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Monday, January 9, 2017

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Position Wanted---Risk Management
  Seeking New Opportunities
Reaction from Leasing News Person of the Year 2016
  Reid Raykovich, CLFP. Exec. Dir. CLFP Foundation
The Nomination Voting by Advisory Board
Tributes for Reid Raykovich, CLFP
   Sampling of Congratulations Received
Previous Leasing News Persons of the Year
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
  Begin the Year in a Career Upgrade      
Standing Out of Digital Clutter”
  Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
  Sales Requirements
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLFP
Leasing/Finance Conferences
Golden Retriever
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Attorneys Who Specialize in
   Banking, Finance, and Leasing
News Briefs--- 
ELFA Reports December Highest Month-over-Month
  In Six Years (Report not complete at press time)
New GE order makes 737 Max Boeing’s
    fastest-selling plane
Companies Look to Make Headway on Lease Accounting
     in 2017
FTC Charges D-Link Put Consumers’ Privacy at Risk Due
 to the Inadequate Security of Its Computer Routers & Cameras

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Position Wanted---Risk Management
  Seeking New Opportunities

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Risk Management

Chicago, Illinois
Highly knowledgeable and analytical Equipment Leasing Executive; leveraging 25 years in Portfolio Management, Operations, Credit, and Collections within Banking environment and Commercial Equipment Leasing Industry; proven track record, developing/ implementing strategies, sound operational excellence and process improvement, while maximizing revenues and positioning organizations for greater success. 



Reaction from Leasing News Person of the Year 2016
Reid Raykovich, CLFP, Exec. Dir. CLFP Foundation

“I awoke this morning with my phone buzzing from emails with congratulations in the subject line. After looking through, I couldn’t believe that you had chosen me as Leasing News Person of the Year. What an honor.

“2016 was an amazing year for the Foundation, yet one of the hardest for me. As you know, my dad fell ill around Memorial Day and passed away in August. That time was a blur, but I’m thankful that I had my job to keep my mind occupied. My dad is definitely smiling down on me because he was one of the people who encouraged me the most to pursue this job. He was a turnaround executive for the banking industry and he told me that it’s a passion for what you believe in that leads to success, not just experience. He knew how passionate I was about my designation and felt strongly that I could turn it around and it’s going well so far.

“There have been so many people along the way who have made this Foundation grow and I’m so glad that you included that in the article. I am not a one-man-show; I always say that the best marketing tool that the Foundation has, is all of its members.

“Thank you again.  I am humbled and truly honored!

“Note: My Dad was a pretty cool guy:"

Leasing Person of the Year 2016
Reid Raykovich, CLFP



The Nomination Voting by Advisory Board

(The discussion is via Baseline, secure and private, email blog. What follows is the section that lead to the decision by the Editor as per new media editorial decisions.)

The nomination came from Leasing News Advisor Steve Crane, CLFP, BSB Leasing, "What do you think about Reid Raykovich from the CLFP Foundation?  Seems like she may be a good candidate, as the Foundation has really taken off in 2017."

It was seconded by Don Myerson, BSB Leasing, "I would second Reid Raykovich! She is leading a strong growth for the CLFP Foundation. BSB just completed a CLFP class in Denver and Reid did a great job. Not only in organizing the class but in her support at a grass roots level. One CLFP at a time."

Third was Hugh Swandel, The Alta Group, "I like Bill Verhelle, but they are both they are the agents of changes we need to support. Reid is a good choice this year as the results produced by CFLP are nothing short of staggering – she has turned things around over there with the help of a strong group of board members.

"Bill Verhelle is starting to climb the charts in my books – lots of people turn their backs on the industry after they cash out. Bill has done the opposite and has contributed a lot in a short time."

Fourth, Bob Teichman, CLFP, Chairman of the Leasing News Advisory Board, "Reid is a good choice this year as the results produced by CFLP are nothing short of staggering – she has turned things around over there with the help of a strong group of board members.

Bill Verhelle is starting to climb the charts in my books – lots of people turn their backs on the industry after they cash out. Bill has done the opposite and has contributed a lot in a short time."

Fifth, Allan Levine, "Actually, I have been reading the banter; and, it is the American way. With that in mind…I give my vote to Reid as a nominee."

Sixth, Ben Carlile, "Lots of good discussion here. After weighing the evidence I vote for Reid."

Seventh, Rosanne Wilson, CLFP, "I've read all the comments from those who have responded and I am completely supportive of nominating Reid Raykovich. She has done a magnificent job in growing the number of CLFP's out there AND in getting ELFA to endorse this program after several years of trying. I know others were involved with that, but Reid spearheaded it."

Eighth, Bruce Kropschot, the Alta Group, "I have been traveling so I am late to the discussion. However, I believe that in Reid Raykovich and Bill Verhelle you have already identified two excellent and deserving candidates." 

   Kit Menkin

Leasing News
Chairman, Advisory Board
Bob Teichman, CLFP Teichman Financial Training, Sausalito, CA.
Advisory Board
Ben Carlile Marin County, CA
Ed Castagna InPlace Auction, Melville, NY
Steve Crane, CFLP

BSB Leasing, Englewood, CO

Endeavor Financial Services, Costa Mesa , CA

Phil Dushey Global Financial Services, Manhattan, NY
Ken Greene, Esq. Kenneth Charles Greene Law Offices, Westlake Village,Ca.
Shawn D. Halladay Amembal & Halladay,  Salt Lake City, UT
Ed Kaye Access Commercial Capital, Lake Success, NY
Robert S. Kieve Empire Broadcasting, San Jose, CA
Bruce Kropschot Kropschot Financial Services, Naples, FL
Allan Levine Madison Capital, LLC., Owings Mills, MD
Shari Lipski, CLFP

ECS Financial Services, Northbrook, IL

Bruce Lurie Douglas-Guardian Services Corporation, Houston, TX
Ralph Mango ComScore, Reston, Virginia
Tom McCurnin Barton, Klugman & Oetting, Los Angeles, CA
Armon L. Mills, CPA San Diego Business Journal, CA
Don Myerson BSB Leasing, Colorado, Hawaii
Hugh Swandel The Alta Group, Canada
Paul Weiss Panthera Leasing, San Francisco, CA
Rosanne Wilson, CLFP, B.P.B. 1st Independent Leasing, Beaverton, OR

Christopher Menkin Saratoga, California



Tributes for Reid Raykovich, CLFP
Sampling of Congratulations Received

"A great choice in Reid Raykovich for Person of the Year! Her energy, creativity, and commitment have taken CLFP to the next level and assured it's long term success."

