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Friday, July 29, 2022

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Life Takes You Down Many Paths
For the Record:
  Vendors and Unlicensed Brokers Are Referring
     Deals for Commissions to all States with Licenses
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Federal Reserve issues FOMC Statement
    Raises Rate from 2¼ to 2½
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    Generous Sales Commissions
US GDP Indictor Economic Activity
    Still Above Population Growth, also above 2018 Level
Dext Capital Quarterly January Update 2Q 2022
  For Those in the Medical Community or
    Want to Enter – Well Written, Excellent Summation
Mitsubishi HC Capital America’s Work Truck Division
  Achieves $1 Billion in Originations with Record   
    Volume and Credit Applications
ELFA Announces Career Pathways
    Your Roadmap to Success in Equipment Finance
James Caan (1940 -2022) Movies:  El Dorado,
  The Godfather,  The Gambler, Thief, Misery,
   Reviews by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Doberman Pinscher
    Oakland, California Adopt-a-Dog
V.E.S.A 'O' Reserva 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon ($12)
 Central Valley, Chile
    By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer
News Briefs---
Semiconductor bill passes House, heads to Biden’s desk
    Domestic semiconductor production $52 billion legislation
Metro Atlanta has second-best June on record,
    adds 20,600 jobs
Ford second quarter profit up 19%
    with stronger year despite inflation
Feds: $401 million will add high-speed internet
    to rural US places

You May have Missed---
New Board Report Shows Only 5%
    of CEOs are Female

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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Sports Brief----
 California Nuts Brief---
   "Gimme that wine"
    This Day in History
      Daily Puzzle
        Weather, USA or specific area
         Traffic Live----

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For the Record:
Vendors and Unlicensed Brokers Are Referring
Deals for Commissions to all States with Licenses
By Christopher Menkin, Editor/Publisher

In the article, some readers reacted that the opinion only applied to California (Cal. Finance Code §22053) regarding unlicensed brokers and vendors sending deals to licensed brokers and companies. This was mentioned because the original complaint Leasing News received involved an unlicensed California broker with a deal in California to a licensed funder in California.

For the record: Ken Greene's article applies also to New York, Nevada, Utah, and perhaps, the state of Virginia with the MCA Law ruling. There are also other states with legislative committees debating the terms of such a commercial financial requirements.

What should be considered is the definition of "broker". According to Federal law and many state laws, it centers on the legal definition of a "broker." States may have different interpretations but it is based on receiving compensation for a transactions.

Ken added. "I would want to look at this specific issue in each state before making an unconditional statement but, unfortunately, I don't have time for such a search."

Several readers asked about the original complaint from the unlicensed broker that led to Ken Greene's "warning." The situation was in California, where the unlicensed broker was located and using a California licensed broker out of state to place the lease. The end of the story is: I so notified the funder, who also is an advertiser in Leasing News and let him know of the situation...which is somewhat complicated because the equipment was only partially delivered, they had interim rent on what was delivered, and paid the licensed broker the commission on that, waiting for the rest to be delivered. The funder thought because it came from a licensed broker, it was okay to do business with him and only learned about the unlicensed broker when that person with the complaint contacted him. The actual deal was to be funded with the banking source when all was delivered and completed, with the licensed broker paid for that part at the time---a common practice in the industry.

Vendors and Unlicensed Brokers Are Referring
  Deals for Commissions to Licensed Brokers and Companies

By Ken Greene, Leasing News Legal Editor


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries


Jason Adler was hired as Head of Sales, Customers Commercial Finance, a division of Customers Bank, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He is located in Stratham, New Hampshire.  He joined Direct Capital, a Division of CIT Bank, N.A., 2002, Hard Asset Vertical Finance Manager, promoted April, 2014, Enterprise Account Manager, promoted July, 2016, Vice President, Partner Development, promoted  March, 2019, Director Partner Development. He began his career at Intel as Operations Manager (December, 2000 - 2002).

Robin Harmon was hired as Vice President, Equipment Finance, Hancock Whitney, Gulfport, Mississippi. She is located in Nashville, Tennessee.  Previously, she was Vice President, Relationship Manger, Fifth Third Equipment Finance (April, 2017 - July, 2022); National Finance Manager, Commercial Marine, TCF Equipment Finance (July, 2014 - April, 2017); President, Maritime Capital Resource, Inc. (2011 - April, 2014); Vice President, Marine Finance, GATX (July, 2010 - November, 2011).

Scott Keenan was hired as Head of Product innovation. Customers Commercial Finance, a division of Customers Bank, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He joined CIT February, 2019, AVP, Product Manager, promoted March, 2020, Vice President, Product Management.  Previously he was at Direct Capital, a Division of CIT Bank, NA., starting June, 2013, Credit/Operations, promoted July, 2016, Product Owner/Business Analyst, promoted January, 2018, Quality Assurance Engineer.

