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Thursday, February 23, 2023

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License and Registration

  A State-by-State Analysis of License Requirements
     for Lenders and Brokers
Funders Taking "New" Broker Business List
    Four Do Not Require that Brokers Be Licensed
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    Several Positions Open, Apply Now!
Key Receivers
    Sales Make it Happen by Steve Chriest
The U.S. Cities Drowning in Debt (Chart)
    Highest Municipal Debts per Taxpayer
Introducing Leasing News Advisor
    Ralph Mango
American Association of Commerce Finance Brokers
    Announces Scholarship Winners with Photos
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, Corsage,
  Plane, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
    Skinamarink, with Fernando Croce Reviews
German Shepherd
    Omaha, Nebraska
International Women's Day March 8, 2023
    Vancouver & Toronto
News Briefs ----
Tesla will base engineering HQ
    in Palo Alto, California, at former H-P site
Almost all Fed officials backed quarter-point
    interest rate hike, minutes show
More than 1,400 flights canceled
    as winter storm hits US
Ranked: The World’s Wealthiest Cities
    by Number of Millionaires

You May Have Missed
Laid-off tech workers can now talk smack
    about ex-employers, says NLRB

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months
Sales Make It Happen

Sports Brief----
 California Nuts Brief---
   "Gimme that wine"
    This Day in History
      Daily Puzzle
        Weather, USA or specific area
         Traffic Live----

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taking precautions these days


License and Registration United States
A State-by-State Analysis of License Requirements
for Lenders and Brokers




New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia
Washington, D.C.
Puerto Rico


Funders Taking "New" Broker Business List
Four Do Not Require that Brokers Be Licensed

BSB Leasing, Inc.
Bankers Capital
C.H. Brown Company
Forum Financial Services
TimePayment Corp.

The following “funders” have informed Leasing News they will consider business from “new” third party originators.  Many companies require a certain length of time in business and other requirements, such as a specific volume of business.  These “funders” will consider submissions from those new in the leasing and finance business:

In Business Since
Leasing Association
Business Reports

BSB Leasing, Inc.
1992 Colorado, Hawaii
Don Meyerson, Pres.
Steve Crane, CLFP
VP, Commercial Division
(click here for further description)


$10,000 Minimum
Application Only to
$250,000 Financial
Statement Transaction
Up to $1MM Business
Loans Up to $500K

Bankers Capital
Larry LaChance - President
50 states
$25,000 +


C.H. Brown Company
a Subsidiary of Platte Valley Bank
Wheatland, Wyoming
Kit West
Business Development Director/Broker Relations
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Tim O'Connor
972.690.9444 ext. 225
240 Lake Park Blvd. Suite 112
Richardson, TX 75080
$50,000 - $1.5 million (Our average size transaction is $250,000. Preferred range $100,000 - $500,000)
Timepayment Corp
Burlington, Massachusetts
Mark Sheehan
Vice President & General Manager, Capital Markets
and Strategic Partnerships
$500 to
$1 million

A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed | C -Sub-Broker Program
| D -"Private label Program" | E - Also "in house" salesmen


Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted


Key Receivers

Sales Make it Happen by Steve Chriest

¦ Rule #1 - Everyone in an organization is a salesperson.
¦ Rule #2 - Not everyone believes rule number one.
¦ Rule #3 - Everyone has customers.

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

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

We've noticed that these same managers faithfully follow their company's sales process when interacting with subordinates. The methodology they use in working with customers works as well when working with "key receivers."

We don't think it is an accident that companies that are satisfied with their implementation of highly complex CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems share a common approach to managing their employees.

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

A willingness to accept the three rules that apply to all organizations today, and a commitment to treat everyone in the organization as a "customer," helps create a true customer-focused enterprise. In these organizations, providing excellent customer service be-comes the habit of the company's "key receivers."

Steve Chriest is the CEO of Open Advance and author of “Selling to the E-Suite, The Proven System for Reaching and Selling Senior Executives and Business Acumen 101.”  He is the former president of several leasing companies.  Today, he produces video and radio blogs, as well as continuing as a columnist for Leasing News since 2005.