Barry Marks, CLFP


"I am thrilled to see Reid Reykovich as LNPOY!!! I have known her for a long time and was on the CLP Selection Committee that ultimately chose her to replace the legend, Cindy Spurdle. She has far exceeded expectations in how she picked up the Foundation (which was struggling) and not only stabilized but created growth and excitement. The condition of the Foundation today is a direct result of her passion, hard work and love of the industry. The Foundation has grown to become a leader in education and certification in the industry and with Reid’s continuing leadership, expect the Foundation to grow and prosper even more."

“Congratulations Reid!!!”

John G. Rosenlund, CLFP
Director-Risk Management
Portfolio Financial Servicing Company


"Wonderful – Reid is a class act and has diligently worked hard for the CFLP generating results beyond expectations."

Hugh Swandel, The Alta Group


"Reid’s response to this award is the most gracious we’ve seen yet.
Truly deserved."

Ed Castagana, Inplace Auction


"Your great leadership and drive to better the industry shines brightly."

Randy Haug, LeaseTeam




2005  Paul J. Menzel, CLFP, Pacific Capital Bancorp.

2006  Paul A. Larkins, Key Equipment Finance

2007  Randall H. Brook, Sr. Attorney, Federal Trade Commission

2008  Robert Teichman, CLFP, Teichman Training

2009  Ralph Petta, COO, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

2010  Curt Ritter, CIT, VP, Communications/Media Relations

2011  John C. Deane, Sr. Mgr. Partner, The Alta Group

2012  Tony Golobic, President, GreatAmerica Financial Services

2013  Bernard D. Boettigheimer, CLFP, Founder, Lease Police

2014 Valerie Jester, President, Brandywine Capital Associates

2015 Bruce Kropschot, Sr. Mgr. Director/Merger/Acquisition, The Alta Group




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• Chartered in March 1903, a 111-year heritage

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2016 net income of over $54 million

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Standing Out of Digital Clutter”
Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

Q: How do I stand out to Hiring Managers from all the digital clutter when submitting my resume or credentials?

A: If you are looking to advance your career (in contrast to just looking for a job), I suggest keeping your intentions close to the vest. Be strategic in determining whom you want to view your resume (thus announcing that you are considering a career move). I strongly recommend working with a Recruiter or Career Consultant you can trust in handling your search confidentially. They will know how to present you as an asset not just another body looking for a “job.”

For example, if you are ‘posting’ your resume on job boards (along with thousands of others), how do you expect to be “seen?” Job boards are fine for those with only a few years of experience or for those who just want a job.  We are referring to those looking to continue their career or for those looking to take the next step in their career. Regardless, be cautious about where you submit your information and to whom you respond; e.g. even if you submit to a direct contact, does that person have a relationship with someone at your current employer? Make sure you or the Consultant you are working with, keeps your personal information private.

Additionally, any online presence should not BROADCAST that you are in the market for a new position; if you are unemployed there may be some advantage to making your situation known. Speak to a Recruiter to come up with a strategic plan of action.

Suggested Forms

  • Working with a Recruiter or Career Consultant
  • Direct Contact
  • Your Alma Mater: Many college career centers offer services for alumni no matter when they graduated
  • Employer Alumni Associations: Stay connected with past co-workers, former employees; they may be able to help you with your career plans (again, be cautious here)
  • Professional Associations

Once a strategically selected decision maker has expressed interest, make sure your correspondence is professional.  Just because you contacted them directly, do not to let your guard down. Another tip, make sure to keep track (or your Consultant will handle) of where you submitted your credentials in an organized easily accessible manner, e.g. spreadsheets.

Emily Fitzpatrick
Sr. Recruiter
Recruiters International, Inc.
Phone:  954-885-9241
Cell:  954-612-0567
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Sales Requirements

What’s a lease? Many new lease salespersons whether primarily using the telephone or going out to meet a potential client or vendor using a rate card and trying to sell interest rates either stumble into success or get let go because they are not meeting quota. I guess they are expected to learn on the job, so to speak. The difficulty is that leasing is too complex and too different to learn quickly. So many get disgusted or fired and thus move on. Training is very important regardless of what level or type of lease the salesperson is asked to sell.

Basic lease information can be learned by reading commercial equipment leasing books that present each type of lease and what its purpose is, how it fits the current accounting requirements (and the new changes). They need to know about the basis of revenue ruling 55-540 (plus tax court changes) for Income tax and Article 1 for the legal definition of a lease. This may look like a lot but if presented in pieces it can be learned over a few months.

Sometimes it is best to train the whole company by taking the time to have one or two hour sessions once a week with the senior staff presenting each subject. The more everyone understands about the rules and documentation requirements for each type of lease the more efficient and successful the whole company will be.

Some think it is only important to train on the type of lease you are selling! However, by understanding all types of leases, the sales staff can sell the strong points of your chosen lease and present the weak points of your competitor’s lease. If you can sell different types of leases then the sales staff will be more successful because they can sell what the lessee wants instead of trying to sell a limited offering.

Leasing sales is a difficult profession if you are not prepared to give it your all. If your employer is not prepared to stand the cost of your training then you need to pay for it yourself. One way to do this is to purchase the books or CD’s about leasing and finance; read or listen to them.

One of the best books on leasing can be purchased from the Certified Leasing and Finance Professional (CLFP) program. It is called the “Leasing and Finance Handbook.” It is important to learn about your profession to become a professional salesperson and not just an order taker. It includes understand and utilizing other forms of financing as well as lease financing; capital, operating, and not-for-profit leasing.

I also recommend joining, or taking part in, one of the lease trade associations to support the growth of the commercial leasing business and be able to stay on top of the changes that affect our business. Sometimes I hear that the seminars offered by the different leasing trade associations are too expensive and take too much time away from work. When one considers the time it took to attend college and get a diploma and then to learn a profession the time to attend a two or three day lease training seminars is cheap and short.

I have said before if you need a test to test your personal skills, email me a request and I will send you a beginning or a senior one.

