuMont's “Cavalcade of Stars” variety hour in 1950.  Renamed “The Jackie Gleason Show,” the program became the country's second-highest-rated television show during the 1954–55 season. By far, Gleason's most popular character was blustery bus driver, Ralph Kramden. Largely drawn from Gleason's harsh Brooklyn childhood, these sketches became known as “The Honeymooners.” The show was based on Ralph's many get-rich-quick schemes, his ambition, antics with his best friend and neighbor, scatterbrained sewer worker Ed Norton (played by Art Carney), and clashes with sensible wife Alice (Audrey Meadows), who typically pulled Ralph's head down from the clouds. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Gleason also enjoyed a secondary music career, lending his name to a series of best-selling "mood music" albums with for Capitol Records. Among his notable film roles were Minnesota Fats in the Academy Award-winning 1961 drama “The Hustler” (co-starring with Paul Newman), and Buford T. Justice in the “Smokey and the Bandit” series from 1977 into the early 1980s, in which he co-starred with Burt Reynolds.
    1917 - First jazz record of history: Original Dixieland Jazz Band cuts “Livery Stable Blues,” “One Step,” NYC.
    1919 - Grand Canyon National Park was established by an act of Congress.  An immense gorge cut through the high plateaus of northwest Arizona by the raging Colorado River and covering 1,218,375 acres, Grand Canyon National Park is considered one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world.
    1919 - The Lafayette National Park was established, later renamed in 1929, the Acadia National Park, the largest east of the Mississippi.
    1921 - Birthday of Betty Hutton (d. 2007), born Elizabeth June Thornburg in Battle Creek, MI.  Brash actor/singer best known for her role in the movie “Annie Get Your Gun” (1950).
    1926 - First Black middle-weight boxing champion, Theodore "Georgia Deacon" Flowers (1895-1927), defeated Harry Greb in New York. Also known as “Tiger” Flowers.
    1929 - Antoine (Fats) Domino (d. 2017) was born in New Orleans.  He is the biggest-selling '50s rock 'n' roll artist, with the exception of Elvis Presley. The New Orleans R&B pianist has sold more than 65-million records. By the time he joined trumpeter Dave Bartholomew's band in the 1940's, he had already mastered the classic New Orleans piano style of such performers as Professor Longhair and Amos Milburn. In 1949, Fats Domino had his first million-seller, "The Fat Man." But it wasn't until 1955, with "Ain't That a Shame," (#10) that he attracted the white record-buying public. Domino eventually collected 23 gold singles, for such hits as "I'm In Love Again" (#3), "Blueberry Hill" (#2), "When My Dreamboat Comes Home" (Pop No. 14), "Valley of Tears" (Pop No. 8), "It's You I Love" (Pop No. 6), "Whole Lotta Loving" (Pop No. 6), "I Want to Walk You Home" (Pop No. 8),  "Be My Guest" (Pop No. 8) and "I'm Walkin'" (Pop No. 4).  When Hurricane Katrina was approaching New Orleans in August, 2005, Domino chose to stay at home with his family, partly because of his wife Rosemary's poor health. His house was in an area that was heavily flooded.   The Domino family was then taken to a shelter, after which they were picked up by JaMarcus Russell, the starting quarterback of the LSU football team, and Fats' granddaughter's boyfriend. He let the Dominos stay in his apartment. "We've lost everything," Domino said.  By January 2006, work to gut and repair Domino's home and office had begun. In the meantime, the Domino family resided in Harvey, LA.  President George W. Bush made a personal visit and replaced the National Medal of Arts that President Bill Clinton had previously awarded Domino. The gold records were replaced by the RIAA and Capitol Records.  In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him No. 25 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."  This was a true legend of music.
    1930 - Seven years after Garrett A. Morgan invented traffic lights, the first red and green signal lights were installed on New York 's Manhattan street corners.
    1932 - Country singer Johnny Cash (d. 2003) was born in Kingsdale, Arkansas. In 1954, Cash met guitar player Luther Perkins and bass player Marshall Grant. As Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two, they sold a million copies of "I Walk the Line" on the Sun label in 1956. Cash signed with Columbia in 1958, and two years later, drummer W.S. Holland was added to make the Tennessee Three. Cash's string of hits for Columbia have included "Ring of Fire," "A Boy Named Sue" and "Folsom Prison Blues." Johnny Cash's records have always been on the border of rock, and have often crossed over to the pop charts. The marching bass lines, which characterize many of Cash's songs, influenced the work of Waylon Jennings and others in the outlaw country movement of the 1970's. In 1994, Cash's career was revived with the release of "American Recordings," an album of just the singer and his guitar. It was embraced by everyone from traditional country fans to alternative rockers.
