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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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Consumer Spending, Private Investment
    Drive GDP Growth
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Ads
    We Are Growing Our Senior Sales Team Now!
    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Bank Branch Closures Hit Record:
    269 In California Shuttered
Introducing Leasing News Advisor
    Phil Dushey
NFS Leasing, Inc. Reports 16% Year-Over-Year
    Growth of Originations in 2021
AACFB Announces Scholarship Winner
    Kyla Rangaard
    Gloucester, Massachusetts  Adopt-a-Dog
The Teams with the Most Super Bowl Appearances
     and Wins  -- Chart
News Briefs---
Ritchie Bros. sells $33+ million of farmland and equipment
    in its largest agricultural auction ever
Tom Brady’s $15 million bonus
    — what happens to it?
Silicon Valley economy is in “surprisingly good shape”
    Q&A with Russell Hancock, Pres./CEO Joint Venture Silicon Valley
Teachers Are Quitting, and
     Companies Are Hot to Hire Them
GM Earnings Rose Sharply in 2021
     Says it needs to accelerate its electric-vehicle efforts

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The chart above breaks down the 2021 GDP into its four components and shows how much each component contributed to the total growth of 5.7 percent

The U.S. economy bounced back from its pandemic-induced slump in 2021, growing at the fastest clip since 1984. According to the first preliminary estimate released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), real GDP increased 5.7 percent in 2021, more than making up for the 3.4 percent decrease suffered in the previous year.

Increases in personal consumption expenditure (both goods and services) and private domestic investment were the main drivers behind the upswing, as government spending stalled and imports outpaced exports, leading to a negative overall contribution from international trade.

Personal consumption, by far the largest component of the GDP, increased by 7.9 percent compared to the previous year, thanks to a steep increase in spending on (durable) goods and a more moderate rebound of service spending compared to lockdown-stricken 2020.

By Felix Richter, Statista


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Scott Clendenan was hired as Vice President of Syndication at Sonoma Capital, Saint-Bruno, Quebec, Canada. He is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Previously he was Syndications Manager and National Sales Manager, Mid-Ticket Business, SWB, National Leasing (October, 2006 - November, 2013); Senior Manager, Commercial Banking, National Bank of Canada, (November, 2002 - October, 2006); Senior Account Manager, Business Banking, CIBC (March, 1994 - November, 2002). Education: University of Manitoba, Commerce (1988 - 1992).

Quentin Cote was promoted to President, Orion First Financial, Gig Harbor, Washington. He joined the firm April, 2020, as Executive Vice President. "CEO Dave Schaefer noted Cote’s contributions to Orion’s growth and marketplace innovation. 'Quentin takes a deep interest in our clients and their well-being. This quality, and his ability to lead a high-performing team, are what the company needs as it continues to grow. Quentin has greatly influenced the strategic direction of the company.'” Previously, he was Advisor, (September, 2013 - September, 2016); Special Advisor, LeaseQ, Woburn, Massachusetts; Director, Sherman Financial Group (October, 2012 - August, 2013), Principal, Colonnade Advisors, LLC (February, 2012 - October, 2012), Managing Director, Babson Capital Management (August, 2008 - August, 2011), Consultant, Scottish Re (February, 2008 - August, 2008), Head of Private Investments, Cambridge Place Investment Manager (March, 2005 - October, 2008), Vice President, State Street Bank (October, 1997 - March, 2005), Senior Manager, Renaissance Worldwide (August, 1994 - October, 1997), Summer Associate, McKinsey & Company (June, 1993 - August, 1993). Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management SM Management (1992 – 1994), Dartmouth College, AB, Government (1984 – 1988), Tilton School (1982 – 1984), Princeton High School (1980 – 1982).

Jennifer "Jenny" Dubinsky, CPA, CLFP, was promoted to Senior Vice President and Director of Contract Operations, Orion First Financial, Gig Harbor, Washington. She joined the firm June, 2019, as Director of Accounting and Finance. “She doesn’t just manage teams. She builds them. She leads them,” said CEO David Schaefer. “She’s seen us through some dramatic growth and has a clear vision for her group and the organization as a whole.”  Previously, she was Director of Operations, Lighthouse Christian School (May, 2010 - June, 2019); Director of Finance, Labor Works, Inc (2000 - 2006); Senior Auditor, Deloitte Consulting (1993 - 1997). Licenses and Certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Washington State Board of Accountancy.  Certified Lease and Finance Professional, 2021. Education: University of Washington.

Martin Gagnon was hired by Sonoma Capital, Saint-Bruno, Quebec, Canada. Previously, he was General Manager, Quebec, National Leasing (September, 2012 - February, 2022); President, Global FC (April, 2001). Licenses: MIT Sloan School of Management, three certifications. Volunteer: Administrateur conseil d'administration, Accuel Bonneau (June, 2016 - May, 2020)

 Brandon Lemucchi was hired as Account Executive, Partners Capital Group, Santa Ana, California.  He is located in Downey, California. Previously, he was Business Development Specialist, Fletcher Jones Motorcars (September, 2020 - August, 2020); Account Manager, Pacific Office Automation (October, 2018 - August, 2020); Sales Supervisor,, Sprint (June, 2017 - September, 2018); Front End Lead, Costco Wholesale (May, 2013 - June, 2017); Sales Associate, Big % Sporting Goods (June, 2010 - September, 2013). Education: California State University, Long Beach. Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management (2013 - 2016). Cypress College, Associate of Science (2010 - 2013). Rio Hondo College (2009 - 2010). St. John Bosco High School (2005 - 2009).

Tom Rutherford was hired as Executive Vice President, VFS LLC, Clarkston, Michigan.  He is located in Rochester, Michigan. He formerly joined Crestmark Equipment Finance,  October, 2014, as Chief Operating Officer, promoted February, 2018, Division President, promoted January, 2021, SVP Strategic Initiatives.  Prior, he was COO, TIP Capital (April, 1999 - February, 2018); VP Syndications, AT&T Systems Leasing (1994 -1999). Volunteer: Member, ELFA Board of Directors (October, 2019 - Present). Education: Wayne State University, MBA Finance. UC San Diego, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Biology.

Robert (Scott) Stanton was promoted to Vice President, Credit Administration, Byline Financial Group, a division of Byline Bank, Deerfield, Illinois. He is located in the greater Chicago, Area. Previously, he was AVP Credit Administration, joining January, 2013. Originations Supervisor, Lease Finance Group, LLC (2009 - 2011); Director of Credit/Branch Manager, Marlin Capital Solutions (November, 2003 - March, 2009); Project Manager, Aldridge Electric (2001 -2003); Program Analyst, Vendor Finance Division, Fleet Capital Leasing (2000 - 2001); Account Manager, Technology Division, Deutsche Financial Services (1996 - 2000). Education, Northern Illinois University (B.A.), Journalism and Political Science (1991 -1995).

Helen Steinberg was promoted to Vice President, Underwriting, Encina Equipment Finance, Westport, Connecticut.  She is located in Norwalk, Connecticut. She joined the firm November, 2018, Assistant Vice President, Underwriting. Previously, she was at GE Capital, starting June, 2008, Commercial Loan Portfolio Analyst (June, 2008), promoted January, 2012, Financial Analyst, Financial Planning and Analysis, HQ IT and HR;  promoted March, 2014, Risk Analytics, Economic Capital Analyst, Technical Writer, Model Development COE, promoted May, 2016, Associate Investment Strategy, Power. Volunteer, Teacher, Junior Achievement USA (May, 2014 - Present). Education: NYU Stern School of Business, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance (2010 - 2013). Baruch College, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English.

