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Credit Analyst
Norwalk, Ct.
Remote Location Considered

2 Years Min. Experience

Collateral knowledge of over-the-road trucking assets, construction equipment, material handling,
vocational units and machine tools is desired

Call Maria Borges-Lopez: (203) 354-6090 or e-mail
your resume to

Please click
for more information
Providing small-ticket equipment financing for businesses across the country through our dedicated referral source network

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Leasing Industry Job Wanted
Leasing News Top Stories
   February 11 - February 15
Story Credit Lessors - Lenders List
   "C" & "D" Lessees, Business Loans, Working Capital
Help Wanted
   Credit Analyst/Top Sales Professionals Only
What Made this Top Salesman Successful
    Sales Makes It Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Display Advertising on Leasing News
   Most Are on Annual Contracts with Discounts
Don't Be Left Out
Meet Leasing News Vice Chair
   Shari L. Lipski, CLFP
Tesla Model 3 Was America's Best-Selling Luxury Car
   In 2018 - Chart Number of Premium Cars Sold in US
OnDeck Expands Management with
 Experienced Risk, Partnerships and Marketing Executives
Mixed Breed
   Northbrook, Illinois  Adopt-a-Dog
Update ELFA National Funding Conference
    April 9 - 11, 2019 Swissotel, Chicago, Illinois
News Briefs---
Moody's sees reason for optimism over Illinois economy
   a shortage of workers will hold the state back

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Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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Leasing Industry Job Wanted


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


 San Francisco Bay Area - Able to work remotely
An experienced sales professional with 11 years total sales experience, 7 of those years which are in the equipment finance and working capital space.  Experience in training, mentoring, and leading team of sales reps.  Consistently a leader in origination volume, gross margin, and deal profitability.  Knowledge of credit and funding processes will allow me to hit the ground running and drive revenue immediately.  Available for immediate hire.

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.


Leasing News Top Stories
February 11 - February 15

(Stories most opened by readers)

(1) Bank of the West Escapes Bankruptcy Trustee's
   Contest of its Fixture Filing
     By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor

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

(3) SpamArrest
        Recommended by Kit Menkin

(4) Enbom Announces AP Equipment Financing
         Moving from California to Oregon

(5) Sales Makes it Happen—by Christopher Menkin
        “Types of Leases being used on the Street”

(6) Joining the Rebranding Movement is Wells Fargo
         Established with the old Stage Coach in 1852

(7) The $80 Trillion World Economy
            in One Chart

(8) Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
  "Would you invest your hard earned dollars into that deal?"

(9) Let Me See the First One Again

(10) SLIM Capital Reviews Some Deals
     Shows Broker Deals Accomplished




Leasing Industry Help Wanted

Credit Analyst
Norwalk, Ct.
Remote Location Considered

2 Years Min. Experience

Collateral knowledge of over-the-road trucking assets, construction equipment, material handling,
vocational units and machine tools is desired

Call Maria Borges-Lopez: (203) 354-6090 or e-mail
your resume to

Please click
for more information
Providing small-ticket equipment financing for businesses across the country through our dedicated referral source network




Story Credit Lessors - Lenders List
"C" & "D" Lessees, Business Loans, Working Capital

With the entrance of Alternate Finance, the number of companies that do "business loans" as well as Merchant Cash Advance has grown for those primarily who accept retail credit cards, such as restaurants and other retail operations. 

Nevertheless, in the lease financing business with lower rates, longer terms resulting in low payments, as well as obtaining equipment that has a specific period of usefulness, there are equipment leasing companies that specialize in "C" and "D" credits, often new businesses, or businesses where the principal(s) have Beacon scores around 600 or have had previous difficulties. It is therefore often difficult to become comfortable with the credit and financial statements. It is often like arm wrestling to get the information to arrive at a positive decision; that means you need to learn the "story" to make a positive decision, often requiring further security, shorter term, or additional guarantors.

Many of these companies may also have programs for “A” and “B” rated companies, but their specialty is not being a “cookie cutter” and often, they will require full financial statements and tax returns, and the “story about the company, its history, goals, circumstances” to fully understand the full financial picture.

Many of these companies also offer business loans and working capital loans, as well as doing "subprime leases."

Also listed below the dollar amounts are companies that who are known for accepting "subprime leasing."

All accept qualified third party originations and pay a commission.

To qualify for this list, the company must be a funder (as qualified by Leasing News and on the “Funder List” and not a "Broker/Lessor” along with an acceptable Better Business Bureau Rating and no history of complaints at Leasing News, as well as notifying lessees in advance when the lease will end and what the residual will be, specifically not automating extra lease payments, as we as insisting their discounter follow the same policy. We reserve the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.

Funder List “A”
We encourage companies who are listed to contact us for any change or addition they would like to make. Adding further information as an "attachment" or clarification of what they have to offer would be helpful to readers is also very much encouraged.

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details

American Leasefund, Inc. 
Bankers Capital 
Black Rock Capital Investment, LLC
BSB Leasing, Inc
Calfund, LLC

Cobra Capital LLC
Dakota Financial

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

Mesa Leasing
North Mill Equipment Finance 
Northwest Leasing Company, Inc. 

Pawnee Leasing Corporation
P&L Capital Corporation
SLIM Capital, LLC
Standard Professional Services, LLC
TEAM Funding Solutions
Your Leasing Solution, LLC

Full List: 


What Made this Top Salesman Successful

Sales Makes It Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

I recently coached two individuals back to back; both individuals worked for the same company. Both were seasoned originators in the equipment finance and leasing industry. The one originator was by far the top producer for his company and the other was an average producer, at best. I asked the top producer why he thought he was able to outperform all of the other originators in the company by such a large margin. What made him more successful? His answer was simply:

  • I believe in my company and its team of professionals.
  • I believe in my products. We are well positioned in the market.
  • I believe in myself and my abilities.

I then asked the average producer what he believed in and his answer was telling:

  • I believe the competition is fierce.   
  • It is getting harder and harder for my company and me to win transactions.

I received two different responses from employees of the same company, the same products, and the same competition. The difference was the two individual originators. One believed in himself and his company and the other was filled with doubt.

The top producer looked inward for success while the average originator looked externally for excuses.

As a professional originator, do you believe in your company, your products, and yourself?

