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Wednesday, February 16, 2022

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Orders of Manufacturing Tech Hit Nearly $6 Billion in 2021
    The Highest on Record
Positions Wanted
    Accounts Receivable/Collections
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Ads
    Account Executive Positions Open
When It's Time to Move On
    The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners
Marijuana Has Contributed $43+ Billion
    to Canada’s GDP
Introducing Leasing News Advisor
    David C. Lee
Microsoft and Expedia announce next phases
    in office reopenings, finally emerging from pandemic
World's Most Powerful Militaries
    Countries Ranked Highest
ELFA Report Forecasts 2022 Equipment Markets
    32nd Annual Report
Mixed Breed (Puppy)
    Aurora, Colorado  Adopt-a-Dog
"How do I get my email opened instead of ignored?"
    Free 20 Minute Webinar Feb. 17, 6:15pm ET
News Briefs---
Study finds Western megadrought
    is the worst in 1,200 years
The 3G network shutdown
    will impact more than just phones
Intel buys Tower Semiconductor for $5.4 billion
    so it can make more chips for other companies
AMD closes record chip industry deal
    with estimated $50 billion purchase of Xilinx
Chip shortage won't end in 2022,
    says AMD CEO Lisa Su
Top 15 hedge fund managers raked
    in $15.8 billion last year
Airbnb profit rebounds from pandemic slump
    $55 million profit for the fourth quarter

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    Where Does America's Healthiest People Live?
Full List of 100 Healthiest Counties
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Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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    This Day in History
      Daily Puzzle
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Orders of Manufacturing Tech Hit Nearly $6 Billion in 2021
The Highest  on Record

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Last year was a banner year for sellers of manufacturing technology. According to a February 14 report from the Association for Manufacturing Technology, technology orders from manufacturers broke $5.9 billion last year, the highest  on record.

According to AMT, the latter half of the year in particular saw orders increase dramatically. From August through December 2021, the association reported, a streak of orders broke $500 million each month, the first such five-month streak on the agency’s records.

In total, the $5.9 billion spent on manufacturing technology in 2021 was more $2 billion more than in 2020. AMT reports the $5.9 billion in 2021 orders beat 2020’s $3.8 billion total by 55%.

Association for Manufacturing Technology President Douglas Woods remarked, “After five straight months of historically high orders, it is difficult to describe 2021 as anything other than exceptional,” said

Woods went on to note that much of the growth in orders came from areas that “were not typically industry drivers,” including construction. AMT reports manufacturers saw “outsized demand” for grinding machines used to produce drill bits and other construction tools to meet demand in last year’s housing market.

Woods predicted that the boom would temper soon, though: “While forecasts still call for optimism in 2022, we do expect to see some pullback in the first few months of the year,” said Woods, citing expanded backlogs, key component shortages, and unfilled jobs.



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Accounts Receivable/Collections

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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Gregory Evershed was hired as Sales Manager, Bottomline Technologies, Rochester, New York.  He is located in Fairport, New York. Prior, he was at First American Equipment Finance, starting December, 2015, Sales Analyst, promoted December, 2018, Assistant vice President, Product Specialist. Previously, Account Executive, New Horizons, Logical Operations (July, 2016 - October, 2016); IT Technician, Heartland Concepts (September, 2011 - February, 2013); Data Warehouse Intern, University of Rochester (June, 2011 - August, 2011); Programmer/Analyst, Innovative Solutions (September, 2010 - March, 2011); Project Controls Intern, The Pike Company (2009 - 2010). Community Service: Volunteer: Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity (August, 2017).  Education: Rochester Institute of Technology, BS, Management Information Systems (2005 - 2010).  Minor, Cultural Anthropology. Concentration: Accounting.  Fairport High School.

Chris Fowler was hired as Vice President, Key Equipment Finance, Denver, Colorado.  He is located in Dayton, Ohio. Previously, he was Vice President, Business Development, Construction, Industrial and Specialty Vehicles, Wintrust Specialty Finance (December, 2020 - February, 2022). Prior, he was at Key Equipment Finance, starting April, 2005 as Vice President, Equipment Financing & Leasing; promoted November, 2016, Vice President, Business Development, Industrial Segment; Senior Sales Executive, Pitney Bowes (February, 1991 - April, 2006. Volunteer. Mark Kreusch Memorial Fund of the Dayton Foundation.  Coaching, Youth Baseball & Soccer.  Education: Miami University. Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Marketing with concentration in Finance.  University of Dayton, Graduate School.

Ana Lage was promoted to Vice President, Operations/Process Improvement, Eastern Funding, LLC., New York, New York. She joined the firm April, 2012, as Funding Officer; promoted September, 2013, Senior Funding Officer; promoted June, 2015, Documentation Team Leader, promoted Assistant to Vice President; Documentation Manager, January, 2019.  Previously, she was Customer Delivery Specialist, HP (February, 2005 - April, 2012); Senior Business Account Specialist, Bank of America (December, 1996 - February, 2005). Education: William Paterson University of New Jersey, Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A), Business Administration and Management General (1992 - 1998).

Jason Nadeau was promoted to Senior Vice President, Leasing Sales Director, North State Leasing, a Division of Peoples Bank, Burlington, Vermont.  He joined the firm January, 2016, as Senior Business Development Specialist; promoted March, 2019, Sales Manager/Vendor Relations Manager, April, 2021, Vice President, Leasing Sales Manager.  Previously, he was National Account Sales Manager, National Credit Care (March, 2011 – June, 2015); Inside Sales Representative, Service Source (December, 2009 – March, 2011); Front Officer Supervisor, Hotel Monaco, Denver (May, 2009 – December, 2009).  Previously, he was National Account Sales Manager, National Credit Care (March, 2011 – June, 2015); Inside Sales Representative, Service Source (December, 2009 – March, 2011); Front Officer Supervisor, Hotel Monaco, Denver (May, 2009 – December, 2009). Education: Johnson & Wales University. Bachelor’s Degree, Sports, Events, and Entertainment Management: Concentration in Resort Management. (2005 – 2009).