Sales Makes It Happen


The average person in the U.S. is around $96,400 in debt. If Americans would be charged by their hometowns and cities for the debt they have taken on in the name of their residents, a fairly big sum would be added to that tally. According to a report by think tank Truth in Accounting, 50 out of the 75 largest cities in the U.S. are currently running a deficit - in some cases a major one.

If New York City would divide the money amiss in its FY2021 budget among all of its taxpayers, this would add the hefty sum of $56,900 to each New Yorker's debt. However, New York City's debt has decreased - by more than 11 percent since 2017. In the rest of the top 5 indebted cities in the U.S., debt has been growing quite substantially. New Orleans, where debt grew by almost a third in the time frame, is one such example. This caused the city to rise from the 10th most in debt to the 5th most in debt. Portland meanwhile climbed from rank 8 into rank 4.

On the other side of the ranking are Washington D.C., San Francisco and Irvine, Calif. All three cities had a sizable surplus in FY2021 in part due to favorable market conditions. This instance will have helped them still balance their budgets in the downturn year of 2022.

Something that Truth in Accounting is pointing out in its reports is how high municipal debt can endanger city workers' pensions and similar benefits. In the case of New Orleans, the report states that only 55 cents for every dollar of pledged pension benefits had been put away in the city. In Portland, this number was even lower at only 44 cents to the dollar. Despite being obligated to pay employees' pension and retiree health care benefits when these come up, many cities decide to put off building these funds and even omit the respective items from city balance sheets.

By Katharina Buchholz, Statista


Leasing News Associate Editor
Ralph Mango

Ralph joined the Advisory Board June 26, 2013. As a reader of Leasing News, Ralph has been a long-time contributor and a resource of history. In July, 2013, he was named Leasing News Associate Editor, responsible for proofreading and editing each news edition as well as contributing content. He serves as a volunteer as do many of the Leasing News writers and contributors. In that role, Ralph sees the written news edition version first, before graphics are added, reviewing all articles. In addition, he has been instrumental in "cleaning up" the duplications, errors, typos, in "This Day in American History," which was started over 30 years ago and never proofed until he volunteered. He has become the editor's right hand in producing each Leasing News edition each early evening right before it is set in HTML.

Ralph had been with Comscore Inc., Reston, Virginia since December, 2010.  He left the company in May, 2019 and is semi-retired.

During his leasing industry career, he has consulted on multiple business necessities that include internal control processes for sales, sales support, documentation, verification, funding, and MIS; integration of CRM into sales processes toward reducing administrative tasks, strengthening forecast reliability and pipeline veracity, and pricing authority delegation to eliminate revenue leaks, among others.

His nearly 40-year equipment leasing career includes stops as VP-General Manager, SVP of Sales and Sales & Marketing, and Region management with several industry leaders.  He has broad and successful business unit general management experience in both indirect and direct equipment leasing as a captive lessor and vendor provider that began as a credit manager.

His career zenith was as Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Newcourt Financial when he piloted the proposal team through which he became Co-founder, Vice President and General Manager, Dell Financial Services in 1997.

Ralph (New Brunswick, ’74) is a member of the Alumni Mentoring program for Rutgers University, mentoring soon-to-be Rutgers graduates on their career aspirations and providing editing and proofreading services to them as well.  He is also part of ACP. The ACP, American Corporate Partners (, provides similar guidance to our returning military, assisting them in identifying and translating their skills that were executed in a military structure into concepts and language that resonate in the private sector.

During 2019, an outgrowth of his Associate Editor responsibilities resulted in his co-editing “A Moment in Paradise; Collaborative Thoughts on Empathy,” by former colleague Paul Jackson.  All profits from the book go to Opportunities, Inc.

Ralph and Beth enjoy living in northern Virginia, near their three daughters, four grandchildren, and two sons-in-law. He was a top quarterback in high school, college, and was in the semipro’s.  An avid reader and writer, Ralph also has been a lifelong baseball fan dating back to the 50s and he remains a die-hard Yankees fan, owing to his late parents’ Bronx roots.  The baseball fan in him is stunned and ecstatic at the hometown 2019 World Champion Washington Nationals.


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LOUISVILLE, KY – - The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB) is pleased to announce Aislynn Gonzalez as the winner of 2023 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.