You Control Your Own Destiny

 Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161

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Leasing News Vice Chair
Shari L. Lipski, CLFP

Shari L. Lipski, CLFP
ECS Financial Services
3400 Dundee Road, Suite 180
Northbrook, Illinois 60062

We are proud to announce on January 1st Shari Lipski, CLFP, was named Vice-Chair of the Leasing News Advisory Board. She is both intelligent and diplomatic, and she is well respected in the industry. Bob Teichman, CLFP, remains as Chair, although he just turned 85. Bob will not retiring at this time. He still goes to his office in Sausalito, California.

Shari previously served on the Leasing News Advisory Board from March, 2003 to January, 2005 and rejoined in February, 2016.  Her resume includes over 29 years of experience in equipment lease portfolio management, lease originations, and corporate business development.

From 1989 through 1997, Shari worked for Public Funding Corporation, a financer of small-ticket governmental equipment leases.  During her time with Public Funding, she held various positions including Lease Administrator, Corporate Secretary, and garnered equity ownership when she took the position of Vice President.  In 1997, Public Funding was sold to First Sierra Financial, Inc.  It was at that time Shari assumed responsibilities for managing operations in the Chicago branch office, as well as a portfolio of vendor relationships.

In 1999, Shari joined ECS Financial Services, Inc., CPAs, and is responsible for corporate business development with a direct focus on the Equipment Lease and Loan Portfolio Management Division as well as the Tax, Accounting, and Audit Divisions.  She also serves the firm’s clients by offering an expertise in many areas including marketing and managing a lease/loan portfolio, back-office leasing company operations, business process outsourcing, sales and personal property tax compliance, and consulting.

Shari has written for several trade publications, served as an educational instructor for several associations, as well as the Certified Leasing and Finance Professional Foundation.


2017-present: ELFA, Women’s Council Founding Member
2017-present: ELFA, Service Providers Business Council Steering Committee
2017-present:  CFA-Midwest Leadership Committee Member and Membership Committee, Co-Chair and Community Service Committee Member
2017-2018: CFA-Midwest, Women in Commercial Finance Committee Member
2016-present: Advisory Board Member
2012-present:  Women In Leasing, LinkedIn Discussion Group, Owner
2013: Advisory Committee Member, Rockford Career College
2012:  NEFA, Funding Symposium-Conference Committee
2011:  NEFA, Finance Summit-Conference Chairperson
2010: 2012 - NEFA Conference Committee Member
2008-2012: ELFA, Service Providers Business Council Committee Member, State Government Relations Committee Member, and Annual Convention Review Committee Member
2005-2008: EAEL, Director
2006-2008: CLP Foundation, Director
2007 – EAEL: Fall Expo-Conference Chairperson
2003-2005:- Leasing News Advisory Board
2004-present:  ECS Financial Services, Inc., Principal
2003 NAELB: Conference Chairperson
2002-2003” CLP Foundation, Marketing Committee Chairperson
2001-2004 – Mid-America Association of Equipment Lessors (MAEL), Director
1998 – UAEL:  Illinois Regional Chairperson
1999:  ECS Financial Services, Inc., Lease Portfolio Manager
1993-1997: Public Funding Corporation, Vice President
1989-1993: Public Funding Corporation, head envelope and stamp licker



Tesla has surged past its competition in the luxury car segment as efforts to ramp up Model 3 production start to pay off. The company produced 145,846 Model 3s in 2018 and an estimated 138,000 of them were sold in the United States. That made the Model 3 the best-selling luxury vehicle in the U.S. in 2018, a remarkable achievement given that EVs accounted for a mere 1.12 percent of total vehicle sales.

Data from automotive magazine Car and Driver published by Yahoo! News shows the vehicle models Tesla has left in the dust. The Lexus RX was the runner up with 111,641 models sold while the BMW 3 and 4 series came in third with sales totaling 75,957 vehicles. There are still question marks around Tesla's success and whether it can be sustained, particularly since competitors Porsche and Audi are expected to launch new lines of electric vehicles this year.

Tesla will be hoping sales of the Model 3 are given another boost after they cut the price of all three versions by $1,100. The cheapest version of the car now starts at $42,900 before incentives but CEO Elon Musk claimed it could cost $35,000 when $8,000 credits and fuel savings are added in. Some observers disagreed, citing the varying cost of electricity. Still, the pricing is moving in the right direction towards the unsubsidized $35,000 Tesla is eventually aiming for with the Model 3.

By Niall McCarthy



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

OnDeck Expands Management with
Experienced Risk, Partnerships and Marketing Executives

Financial Services Industry Veterans Join the Leading Online Small Business Lender
NEW YORK,  -- OnDeck® (NYSE: ONDK), the leading online lender to small business, announces the hiring of three senior financial services executives as members of its management teams in Risk, Partnerships and Marketing. The new executives are listed below.


Chris McCall has joined OnDeck as Head of Acquisition Risk Management with responsibility for the maintenance and development of acquisition credit strategies and direct targeting/risk reward optimization. Chris will have dual responsibility for creating new business value as well as serving in a control function across his span of responsibility.  Prior to joining OnDeck, Chris was Head of Group Decision Sciences for Commonwealth Bank of Australia's New York office, where he developed lending products, strategies and analytic solutions to support CBA's expansion into emerging markets.  He also spent over 15 years working at Capital One in progressively senior positions focused on decision sciences, predictive modelling, and the application of analytics strategies to business problems.


Gregory Johnson has joined OnDeck as the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships where he leads a team that engages revenue growth partners ranging from highly integrated strategic marketplace lending platforms to firms with extensive small business relationships. Most recently, Gregory was Senior Vice President of Business Growth for the Americas at Xero, a leading accounting software company, where he oversaw partnerships, acquisition, business development, sales, digital response and account development. Gregory previously served in senior leadership roles at United Parcel Service, American Express and Capital One.  


Matt Cluney has joined OnDeck as Vice President of Brand and Product Marketing. Prior to OnDeck, Matt was Senior Vice President and Head of Customer Engagement at Citi, where he led product management and marketing strategy for the Citi / American Airlines co-branded card portfolio.  During his tenure at Citi, Matt played a key role in relaunching the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select MasterCard product. Prior to Citi, Matt led the marketing function at The Associated Press and at Law360, the legal news division of LexisNexis. He previously spent 12 years at American Express in a variety of marketing roles across both the Consumer and Business-to-Business divisions.  
"We are delighted to welcome Chris, Gregory and Matt to OnDeck," said Andrea Gellert, Chief Revenue Officer, OnDeck.  "Each of these talented executives bring strategic leadership experience at Fortune 500 financial services companies and a strong track record of success in their respective fields.  We look forward to their contributions as OnDeck builds on its leadership in online small business lending."