Brandon Rose was promoted to Partner, Success Manager, Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  He is located in Hightstown, New Jersey. He joined the firm March, 2021, Sales Development Representative, promoted September, 2021, Business Finance Manager. Previously, he was Part-Time, Financial Clerk Typist, Township of Manalapan (November, 2020 - March, 2021); Logistics Intern, Brodan Group, Jue, 2019 - August, 2019). Certification: Linux Pro, TestOut Corporation. Issued May, 2020.  Education, Rutgers University (2017 - 2020). Activities and Societies: Sigma Pi.

Saurin Shah was named President, MidCap Equipment Finance, Bethedsa, Maryland. He is located in Wilton, Connecticut. He remain Owner, Shah Capital Management (September, 2018  Present).  Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Senior Credit Officer, Nations Equipment Finance (October, 2010 - August, 2018); Senior Vice President, First Light Financial Corporation (March, 2007 - November, 2009); Vice President, GE Commercial Finance (2003 - 2007); Technical Leadership Program, GE (1998 - 2002). Education: NYU Stern School of Business, MBA, Finance (2000 - 2002). Purdue University, BS, Material Science Engineering (1994 - 1998).

Courtney Simmons was hired as Documentation Manager, National Credit Funding, Charlotte, North Carolina. She is located in Spendora, Texas.  Previously, she was at Ascentium Capital, starting March, 2014, Loan Administrator, promoted March, 2014, Vendor Service Representative, promoted Documentation and Funding Specialist;  Level 2 Receptionist, N8 Touch Massage (2012 - 2013); Senior Branch Associate, BBVA Compass (February, 2018 - November, 2010). Education: Ashford University, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Social Sciences (2010 - 2014). Texas School of Business-East, Certification, Certified Medical Assistant (2002 - 2004).


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I see it with deals that I work on and I see it with relationships that people are in. They start hoping that that person will come back to them or that deal may close if we do this. At that point, it's too late. You have to be proactive versus reacting about it after the fact; it should have been done six months ago.

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Marijuana Has Contributed $43+ Billion
to Canada’s GDP

A report by Deloitte Canada states that marijuana has contributed more than $43 billion to the country’s gross domestic product (“GDP”). Since recreational marijuana was legalized in 2018, it has also contributed more than $13 billion to Ontario’s GDP.

The report, which was compiled with help from the Ontario Cannabis Store, stated that for every $1 in capital expenditures or revenue, the marijuana industry added roughly $1.02 and $1.09 to Ontario’s and Canada’s gross domestic product from legal purchases. The Ontario Cannabis Store is a provincial distributor of cannabis.

The report also provides insight into how the marijuana industry in Canada has impacted the nation’s finances over the past few years. For example, it states that in three years, the country’s marijuana sector has emerged as a burgeoning new source of economic growth, supporting and creating thousands of employment opportunities in various communities. Thus far, the cannabis industry has created more than 150,000 jobs and sustains roughly four jobs in Ontario and Canada each for every million dollars in capital expenditure or revenue.

The report also noted that it expected the sector to make an increasingly positive and strong impact on provincial and national economies as it matured and grew. Report estimates show that the cannabis industry has generated an estimated $3 billion and $15 billion in tax revenues for Ontario and Canada as a whole, respectively. Consumer purchases alone have generated $2.9 billion in excise and sales taxes.

The estimates also show that at the Ontario level, marijuana producers and retailers were responsible for $1.2 billion in indirect taxes, $141 million in direct taxes and $674 million in other taxes, while consumer purchases brought in $1 billion in excise and sales taxes.

With regard to diversity within the industry, the report found that not much had changed since marijuana was legalized in October 2018. Before legalization, almost all federally licensed marijuana producers were managed by Caucasian men. It cited a study conducted by the University of Toronto and the Center on Drug Policy Evaluation which found that racialized women and men were considerably underrepresented among marijuana company directors and executives.



Leasing News Advisor
David C. Lee

David C. Lee
Chairman and CEO
North Mill Equipment Finance
North Mill Equipment Finance LLC
50 Washington Street, 10th Floor
Norwalk, CT 06854

Mr. Lee has over 35 years of executive financial services experience as an investment banker, private equity investor, lender and operating executive.  He has served as the Chairman and CEO of NMEF since December 2016 and previously was the CEO of Colford Capital Holdings, the former parent company of NMEF and its asset-based lending affiliate, North Mill Capital, from 2012 until the sale of NMEF to Wafra Capital Partners in August 2018.

Previously, Mr. Lee served as President of D.B. Zwirn & Co., a $6.5 billion AUM alternative asset manager and successfully navigated that firm through the 2008 financial crisis and eventual merger integration into Fortress Investment Group.  He was the Founding Managing Partner of Saturn Venture Partners and a Partner with the private equity firm of Sandler Capital. 

For the first half of his career, Mr. Lee was an investment banker, most recently serving as a Managing Director at Lazard, where he advised on M&A transactions valued in excess of $50 billion. 

Mr. Lee graduated magna cum laude from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.


Microsoft and Expedia announce next phases
in office reopenings, finally emerging from pandemic

Microsoft’s empty Redmond campus at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the longest “three weeks” in history will soon come to an end.

Nearly two years after asking its employees to work from home in what was hoped might be a temporary precaution, Microsoft is fully reopening its Washington state facilities — including its Redmond headquarters — effective Feb. 28, the company told employees this morning.

Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer,  announced, “From this date, employees will have 30 days to make adjustments to their routines and adopt the working preferences they’ve agreed upon with their managers.

“Reaching this stage allows us to fully open our facilities to employees, visitors and guests. All campus services will return, including the Connector ride-share option for employees in the Puget Sound area.”

With the announcement, the company is moving into the sixth and final stage of its hybrid workplace policy, as shown in this previously released graphic.

Capossela cited the high rates of COVID-19 vaccination in King County, plus declining hospitalizations and deaths in the state, as well as available local testing capacity to comply with government guidelines.

Microsoft and other big tech companies often serve as bellwethers for others in setting these policies, and Capossela wrote that Microsoft is “pleased to be joining other area businesses welcoming back more employees in the coming weeks.”

It’s the latest sign of companies relaxing restrictions as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 begins to wane in many regions of the country. Amazon last week said vaccinated employees would be able to stop wearing masks.