Aislynn, a high school senior in McDonough, Georgia will be the third recipient of the scholarship and will receive an award of $3,000.

The Scholarship Task Force was impressed with Aislynn's record as being a member of several clubs and participating in multiple sports, including cross country, lacrosse, track, and flag football. Aislynn has been able to maintain a 4.0 throughout her high school career and plans to have a career in law on completion of her studies.

Upon receiving the news of this scholarship award Aislynn shared her gratitude. “The AACFB scholarship will help me this upcoming semester by paying for my food and dorm. Thanks to the kindness of the association, I can now focus on my studies in business and law, moving one step closer to my aspirations of becoming the first college graduate in my family!"


The AACFB Scholarship Task Force received numerous applications for this year's scholarship, making the decision extremely difficult. In addition to Aislynn, the task force also wanted to recognize Grant McClendon.

Grant is currently attending the University of Oklahoma and will receive an award of $1,000.

The Scholarship Task Force was impressed with Grant's dedication to his studies, despite the need to work to cover living expenses.

Upon receiving the news of this scholarship award Grant shared, “I will use the AACFB scholarship while studying for the LSAT, so I can dedicate more time to the test without having to maintain employment!"

The AACFB would like to increase the number of scholarships given out each year. Any company wanting to sponsor a scholarship should contact Monica Harper at More information about the scholarship is available at

About American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB)
The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB), formerly the NAELB, is the premier trade association empowering independent commercial finance brokers. The AACFB represents the expanding interests of its growing membership by providing best practice education and networking opportunities, while promoting a culture of ethics. For more information visit:

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Watch at Home
by Fernando Croce, Leasing News Movie Reviewer

A stirring superhero epic (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”), a couple of offbeat biopics (“Corsage,” “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”) and generous doses of action (“Plane”) and horror (“Skinamarink”) make for a diverse batch of new streaming releases.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Disney Plus, iTunes, Vudu): A troubled production becomes a chance to acknowledge loss and grief in this stirring sequel to the 2018 blockbuster. With the passing of T’Challa (the late Chadwick Boseman), the land of Wakanda struggles to find a new direction forward. Tasked with ruling a nation suddenly vulnerable to hostile world powers, Queen Ramonda (Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Angela Bassett) must combine grieving with leadership. Her daughter Shuri (Leticia Wright) comes to her help when conflict seems imminent with the Talokan kingdom, as she and Okoye (Danai Gurira) race against time to prevent global war. Though Boseman’s tragic death leaves an inevitable void in the film’scenter, director Ryan Coogler and his cast manage to bring a soulful touchto the standard superhero template.

Corsage (Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu): Long a popular figure in historical epics, 19th-century Austrian empress Elisabeth Eugenie gets an unusual new retelling in this offbeat drama, which employs irreverent anachronisms to upend the story’s fairy-tale aspects. As she turns 40, Elisabeth (played with grace and fury by Vicky Krieps) finds herself weary of her life in the palace, where she’s mainly a staid figurehead barely acknowledged by her husband, Emperor Franz Joseph (Florian Teichmeister). She travels to England and Hungary to escape the scrutiny of both the court and the public, but can she regain the idealistic purposes she once had? Directed by Marie Kreutzer, this is a restless, sympathetic portrait of rebellion that, like Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette,” aims to find the human dimensions of storybook icons. With subtitles.

Plane (Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu): Sturdy action movies have become increasingly rare these days, which givesone even more appreciation forthe no-nonsense efficiency and craft of this modest but undeniablyrousing thriller from French filmmaker Jean-FrançoisRichet (2005’s “Assault on Precinct 13” remake). Gerard Butler plays Brodie Torrance, a commercial pilot whose plane makes a forced landing on an island in the Philippines. While waiting for rescue support from Special Forces, the survivors are taken prisonerby a brutal local warlord (Evan Dane) determined to use them as political hostages. It’s up to Brodie, with the help of mysterious passenger Louis (Mike Colter), to take matters into his own hands. Reliably delivering on the everyman-turns-hero formula, the movie offers slam-bang adventurewith tautness and pace.