About OnDeck
OnDeck (NYSE: ONDK) is the proven leader in transparent and responsible online lending to small business. Founded in 2006, the company pioneered the use of data analytics and digital technology to make real-time lending decisions and deliver capital rapidly to small businesses online.  Today, OnDeck offers a wide range of term loans and lines of credit customized for the needs of small business owners.  The company also offers bank clients a comprehensive technology and services platform that facilitates online lending to small business customers through ODX, a wholly-owned subsidiary. OnDeck has provided over $10 billion in loans to customers in 700 different industries across the United States, Canada and Australia. The company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is rated 5 stars by Trustpilot. For more information, visit
OnDeck and the OnDeck logo, OnDeck Score, OnDeck Marketplace, and ODX are trademarks of On Deck Capital, Inc.

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


Mixed Breed
Northbrook, Illinois  Adopt-a-Dog

2 years, 4 months
36 lbs.

"We just love this sweet 2 year old boy and don't know who would abandon him in a vacant building, but that is sadly what happened to him and his sister. His sister was already adopted. You have to come and pet Kodi to experience the velvety softness that is his coat! He is the softest and sweetest dog.

"We don't understand how our Kodi has been here for so many months! He is handsome and people and dog friendly! His best friends keep getting adopted and poor Kodi is left behind.

"He likes other dogs and does well in playgroup, but he can play rough so needs a playmate that will give it back to him!
He is great with people and if anything a little energetic and could improve his leash manners. But he has a great nature and we know he will make a fantastic pet! Kodi is so deserving of a home. He is such a good boy.
"Kodi has been lucky enough to get a temporary respite from shelter life and stay in a foster home with two other dogs, one big and one small and 17 years old! Kodi plays with the guy his size and is gentle with the senior little guy. He went through an adjustment period the first couple of days, as can be expected, and marked in the house. His foster dad says he is so much more improved now.

"We want so badly for this boy to be given a chance. He has the best heart ever. Please inquire about Kodi today!"

Heartland Animal Shelter
2975 Milwaukee Ave.
Northbrook, IL. 60062

Mon: Closed
Tues: 4–7 pm
Wed: Closed
Thur: 4–7 pm
Fri: 4–7 pm
Sat: 1–5 pm
Sun: 12–4 pm


Adopt a Pet


Perhaps the major opportunity to meet the top funders and network with the top producers at the 2019 National Funding Conference, April 9-11 at the Swissôtel in Chicago.

This will be the top opportunities for professionals to gain insight on new programs, directions, and attract the top producers in the leasing and finance industry. The top veterans will be here.

For many who attend, this is the most productive two days of the year.

2019 Funding Sources as of 02/14/2019

36th Street Capital
ATEL Capital Group
AvTech Capital, LLC
Baystone Government Finance/KS State Bank
BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital Corp.
BB&T Equipment Finance
BMO Harris Equipment Finance
Boston Financial & Equity Corporation
Brean Capital, LLC
Bridge Funding Group, Inc.
Capital Guidance
CapitalSource, Inc.
CapX Partners
Channel Partners Capital
Citizens Asset Finance, Inc.
Crestmark Vendor Finance, A division of MetaBank
Customers Commercial Finance, LLC
ECS Financial Services, Inc.
ENGS Commercial Finance Co.
Equipment Leasing Group of America, LLC
First American Equipment Finance, an RBC / City National Company
First Bank of Highland Park
First Eagle Bank
Flagstar Bank
Flushing Bank
GE Capital Markets Group
Fuyo General Lease (USA) Inc.
Hanmi Bank
Hitachi Capital America Corp.
Huntington Equipment Finance
IBERIA Corporate Asset Finance, Inc.
Innovation Finance USA LLC
J.P. Morgan Equipment Finance
LEAF Commercial Capital Inc.
Key Equipment Finance
MB Equipment Finance
MB Financial Bank
MB Financial Bank - Paying Agent
Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance (U.S.A.) Inc.
Moody's Analytics
Nations Equipment Finance, LLC
NFS Leasing, Inc.
Peapack Capital Corporation
People's Capital and Leasing Corp.
PNC Equipment Finance, LLC
Prime Alliance Bank
Santander Bank Equipment Finance
SCG Capital Corporation
Securcor Financial Group
Signature Financial
Societe Generale Equipment Finance
Sterling National Bank Equipment Finance Division
Stonebriar Commercial Finance
Sumitomo Mitsui Finance & Leasing Co., Ltd.
SunTrust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corp.
TCF Equipment Finance, a division of TCF National Bank
TIAA Commercial Finance, Inc.
Tokyo Century (USA) Inc.
U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
Verdant Commercial Capital LLC
VFI Corporate Finance
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance
Wintrust Commercial Finance
Wintrust Specialty Finance


Note: At this date, All suites have been reserved.  Meeting rooms and booths are still available for Funding Sources. Register today to reserve your meeting room or booth Funding Sources!

Registration and Brochure:


News Briefs----

Moody's sees reason for optimism over Illinois economy
a shortage of workers will hold the state back



You May Have Missed---

Two sisters bought DNA kits, and the results blew their family apart



Winter Poem

President George Washington
Boston Gazette

An Acrostic--

REAT Hero! whose illustrious actions claim 
ternal blessings and an endless fame-- 
f every virtue and each gift possess 
eligion reigns triumphant in his breast. 
rant him, almighty God! thy aid and health 
ver to rule these states and guard their wealth.

hat power of Language can enough extoll 
Son of Liberty and friend to all-- 
aviour and patron of Columbia! 
er sons revere thee and exult this day-- 
n thee, their Favourite and firm support-- 
ations applaud thee and thy friendship court. 
enerous deliverer of thy Country's right! 
hou hast prov'd victor over lawless might. 
f all the Conquerors in the historic page, 
one have surpass'd this Phœnix of the age.