Also this morning, Seattle-based online travel giant Expedia Group said it will implement its hybrid work policy beginning April 4.

Currently, the company’s offices are open to vaccinated employees on a voluntary basis. With the updated policy, the company says its expectation is that “employees will spend at least 50% of their time in the office, working with their respective leaders on an appropriate schedule.” Employees will still need to be fully vaccinated to work in the office, Expedia says.

Microsoft says it will give employees flexibility to work with their managers to find the best solution.

Here is part of the guidance the company is giving employees:

Work site
(the physical space where you work, e.g. office, center, home, mobile)
We recognize that some employees are required to be onsite and some roles and businesses are better suited for working away from the worksite than others. However, for most roles, we view working from home part of the time (less than 50%) as now standard – assuming manager and team alignment.

Work hours
(the hours and days when employees work, e.g. workday start and end times, full- or part-time)
Work schedule flexibility is now considered standard for most roles. While part-time continues to be subject to manager approval, our guidance is meant to facilitate an open conversation between a manager and employee regarding considerations.

Work location
(the geographic location where you work, e.g. city and country)
Similarly the guidance is there for managers and employees to discuss and address considerations such as role requirements, personal tax, salary, expenses, etc.

Microsoft says employees will need to be vaccinated to enter its U.S. buildings, but it has a process in place to accommodate those who are not vaccinated due to medical condition or religious exemption.



The index "utilizes over 50 individual factors to determine a given nation's Power Index score with categories ranging from military might and financials to logistical capability and geography." While a rating of 0.000 would represent the perfect score, it is considered realistically unattainable.

When it comes to manpower, no military in the world comes close to that of China. According to Global Firepower estimates, the People's Republic has around 2 million active military personnel. The United States in comparison, has significantly less - 1.4 million - but when assessing the overall power of the world's military forces, the U.S. comes out on top, ahead of Russia and China in second and third, respectively.

With Russian military buildup around Ukraine and increasingly aggressive posturing from the Kremlin, the chances of at least one of the world's most powerful militaries applying its strength in a major new conflict appear to be at their highest for some time. Diplomatic efforts have so far failed, and it now remains to be seen how Russia will act. Elsewhere, the risk of China and the United States clashing in some form over Taiwan remains ever-present.

By Martin Armstrong, Statista


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ELFA Report Forecasts 2022 Equipment Markets
32nd Annual Report

Washington, DC,— What are the hottest equipment markets of 2022? The 32nd annual “What’s Hot/What’s Not: Equipment Market Forecast 2022 from the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) reveals industry perceptions of 15 equipment markets based on a survey of 85 ELFA members. The survey results point to construction, trucks/trailers, medical, machine tools and hi-tech/computers as the leading sectors for the year ahead, according to portfolio preference.

“What’s Hot/What’s Not: Equipment Market Forecast 2022,” authored by Carl Chrappa of The Alta Group, is designed to assist equipment finance organizations in identifying business opportunities for future success. The results of the 2022 Forecast Survey reveal the following overall ranking of equipment types for portfolio preference among ELFA members. These rankings are based on the amount of future financing volume (unweighted) and the best and least favorable future equipment financing opportunities (weighted).

  • Construction
  • Trucks/Trailers
  • Medical
  • Machine Tools
  • Hi-tech/Computers
  • Containers/Chassis
  • Rail
  • Marine/Intercoastal
  • Automobiles
  • Tie: Aircraft, Plastics
  • Telecom
  • Oil/Gas/Energy
  • FF&E
  • Printing

“The What’s Hot/What’s Not Equipment Market Forecast is consistently among ELFA’s widest read research,” said Ralph Petta, ELFA President and CEO. “The results of the 2022 Forecast Survey reveal that equipment managers and equipment finance companies are decidedly more optimistic in their equipment outlooks, which should bode well for the industry this year.”

Access the Results
Visit the ELFA Knowledge Hub at to access the “What’s Hot/What’s Not” results, including:

  • The full report, including an analysis of the rankings
  • An infographic with key takeaways from the report

Later in February, a recording of Carl Chrappa’s presentation of the “What’s Hot/What’s Not” results at the 2022 ELFA Equipment Management Conference will be available in the Knowledge Hub.

The Knowledge Hub is ELFA’s one-stop online library for business intelligence on the equipment finance industry. Visit the Hub today for a wide range of industry research and information at

About ELFA
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the nearly $1 trillion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its 580 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. ELFA has been equipping business for success for more than 60 years. For more information, please visit
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News Briefs---

Study finds Western megadrought
    is the worst in 1,200 years

The 3G network shutdown
will impact more than just phones

Intel buys Tower Semiconductor for $5.4 billion
so it can make more chips for other companies

AMD closes record chip industry deal
with estimated $50 billion purchase of Xilinx

Chip shortage won't end in 2022
says AMD CEO Lisa Su

Top 15 hedge fund managers raked
in $15.8 billion last year

Airbnb profit rebounds from pandemic slump
$55 million profit for the fourth quarter


You May Have Missed---

Top 100 Healthiest Counties in America 2022:
Where Does America's Healthiest People Live?

Full List of 100 Healthiest Counties
in America



Sports Briefs---

Matthew Stafford and Rams rally to beat
    Bengals for first L.A. Super Bowl title

No. 2 Stanford beats Colorado 63-46,
    stays perfect in Pac-12 play

American Erin Jackson wins 500m speed skating
    gold at Winter Olympics after teammate gave up spot

LeBron James passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
     for most total points in NBA history

49ers’ defensive tackle Bryant Young makes Hall of Fame

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson erupts
     in 4th quarter to down Los Angeles Lakers


California Nuts Briefs---

California school mask mandate will remain
   in place through Feb. 28

UC Berkeley may be forced by court to cut 3,050
undergraduate seats, freeze enrollment. lose $57 Million

Gov. Gavin Newsom appoints first Latina
to California Supreme Court

L.A. County will lift outdoor mask mandate Wednesday

Redwood City hotel to become housing for homeless
amid $16 million in Homekey funds

Confusing paid express lanes debut
on San Francisco Bay Area's Highway 101



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Champagne sales hit record as fizz returns
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Celebs are packing out this year’s
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This Day in History