Skinamarink (Amazon Prime, iTunes, Vudu): On the steps of “The Blair Witch Project” and “Paranormal Activity” comes this striking shoestring horror tale, finally available for streaming after unsettling viewers on social media and at festivals screenings. Set in the 1990s, it follows two children, Kevin (Lucas Paul) and his sister Kaylee (Dali Rose Tetreault), who one night wake to discover that their parents are gone and that the doors and windows in their house are gradually vanishing. As they make their way through endless corridors and tenebrous rooms, they find themselves in a waking nightmare of topsy-turvy furniture, hellish toys, and mysterious voices. Shooting in low-grade style to achieve uncanny textures, director Kyle Edward Ball’s highly ingenious and borderline experimental film touches on primal fears of the inexplicable.

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (The Roku Channel): Beloved parodist “Weird” Al Yankovic bringsthe loopy energy of his song spoofs to the movie screen in this rambunctious send-up of biopics, which he co-wrote with director Eric Appel. Gleefully combiningclichés with outright fabrications, the plot charts young Al (gamely played by Daniel Radcliffe) on his road to fame, from his childhood as a misfit who discovers the joy of accordion-playing to his 1980s heyday lampooning hitsongs. Along the way, there’s time for afriendship with fellow radio joker Dr. Demento (Rainn Wilson) and an unlikely romance with none other than Madonna (Evan Rachel Wood). An extended whirl of references and winks, this is a shamelessly entertaining look at the man who turned silliness into an irresistible career.

Fernando Croce is a nationally recognized film reviewer and has been contributing to Leasing News since the summer of 2008. His reviews appear each Friday.


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News Briefs---

Tesla will base engineering HQ
in Palo Alto, California, at former H-P site

Almost all Fed officials backed quarter-point
interest rate hike, minutes show

More than 1,400 flights canceled
    as winter storm hits US

Ranked: The World’s Wealthiest Cities,
    by Number of Millionaires


You May Have Missed---

Laid-off tech workers can now talk smack
    about ex-employers, says NLRB



Sports Briefs---

49ers’ Brock Purdy postpones elbow surgery
    on eve of operation

US women’s soccer team, Brazil set for latest
     in history of star-studded clashes

Six NFL teams positioned to make
major progress during 2023 offseason

NFL reporter says Packers open to keeping Aaron Rodgers
    after 'disgusted' claim


California Nuts Briefs---

 ‘Strong Snowpack Results in a Boost
    to Water Supplies for California Farmers

State signs off on Oakland’s plan
to add 26,000 new homes



"Gimme that wine"

Oregon Wine Symposium Recap

A Case Study in Growing an Emerging Wine State

Napa Valley seeks insights from Visit California
    effort to tackle tourism challenges 

Rib-eye steak grilled rare matches Spottswoode
cabernet with depth

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Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events