If you need the answers I will send them to you, but it may surprise you with what you do not know. Then you can begin to fill in the gaps of your leasing knowledge.

Each year everyone in this profession needs to support the growth and interest in all types of leasing because, with the coming changes in accounting rules, leasing will take yet another turn just like we have in the past. We need to return to how is leasing going to be different and better for the lessee than lending. Anyone can sell rate if that’s all they have to sell but selling leasing takes a thorough understanding of the product.

Sales capabilities are the responsibility of each person and a mandatory learning curve is necessary to become a professional in this business

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Leasing/Finance Conferences 2017
Save the Dates

January 31, 2017 - February 1, 2017
Asset Based Capital Conference
Encore at Wynn
Las Vegas, Nevada

Chapter Events

Jeffery Walsh, Event Director
Commercial Finance Association
(212) 792-9399 |

March 6-7
LendIt USA
Javits Convention Center
New York, NY

Please use the code “Yodlee17VIP” at checkout to receive a 25% discount.


March 15, 2017 - March 17, 2017
2017 National Equipment Finance Summit
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, California

Conference Chairperson: Frank Pretore, Esq.
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi, PC


March 22, 2017
16th Annual IMN/ELFA
Investor Conference
New York, New York


April 4 - April 6, 2017
29th Annual National Funding Conference
Chicago, Illinois

April 5, 2017 – April 7, 2017
National Vehicle Leasing Association
Hilton Nashville Downtown
121 Fourth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37201


Contact: Elizabeth Schlicht 

April 27, 2017 - April 29, 2017
NAELB 2017 Annual Conferences
Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
& Memphis Cook Convention Center
Memphis, Tennessee

May 3, 2017 - May 5, 2017
37th Annual AGLF Conference
Omni Interlocken Resort
Broomfield, Colorado

October 4, 2017 - October, 6
2017 Funding Symposium
JW Marriott Buckhead
Atlanta, Georgia

October 11, 2017 - October 13, 2017
Fairmount Dallas, Texas

October 17, 2017 - October 19, 2017
  Third Annual Conference

October 22, 2017 - October 24, 2017
2017 56th Annual Convention
Orlando, Florida

October 22, 2017 -  October, 26, 2017
The Palazzo and Sands Convention Center
Venetian Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada


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Attorneys Who Specialize in
Banking, Finance, and Leasing

Birmingham, Alabama
The lawyers of Marks & Associates, P.C. have over 30 years experience in dealing with virtually every type of equipment financing and are recognized throughout the industry for prompt, practical solutions and exemplary service. They offer cost-conscious, effective lease enforcement and good counsel. 
California, National: city: Riverside 
Ellen Stern - get results, reasonable pricing; numerous industry contacts, nearly 30 yrs SoCal, 20 yrs equip.: CFL license specialist, documentation, work-outs, litigated collections, recoveries; deal-maker. 

Kenneth C. Greene

Leasing and Financial consultant, active in several leasing
associations, as well as involved in music and film production inLA.  Mention "Leasing News" for a free consultation.
Skype: 424.235.1658
Connecticut, Southern New England: 
EVANS, FELDMAN & BOYER, LLC Collections, litigation, documentation, portfolio sales and financing, bankruptcy. We represent many of the national and local leasing companies doing business in this state. Past chairman EAEL legal committee. Competitive rates. 
Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Hemar & Associates, Attorneys at Law
Specialists in legal assistance, including debt collection, equipment recovery, litigation for 35 years. Fluent in Spanish. 
Tel: 310-829-1948 
Los Angeles, Southern CA 
Seasoned attorney representing secured creditors in auto finance and truck/equipment lease industry.  Bankruptcy and State Court litigation.   Vincent V. Frounjian (818) 990-0605 or email:

Encino, California: Statewide “ELFA” 
Hemar, Rousso & Heald, LLP 30 yr excellent reputation Lessor representation commercial litigationdebt collection, and bankruptcy.
Call Stephen E. Jenkins Esq (818) 501-3800

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA.     "ELFA" Aggressive creditors rights law firm specializing in equipment leasing handling collection matters on a contingency, fixed fee or hourly cbasis. 

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA      "ELFA"
Practice limited to collections, bankruptcy and problem accounts resolution. Decades of experience. 10-lawyer firm dedicated to serving you. Call Ronald Cohn, Esq. (818)591-2121 or email. Email:   

Los Angeles- Statewide, CA
Lawyer specializing in banking and leasing issues statewide. Documents and litigation. 
Tom McCurnin, Barton, Klugman & Oetting. Voice: (213) 617-6129 
Cell:(213) 268-8291

California & National

Paul Bent – More than 35 years experience in all forms of equipment leasing, secured lending, and asset based transactions. Financial analysis, deal structuring, contract negotiations, documentation, private dispute resolution, expert witness services. 
(562) 426-1000

Kevin E. Trabaris: Concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial finance, corporate and business transactions. Extensive experience representing banks, financial companies, equipment lessors, insurers and other funding and intermediary entities and borrowers in connection with thousands of business financing matters. He has handled everything from small ticket transactions to billion dollar syndicated loans, real estate financing to asset-based facilities.
Work: 312.667.1354
Cell: 847.840.4687

Law Firm - Service, Dallas, TX. "ELFA"
Mayer regularly practices in leasing, secured financing, project development and finance and corporate finance. 
Massachusetts (collection/litigation coast to coast) 
Modern Law Group focuses its practice on collections, lease enforcement and asset recovery. For the past five years, our attorneys have helped clients recover millions of dollars. We are able to cover your needs coast to coast.

Michael J. Witt, experienced bank, finance, and leasing attorney, also conducts Portfolio Audits. Previously he was Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo & Co. (May, 2003 – September, 2008); Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Advanta Business Services (May, 1988 – June, 1997) Tel: (515) 223-2352 Cell: (515) 868-1067 

National:  The OMEGA Network Group-nationwide legal representation of small and mid ticket equipment lessors-flat fee bankruptcy & replevin, contingent collection, 
billable litigation (704-969-3280)

National: Coston & Rademacher: Business attorneys serving the lease-finance industry since 1980. Transactional, documentation, corporate/finance, workouts, litigation, bankruptcy, portfolio management. Chicago-based national practice. Jim Coston, CLP (Members: ELFA, NEFA). 

