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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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Looking to Improve Your Career
   Post a Free Position Wanted Here
New Invitation for Comments re: SB 1235:
  Commercial Financing Regulations Extended to Jan. 31, 2020
Franchise Broker Association/Leasing - Finance
   Ongoing Support and Assistance to Members
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
   and Related Industries
Now Hiring
   Sales & Business Development Opportunities
      Senior Credit Analyst, VP Credit & Operations
Originator Performance Ratios
   Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
America's Brewery Boom Chart
  Number of Breweries in the US from 1976 to 2018
Another Win for the Trucking Industry Against AB 5
  Owner-Operators are Independent Contractors, Not Employees
Americans Love the NFL, But Change is Looming
  % of U.S. Adults their favorite Prof. Sports League
PoC Exploits Released for Crypto Vulnerability Found by NSA
      Microsoft Security Patch Required
Retriever, Golden/German Shepherd
    Sacramento, California  Adopt a Dog
NEFA 2020 Summit Offer
   For NEFA Broker/Lessor, First-time Attendees
News Briefs---
New York man wows at Virginia gun rally
   with 5-foot sniper rifle
Trump’s China deal creates collateral damage for tech firms
   ‘We’ve relied too much on the United States.’”
First 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
   Auctioned for $3 million

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  Sports Brief----
   California Nuts Brief---
    "Gimme that Wine"
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New Invitation for Comments re: SB 1235:
Commercial Financing Regulations Extended to Jan. 31, 2020

The California Department of Business Oversight announced they are continuing to seek information regarding declaring interest on business loans, capital leases, merchant cash advance, and similar transactions.  The original deadline for such comments was September 9, 2019, with the change to be announced the first of the year. (1)

The California Department of Business Oversight sent out a press release:

"At this time, the Department is requesting public comment on the economic impact that the Draft Regulations would have on stakeholders if implemented.  The Third Invitation for Comments can be found on the Department’s website here:

"The deadline to submit comments is January 31, 2020.

"Please submit comments to"

Under the new law, the financer will have to disclose the following at the time they offer financing of less than $500,000 to a business owner:

  • Total amount of financing
  • Total cost of financing
  • Term length
  • Frequency and amount of payments
  • Pre-payment policies
  • Annualized rate in APR via True
  • (Interim rent, first and last, balloon payments to be included in calculation via interest calculator such as TValue)

The law will cover traditional term loans, lines of credit, merchant cash advances, lease financing, factoring, and asset-based financing. While federally chartered banks are exempt due to federal pre-emption issues, the bill does cover online platforms that partner with banks and do the marketing and underwriting that lead to financing that is ultimately provided by a bank.

(1) Deadline 09/09/2019


Franchise Broker Association/Leasing - Finance
Ongoing Support and Assistance to Members

The Franchise Broker Association (FBA) was founded in 2008 with a mission to provide ongoing support and assistance for business growth for the members of our Association.

We started out initially as a resource for brokers to connect to other industry leaders in order to work collectively in the franchise business. As more people began to join our association, they felt they were doing so much better in their careers and started to ask us to offer an Introduction to Franchise Brokering class. Shortly after that, we formed the Franchise Training Institute (FTI).

We are an Association, not a network or franchise. We do not charge royalties or share in commissions with our members; we are supported by our members who find value in being a part of our Association and who pay monthly dues for our ongoing support.

Meet the talented people behind our association and learn more on our website!



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

John Brozovic was hired as Senior Account Manager, Amur Equipment Finance, Grand Island, Nebraska. He is located in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Previously he was at Currency, joining the firm October, 2017, as Associate; promoted Account Executive, March, 2018; promoted Account Manager, Strategic Partnerships, January, 2019);Assistant Manager, Farnham Landscape (July, 2014 - August, 2016); Squad Leader Corporal of Marines, 1st Marine Division, Headquarters Battalion, Military Police Company, USMC, Camp Pendleton, California (February, 2008 - February, 2013). "I spent the majority of my time in the Marines advising foreign military and police units." Education: Texas Christian University, J.J. Neeley School of Business. Bachelor's Degree, Economics (2013 - 2017).  Bachelors of Science in Economics with an emphasis on Financial Markets and General Business Minor.

Carly Gokey was promoted to Sales and Marketing Manager, North Mill Equipment Finance, Norfolk, Connecticut.  She joined the firm October, 2014, Senior Account Manager; promoted May, 2017, Clients Relations; promoted January, 2018, Sales and Marketing Representative. Previously, she was Service Manager, Wells Fargo (January, 2003 - January, 2013). Languages: English, Spanish.  Education: Queens College.

Andrew Johnston was hired as Director of Portfolio Operations,  SLIM Capital, LCC, Beverly Hills, California.  Shervin Rashti, CEO of SLIM Capital, noted, “He will support our faster turnaround and more consistent decisioning in our deal-onboarding, credit adjudication and documentation & funding processes. Andrew will be very instrumental in SLIM’s continued efforts to utilize technology, systems and processes to enhance our infrastructure.”    Previously, he was at Currency,  starting January, 2017, as Funding Coordinator; promoted, October, 2017, Senior Funding Coordinator; promoted March, 2018, Funding Manager; promoted January, 2019, Portfolio Operations Manager.  Insurance Consultant, JSG Insurance Services (February, 2016 - September, 2016); Client Manager, Accountix, Inc. (August, 2015 - January, 2016). Licenses and Certifications: NMLS.  Issued January, 2017. Expired January, 2018. Property and Casualty Insurance License. California Department of Insurance.  Volunteer Experience: Various Positions. Shepherd of the Hlls Church. (January, 2009 - April, 2012). Education: Westmont College. Bachelor of Arts (BA), Economics and Business (2012 - 2015). Actives and Societies: Westmont College Choir.