Sports Briefs---

Giants manager Bruce Bochy to retire after this season

A’s ballpark proposal encounters choppy waters

Brewing at A’s proposed ballpark site:
    A toxic stew and a critical decision


California Nuts Briefs---

Fortune 500 company to move headquarters from California to DFW



“Gimme that Wine”

The World of Pinot Noir Event Is Only Two Weeks Away
  in Santa Barbara, California

Talley makes some of California’s best Chardonnay

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History

    1674 - The Treaty of Westminster was signed, ending the Anglo-Dutch War.  Under its terms, New Amsterdam became British and they renamed it New York.
    1803 - Ohio became the 17th state. Although slavery had been outlawed in the Northwest Territory by the Northwest Ordinance in 1787, Ohio was the first state in which slavery was forbidden by law from the beginning of statehood. Vermont had outlawed slavery with the adoption of its constitution in July, 1777, some six months after its declaration of independence.
    1810 - The famous "cold day" in New England. Gale force winds wrecked homes, and accompanied a sudden overnight drop in temperature of 50 degrees. Tragedy struck Sanbornton, NH where three children froze to death.
    1807 - Aaron Burr was arrested in Wakefield, AL by Captain Edmund P. Gaines and taken to Richmond, VA, where he was brought before Chief Justice John Marshall of the U.S. Circuit Court on March 30. Burr served as Vice-President after losing the election in an electoral 35th ballot in the House of Representatives to Thomas Jefferson in 1804 (in those days, President and Vice-President did not run together). He served under Jefferson from 1801 to 1805 and was not re-elected, although Thomas Jefferson was re-elected President from 1805 to 1809. In 1807, Burr was accused of organizing an expedition to invade Mexico and set up a separate republic in the Southwest. On June 24, he was indicted for treason. The trial began on August 3 and ended in an acquittal on September 1.
    1821 - Union General Francis Preston Blair, Jr. (d. 1875) was born in Lexington, Kentucky. The colorful Blair was instrumental in keeping Missouri part of the Union during the early stages of the Civil War.
    1831 - The first trial of the first locomotive to burn coal was the ‘York,’ invented by Phineas Davis, a watchmaker, and built at York, PA. Ironically, the only accident in which the train was involved occurred on September 27, 1835, as the result of a defective track.  The accident killed Davis, who was riding on the locomotive. 
    1846 - In Austin, the newly formed Texas state government was officially installed. The Republic of Texas government officially transferred power to the State of Texas government following the annexation of Texas by the US.
    1847 - In the eastern foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, a relief party reaches the Donner Party, finding only about half of the original eighty-nine pioneers have survived.
    1851 - Angry San Francisco vigilantes take the law into their own hands.  Vigilantes were common during the Gold Rush boom in San Francisco.  An angry mob in San Francisco’s business district ”tried” two Australian suspects in a robbery and assault. When the makeshift jury deadlocked, the suspects were returned to law enforcement officials. Jansen was working at his store at the corner of Montgomery and Washington when two men beat him unconscious and stole $2,000. Another merchant, William Coleman, then decided to play prosecutor and assembled judges and jury members from a crowd that had assembled at Portsmouth Square. Fortunately for the Australian suspects, the men who defended them got three jury members to agree that Jansen hadn’t been able to see the men who had robbed him clearly. Although some members of the mob wanted to hang the alleged thieves in spite of the verdict, the crowd dispersed. Later, however, local authorities convicted the men at a real trial in court.

    1852 – Phi Kappa Psi fraternity was established at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
    1856 - Professor Hamilton Smith, professor of natural sciences, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, received a patent for a tintype camera for “photographic pictures on japanned surfaces.”   The photographs were collodion positives on black or chocolate-colored iron plates.
    1858 - Leschi, chief of the Nisqually and Yakama, is hanged for leading attack on Seattle, Washington territory and for his role in the Indian Wars of 1855-56. His belief that reservations were first step to annihilation led him to encourage an uprising by Coastal tribes in the Puget Sound region surrounding Seattle. See Della Gould Emmons sympathetic novelization, “Leschi of the Nisquallies” (Dennison, 1965).
    1859 - New York Congressman, Daniel Sickles, was acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity. This was the first time this defense is successfully used in the US.
    1864 - The social and fraternal order of the Knights of Pythias was founded at Washington, DC by Justus H. Rathbone, and embraces more than two thousand subordinate lodges in the United States and Canada
    1876 – The National Amateur Press Association was established in Philadelphia.
    1878 - Thomas Alva Edison of Menlo Park, NJ, secured a patent on a “phonograph or speaking machine.”   His original idea had been to invent a telegraph repeater and he had given construction directions to one of his mechanics, John Kreuis, on August 12, 1877. The first cylinder, operated by a hand crank, was wrapped in tin foil, with which two needles fastened to diaphragms made contact. The first voice recorded on the new instrument was “Mary had a little lamb”. A clock spring motor and wax-like record were invented some ten years later called the Gramophone, manufactured by Bell and Tainter, Washington, DC. The first phonograph record on the modern disk type was invented by Emile Berlinger of Washington, DC, was easier to duplicate for mass market than the Edison Recording Cylinder and he called it Berlinger’s “Gramophone” record.
    1881 – Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
    1884 - Severe thunderstorms spawned sixty tornadoes in the southeastern U.S., killing more than 420 persons and causing three million dollars damage. Georgia and the Carolinas hardest were hit in the tornado outbreak.  This was one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.
    1897 - Mrs. Hoodless founded the first Women's Institute at Stoney Creek in Ontario, Canada. 
    1897 - Trumpet Player Johnny Dunn’s (d. 1937) birthday, Memphis, TN
    1899 – Louis “Kid Shots” Madison’s (d. 1948) birthday, New Orleans.
(great story with much about “Kid Shots,” a true New Orleans brass band cornet player, who was with the Original Tuxedo Orchestra and Eureka Brass Bands, better known than Bunk Johnson is known today. Read the story. Several albums exist with his playing).
    1903 - Saxophone player Clarence Hall’s (d. 1969) birthday, New Orleans, LA
    1903 - Kay Boyle (d. 1992) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. Novelist, short story writer, and anti-war activist, she wrote “Plagued by Nightingales.” Reportedly loved Dubonnet, Paul Robeson, razor clams, and sang "Miss Otis Regrets" like no one else. Close friends included James Joyce, Man Ray, Picasso, Joan Baez, and Katherine Anne Porter. S. I. Hayakawa labeled her the most dangerous woman in America. In 1967 at the height of the Vietnam War protests, Hayakawa, president of SF State University, (and later US Senator), publicly fired Boyle for her active role in the student protests. She was 65 years old. I interviewed her several times and found her to be an extremely bright, articulate person, seemingly with something profound to say at each interview. As an American expatriate writing in Paris in the 20's & 30's, a journalist documenting the fall of France in the 40's for The New Yorker, a blacklisted writer in the 50's, an anti-war activist and essayist in the 60's & 70's, and founder of the San Francisco chapter of Amnesty International in the 80's, Kay Boyle's literary and political career is a chronicle of the events and concerns of the 20th century. Kay Boyle wrote 18 novels, 60 short stories, numerous children's books, and six collections of essays. She received many awards including two Guggenheims and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Throughout all of this, she had three husbands and six children. She considered herself a citizen of the world, and for over thirty of her 90 years, lived in Europe. Her books are being reissued in Germany and are still available in France. Beginning in 1923, when she, with 16 other expatriate writers, issued a proclamation calling for ‘The Revolution of the Word,’ which mirrored the decadence and self-involvement of the era by declaring that ‘the writer expresses, he does not communicate;’ to the 1985 publication of “Words That Somehow Must Be Said”, a collection of her poetic and searing essays composed primarily while she was imprisoned for protesting the Vietnam War, Kay Boyle utilized and transformed the political and social realities of her times into art.  As she has admitted, it cost her dearly. Cited in 1928 by Katherine Anne Porter as the next James Joyce or Gertrude Stein, Kay Boyle nevertheless remains one of the most unsung women writers of the century, repeatedly overshadowed by many of her less accomplished contemporaries, perhaps because Boyle chose to pursue the path of "a moralist in the highest sense of the word, speaking briefly and clearly of the dignity and integrity of individual man." Perhaps because early in her career she made a conscious decision that politics were as important as art. Perhaps it is because, as Studs Terkel suggested, just when her work was beginning to reach a wider audience she was blacklisted.
    1910 - At a New York dinner party, host Diamond Jim Brady ate five helpings of roast beef, gallons of stewed fruit, 84 oysters and three gallons of orange juice.