St. Louis County , MO. - statewide: 
Schultz & Associates LLP., collections, negotiation, and litigation. Also register and pursue recovery on foreign judgments. Contingency and reasonable hourly rates. 
Ronald J. Eisenberg, Esq.
(636) 537-4645 x108
NJ, De, Pa: Specializing in leased equipment/secured transactions. Collections, replevins/workouts reasonable rates. Sergio Scuteri/Capehart & Scratchard, /
New York and New Jersey

Frank Peretore
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi
West Orange, New Jersey
Phone 973-530-2058
 Documentation, portfolio purchase & sale, replevin, workouts, litigation, collection, bankruptcy. Aggressive. Over 30 years experience.

Thousand Oaks, California: 
Statewide coverage Spiwak & Iezza, LLP 20+ years experience,Representing Lessors banks in both State/ Federal Courts/ all aspects of commercial leasing litigation.
Nick Iezza 805-777-1175


Receivables Management LLC
John Kenny

• End of Lease Negotiations & Enforcement 
• Third-Party Commercial Collections | ph 315-866-1167

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News Briefs----

ELFA Reports December Highest Month-over-Month
  in Six Years (report not complete on numbers at press time)

New GE order makes 737 Max Boeing’s
    fastest-selling plane

Companies Look to Make Headway on Lease Accounting
     in 2017

FTC Charges D-Link Put Consumers’ Privacy at Risk Due
 to the Inadequate Security of Its Computer Routers & Cameras


Healthcare, Commercial and Industrial

We are a premier small ticket and middle market full service equipment finance company. Our compensation programs are aggressive and include full insurance benefits, matching 401k, etc.

Positions are available for well experienced industry
professionals with an established book of business
originating equipment finance transactions.

Please email your resume to
or call directly at 973-768-7501

Bank of the Ozarks was recognized as the top performing bank
in the United States, based on financial performance,
five years in a row, 2011-2015.
• Rated as “well capitalized” –
the highest available regulatory rating
• Publicly traded company on the
NASDAQ Global Select Market, symbol OZRK
• Headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas
• Chartered in March 1903, a 111-year heritage

256 Offices, $18.5 billion in assets, second quarter
2016 net income of over $54 million

Bank of the Ozarks

We are an equal opportunity employer and give consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, and local law. Member FDIC.



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Former tribal leaders indicted on charges they looted $6 million
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This Day in American History