Jennifer (Campos) Khan was promoted to Vice President, Controller, North Mill Equipment Finance, Norfolk, Connecticut. She joined the firm March, 2019.  Previously, she was Consultant, Lone Pine Capital (January, 2019 - March, 2019); Fund Controller, Greenfield Partners, LLC (April, 2014 - December, 2019); Accounting Services Manager, CiraConnect (February, 2013 - March, 2014); Accountant, Cenergistic (July, 2012 - February, 2013); Accountant/Analyst, The Patriot Group, LLC (October, 2006 - September, 2011).  Languages: English. Spanish. Education: University of Bridgeport. Bachelors of Science, Accounting. .

Mitchell LaTorre was promoted to Senior Manager, Inside Sales (Invoice Financing), BlueVine, Redwood City, California. He joined the company June, 2015, as Inside Sales Account Executive; promoted September, 2015, Account Executive Team Lead; promoted, January, 2018, Manager, Inside Sales (Invoice Financing).  Previously, he was at Adhesive Tape Printers, LLC, starting January, 2010, Operations Assistant Manager; promoted July, 2013, Sales Associate. Education: Clemson University, College of Business and Behavioral Science.  Bachelor's Degree, Management, emphasis Human Resource Management (2011 - 2014). Activities and Societies: Delta Chi Fraternity, Tiger Ties.  Florence University of the Arts, Business Administration and Management, General (2013). Activities and Societies: Study Aboard Program. Saint Michael's College (2010 - 2011). Activities and Societies: Ski and Snowboard Club.

Joshua Mabee was promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales, Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas.  He is located in the Greater Boston Area. He joined the firm August, 2015 as Vice President of Sales.; Senior Finance, Sales, Direct Capital, a Division of CIT Bank, NA. (June, 2007 - August, 2015). Education: University of New Hampshire. Bachelor's degree, Business (1999 - 2003).

Patrician G. "Patty" Mathews has been promoted to Vice President, Portfolio Management, North Mill Equipment Finance, South Norwalk, Connecticut. She is located in Lake Worth, Florida. She previously was Area Vice President, Legal Settlement officer.

Taylor McDonough was promoted to Director, Vendor Relationship Development, GreatAmerica Financial Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "Helping IT Providers grow their business & maintain customers for life through financial & ancillary solutions." She joined the company April, 2019, Sales Development Representative.  Previously, she was Administrative Assistant, Writing & Media Center, Iowa State University (August, 2018 - May, 2019); Marketing Intern, Collabrance (September, 2018 - April, 2019); Corporate Marketing Intern, GreatAmerica Financial Services (May, 2018 - August, 2018). Licenses and Certifications: Social Media Certified, HubSpot Academy, Issued May, 2019. Expires June, 2021, Google Ads Fundamentals. Google Ads. Issued May, 2019. Expires May, 2020. Google Analytics Individual Qualification.  Google Analytics for Business.  Issued May, 2019 - Expires May, 2020. Organizations: American Advertising Federation.  Education: Iowa State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Bachelor's Advertising, Senior, (2016 - 2019).  Kirkwood Community College. (2014 - 2016). Activities and Societies: Kirkwood Student Ambassador. Silver Service Cord. Kirkwood Student Ambassador. Dean's List.  "I had the opportunity to enroll in college level courses while in high school.  This prepared me for college coursework and also allowed me to graduate college in three years.

Tyler Pratt was hired as Director of Business Development, Mediaworks, Riverside, California.  Previously he was at Balboa Capital, starting August, 2017, Account Executive 1; promoted November, 2017, Business Development: Communications Associate, Miramontes Capital (October, 2016 - May, 2017); Outside Customer Service Attendant, Yorba Linda Country Club (June, 2014 - October, 2016); Outside Customer Service, Canyon Crest Country Club (June 2013 - August, 2014). Education: California State University, Fullerton. Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A), Business Administration and Management General (3013 - 2017).  Activities and Societies: Phi Kappa Tau, Gamma Omicron.  Loma Linda Academy High School (2009 - 2013).

Kristin Solomon was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Operations, North Mill Equipment Finance, North Mill Equipment Finance, Norfolk, Connecticut. She joined the firm April, 2017, as Paralegal. Previously, she was Litigation Paralegal, United States Attorney's Office (March, 2016 - March, 2017). She joined the Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland, October, 2014, as Office Intern; promoted to Politic Office Candidate, June, 2015; Litigation Paralegal, Weitz and Luxenberg (July, 2012 - October, 20130; Legal Assistant/Paralegal, The Law Office of Sean R; Callagy, Esq. (January, 2011 - June, 2012); Intelligence Division Intern, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office (September, 2010 - December, 2010); Host/Wait staff/Togo/Bartender, Mamma Lucia Italian Restaurant (May, 2004 - August, 2010); Clerical Specialist, Montgomery County Attorney's Office, Child and Adult Protective Services (June,2004 - December, 2008). Licenses: Certified Paralegal. George Mason University.  Volunteer Experience: Volunteer, Soldier's Angels (June, 2014 - Present).