This Day in American History

   1778 – Baron von Steuben arrived at Valley Forge to help to train the Continental Army.
   1784 - Sarah Thompson became the first American to become a countess when her father Benjamin Thompson, an American physicist born in North Woburn, Ma, was knighted as Count Rumford by King George III of England. He was a Royalist during the Revolutionary War and had command of the Queen's Horse Dragoons against the colonists. He was also created a count of the Holy Roman Empire in 1791 by Charles Philip Frederick, Duke of Bavaria. The Countess of Rumford had the privilege of residing in any country she chose and receiving half of her father's pension of 2,000 florins. American History shows him as a much despised man due to his politics and allegedly abandoned his wife and family when he fled to England. He discovered the use of heat and friction. He made numerous practical innovations, including central heating, the smokeless chimney, the kitchen oven, thermal underwear, the pressure cooker, and numerous others. In later life, he married (and then became estranged from) Lavoisier's widow Marie-Anne. Rumford was overbearingly arrogant and had no friends, as well as having a life filled with repeated cycles of rapid rises to prominence followed by equally rapid falls to penury. His abrasive personality and style are perhaps why his many innovations were not widely chronicled by historians.
    1792 - Humane Society of Massachusetts was incorporated after erecting life-saving stations for distressed mariners.
    1813 – The first raw cotton-to-cloth mill in the US was founded in Waltham, Massachusetts.
    1821 – The first pharmacology college in the US opened in Philadelphia as College of Apothecaries
    1822 – Boston incorporated as a city.
    1836 - Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, leading several thousand Mexican troops, began besieging the Alamo mission settlement held by a force of 145 Texans led by Colonel Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. The siege ended on March 6 with all the Texans killed.
    1847 - United States General Zachary Taylor was victorious over Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna in the Battle of Buena Vista. The victory would catapult him to become president of the United States in 1848. The victory was responsible for his being elected president March 4, 1849, despite his unclear platform and lack of interest in politics…  Taylor died suddenly of a stomach-related illness in July 1850, ensuring he would have little impact on the sectional divide that led to civil war a decade later.
    1861 – President-elect Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington after a failed assassination attempt in Baltimore.
    1861 – Texas became the seventh state to secede from the Union.
    1868 - William Edward Burghardt Dubois’ birthday, American educator and leader of the movement for black equality. Born at Great Barrington, MA, he died at Accra, Ghana on Aug 27, 1963. “The cost of liberty”, he wrote in 1909, “is less than the price of repression.”
    1883 – Alabama enacted the nation’s first anti-trust law.
    1886 - Charles Martin Hall, assisted by his sister, Julia Brainerd Hall, invented an inexpensive method for producing aluminum, which became the first metal to attain widespread use since the prehistoric discovery of iron. He was the founder of ALCOA.
    1886 – The London Times published the world’s first classified ad.
    1887 – The federal government granted Seal Rocks to the City of San Francisco.
        1893 - Rudolf Diesel received a patent in Germany for the engine that bears his name. The diesel engine burns fuel oil rather than gasoline and is used in trucks and heavy industrial machinery. Many German automobiles also converted to diesel due to its lower price than gasoline.
    1896 – Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield, named after his five year old daughter.
    1903 - US signs agreement acquiring a naval station at Guantanamo Bay as Cuba agreed to lease the state of Guantanamo to the US.
    1905 - The first Rotary Club meeting took place in Chicago, IL.  The group's founder was a lawyer, Paul Percy Harris, who invited three friends, a coal dealer, a tailor, and a mining engineer. Meetings were held in each member's place of business in rotation, so that they each could obtain some knowledge of the others' businesses. A convention of 16 Rotary clubs met in Chicago in August, 1910 to form a national association. An international association was formed in August, 1912 in Duluth, MN to provide charters to Winnipeg, Canada and London, England. The constitution was revised in June, 1922 when Rotary International was adopted as the group's new name.
    1907 - A legislative delegation from Sacramento arrives in Berkeley to consider the proposal to move the California state capital there. About 70 state senators and assemblymen travel by special train and attend a banquet.
    1910 – The first radio contest was held from Philadelphia.
    1915 – Nevada enforced the nation’s first divorce law.
    1915 – Germany sunk two US ships – Carib and Evelyn.
    1917 - Birthday of composer-pianist John Benson Brooks in Houlton, ME.,,408452,00.html?ar
    1921 – The first U.S. transcontinental air mail flight arrived in New York City from San Francisco