        1776 - Propagandist Thomas Paine anonymously published "Common Sense," a scathing attack on King George III's reign over the colonies and a call for complete independence.   In a land with a population of 2.5 million, 500,000 copies of Paine's stirring call for independence were sold within a few months, greatly affecting public sentiment and the deliberations of the Continental Congress leading up to the Declaration of Independence. He advocated an immediate declaration of independence from Britain. An instant bestseller in both the colonies and in Britain, Paine boldly stated that King George III was a tyrant and that Americans should shed any sentimental attachment to the monarchy    
    1788 - By a vote of 128 to 40, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the US Constitution.
    1793 - Invited to the United States by Benjamin Franklin, a Frenchman, Jean-Pierre Francois Blanchard, made the first manned free-balloon flight in America's history at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event was watched by President George Washington and many other high government officials. The hydrogen-filled balloon rose to a height of about 5,800 feet, traveled some 15 miles and landed 46 minutes later in New Jersey. Reportedly Blanchard had only one passenger on the flight-a little black dog (name unknown).
    1839 - The Academy of Sciences in France announced the Daguerreotype photography process.
    1847 - Yerba Buena's first newspaper, "The California Star," published its first issue on the press Sam Brannan brought with him from New York. Brannan was the publisher and Dr. E.B. Jones, editor. It is the first newspaper published in what is to become the City and County of San Francisco.
    1849 - In San Francisco, Henry M. Naglee and Richard H. Sinton formed a bank called the Exchange and Deposit Office on Kearny St. facing Portsmouth Plaza. Sinton was acting paymaster aboard the “Ohio" and came to San Francisco with Commodore Jones.
    1854 – Birthday of Lady Randolph Churchill, born Jeanette Jerome in Brooklyn.  She was Winston Churchill’s mother.
    1857 - The Fort Tejon earthquake struck California in the pass north of Los Angeles, registering an estimated magnitude of 7.9.
    1859 - Carrie Lane Chapman Catt (d. 1947) was born at Ripon, WI.  An American women’s rights leader, she founded, in 1919, the National League of Women Voters.
    1861 - Mississippi follows South Carolina in seceding from the Union when a state convention at Jackson ratifies an article of secession by a vote of 84 to 15. 
    1861 - The "Star of the West” incident occurred near Charleston, SC. It is considered by most historians to be the "First Shots of the American Civil War." A detachment of Confederate forces at Morris Island, in Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC, fired upon the Star of the West, a merchant steam vessel. The vessel had been chartered by the federal government to convey supplies and men to re­inforce Major Robert Anderson at Fort Sumter in the harbor, although the announced des­tinations were Savannah, GA, and New Or­leans, LA. It left New York harbor January 5, 1861, and was fired on within two miles of Forts Sumter and Moultrie. Its captain, John McGowan, retired from the scene after 17 shots had been fired at his ship. The first shot was fired by Cadet George E. Haynesworth of Sum­ter, SC, who was ordered to fire by Major P.F. Stevens.
    1862 - Orders from the Navy Department appointed Flag Officer Farragut to command Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, flagship U.S.S. Hartford, then at Philadelphia. The bounds of the command extended from West Florida to the Rio Grande, but a far larger purpose than even the important function of blockade lay behind Farragut's appointment. Late in 1861, the administration had made a decision that would have fateful results on the war. The full list of senior officers in the Navy was reviewed for a commander for an enterprise of first importance:  the capture of New Orleans, the South's "richest and most populous city," and the beginning of the drive of sea-based power up the Father of Waters to meet General Grant, who would soon move south behind the spearhead of the armored gunboats. On 21 December 1861, in Washington, Farragut had written his wife; ''Keep your lips closed, and burn my letters; for perfect silence is to be observed- the first injunction of the Secretary. I am to have a flag in the Gulf and the rest depends upon myself. Keep calm and silent. I shall sail in three weeks.'' Meanwhile, the tight blockade was causing grave concern in New Orleans. The Commercial Bulletin reported: ''The situation of this port makes it a matter of vast moment to the whole Confederate State that it should be opened to the commerce of the world within the least possible period ... We believe the blockading vessels of the enemy might have been driven away and kept away months ago, if the requisite energy had been put forth . . . The blockade has remained and the great port of New Orleans has been hermetically sealed. . ."
    1866 - The Fisk School, to become known as Fisk University, convened classes in former Union army barracks in Nashville, Tennessee. One of the first black colleges in the United States, alma mater of W.E. DuBois and others, the school was named for General Clinton B. Fisk of the Tennessee Freedmen's Bureau who provided the facility. Fisk University, incorporated on August 22, 1867, is one of several historically black colleges founded with help from the American Missionary Association. The organization was formed in 1846 from three anti-slavery societies involved in the effort to colonize freed slaves overseas. Other schools founded by the AMA include Atlanta University, Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), and Emory University. The Fisk Jubilee Singers, organized in 1867, began touring the United States and Europe in 1871 to raise money for the university. Renowned for their discipline and high standards of musical performance, they brought international attention to traditional African-American sacred music. Jubilee Hall, the first permanent structure built in the South for the education of African Americans, was constructed with proceeds from the Singers' tours. During their first U.S. tour in 1871, the obscure Fisk Jubilee Singers followed the route of the old Underground Railroad and performed in churches and private homes. By 1872, the group, most of whom had been born into slavery, were presenting their artistry and a new body of music to the general public at Steinway Hall in Manhattan, to President Grant at the White House, and Queen Victoria in England. Sheet music of songs they sung:  (lower half of )
    1873 - In the foremost scandal of the day, Victoria Woodhull, publisher, was arrested for writing that renowned preacher Henry Ward Beecher had committed adultery. The postal authorities charged her with sending obscene literature through the mail. She was acquitted of the charge. What made the event more newsworthy is that Beecher was subsequently sued for alienation of affections by Theodore Tilton. The jury and the public found Dr. Beecher innocent but found Mrs. Tilton guilty.
    1875 - The temperature at Cheyenne, WY, dipped to an all-time record cold reading of -38 degrees.
    1880 – Six feet (1.8 meters) of snow falls in Seattle in 5 days.
    1886 - Ida Cohen Rosenthal (d. 1973) was born in Russia.  She was an American manufacturing executive who operated a small dress store in New York with Enid Bissett. To make their clothes hang better, the duo added tucks in front of the strips of cloth that were the brassieres of that time. The "cupped" bras became so popular that they organized the Maiden Form Brassiere Company in 1923. ICR's mother ran a store in Europe to support the family because her father was a Hebrew scholar.
    1888 - Severe cold gripped much of the western U.S. At Portland, OR, the Columbia River was frozen for two weeks, and in southern California, temperatures dipped below freezing in some of the citrus growing areas.
    1894 – New England Telephone and Telegraph installed the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, MA.