Mitchell Terkeltaub was hired as Vice President and Business Development Manager, Univest Capital, a subsidiary of Univest Bank and Trust Company, Souderton, Pennsylvania. “With more than 40 years in financial services, his extensive experience allows him to serve the highly technical healthcare industry that requires medical facilities maintain pace with cutting-edge science and patient care."




Originator Performance Ratios

Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP


As an originator in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry, how well do you perform? Are your opportunities created efficiently? Or does your book of business absorb valuable resources with limited results?

2018 Ratios:  In 2018, Jack had an approval ratio of 60% of all of his submitted applications and 70% of all his approvals were funded. Jack had a closing ratio of 42% of his submitted transactions that were funded in 2018. 

Jack committed himself to improve his personal performance ratios in 2019. He spent time pre-qualifying his transactions. He articulated his "real" capabilities to his vendors and end-users with more clarity upfront. He spent time with his credit department to better understand why transactions were approved and declined. Jack spent time upfront pre-closing his transactions before submitting his transactions to the credit department.

2019 Ratios: Jack had an approval ratio of 72% of all of his submitted applications and 80% of all his approvals that were funded. Jack had a closing ratio of 57.6% of his submitted transactions that were funded in 2019. Jack had a 37% increase in his performance ratio (from 42% to 57.6%).

Jack took control of his business in 2019 and doubled his production. The increases were NOT caused by reduced credit criteria or lower pricing. The increases were a result of Jack's efforts to focus on quality transactions that have a high probability of being funded. Jack is committed to continued improvements in 2020. His goal is 80% application approvals and 90% of all approvals to be funded.


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

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Back in 1873, the United States boasted 4,144 breweries, a number that fell drastically by the middle of the 20th century. After Prohibition, the brewery count grew extremely slowly and, as recently as the 1970s, the country had fewer than 100 functioning breweries. 1978 was particularly poor with the count falling to just 89. Amid the craft beer explosion, such a low number is unthinkable now.

These days, the bitter taste in drinker's mouths has become far milder with a near infinite number of beers to choose from. According to the Brewers Association, the brewery count has grown spectacularly over the past 10 years. In 2006, the U.S. had 1,460 of them and by 2018, the count had skyrocketed to 7,450. Broken down, 230 of those were regional craft breweries, 4,522 were microbreweries and 2,594 were brewpubs.

By Niall McCarthy, Statista

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Another Win for the Trucking Industry Against AB 5
Owner-Operators are Independent Contractors, Not Employees

While the trucking industry waits for the federal court to hear arguments on the California Trucking Association’s request for an injunction against application of AB5, Judge William Highberger of the Los Angeles Superior Court ruled on January 8, 2020, that AB 5 runs afoul of the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (“FAAAA”).

The case is an enforcement action brought by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office for misclassification of truck drivers. The trucking company had asked the court to decide whether AB 5, which codified the ABC test first applied in the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex’s decision, should be applied retroactively to the claims brought by the State.

Judge Highberger stated that the “‘ABC Test’ set forth in Dynamex Operations-West v. Superior Court and the recently enacted [A.B. 5] clearly run afoul of Congress’s 1994 determination in the [FAAAA] that a uniform rule endorsing use of non-employee independent contractors (commonly known in the trucking industry as ‘owner-operators’) should apply in all 50 states to increase competition and reduce the cost of trucking services.”

“After careful consideration, the court agrees with defendants that the currently operative legal requirements for determination of employee versus independent contractor status are preempted as to certain motor carriers and their drivers by an act of Congress,” the judge added.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has indicated that the city will appeal the decision.

National Law Review
Article by Jared L. Bryan
Jackson Lewis, P.C.
California Workplace Law Blog



Sunday's AFC and NFC Championship Games saw an unequal pair of teams emerge victorious, as tens of millions of Americans watched the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs book their ticket for Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on February 2. While the 49ers are Super Bowl regulars with six appearances and five wins, the Chiefs have only made it to the Super Bowl two times, with their last appearance (and only win) dating back to 1970.

While Baseball is often referred to as “America’s favorite pastime,” the NFL has long surpassed the MLB as the nation’s favorite professional sports league. For several reasons, including first and foremost its better suitability for television, football flew by baseball as Americans’ favorite sport to watch in the 1960s and hasn’t looked back since. If anything, baseball is on the verge of being surpassed by basketball as well, as younger audiences prefer the action-packed, instagrammable NBA over what many young viewers consider the dragging affair of a three-hour baseball game.

According to a poll conducted by Morning Consult in July 2019, the NFL is the no. 1 league to follow for 33 percent of U.S. adults, followed by the MLB (16 percent) and the NBA (10 percent). The NFL shouldn’t be resting on its laurels, however, as its popularity fades with younger audiences. Among 18- to 22-year-olds, the youngest cohort in the survey, only 23 percent picked the NFL as their favorite league, with the NBA a not-too-distant second (19 percent).

Interestingly, Major League Soccer still plays a minor role in the U.S. sporting landscape despite the sport’s popularity among younger Americans. Despite efforts to make the league more attractive, it is still considered a second-tier league in the global sport of soccer, which is why many American soccer fans follow the English Premier League instead.

