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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Email from Steve Crane, CLFP
  Responses to Friday Leasing News
    Introducing the Advisors
No Longer taking Broker/Discounting Business
    plus Leasing Companies Out of Business Updated
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    Senior Sales, Excellent compensation, Work from Home
Introducing Leasing News Advisor
    Phil Dushey
Top Ten Leasing News Read by Reader
    January 12 to January 13
North Mill Equipment Finance Unveils
    Powerful New Customer Portal
CLFP Foundation Announces Board of Directors
    Lisa Wax, CLFP, Elected President
New ELFF Foundation Study Examines
    Issues and Outlook for Captive History
Australian Cattledog/Rottweiler
    Golden, Colorado Adopt-a-Dog
How to Sell in a Rising Rate Environment
    Free AACFB Webair Tuesday, Jan. 17 3:00pm (ET)
News Briefs ----
Judge denies Elon Musk’s bid to move
    Tesla tweet trial to Texas
Why some cars from the 1990s
    are soaring in value
Analog Devices is spending $1 billion
    to upgrade Oregon chip factory

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   "Gimme that wine"
    This Day in History
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Email from Steve Crane, CLFP
  Responses to Friday Leasing News
    Introducing the Advisors


“Hi Kit,

“I have been getting messages from old brokers and friends that saw my bio in today’s Leasing News – looks like the placement was up a little higher in the body of the publication, and I think more people saw it than usual.

“I think you might remember Al Rios, he had a company named DEL Financial in San Jose – haven’t heard from him in over 20 years.  Also got a note from Jim Swander, who is in Vietnam – we stay in touch periodically via Facebook.  Also got a note from Vern Laney who was a broker in Visalia and Pete Lencioni from Modesto – haven’t been in touch with them in 10+ years.  Always good to get well wishes from old friends, and it’s interesting that these old timers that are no longer in the business read Leasing News – keep up the good work.”

Steve Crane, CLFP
EVP & Sales Manager
303-376-4668 (direct)
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Steve’s bio made the Top Ten List of most read last week (see in Top List in this issue). Editor.
Introducing Advisory Board Emeritus
Steve Crane, CLFP


No Longer taking Broker/Discounting Business
plus Leasing Companies Out of Business

Companies with an * are no longer in business. The others are companies that were taking broker business, but announced that they no longer are accepting broker business. Many have also down-sized or are managing an existing portfolio. This does not include companies merged or acquired who are still in business.

Any updates or changes, please contact:

*ABCO Leasing Inc., Bothell, WA
*ACC Capital, Midvale, Utah
Advantage Business Capital, Lake Oswego, Oregon
*Advantage Funding, Lake Success, New York
AEL Financial, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
(No longer taking new broker business)
Agility Solutions Corp., Prescott, Arizona
Allegiant Partners, Bend, Oregon 
Alliance Financial, Syracuse, New York
Allstate Leasing, Towson, Maryland
*Alternative Capital, Apollo Beach, Florida
*AMC Funding, Charlotte, North Carolina
*American Bank Leasing, Alpharetta, Georgia
*American Equipment Finance, Warren, New Jersey
American Leasefund, Tigard, OR (no longer a funder)
*American Leasing, Santa Clara, California
Bank of Ozark Leasing/Finance, Little Rock, Arkansas
*Bank of West Indirect Leasing, Dublin, California
*Bank of the West Leasing Indirect, San Ramon, California
*Bank Midwest Leasing, Overland Park, KS
Bankers Healthcare Group, Weston, FL
*BBVA Compass Equipment Leasing, Houston, Texas
*Blackstone Equipment Financing, Orange, California
* (on line aggregate funder)
*Business Leasing NorthWest, Seattle, WA
*Capital One Equipment Finance, Towson, Maryland
*CapitalSource Healthcare Finance, Chevy Chase, Maryland
*CapNet, Los Angeles, California
*C and J Leasing Corp, Des Moines, Iowa
*Carlton Financial Corporation, Wayzata, Minnesota
*Chase Industries, Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan
*Chesterfield Financial, Chesterfield, Missouri
CHG-MERIDIAN U.S. Finance, Ltd, Woodland Hills, CA
(Sales Management focuses very selectively on certain brokers.)
*Churchill Group/Churchill Leasing, Jericho, NY
CIT Group (limited)
Citizens Business Bank, Ontario, CA
*Colonial Pacific, Portland, Oregon
Columbia Bank Leasing, Tacoma, WA
*Columbia Equipment Finance, Danville, California
Commercial Equipment Lease, Eugene, Oregon 
Concord Financial Services, Long Beach, California
*Court Square, Malvern, Pennsylvania
*Creative Capital Leasing Group, LLC, San Diego, CA
Crossroads Equipment Lease & Finance, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
*Direct Capital, Portsmith, New Hampshire
Diversified Financial Service, Omaha, NE
*Dolsen Leasing, Bellevue/Yakima, Washington
Equipment Finance Partners, a division of Altec, Birmingham, Alabama 
Evans National Leasing, Inc., Hamburg, NY
*Enterprise Capital Partners dba Enterprise Leasing, Spokane, WA
Enterprise Funding, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Enverto Investment Group, LLC, West Los Angeles, California
*Evergreen Leasing, South Elgin, Illinois
Exchange Bank, Santa Rosa, California
*Excel Financial Leasing, Lubbock Texas
*First Corp.(IFC subsidiary), Morton Grove, Illinois
First Federal Financial Services, Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
First Republic Bank, San Francisco, CA
Fora Financial, New York, New York
Frontier Capital, Teaneck New Jersey 
*GCR Capital, Safety Harbor, Florida 
GE Capital, Conn (limited)
Global Funding LLC., Clearwater, FL
*Greystone, Burlington, MA
*Heritage Pacific Leasing, Fresno, CA
*Hillcrest Bank Leasing, Overland Park, KS (Parent bank sold)
Huntington Equipment Finance, Vendor Finance Group, Bellevue, Washington
*IFC Credit Corp., Morton Grove, Illinois
Irwin Financial (Irwin Union Bank), Columbus, Indiana 
Irwin Union Bank, F.S.B. (Louisville, Kentucky)
Lakeland Bank, Montville, NJ
LaSalle Systems Leasing
*Latitude Equipment Leasing, Marlton, New Jersey
*Leaf Specialty Finance, Columbia, South Carolina
*LEAF Third Party Funding, Santa Barbara, Ca.
Lease Corporation of America, Troy, Michigan
Lombard, part of Royal Bank of Scotland, worldwide
*M&T Credit, Baltimore, Maryland (Merged with M&T Bank)
Note: M&T Bank | Commercial Equipment Finance, Baltimore, MD
(accepts broker business)
Manufacturer's Lease Plans, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona
*Marlin Capital Solutions, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
*MarVista Financial, Villa Park, California
*MericapCredit, Lisle, Illinois
*Meridian Healthcare Finance, San Diego, California
Merrill Lynch Financial
Midwest Leasing Group, Livonia, Minnesota
*Mintaka Financial LLC. Gig Harbor, Washington
*Mount Pleasant Capital, Wexford, PA
National City, Cleveland, Ohio
*Navigator (Pentech subsidiary) San Diego, California
*Northwest Leasing Company, Clyde Hill, WA
OFC Capital, Roswell, Georgia
Old National Bank, Evansville, Illinois
*P&L Capital, Omaha, Nebraska 
*Pentech Financial, Campbell, CA
*PFF Bancorp, Inc, Pomona, CA
Pinnacle Business Finance, Fife, Washington
*Pioneer Capital Corporation, Addison, Texas
PredictiFund, a subsidiary of Capital Access Network, Inc
*Podium Financial Group, Inc.,Costa Mesa, CA
Popular Finance, St. Louis, Missouri
Puget Sound Leasing, Seattle, Washington
Radiance-Capital, Tacoma, WA
Rapid Finance. Bethesda, Maryland
Rational Technology Solutions, Rolling Meadows, IL
*Reliant National Finance, Jacksonville, Florida
Sandy Springs, Olney, MD
*Securities Equipment Lsg. (SEL, Inc.), Glendora, CA
*Select Equipment Leasing Co., Concord, CA
* Sharpe Financial Network, Phoenix, Arizona
Sovereign Bank, Melville, New York
*Snider Leasing, Sacramento sold to Financial Pacific Leasing
Specialty Funding, Albuquerque, NM
Sterling National Bank, Montebello, New York
*Studebaker-Worthington Leasing, Corp., Jerico, NY
(part of sale from Main Street Bank to Ascentium Capital)
*Summitt Leasing, Yakima, Washington
Sun Trust Equipment Finance & Leasing, Baltimore, Maryland 
*SunBridge Capital, Mission, Kansas
Suncoast Equipment Funding Corp., Tampa, Florida
TCF Equipment Finance, Minnetonka, Minnesota 
TechLease, Morgan Hill, California
*Tennessee Commerce Bank, Franklin, Tennessee
Textron Financial
*Town and Country Leasing, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
*Triad Leasing & Financial, Inc., Boise, Idaho
*TriStar Capital, Santa Ana, California
*Union Capital Partners, Midvale, Utah
US Bank, Manifest Funding, Marshall, Minnesota
(new requirement: large yearly funding) 
US Bank, Middle-Market, Portland, Oregon 
Velocity Financial Group, Rosemont, Illinois
VenCore, Portland, Oregon (former company Len Ludwig)
*Vision Capital, San Diego, California
Vision Financial Group, Inc. (VFG Leasing & Finance), Pittsburg, PA
Wachovia Bank Leasing
*Warren Capital, Novato, California
*Washington Mutual Financial
Wells Fargo stepping back mortgage market,
   shutting down buying loans from 3rd parties
Western Bank, Devils Lake, ND
*Westover Financial, Inc., Santa Ana, California
*Your Leasing Solution, Las Vegas, Nevada

Funders looking for new Brokers:


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Donna Alexander was hired as Regional Sales Manager, Equify Financial, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas,  She is located in Wood Dale, Illinois. Previously, she was Regional Lease Manager Konica Minolta Business Solutions, U.S.A., Inc, ((November, 2008 - December, 2022. Prior, she was at GE Capital, starting 2002, Regional Sales Manager (2002 - 2009)); Leasing Consultant, FirstCorp (February 2000 - 2002).

Michael Hammerle was hired as Account Manager, Dealer Development, Regional Sales Manager, Equify Financial, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas. He is located in Tustin, California, working out of the new Equity Irvine, California Branch. Previously, he was at Pacific Rim Capital, starting August, 2019, Contract Administration, promoted April, 2021, Senior Contract Administrator.

Brenden Reeves was promoted to Regional Sales Manager, Equify Financial, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, "overseeing sales operations in West Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. He joined the firm May, 2018, as Finance Intern


Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
Excellent Compensation/Marketing Support/Work


Introducing Leasing News Advisor
Phil Dushey

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

Phil is one of the original founding members of the Leasing News Advisory Board. Phil Dushey has been active in the finance and leasing industry for the over 40 years. His first company was Global Financial Services, which is still active and successful today. Global specializes in all types of financing such as equipment leasing, accounts receivable financing, debt restructuring, and establishing lines of credit. Mr. Dushey feels that to be competitive in today's expanding financial climate a company must be able to service all of his clients’ needs not just equipment leasing. 
In 1989, Mr. Dushey saw a need for a company that would serve the needs of churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship throughout the country for equipment Leasing. At the time, most financing sources were reticent regarding religious institutions. He then formed Global Church Financing. It continues to be the leading company in providing financing to churches and other religious institutions today.