    1934 - Federal Communications Commission was created at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to oversee communication by radio, wire or cable. TV and satellite communication later became part of its charge.
    1935 – A 40-year old Babe Ruth signed a three–year contract with the Boston Braves after being released by the New York Yankees. He played in only 28 games before retiring June 2.  Ruth's new contract with the Braves also gives him a share of the team's profits. Ruth hit the final three home runs of his major league career on May 25 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving him a total of 714. His last home run became the first to clear the right field grandstand at Forbes Field and traveled an estimated 600 feet.
    1936 - Wallace “Buddy” Werner (d. 1964), skier, was born at Steamboat Springs, CO. Werner skied on three US Olympic teams and was the first American to break into the sport's top rank by winning important races in Europe. While filming a ski movie, he was overtaken by an avalanche that he attempted to outrace and died at St. Moritz, Switzerland, April 13, 1964.
    1937 - Canadian composer, arranger and vibraphonist Hagood Hardy (d. 1997) was born in Angola, Indiana. He grew up in Oakville, Ontario and from 1957 to 1961, while studying at the University of Toronto, he had his own jazz group. From 1961 to '67, he performed in the US with such musicians as Gigi Gryce, Herbie Mann, Martin Denny and George Shearing. Hardy returned to Canada in the late '60s, becoming a leading composer of radio and TV jingles. In 1975, his single "The Homecoming," written three years earlier as a Salada Tea commercial, became an international hit. The song won Hardy Juno Awards as best composer and best instrumentalist, and Billboard magazine named him instrumentalist of the year.
    1942 - The Academy Awards were presented for movies that were shown in theatres during 1941. "How Green Was My Valley" won the award for Best Picture. The star of "Sergeant York," Gary Cooper, took home the Oscar for Best Actor and the Best Actress statue was presented to Joan Fontaine for her performance in "Suspicion." "How Green Was My Valley" garnered Oscars for Best Supporting Actor, Donald Crisp and Best Director, John Ford. Mary Astor was voted Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Great Lie."
    1943 - Guitarist/harmonica player Bob “the Bear” Hite (d. 1981) was born
Torrance, CA.  Canned Heat lead singer.
    1944 - Sue Sophia Dauser, superintendent of the US Navy's Nurse Corp, was the first woman to receive the rank of Captain. On December 14, 1945, she became the first Navy nurse to receive the Distinguished Service Medal.
    1945 - Top Hits
“Accentuate the Positive” - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
“I Dream of You” - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Freddy Stewart)
“Don't Fence Me In” - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
“I'm Losing My Mind Over You” - Al Dexter
    1945 - Woody Herman cuts “Caledonia.”
    1945 – Mitch Ryder was born William S. Levise, Jr. in Hamtramck, MI.  He and The Detroit Wheels had limited success until they met songwriter/record producer Bob Crewe.  They recorded several hits in the mid to late 1960s, most notably "Devil with a Blue Dress On”, their highest-charting single at number 4, as well as "Sock It to Me-Baby!", a number 6 hit in 1967, and "Jenny Take a Ride!", which reached number 10 in 1965.

    1951 - James Jones' novel, “From Here to Eternity,” was published in New York by Scribners.  It was Jones’ debut novel, based upon his own experience in the pre-World War II Hawaiian Division’s 27th Infantry and the unit in which he served, Company E ("The Boxing Company").  It won the National Book Award and was named one of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library Board.  The book was later made into an Academy Award-winning film starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra, as well as two television adaptations and a stage musical.