    1903 - Frank Farrell and Bill Devery bought the one-year-old Baltimore Orioles franchise in the American League for $18,000 and moved the team to New York, changing their name to the New York Highlanders to compete with the New York Giants. They played at Hilltop Park in northern Manhattan. In 1913, the team was renamed New York Yankees. They played at Polo Grounds from 1913-1922. By the middle of the decade, Farrell and Devery had become estranged and both were in dire need of money. At the start of 1915, they sold the team to Colonel Jacob Ruppert and Captain Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston for $1.25 million.   In 1923, the Yankees moved into Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, where they remained until 2009, except for 1974-1975 when they played at Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium was being remodeled.  In 2009, the new Yankee Stadium opened across River Ave at 161st St and the field of the old ball park was turned into playing fields for the community.
    1913 - Birthday of Richard Milhous Nixon (d. 1994), Yorba Linda, CA.  Served as 36th vice president of the US, under President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jan 20, 1953, to Jan 20, 1961. He was the 37th president of the US, serving Jan 20, 1969, to Aug 9, 1974, when he resigned the presidency while under the threat of impeachment. Nixon is the only US president to resign the office.
    1914 - The first historically black intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, to be officially recognized at Howard University was founded.
    1914 - Drummer Kenny Clark’s (d. 1985) birthday in Pittsburgh.   He was a major innovator of the bebop style of drumming. As the house drummer at Minton’s Playhouse in the early 1940s, he participated in the afterhours jams that led to the birth of Be-Bop, which in turn led to modern jazz. While in New York, he played with the major innovators of the emerging bop style, Charlie parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell and others, as well as musicians of the prior generation, including Sidney Bechet. He spent his later life in Paris and died there.
    1914 - The very famous singer/dancer/stripper Gypsy Rose Lee was born Rose Louise Hovick (d. 1970), Seattle, WA.  She was an entertainer famous for her striptease act. She was also an actress, author, and playwright whose 1957 memoir was made into the stage musical and film “Gypsy.”
    1915 - Pancho Villa signs a treaty with the United States, halting border conflicts.
    1916 – Gallipoli:  In the waning days of World War I, the Ottoman Empire scored a victory when the last Allied forces are evacuated from the peninsula.
    1918 - The last battle of the American Indian wars was fought at the Battle of Bear Valley.  Elements of the 10th Cavalry detected about thirty armed Yaquis in Bear Valley, AZ, a large area that was commonly used as a passage across the international border with Mexico. A short firefight ensued, which resulted in the death of the Yaqui commander and the capture of nine others. Though the conflict was merely a skirmish, it was the last time the United States Army engaged Native Americans in combat.
    1920 - Singer Betty Roche (d. 1999) was born in Wilmington, DE. With Savoy Sultans (1941-41), Duke Ellington (1943-44).  She became most famous with her cover of the song "Take the ‘A’ Train" and she was the first to sing “Black, Brown and Beige.”
    1921 – The birthday of John Sperling (d. 2014), founder of the University of Phoenix, in the Ozarks, in MO. 
    1924 - Ford Motor Co. stock is valued at nearly $1 billion.
    1926 - Birthday of guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, Paterson, NJ
    1928 – Singer Domenico Modugno (d. 1994) was born in Puglia, Italy.  He co-wrote the song “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu” that became an international and US hit and won two Grammy Awards in 1958.  In addition, the Anglicized version, “Volare,” was covered by several artists who took it high on the charts as well. 
    1929 - In Nashville, Tennessee, the Seeing Eye, whose purpose was to train guide dogs for the blind, was incorporated.
    1931 - Bassist Carson Smith (d. 1997) born San Francisco CA
    1934 - Birthday of Bryan Bartlett “Bart” Starr at Montgomery , AL.
Pro football Hall of Fame quarterback of the Green Bay Packers and their former coach,  he won the first two Super Bowls, and was MVP of both, under Hall of Fame and legendary coach, Vince Lombardi.  Starr is the only quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to five championships, including those Super Bowls (NFL Championships in 1961–62, 1965–66; Super Bowls in 1967-68).
    1935 - Actor Bob Denver (d. 2005) was born in New Rochelle, NY.  After his off-beat role as Maynard G. Krebs in “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,” he took the lead role as Gilligan in “Gilligan’s Island.”  The burning question still: “Mary Anne or Ginger?”
    1939 - Producer Alfred Lion recorded boogie-woogie pianists Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons at a session in New York. Lion pressed only a few copies for his friends, but demand for the records was so great that he made other recordings of Dixieland artists like Sidney Bechet. This was the beginning of Lion's famous Blue Note record label, for which practically every major jazz artist of the past 50 years has recorded at one time or another. Lion sold the label to Liberty-United Artists in 1966. He died in 1987.
    1939 - Southern Tenant Farmers' Union lead Missouri Highway sit-down of 1,700 tenant families.
    1941 - Birthday of folksinger Joan Baez, Staten Island, NY. Her politics and music have always been closely connected, and she was active in opposing the US military draft and American involvement in the Vietnam War. In March, 1968, she married David Harris, a former student leader at Stanford University who was facing a three-year prison term for draft resistance. Joan Baez played an important role in launching Bob Dylan's career, inviting him on stage during her concerts in the early '60s.
    1941 - Sammy Kaye and his orchestra recorded "Until Tomorrow" on Victor Records. This song became the sign-off melody for Kaye and other big bands.
    1944 - Rock guitarist Jimmy Page was born in London. He established his reputation as a session musician in London in the early '60s, and is rumored to have played the guitar solo on the Kinks' recording of "You Really Got Me." Page later joined the Yardbirds as bass guitarist, taking over the lead guitar role when Jeff Beck left the group. When the Yardbirds disbanded in 1968, Page formed Led Zeppelin with vocalist Robert Plant. Led Zeppelin is generally regarded as the first heavy metal rock group. 
    1945 - Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the American 6th Army landed on the Lingayen Gulf of Luzon, another step in the capture of the Philippine Islands from the Japanese. The Japanese controlled the Philippines from May 1942, when the defeat of American forces led to General MacArthur's departure and Gen. Jonathan Wainwright's capture. But in October 1944, more than 100,000 American soldiers landed on Leyte Island to launch one of one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific war and herald the beginning of the end for Japan. Newsreels captured the event as MacArthur waded ashore at Leyte on October 20, returning to the Philippines as he had famously promised he would after the original defeat of American forces there. What the newsreels didn't capture were the 67 days it took to subdue the island, with the loss of more than 55,000 Japanese soldiers during the two months of battle and approximately 25,000 more soldiers killed in smaller-scale engagements necessary to fully clear the area of enemy troops. The U.S. forces lost about 3,500. The sea battle of Leyte Gulf was the same story. The loss of ships and sailors was horrendous for both sides. That battle also saw the introduction of the Japanese kamikaze suicide bombers. More than 5,000 kamikaze pilots died in this gulf battle, taking down 34 ships. But the Japanese were not able to prevent the loss of their biggest and best warships, which meant the virtual end of the Japanese Imperial Fleet. These American victories on land and sea at Leyte opened the door for the landing of more than 60,000 American troops on Luzon on January 9. Once again, cameras recorded MacArthur walking ashore, this time to greet cheering Filipinos. Although the American troops met little opposition when they landed, American warships were in for a new surprise: kamikaze boats. Japanese boats loaded with explosives and piloted by kamikaze personnel rammed the light cruiser Columbia and the battleship Mississippi, killing a total of 49 American crewmen. The initial ease of the American fighters' first week on land was explained when they discovered the intricate defensive network of caves and tunnels that the Japanese created on Luzon. The intention of the caves and tunnels was to draw the Americans inland, while allowing the Japanese to avoid the initial devastating bombardment of an invasion force. Once Americans reached them, the Japanese fought vigorously, convinced they were directing American strength away from the Japanese homeland. Despite their best efforts, the Japanese lost the battle for Luzon and eventually, the battle for control over all of the Philippines.