Paul F. Titterton was appointed as Next President of Rail North America, Chicago, Illinois, effective April 22, 2022. "Mr. Titterton will succeed Robert C. Lyons, who as previously announced will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer of GATX Corporation, effective the same date. Mr. Titterton, currently Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Rail North America, will also be appointed an Executive Vice President of GATX Corporation on the transition date."   He joined GATX  August, 1997, Associate Director, Corporate Finance, promoted August, 1999, Director, Structured Transaction, promoted December, 2002, Vice President of Fleet Portfolio Management, promoted April, 2007, Vice President, Strategic Growth, promoted October, 2008k VP and Executive Director, Fleet Portfolio, Management, promoted November, 2011, Vice President and Group Executive, Fleet Management, Marketing and Government Affairs, promoted June, 2013, as Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, North American Rail, promoted April, 2015, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, North American Rail, promoted Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, North American Rail, August, 2018. He was appointed Board Member of John Howard Association of Illinois, promoted August, 2020, Treasurer and Executive Committee Member; September, 2016, appointed Trustee, John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library.  Director, Adirondack Railway Preservation Society, December, 2018 - October, 2020); Director, Providence and Worcester Railroad Company, (January, 2008 - April, 2014), Member, Management Committee, AAE Cargo AG (April, 2007 - December, 2011).  Licenses and Certifications, CFA Charter, CFA Institute, Issued June, 2009. Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, Issued January, 1992.  Volunteer: Assistant Scoutmaster, Winnetka Troop 20 (March, 2020 - May, 2021); Den Leader, Wilmette Pack 1 (August, 2013 - March, 2020).  Education: Harvard University, BA with Honors, History (September, 1993 - June, 1997). Activities and Societies: Treasurer (1996), Public Relations Director (1995), and member of the Board of Directors (1994 - 1997) of the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Served as producer, stage manager, lighting designer, and master electrician for over 3-dozen theatrical productions. Activities and societies: Treasurer (1996), Public Relations Director (1995), and member of the Board of Directors (1994-1997) of the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players. Served as producer, stage manager, lighting designer, and master electrician for over 3-dozen theatrical productions. Wrote senior honors thesis on the impact of state regulation and the relative economic health of carriers on labor relations outcomes in the rail industry in the post WWII era. Wrote senior honors thesis on the impact of state regulation and the relative economic health of carriers on labor relations outcomes in the rail industry in the post WWII era. Pleasantville High School (1989 - 1993).

Raunora Westcott was hired as Equipment Finance Specialist, Catalyst Finance Company, Manitoba, Canada. Previously, she was Account Manager, National Leasing (December, 1998 - January, 2022); Dietary Aid, Golden West Lodge (1991 -1999). Volunteer: Board of Directors, Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce, 2008, named Executive Secretary in 2013, (serving until May, 2015), located in the west side of Winnipeg.  Education: Red River College Polytechnic, Business Administration Diploma with Honors, Marketing (1996 - 1998).  The University of Winnipeg (1994 - 1995).


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Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Top originators in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry know the strengths and weaknesses of their competition. They understand that fierce competition is an indicator of an active market with plenty of opportunity for all originators.

A few years ago, a seasoned originator claimed that a competitor was outperforming him on every level. The competitor had significantly lower yields, longer terms, leaner credit criteria, faster turn-around, etc. I asked more questions about this new competitor and answered the originator's concerns with, "The competitor's business model is unsustainable. The competitor is taking too great of risk and not being paid for that risk. The competitor has lax procedures. There is no need or want to compete against stupidity. Don't try to beat this competitor - just hold steady and play the long-game." In less than a year that unbelievable competitor was no longer offering the same unrealistic products and services. Today, that unbelievable competitor is no longer in business. If it's too good to be true, it is probably unsustainable or misunderstood.

There are great competitors in the marketplace that need to be emulated and respected. Some of my greatest lessons learned were derived from competitors. Most participants in the industry have strong competitive products and services. There are many variances and nuances in which one competitor is more proficient while others may be lacking. Rather than shying away from these differences it is best to learn from what others may be doing. "Rather than building a new mouse trap, it may be wiser to adapt what others have created and make it better."

Competition is good for the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry. Competition is good for savvy originators. Competition is good for end-users and vendors. Embrace your competition, learn from your competition, and outperform your competition.

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Bank Branch Closures Hit Record:
269 In California Shuttered

The S&P Global Marketing Intelligence reported U.S. bank retail branch closures increased by 38 percent, a record, in 2021.

U.S. banks closed nearly 4,000 branches and opened 1,000, for a net loss of 2,927 branches as the pandemic increased digital banking for a second straight year.

S&P Global’s Zach Fox and Umer Khan wrote in the report, “Banks have accelerated plans to consolidate their branch footprints as the Covid-19 pandemic encouraged consumer adoption of mobile and digital channels wrote in the report. “Further, banks have faced a tough operating environment, with low interest rates pressuring margins and forcing a reconsideration of expenses.

“Bank mergers as well as other banks have accelerated plans to consolidate their branch footprints as the Covid-19 pandemic encouraged consumer adoption of mobile and digital channels.

“Further, banks have faced a tough operating environment, with low interest rates pressuring margins and forcing a reconsideration of expenses.”

Banks closing the most locations were:

  • Wells Fargo & Co., net closure of 267 branches, to 4,894.
  • U.S. Bancorp, net closure of 257 branches, to 2,572.
  • Truist Financial Corp., net closure of 234 branches, to 2,553.
  • Huntington Bancshares Inc., net closure of 221 branches to 1,445.
  • Bank of America Corp., net closure of 166 branches to 4,084

Other banks opened dozens of branches “as lenders continue to use retail branches as a marketing and consumer acquisition tool even while more consumers use digital and mobile services,” the report said.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. opened 169 new branches while at the same time pruning its brick-and-mortar footprint, closing 129 branches on net. JP Morgan Chase & Co. now has banks in the 48 contiguous states.

Bank of America added 53 locations while still reducing its physical presence.

U.S. banks closed 1,417 banks in 2019, the last full year before the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, banks shuttered 2,126 brick-and-mortar locations.

Source: San Francisco, California Patch



Introducing Leasing News Advisor
Phil Dushey

Philip Dushey
Global Financial Services
1 State Street
New York NY 10004
Phone 212-480-4900

Phil is one of the original founding members of the Leasing News Advisory Board. Phil Dushey has been active in the finance and leasing industry for the over 40 years. His first company was Global Financial Services, which is still active and successful today. Global specializes in all types of financing such as equipment leasing, accounts receivable financing, debt restructuring, and establishing lines of credit. Mr. Dushey feels that to be competitive in today's expanding financial climate a company must be able to service all of his clients’ needs not just equipment leasing.

In 1989, Mr. Dushey saw a need for a company that would serve the needs of churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship throughout the country for equipment Leasing. At the time, most financing sources were reticent regarding religious institutions. He then formed Global Church Financing. It continues to be the leading company in providing financing to churches and other religious institutions today.

In 2001, Mr. Dushey fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams and formed Global Financial Training Program.
He believes it is the most comprehensive and successful training school in the country to train people who want to enter the finance and leasing business. The program includes everything they need to enter the business. He says he very much enjoys teaching how to make money in the finance industry based on 38 years of experience.

Mr. Dushey is a founding member of the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers, who changed their name to American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers.

He has been a member and speaker at many leasing organizations for several years.

He and his wife Laurie have been married for 51 years, with six grandchildren, three boys and three girls age 13, 15, 17, 21, 23 and 25.


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NFS Leasing, Inc. Reports 16% Year-Over-Year
Growth of Originations in 2021

Growth results attributed to value, agility and service to customers

Beverly, Mass.—NFS Leasing, Inc., a privately-held leader in equipment finance across the U.S. and Canada, today announced that it achieved 16% year-over-year growth of originations in 2021.

Ashley Whyman, President, NFS Leasing, commented, “Our growth throughout 2021 speaks to the strength of our team, our ability to move quickly in response to company inquiries, and the value we bring to our customers.

 “Our solutions are designed to meet a need when traditional financing may not be available for companies. NFS delivers flexible equipment financing to provide companies with opportunities for future growth and success.”