    1922 - Birthday of composer-trumpeter Johnny Carisi in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. Died October 3, 1992.,,411975,00.
    1927 - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signed a bill into law that created the Federal Radio Commission, “to bring order out of this terrible chaos.” The president was speaking, of course, of the nation's then unregulated radio stations. The commission assigned frequencies, hours of operation and power allocations for radio broadcasters across the U.S. The name was changed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on July 1, 1934.
    1928 - Birthday of Canadian singer and actress Monique Leyrac in Montreal. She won two prizes at the 1965 International Song Festival in Poland and the Grand Prix at another festival in Belgium. Leyrac toured the Soviet Union in 1966 and the following year performed at Expo 67 and before Princess Margaret in London. She has been proclaimed best singer twice and Woman of the Year twice in annual polls conducted by the Canadian Press. Monique Leyrac was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1968.
    1930 - Birthday of sax player Pete DeLuke, Schenectady, NY.
    1936 - A severe blizzard in the Sierra Nevada mountains closed Donner Pass, stranding 750 motorists and claiming 7 lives.
    1939 - Walt Disney won an Oscar for the film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at the 11th Academy Award ceremonies that were held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Disney actually received one Oscar statuette and seven miniature ones for his work “... which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field,” according to press accounts.  Oscars were doled out for "You Can't Take It with You" for Best Picture and Best Director Frank Capra. Capra, who took home his third Best-Director prize, had won for 1934's "It Happened One Night" and 1936's "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town". The Best Actor award was claimed for the second year in a row ("Captains Courageous") by Spencer Tracy for "Boys Town". Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards were presented to Bette Davis and Fay Bainter, respectively, for their performances in "Jezebel"; while Walter Brennan took home the prized statuette for Best Supporting Actor in "Kentucky". These were Davis' and Brennan's second Academy Awards; the first for Davis was awarded three years earlier for "Dangerous", and Brennan received his first Oscar two years before for "Come and Get It".
    1940 - Walt Disney's animated feature “Pinocchio”, based on the story by Collodi (real name: Carlo Lorenzini), was released to the general public. Using a new multiplane camera, this innovative film was able to capture never-before-seen dimension in an animated movie. Critics were enchanted with Disney's treatment of the story, although the nephew of the fable's author asked the Italian Ministry of Popular Culture to sue Disney for libel in portraying Pinocchio "so he easily could be mistaken for an American," when the puppet was Italian. Nothing came of Paolo Lorensini's objections. The film did well at the box office. Disney had the movie dubbed in seven languages at an additional cost of $65,000. However, when Pinocchio was released, World War II was underway and the European market was inaccessible.  As a result, Disney lost a major source of revenue. Jiminy Cricket's song, "When You Wish Upon a Star," later won an Oscar for Best Song.
    1942 - About 9pm, PST, while President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was delivery his weekly “fireside chat” by radio to the American public, the Japanese submarine I-17, under command of Captain Kozo Nishino fired 12 to 15 shots during the space of 20 minutes at the Barnsdall Oil Refinery in Ellwood, CA, about 12 miles west of Santa Barbara. The submarine was about half a mile offshore. One shell made a direct hit on the rigging and pumping equipment on an oil well, causing damage of about $500. Other shells made crater holes, one of which was about five feet deep. No one was injured. John Belushi was in a movie about the incident, but at the time, it caused great hysteria in California, in Hawaii where Pearl Harbor was devastated, and people on the West Coast thought it could happen here. The railroad going from San Jose to Santa Cruz had its tracks torn up and tunnels dynamited as it was feared the Japanese could attack the city by using the train for transportation. The fear against the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor over ruled all logic of the day. There was no television let alone internet and all news was censored as to what was happening and people feared the worst that could happen to them, another Pearl Harbor in San Francisco or Los Angeles.
    1943 - While the Japanese submarine was making a devastating attack primarily psychological in nature, to get the US afraid to fight, the first naval counterattack by American forces against the Japanese in World War II was taking place in a surface engagement known as the Battle of Balikpapan, or the Battle of the Makassar Straight, which took place from this day through February 25. The U.S. destroyers John D. Ford, Parrott, Pope, and Paul Jones, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Paul H. Talbot, came in at night at high speed and sank a patrol craft and the transports Taksukami Maru (7,084), Tsurga Maru (6,988 tons, Kuretake Maru (5,170 tons) and Somanouri Maru (3,519 tons.)