    1910 – Typhoid Mary Mallon was freed from her first periods of forced isolation and went on to cause several further outbreaks of typhoid in the New York area
   1912 - In the Bread Roses Strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 200 police draw their clubs and go after 100 women pickets, knocking them to the ground and beating them. As the police clubbing become more frequent & violent, strike leader Big Bill Haywood urges the women not to picket. Instead of agreeing, an Italian woman suggests):  "Tomorrow morning, man no go on picket line. All man, boy stay home, sleep. Only woman, girl on picket line tomorrow morning. Soldier and policeman no beat woman, girl. You see, I got big belly, she too got big belly. Policeman no beat us." The next morning, however, the women are out in full force, only to be beaten so badly that the Italian woman who spoke at the meeting and Bertha Crouse, another pregnant striker, lose their babies and almost die.
    1913 – The first prize was inserted into Cracker Jacks.
    1916 - George Edward “Eddie” Arcaro (d. 1997) birthday, broadcaster and jockey born at Cincinnati, OH. Arcaro is the only jockey to win racing’s Triple Crown twice, triumphing with Whirlaway in 1941 and Citation in 1947.  In all, he won five Kentucky Derbies, six Preakness Stakes and six Belmont Stakes.
    1917 - Birthday of author Carson McCullers (d. 1967), Columbus, GA. Her “Heart is a Lonely Hunter” (1940) made her famous at age 23. She also authored “Reflection in a Golden Eye” (1941), “The Ballad of the Sad Café” and the much-praised play “The Member of the Wedding” and numerous short stories of great quality and sensitivity.
    1918 - In Russia, a decree abolishing all private ownership of land, water and natural resources was issued by the Soviet Central Executive Committee. Many American companies lost all their investment and cash in the Soviet.
    1919 - First Pan-African Congress organized in Paris by WEB DuBois.
    1922 - Ed Wynn became the first big-name, vaudeville talent to sign as a radio talent. Until then, top talent did not consider radio respectable.
    1924 – Actor Lee Marvin (d. 1997) was born in NYC.  From 1957 to 1960, he starred as Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger in the hit crime series, “M Squad”. He lived down the street from us on Latimer Road in Pacific Palisades and loved to work outdoors with his shirt off, as I remember. He was a frequent dinner at Casa Mia, where I used to park cars in the late afternoons and early evening. In 1966, he won several awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Actor BAFTA, and the Best Actor Golden Globe for his dual roles in “Cat Ballou”.  In August 1942 Marvin left school to enlist in the Marines, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was wounded in action during the Battle of Saipan, in the assault on Mt. Tapochau, during which most of his unit were killed. His injury was from machine gun fire, which severed his sciatic nerve.   Marvin was awarded the Purple Heart and was given a medical discharge in 1945 at Philadelphia. Marvin's awards were the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.  In 1971, Marvin was sued by Michelle Triola, his live-in girlfriend from 1965 to 1970, who legally changed her surname to Marvin. Although the couple never married, she sought financial compensation similar to that available to spouses under California's alimony and community property laws. The result was the landmark "palimony" case, Marvin v. Marvin, 18 Cal. 3d 660 (1976). In 1979, Marvin was ordered to pay $104,000 to Triola for "rehabilitation purposes" but the court denied her community property claim for one-half of the $3.6 million.  Marvin died of a heart attack on August 29, 1987. He is interred at Arlington National Cemetery where his headstone reads "Lee Marvin, PFC, US Marine Corps, World War II."
    1928 – The 2d Winter Olympics closed at St Moritz, Switzerland
    1929 – A medical diathermy machine was used for the first time, in Schenectady, NY
    1932 – William Faulkner completed "Light in August"
    1933 - Giant Forest, CA received 60 inches of snow in just 24 hours, a state record, and the second highest 24 hour total of record for the U.S. 
    1934 - The University of Southern California (USC) and Notre Dame were both given as examples of commercialism in intercollegiate sports when each of them signed a three-year football contract, while other schools were "feeling the depression."
    1934 - Bob Hope married Dolores DeFina Reade, who had been one of his co-stars on Broadway in “Roberta.”  Some claim he was still married to his first wife at the time. 
    1935 – Broadcaster Dave Niehaus (d. 2010) was born in Princeton, IN.  He was the lead announcer for the Seattle Mariners from their inaugural season in 1977 until his death after the 2010 season. In 2008, the National Baseball Hall of Fame awarded Niehaus with the Ford C. Frick Award, the highest honor for Major League baseball broadcasters.
    1940 - Songwriter, lead singer with the Miracles, William ‘Smokey’ Robinson, was born in Detroit. Bob Dylan once said Robinson was his favorite poet.  Robinson developed into one of the foremost songwriters and singers in pop music. He had formed a band called the Miracles in high school. The group met Berry Gordy, Jr in 1957, and the success of the Miracles first single, "Bad Girl," convinced Gordy to make Motown records a national company. The Miracles put Motown on the map in 1960 with "Shop Around," the company's first million-seller. The Miracles were one of Motown's premier groups, with hits such as "Get Ready," "Second That Emotion" and "Tracks of My Tears." Robinson left the group in 1972 to record on his own and to continue his duties as a vice-president of Motown.
    1942 - As a result of President Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, some 110,000 Japanese-Americans living in coastal Pacific areas were placed in concentration camps in remote areas of Arizona, Arkansas, inland California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. Two-thirds of them were American citizens. These interned American citizens lost an estimated $400 million in property. They were allowed to return to their homes Jan 2, 1945. Most of us never experienced the fear of these early war times, especially here in California, where railroad tracks and roads to the beaches were destroyed, and blackouts were regular as we feared invasion from Japan. During confinement within the armed, barbed-wire surroundings, however, prayer meetings, Bible studies and worship services were held. When they offered to fight in the European war, Japanese-American divisions were heralded in their courage and duty to the United States, winning great respect from the other units that fought along with them. It was not until the end of the 20th century that other Americans admitted their shame and guilt; however, many of us who did not live in that time period do not understand the hysteria brought by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, that brought Japanese conquests in Singapore and the Nazi government then to join an “axis” against the British and the United States. It was not until that time that the United States actually entered the European war.