In 2021, as a complement to NFS Leasing’s core business, the company began a soft launch of a small-ticket program, with a full launch and automation planned for later in 2022. The program provides equipment leases with transaction sizes ranging from $25,000 to $150,000. Additionally, NFS saw an increase in transactions in the aviation industry last year.

Dean Oliver, Executive Vice President of Sales, Principal, NFS Leasing, said, “As we enter 2022 and look ahead to the possibilities that a new year brings, we continue our commitment to transform companies with our unique solutions and offerings while providing exceptional services to support their growth vision.”

To contact NFS Leasing for a custom finance solution, visit


NFS Leasing is a privately-held independent equipment finance leader with more than 15 years of experience. NFS Leasing is a story lender and provides flexible equipment financing and secured loans to small and middle market non-investment grade companies in the U.S. and Canada. NFS uses its own balance sheet capital and provides customized solutions supporting emerging, turnaround and established businesses. NFS Leasing is proud to have created thousands of jobs and infused over $1,000,000,000 of capital into businesses. Contact us today and tell us your story at

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AACFB Announces Scholarship Winner
Kyla Rangaard

Louisville, Kentucky --The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB) is pleased to announce Kyla Rangaard as the winner of 2022 AACFB Scholarship.

In October of 2020, the AACFB announced the new scholarship program open to high school seniors and students attending a trade or technical school in addition to those attending a two or four-year institution of higher learning. Kyla, a high school senior in Canby, Minnesota will be the second recipient of the scholarship and will receive an award of $500.

The Scholarship Task Force was impressed with Kyla’s record as a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Youth Against Misusing Substances. She is also the president of the Oshkosh Wide Awakes 4-H Club and captain of the volleyball team. Kyla has been on the honor roll throughout her high school career and has shown herself to be an outstanding individual.

Upon receiving the news of this scholarship award Kyla shared her gratitude. “Thank you so much for selecting me for this scholarship! I will be putting the money towards my future at Minnesota State University, Mankato. It will be very helpful to me this upcoming year and I really appreciate it!”

Kyla was recommended by Jaci  Weber, Director of Operations, American Financial Partners. Jaci stated, “I am so excited that Kyla Rangaard was selected to be the recipient of the AACFB scholarship! She is a great kid and is very deserving of this scholarship. She is a leader academically and athletically. She is a motivated individual, hardworking, and dependable. Just the person you would want on your team or as a friend!”

The AACFB hopes to grow the scholarship fund and increase the award amounts in the future. Donations to the scholarship fund may be made HERE. More information is available at Questions about the program may be sent to

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Watch at Home:
by Fernando Croce

Family dramas, splashy animation, and Shakespearean adaptations are included in the latest, especially diverse batch of streaming releases.

C’mon C’mon (Vudu): Mike Mills (“20th Century Women”) continues his tragicomic studies of offbeat families with this tender drama, which features Joaquin Phoenix’s gentlest turn in years. Phoenix plays Johnny, a Los Angeles radio journalist working on a project dealing with the hopes and anxieties of children. His project suddenly gets more personal when he’s asked by his estranged sister, Viv (Gaby Hoffman), to help her look after her nine-year-old son, Jesse (Woody Norman). As uncle and nephew embark on a cross-country trip, their bond deepens in surprising ways. Shot in black and white and showcasing plenty of Mills’ customary melancholy whimsy, the movie paints a bittersweet portrait of mutual growth between characters. The atmosphere of emotional generosity is enhanced by the cast’s sincere performances, particularly Phoenix’s and Hoffman’s.

Encanto (Disney+, Vudu, Apple TV): Disney animation meets magical realism in this charming, vibrant account of a most unusual family. Set in an enchanted town in the mountains of Colombia, it centers on the Madrigal clan, where every person has a magical power linked to their personality. Every person, that is, except young Mirabel (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz), who, while searching for her own magic, gradually learns of the problems hidden behind the family’s cheerful surface. Connecting a dozen characters, including the banished Bruno (John Leguizamo) and the matriarchal Abuela (Maria Cecilia Botero), the film offers a heartfelt portrait of intergenerational community. Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, the pair behind “Zootopia,” and with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the movie thoroughly hums with visual and melodic delights.

The Tragedy of Macbeth (Apple TV+): In his first movie without the collaboration of his brother Ethan, Oscar winner Joel Coen (“No Country for Old Men”) tackles Shakespeare’s often-filmed tale of ambition and terror with stark style. Denzel Washington is expectedly towering as the eponymous character, a Scottish lord who, on his way back home from warfare, runs into a trio of witches who tell him a prophecy about him seizing the throne from King Duncan(Brendan Gleeson). His doubts about betrayal are fiercely quashed by Lady Macbeth (Frances McDormand, equally formidable), whose hunger for glory pushes her husband into increasingly bloody intrigue. Tackling a story previously told by such cinema giants as Orson Welles and Roman Polanski, Coen gives it anuncanny, visually spectacular spin of his own.

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Vudu, Apple TV, Amazon Prime): While waiting for the virtual release of his acclaimed “Drive My Car,” viewers can check out the other film from Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, a wry, beguiling trio of intertwined stories. In the first, one friend tells another about an unusual romantic date, which causes one of them to become suspicious and visit an ex-boyfriend. In the second, a housewife becomes involved in a lover’s plan to entrap a university professor. In the last, set in a time where technology has been ravaged by a computer virus, a small-town high school reunion sets the stage for estranged friends to meet again. Though different in subject, the episodes are linked by haunting poignancy, and by Hamaguchi’s delicate, piercing approach. With subtitles.

Zeros and Ones (Vudu, Apple TV): A fearless filmmaker, Abel Ferrara (“Bad Lieutenant”) never avoids the dark corners of humanity, where spiritual apocalypses are the norm. So it’s no surprise to see him addressing the current pandemic with his trademark blend of the harrowing and the moving in this enigmatic, absorbing guerrilla-style drama. Ethan Hawke does double duty as a military operative called J.J. and his revolutionary brother Justin, who are dealing with a modern wasteland in contrasting ways. The plot is deliberately murky, involving terrorist attacks, Russian agents, and odd surveillance tactics. What Ferrara focuses instead is on a palpable sense of disintegration affecting his characters, where salvation is a light flickering feebly but insistently in a tunnel of sin. The results are moody, probing, and grimly poetic.


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The Los Angeles Rams will face off against the Cincinnati Bengals in the LVI Super Bowl, taking place on Feb 13, 2022, at the Ram's home stadium in Inglewood, California. While the Bengals are entering their third Super Bowl after an upset win against 2020 champs, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Rams are already on their fifth Super Bowl appearance.

The Los Angeles Rams can, so far, only look back on one Super Bowl win - in 2000, when they were called the St. Louis Rams. While this is not a lot compared to other teams, it is not the worst performance in history. There are still four teams - the Cleveland Browns, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans - which have never played a Super Bowl, and 9 more teams which have competed only once or twice. Jacksonville and Houston only joined the competition in 1995 and 2002, respectively.

With their unfortunate wins-to-participations ratio, the Rams might be itching to succeed again at the upcoming Super Bowl, but so are the Bengals. They are competing for the third time and have no wins at all under their belt yet.

By Katharina Buchholz, Statista


News Briefs---

Ritchie Bros. sells $33+ million of farmland and equipment
      in its largest agricultural auction ever

Tom Brady’s $15 million bonus
— what happens to it?, Saint-Bruno

Silicon Valley economy is in “surprisingly good shape”
Q&A with Russell Hancock, Pres./CEO Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Teachers Are Quitting, and
     Companies Are Hot to Hire Them

GM Earnings Rose Sharply in 2021
     Says it needs to accelerate its electric-vehicle efforts


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Next winter storm will stretch over 2,000 miles
   85 Million people in 21 States Seriously Affected 



Sports Briefs---

Tom Brady Officially Retires from the NFL After 22 Seasons
     Oddly, Didn't Mention the Patriots in his Retirement Announcement

Tom Brady’s former teammates, competitors
react to his retirement announcement

Tom Brady goes down as the greatest athlete
in the storied history of Boston sports

Jimmy Garoppolo bids farewell to 49ers’ tenure:
‘Love you guys. See ya’

49ers QB Garoppolo to have thumb surgery ASAP
with eye toward trade timeline: report

The Broncos are officially up for sale

Oakland Coliseum to host public John Madden memorial


California Nuts Briefs---

S.F. has 40,000 empty homes. Would taxing them
    help solve the city’s housing crisis?