      1690 - French and Indian forces from Montreal attacked and burned Schenectady, New York. This was known as King William's War (1689-1697) named after an Indian leader. It was also known as the French and Indian Wars. These were a series of military conflicts between Great Britain and France that lasted three-quarters of a century. Hostilities in King William's War began in 1690, when, in the course of a few months, Schenectady, N.Y., was burned by the French and Indians, and colonial English forces launched attacks on Port Royal (now Annapolis Royal), Nova Scotia, and on Quebec. Despite further raids by the French and Indians, the war ended in a stalemate. The Treaty of Ryswick and its European counterpart, the War of the Grand Alliance, by which these wars were ended, restored colonial possessions to their prewar status. In the 1720’s, the French would expand to and entrench the Mississippi Valley, erecting forts at the Kaskaskia and Illinois rivers, Cape Breton Island, Lake Champlain and the Wabash River, making more friends with the Indians.
1719 - Fraunces Tavern, the earliest residential building remaining in Manhattan, was built at 54 Pearl and Board Streets in New York.  Originally built as a residence for Stephen De Lancey, it was purchased for a tavern by Samuel Fraunces in 1762, where he opened it as the Queen's Head Tavern. It became famous for its wines and food and was a gathering place for the Sons of Liberty and other organizations before the American Revolution and for British officers during their occupation of the city. Fraunces himself was a patriot and his tavern was the center of the celebration on the occasion of the British evacuation of New York. In its Long Room, George Washington bade farewell (1783) to his officers. Fraunces sold the tavern in 1785. When Washington returned (1789) to New York as president, Fraunces became steward of his household, maintaining that position even after Philadelphia was made the capital. Fraunces Tavern has been owned since 1904 by Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York Inc., which carried out a major conjectural reconstruction, and claim it is Manhattan’s oldest surviving building. The museum interprets the building and its history, along with varied exhibitions of art and artifacts. It is a tourist site and a part of the American Whiskey Trail and the New York Freedom Trail.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a New York City designated landmark. In addition, the block on which Fraunces Tavern is located is a National Historic Landmark District and a New York City designated landmark district.
    1741 - Benjamin Franklin published what was to be America’s second magazine, "The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle."
    1760 - Cherokee Indians, held hostage at Fort St. George by South Carolina Governor Lyttleton, are killed in revenge for Indian attacks on frontier settlements that broke a peace treaty of December, 1759. This leads to a renewal of Cherokee attacks.
    1804 - The first Marine Corps commando raid was made in North Africa by Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, who led 74 volunteers, including 8 Marines under Sergeant Solomon Wren, in a 20-minute raid to burn the U.S.S. Philadelphia, which had been captured by the Tripolitans and was lying under the protection of their shore guns. The raiders killed or captured all the enemy but two and set the Philadelphia afire. During the First Barbary War, US Lieutenant Stephen Decatur led a military mission that famed British Admiral Horatio Nelson later called the "most daring act of the age." In June of 1801, US President Thomas Jefferson ordered US Navy vessels to the Mediterranean Sea in protest of continuing raids against US ships by pirates from the Barbary states — Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripolitania. US sailors were often abducted along with the captured booty and ransomed back to the US at an exorbitant price. After two years of minor confrontations, sustained action began in June of 1803 when a small US expeditionary force attacked Tripoli harbor in present-day Libya. On 31 October 1803, the US frigate Philadelphia ran aground near Tripoli and was captured by Tripolitan gunboats. The Americans feared that the well-constructed warship would be used not only as a formidable addition to the Tripolitan navy, but also as an innovative model to build future Tripolitan frigates.  On 16 February 1804, hoping to prevent the Barbary pirates from gaining this dangerous military advantage, Lt. Decatur led the expedition into Tripoli harbor to destroy the captured American vessel. After disguising himself and his men as Maltese sailors, Decatur’s force of seventy-four men, which included nine US Marines, sailed into Tripoli harbor on a small two-mast ship. The Americans approached the USS Philadelphia without drawing fire from the Tripoli shore guns, boarded the ship, and attacked its Tripolitan crew. After setting fire to the frigate, Decatur and his men escaped without the loss of a single American. The Philadelphia subsequently exploded when its gunpowder reserve was lit by the spreading fire. Six months later, Decatur returned to Tripoli Harbor as part of a larger US offensive, and emerged as a hero again during the so-called "Battle of the Gunboats," a naval battle that saw hand-to-hand combat between the Americans and the Tripolitans…thus in the Marines’ Hymn, “…to the shores of Tripoli.”
    1810 - Congregationalist missionary Cushing Eells (d. 1893), founder of a seminary, Whitman College, the oldest educational institution in Washington State, was born in Blandford, Massachusetts. Eells helped open Washington and Oregon Territory to U.S. settlement.
    1812 - Birthday of Henry Wilson (d. 1875), 18th vice-president of the US, Farmington, NH. He changed his name in 1833 to Jeremiah Jones Colbathm, moved to Massachusetts where he ran and was elected to the U.S. Senate. Shortly after taking office, he suffered a stroke which he kept as secret as possible, but he died after suffering a second stroke in 1875
    1838 – Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under certain conditions.
    1857 – Gallaudet College (National Deaf Mute College) formed in Washington, DC.
    1861 - The Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples sign the Treaty of Fort Wise, agreeing to cede their land and live on a small reservation in southwest Colorado. U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Colonel A.B. Greenwood issues medals, blankets, sugar and tobacco. But only six of 44 Cheyenne chiefs sign the treaty, casting doubt on the gala affair's legality.
    1862 - Surrender of Fort Donelson. With Confederate troops evacuating Bowling Green, KY and other points along the Kentucky line, General Ulysses S. Grant’s forces circled Fort Donelson, KY. After fighting on land and on the Cumberland River, Grant requested surrender of Fort Donelson, stating that “No Terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.” This earned him the nickname “Unconditional Surrender Grant.” Confederate General Simon Buckner surrendered the fort, in essence giving the Union Army control of Tennessee and Kentucky and the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. Disruption ensued and civilians attempted to flee the area occupied by Federal Troops. Grant was executing his overall strategy to cut supplies to Confederate troops. Only 3000 Rebels escaped.