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

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

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

He and his wife Laurie have been married for 52 years, with six grandchildren, three boys and three girls age 12, 14, 16, 20, 22 and 24


Top Ten Leasing News Read by Reader
    January 12 to January 13

(1) “Captive Lessors” Also Must be Licensed
  in Several States for Commercial Business
Finance and Capital Leases

(2) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

(3) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

(4) 90-Unit Burger King Operator Declares Bankruptcy
  hampered by COVID, especially with increased costs
margins and declines in revenue and traffic.

(5) Wells Fargo Stepping Back From Mortgage Market
Also Shutting Down Buying Loans from Third Parties

(6) Consumers are Less Financially Anxious Amid
  Cooling Inflation and Strong Jobs Market
By Dr. Dan Geller

(7) Capital expense write-offs now harder to come by
for businesses with tax law changes—True Leases on comeback?
"“It’s been 100% since 2018. (The change) was designed to change corporate tax rates to bring in revenue (to the federal government
“In 2027, it will be obsolete.”

(8) Introducing Advisory Board Emeritus
Steve Crane, CLFP

(9) Billionaire Larry Ellison ticketed by Lanai cop
on Hawaii island he owns

(10) Financing Cannabis Funding Sources
Many Work with Third Party Originators


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North Mill Equipment Finance Unveils
Powerful New Customer Portal

NORWALK, CT – North Mill Equipment Finance LLC (“NMEF”), a leading independent commercial equipment lender located in Norwalk, Connecticut, launched its online customer portal, a powerful, feature-rich digital platform designed to help the company’s nearly 15,000 customers self-manage their accounts 24/7.

The new customer portal enables users to execute a multitude of tasks including viewing invoices, identifying payments due, monitoring balances, pulling year-end tax data, updating key account data, and requesting a quote for an early buyout. Additional functionality, such as giving users the ability to upload documents and providing access to insurance and titling detail, is expected to launch later this year.

Mark Bonanno, NMEF President and COO, said, “Our mission was to improve the customer experience by building an interface that’s intuitive and rich with functionality

“Our portal offers customers everything they need to manage their contracts right at their fingertips. It’s all available when they need it, according to their schedules, not ours. It puts them in the driver’s seat.” 

Bonanno noted that the customer portal also benefits the hundreds of referral agents with whom NMEF partners.

Harper Dilts, Customer Care Manager for Taycor Financial, an NMEF referral partner, commented, “The portal is beautifully laid out and very customer-friendly.

“It will greatly benefit our customers by helping to enhance our own service levels. It will lighten our load as customers start to self-serve through the tool, ultimately freeing us to handle more complex customer issues. I am excited about the possibilities.”

NMEF’s customer portal is yet one more digital tool in an arsenal of self-service platforms designed by the company.  Just last year, NMEF unveiled its broker portal, providing the hundreds of referral agents with whom NMEF partners with the opportunity to manage their NMEF relationships online.  Among other things, referral agents can quickly and easily enter deals, determine application eligibility, customize transaction parameters, monitor performance indicators, and access marketing guides.

For NMEF referral agents interested in a tutorial of the customer portal, contact Ben Tishelman at 203-354-1756 or email

About North Mill Equipment Finance

North Mill Equipment Finance originates and services small to mid-ticket equipment leases and loans, ranging from $15,000 to $1,000,000 in value.  A broker-centric private lender, the company accepts A – C credit qualities and finances transactions for many asset categories including construction, transportation, vocational, medical, manufacturing, printing, franchise, renovation, janitorial and material handling equipment.  North Mill is majority owned by an affiliate of InterVest Capital Partners.  The company’s headquarters is in Norwalk, CT, with regional offices in Irvine, CA, Dover, NH, Voorhees NJ, and Murray, UT.  For more information, visit

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CLFP Foundation Announces Board of Directors
Lisa Wax, CLFP, Elected President

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation announces its 2023-2024 Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Lia Wax, CLFP is the Vice President of Operations at Financial Pacific Leasing and will serve as President of the Board.

Lisa Wax said, “I’m truly humbled to have the opportunity to serve as president of this incredible board. I have long since believed in this organization and the designation, so to be given the opportunity to serve as its president is a dream come true.”

CLFP Foundation CEO Reid Raykovich, CLFP, said, “Lia and I attended the same CLFP preparation class together back in the mid-2000s and worked together while I was at Financial Pacific Leasing. She has always been a trusted leader, a wealth of knowledge and has volunteered at every opportunity given. We are lucky to have her serve as President and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2023 has in store for the Foundation.”

In addition to Ms. Wax, the Executive Committee includes:
Vice President – Todd Buzard, CPA, CLFP, Senior Vice President of Finance, First American Equipment Finance
Treasurer – Mike McDonald, CLFP, Treasury Director, CoreTech Leasing
Secretary – Candace Reinhart, CLFP, COO, CXO, CoreTech Leasing
Immediate Past President – Jenny Wood, CLFP, Senior Vice President of Client Services, Orion First Financial

The Board of Directors include:

Craig Colling, CLFP, Senior Vice President, Sales, Ascentium Capital, LLC
Nick Gibbens, CLFP, Vice President of Business Development, Wintrust Specialty Finance
Ben Hall, CLFP, Senior Counsel, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
Brent Hall, CLFP, Senior Vice President, Alliance Funding Group
Michelle “Mikki” Henkelman, Vice President of Credit and Risk, Oakmont Capital Services
Theresa Kabot, CLFP, Founder, Kabot Commercial Leasing and K2 Funding
Paul Knowlton, CLFP, National Program Manager, Huntington National Bank
Larry LaChance, CLFP, President, Bankers Capital
Eric Mandella, CLFP, Vice President of Corporate Operations, Navitas Credit Corp.
Jill Molitor, CLFP, CFE, CFCS, Chief Credit Officer, Stearns Bank
Michael “Mic” Mount, CLFP, Senior Vice President and Credit Executive, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
Kathy Nordendahl, CLFP, Vice President of 3rd Party Originations Manager, Dedicated Funding, LLC
Deborah “Deb” Reuben, CLFP, DES, CEO and Founder, TomorrowZone
Molly Simon, CLFP, Senior Legal Counsel, DLL
Dave Verkinderen, CLFP, Senior Vice President, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance

About the CLFP Foundation
The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the commercial equipment finance industry. There are Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates located throughout the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, India, Africa, and Australia. For more information, visit

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New ELFF Foundation Study Examines
Issues and Outlook for Captive History

Washington, DC,– What makes a captive finance company successful? Why are some captive finance companies performing well while others continue to struggle? How can a captive finance company provide additional value to its parent?  A new study, “Captive Finance: Embracing Change and Driving Innovation in a Disruptive Market,” released by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (Foundation) addresses these questions with an examination of the relationship between captives and their parent companies, the evolution of captives and customer demands, the effects of modern technology on this dynamic, and the outlook for the future of the captive finance company industry.

The report was commissioned by the Foundation and prepared by global consulting firm Capgemini. The study is based on industry research and survey data from leading captive finance companies across a wide spectrum of sectors, ticket sizes, market approaches, and geographies, as well as non-captive finance company leaders and service providers. The study identifies three leading trends that are shaping the future of equipment finance:

  • Providing a one-stop shop for equipment delivered through a seamless “omnichannel digital experience”;
  • Offering customized/personalized solutions in an efficient, cost-effective manner; and
  • Leveraging data-driven management and decision-making.

“This study reflects on the past and current state of the industry to better predict what the future holds, and how captive finance companies can thrive in an ever-changing environment,” said Tom Ware, Foundation Research Committee Chair. “The data and analysis of disruptive trends, innovation, technology modernization, and customer experience can enable captive finance companies to stay relevant and strengthen their market position.”

Download the full report at

All Foundation studies are available for free download from the Foundation’s online library at 


The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that propels the equipment finance sector—and its people—forward through industry-specific knowledge, intelligence, and programs that contribute to industry innovation, individual careers, and the overall betterment of the equipment leasing and finance industry. The Foundation is funded through charitable individual and corporate donations. Learn more at

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Golden, Colorado Adopt-a-Dog


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45.5 lbs.
Black, Tan
Adoption Fee: $100.00
In a Foster Home

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Foothill Animal Shelter
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Golden, Colorado 88041
Open Daily: 10:00am to 5pm.


How to Sell in a Rising Rate Environment
Free AACFB Webair Tuesday, Jan. 17 3:00pm (ET)


News Briefs---

Judge denies Elon Musk’s bid to move
     Tesla tweet trial to Texas

Why some cars from the 1990s
    are soaring in value

Analog Devices is spending $1 billion
    to upgrade Oregon chip factory



Arizona city cuts off a neighborhood’s water supply
     amid drought



Sports Briefs---

2023 NFL playoffs bracket: Divisional round odds, schedule,
    preview as Bengals, Bills face off in AFC showdown

Cowboys embrace playoff history, but their responsibility
     lies on defeating Buccaneers

The Dallas Cowboys Have Developed a
    One-Man Answer to NFL Offenses

49ers’ DeMeco Ryans expected to interview
    with four teams before next playoff game

Bills might not be so lucky again if Josh Allen's turnovers
     continue in playoffs | Opinion

Best photos from NFL's Super Wild Card Weekend

Jim Harbaugh returning to Michigan amid NFL interest

Rafael Nadal wins mediocre match
     in first round of Australian Open

The Damar Hamlin injury provokes a wave of
     ignorant anti-vaccine propaganda

Steph Curry scores 41, Jordan Poole adds 32
     in Warriors’ win over Wizards


California Nuts Briefs---

After a decade of construction, subway opens door
     to San Francisco’s Chinatown

LA County captures 33 billion gallons of storm water
     from this winter’s storms

People’s Park protest will cost UC Berkeley millions

Is this the most underrated park in S.F.?
    It survived a century of stupidity to get here



"Gimme that wine"

Why isn’t rainwater capture more popular
    in Sonoma County’s wine industry?

Unique Wine, Beautiful Scenery at the Mitchell
     Katz Winery at Shadow Hills

Here’s how wine tasting might look different in 2023 Nadal wins mediocre match in first round of Australian Open

Top 10 Values of 2022
   Wine Spectator

The first leaves appear on vines in France,
     before the end of pruning!