‘Drought still far from over.’ Sierra snow survey
shows results of dry January

BART was supposed to go from San Francisco to Napa
in 45 minutes. Here's what happened to the route



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Wine of the week: Greenwing, 2019
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Winery DTC Shipments Reach Record $4.2 Billion in 2021

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is hard at work in his vineyards, trusting advice from Willie Stargell

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This Day in History

    1633 - The tobacco laws of Virginia were codified, limiting tobacco production to reduce dependence on a single-crop economy. The main export was tobacco to Europe, who had become addicted.   
    1653 – In the Colonies, New Amsterdam was incorporated a city and would later be renamed New York, after James, the Duke of York, brother to the English King Charles II.
    1709 - British sailor Alexander Selkirk was rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years.  His story inspired "Robinson Crusoe."
    1780 – The British fleet carrying General Clinton’s 8,000-man army arrives from New York off Charleston, South Carolina.    
    1787 - Arthur St. Clair was elected the 9th President of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation.
    1788 – Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the US Constitution.
    1790 - The Supreme Court of the United States met for the first time in New York City with Chief Justice John Jay presiding.
    1798 - Federal St Theater, Boston, became the first in the US to be destroyed by fire.
    1842 – Fairmount, PA:  the first wire suspension bridge was opened to traffic.
    1843 – Settlers from the US and England in Oregon Territory chose their government committee.
    1848 – The first ship carrying Chinese immigrants arrived in San Francisco.
    1848 - Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended The Mexican War.  The US acquired Texas, California, New Mexico, and Arizona for $15 million.