By Felix Richter, Statista



PoC Exploits Released for Crypto Vulnerability Found by NSA
Microsoft Security Patch Required

Several proof-of-concept (PoC) exploits have already been created — and some of them have been made public — for CVE-2020-0601, the crypto-related Windows vulnerability that Microsoft patched recently after being notified by the U.S. National Security Agency.

The vulnerability, named by some ChainOfFools and CurveBall, was patched by Microsoft this week with the release of its security updates for January 2020. The flaw affects Windows 10, Server 2016 and Server 2019, as well as applications that rely on Windows for trust functionality.

The flaw exists due to the way the CryptoAPI (Crypt32.dll) component in Windows validates Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) certificates. The weakness can allow an attacker to sign malicious files using a spoofed code-signing certificate, which makes the file appear as if it’s coming from a trusted source. It can also be exploited to conduct MitM attacks against TLS connections, which can lead to remote code execution.

This is the first time the NSA has been publicly credited by Microsoft for reporting a vulnerability and there has been a lot of speculation regarding the spy agency’s motives.

Currently, there is no evidence that the vulnerability has been exploited in attacks, but PoC exploits have been created for CVE-2020-0601 much faster than many had anticipated.

One of the first researchers to announce successfully creating an exploit was Saleem Rashid, who published a couple of screenshots apparently showing the vulnerability being used to forge TLS certificates. A few others claim that they have managed to exploit the flaw to sign malicious binaries.

While some researchers have yet to make their PoC exploits public, others have done so. Kudelski Security has published a PoC exploit and it has set up a demo website that uses a forged certificate recognized by Windows as being trusted.

Kudelski Security has argued that it has decided to make its PoC public due to the fact that script kiddies and most cybercriminals do not have the knowledge and resources required to exploit the vulnerability.

“While it is still a big problem because it could have allowed a Man-in-the-Middle attack against any website, you would need to face an adversary that owns the network on which you operate, which is possible for nation-state adversaries, but less so for a script kiddie,” the company said in a blog post.

A PoC exploit for signing files and making them look trustworthy was made public by a Denmark-based researcher who uses the online moniker ollypwn.

Cryptography expert Kenneth White, who suggested the name ChainOfFools, shared some thoughts from him and other experts on CVE-2020-0601, its cause and its capabilities.

The NSA itself published an advisory to warn users about the vulnerability, and the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has issued an emergency directive instructing government agencies to install the patch within 10 days.

By Eduard Kovacs, Security Week


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This SPECIAL OFFER for a discounted $345 full conference registration is only available to:

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News Briefs----

New York man wows at Virginia gun rally
   with 5-foot sniper rifle

Trump’s China deal creates collateral damage for tech firms
 ‘We’ve relied too much on the United States.’”

First 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
   Auctioned for $3 million




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Visualizing the Biggest Risks to the Global Economy in 2020


American Football Poem

S.F. 49ers

Jane Griffin

Gold helmets shine in the sunlight.
The jerseys are loose and the pants are tight.
Those were the only things shining this year.
After so many losses, there's no reason to cheer.
That's what all thought but one loyal fan
Because not matter what, I believe that they can.
I know we could have won the Superbowl
If our kicker was able to make a field goal.
Many times when we could have won the game,
Because of special teams, we left the field in shame.
We'll have to wait until next season
To be the ones doing the teasin'.
The Superbowl will be our mission.
After all it's 49ers tradition.



49ers, Kyle Shanahan saved a secret weapon for Super Bowl LIV

Ex-49er Frank Gore shows he’s still in their corner

Raheem Mostert was cut by 6 NFL teams.
 Each just watched him lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

Kyle Shanahan’s wife is the reason he always wears
    the same thing on 49ers game days

Marcus Mariota was a consummate professional
     until the end with Titans

Aaron Rodgers said the latest playoff loss stings more than usual because 'I don't have the same number of years ahead of me as I do behind me'

NFL rumors: More signs Patriots’ Tom Brady’s days
    in New England are done

MLB’s first woman coach:
 Giants hire Alyssa Nakken, former Sac State softball player


California Nuts Briefs---

Nearly 500,000 Sacramento-area residents will be safer
    because of this Folsom Dam upgrade

Benicia solar company executive pleads guilty
    to defrauding investors of $1 billion

Hugs, smiles and tears as carrier Abraham Lincoln
  arrives in San Diego from 10-month deployment

49-year-old San Francisco grocery store Courtney's
    Produce gains legacy business status



“Gimme that Wine”

VanWineFest Welcomes Vine Stars from Around the Wine World
   and Keynote Speaker Andrew Jefford

Napa Valley wrangles with limited stock of Airbnbs, VRBOs

Arizona Wine Festival Saturday, February 15th, Oro Valley

Tickets Available for Santa Barbara Wine Auction
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara.