    1942 - General Dwight D. Eisenhower is appointed chief of the War Plans Division of the US Army General Staff.
    1942 - Port Darwin, on the northern coast of Australia, was bombed by about 150 Japanese warplanes. General George C. Kenney, who pioneered aerial warfare strategy and tactics in the Pacific theater, ordered 3,000 bombs to be sent to Australia, where he thought they might come in handy against the Japanese. Darwin was virtually leveled by 64 bombing raids over 21 months.
    1942 - On Victor Records, Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded "I’ll Take Tallulah." Some other famous musicians were in the studio too, including Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers, Ziggy Elman and drummer Buddy Rich. 
    1942 - The New York Yankees said they would admit 5,000 uniformed servicemen to each of their home ball games for free during the coming season.
    1943 – Singer Lou Christie was born Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco in Glenwillard, PA.  He is known for three separate strings of hits in the 1960s, including his 1966 hit, "Lightnin’ Strikes,” and his three-octave vocal range.
    1945 - Iwo Jima: Beginning at dawn, the landing of 30,000 American troops took place on the barren 12-square-mile island of Iwo Jima. Initially there was little resistance, but 21,500 Japanese stood ready underground to fight to the last man to protect massive strategic fortifications linked by tunnels. The Americans took control of the strategically important island after a month-long battle. This was a major battle in World War II. 
    1945 - Woody Herman’s First Herd waxes “Apple Honey” and”Laura” in New York City.
    1946 - Top Hits
“Symphony” - The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Clyde Rogers)
“I Can’t Begin to Tell You” - Bing Crosby with the Carmen Cavallaro Orchestra
“Aren’t You Glad You’re You” - Bing Crosby
“Guitar Polka” - Al Dexter
    1946 - Birthday of Karen Silkwood (d. 1974) in Longview, TX.  She documented safety infractions at Kerr-McGee Corp’s Cimarron Facility involving the misuse of radioactive materials. Her mysterious death in 1974 rather than the infractions cover-up prompted congressional hearings.
    1949 – New York Giants outfielder Danny Gardella became the first Major Leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League.
    1949 - Bollingen Prize to Ezra Pound: The first Bollingen Prize for poetry was awarded to Ezra Pound for his collection “The Pisano Cantos.” The first award was steeped in controversy because Pound had been charged with treason after making pro-Fascist broadcasts in Italy during World War II. The Bollingen Prize was presented annually through 1963 when Robert Frost was the recipient, after which it became a biennial award. The $5,000 award was upped to $10,000 in 1989, when Edgar Bowers was the prize winner, and to $25,000 in 1995. The $25,000 award went to poet, Kenneth Koch.
    1952 - Amy Tan’s birthday in Oakland, CA.  American-Chinese author. At age 26, she learned that her mother had three daughters from a previous marriage and journeyed to China to meet them. The experience helped inspire her first novel, “The Joy Luck Club” (1989), a collection of stories about three generations of Chinese and Chinese-American women. The book became a bestseller and was made into a movie in 1993.  Tan's second novel, “The Kitchen God's Wife” (1991), was followed in 1995 by “The Hundred Secret Senses,” which explored ghosts, past lives, and Asian vs. American values. She also wrote two children's books and played in a band called the Rock Bottom Remainders with fellow writers Stephen King and Dave Barry.
    1953 – Georgia approved the first literature censorship board in the US.
    1954 - Top Hits
“Oh! My Pa-Pa” - Eddie Fisher
“Secret Love” - Doris Day
“Till Then” - The Hilltoppers
“Wake Up, Irene” - Hank Thompson
    1953 - T-Bird Hatches.  The Thunderbird entered production for the 1955 model year as a sporty two-seat convertible. Ford created a new market segment, the personal car to position it differently from its competitor, the Corvette sports car.