    1860 - The first Rabbi to open the House of Representatives with prayer was Rabbi Morris Jacob Raphall, rabbi of Congregation B'nai Jeshurn, New York City, who delivered the invocation at the first session of the 36th congress.
    1860 - Decree from Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, orders representatives of the different states to assemble at Platt's Music Hall in San Francisco to change laws to ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring.
    1861 - Texas seceded from the Union and joined the Confederate States of America.
    1861 – Birthday of Solomon Guggenheim (d. 1949), American businessman and philanthropist, who founded the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in Philadelphia.  Born into a wealthy mining family, Guggenheim founded the Yukon Gold Company in Alaska, among other business interests. He began collecting art in the 1890s, and after World War I, he retired from his business to pursue full-time art collecting. 
    1862 – “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” written by Julia Ward Howe, was first published in the Atlantic Monthly. The song's music was inspired by the song "John Brown's Body." Howe just wrote new words for the existing music.
    1863 - Samuel Clemens became Mark Twain for the first time.
    1865 - President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, abolishing slavery: "1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States or any place subject to their jurisdiction. 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." The amendment had been proposed by the Congress Jan 31, 1865; ratification was completed Dec 6, 1865.
    1865 - The first African-American lawyer admitted to practice before the Supreme Court was John S. Rock. His admittance was moved by Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts. Chief Justice Salmon Portland Chase presided. It would be the last triumphant act in a life overflowing with achievement, for Rock died suddenly on December 3, 1866. He was interred at the Twelfth Baptist Church and buried with full Masonic honors at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA.
    1869 – A removable tempered steel plow blade was invented by James Oliver.
    1872 - Brigham Young, the 71-year-old leader of the Mormon Church, was arrested on a charge of bigamy. He had 25 wives.
    1876 – The National League in baseball was established with the following teams:  Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis
    1878 - Hattie Wyatt Caraway (d. 1950) was born at Bakersville, TN.  She became a US senator from Arkansas when her husband died in 1931 and she was appointed to fill out his term. The following year, she ran for the seat herself and became the first woman elected to the US Senate. She served 14 years there, becoming an adept and tireless legislator (once introducing 43 bills on the same day) who worked for women's rights (once co-sponsoring an equal rights amendment), supported New Deal policies as well as Prohibition and opposed the increasing influence of lobbyists.
    1882 – The Knights of Columbus formed in New Haven, CT
    1882 – James Joyce (d. 1941) was born in Dublin, Ireland.  In the opinion of some critics, notably Edmund Wilson, he deserved to rank with the great innovators of literature as one whose influence upon other writers of his time was incalculable. On the other hand, there were critics like Max Eastman who gave him a place with Gertrude Stein and T.S. Eliot among the "Unintelligibles" and there was Professor Irving Babbitt of Harvard who dismissed his most widely read novel, "Ulysses," as one which only could have been written "in an advanced stage of psychic disintegration." Other well-known works are the short-story collection “Dubliners” (1914), and the novels, “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” (1916) and “Finnegan’s Wake” (1939). His other writings include three books of poetry, a play, his published letters and occasional journalism.
    1886 - William Rose Benet (d. 1950), American poet and credit, born at Fort Hamilton, NY. 
       1888 - Frank Sprague opened the first successful U.S. electric street railway system, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, in Richmond, VA.
    1890 – Talk about a pioneer!  Alice Sanger became the first female White House staffer.
    1892 - Ellis Island opened as America's first federal immigration center. Annie Moore, at age 15, became the first person to pass through.
    1893 - The first moving picture studio was built at Thomas Edison's laboratory compound at West Orange, NJ, at a cost of less than $700. The wooden structure of irregular oblong shape was covered with black tar paper. It had a sharply sloping roof hinged at one edge so that half of it could be raised to admit sunlight. Fifty feet in length, it was mounted on a pivot enabling it to be swung around to follow the changing position of the sun. There was a stage draped in black at one end of the room. Though the structure was officially called a Kinetographic Theater, it was nicknamed the "Black Maria" because it resembled an old-fashioned police wagon.
    1895 - Film director John Ford was born Sean Aloysius O'Feeney (d. 1973) at Cape Elizabeth, ME. Ford won his first Academy Award in 1935 for “The Informer.” Among his many other films: “Stagecoach,” “Young Mr. Lincoln,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “How Green Was My Valley,” “Rio Grande,” “What Price Glory?” and “Mister Roberts.” During World War II, he served as chief of the Field Photographic Branch of the OSS. Two documentaries made during the war earned him Academy Awards.
    1895 – George Halas (d. 1983), NFL pioneer and long-time owner and coach of the Chicago Bears, was born in Chicago.  Serving as an ensign in the Navy during World War I, he played the Great Lakes Naval Air Station team and was named MVP of the 1919 Rose Bowl.  Afterward, he played baseball, eventually earning a promotion to the New York Yankees, where he played 12 games as an outfielder in 1919. However, a hip injury effectively ended his baseball career. Halas moved to Decatur, IL to take a position with the A.E. Staley Company, a starch manufacturer. He served as a company sales representative, an outfielder on the company-sponsored baseball team, and the player-coach of the company-sponsored football team, the Decatur Staleys. In 1920, Halas represented the Staleys at the meeting which formed the American Professional Football Association (which became the NFL in 1922) in Canton, OH.  After suffering financial losses despite a 10–1–2 record, company founder turned control of the team to Halas in 1921. Halas moved the team to Chicago, changed the name to Chicago Staleys, and won the NFL Championship. They took the name Bears in 1922 as a tribute to baseball's Cubs, which permitted the Bears to play their games at Wrigley Field. His overall record is 324–152–31.  Pro Football Hall of Fame Charter Class of 1963.  8 NFL/Super Bowl Championships as a player, coach, owner. 
    1898 - Travelers Insurance Company issued the first car insurance against accidents with horses.
    1901 - Actor Clark Gable’s (d. 1960) birthday at Cadiz, OH. His first film was The Painted Desert”in 1931, when talking films were replacing silent films. He won an Academy Award for his role in the comedy “It Happened One Night,” which established him as a romantic screen idol. Other films included “China Seas,” “Mutiny on the Bounty,” “Saratoga,” “Run Silent Run Deep” and “Gone with the Wind,” for which his casting as Rhett Butler seemed a foregone conclusion due to his popularity as the acknowledged "King of Movies."  Shortly after completing his last film, Arthur Miller's “The Misfits,” in which he starred with Marilyn Monroe, he died Nov 16, 1960, at Hollywood, CA.
    1901 – The Female Army Nurse Corps was established as a permanent organization.
    1901 - Congress passed the Army Reorganization Act, placing the minimum number of men under arms at 58,000
    1902 - Birthday of Langston Hughes (d. 1967) at Joplin, MO. African American poet and author. Among his works are the poetry collection “Montage of a Dream Deferred,” plays, a novel and short stories.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
and then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load
Or does it just explode?
— Langston Hughes, "Dream Deferred"
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    1905 – Ayn Rand (d. 1982) was born in St. Petersburg, Russia.  She is known for her two best-selling novels, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged,” and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism.  Rand moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful in America, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, “The Fountainhead.”  In 1957, she published her best-known work, the novel “Atlas Shrugged.”   
    1906 – The first federal penitentiary building was completed at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. The penitentiary is the largest maximum-security prison in the United States, housing more than 2,200 inmates.  Famous inmates over the years included Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, and Robert Stroud – the famous “Birdman of Alcatraz.”  Actually, Stroud's bird work began at Leavenworth, where he served 28 years before being transferred to Alcatraz. The Immanuel Church, located on the grounds, was made famous in Ripley's Believe it or Not as the only church in which Protestant and Catholic services were conducted simultaneously.
    1910 - The first junior high school in the US opened. McKinley School in Berkeley, CA, housed seventh and eighth grade students. In a separate building, students were housed who attended grades 9-12.
    1911 - Thomas Jennings was found guilty and sentenced to death for the murder of Clarence B. Hiller in the Criminal Court of Cook County, Illinois. He was convicted because of his fingerprints and is the first to be found guilty with fingerprints as evidence. The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that fingerprints were admissible evidence.
Hiller was hanged for his crime.
    1913 – Jim Thorpe, the greatest athlete of the first half of the 20th century, was signed by the New York Football Giants.
    1913 – Grand Central Terminal opened in NYC.
    1914 – “Making a Living” premiered Charlie Chaplin’s first film performance.
    1919 - The first Miss America was crowned in New York City. The winner, Edith Hyde, was found by the judges not to be a Miss. She was a "Mrs." named Mrs. Todd Robbins, the mother of two children.
    1920 - The North West Mounted Police ("The Mounties") became the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
    1921 - The first religious broadcast on radio was heard on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh as Dr. E.J. Van Etten of Calvary Episcopal Church preached.    1922 – “Ulysses” by James Joyce was published.