Exclusive: Angelina Mondavi To Launch Harrow Cellars
  At Former Ravenswood Site

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History

    1642 – Director of the New Netherlands colony, Willem Kieft, calls for a meeting of the Twelve (family representatives) to organize a military response to the increasing raids of the Hudson River Valley Tribe. This tribe was reacting to pressure from the growing Iroquois to the north and increasing European settlement in the south.
    1648 - Margaret Brent made her claim as America's first feminist by demanding a voice and vote for herself in the Maryland colonial assembly. Brent came to America in 1638 and was the first woman to own property in Maryland. At the time of her demands, she was serving as secretary to Governor Leonard Calvert. She was ejected from the meetings, but when Calvert died she became his executor and acting governor, presiding over the General Assembly. History records this event as the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement in America. In 1640, she became the first woman barrister in America, officially the colonial attorney for Cecilius Calvert, Lord Proprietor of Maryland.
    1738 - Ethan Allan (d. 1789), Revolutionary War soldier and leader of the Vermont "Green Mountain Boys", was born at Litchfield, CT.  History finds him quite an opportunist whom high school history books have painted quite differently than his actual deeds. He actually missed most of the Revolutionary War because he was in British prison. He led several movements, including a military effort, to join both New York and Vermont with Canada.
(See: “Legends, Lies and Cherished Myths of American History” by Richard Shenkman)
    1785 - Chippewa, Delaware, Ottawa and Wyandotte tribes signed a treaty of Fort McIntosh, ceding present-day Ohio to the United States.  The tribes ceded all claims to land in the Ohio Country east of the Cuyahoga and Muskingum Rivers. The tribes also ceded the areas surrounding Fort Detroit and Fort Michilimackinac to the American government and gave back captives taken in raids along the frontier. Fort McIntosh was an early log frontier fort situated near the confluence of the Ohio River and the Beaver River in what is now Beaver, PA.  It was occupied until it was abandoned in 1791. After the Revolution, the fort was the home of the First American Regiment, the oldest active unit in the United States Army.
    1789 – The first American novel, “The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth,” was printed in Boston.
    1801 - "Federal Bonfire Number Two:" a mysterious fire sweeps the offices of the Department of Treasury, destroying books and papers, after Republicans demanded proof that the expenditures of Timothy Pickering, the recently replaced Federalist Secretary of War, could be properly accounted for. He was censured by Congress. He was re-elected to Congress for two more terms, then retired.
    1812 - The famous Y-bridge in Zanesville, Ohio, was approved for construction.
    1813 – John C. Fremont (d. 1890) was born in Savannah, GA.  Fremont was an American military officer, explorer, and politician who became the first candidate of the anti-slavery Republican Party for the office of President of the United States. During the 1840s, he led four expeditions into the American West.  During the Mexican-American War, Frémont, a major in the U.S. Army, took control of California from the Bear Flag Republic in 1846. Frémont then proclaimed himself military Governor of California; however, for that he was convicted in court martial for mutiny and insubordination. He retired from military service and settled in California. Frémont acquired massive wealth during the California Gold Rush, but he was soon bogged down with lawsuits over land claims, between the dispossession of various land owners during the Mexican-American War and the explosion of Forty-Niners immigrating during the California Gold Rush. These cases were settled by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing Frémont to keep his property. Frémont became one of the first two U.S. senators elected from the new state of California in 1850.
    1824 - Birthday of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (d. 1863) at Clarksburg, VA (now WV).  Confederate general and one of the most famous soldiers of the American Civil War. At the first Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861, Union forces under Gen. Irvin McDowell were defeated by the Confederates. McDowell delayed the attack for two days, allowing Confederate Gen. Beauregard to call on reinforcements from the Shenandoah Valley. Their arrival late in the day gave the Confederates a numerical advantage. It was in this battle that Confederate Gen. Thomas J. Jackson was nicked named ‘Stonewall” for his firm stand at a crucial moment. On May 2, 1963, General Stonewall Jackson, leading a large part of General Lee's army, delivered a devastating blow on General Hooker's right flank. The Battle of Chancellorsville, 50 miles southwest of Washington, DC, had started the day before. It was Lee’s goal to capture Washington, and the chance encounter in Gettysburg stopped him. In this battle, General Robert E. Lee won his greatest victory over huge Union forces under General Joseph Hooker, considered a military idiot, who allowed his men to party and bring prostitutes along (thus the name Hookers). The North suffered 17,275 killed or wounded; the South, 12,821. Reconnoitering with his staff at day's end on May 2, Jackson and his group were mistaken for Union Soldiers and fired upon by their own forces. Jackson's shattered left arm had to be amputated. While he was hospitalized pneumonia set in; his death came on May 10 in Chancellorsville, VA.
    1844 - John Browning (d. 1926), world famous gun maker and inventor who was taught gunsmithing by his Mormon pioneer father, Jonathan Browning, was born at Ogden, UT. Starting the J.M. & M.S. Browning Arms Company with his brother, he designed guns for Winchester, Remington, Stevens and Colt arms companies, as well as American and European armies. Browning had more gun patents than any other gunsmith in the world. He is best known worldwide for inventing the machine gun in 1890 and the automatic pistol in 1896. He died suddenly at age 71 while at Belgium on business. The company he founded, known now as Browning Arms Company, is located at Morgan, UT.