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events


This Day in American History

    1524 – Giovanni da Verrazzano, seeking a sea route to the Pacific Ocean, left Madiera, Spain, heading west.  He is renowned as the first European to explore the Atlantic coast of North America, including New York Bay and Narragansett Bay.  The bridge connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island in New York is named for him.
    1706 - Birthday of Benjamin Franklin (d. 1790), Boston.  "Elder statesman of the American Revolution," oldest signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, scientist, diplomat, author, printer, publisher, philosopher, philanthropist and self-made, self-educated man. Author, printer and publisher of Poor Richard's Almanac (1733-58). His birthday is commemorated each year by the Poor Richard Club of Philadelphia with graveside observance. In 1728, Franklin wrote a premature epitaph for himself. It first appeared in print in Ames's 1771 almanac: "The Body of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN/Printer/Like a Covering of an old Book/Its contents torn out/And script of its Lettering and Gilding/Lies here, Food for Worms/But the work shall not be lost/It will (as he believed) appear once more/In a New and more beautiful Edition/Corrected and amended/By the Author." 
    1759 - Birthday of Paul Cuffee (d. 1817), Cuttyhunk Island, MA.  Merchant, shipbuilder and Black nationalist. The wealthiest African-American in the United States at the time. 
    1771 - "Father of the American Novel," Charles Brockden Brown (d. 1810) was born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His first novel, “Wieland” (1798) involves a demented man who uses ventriloquism to convince his brother to kill his wife & children. It set the stage for two of America's great authors, Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    1773 - Captain James Cook became the first to cross Antarctic Circle.
    1775 - Colonial workmanship was reflected in the responses by seamstress through the colonies during this rough winter in 1775. An appeal went out by the Continental Congress for 13,000 winter costs for the Continental Army. The quality of the coats was generally so high that many troops chose to accept coats rather than their "bounty." The names of these troops and the makers of their coats are still listed in many New England communities on what is called a Coat Roll.
    1779 - Almost one year to the day when Captain Cook had first sighted the Hawaiian Islands, and after giving up on finding the Northwest Passage, he returns to Hawaii with his two ships. Little did he know that, within less than a month, he would be killed on the beach at Kealakekua by the Polynesian natives. The story is a native got on the ship, stole something, his men went and got it back, and the natives then got mad, and stormed the ship. They did not have guns, but they had spears and many of them. In the skirmish, Cook was killed.
    1817 - A luminous snowstorm occurred in Vermont and New Hampshire. Saint Elmo's fire appeared as static discharges on roof peaks, fence posts, and the hats and fingers of people. Thunderstorms prevailed over central New England.
    1865 - General William T. Sherman's army hits heavy rain at Savannah, Georgia, as it waits to begin marching into the Carolinas. In the fall of 1864, Sherman and his army marched across Georgia and destroyed nearly everything in their path. Sherman reasoned that the war would end sooner if the conflict were taken to the civilian South, a view shared by President Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant. Sherman's men tore up railroads, burned grain stores, carried away livestock, and left plantations in ruins. The Yankees captured the port city of Savannah just before Christmas, and Sherman paused for three weeks to rest his troops and re-supply his force. After his rest, he planned to move into the Carolinas and subject those states to the same brutal treatment that Georgia received. His 60,000 troops were divided into two wings. General Oliver O. Howard was to take two corps and move northeast to Charleston, South Carolina, while General Henry Slocum was to move northwest toward Augusta, Georgia. These were just diversions to the main target: Columbia, South Carolina. As Sherman was preparing to move, the rains began. On January 17, the Yankees waited while heavy rains pelted the region. The downpour lasted for ten days, the heaviest rainfall in 20 years. Some of Sherman's aides thought a winter campaign in the Carolinas would be difficult with such wet weather, but Sherman had spent four years in Charleston as a young lieutenant in the army, and he believed that the march was possible. He also possessed an army that was ready to continue its assault on the Confederacy. Sherman wrote to his wife that he "...never saw a more confident army...The soldiers think I know everything and that they can do anything." Sherman's army did not begin moving until the end of the month. When the army finally did move, it conducted a campaign against South Carolina that was worse than that against Georgia. Sherman wanted to exact revenge on the state that had led secession and started the war by firing on Fort Sumter.
    1871 - Andrew Hallidie received a patent for a cable car system that began service in San Francisco in 1873. Hallidie Plaza in The City is named after him. 
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    1880 – Mack Sennett was born Michael Sinnott (d. 1960), Richmond, Quebec.  Known as an innovator of slapstick comedy in film, during his lifetime he was known at times as the "King of Comedy". His short “Wrestling Swordfish” was awarded the Academy award for Best Live Action Short Film in 1932 and he earned an Academy Honorary Award in 1937.  He  founded Keystone Studios in Edendale, CA in 1912 (which is now a part of Echo Park). The original main building which was the first totally enclosed film stage and studio ever constructed, is still there today.  comedies were noted for their wild car chases and custard pie warfare especially in the Keystone Cops series. Additionally, Sennett's first female comedian was Mabel Normand, who became a major star under his direction and with whom he embarked on a tumultuous romantic relationship. Sennett also developed the “Kid Comedies,” a forerunner of the “Our Gang” films, and in a short time his name became synonymous with screen comedy which were called "flickers" at the time.  