    1923 – Next to Stan Musial, the quintessential St. Louis Cardinal, Red Schoendienst was born in Germantown, IL.
    1923 – Gossip columnist Liz Smith (d. 2017) was born Mary Elizabeth Smith in Ft. Worth.  She was known as "The Grand Dame of Dish."
    1927 - Stan Getz, tenor saxophone player, born Stanley Gayetski (d. 1991) in Philadelphia, PA.  He introduced the cool-jazz style, which became a major movement in the 1950s, and bossa nova (new wave) style of the 1960s.  Getz received 11 Grammy Awards and was the first jazz musician to win the Grammy Award for Record of the Year (1965), for “the Girl from Ipanema.”
       1934 – The Export-Import Bank of the United States was incorporated.
    1935 - James T. Farrell finishes his Studs Lonigan trilogy (Judgment Day).
    1936 - The five charter members of the brand-new Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY, were announced. Of 226 ballots case, Ty Cobb was named on 222.  Babe Ruth on 215. Honus Wagner on 215. Christy Mathewson on 205 and Walter Johnson on 189.  A total of 170 votes were necessary to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
    1937 - Don Everly of the Everly Brothers was born in Brownie, Kentucky. The brothers were one of the most important acts of early rock 'n' roll. Their music, a mixture of close country harmonies over a rocking beat, resulted in two dozen chart entries, including such number-one records as "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Cathy's Clown." The brothers broke up in 1973, reunited in 1983 and again in 1985. They were last seen touring with Simon and Garfunkle, who reunited, and confessed on stage, before the introduction, when they started, they were trying to sound like their idols, the Everly Brothers.
    1937 – Comedian Tom Smothers was born in NYC.  Alongside his younger brother Dick, they formed The Smothers Brothers and appeared on the CBS sitcom, “The Smothers Brothers Show” from 1965 to 1966. Tom felt that the show didn't play to the brothers' strengths and wanted creative control over their next venture. He negotiated creative control over their next CBS show, “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” in 1967. They continually fought CBS censors to sneak in references to religion, recreational drugs, sex, and the Vietnam War. Smothers is widely quoted as saying: "The only valid censorship of ideas is the right of people not to listen." The brothers' oppositional politics led to their show's demise, with David Steinberg later claiming, "The most innovative variety show on television shut down because of political pressure." Tom has since stated, "When the Smothers Brothers came on the air, we had no political point of view or social consciousness, it just evolved as the show was on the air."
    1939 - On Victor Records, Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded "And the Angels Sing." The vocalist for that song went on to find fame at Capitol Records, Martha Tilton.
    1940 - For his first recording session, held in Chicago, Illinois, with the Tommy Dorsey Band, Frank Sinatra sang "Too Romantic" and "The Sky Fell Down." Sinatra replaced Jack Leonard as the band's lead singer.
    1941 - "Downbeat" magazine reported Glenn Miller had signed a new three-year contract with RCA Victor Records, guaranteeing him $750 a side, the largest record contract signed to that date.
    1942 – British singer-songwriter Graham Nash was born in Blackpool, England.
    1942 – As the result of an Executive Order, US automobile factories switched to wartime footing.  No cars, commercial trucks, or auto parts were made from February, 1942 to October, 1945.  All sales of cars, as well as the delivery of cars to customers who had previously contracted for them, were frozen by the government’s Office of Production Management. As a temporary measure, local rationing boards could issue permits allowing persons who had contracted for cars before January 1st to secure delivery.  The switch was completed by February 22.
    1943 - Two pockets of starving German soldiers remained in Stalingrad, USSR.  They had received few supplies since Soviet soldiers had encircled the city the previous November.  Fredrick Paulus, who Hitler had promoted to field marshal on the day before, was forced to seek surrender terms, thereby becoming the first German marshal to surrender. Hitler was furious with Paulus, believing he should have preferred suicide to surrender.  Approximately 160,000 Germans died in the Stalingrad Battle, 34,000 were evacuated by air. Of the 90,000 captured and sent to Siberia on foot, tens of thousands died on the way.  This Allied victory is generally considered the psychological turning point of World War II.
    1944 – US troops set foot in Japan for the first time in World War II.
    1944 - Top Hits
“My Heart Tells Me” - The Glen Gray Orchestra (vocal: Eugenie Baird)
“Shoo, Shoo, Baby” - The Andrews Sisters
“Besame Mucho” - The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen)
“Pistol Packin' Mama” - Al Dexter
    1944 - KNAPPENBERGER, ALTON W., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy, 1 February 1944. Entered service at: Spring Mount, Pa. Birth: Cooperstown, Pa. G.O. No.: 41, 26 May 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action involving actual conflict with the enemy, on 1 February 1944 near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy. When a heavy German counterattack was launched against his battalion, Pfc. Knappenberger crawled to an exposed knoll and went into position with his automatic rifle. An enemy machinegun 85 yards away opened fire, and bullets struck within 6 inches of him. Rising to a kneeling position, Pfc. Knappenberger opened fire on the hostile crew, knocked out the gun, killed 2 members of the crew, and wounded the third. While he fired at this hostile position, 2 Germans crawled to a point within 20 yards of the knoll and threw potato-masher grenades at him, but Pfc. Knappenberger killed them both with 1 burst from his automatic rifle. Later, a second machinegun opened fire upon his exposed position from a distance of 100 yards, and this weapon also was silenced by his well-aimed shots. Shortly thereafter, an enemy 20mm. antiaircraft gun directed fire at him, and again Pfc. Knappenberger returned fire to wound 1 member of the hostile crew. Under tank and artillery shellfire, with shells bursting within 15 yards of him, he held his precarious position and fired at all enemy infantrymen armed with machine pistols and machineguns which he could locate. When his ammunition supply became exhausted, he crawled 15 yards forward through steady machinegun fire, removed rifle clips from the belt of a casualty, returned to his position and resumed firing to repel an assaulting German platoon armed with automatic weapons. Finally, his ammunition supply being completely exhausted, he rejoined his company. Pfc. Knappenberger's intrepid action disrupted the enemy attack for over 2 hours.
    1945 - US Army arrives at Siegfriedlinie, a major defense of the Nazi regime. p?p=117338&sid=d4b2df326cdcad65d492d560b41a5cc6
    1947 – Farah Fawcett  was born Ferrah Leni Fawcett (d. 2009) in Corpus Christi, TX.  An actress and artist, four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she posed for that iconic red swimsuit poster that likely adorned the walls of every teenaged boy in the 1970s.  She also starred as private investigator Jill Munroe in the first season of the television series “Charlie’s Angels” (1976–77). In 1996, she was ranked No. 26 on TV Guide’s "50 Greatest TV Stars of All-Time." 
    1949 - Louis B. Mayer, of Metro Goldwin Mayer (MGM), became a millionaire all over again when he sold his racehorse breeding farm for one-million dollars.
    1949 - RCA Victor introduced the 45 rpm record. It was designed as a rival to Columbia's 33 1/3 rpm long- playing disc, introduced the previous year. The two systems directly competed with each other to replace 78 rpm records, bewildering consumers and causing a drop in record sales.  By the end of 1949, all the major companies, except RCA, had committed themselves to the LP record, seemingly putting an end to the 45. Even RCA itself announced it would issue its classical library on 33 1/3 rpm discs. But RCA was not ready to admit the demise of the 45 rpm record. The company spent $5-million publicizing 45 rpm as the preferred speed for popular music. The campaign worked. Buyers of non-classical records turned increasingly to the 45 rpm record, so that by 1954, more than 200-million of them had been sold. And all the major companies now were producing both 33 1/3 and 45 rpm records.  Many, if not most, rock ‘n’ roll records were sold as singles on 45s, costing 69 cents, making them easily affordable for most teens of the 50s and 60s, another propellant of the genre.
    1951 - -50ºF (-46ºC), Gavilan, NM (state record)
    1951 - The greatest ice storm of record in the U.S. produced glaze up to four inches thick from Texas to Pennsylvania causing twenty-five deaths, 500 serious injuries, and 100 million dollars damage. Tennessee was hardest hit by the storm. Communications and utilities were interrupted for a week to ten days.
    1951 - The temperature at Taylor Park Dam plunged to 60 degrees below zero, a record for the state of Colorado
    1952 - Top Hits
“Slowpoke” - Pee Wee King
“Cry” - Johnnie Ray
“Anytime” - Eddie Fisher
“Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses)” - Lefty Frizzell
    1953 - "Private Secretary" debuted on CBS-TV starring Ann Southern as Susie McNamara, the private secretary to New York talent agent, Peter Sands played by Don Porter. With its last show airing on September 10, 1957, the show ran on CBS during the regular television seasons and ran on NBC-TV in the summers of 1953 and 1954.
    1953 - "You Are There" premiered on Television. The program began as an inventive radio show in 1947. News correspondents would comb the annals of history and "interview" the movers and shakers of times past. Walter Cronkite hosted the series on CBS for four seasons. The show's concept was revived for a season in 1971 with Cronkite gearing the program toward children.
    1953 – “General Electric Theater” premiered on TV. CBS's half-hour dramatic anthology series was hosted by Ronald Reagan in between his movie and political careers. Making their television debuts were Joseph Cotten (1954); Fred MacMurray, James Stewart and Myrna Loy (1955); Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Tony Curtis and Fred Astaire (1957); Sammy Davis, Jr (1958); and Gene Tierney (1960). Other memorable stars who appeared on the series include: Joan Crawford, Harry Belafonte, Rosalind Russell, Ernie Kovacs, the Marx Brothers and Nancy Davis Reagan, who starred with her husband in the premonitory episode titled "A Turkey for the President" (1958).
    1954 - On CBS-TV, "The Secret Storm" was shown for the first day of a 20-year run.