    1850 - French newspaper "Le Californien" established.
    1853 - Dr. Russell L. Hawes of Worcester, MA, received a patent for an envelope folding machine that proved practical commercially. It was not self-gumming, but nevertheless it enabled three girls to produce the finished product at the rate of about 25,000 envelopes in 10 hours, thus allowing “junk mail” to be economically sent.
    1861 – Jefferson Davis of Mississippi resigned from the senate in advance of his appointment as President of the Confederate States of America.
    1863 - A severe coastal storm dropped heavy rain on the Fredericksburg area of Virginia. It disrupted a Union Army offensive in an ill-famed "mud march"
    1867 - Patrol Special Officer, Armand Barbier, arrests His Majesty Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, for involuntary treatment of a mental disorder and thereby creates a major civic uproar. San Francisco Police Chief Patrick Crowley apologizes to His Majesty and orders him released. Several scathing newspaper editorials follow the arrest. All police officers begin to salute His Majesty when he passed them on the street.
    1880 - The first sewage–disposal system separate from the city water system was built in Memphis, TN, under the direction of George Edwin Waring. The pipes were sewage only and kept constantly cleansed with water and were well ventilated. Other cities copied this new “sewer system.”
    1884 - Roger Baldwin (d. 1981) was born at Wellesley, MA.  Founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, called the "country's unofficial agitator for, and defender of its civil liberties."
    1905 – Designer Christian Dior (d. 1957) was born in France.
    1915 - First Kiwanis Club chartered at Detroit, MI.
    1917 - Birthday of pianist Billy Maxted (d. 2001), Racine, WI. Great pianist, he wrote many arrangements for Ray Eberle, Red Nichols, Will Bradley, and even Benny Goodman. At the end of the big band era, Billy has his own band briefly.
    1920 - Palmer "Red" Raids start targeting labor activists and radicals for US government repression. Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer orders the roundup of all suspects for prosecution and deportation where possible. The man in charge is J. Edgar Hoover. Thousands of people are arrested in a nationwide sweep. Most arrests are illegal, without warrants or justification. Thousands are eventually deported.
    1920 - Author Ernest Hemingway returns to America after his World War I experiences.
    1922 – Actor Telly Savalas (d. 1994) was born Aristotelis Savalas in Garden City, NY.  Best known for playing the starring role of the title role in the 1970s crime drama “Kojak,” co-starring his real-life brother, George, he was nominated for an Academy award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Birdman of Alcatraz” (1962).
    1932 - Annunzio Paolo Mantovani gives a concert at Queen’s Hall in England, garnering excellent reviews and launching his career. (You may know him better simply as Mantovani.)
    1936 - Birthday of Malka Marom, of the 1960's Canadian folk duo of Malka and Joso, was born in Poland. She met her singing partner, Joso Spralja, in the early '60s at a Toronto coffeehouse, Yorkville 71. The couple toured Canada, and, in 1966, appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York. The following year, Malka and Joso appeared before Princess Margaret in England. But 1967 also marked the end of their partnership. Malka Marom began a second career as an independent radio interviewer.
    1936 - Birthday of New Orleans blues singer and guitarist Snooks Eaglin, born Fird Eaglin, Jr. (d. 2009).
    1938 - “Wolfman Jack” was born Robert Smith (d. 1995) at Brooklyn, NY. He became famous as a disc jockey for radio stations in Mexico in the 1960s. Wolfman Jack was influential as a border radio voice because the Mexican station broadcast at 250,000 watts, five times the legal limit for American stations at the time, and therefore he was heard over a vast part of the US. During his night shift, he played blues, hillbilly and other black and white music that wasn't getting a lot of exposure. He later appeared on American radio, movies and television as an icon of 1960s radio. In the film, “American Graffiti,” he played himself, howlin’ in the background as he played early 60s music as the soundtrack.  “…Clap for the Wolfman, he gonna rate your record high.  Clap for the Wolfman, you gonna dig him ‘til the day you die...”
    1940 - Golfer Jack Nicklaus born Columbus, Ohio.  He is widely regarded as the greatest professional golfer of all time, winning a record total of 18 career major championships, while producing 19 second-place and 9 third-place finishes in them, over a span of 25 years.  Nicklaus focused on the major championships and played a selective schedule of regular PGA Tour events, yet still finished with 73 victories, third on the all-time list behind Sam Snead (82) and Tiger Woods (79).
    1941 - Birthday of singer/song writer, guitarist Richie Havens (d. 2013), Brooklyn.
    1942 - Duke Ellington records “C Jam Blues” and “Perdidio.”
    1942 - Count Basie records "One O’clock Jump."
    1943 - Birthday of bass player Steve Gilmore, Trenton, NJ
    1946 - On ABC radio, "The Fat Man" debuted, starring J. Scott Smart as the portly detective, who weighed 270 pounds in real life. This was one of my favorite radio shows that I remember listening to, perhaps in the late 1940's. “There he goes. Into that drug store. He's stepping on the scales. Weight? 237 pounds. Fortune? Danger. Whoooo is it? The FAT MANNNNNNNNNNN.” Later I learned perhaps my favorite author Dashiell Hammet was involved in writing for the radio show.
    1949 - Top Hits
“Buttons and Bows” - Dinah Shore
“A Little Bird Told Me” - Evelyn Knight
“On a Slow Boat to China” - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood)
“I Love You So Much It Hurts” - Jimmy Wakely
    1949 - First Miles Davis “Birth of the Cool” session, Capital 1762
    1950 - Lawyer and government official Alger Hiss was convicted of perjury.