    1893 - The Hawaiian monarchy is overthrown by a conspiracy of non-Hawaiians organized by John L. Stevens, the United States Minister assigned to the sovereign and independent Kingdom of Hawaii. On 14 January, he had conspired with a small group of non-Hawaiian residents of the Kingdom of Hawaii, including citizens of the United States, to overthrow the indigenous and lawful Government of Hawaii. In pursuit of the conspiracy, the US Minister and the naval representatives of the US caused armed naval forces, and three hundred US Marines from the US cruiser Boston to Hawaii, allegedly to protect American lives, invade the sovereign Hawaiian nation on 16 January 1893, and position themselves near the Hawaiian Government buildings and Iolani Palace to intimidate Queen Liliuokalani and her government. On the afternoon of 17 January 1893, a Committee of Safety that represented the US and European sugar planters, descendants of missionaries, and financiers, deposed the Hawaiian monarchy and proclaimed the establishment of a Provisional Government. The US Minister thereupon extended diplomatic recognition to the Provisional Government that was formed without the consent of the Native Hawaiian people or the lawful Government of Hawaii, and in violation of treaties between the two nations and of international law. Among them was a group of American sugar planters under Sanford Ballard Dole, who became president of the new provincial government. The first known settlers of the Hawaiian Islands were Polynesian voyagers who arrived sometime in the eighth century. In the early eighteenth century the first American traders came to Hawaii to exploit the islands' sandalwood, which was much valued in China at the time. In the 1830s, the sugar industry was introduced to Hawaii, and by the mid-nineteenth century, had become well established. American missionaries and planters brought about great changes in Hawaiian political, cultural, economic, and religious life, and in 1840, a constitutional monarchy was established, stripping the Hawaiian monarch of much of his authority.  Four years later, Sanford B. Dole was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to US parents. Over the next four decades, Hawaii entered into a number of political and economic treaties with the United States, and in 1887, a US naval base was established at Pearl Harbor as part of a new Hawaiian constitution. Sugar exports to the US expanded greatly over the next four years, and US investors and American sugar planters on the islands broadened their domination over Hawaiian affairs. Today there is no sugar being harvested
for exporting.  The last plant closed in 2016.
    1893 - The mercury dipped to 17 degrees below zero at Millsboro, DE, to establish a state record. 
    1899 - Robert Maynard Hutchins (d. 1977), American educator, foundation executive and civil liberties activist, born at Brooklyn, NY. He was president and later chancellor of the University of Chicago, where he introduced many educational concepts, including the Great Books program. 
    1899 – Al Capone (d. 1947) was born in Brooklyn. 
    1902 - Birthday of pianist James “Stump” Johnson (d. 1969), Clarksville, TN. 
    1910 - American jazz drummer. Sid Catlett (d. 1951) was born in Evansville, IN.  Catlett was one of the most versatile drummers of his era, adapting with the changing music scene as it progressed toward bebop. 
    1912 - Tenor sax player Vido Musso (d. 1982) born Carrini, Sicily.
    1912 – Captain Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen. 
    1915 - The Cleveland American League franchise will now be known as the Indians, replacing the nickname the Naps - a change due to Nap Lajoie, the player-manager for whom the team is presently named, leaving for the Philadelphia A’s. Team owner Charles Somers asked the city's baseball writers, who in turn asked their readers for suggestions. A false rumor claimed that the origin of the name was former Cleveland Spiders outfielder, Chief Sockalexis. 
    1916 - A group of 35 New York area golf professionals met for lunch at the Taplow Club, hosted by department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker. They discussed forming a national organization that promotes interest in the game and elevates the status of the professional golfer. The group appointed an organizing of seven to work on a constitution that was approved on April 16, forming the Professional Golfers Association of America.
    1920 - Walter Bailes (d. 2000), a member of the early country trio The Bailes Brothers, was born in Kanawha County, WV. 
    1922 - Birthday of Betty White, Oak Park, IL.  Actress and animal protection advocate, author, comedian, radio host, singer, and television personality. Regarded as a pioneer of television, White was one of the first women to have control both in front of and behind the camera and is recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom, which contributed to her receiving the honorary title as the Mayor of Hollywood in 1955.  She is known for her Emmy Award-winning roles as Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1973–77) and Rose Nylund on “The Golden Girls” (1985–92). The Writers Guild of America has included both sitcoms in its list of the 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time.  A staple guest of many American game shows, White has been dubbed the 'First Lady of Game Shows' and became the first woman to receive an Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show host in 1983 for the show “Just Men.”  From 2010 to 2015, she starred as Elka Ostrovsky in the TVLand sitcom “Hot in Cleveland,” for which she has won two consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards and she was nominated for an Emmy Award.  In a career that has spanned more than 75 years, she has received seven Emmy awards, three American Comedy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild awards, and a Grammy.  She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is a Television Hall of Fame inductee (class of 1995), and a Disney Legend (class of 2009).  In 2013, the Guinness World Records recognized White as having the longest television career for a female entertainer.  
    1927 - Sultry nightclub singer Eartha Kitt (d. 2008) was born in Columbia, South Carolina. Her real birth date wasn't known until 1997 when students at Benedict College in Columbia tracked down her birth certificate. Kitt had picked her own birth date, January 26th, because she was adopted at age six when her mother died and did not know her father. She began her professional career in the troupe of famed dancer Katherine Dunham, with whom Kitt toured Europe and Mexico. Within a year, Kitt was headlining at top European clubs with her singing and dancing. She also starred in three films in France. She returned to the US in the early 1950's, playing such famous nightspots as the Village Vanguard in New York and the Mocambo in Los Angeles. Eartha Kitt is best known for her 1953 recordings of "C'est Si Bon" and "Santa Baby."
    1938 - The first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City took place when Benny Goodman and his Orchestra played with guest performers Jess Stacy, Count Basie, and members of the Basie and Duke Ellington orchestra. The record album available on Columbia is considered a jazz “classic.”
    1941 - On Okeh Records, Gene Krupa and his band recorded "Drum Boogie." 