    1954 – Christie Brinkley was born in Monroe, MI.  A stunning model and actress, Brinkley gained worldwide fame beginning in the late 1970s with three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers through 1981. She spent twenty-five years as the face of CoverGirl (the longest running cosmetics contract of any model in history), has appeared on over 500 magazine covers, and has signed contracts with major brands—both fashion and non-fashion.  Is anyone stunned that she and Farah Fawcett share the same birthday?
    1954 - Backed by his Jazz ensemble, Big Joe Turner records the original version of "Shake, Rattle and Roll." The tune will top the Billboard R&B chart next June, but did not cross over to the Pop chart. Some of the original lyrics, that would have been considered highly sexual at the time, were changed when Bill Haley recorded the song five months later.
    1955 - Elvis Presley records, "Baby, Let's Play House"
    1956 - Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Montgomery Improvement Association files suit in federal court against Alabama for segregation of buses.
    1956 - The Coasters signed with Atlantic Records.    
    1957 - Fats Domino sang "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday" on the "Perry Como Show" on television.
    1957 - 20-year-old Don Everly and his 2-year-younger brother Phil sign a recording contract with Cadence Records. During their career, The Everly Brothers will have 35 Billboard Hot 100 singles
    1958 - Elvis Presley crams in one more trip to a recording studio before joining the US Army. The session will produce "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck," which will reach #3 in the US and the UK.
    1958 - Elvis Presley records: "My Wish Came True," "Doncha' Think It's Time," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck."
    1959 - Frankie Avalon's "Venus" was released.
    1960 - Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    1960 - Greensboro Sit-In. Commercial discrimination against blacks and other minorities provoked a nonviolent protest. At Greensboro, NC, four students from the Agricultural and Technical College (Ezell Blair, Jr, Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeill and David Richmond) sat down at a Woolworth's store lunch counter and ordered coffee. Refused service, they remained all day. The following days similar sit-ins took place at the Woolworth's' lunch counter. Before the week was over they were joined by a few white students. The protest spread rapidly, especially in southern states. More than 1,600 people were arrested before the year was over for participating in sit-ins. Civil rights for all became a cause for thousands of students and activists. In response, equal accommodation regardless of race became the rule at lunch counters, hotels and business establishments in thousands of places, a cornerstone of the 1965 Civil Rights Act.
    1960 - Top Hits
“Running Bear” - Johnny Preston
“Teen Angel” - Mark Dinning
“Where or When” - Dion & The Belmonts
“El Paso” - Marty Robbins
    1962 - Ken Kesey's “One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest” is published.
    1963 - Paul Simon graduates from New York City's Queens College.
    1963 - The Beatles began their first British tour supporting Helen Shapiro.
    1964 - "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It stayed there for seven weeks.
    1964 - The Beatles' "Please Please Me" enters the pop charts
    1964 - The governor of Indiana declared "Louie, Louie" pornographic. The song was about seven years old when the Kingsmen recorded their version in 1963, and the fantastic legend that grew up in its wake--a legend that even an FCC investigation couldn't kill--seems to have sprung solely from their extraordinary lack of elocution. Composer Richard Berry, who spoke to a Los Angeles interviewer named Bill Reed, explained the song as the lament of a seafaring man, spoken to a sympathetic bartender named Louie. Here are the "official" published lyrics:
"Louie Louie, me gotta go. Louie Louie, me gotta go. A fine little girl, she wait for me. Me catch the ship across the sea. I sailed the ship all alone. I never think I'll make it home. Louie Louie, me gotta go. Three nights and days we sailed the sea. Me think of girl constantly. On the ship, I dream she there. I smell the rose in her hair. Louie Louie, me gotta go. Me see Jamaican moon above. It won't be long me see me love. Me take her in my arms and then I tell her I never leave again. Louie Louie, me gotta go." (By Richard Berry. Copyright 1957-1963 by Limax Music Inc.)
    1965 - Joe Namath signed the richest rookie contract ($427,000 plus a new Lincoln Continental convertible) in the history of pro football with the New York Jets.  Between 1962-1964, Namath quarterbacked the University of Alabama Crimson Tide under head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and his offensive coordinator Howard Schellenberger. Namath led the Tide to a national championship in 1964. During his time at Alabama, Namath led the team to a 29–4 record over three seasons.  Bryant called Namath "the greatest athlete I ever coached."  He was a first-round draft selection by both the National Football League and the upstart American Football League. The two competing leagues were at the height of their bidding war and held their respective drafts on the same day: November 28, 1964. The NFL St. Louis Cardinals selected Namath twelfth overall while the AFL Jets selected him with the first overall pick. He elected to sign with the Jets, who were under the direction of Hall of Fame owner Sonny Werblin, the day after the Orange Bowl for a salary of $427,000 over three years (a pro football record at the time).
    1966 - The first African-American Navy captain was Thomas David Parham, Jr., of Newport News, VA, a Presbyterian chaplain, whose rank was raised from commander to captain.
    1966 - Bill Graham resigns as business manager of the San Francisco Mime Troupe in order to devote himself full-time to the business of acid rock concert promotion, initially at the Fillmore Auditorium.    1967 - The American Basketball Association (ABA) was born with 10 teams and George Mikan as commissioner in its first season. The ABA lasted nine years before four teams, the Denver Nuggets, the Indiana Pacers, the New Jersey Nets and the San Antonio Spurs, were absorbed into the NBA in 1976.  Who can forget the red, white, and blue basketball, the Carolina Cougars who began as the Virginia Squires, Anaheim Amigos, Dallas Chaparrals, Pittsburgh Pipers, New Orleans Buccaneers, Kentucky Colonels, and the Spirits of St. Louis?   The ABA is where we first saw Dr. J, Rick Barry, George Gervin, Connie Hawkins, and George McInnis.
    1967 - The Beatles record "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
    1968 - DIX, DREW DENNIS, Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, U.S. Senior Advisor Group, IV Corps, Military Assistance Command. Place and date: Chau Doc Province, Republic of Vietnam, 31 January and 1 February 1968. Entered service at: Denver, Colo. Born: 14 December 1944, West Point, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Dix distinguished himself by exceptional heroism while serving as a unit adviser. Two heavily armed Viet Cong battalions attacked the Province capital city of Chau Phu resulting in the complete breakdown and fragmentation of the defenses of the city. S/Sgt. Dix, with a patrol of Vietnamese soldiers, was recalled to assist in the defense of Chau Phu. Learning that a nurse was trapped in a house near the center of the city, S/Sgt. Dix organized a relief force, successfully rescued the nurse, and returned her to the safety of the Tactical Operations Center. Being informed of other trapped civilians within the city, S/Sgt. Dix voluntarily led another force to rescue 8 civilian employees located in a building which was under heavy mortar and small-arms fire. S/Sgt. Dix then returned to the center of the city. Upon approaching a building, he was subjected to intense automatic rifle and machine gun fire from an unknown number of Viet Cong. He personally assaulted the building, killing 6 Viet Cong, and rescuing 2 Filipinos. The following day S/Sgt. Dix, still on his own volition, assembled a 20-man force and though under intense enemy fire cleared the Viet Cong out of the hotel, theater, and other adjacent buildings within the city. During this portion of the attack, Army Republic of Vietnam soldiers inspired by the heroism and success of S/Sgt. Dix, rallied and commenced firing upon the Viet Cong. S/Sgt. Dix captured 20 prisoners, including a high ranking Viet Cong official. He then attacked enemy troops who had entered the residence of the Deputy Province Chief and was successful in rescuing the official's wife and children. S/Sgt. Dix's personal heroic actions resulted in 14 confirmed Viet Cong killed in action and possibly 25 more, the capture of 20 prisoners, 15 weapons, and the rescue of the 14 United States and free world civilians. The heroism of S/Sgt. Dix was in the highest tradition and reflects great credit upon the U.S. Army.
    1968 - Top Hits
“Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” - John Fred & His Playboy Band
“Chain of Fools” - Aretha Franklin
“Green Tambourine” - The Lemon Pipers
“Sing Me Back Home” - Merle Haggard
    1968 - Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi resigned after nine seasons, five NFL titles and victories in the first two Super Bowls. Oddly enough, Green Bay's founding coach, Curly Lambeau, resigned on the same day in 1950 after 29 years on the job.
    1968 - Elvis Presley's only child, Lisa Marie, was born. Elvis and his wife, Priscilla, were married in Las Vegas the previous May. They were divorced in 1973.
    1968 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers played at the Fillmore Auditorium.
    1969 - Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" enters the pop charts
    1969 - Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover" hits #1.
    1970 - Timothy Leary sentenced to 10 years for Texas/Mex marijuana bust.
    1970 - STEINDAM, RUSSELL A., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Troop B, 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry, Division. Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 1 February 1970. Entered service at: Austin, Tex. Born: 27 August 1946, Austin, Tex. Citation: for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Steindam, Troop B, while serving as a platoon leader, led members of his platoon on a night ambush operation. On the way to the ambush site, suspected enemy movement was detected on 1 flank and the platoon's temporary position was subjected to intense small arms and automatic weapons fire as well as a fusillade of hand and rocket-propelled grenades. After the initial barrage, 1st Lt. Steindam ordered fire placed on the enemy position and the wounded men to be moved to a shallow bomb crater. As he directed the return fire against the enemy from his exposed position, a fragmentation grenade was thrown into the site occupied by his command group. Instantly realizing the extreme gravity of the situation, 1st Lt. Steindam shouted a warning to alert his fellow soldiers in the immediate vicinity. Then, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his safety, 1st Lt. Steindam deliberately threw himself on the grenade, absorbing the full and fatal force of the explosion as it detonated. By his gallant action and self-sacrifice, he was able to save the lives of the nearby members of his command group. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by 1st Lt. Steindam were an inspiration to his comrades and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.