    1951 - INGMAN, EINAR H., JR., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant (then Cpl.), U.S. Army, Company E, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Maltari, Korea, 26 February 1951. Entered service at: Tomahawk, Wis. Born: 6 October 1929, Milwaukee, Wis. G.O. No.: 68, 2 August 1951. Citation: Sgt. Ingman, a member of Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. The 2 leading squads of the assault platoon of his company, while attacking a strongly fortified ridge held by the enemy, were pinned down by withering fire and both squad leaders and several men were wounded. Cpl. Ingman assumed command, reorganized and combined the 2 squads, then moved from 1 position to another, designating fields of fire and giving advice and encouragement to the men. Locating an enemy machine gun position that was raking his men with devastating fire he charged it alone, threw a grenade into the position, and killed the remaining crew with rifle fire. Another enemy machine gun opened fire approximately 15 yards away and inflicted additional casualties to the group and stopped the attack. When Cpl. Ingman charged the second position he was hit by grenade fragments and a hail of fire which seriously wounded him about the face and neck and knocked him to the ground. With incredible courage and stamina, he arose instantly and, using only his rifle, killed the entire gun crew before falling unconscious from his wounds. As a result of the singular action by Cpl. Ingman the defense of the enemy was broken, his squad secured its objective, and more than 100 hostile troops abandoned their weapons and fled in disorganized retreat. Cpl. Ingman's indomitable courage, extraordinary heroism, and superb leadership reflect the highest credit on himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the infantry and the U.S. Army.
    1953 - Top Hits
“Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” - Perry Como
“Till I Waltz Again with You” - Teresa Brewer
“Keep It a Secret” - Jo Stafford
“Kaw-Liga” - Hank Williams
    1954 - Singer/songwriter Michael Bolton was born Michael Bolotin in New Haven, Conn.
    1955 - R&B singer LaVern Baker appeals to the United States Congress in a letter to Michigan Representative Charles Digges Jr., to revise the Copyright Act of 1909. She says that recording artists should be protected against "note-for-note copying" by white artists and arrangers of already recorded R&B tunes and arrangements. Her request was denied.
    1955 - Billboard reports for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45 rpm discs are outselling the old standard 78. Another change in the industry is also noted. On some New York City jukeboxes, it now costs ten cents instead of five cents to play a record.
    1956 - Buddy Holly's first recording session for Decca is held in Nashville.  Holly's recording sessions at Decca were produced by Owen Bradley. Holly was unhappy with Bradley's restrictions and the results of their work, and went to producer Norman Petty where, among other songs, they recorded a demo of "That’ll Be the Day." Holly was still under contract with Decca and could not use his name.  It was decided a band name was to be used. Bandmate Jerry Allison proposed the name "Crickets."  Petty became the band's manager and he sent the demo to Brunswick Records, which released it as a single credited to "The Crickets." In September 1957, as the band toured, "That'll Be the Day" topped the “Best Sellers in Stores” chart and the UK Singles chart. Its success was followed in October by another major hit, "Peggy Sue." 

    1960 - David Jenkins of the US won the gold medal men's figure skiing at the VIII Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, Ca.
    1961 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “Pony Time,'' Chubby Checker. A version of the song by the Goodtimers entered the chart the same week as Checker's version, but only reached No. 60.
    1961 - Top Hits
“Pony Time” - Chubby Checker
“There's a Moon Out Tonight” - The Capris
“Surrender” - Elvis Presley
“North to Alaska” - Johnny Horton
    1962 - In New York City , the Best Play award winner of 1962, "Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad" opened for 454 performances.
    1965 - Nineteen year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson was killed by state troopers at a voting rights demonstration in Marion, Alabama. As a result, the Selma-to-Montgomery march was organized and took place a month later when Dr. King led 20,000 marchers 50 miles east from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery. Five months later, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, and by year's end, more than 250,000 new black voters were registered
    1966 - The Beatles' LP "Rubber Soul" rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart, becoming the group's seventh US album chart topper. Paul McCartney conceived the album's title after overhearing someone's description of Mick Jagger's singing style as "plastic soul." To date, the album has sold over six million copies in America.
    1966 - The Rolling Stones released "19th Nervous Breakdown."   It reached number 2 on the US charts and was their fifth consecutive UK number one.
    1966 - Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" hits #1.