    1868 - The first meeting that organized the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks took place in New York City. It derived from an older social and benevolent organization, the Jolly Corks. The first Exalted Ruler was George W. Thompson.  The Grand Lodge was incorporated on March 10, 1871 in New York and the first Grand Exalter Ruler was George J. Green.
    1878 – The Silver Dollar became legal tender in the US.
    1884 - Birthday of American filmmaker, explorer and author Robert Flaherty (d. 1951), Iron Mountain, MI.  Called “father of the documentary film,” his films included “Nanook of the North,” “Moana,” and “Man of Aran.”
    1899 - Washington D.C. received 1.26 inches of rain in six hours atop a snow cover more than 30 inches deep making it the soggiest day of record.
    1901 - Birthday of Wayne King (d. 1985), Savannah, IL. American saxophonist and bandleader, widely known as “the Waltz King,” his own composition, “The Waltz You Save for Me,” was his theme song.
    1903 – Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen (d. 1978) was born in Chicago.  His characters were Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. His first performances were in vaudeville, then one-reel movie shorts but his real success was on the radio as part of “The Chase & Sanborn Hour.”  Although his regular series never made the transition to television, Bergen made numerous appearances on the medium during his career. After more than 50 years in show business, Bergen retired in 1978 and died shortly thereafter.  His daughter is actress Candace Bergen.
    1903 - -59º F (-51º C), Pokegama Dam, MN (state record)
    1909 – Hugh Beaumont (d. 1982) was born in Lawrence, KS.  Beaumont is best known for his portrayal of Ward Cleaver on the television series “Leave it to Beaver,” originally broadcast from 1957 to 1963.
    1914 - Singing cowboy Jimmy Wakely (d. 1982) was born in Mineola, Arkansas. He made more than 70 movies and was ranked just below Gene Autry and Roy Rogers in popularity. He is best remembered for his 1940's duets with Margaret Whiting - "Slipping Around" and "I'll Never Slip Around Again."
    1915 – Frank “Home Run” Baker, 28, announced his retirement following a contract dispute with Philadelphia Athletics owner Connie Mack. He will sit out the 1915 season. Mack will also have salary problems with Chief Bender, Eddie Plank and Jack Coombs, and rather than compete with the Federal League, he released the stars.  All but Coombs are in the Hall of Fame.
    1916 – Birthday of baritone sax player Charlie Fowlkes (d. 1980), NYC.   
    1916 - Birthday of rocker Bill Doggett (d. 1996), Philadelphia.  His “Honky Tonk” reached #2 in the US R&B charts in 1956.
    1920 - Patricia Marie "Patty" Andrews (d. 2013), lead singer of the Andrews Sisters, was born in Minneapolis. The trio was extremely popular, beginning in the late 1930s and lasting through the next decade. Among their big sellers - "Bei Mir Bist du Schon," "Rum and Coca-Cola" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," which was revived by Bette Midler in 1973.
    1923 - The burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's recently unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt, a resplendent mausoleum, spacious and beautifully decorated chamber completely occupied by an immense shrine covered with gold inlaid with brilliant blue faience. Beautiful wooden construction towers nearly to the ceiling filled the great sepulchral hall within a short span of its four walls. Its sides are adorned with magnificent religious texts and fearful symbols of the dead and it is capped with a superb cornice and a tyrus molding like the propylaeum of a temple, in fact, indeed, the sacred monument.
    1932 - The first fruit tree patent was issued to James E. Markham and assigned to the Stark Brothers Nurseries and Orchards Company of Louisiana, MO. The patent was obtained on a peach tree, the fruit of which ripened later than ordinary peaches.
    1935 - Singer Salvatore “Sonny” Bono (d. 1998) was born in Detroit. He first gained success as a songwriter, writing the 1963 hit "Needles and Pins" for the Searchers. In 1964, Bono married his girlfriend, Cher, and the couple began recording under the direction of Phil Spector. Sonny and Cher scored a million-seller in 1965 with "I Got You Babe." As the duo's string of hits continued, Cher became the main attraction. Following a two-year, highly-popular TV show in the early '70s, Sonny and Cher split, both professionally and personally. In 1988, Sonny became mayor of Palm Springs, California. Six years later, he was elected to the US Congress. He was killed in a skiing accident in South Lake Tahoe, while on vacation. 
    1937 - The first synthetic fiber produced entirely from chemicals was nylon, invented by Dr. Wallace Hume Carothers, a chemist at E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Wilmington, DE, who obtained a patent for it this day. The patent covered synthetic linear condensation polymers capable of being drawn into strong pliable fibers, as well as the process for making them.
    1938 – Federal Crop Insurance was authorized as part of FDR’s New Deal.  The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation was a program created to carry out the government initiative to provide insurance for farmers' produce, which means that farmers would receive compensation for crops, even if they were not sustained in that year.
    1942 - On Bluebird Records, Shep Fields and his orchestra recorded "Jersey Bounce."  It hit #1 for four weeks in 1942 as an instrumental recorded by Benny Goodman and his orchestra and charted that same year by Jimmy Dorsey (#9) and Fields (#15).  It was covered by numerous bands and orchestras including Glenn Miller, Harry James, Jan Savitt and Red Norvo.  Jersey Bounce was also a popular nickname for several B-17 and B-24 bombers during World War II.
    1943 - Record cold prevailed in the northeastern U.S. The mercury plunged to 43 degrees below zero at Concord, NH and to -39 degrees at Portland, ME. The morning low of -32 degrees at Falls Village, CT established a state record, yet the afternoon high that day was 20 degrees above zero
    1945 - McCARTER, LLOYD G., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, 503d Parachute Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Corregidor, Philippine Islands, 16 19 February 1945. Entered service at: Tacoma, Wash. Born: 11 May 1917, St. Maries, Idaho. G.O. No.: 77, 10 September 1945. Citation: He was a scout with the regiment which seized the fortress of Corregidor, Philippine Islands. Shortly after the initial parachute assault on 16 February 1945, he crossed 30 yards of open ground under intense enemy fire, and at pointblank range silenced a machinegun with hand grenades. On the afternoon of 18 February he killed 6 snipers. That evening, when a large force attempted to bypass his company, he voluntarily moved to an exposed area and opened fire. The enemy attacked his position repeatedly throughout the night and was each time repulsed. By 2 o'clock in the morning, all the men about him had been wounded; but shouting encouragement to his comrades and defiance at the enemy, he continued to bear the brunt of the attack, fearlessly exposing himself to locate enemy soldiers and then pouring heavy fire on them. He repeatedly crawled back to the American line to secure more ammunition. When his submachine gun would no longer operate, he seized an automatic rifle and continued to inflict heavy casualties. This weapon, in turn, became too hot to use and, discarding it, he continued with an M-l rifle. At dawn the enemy attacked with renewed intensity. Completely exposing himself to hostile fire, he stood erect to locate the most dangerous enemy positions. He was seriously wounded; but, though he had already killed more than 30 of the enemy, he refused to evacuate until he had pointed out immediate objectives for attack. Through his sustained and outstanding heroism in the face of grave and obvious danger, Pvt. McCarter made outstanding contributions to the success of his company and to the recapture of Corregidor.