    1942 - Former heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali born Cassius Marcellus Clay (d. 2016), Louisville, KY.  He was widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial, and polarizing figure both inside and outside the ring.  At age 18, he won a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, after which he turned professional later that year. In 1964, he won the WBA, WBC and heavyweight titles from Sonny Liston in an upset. Clay then converted to Islam and changed his name from Cassius Clay, which he called his "slave name," to Muhammad Ali. He set an example of racial pride for African-Americans and resistance to white domination during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.  In 1966, two years after winning the heavyweight title, Ali further antagonized the white establishment in the U.S. by refusing to be conscripted into the U.S. military, citing his religious beliefs and opposition to American involvement in the Vietnam war.  He was eventually arrested, found guilty of draft evasion charges and stripped of his boxing titles. He successfully appealed to the Supreme Court, which overturned his conviction in 1971, by which time he had not fought for nearly four years—losing a period of peak performance as an athlete. Ali's actions as a conscientious objector to the war made him an icon for the larger counterculture generation.  Ali is regarded as one of the leading heavyweight boxers of the 20th century. He remains the only three-time lineal heavyweight champion, having won the title in 1964, 1974 and 1978.
    1944 – Allied forces launched the first of four assaults on Monte Cassino with the intention of breaking through the Winter Line and seizing Rome, an effort that would ultimately take four months and cost 105,000 Allied casualties. 
    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
    1948 - Mick Taylor, one of the great slide guitarists in rock music, was born in Welwyn Garden City, England. He left school at 15 and taught himself guitar, playing in a local group called The Gods. Taylor sat in for Eric Clapton when Clapton missed a gig with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Taylor later joined Mayall's group when Clapton left permanently. Taylor's playing on John Mayall's "Bare Wires" album led to him being selected to replace the deceased Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones in 1969. His highlight with the Stones is the album "Exile on Main Street." Mick Taylor left the Stones in 1974, played briefly with a band led by Jack Bruce, then in 1979 began a solo career. 
    1949 - “The Goldbergs” premiered on TV. Originally broadcast by CBS, this show was one of the earliest TV sitcoms. The show centered around a Jewish mother and her family living in the Bronx and later in the suburbs. Gertrude Berg created the hit radio show before she wrote, produced and starred as Molly Goldberg in the television version. Contributing actors and actresses included Philip Loeb, Arlene McQuade, Tom Taylor, Eli Mintz, Menasha Skulnik and Arnold Stang.
    1950 - A team of 11 thieves, in a precisely timed and choreographed strike, steals more than $2 million from the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. The Great Brinks Robbery, as it quickly became known, was the almost perfect crime. Only days before the statute of limitations was set to expire on the crime, the culprits were finally caught. Tony Pino, a lifelong criminal, was the mastermind behind the audacious theft. Together with Big Joe McGinnis, he assembled a group that meticulously planned the heist. They staked out the depot for a year and a half to figure out when it was holding the most money. Then, the gang stole the plans for the depot's alarm system and returned them before anyone noticed that they were missing. The criminal team held repeated rehearsals, with each man wearing blue coats and Halloween masks. On January 17, they finally put their plan into action. Inside the counting room, the gang surprised the guards and tied up the employees. Fourteen canvas bags, weighing more than half a ton, were filled with cash, coins, checks, and money orders. Within 30 minutes, the Brinks robbery team was gone-taking $2.7 million with them. They left no clues at all. Next, the gang met and split the proceeds of the theft. They agreed that each would stay out of trouble for six years and they almost made it. However, one of the men, Specs O'Keefe, left his share with another member because he had to serve a prison sentence for another crime. O'Keefe, worried that he would be cheated out of his money, indicated that he might begin to talk. The others decided to send a hit man to kill O'Keefe but he was only wounded, and the assassin was caught. O'Keefe made a deal with police and testified against the others. Eight participants in the Great Brinks Robbery were caught and convicted. However, only a small part of the money was ever recovered. Tours of Boston today take you down this street and tell you about
the individuals in the robbery.
    1952 - After a short period of small bands, Count Basie brings his big band back with
a recording contract at Clef records.
    1953 - Top Hits
“Why Don’t You Believe Me” - Joni James
“Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” - Perry Como
“Keep It a Secret” - Jo Stafford
“Midnight” - Red Foley
    1956 - British pop star Paul Young is born in Bedfordshire, England. His biggest hit is “Every Time You Go Away'' in 1985. The No. 1 song is written by Daryl Hall.
    1960 - Nearly 20 million people watch Cliff Richard and The Shadows perform on “Sunday Night at The London Palladium,” where the singer is presented a Gold record for his hit, "Living Doll". 
    1961 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his farewell address to the nation on national radio and television, spoke the sentences that would be the most quoted and remembered of his presidency. In a direct warning, he said, "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and persists."
    1961 - Top Hits
“Wonderland by Night” - Bert Kaempfert
“Exodus” - Ferrante & Teicher
“Will You Love Me Tomorrow” - The Shirelles
“North to Alaska” - Johnny Horton
    1963 - Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Ian Stewart perform together for the first time at London's Marquee Jazz Club. 
    1964 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “There! I've Said It Again,'' Bobby Vinton. This song can be considered the last No. 1 song before the British invasion. After four weeks at No. 1, Vinton turns over that spot to the Beatles and their first U.S. hit, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.''
    1967 - The first "Human Be-In" was held on the polo field of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It is estimated 20,000 “hippies” gathered to listen to psychedelic music, love each other, and use recreational drugs, not necessarily in that order. Among the performers were the Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother and the Holding Company. Among the speakers were Jerry Rubin, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti & Timothy Leary. Participants were urged to bring food to share, flowers, beads, costumes, feathers, bells, cymbals & flags. The Be-In was produced by Michael Bowen. Sponsored by Haight Independent Proprietors (H.I.P.) & the Communication Co.
    1967 - 40-year-old David Mason recorded the piccolo trumpet solo for The Beatle's "Penny Lane" at Abbey Road Studios in London. He was paid 27 pounds, 10 shillings ($42) for his performance. In August, 1987, the trumpet he used was sold at a Sotheby's auction for $10,846.
    1967 - London's Daily Mail newspaper carries an article about potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire. It was this article that inspired the line John Lennon wrote in "A Day in the Life."
    1968 - A Pacific storm battered the southern coast of California. Winds gusting to 65 mph uprooted trees in San Diego. Los Angeles reported an all-time record low barometric pressure reading of 29.25 inches.