    1945 - The fleet carriers of Task Force 38 attack targets on Okinawa and Formosa in conjunction with US Army Air Force B-29 Superfortress bombers from bases in China. This is intended to give cover to the landings on Luzon. One Japanese destroyer is sunk along with seven other ships.
    1945 - *CAREY, CHARLES F., JR., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, 397th Infantry, 100th Infantry Division. Place and date: Rimling, France, 8-9 January 1945. Entered service at: Cheyenne, Wyo. Birth: Canadian, Okla. G.O. No.: 53, July 1945. Citation: He was in command of an antitank platoon when about 200 enemy infantrymen and 12 tanks attacked his battalion, overrunning part of its position. After losing his guns, T/Sgt. Carey, acting entirely on his own initiative, organized a patrol and rescued 2 of his squads from a threatened sector, evacuating those who had been wounded. He organized a second patrol and advanced against an enemy-held house from which vicious fire issued, preventing the free movement of our troops. Covered by fire from his patrol, he approached the house, killed 2 snipers with his rifle, and threw a grenade in the door. He entered alone and a few minutes later emerged with 16 prisoners. Acting on information he furnished, the American forces were able to capture an additional 41 Germans in adjacent houses. He assembled another patrol, and, under covering fire, moved to within a few yards of an enemy tank and damaged it with a rocket. As the crew attempted to leave their burning vehicle, he calmly shot them with his rifle, killing 3 and wounding a fourth. Early in the morning of 9 January, German infantry moved into the western part of the town and encircled a house in which T/Sgt. Carey had previously posted a squad. Four of the group escaped to the attic. By maneuvering an old staircase against the building, T/Sgt. Carey was able to rescue these men. Later that day, when attempting to reach an outpost, he was struck down by sniper fire. The fearless and aggressive leadership of T/Sgt. Carey, his courage in the face of heavy fire from superior enemy forces, provided an inspiring example for his comrades and materially helped his battalion to withstand the German onslaught. 
    1945 - Top Hits
“Don’t Fence Me In” - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
“There Goes that Song Again” - Russ Morgan
“I’m Making Believe” - Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots
“I’m Wastin’ My Tears on You” - Tex Ritter
    1947 – “The Black Dahlia,” Betty Short, was last seen alive.  Short was found mutilated, her body sliced in half at the waist, on January 15, 1947, in Leimert Park in LA. Short's unsolved murder has been the source of widespread speculation, leading to many suspects, along with several books and film adaptations of the story. Short's murder is one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in Los Angeles history.
    1950 - Blues singer Buster Poindexter was born David Roger Johansen Staten Island New York
    1951 - In New York City, the United Nations headquarters officially opened.
    1951 - Birthday of country singer Crystal Gayle (Brenda Gayle Webb), at Paintsville, KY.  Best known for her 1977 country-pop crossover hit song, "Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," she accumulated 20 number one country hits during the 1970s and 1980s with six certified Gold albums.  Crystal Gayle became the first female artist in country music history to reach Platinum sales with her 1977 album, "We Must Believe in Magic."  She is also a younger sister of country star Loretta Lynn.
    1952 - Jackie Robinson becomes the highest paid player in Brooklyn Dodger history.  In his five years to date with the club, the Dodgers went to the World Series twice and finished second in the NL twice.
    1953 - Top Hits
“Why Don’t You Believe Me” - Joni James
“Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” - Perry Como
“Glow Worm” - The Mills Brothers
“Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” - Skeets McDonald
    1953 - Starring Alan Young, Victor Mature, Jean Simmons, Maurice Evans, and Elsa Lanchester, the film “Androcles and the Lion” opened in United States theaters. Based on George Bernard Shaw's satirical comedy, it was the story of a Christian in ancient Rome who befriends a lion.
    1954 – Temperatures dove to -87ºF (-66ºC), North Ice Station, Greenland (Greenland record)
    1956 - A trio known as Buddy Holly and the Two-Tunes kick off a two week tour of the Southern United States, as a supporting act for George Jones and Hank Thompson. 
    1959 - "Rawhide" premiered this day in 1959. My father, Lawrence Menkin, was the story editor. Supposedly he kept increasing Clint Eastwood's part because the ladies liked him, although Eric Fleming (1959-65) as trail boss Gil Favor wanted larger parts himself. After Favor left, the show continued with Eastwood as the ramrod and trail boss. My father was instrumental in hiring black actors for local and network shows, winning awards for this, and, perhaps little known to television history, Raymond St. Jacques as Simon Blake was the first African-American regular on a television series
    1959 - Dion and The Belmonts perform their newest recording, "Teenager in Love," on American Bandstand. The song will reach #5 in the US and #28 in the UK.
    1960 - Eddie Cochran arrived in England to begin his ill-fated final tour.   He would lose his life in an automobile accident in the UK.
    1961 - Top Hits
“Wonderland by Night” - Bert Kaempfert
“Exodus” - Ferrante & Teicher
“Will You Love Me Tomorrow” - The Shirelles
“North to Alaska” - Johnny Horton
    1961 - "Rhinoceros," the play, opened on Broadway, starring Eli Wallach and Zero Mostel.
    1961 - Orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert knocked Elvis Presley out of the number one spot on the US charts after six weeks, with a sleepy instrumental called "Wonderland by Night." 
    1961 - Bob Newhart's comedy LP "The Button Down Mind Strikes Back!" topped the Billboard album chart, just as "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" did the previous year.
    1962 – On the heels of the huge success of Chubby Checker, Sam Cooke released “Twistin’ the Night Away.”
    1963 - A London jazz drummer named Charlie Watts leaves his old group, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, to join a new band called The Rolling Stones.
    1964 - The Temptations record "The Way You Do the Things You Do" for Detroit's Motown Records. The single will become The Temps' first Billboard Top 40 hit, peaking at #1
    1965 - The US-only album “Beatles '65” shatters Billboard chart records by leaping all the way from #98 to #1 in one week
    1968 - “It Takes a Thief” premiered on TV. ABC’s adventure series starred Robert Wagner as Alexander Mundy, an unlikely thief who agrees to conduct secret government missions instead of serving out his prison term. Malachi Throne co-starred as Noah Bain, chief of the SIA and Mundy’s employer. Fred Astaire sometimes made recurring cameo appearances as Mundy’s father.  The teleplay was loosely based on the Cary Grant movie, “To Catch a Thief.”
    1969 - Top Hits
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” - Marvin Gaye
“For Once in My Life” - Stevie Wonder
“I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
“Daddy Sang Bass” - Johnny Cash
    1970 - After 140 years of unofficial racial discrimination, the Mormons issued an official statement declaring that blacks were not yet to receive the priesthood "for reasons which we believe are known to God, but which He has not made fully known to man."