    1948 - The first daily newsreel telecast was the 20th Century-Fox Movietone News telecast, first presented over the National Broadcasting Company’s East Coast network. The program was sponsored by the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
    1950 – Television’s longest-running prime-time game show, “What’s My Line?,” began on CBS and ran through 1967.  “What's My Line?” won three Emmy Awards for "Best Quiz or Audience Participation Show" in 1952, 1953, and 1958 and the Golden Globe for Best TV Show in 1962.  After its cancellation by CBS in 1967, it returned in syndication as a daily production which ran from 1968 to 1975. There have been several international versions, radio versions, and a live stage version.  In 2013, TV Guide ranked it #9 in its list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.
    1951 – New York City passed a bill prohibiting racism in city-owned or city-assisted housing.
    1951 - Top Hits
“My Heart Cries for You” - Guy Mitchell
“Tennessee Waltz” - Patti Page
“If” - Perry Como
“There’s Been a Change in Me” - Eddy Arnold
    1951 - KYLE, DARWIN K., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Kamil-ni, Korea, 16 February 1951. Entered service at: Racine, W. Va. Born: 1 June 1918, Jenkins, Ky. G.O. No.: 17, 1 February 1952. Citation: 2d Lt. Kyle, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When his platoon had been pinned down by intense fire, he completely exposed himself to move among and encourage his men to continue the advance against enemy forces strongly entrenched on Hill 185. Inspired by his courageous leadership, the platoon resumed the advance but was again pinned down when an enemy machine gun opened fire, wounding 6 of the men. 2d Lt. Kyle immediately charged the hostile emplacement alone, engaged the crew in hand-to-hand combat, killing all 3. Continuing on toward the objective, his platoon suddenly received an intense automatic-weapons fire from a well-concealed hostile position on its right flank. Again leading his men in a daring bayonet charge against this position, firing his carbine and throwing grenades, 2d Lt. Kyle personally destroyed 4 of the enemy before he was killed by a burst from an enemy submachine gun. The extraordinary heroism and outstanding leadership of 2d Lt. Kyle, and his gallant self-sacrifice, reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the military service. 
    1955 - Elvis Presley performs two shows at the Odessa Senior High School Field House in Odessa, TX. In the audience is local singer Roy Orbison, who would later recall: "His energy was incredible. His instinct was just amazing."
    1957 - The Del-Vikings' "Come Go with Me" enters the pop charts.  The song was originally recorded by them in 1956 and was released on Fee Bee Records. When the group signed with Dot Records in 1957, the song became a hit, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming the group's highest-charting song.  The song was later featured in several films, including “American Graffiti” (1973), “Diner” (1982), and “Stand by Me” (1986).  It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song No. 449 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
    1957 - Elvis Presley's "Too Much" enters the pop chart. It will become the first of four chart toppers for Presley this year
    1957 - Tab Hunter's "Young Love" hits #1
    1958 - One of the greatest snowstorms of the mid-20th century struck the northeast. 39 inches of snow fell at Callicoon, New York. Boston, Massachusetts recorded 19.4 inches which was the greatest 24-hour snowfall ever recorded until January 1978. The same storm dumped 14 inches at Washington, DC and 15.5 inches at Baltimore, Maryland. 43 people were killed as a result of the storm and damage totaled $500 million.
    1959 - Birthday of Ice T, rap singer and actor, born Tracy Morrow, Newark, NJ.
    1959 – Tennis great John McEnroe was born in Weisbaden, West Germany.  Often considered among the greatest in the history of the sport, he was known for his shot-making artistry and volleying skills, as well as his confrontational on-court behavior that frequently landed him in trouble with umpires and tennis authorities.  McEnroe attained the No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles, finishing his career with 77 singles and 78 doubles titles; this remains the highest men’s combined total of the open Era.  At the majors, he won seven singles titles (four US Open, three Wimbledon) and nine men's doubles titles.
    1959 - Fidel Castro was sworn in as prime minister of Cuba, replacing Miro Cardona, after leading a guerrilla campaign that ousted right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista on January 1. He will soon nationalize all industry in the name of the people, he declares, creating what he calls a Communist government with ties to the USSR.  The financial subsidy from the USSR is part of a long-range goal to establish a military base against the United States, as the United States has established surrounding the Soviet Union.
    1959 - Top Hits
“Stagger Lee” - Lloyd Price
“16 Candles” - The Crests
“The All American Boy” - Bill Parsons
“Billy Bayou” - Jim Reeves
    1960 - The U.S. Navy submarine USS Triton set sail from the New London, CT submarine base to begin the first submerged circumnavigation of the globe.
    1961 – Chicago insurance executive Charles O. Finley, having failed to buy the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox, bought the remaining 48% of the Kansas City Athletics from the estate of Arnold Johnson. 
    1963 - The Beatles' first big hit, "Please, Please Me," reached number one on the British charts. Another song from the pens of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it stayed at the top spot for only one week. When it was released in the US the following year, sales totaled more than one million. "Please, Please Me" was on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 13 weeks, getting as high as number three.
    1964 - Because of the extraordinary success of their first appearance the week before, Ed Sullivan promptly signed the Beatles for a second television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The return visit received the second-highest ratings ever for the show (the highest was from the week before) and became one of the highest-rated shows in the history of television: 70 million.
    1967 - Top Hits
“I’m a Believer” - The Monkees
“Georgy Girl” - The Seekers
“Kind of a Drag” - The Buckinghams