    1953 – Marine Corps pilot Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet after flying a combat mission in Korea. The plane was hit by enemy fire and exploded in flames just moments after Williams escaped to safety.
    1955 - Saxophone player David Murray’s birthday, Berkeley, CA.
    1955 - Dot Records launched "Two Hearts, Two Kisses, One Love," the first single by Pat Boone.
    1956 - Elvis Presley performs three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, FL, billed as "Country Music's Mr. Rhythm."
    1957 – Former Oakland A’s ace Dave Stewart was born in Oakland.  Stewart's MLB playing career spanned from 1978 through 1995, winning three World Series championships with the Oakland A’s while compiling a career 3.95 ERA and a 168–129 won-lost record, including winning 20 games in four consecutive seasons. Stewart was known for his post-season performance – winning one World Series MVP Award and two League Championship Awards.
    1958 - The Miracles released their first single, "Got a Job," on lead singer Smokey Robinson's 18th birthday. The record was an answer to the Silhouettes' number-one hit, "Get a Job." The other side of the record was “My Mama Done Told Me.” Motown released first Miracles single, "Got a Job" b/w "My Mama Done Told Me". 
    1959 – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was born in Jamestown, NY.
    1960 - Bill Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
    1962 - Top Hits
“Duke of Earl” - Gene Chandler
“Norman” - Sue Thompson
“The Wanderer” - Dion
“Walk on By” - Leroy Van Dyke
    1963 - Betty Friedan published “The Feminine Mystique,” a call for women to achieve their full potential. Her book generated enormous response and revitalized the women's movement in the US. 
    1963 - Russia told President John F. Kennedy that it would withdraw several thousand troops from Cuba by March 15.
    1965 - Rod Stewart and his group The Soul Agents played their first major gig at a club in the London Borough of Harrow. 
    1966 - The first concert presented by Chet Helms at the San Francisco Fillmore with Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company.
    1966 - Lou Christie enjoys his only US number one record with "Lightnin' Strikes," a song that his record company, MGM, hated so much, they initially refused to release.
    1966 - Penn State University named Joe Paterno its head football coach. With 409 victories, Paterno is the winningest coach in college football history. Under Paterno, the Nittany Lions won 24 bowl games and 2 national championships.  His career ended with his dismissal from the team in 2011 as a result of the sex scandal for which former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was imprisoned.  Paterno died early in 2012 from lung cancer shortly after his dismissal.
    1966 - Robert F. Kennedy suggested the U.S. offer the Vietcong a role in governing South Vietnam.
    1968 - ZABITOSKY, FRED WILLIAM, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class (then S/Sgt.), U.S. Army, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 19 February 1968. Entered service at: Trenton, N.J. Born: 27 October 1942, Trenton, N.J. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sfc. Zabitosky, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving as an assistant team leader of a 9-man Special Forces long-range reconnaissance patrol. Sfc. Zabitosky's patrol was operating deep within enemy-controlled territory when they were attacked by a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army unit. Sfc. Zabitosky rallied his team members, deployed them into defensive positions, and, exposing himself to concentrated enemy automatic weapons fire, directed their return fire. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Sfc. Zabitosky ordered his patrol to move to a landing zone for helicopter extraction while he covered their withdrawal with rifle fire and grenades. Rejoining the patrol under increasing enemy pressure, he positioned each man in a tight perimeter defense and continually moved from man to man, encouraging them and controlling their defensive fire. Mainly due to his example, the outnumbered patrol maintained its precarious position until the arrival of tactical air support and a helicopter extraction team. As the rescue helicopters arrived, the determined North Vietnamese pressed their attack. Sfc. Zabitosky repeatedly exposed himself to their fire to adjust suppressive helicopter gunship fire around the landing zone. After boarding 1 of the rescue helicopters, he positioned himself in the door delivering fire on the enemy as the ship took off. The helicopter was engulfed in a hail of bullets and Sfc. Zabitosky was thrown from the craft as it spun out of control and crashed. Recovering consciousness, he ignored his extremely painful injuries and moved to the flaming wreckage. Heedless of the danger of exploding ordnance and fuel, he pulled the severely wounded pilot from the searing blaze and made repeated attempts to rescue his patrol members but was driven back by the intense heat. Despite his serious burns and crushed ribs, he carried and dragged the unconscious pilot through a curtain of enemy fire to within 10 feet of a hovering rescue helicopter before collapsing. Sfc. Zabitosky's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1968 – The first US teachers’ strike hit Florida.
    1969 – Boeing’s first test flight of the 747.
    1970 – Former Cy Young Award and 31-game winner Denny McLain was suspended for bookmaking.  McLain is the last pitcher in the Majors to win 30 games in 1968, producing a 31–6 record along with a 1.96 earned run average, leading the Detroit Tigers to the American League pennant.
    1970 - Top Hits
“Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”/”Everybody is a Star” - Sly & The Family Stone
“Hey There Lonely Girl” - Eddie Holman
“No Time” - The Guess Who
“It’s Just a Matter of Time” - Sonny James
    1970 - Chicago Seven Trial: Dellinger, Davis, Hayden, Hoffman, and Rubin found guilty of crossing state lines to incite riot; Froines and Weiner acquitted; attorneys William Kunstler and Leonard Weinglass sentenced for contempt of court on February 18; all appealed on February 19
    1972 - "A Horse With No Name" by America entered the US charts on its way to number one. The group, formed by three sons of American servicemen stationed in Britain, was discovered by Jeff Dexter, a deejay for a British underground radio station.
    1972 - Sammy Davis Jr. makes his notorious guest appearance on CBS' “All in the Family,” giving the show's main character, white bigot Archie Bunker, a big kiss.
    1972 - Nilsson's "Without You" hits #1
    1974 - Dick Clark staged his first American Music Awards. The awards, determined by the votes of music fans, were a response to the industry-dominated Grammy Awards. Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy and Roger Miller are among the hosts at the very first American Music Awards, presented based on record sales, airplay as well as votes. Among this years' winners are The Carpenters for Favorite Band; Jim Croce, Favorite Male Artist; Helen Reddy, Favorite Female Artist; and Tony Orlando and Dawn, Favorite Single for "Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree." 
    1976 - Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" is certified gold
    1976 - President Ford’s Proclamation 4417 rescinded executive Order 9066 that interned Japanese-Americans during World War II.
    1977 - Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" was released. The album would become one of the all-time biggest sellers - over 17-million copies in the US alone. It also won 1978's Best Album Grammy. "Rumours" contained four of the band's Top- 10 hits - "Go Your Own Way," "Dreams," "Don't Stop" and "You Make Loving Fun."
    1977 - Stevie Wonder won his third straight Album of the Year Grammy for "Songs in the Key of Life."
    1977 - Manfred Mann's Earth Band's "Blinded By The Light" hits #1
    1977 - Right wing Rod Gilbert of the New York Rangers scored the 1,000th point of his NHL career, a goal in the Rangers’ 5-2 loss of the New York Islanders. Gilbert entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.
    1977 - Snowflakes were observed at Homestead and Miami Beach in extreme southern Florida. 
    1978 - Top Hits
“Stayin’ Alive” - Bee Gees
“(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” - Andy Gibb
“Just the Way You Are” - Billy Joel
“Don’t Break the Heart that Loves You” - Margo Smith