    1967 - YABES, MAXIMO, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Phu Hoa Dong, Republic of Vietnam, 26 February 1967. Entered service at: Eugene, Oregon. Born: 29 January 1932, Lodi, Calif. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Sgt. Yabes distinguished himself with Company A, which was providing security for a land clearing operation. Early in the morning the company suddenly came under intense automatic weapons and mortar fire followed by a battalion sized assault from 3 sides. Penetrating the defensive perimeter the enemy advanced on the company command post bunker. The command post received increasingly heavy fire and was in danger of being overwhelmed. When several enemy grenades landed within the command post, 1st Sgt. Yabes shouted a warning and used his body as a shield to protect others in the bunker. Although painfully wounded by numerous grenade fragments, and despite the vicious enemy fire on the bunker, he remained there to provide covering fire and enable the others in the command group to relocate. When the command group had reached a new position, 1st Sgt. Yabes moved through a withering hail of enemy fire to another bunker 50 meters away. There he secured a grenade launcher from a fallen comrade and fired point blank into the attacking Viet Cong stopping further penetration of the perimeter. Noting 2 wounded men helpless in the fire swept area, he moved them to a safer position where they could be given medical treatment. He resumed his accurate and effective fire killing several enemy soldiers and forcing others to withdraw from the vicinity of the command post. As the battle continued, he observed an enemy machinegun within the perimeter which threatened the whole position. On his own, he dashed across the exposed area, assaulted the machinegun, killed the crew, destroyed the weapon, and fell mortally wounded. 1st Sgt. Yabes' valiant and selfless actions saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers and inspired his comrades to effectively repel the enemy assault. His indomitable fighting spirit, extraordinary courage and intrepidity at the cost of his life are in the highest military traditions and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
    1967 - Having spent so much time in the saddle, Elvis delays an already-postponed trip to Hollywood to begin filming what will be his twenty-fifth film, “Clambake.” Barbara Little, girlfriend of Memphis Mafioso George Klein, suggests calling her doctor, George Nichopoulos, to help with the singer's saddle sores. Thus begins a professional acquaintance that would last until Elvis' death.  In 1980, ‘Dr. Nick’ was indicted on 14 counts of overprescribing drugs to Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and twelve other patients. The district attorney ruled out murder charges because of the conflicting medical opinions about the cause of Presley's death. In 1977 alone, the year Elvis died, Nichopoulos had prescribed over 10,000 doses of amphetamines, barbiturates, narcotics, Tranquilizers, sleeping pills, laxatives, and hormones for Presley. Nichopoulos claimed he had tried in vain to reduce Elvis' dependency, even going so far as to manufacture one thousand placebos for Elvis, but to no avail. The jury concluded that he had tried to act in the best interests of his patients. He was acquitted on all counts.
    1969 - Top Hits
“Everyday People” - Sly & The Family Stone
“Build Me Up Buttercup” - The Foundations
“Can I Change My Mind” - Tyrone Davis
“Until My Dreams Come True” - Jack Greene
    1969 - The "100-hour snowstorm" was in full swing across the Boston area and the rest of New England as well. By the time snow ended on the 28th, Boston recorded 26.3 inches of new snow. Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire was buried under an incredible 77 inches and Long Falls Dam, Maine reported 56 inches. Both Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine set new single storm snowfall records with 33.8 inches and 26.9 inches, respectively. Rockport, Massachusetts measured an impressive 39 inches.
    1969 – The Red Sox’ Carl Yastrzemski became the highest paid player in AL history when he signed a one-year deal for $130,000.  He led the AL in batting in 1968 with a .301 average.  This title-winning low average and the stunning ERA of 1.12 by Bob Gibson in the NL led MLB to lower the mound to its present height to bring some offense back into the game.
    1972 - Harry Nilsson began week #2 at number one with "Without You," a love song that spent four weeks at the top spot.
    1972 - The "Buffalo Creek Disaster" occurred in the Buffalo Creek Hollow of Logan County in West Virginia. A coal slag dam on the middle fork of Buffalo Creek burst sending a 50-foot wall of water down a narrow valley killing 125 people and causing $51 million damage. 3 days of rain atop 6 inches of snow cover prompted the dam break.
    1972 - Joe Tex's funk record "I Gotcha" enters the Billboard Pop chart and begins its climb to #2. Much the success of the song is rumored to be Tex's slurred delivery of the line "Told you not to play with my affection," which caused many listeners to mistake the last word for one that rhymes with it.
    1973 – Pro Football Hall of Famer and golfer, Marshall Faulk, born New Orleans, LA.
    1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “Best of My Love,'' Eagles. The song is the group's first No. 1 hit.
    1977 - Top Hits
“New Kid in Town” - Eagles
“Love Theme from ‘A Star is Born’" (Evergreen) - Barbra Streisand
“Fly like an Eagle” - Steve Miller
“Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow” - Tom Jones
    1979 - The sitcom, "Flatbush," first aired on CBS-TV, featuring the exploits of five recent high-school graduates living in a middle-class, Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn's Flatbush section. Joseph Cali starred as Presto Prestopopulos, a taxi driver and one of five street youths calling themselves the Flatbush Fungos.  The gang also included Adrian Zmed as Socks Palmero, a clothing store employee; Sandy Helberg as Figgy Figueroa, a grocery deliveryman; Randy Stumpf as Joey Dee, a plumber's assistant; and Vincent Bufano as Turtle Romero, a restaurant worker. Also featured were Helen Verbit as Mrs. Fortunato, the neighborhood busybody; and Anthony Ponzini as Esposito, a pool hall owner. The ethnic stereotypes the show portrayed offended Brooklyn's Borough president, who demanded the series be taken off the air before it gave Brooklyn a bad name. CBS cancelled the show after 3 episodes.