“Don’t Come Home a’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” - Loretta Lynn
    1967 - *MONROE, JAMES H., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Place and date: Bong Son, Hoai Nhon Province, Republic of Vietnam, 16 February 1967. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. Born: 17 October 1944, Aurora, Ill. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. His platoon was deployed in a night ambush when the position was suddenly subjected to an intense and accurate grenade attack, and 1 foxhole was hit immediately. Responding without hesitation to the calls for help from the wounded men Pfc. Monroe moved forward through heavy small-arms fire to the foxhole but found that all of the men had expired. He turned immediately and crawled back through the deadly hail of fire toward other calls for aid. He moved to the platoon sergeant's position where he found the radio operator bleeding profusely from fragmentation and bullet wounds. Ignoring the continuing enemy attack, Pfc. Monroe began treating the wounded man when he saw a live grenade fall directly in front of the position. He shouted a warning to all those nearby, pushed the wounded radio operator and the platoon sergeant to one side, and lunged forward to smother the grenade's blast with his body. Through his valorous actions, performed in a flash of inspired selflessness, Pfc. Monroe saved the lives of 2 of his comrades and prevented the probable injury of several others. His gallantry and intrepidity were in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army, and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
    1967 - *SMITH, ELMELINDO R., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Platoon Sergeant (then S/Sgt.), U.S. Army, 1st Platoon, Company C, 2d Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 16 February 1967. Entered service at: Honolulu, Hawaii. Born: 27 July 1935, Honolulu, Hawaii. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. During a reconnaissance patrol. his platoon was suddenly engaged by intense machinegun fire hemming in the platoon on 3 sides. A defensive perimeter was hastily established, but the enemy added mortar and rocket fire to the deadly fusillade and assaulted the position from several directions. With complete disregard for his safety, P/Sgt. Smith moved through the deadly fire along the defensive line, positioning soldiers, distributing ammunition and encouraging his men to repeal the enemy attack. Struck to the ground by enemy fire which caused a severe shoulder wound, he regained his feet, killed the enemy soldier and continued to move about the perimeter. He was again wounded in the shoulder and stomach but continued moving on his knees to assist in the defense. Noting the enemy massing at a weakened point on the perimeter, he crawled into the open and poured deadly fire into the enemy ranks. As he crawled on, he was struck by a rocket. Moments later, he regained consciousness, and drawing on his fast dwindling strength, continued to crawl from man to man. When he could move no farther, he chose to remain in the open where he could alert the perimeter to the approaching enemy. P/Sgt. Smith perished, never relenting in his determined effort against the enemy. The valorous acts and heroic leadership of this outstanding soldier inspired those remaining members of his platoon to beat back the enemy assaults. P/Sgt. Smith's gallant actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and they reflect great credit upon him and the Armed Forces of his country
    1968 - GRAVES, TERRENCE COLLINSON, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, 3d Force Reconnaissance Company, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein), FMF. Place and date: Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 16 February 1968. Entered service at: New York Born: 6 July 1945, Corpus Christi, Tex. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a platoon commander with the 3d Force Reconnaissance Company. While on a long-range reconnaissance mission, 2d Lt. Graves' 8-man patrol observed 7 enemy soldiers approaching their position. Reacting instantly, he deployed his men and directed their fire on the approaching enemy. After the fire had ceased, he and 2 patrol members commenced a search of the area, and suddenly came under a heavy volume of hostile small arms and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior enemy force. When 1 of his men was hit by the enemy fire, 2d Lt. Graves moved through the fire-swept area to his radio and, while directing suppressive fire from his men, requested air support and adjusted a heavy volume of artillery and helicopter gunship fire upon the enemy. After attending the wounded, 2d Lt. Graves, accompanied by another marine, moved from his relatively safe position to confirm the results of the earlier engagement. Observing that several of the enemy were still alive, he launched a determined assault, eliminating the remaining enemy troops. He then began moving the patrol to a landing zone for extraction, when the unit again came under intense fire which wounded 2 more marines and 2d Lt. Graves. Refusing medical attention, he once more adjusted air strikes and artillery fire upon the enemy while directing the fire of his men. He led his men to a new landing site into which he skillfully guided the incoming aircraft and boarded his men while remaining exposed to the hostile fire. Realizing that 1 of the wounded had not embarked, he directed the aircraft to depart and, along with another marine, moved to the side of the casualty. Confronted with a shortage of ammunition, 2d Lt. Graves utilized supporting arms and directed fire until a second helicopter arrived. At this point, the volume of enemy fire intensified, hitting the helicopter and causing it to crash shortly after liftoff. All aboard were killed. 2d Lt. Graves' outstanding courage, superb leadership and indomitable fighting spirit throughout the day were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1968 - US officials report that, in addition to the 800,000 people listed as refugees prior to January 30, the fighting during the Tet Offensive has created 350,000 more. The communist attack had begun at dawn on January 31, the first day of the Tet holiday truce. Viet Cong forces, supported by large numbers of North Vietnamese troops, launched the largest and best-coordinated offensive of the war, driving into the centers of South Vietnam's seven largest cities and attacking 30 provincial capitals ranging from the Delta to the DMZ.
    1968 - The nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, AL.
    1968 - Elvis Presley was awarded a gold record for his album of hymns, "How Great Thou Art." Although he was popular in the pop music world, Elvis only won 3 Grammy Awards: one for this album, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1970, and one for "He Touched Me" in 1972. He did receive over a dozen Grammy nominations. 
    1968 - At the US Indoor Championships at Salisbury, MD, the longest match in US Tennis Association history pitted Englishmen Mark Cox and Bob Wilson against Americans Charlie Pasarell and Ron Holmberg. After six hours and 23 minutes, Cox and Wilson emerged victorious, 26-24, 17-19, 30-28.