    1980 - Vocalist Bon Scott of the Australian heavy-metal band AC/DC died after choking on his own vomit after an all- night drinking binge in London. He was 33. Scott's death came just months after AC/DC had scored their first North American success with the album "Highway to Hell." AC/DC was my son Dash’s favorite band, and I took him to all the San Francisco Bay Area concerts when he was young. I had also seen AC/DC play in local clubs, San Jose and Campbell, when they first started out and Bon Scott was wearing his outfit, and perhaps the group never sounded as good when he was the lead singer. Perhaps you did not know, but the band was named after Scott’s mother’s sewing machine. On the back, it said “AC /DC” as it could be used in Europe as well as Australia. He thought that was cool and electric being both AC or DC, that’s what he wanted to name his band after.
    1981 - A judge in New York determined that George Harrison subconsciously plagiarized "He's So Fine" when he wrote his 1970 hit, "My Sweet Lord." "He's So Fine" was written by Ronald Mack in 1963 for the Chiffons. Harrison was ordered to pay ABKCO Music $587,000 for “subconscious plagiarism.”
    1983 – Dodgers’ lefty Fernando Valenzuela won $1 million in arbitration.
    1984 – At the XIVth Winter Olympics in Sarjevo, Yugoslavia, skiers Phil and Steve Mahre of the US became the first brothers to finish first and second on the same Olympic event. Phil won the gold medal in the slalom, and Steve won the silver. The Soviet Union led all countries with 25 medals, the United States captured nine medals to tie for fifth place. Within the shadow of what was the Olympic Stadium, hundreds, maybe thousands, of Bosnians are now buried; the result of the civil war that began in the early 1990s
    1984 - Cale Yarborough became number-one hits. George Harrison
only the second driver to win consecutive Daytona 500 races by sweeping into the lead just two times from the finish and taking the checkered flag. Yarborough joined Richard Petty in this select circle.
    1985 - Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company, not at company headquarters in Atlanta, but in New York City, instead. Many who grew up in the 1950s rushed to buy the canned and/or bottled taste of nostalgia; hoping it would taste the same as they remembered. It was common to have a “Cherry Coke” or “lemon coke” and even a “chocolate coke.” Unfortunately, the taste was not what many of us remembered at the ice cream fountain or corner drug store (I guess I am that old as I remember going to Mamaroneck Junior High and stopping on the way home at the Larchmont corner drug store for a tall soda.
    1985 - William Schroeder was the first artificial heart patient to leave the hospital.  He spent 15 minutes outside Humana Hospital in Louisville, KY.
    1986 - Top Hits
“How Will I Know” - Whitney Houston
“When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” - Billy Ocean
“Kyrie” - Mr. Mister
“Makin’ Up for Lost Time” (The Dallas Lovers’ Song) - Crystal Gayle & Gary Morris
    1986 - Rap artist Kurtis Blow and rock musician Steven Van Zandt visited a Chicago high school to speak against apartheid. Van Zandt was the driving force behind Artists United Against Apartheid, a benefit group of 49 artists who recorded the 1985 hit "l Sun City." Proceeds from the record were to benefit political prisoners in South Africa.
    1987 - Willie Nelson's movie "Red-Headed Stranger," opened in Austin, Texas at a benefit for public television. The film, based on Nelson's 1975 concept album of the same name, also starred Katherine Ross and Morgan Fairchild.
    1987 - A controversial anti-smoking ad aired for the first time on television. It featured actor Yul Brynner in a public service announcement that was recorded shortly before his death from lung cancer. 
    1988 - Roy Acuff, the King of Country Music, celebrated his 50th anniversary on the Grand Ole Opry. Also marking his 50th year on the show was Acuff's guitar player, Pete Kirby, known as Bashful Brother Oswald. Honoring Acuff were such stars as Del Reeves, Porter Wagoner and Connie Smith. Acuff came out of the East Tennessee Hills in the 1930's to become the Opry's first singing star.
    1988 - Showers and thunderstorms in the southeastern U.S. drenched Valdosta, GA with more than five inches of rain, and the 24 hour rainfall total of 7.10 inches at Apalachicola, FL more than doubled their previous 24 hour record for February.
    1988 - Former Wham! front man George Michael played his debut solo concert at the Budokan in Tokyo. It was the first of six sold out Japanese dates on Michael's "Faith" world tour. The tour would wind up eight months later in Pensacola, Florida.
    1992 – In San Francisco, porn producer Jim Mitchell was found guilty of killing his brother Artie.  They were the Mitchell Brothers.
    1993 - Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" became the longest-running number-one pop single of the rock era, topping the Billboard chart for the 14th week. It broke the record set the previous October by Boyz II Men's "End of the Road." Before that, the record was held by Elvis Presley's double-sided hit "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog," which was number one for 11 weeks in 1956.
    1993 - Elton John had to cut short his encores at a show in Melbourne, Australia, after a swarm of crickets virtually took over the outdoor stage. John's publicist said the entertainer gave up when the bugs made the stage dangerously slippery.
    1994 - Michael Jackson drew a nearly five-minute standing ovation at the Jackson Family Honors show at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The singer, facing child abuse allegations at the time, presented a lifetime achievement award to Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. The audience later booed when they found out Michael wouldn't be performing solo at the event, which was telecast the following week. The following month, the producers of the concert sued the Jackson family, accusing them of fraud and claiming to have lost more than $1 million. $4.5 million was raised at what was billed as a charity event, but the Jacksons later acknowledged that only $100,000 would in fact go to charity.
    1994 - Olympian Bonnie Blair of Champaign, IL, became the first speed skater to win a gold medal in the same event in three consecutive Olympic Games when she won the 500 meters in Lillehammer, Norway. On Feb 23, she added a victory in the 1,000 meters to give her a total of five gold medals, more than any other American female athlete. The Soviet Union led all countries with 25 medals, the United States captured nine medals to tie for fifth place. Within the shadow of what was the Olympic Stadium, hundreds, maybe thousands, of Bosnians are now buried; the result of the civil war that began in the early 1990s.
    1995 - "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson married Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in Cancun, Mexico. The bride was reported to have worn "a very tiny - an extremely tiny - white bikini." The bridegroom wore white Bermuda shorts without shoes or shirt.
    1997 – The FCC designated 311 for non-emergency calls and 711 for hearing or speech-impaired emergency calls
    2001 - The Oklahoma City Bombing Museum was dedicated at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.
    2004 - Former Enron Corp. chief executive Jeffrey Skilling was charged with fraud, insider trading and other crimes in connection with the energy trader's collapse.
    2006 – A methane gas explosion killed 65 miners in a coal mine near Nueva Rosita, NM
    2007 – New Jersey, the third state to ratify the US Constitution, became the third state to offer civil unions to gay couples.
    2008 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in power for nearly 50 years, resigned the Cuban presidency for health reasons.
    2008 – Toshiba announced its formal recall of its HD DVD video formatting, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc
    2010 - The FBI concluded that Army scientist Bruce Ivins acted alone in the 2001 anthrax mailings that killed five people, and formally closed the case.
    2011 - Strong winds reaching as high as 40 mph with gusts to 53 mph topple the 48-year-old National Christmas tree. The 42-foot tall Colorado blue spruce sat just south of the White House on the Ellipse. It was transplanted there from York, Pennsylvania in 1978.
    2014 - As part of its increasing move into mobile presence, Facebook announced that it will purchase WhatsApp for $19 billion.  Younger users seem to prefer communicating with mobile apps, which allow them to avoid cell phone texting charges.



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