    1950 - Birthday of singer Billy Ocean, musician, songwriter, born Leslie Sebastian Charles , Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.
    1951 - Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias set a new women's golf record when she won the Tampa Women's Open with a medal play score at a record 288 for 72 holes. In the 1932 Olympics, Babe won two gold and one silver medal for the javelin throw, the 80-meter hurdles and the high jump, respectively. She was also skilled at basketball, baseball, billiards and golf. As well as being a member of the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame, LPGA Hall of Fame (Babe was a founding member of the LPGA), National Track and Field Hall of Fame, Olympic Hall of Fame and the World Golf Hall of Fame.
    1953 - The first gas-turbine car made was the XP-21 Firebird, built by General Motors. The 370-horespower Whirlfire turbojet was installed in the rear of the car. It had a plastic body and accommodated only the driver. Its speed was 150 miles per hour, but it was believed capable of 235 miles per hour. Since it consumed fuel faster than conventional cars, it was not commercially produced.
    1954 - The first atomic-powered submarine, the "Nautilus," was launched in Groton, Connecticut, after First Lady, Mamie Eisenhower, christened it with a bottle of champagne.
    1956 - Bill Haley's album "Rock Around the Clock" enters the charts.
    1957 - Filming begins on Elvis Presley's second movie, “Loving You.”
    1957 - Chuck Berry Records "School Day."
    1957 - Top Hits
“Singing the Blues” - Guy Mitchell
“The Banana Boat Song” - The Tarriers
“Young Love” - Tab Hunter
“Singing the Blues” - Marty Robbins
    1957 - Country singer Patsy Cline (1932-63) won an Arthur Godfrey's "Talent Scout" show, singing "Walking after Midnight." Her single of the contest-winning song was on both the country and pop charts for a number of weeks. During the next few years, Patsy Cline became one of the top female country singers with hits “I Fall to Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” “Crazy,” and “Sweet Dreams.”  In 1973, she became the first female solo artist inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame. She was killed in a plane crash in 1963.
    1959 - The Kingston Trio, with members Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard, was awarded a gold record for their single, "Tom Dooley," about a man named Tom Dooley who was going to be hanged - "poor boy, you're bound to, die." The Kingston Trio recorded many other hits, including: "Greenback Dollar," "M.T.A.," "Reverend Mr. Black," "Tijuana Jail," and the war protest song, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?."
    1961 - The first cabinet member who was the brother of the President was Robert F. Kennedy, who took office as Attorney General in the cabinet of President John F. Kennedy in Washington, DC.
    1962 - Snow falls in San Francisco.
    1964 - After 3 years, Carl Rowen took over for Edward R. Murrow as head of the United States Information Agency (USIA), the managing force of the worldwide Voice of America. Rowen had something else in common with Murrow…they both came from news backgrounds, Rowen from NBC and Murrow from CBS.
    1965 - Top Hits
“Come See About Me” - The Supremes
“Love Potion Number Nine” - The Searchers
“Downtown” - Petula Clark
“Once a Day” - Connie Smith
    1965 - The Byrds record "Mr. Tambourine Man."
    1966 - The Beatles' George Harrison marries Patricia Anne Boyd at the Esher Register Office, Surrey, England. Fellow Beatle Paul McCartney and Manager Brian Epstein are in attendance. Pattie, a fashion model, had been Harrison's girlfriend since they met on the set of “A Hard Day's Night” two years earlier. Eventually, Boyd would begin an affair with Harrison's best friend, Eric Clapton, for whom the guitarist would write the classic "Layla."
    1966 - Promoter Bill Graham began his notorious three-day "Trips Festival" at the Longshoreman's Hall in San Francisco. Music and LSD were available in large quantities. The Festival at 400 North Point St. featured the Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, The Loading Zone, Chinese New Years' Lion Dancers & Drum & Bugle Corps, Stroboscopic Trampoline, & Ken Kesey & His Merry Pranksters.
"Pray for the (grateful) dead & fight like hell for the living!"
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— (with apologies to) Mother Jones
    1967 - US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
    1968 - Battle for Khe Sanh begins in Vietnam.  One of the most publicized and controversial battles of the war begins at Khe Sanh, 14 miles below the DMZ and six miles from the Laotian border. Seized and activated by the U.S. Marines a year earlier, the base, which had been an old French outpost, was used as a staging area for forward patrols and was a potential launch point for contemplated future operations to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. The battle began with a brisk firefight involving the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines and a North Vietnamese battalion entrenched between two hills northwest of the base. During the 66-day siege, U.S. planes, dropping 5,000 bombs daily, exploded the equivalent of five Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs in the area. The siege was finally lifted on April 6 when the cavalrymen linked up with the 9th Marines south of the Khe Sanh airstrip. The official casualty count for the Battle of Khe Sanh was 205 Marines killed in action and over 1,600 wounded (this figure did not include the American and South Vietnamese soldiers killed in other battles in the region). The U.S. military headquarters in Saigon estimated that the North Vietnamese lost between 10,000 and 15,000 men in the fighting at Khe Sanh.
    1968 - A B-52 bomber crashed near Thule AFB, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete.  Thule is located 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 947 miles from the North Pole on the northwest side of Greenland.
    1969 - The Navajo Community College, the first tribally established and operated community college in the U.S., opens at Many Farms, Arizona. Now called Dine College.