    1969 - *MILLER, GARY L., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. place and date: Binh Duong province, Republic of Vietnam, 16 February 1969. Entered service at: Roanoke, Va. Born: 19 March 1947, Covington, Va. Citation: For conspicuous intrepidity and gallantry in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. First Lt. Miller, Infantry, Company A, was serving as a platoon leader at night when his company ambushed a hostile force infiltrating from Cambodian sanctuaries. After contact with the enemy was broken, 1st Lt. Miller led a reconnaissance patrol from their prepared positions through the early evening darkness and dense tropical growth to search the area for enemy casualties. As the group advanced they were suddenly attacked. First Lt. Miller was seriously wounded. However, the group fought back with telling effect on the hostile force. An enemy grenade was thrown into the midst of the friendly patrol group and all took cover except 1st Lt. Miller. who in the dim light located the grenade and threw himself on it, absorbing the force of the explosion with his body. His action saved nearby members of his patrol from almost certain serious injury. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by this officer were an inspiration to his comrades and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army. 
    1971 - Aretha Franklin records "Spanish Harlem."
    1972 - Wilt Chamberlin became the first player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. He accomplished this while playing against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix, Arizona, with the Suns winning, 110-109.
    1972 - During his week-long stint as host of the syndicated Mike Douglas Show, John Lennon performs "Memphis" and "Johnny B. Goode" with Chuck Berry, who Lennon refers to as "my hero."
    1974 - Elton John releases "Bennie and the Jets."
    1975 - Top Hits
“You’re No Good” - Linda Ronstadt
“Pick Up the Pieces” - AWB
“Best of My Love” - The Eagles
“Devil in the Bottle” - T.G. Sheppard
    1975 - The music variety series, “Cher'' premieres on CBS-TV.
    1980 - Led Zeppelin's "Fool in the Rain" from "In Through The Out Door" peaks at #21 on the pop chart. 
    1983 - Top Hits
“Down Under” - Men at Work
“Baby, Come to Me” - Patti Austin with James Ingram
“Shame on the Moon” - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
“’Til I Gain Control Again” - Crystal Gayle
    1984 - Skier Bill Johnson became the first, and thus far, the only, American to win the Olympic downhill. Johnson’s victory came at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
    1985 - In what would be his last fight, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini lost the World Boxing Association lightweight championship crown to Livingston Bramble. In August of 1985, the fighter retired. 
    1985 - Telly "Who Loves Ya Baby?" Savalas brought "Kojak" back to network television after a seven-year absence (1973-1978.) "Kojak: The Belarus File" was aired as a special on CBS-TV, the network that launched the original.
    1985 - Coach Lefty Driesell got his 400th career victory as the University of Maryland defeated Davidson by a score of 65-63.  In 1995, Driesell was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. On April 2, 2007, Driesell was inducted as a member of the second class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.  The University of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame inducted Driesell in 2002. On August 13, 2008, he was inducted as a member of the inaugural class of the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame, which honors athletes, coaches, and administrators who made contributions to sports in southeastern Virginia. On May 25, 2011, Driesell was inducted into the Southern Conference Hall of Fame. On April 2, 2010, the first annual Lefty Driesell Award for the best defensive player in NCAA Division I basketball was bestowed upon its first recipient, Jarvis Varnado of Mississippi State. In February 2017, the University of Maryland hung a banner in the Xfinity Center to honor his career at the university. Lefty accepted the honor alongside of numerous former players, assistant coaches, and family. In 2018, Driesell was selected for induction into the Basketball of Fame.
    1985 - Hall & Oates' "Method of Modern Love" peaks at #5 on the chart
    1985 - Journey lead singer Steve Perry 's "Foolish Heart" peaks at #18 on the chart.
    1987 - A massive ice storm struck Kentucky, Virginia, and the Carolinas. In some areas, ice accumulations reached 3 inches. Across south central Kentucky, 16,000 people were without power for 3 days, making this the worst ice storm in 35 years for the area. In North Carolina, 5 inches of sleet fell at Raleigh and up to 8 inches was reported in Person and Granville counties. Roadways were made impassable due to the thick coating of ice.
    1988 - George Harrison's "Got My Mind Set on You" hits #1 on the chart.
    1990 - Strong thunderstorms developing ahead of an arctic cold front produced severe weather across the southeastern U.S. between mid-morning on the 15th and early evening on the 16th. Thunderstorms spawned thirteen tornadoes, including one which, prior to dawn on the 16th, injured eleven persons near Carrollton, GA. There were also 121 reports of large hail or damaging winds. A late afternoon thunderstorm on the 15th produced baseball size hail at Jackson, MS, and prior to dawn on the 16th, a thunderstorm produced high winds which injured four persons at Goodwater, AL 
    1991 - Top Hits
“Gonna Make You Sweat” (“Everybody Dance Now”) - C & C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
“All the Man that I Need” - Whitney Houston
“One More Try” - Timmy -T-
“Brother Jukebox” - Mark Chesnutt
    1993 - At London's Brit Awards, Rod Stewart invites former members of his old band, The Faces, onstage for an impromptu reunion. Original members Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, and Kenney Jones join Stewart for renditions of "Stay With Me" and "Sweet Little Rock and Roller." Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman sits in for original Faces bassist Ronnie Lane, who is ill with Multiple Sclerosis.
    2006 - The last mobile Army surgical hospital (MASH) was decommissioned by the United States Army, succeeded by the Combat Support Hospital.
    2011 – Cyclist Lance Armstrong announced his official retirement from profession al cycling.  Armstrong is the 1993 professional world champion and won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005. However, in 2012, he was banned from sanctioned Olympic sports for life as a result of long-term doping offenses. As part of those sanctions, all results going back to August 1998, including his seven Tour wins, were voided.
    2012 - A federal judge in Detroit ordered life in prison for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian man who tried to blow up a packed Northwest jetliner with a bomb concealed in his underwear.
    2015 – A federal judge order a halt to an executive order of President Obama that allowed approximately 5 million illegal immigrants to remain in the country.
2019 – Pope Francis defrocked ex-cardinal and archbishop of Washington, DC, Theodore McCarrick for sexually abusing minors and adults.  He is the first cardinal to be removed for sexual abuse.
2021 - Winter storm continues with Dallas recording its lowest temperature in 70 years, minus-2 degrees Fahrenheit. 



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