    On April 18, 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers of the 17th bombardment Group, 8th Air force, under the command of Colonel James Harold Doolittle, took off from the USS Hornet. Traveling low over the water they dropped bombs on the cities of Tokyo, Kobe, and Nagoya, then continued straight on until they ran out of fuel and crash-landed in the Chinese countryside. The raid took the Japanese military establishment by surprise and demonstrated for the first time the vulnerability of the Japanese home islands. In collaboration with the Germans who were after oil in Asia, the Axis thought the US was weak, actually calling the country a “paper tiger.”
    1943 - Frederick S. “Fred” Biletnikoff, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders was born Erie, PA.
    1944 - White blues guitarist Johnny Winter was born in Leland, Mississippi. A write-up in Rolling Stone magazine brought Winter to the attention of New York club owner Steve Paul, who became his manager. Winter's self-titled debut album on Columbia was an immediate success in 1969. His blues-based hard rock remained popular throughout the 1970's.
    1945 - The Japanese island of Iwo Jima fell to the Americans after severe fighting and the flag was raised on Mount Suribachi . Four days of bitter battle had taken its toll on the 28th Regiment of the Fifth Division of the U.S. Marines. Although losses were heavy, the Marine platoon succeeded in its mission to neutralize the defenses and scale the heavily fortified Mount Surabachi. The volcanic peak, at the southern tip of the Japanese island of Iwo Jima, was one of the first objectives of the Marines' invasion of this small, strategic island, 750 miles south of Tokyo. Victory was triumphant -- as the famous iconic photograph by Joe Rosenthal of these Marines raising the American flag portrayed. Navy Secretary Forrestal was standing on the beachhead below. When he saw Old Glory waving in the breeze, he told Lt. General Holland M. Smith, “The raising of that flag on Surabachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years.”
    1950 - Top Hits
“Dear Hearts and Gentle People” - Bing Crosby
“There's No Tomorrow” - Tony Martin
“The Old Master Painter” - Snooky Lanson
“Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy” - Red Foley
    1955 – The first meeting of SEATO, the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization.
    1958 - Top Hits
Don't/I Beg of You - Elvis Presley
Sail Along Silvery Moon/Raunchy - Billy Vaughn
Short Shorts - The Royal Teens
Ballad of a Teenage Queen - Johnny Cash
    1959 - Three weeks after their deaths, Buddy Holly's "It Don't Matter Anymore" enters the Hot 100 at #82 and the Big Bopper's LP "Chantilly Lace" is released on Mercury Records.
    1960 - Wrecking crews began demolishing Ebbetts Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers since 1912 before they left for Los Angeles.
    1963 - The Chiffons released "He's So Fine", which on March 30, 1963, hit #1 on the charts for four weeks. Later the song became the center of one of music's most publicized lawsuits, when the estate of songwriter Ronnie Marks won a suit against former Beatle, George Harrison, saying the song, "My Sweet Lord", was a copy of "He's So Fine". The Chiffons also had hits with "One Fine Day", "Sweet Talkin' Guy".
    1964 - The Beatles made their third appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Their performance had been pre-recorded the afternoon of February 9th - just hours before the group made their live American TV debut on Sullivan's program.
    1966 - Top Hits
“Lightnin' Strikes” - Lou Christie
“These Boots are Made for Walkin'” - Nancy Sinatra
“My World is Empty Without You” - The Supremes
“Waitin' in Your Welfare Line” - Buck Owens
    1967 - US troops begin largest offensive of Vietnam War. Over 400,000 US troops were in Southeast Asia. At this point, more than 17,000 Americans had died in Vietnam, 2000 more in the first ten months of 1967 than in the period 1961-1966.
    1968 - Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points
    1970 - The Doors' album "Morrison Hotel" goes gold becoming the group's fifth gold album in a row.
    1971 - James Franciscus starred in made for television movie, "Longstreet", which became a regular series in the fall of 1971.
    1974 - After already receiving $2 million dollars, the Symbionese Liberation Army demanded $4 million more to release Patty Hearst, daughter of publisher Randolph Hearst, who had been abducted on February 4th. Randolph said he would also consider this request.
    1974 - Top Hits
“The Way We Were” - Barbra Streisand
“Seasons in the Sun” - Terry Jacks
“Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)” - Aretha Franklin
“Another Lonely Song” - Tammy Wynette
    1978 - Some of the winners of the 20th annual Grammy awards for 1977 include: The Eagles (who boycotted the ceremony) winning Best Record of the Year for "Hotel California" and Best Arrangement for Voices for "New Kid in Town." Fleetwood Mac won Album of the Year for "Rumors." Song of the Year was tie between "Love Theme from A Star is Born" by Paul Williams and Barbra Streisand and Joe Brooks' "You Light Up My Life.