    1970 - ABC-TV aired "The Johnny Cash Show" in prime time, after its run as a summer replacement ended. The regular season series was a shot in the arm for country music. Cash wore black, his signature, in the all-color show.
    1970 - Boeing introduced the Jumbo Jet, Boeing 747. The wide-bodied, two-decked aircraft was taller than a six-story building and could carry up to 490 passengers, more than could easily be handled by the terminal facilities of the time. The first 747s went into transatlantic service for Pan American Airlines.
    1973 - Top Hits
“You're So Vain” - Carly Simon
“Superstition” - Stevie Wonder
“Crocodile Rock” - Elton John
“Soul Song” - Joe Stampley
    1974 - Four-day postal strike begins at Jersey City, N.J.
    1975 - Officials at the National Hockey League All-Star game made history by allowing female reporters in the players' locker rooms, a first for American professional sports. The coaches of the two squads arranged for reporters to interview players before they took their showers.
    1977 - President Jimmy Carter issues unconditional pardon to most Vietnam draft resisters on his first full day in office. Affects between 100,000 to 500,000 people.
    1978 - The soundtrack to the film "Saturday Night Fever" reached #1 on the album chart (BeeGees)
    1979 - Terry Bradshaw passes for a record four touchdowns to lead the Steelers to a 35-31 victory over the Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII. The Steelers become the first team to win three Super Bowls.
    1981 - Top Hits
“(Just Like) Starting Over” - John Lennon
“Love on the Rocks” - Neil Diamond
“The Tide is High” - Blondie
“I Love a Rainy Night” - Eddie Rabbitt
    1981 – Production of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 sports car began in Northern Ireland.  Approximately 9,000 DMC-12s were made before production halted in early 1983.  The DMC-12 was the only model produced by the company, which would go into liquidation as the US car market went through its largest slump since the 1930s.
    1982 - Blues guitar giant B.B. King donates his entire record collection (including about 7,000 rare blues records he played when he was a disc jockey) to the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
    1982 - The second of two major snowstorms to hit southern Minnesota came to an end. Minneapolis received 20 inches of snow in 24 hours to break the previous record of 17 inches in 24 hours established just a few days earlier. A record 38 inches of snow covered the ground following the two storms, with drifts ten feet high.
    1984 - Van Halen's single, “Jump,” entered the Billboard pop charts and later was in the Number 1 spot for 5 weeks, remaining on the charts for a total of 15 weeks. It eventually was certified gold for a 6 month stay.
    1984 - Yes hits number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with their only Top Ten hit, "Owner of a Lonely Heart."
    1985 - South Carolina state record low temperature, -19ºF (-28ºC), Caesar's Head.
    1985 - North Carolina state record low temperature, -34ºF (-37ºC), Mt Mitchell.
    1985 - Don DeLillo wins the American Book Award for his breakthrough novel, “White Noise.”
    1985 - Actor Patrick Duffy announced he was leaving the CBS show, "Dallas," at the end of the television season. His request that the character of Bobby Ewing not be recast by another actor was thankfully heeded as Bobby showed up in the new season, after a miraculous rise from the dead. His first appearance after his resurrection was in the shower, when he had clearly been killed in a tremendous car crash the previous season. Duffy continued in the role of Bobby Ewing through the final episode in 1991.
    1985 - Three days of snow squalls at Buffalo, NY finally came to an end. The squalls, induced by relatively warm water in Lake Erie, produced 34 inches of snow at the International Airport, with up to 47 inches reported in the suburbs of Buffalo. The New York "blizzard of 85" left many counties disaster areas.  Jan. 19-21: (Weather Channel) (Storm Data) President Reagan was sworn in for a second term in the coldest Inauguration Ceremony of record. Cold and wind resulted in wind chill readings as much as 30 degrees below zero.
    1986 - Former Major Leaguer, Randy Bass, signed a contract making him the highest-paid baseball player in Japanese history. Bass signed for three years at $3.25 million to play for the Hanshin Tigers.
    1986 - More than 100 students from Purdue University ran naked through the streets of West Lafayette, IN, in the schools quite unofficial Nude Olympics. The runners were undeterred by a temperature just a few degrees above freezing.
    1987 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B.B. King, Clyde McPhatter, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, Muddy Waters, Hank Williams and Jackie Wilson.
    1989 - Top Hits
“Two Hearts” - Phil Collins
“Don't Rush Me” - Taylor Dayne
“Armageddon It” - Def Leppard
“She's Crazy for Leavin'” - Rodney Crowell
    1990 - Tennis player John McEnroe's temper tantrum at the Australian Open got him disqualified from the tournament. McEnroe, leading his match against Mikael Performs, became the first player ever tossed from this tournament.
    1990 - Unseasonably warm weather prevailed across the state of Florida. Eight cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including West Palm Beach with a reading of 86 degrees. Rain in southern New England changed to freezing rain, then to sleet, and then to heavy snow during the late morning. Most of Massachusetts was blanketed with 6 to 10 inches of snow.
    1994 - Lorena Bobbitt found temporarily insane for chopping off spouse's penis.
    1996 - US male Figure Skating championship won by Rudy Galindo
    1997 - The House voted 395–28 to reprimand Newt Gingrich for ethics violations, making him the first Speaker of the House to be so disciplined.
    1998 - News of the Lewinsky/Clinton affair is published. President Clinton vigorously denies all allegations.
    2015 - eBay announced that it will lay off 2,400 employees in advance of its plans to spin off its PayPal unit that occurred in July 2015. 

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