    1969 - Top Hits
“I Heard It Through the Grapevine” - Marvin Gaye
“I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
“Wichita Lineman” - Glen Campbell
“Daddy Sang Bass” - Johnny Cash
    1969 - Led Zeppelin, "Led Zeppelin" released.
    1969 - Elton John, "Lady Samantha" released.
    1970 - Willie Mays is named as the Player of the Decade for the sixties by the Sporting News.
    1971 - Marvin Gaye performs the national anthem at Super Bowl V in Miami, FL.
    1971 - Baltimore defeats Dallas 16-13 in Super Bowl V on Jim O'Brien's 32-yard field goal with five seconds remaining.
    1972 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, TN is renamed "Elvis Presley Blvd."
    1974 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Show and Tell,'' Al Wilson.
    1975 - “Baretta” premiered on TV; CBS series starring Robert Blake as Baretta, a police detective who defied his superiors and solved his cases in a most unorthodox manner--usually by figuring it out while talking to his pet cockatoo, Fred, or his informant, Rooster (played by Michael D. Roberts). Commanding officer Lieutenant Hal Brubaker was played by Edward Grover. The last telecast aired on June 1, 1978.
    1976 - Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs" hits #1, written by the Beach Boys’ pianist, Bruce Johnston. He played in my band in high school.
    1977 - Top Hits
“You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” - Leo Sayer
“I Wish” - Stevie Wonder
“Car Wash” - Rose Royce
“You Never Miss a Really Good Thing (Till He Says Goodbye)” - Crystal Gayle
    1984 - VCR home taping ruled legal: The US Supreme Court ruled that private use of a home videocassette recorder did not violate copyright laws. The decision overturned a 1981 ruling that made the copying of programs and the sale of video recorders illegal. The Supreme Court's decision marked a major defeat for Walt Disney, Universal City Studios, and other entertainment companies that had fought to ban home videotape machines. Over the next fifteen years, as technology improved for reproducing and electronically distributing images, words, movies, and other media, intellectual property cases like the VCR suit would become increasingly important.
    1984 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Owner of a Lonely Heart,'' Yes.
    1985 - Top Hits
“Like a Virgin” - Madonna
“All I Need” - Jack Wagner
“You’re the Inspiration” - Chicago
“The Best Year of My Life” - Eddie Rabbitt 
    1987 - A winter storm spread snow from the Southern Rockies into the Middle Mississippi Valley and southwestern sections of the Great Lakes Region, and freezing rain across Texas and Oklahoma. Snowfall totals ranged up to 16 inches at Tulia, TX, with 12 inches at Wellington, KS.
    1988 - The Denver Broncos won their second consecutive AFC championship by defeating the Cleveland Browns, 38-33, at Denver’s Mile High Stadium. Denver quarterback John Elway threw three touchdown passes, and Jermiah Castille stripped the ball from Cleveland’s Earnest Byner late in the game as he was about to score the go-ahead TD, to preserve the victory. 
    1990 - Twenty cities across the southeastern half of the country reported record high temperatures for the date. Record highs included 61 degrees at Williamstown, PA and 85 degrees at Brownsville, TX. Evening thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds from eastern Texas to Mississippi.
    1990 - The Fifth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Who.
    1991 - Operation Desert Storm began. The first serviceman killed in the Gulf War was Navy pilot Scott Speicher. His F-18 Hornet fighter was shot down over Iraq by anti-aircraft fire. The U.S. and its United Nations allies went to war to drive Saddam Hussein’s army out of Iraqi-occupied Kuwait. U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf gave the go-ahead for bombing raids on Baghdad, followed a few weeks later by assaults with ground troops on Iraqi troops in southern Iraq and Kuwait. During the following six weeks Iraq fired its Scud missiles at U.S. bases in Saudi Arabia and at the general population in Israel, but was routed soundly. Iraqi troops left Kuwait, retreating all the way to Baghdad and, in many cases, surrendering in the field. 
    1993 - President Clinton's Inauguration ceremonies feature a free outdoor concert at which Aretha Franklin, Michael Bolton, Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan, and Diana Ross (among others) perform.
    1994 - An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck the Los Angeles area about 4:20 AM. The epicenter was at Northridge in the San Fernando Valley, about 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. A death toll of 51 was announced Jan 20. Sixteen of the dead were killed in the collapse of one apartment building. More than 25,000 people were made homeless by the quake and 680,000 lost electric power. Many buildings were destroyed and others made uninhabitable due to structural damage. A section of the Santa Monica Freeway, part of the Simi Valley Freeway and three major overpasses collapsed. Hundreds of aftershocks occurred in the following several weeks. Costs to repair the damages were estimated at 15-30 billion dollars.
    1995 - Los Angeles Rams announce that they are moving to St Louis.  They moved back in time to play the 2016 season at the LA Memorial Coliseum.
    1996 - Center Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings scored the 500th-regular season goal of his National Hockey League career as the Wings defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2.
    1996 - The Eleventh Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include David Bowie, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles, and The Velvet Underground.
    1998 - Savage Garden’s "Truly, Madly, Deeply" was the number-one single in the U.S. for the first of two weeks. “I want to stand with you on a mountain; I want to bathe with you in the sea; I want to lay like this forever; until the sky falls down on me.”
    1999 - At the American Music Awards, Billy Joel is given the Special Award of Merit for his "inspired songwriting skills" and "exciting showmanship." 
    2010 - A series of strong Pacific storms impacted Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah from January 17th through 23rd, leaving behind several feet of snow across the higher terrain and breaking numerous lowest barometric pressure records across the region. Sunrise Mountain, Arizona received 77 inches of snow, while Mammoth Lakes, California received 90 inches.
    2013 - After stripping Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France Titles, the IOC took away the cyclist's bronze medal from the 2000 Summer Olympics; he was found guilty of doping.
    2014 - Responding to privacy concerns raised by former spy contractor Edward Snowden's NSA disclosures, President Barack Obama announced reforms to NSA phone surveillance.
    2015 - President Barack Obama vowed to veto additional sanctions proposed by Congress against Iran, citing the delicacy of international talks currently underway with the nation regarding limitations on its nuclear program.

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