    1970 - *PETERSEN, DANNY J., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 4th Battalion, 23d Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 9 January 1970. Entered service at: Kansas City, Mo. Born: 11 March 1949, Horton, Kans. Citation: Sp4c. Petersen distinguished himself while serving as an armored personnel carrier commander with Company B during a combat operation against a North Vietnamese Army Force estimated to be of battalion size. During the initial contact with the enemy, an armored personnel carrier was disabled and the crewmen were pinned down by the heavy onslaught of enemy small arms, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Sp4c. Petersen immediately maneuvered his armored personnel carrier to a position between the disabled vehicle and the enemy. He placed suppressive fire on the enemy's well-fortified position, thereby enabling the crewmembers of the disabled personnel carrier to repair their vehicle. He then maneuvered his vehicle, while still under heavy hostile fire to within 10 feet of the enemy's defensive emplacement. After a period of intense fighting, his vehicle received a direct hit and the driver was wounded. With extraordinary courage and selfless disregard for his own safety, Sp4c. Petersen carried his wounded comrade 45 meters across the bullet-swept field to a secure area. He then voluntarily returned to his disabled armored personnel carrier to provide covering fire for both the other vehicles and the dismounted personnel of his platoon as they withdrew. Despite heavy fire from 3 sides, he remained with his disabled vehicle, alone and completely exposed. Sp4c. Petersen was standing on top of his vehicle, firing his weapon, when he was mortally wounded. His heroic and selfless actions prevented further loss of life in his platoon. Sp4c. Petersen's conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism are in the highest traditions of the service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army. 
    1971 - Elvis is voted one of the Most Outstanding Young Men of the Year for 1970 by the national board of the Junior Chamber of Commerce (known as the Jaycees). It would become one of Presley's most treasured achievements, honoring as it does men who have made the most of America's "free enterprise" system. He will bring the award with him wherever he tours for the rest of his days.
    1973 - Mick Jagger was refused a Japanese visa because of a 1969 drug bust. The event halted the Rolling Stones' plan to tour the Orient.
   1976 - C.W. McCall's recording of "Convoy" reached the top of the country music charts. Its success led to a long string of CB radio-related novelty records during the next year and a-half.  It also drove the sale of CB radios to all-time highs, truck or not.
    1977 - The Oakland Raiders won Super Bowl IX, 32-14, over the Minnesota Vikings. Oakland’s first Super Bowl triumph came in the Rose Bowl before a record crowd of 103,424. Raiders wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff, stick ‘em and all, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.  The game is played before a record Super Bowl crowd plus 81 million television viewers, the largest audience ever to watch a sporting event. 
    1977 - Top Hits
“You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)” - Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
“You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” - Leo Sayer
“I Wish” - Stevie Wonder
“Broken Down in Tiny Pieces” - Billy "Crash" Craddock
    1979 - New Orleans basketball player Daryl Moreau set a high school record by converting his 126th free throw in a row, a streak that lasted a year.    
    1979 - A fund-raising concert for UNICEF, the world hunger organization, was held in New York at the United Nations General Assembly. Performers included Rod Stewart, ABBA, The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Rita Coolidge, Olivia Newton-John, Earth, Wind and Fire, Kris Kristofferson, John Denver and others. The show raised about half a million dollars, but an album of the concert was a flop. 
    1981 - The Hockey Hall of Fame's Phil Esposito said he was quitting hockey after the New York Rangers-Buffalo Sabres game; which seemed unending when both teams played to a 3-3 tie. Esposito became their General Manager and coach of the Rangers. In 1969 and 1974, Esposito played for the Boston Bruins when he won the Hart Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player in the NHL, and helped the Bruins to two Stanley Cup Championships in 1970 and 1972.  Billboard near the old Boston Garden:  “Jesus saves…and Espo scores on the rebound!!”
    1981 - 'Elvis Presley Day' was declared in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. 
    1984 - Television audiences got their first look at Clara Peller in the now-famous, annoying, and yet successful, "WHERE’S THE BEEF?" commercial for Wendy’s fast-food chain. Dave Thomas, the company's owner, spent $8 million on the ads as well as T-shirts, baseball caps, records, greeting cards and other items bearing the picture of the of Dave Thomas. The theme also became a political question about the economy.
    1985 - Top Hits
“Like a Virgin” - Madonna
“The Wild Boys” - Duran Duran
“Sea of Love” - The Honeydrippers
“Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” - George Strait
    1988 - A storm in the northeastern U.S. produced ten inches of snow at Boston, MA, and 14 inches at Worcester MA. A winter storm in the northwestern U.S. produced a foot of snow in three hours at McCall, ID.
    1990 - A third storm in four days hit the Pacific Northwest. Winds in Oregon gusted above 100 mph at Netarts and at Oceanside. Up to 8.16 inches of rain was reported around Seaside, OR, and the total of 4.53 inches of rain at Astoria, OR was a record for the date. Twelve cities in the western U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The high of 70 degrees at Cedar City, UT was a record for January.
    1991 - Representatives from the US and Iraq meet at the Geneva Peace Conference to try to find a peaceful resolution to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.  Upon failure to reconcile their differences, US President George H.W. Bush ordered the invasion and attack on Iraq in Operation Desert Storm.  The fighting would be over in six weeks.
    1996 - “3rd Rock from the Sun” premiered on TV. In this comedy, a quartet of space aliens who had taken on human form came to Earth to spy on its natives. They were led by Dick Solomon, played by John Lithgow, who fell in love with earthling Mary Albright, played by Jane Curtin. Other cast members included Kristen Johnson, Frenchy Steward and Joseph Gordon-Leviett. On May 22, 2001, Commander Solomon was ordered to conclude the mission and bring his crew home. Thought it won a slew of Emmys, NBC bounced the series around to more than a dozen timeslots, damaging the ratings, and finally pulled the show after six seasons.
    1996 - Sun Microsystems announced the formation of JavaSoft, a business unit to develop and promote its Java programming language. Former Delphi Internet Services Corporation president Alan Baratz was named president of the new unit. Microsoft later came to see Java as a powerful threat to its operating system and became embroiled in disagreements with Sun.
    1997 - Jazz musician Lionel Hampton was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President Bill Clinton at a White House ceremony. The presentation took place two days after the 88-year-old Hampton lost most of his possessions in a fire at his New York apartment 
    1998 – It must have been a slow news day!  Sonny Bono's Palm Springs, CA funeral is broadcast live on CNN, with Cher delivering a tearful eulogy that reads in part: "Some people were under the misconception that Son was a short man, but he was heads and tails taller than anyone else. He could see above the tallest people. He had a vision of the future and just how he was going to build it. And his enthusiasm was so great that he just swept everybody along with him. Not that we knew where he was going, but we just wanted to be there. He was also successful at anything he ever tried. Not the first time he tried maybe, but he just -- he kept going. If he was really -- But if he really wanted something, he kept going until he achieved it..."
    2005 - Carlos Beltran (.267, 38 HRs, 104 RBIs) becomes the tenth $100 million player in major league history as the 27-year old native of Puerto Rico agrees to seven-year deal for $119 million with the Mets. The five-tool outfielder, who had his market value increase in the post season by helping the Astros come within a win of their first World Series appearance in franchise history, goes to New York after Houston refuses to include a no-trade clause in their very attractive monetary offer to keep him on the club.
    2007 - Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveils the first iPhone.
    2013 - For the first time since 1996, no candidates were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
    2014 - Baseball Hall of Fame inductees determined by Baseball Writers' Association of America voters include: Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox.
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