    1983 - Charley Pride's "Why Baby Why," written by George Jones and Darrell Edwards, topped the country music charts. Jones found national fame in the United States with his own version of the song in 1955.
    1983 - Michael Jackson's "Thriller" hit #1 in the U.S. The album spent a total of 37 weeks at number one. The tracks: "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," "Baby Be Mine," "The Girl is Mine" (w/Paul McCartney), "Thriller," "Beat It," "Billie Jean,", "Human Nature," "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)," "The Lady in My Life." To date (2018), “Thriller has sold 66 million copies worldwide, making it, by far, the best-selling album ever released by between 15 and 30 million copies. Some estimates report Thriller's total sales over 100 million, though this refers to total records from the album (combining album sales, single sales and video sales).
    1984 - The last United States Marines in the multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon left Beirut.
    1985 - Top Hits
“Careless Whisper” - Wham! featuring George Michael
“Loverboy” - Billy Ocean
“Can't Fight This Feeling” - REO Speedwagon
“Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On” - Mel McDaniel
    1985 - "The Grammy Awards" became the seventh highest-rated television music show of the 1980s when a 23.8 share of the viewers watched. The Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Male award was given to Phil Collins for, "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now);" Best New Artist for 1984 went to Cindi Lauper, and Best Album of the year award went to Lionel Richie for "Can't Slow Down." Tina Turner was a big winner, taking Best Song, Best Record and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female for "What's Love Got to Do with It."  Chuck Berry is the recipient of the annual Lifetime Achievement Award.
    1986 - Robert Penn Warren, the first official poet laureate of the United States, was so named by the Library of Congress and great historian, Daniel J. Boorstin. Warren was born in Guthrie, KY, in 1905 and won three Pulitzer Prizes, two for volumes of Poetry, and one for his 1946 novel, “All the King's Men.”
    1987 - The Tower Commission report on the Iran-Contra affair was critical of Pres. Reagan for failing to understand or control the secret attempt to trade arms to Iran for the release of American hostages being held in Lebanon and divert profits from the sale to the Nicaraguan Contras. The commission appointed by the President in Nov. 1986, said Reagan must take responsibility for the policy, which ended in “chaos” and caused the U.S. much embarrassment abroad. Blame was placed also on Donald T. Regan, the White House chief of staff, whom the president replaced with former Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. on February 27. It also faulted former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane and his successor, Admiral John Poindexter, and CIA Director William Casey. Casey had resigned on 2 February for health reasons; McFarlane attempted suicide on 9 February; and Regan resigned 27 February. In a television address on March 4, the president said he took “full responsibility,” but he did not admit that the plan for dealing with Iran was basically wrong.
    1988 - Eight cities in the central and western U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date, including Lamoni, IA with a reading of 67 degrees. Temperatures in North Dakota were as warm as those in Florida.
    1989 - An upper level weather disturbance brought snow to parts of the central U.S. which just one day earlier were enjoying temperatures in the 60s. Snowfall totals in Missouri ranged up to nine inches at Rolla.
    1990 - Unseasonably cold weather followed in the wake of the winter storm in the northeastern U.S. Ten cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Syracuse, NY with a reading of 10 degrees below zero. Freezing temperatures in southeastern Virginia caused considerable damage to plants and fruit trees. The barometric pressure reading of 30.88 inches at Wilmington, NC was February record for that location.
    1991 - "Rockline on MTV" premiered with host, Martha Quinn, giving viewers a chance to talk to the stars. The first guest was MC Hammer.
    1991 - Tim Berners-Lee introduces the Web browser.  He presented an early version of a Web browser to a work group at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. He conceived the Web as a way for physicists at different universities around the world to instantaneously share information. Throughout the next year, he modified the architecture, released early Web browsers on the Internet, and solicited feedback and input from Internet programmers. By late 1991 and early 1992, the Web was widely discussed, and in early 1993, when Marc Andreessen released his Mosaic browser (Netscape's precursor), the Web rapidly became a popular communications medium.