    1979 - The first African-American Marine general was Brigadier General Frank E. Petersen, Jr. of Topeka, KS, nominated by President Jimmy Carter. He was the 30th African-American to achieve the rank of general or admiral.
    1980 - US speed skater Eric Heiden won the 10,000 meters race to capture his fifth gold medal at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. Heiden also won at 500 meters, 1,000 meters, and 5,000 meters.
    1980 - Queen's “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” jumped to the Number 1 spot on Billboard's hit record charts, remaining there for 4 weeks.
    1982 - Top Hits
“Centerfold” - The J. Geils Band
“Open Arms” - Journey
“Shake It Up” - The Cars
“Only One You” - T.G. Sheppard
    1983 - At the 25th annual ceremonies held in Los Angeles, rock group, Toto, won Grammy Awards for their single, "Rosanna", and their album, "Toto IV". They also received four other awards, tying the 1965 record of six Grammies held by Roger Miller.    1985 - Then Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight was ejected from a game against Purdue for throwing a chair onto the court. Knight received his first technical foul for protesting two fouls called by the officials against his team. As Purdue shot the technical, Knight hurled a chair from the bench area onto the court, earning his second technical and automatic ejection. Purdue won, 72-63.
    1985 - Breaking with tradition, television show, "Gimme a Break", was broadcast live before a studio audience, making it the first sitcom seen live since the 1950s.
    1987 - Surface "bombogensis" took place on the mid-Atlantic coast as a low pressure went from 1004 to 981 millibars in just 12 hours, resulting in a heavy, wet snow blitz. Snowfall rates reached 5 inches per hour. Coatesville, Pennsylvania was buried under 23.5 inches, Clarksville, Maryland recorded 18.2 inches, and Wilmington, Delaware had 14.4 inches. Much tree damage occurred and power outages were widespread the heaviest snowfall in many years commenced in northern and central Arizona as a massive winter storm began to affect the western US.  This storm continued until the 26th and when it was all over, Flagstaff had 31.2 inches and Williams was buried under 35 inches. At one time, Prescott had 22 inches of snow on the ground.
    1988 - Michael Jackson kicked off his first solo US tour in Kansas City, Missouri. He opened with the same song with which he started the 1984 Victory Tour with his brothers - "Wanna Be Starting Something." Kansas City's Kemper Arena was outfitted with four video screens suspended from the ceiling, 72 speakers and nearly three-thousand lighting and special effects units.
    1990 - Top Hits
“Opposites Attract” - Paula Abdul with The Wild Pair
“Two to Make It Right” - Seduction
“Escapade” - Janet Jackson
“On Second Thought” - Eddie Rabbitt
    1991 - The ground war against Iraq began. After an air campaign lasting slightly more than a month, Allied forces launched the ground offensive against Iraqi forces. The relentless air attacks had devastated troops and targets in both Iraq and Kuwait. A world that had watched and anticipated ‘The Mother of All Battles’ was surprised at the swiftness and ease with which Allied forces were able to subdue Iraqi forces in 100 hours.
    1997 – “Schindler's List”, Steven Spielberg's 1993 film about the Holocaust, became the first movie shown on a television network without interruption by commercials. It was broadcast by the NBC Network. The sponsor, Ford Motor Company, presented one commercial before the film and one afterward, but none during the telecast. This was also the first broadcast rated TV-M (for “mature” audiences) under the television ratings system implemented by broadcasters in late 1996.
    1997 - The first cloning of an adult animal, a lamb named Dolly, was announced by researchers in Scotland. Dolly had a genetic makeup identical to that of her mother.
    2000 - The Grammy Awards for 1999 are announced and Santana ties Michael Jackson's record of eight Grammys in one night including ones for Album of the Year for “Supernatural” and Record of the Year. The album's single "Smooth" wins Song of the Year, giving the album a total of nine awards. Sting wins Best Pop Album for “Brand New Day”, Phil Collins wins Best Soundtrack for “Tarzan” and Jimi Hendrix wins his first Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video for "Band of Gypsies - Live at Fillmore East." Elton John is honored with the Living Legend Award.
    2012 - Ahead of court martial, suspect U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning is formally charged with turning over a massive cache of classified documents to WikiLeaks. In 2015, he is granted permission
to undergo the procedure to change his sex to female in jail and be called Priscilla.
    2012 - Maryland approves a bill allowing same-sex marriage in the state
    2013 - Six tanks are reported to be leaking radioactive waste at the Hanford, WA Nuclear Reservation but were not posed an immediate health risk
    2014 - The Sochi Winter Olympics ended.  On this last day of the competitions, Canada beats Sweden in men's hockey, keeping Canada as the reigning gold winner in two consecutive Winter Games.
    2014 - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won his second Daytona 500 race, 10 years after his first win, in a race postponed for hours by heavy rain.



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