    1971 - The “Love Story” soundtrack album is certified gold.
    1971 - A federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect.
    1974 - “Good Times” premiered on TV. A CBS spin-off from "Maude," which was a spin-off of "All in the Family," "Good Times" featured an African-American family living in the housing projects of Chicago. The series portrayed the Evans family's struggles to improve their lot. The cast featured Esther Rolle and John Amos as Florida and James Evans, Jimmie Walker as son J.J., Bernadette Stanis as daughter Thelma, Ralph Carter as son Michael, Johnny Brown as janitor Mr. Bookman, Ja'Net DuBois as neighbor Willona Woods, Janet Jackson as Willona's adopted daughter Penny and Ben Powers as Thelma's husband, Keith Anderson.
    1974 – President Richard Nixon signed a bill requiring all states to lower the maximum speed limit to 55 MPH. The law was intended to conserve gasoline supplies during an embargo imposed by Arab oil-producing countries. Federal speed limits were abolished in 1995.    
    1975 - Neil Sedaka's "Laughter in the Rain" hits #1.
    1976 - Top Hits
“Love Rollercoaster” - Ohio Players
“Love to Love You Baby” - Donna Summer
“You Sexy Thing” - Hot Chocolate
“This Time I've Hurt Her More Than She Loves Me” - Conway Twitty
    1978 - The first postage stamp depicting an African-American woman was issued. It showed the likeness of Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave and abolitionist who led more than 300 slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad.
    1978 - Bob Dylan's film "Renaldo and Clara," a documentary of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour mixed with surrealistic fantasy sequences, premieres in Los Angeles.
    1979 - Patty Hearst released from jail.
    1979 - At the age of 21, ex-Sex Pistol bass player Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in the New York City apartment of his present girlfriend, Michelle Robinson.
    1980 - Reports surfaced that the FBI was targeting allegedly corrupt Congressman in the Abscam operation.
    1982 - "Late Night with David Letterman” premiered.  This is when it all began: the stupid pet tricks, stupid human tricks and the legendary top ten lists. "Late Night" premiered on NBC as a talk/variety show appearing after "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." Host David Letterman was known for his irreverent sense of humor and daffy antics. The offbeat show attained cult status among college crowds and insomniacs, as many tuned in to see a Velcro-suited Letterman throw himself against a wall. The show also featured bandleader-sidekick Paul Shaffer, writer Chris Elliott and Calvert DeForest as geezer Larry "Bud" Melman. In 1993, Letterman made a highly publicized exit from NBC and began hosting "The Late Show" on CBS.
    1983 - The final edition of Garry Trudeau’s comic strip, "Doonesbury," appeared in 726 newspapers. "Doonesbury" began running again in September, 1984.
    1983 - Air Supply's third album, "Now and Forever" is certified Platinum.
    1984 - Top Hits
“Owner of a Lonely Heart” - Yes
“Karma Chameleon” - Culture Club
“Talking in Your Sleep” - The Romantics
“The Sound of Goodbye” - Crystal Gayle
    1985 - -69ºF (-56ºC), Peter's Sink, UT (state record)
    1985 - Snow, sleet and ice glazed southern Tennessee and northern sections of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The winter storm produced up to eleven inches of sleet and ice in Lauderdale County, AL, one of the worst storms of record for the state. All streets in Florence, AL were closed for the first time of record
    1985 - The Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV beat Utah State in three overtime periods. The final score of 142-140 set a new NCAA record for total points in a basketball game (282). The game took over three hours to play.
    1987 - Terry Williams from Los Gatos, California, won the largest slot machine payoff, to that time, pocketing $4.9 million after getting four lucky 7s on a machine in Reno, Nevada.
    1988 - Thirty cities in the eastern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date, including Richmond, VA with a reading of 73 degrees. Thunderstorms in southern Louisiana deluged Basile with 12.34 inches of rain. Arctic cold gripped the north central U.S. Wolf Point, MT reported a low of 32 degrees below zero
    1989 - While arctic cold continued to invade the central U.S., fifty- four cities in the south central and eastern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. Russell, KS, the hot spot in the nation with a high of 84 degrees the previous day, reported a morning low of 12 above. Tioga, ND reported a wind chill reading of 90 degrees below zero
    1989 - A Spokane, Washington, funeral director revealed that jazz saxophonist and pianist Billy Tipton, who had lived his life as a man, was a woman. Tipton played for years in the US northwest after a career with several big bands. He appeared to have a wife and adopted three sons.
    1989 - Former 5-time All-Star and 7-time Gold Glove first baseman, Bill White, was elected president of the National League, becoming the first African-American to be named president of either league and the highest-ranking black executive in the four major sports.  White played 14 seasons with several clubs, then became the first black announcer of the New York Yankees, teaming with Phil Rizzuto through 1988.  He succeeded Bart Giamatti as NL president when Giamatti was named Commissioner of Baseball.
    1990 - Top Hits
“How Am I Supposed To Live Without You” - Michael Bolton
“Opposites Attract” - Paula Abdul (Duet With The Wild Pair)
“Downtown Train” - Rod Stewart
“Two To Make It Right”- Seduction
    1991 - Sharon Pratt Dixon was sworn in as mayor of Washington, DC. She was the first African-American woman to head a city of that size and prominence.
    1992 - Elton John and George Michael teamed up to score a US number one with a song recorded live at Wembley Stadium the previous March, "Don't Let the Sun Go down on Me." Elton had originally released the song on his "Caribou" album in 1974.
    1992 - United States President George Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed the Camp David declaration which states that their two countries no longer regard each other as adversaries
    1992 - Barry Bonds signs baseball's highest single year contract ($4.7 million)
    1993 - On Lisa Marie's 25th birthday, it was announced that she wouldn't be taking over her father's estate as provided in his will. Lisa Marie left management of Graceland and other parts of Elvis's multimillion-dollar estate to Jack Soden, head of Elvis Presley Enterprises.
    1993 - Willie Nelson and the IRS settle their longstanding tax feud. The US government kept $3.6 million in assets it had already seized and Nelson would have to pay $5.4 million of the $13.1 million balance.
    1993 - First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton is given an office in the West Wing of the White House and named on January 25 to head a commission charged with creating a health plan for the nation. It is the most influential position a First Lady has ever had, excluding Mrs. Woodrow Wilson.  She bans smoking in the White House February 1.
    1995 - Top Hits
“Creep” - TLC
“On Bended Knee” - Boyz II Men
“Another Night” - Real McCoy
“Take A Bow” - Madonna
    2000 - Top Hits
“I Knew I Loved You” - Savage Garden
“What A Girl Wants” - Christina Aguilera
“Smooth” - Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
“Back At One” - Brian McKnigh
    2003 - After a successful 16 day mission, the space shuttle Columbia, with a crew of seven, perished during entry. Kalpana Chawla, 41, emigrated to United States from India in 1980s and became an astronaut in 1994.  Laurel Clark, 41, from Racine, WI and had an 8-year old son, was a Navy diving medical officer aboard submarines, then a flight surgeon who became an astronaut in 1996. Commander Rick Husband, 45, Air Force colonel; Pilot William McCool, 41; Payload commander Michael Anderson, 43; David Brown, 46, a Navy captain, pilot and doctor; Ilan Ramon, 48, a colonel in Israel's air force and the first Israeli in space.
    2003 – Jennifer Lopez started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All I Have.'
    2004 - The New England Patriots win their second Super Bowl in three seasons after Adam Vinatieri kicks a field goal with 4 seconds left to lift his team to a 32-29 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sets a Super Bowl record with 32 completions and earns his second MVP award.
    2006 - New York’s Epiphanny Prince scores 113 points for Murry Bergtraum High School in a 137-32 win over Brandeis High School, breaking a girls’ national prep record previously held by Hall of Famer Cheryl Miller.2009 – Hillary Clinton was sworn as US Secretary of State.
    2009 - Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense end a Super Bowl of incredible swings with a final-minute touchdown for a historic victory, 27-23 over the Arizona Cardinals. Santonio Holmes makes a brilliant 6-yard catch deep in the right corner of the end zone with 35 seconds remaining, lifting the Steelers to a record-setting sixth Super Bowl win.
    2014 - Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks defeated Denver Broncos 42-8.  It became the most-viewed television event in the United States with over 111 million viewers.
    2014 – Ray Guy, Oakland Raiders punter, became the first at his position to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    2015 - Tom Brady throws for four touchdowns and Malcolm Butler intercepts Russell Wilson’s pass at the goal line with 20 seconds left, helping New England hold on to beat Seattle 28-24 for their fourth Super Bowl title.

Super Bowl Champions:

1983 - Washington Redskins 27, Miami Dolphins 17
1994 - Dallas Cowboys 30, Buffalo Bills 13
2000 - St. Louis Rams 23, Tennessee Titans 16
2004 – New England Patriots 32, Carolina Panthers 29
2009 – Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Arizona Cardinals 23
2014 – Seattle Seahawks 42, Denver Broncos 8
2015 – New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24



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