    1991 – Bill Veeck and Tony Lazzeri were elected to the Baseball hall of Fame. 
    1993 - World Trade Center Bombing.  A 1,210-lb bomb packed in a van exploded in the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000 (mostly from smoke inhalation). The powerful blast left a crater 200 feet wide and several stories deep. The cost for damage to the building and disruption of business for the 350 companies with offices in the Center exceeded more than $591 million. Fifteen people--the fundamentalist Moslem cleric Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman and fourteen of his followers--were indicted for the bombing. Rahman was given a life sentence and the others received prison terms of up to 240 years each. This is considered the first bombing of the United States by foreign terrorists.
    1997 - Celine Dion won two Grammy Awards for "Falling into You" - album of the year and best pop album. At the time, "Falling into You" had sold more than 21 million copies worldwide.
    2002 – The Bee Gees played what is to be their final concert, performing at Miami Beach's Love and Hope Ball, a benefit for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.
    2002 - John Fogerty, Elton John, The Eagles, Stevie Nicks, and Billy Joel, among others, perform at the multi-venue Los Angeles charity benefit Four Concerts for Artists' Rights, proceeds of which benefit a labor-friendly musicians' organization called the Recording Artists Coalition.
    2004 - With hundreds of on-lookers, including a man covered in ivy, singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” the foul ball made famous by Steve Bartman in the 2003 NL Championship Series was blown up at Harry Caray’s restaurant in Chicago. The infamous ball's demise is executed by Michael Lantieri, a Cubs die-hard fan and Oscar Award winner who has worked on similar special effects in the films Jurassic Park and Back to the Future.
    2009 - A 10-minute version of The Beatles' "Revolution 1" leaked onto the internet, giving fans a never-before-heard listen of what the White Album sessions must have been like. Only two copies of the take were made when the song was completed on June 4th, 1968. One copy left the studio with Lennon that day and the other remained behind. It is unclear which copy appears on the bootleg, nor how anyone acquired it.
    2013 - Representatives from the U.S., China, Germany, France, Russia and the U.K., began to discuss Iran's nuclear program with Iranian officials.
    2014 - NASA announced that its Kepler space telescope discovered 715 planets in other solar systems, bringing the instrument's new-planet tally to 961.  Four of the latest discoveries are thought to have an orbit favorable to habitation, but the distance of these planets makes exploration impossible with current technology
    2015 - Federal Communications Commission approved net neutrality rules, which guarantee equal Internet access to all users.  Broadband companies had been seeking the ability to sell faster access to certain customers while slowing access for others.



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- Changes at Bank of the West Clarification
- Accounting for Leases Under the New Standard, Part 1
- DocuSign is now the electronic signature of choice
   for the federal government
- Class Action/Ascentium Settlement Discussions
- LEAF "All-Cash Acquisition"
- Violating California Lender’s License Law?
   This May Prevent You from Being Licensed in the Future
- New Jersey Appeals Court Vacates $1.5 Million
  Attorneys’ Fees Award in Equipment Leasing Dispute
- National Do Not Call Registrys
- Solar Financing Firms
   Working with Third Party Originators
- Referral, Recommendations, Questions, Complaints
- Filing a Complaint Against a Finance or Leasing Company
   in the State of California
- Credit Bureaus Erasing Negative Info
- It's Not the United States with Highest Income Tax
- California Department of Business Oversight Confirms
that Brokers Need Licenses and Lessors Can’t Pay Unlicensed Brokers
- Signs of a Chill in Fintech Funding?
- FinTech #102  by Christopher Menkin
   Menkin has an Epiphany
- Alternate Finance Companies - Subprime
- FICO Score: Excellent to Bad
- Charlie Chan on Balboa Capital
- Reader Complaint About LEAF Financial Investment (Collection)
- How to be a “Leasing Expert Witness”
    and Make Extra Income
- Your Photograph on
Use a Password Generator
- Banks Turn Toward Leasing for More Profit
- Why Leasing News is Different
- Take Your Banker to Lunch
- Lease Police Tips on Judging Vendors
- Alert: Rudy Trebels Back Soliciting Broker Business
- "The real U.S. Bank Equipment Finance story"
- The Day that Albert Einstein Feared May Have Finally Arrived
- Equipment Finance Agreements Explained/Barry S. Marks
- California License Web Addresses
- Settlement Costs vs. Litigation Costs