Patrick McKeever was promoted to Program Manager, DLL, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He is located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.  He joined the company June, 2008, as Portfolio Manager, promoted June, 2015, Business Flow Analyst, promoted January, 2020, Program Manager.

Mike O’Connell was hired as Head of Credit and Portfolio Management, Customers Commercial Finance, a division of Customers Bank, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Previously, he was Director of Operations, First Citizens Bank (March, 2000 - June, 2002); Credit Manager, Direct Capital Corporation (March, 2000 - July, 2014).

Jennifer Oleniak was hired as Senior Operations Manager. Customers Commercial Finance, a division of Customers Bank, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Previously, she was Senior Funding Manager, Alliance Funding Group (November, 2021 - June, 2022); Funding Supervisor, Direct Capital, a Division of CIT Bank, N.A., (November, 2015 - November, 20210. She joined Direct Capital Corporation, November, 2003, Funding Manager, promoted November, 2009 - Senior Funding Manger; Vehicle Remarketing Representative, BTM Capital Corporation (September, 1998 - August, 2003).

Ryan Post was hired as Vice President, Risk, SLR Equipment Finance, Wilton, Connecticut. He is located in Des Moines Metropolitan area.  Previously, he was Credit Manager, F&A, DLL (July, 2019 - July, 2022); Global Credit Manager, John Deere (November, 2018 - July, 2019); Senior Credit Underwriter, DLL (February, 2015 - December, 2018); Financial Planning and Analysis, GE Healthcare (January, 2013 - July, 2013); Credit Analyst, Farmers Tate Bank (August, 2011 - December, 20123); Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual (March, 2011 - August, 2011).

Gene Rogero was hired as Director, CCB Originations. Trust Equipment Finance, Atlanta, Georgia. He is located in Orlando, Florida.  Previously, he was Vice President, City National Bank (June, 2018 - July, 2022); Vice President, Wells Fargo, Healthcare Financial Services (December, 2015 - June, 2018); Municipal Finance Manager, TCF Bank (April, 2013 - December, 2015); Vice President, National Program Manager, Siemens Finance Services (February, 2009 - May, 2011) Team Leader, Vice President, ContiGroup (October, 1989 - July, 2008).


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Federal Reserve Issues FOMC Statement
Raises Rate from 2¼ to 2½

(Note: The Federal Reserve Board approved action on Wednesday by the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City increasing the discount rate, specifically the primary credit rate, at the Bank from 1-3/4 percent to 2-1/2 percent, effective July 28, 2022.)

FDIC Comments:

Recent indicators of spending and production have softened. Nonetheless, job gains have been robust in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Inflation remains elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances related to the pandemic, higher food and energy prices, and broader price pressures.

Russia's war against Ukraine is causing tremendous human and economic hardship. The war and related events are creating additional upward pressure on inflation and are weighing on global economic activity. The Committee is highly attentive to inflation risks.

The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run. In support of these goals, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 percent and anticipates that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate. In addition, the Committee will continue reducing its holdings of Treasury securities and agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, as described in the Plans for Reducing the Size of the Federal Reserve's Balance Sheet that were issued in May. The Committee is strongly committed to returning inflation to its 2 percent objective.

In assessing the appropriate stance of monetary policy, the Committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook. The Committee would be prepared to adjust the stance of monetary policy as appropriate if risks emerge that could impede the attainment of the Committee's goals. The Committee's assessments will take into account a wide range of information, including readings on public health, labor market conditions, inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and financial and international developments.

Voting for the monetary policy action were Jerome H. Powell, Chair; John C. Williams, Vice Chair; Michael S. Barr; Michelle W. Bowman; Lael Brainard; James Bullard; Susan M. Collins; Lisa D. Cook; Esther L. George; Philip N. Jefferson; Loretta J. Mester; and Christopher J. Waller.

Implementation Note issued July 27, 2022

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Mitsubishi HC Capital America’s Work Truck Division
Achieves $1 Billion in Originations with Record Volume
and Credit Applications


FLOWER MOUND, TX.  – Mitsubishi HC Capital America’s Work Truck Finance division reached a monumental milestone this week when it reached $1 billion in originations. The company reached this impressive achievement with record volume of $112 million in the quarter ending June 30, while also receiving the most credit applications in its history.

According to Dave Herring, Vice President and General Manager, Work Truck Finance, “the quest to reach $1 billion in originations has been a team target since October 2019, when the company began to focus solely on commercial work trucks. Today, Mitsubishi HC Capital America is the premier national independent lender dedicated to the work truck sector.”

“These record results are due to executing on our value proposition, our experience and the commitment from every member of the Work Truck Finance organization, every day,” Herring said. “We are winning the business because of our service. We answer the phone, we call you back, and we provide the information and flexibility dealers need to sell their work trucks.”

With the strongest start of the year in its more than 20-year history of financing trucks, Herring is optimistic for future performance as the division is actively doing business with more than 300 work truck dealers on average throughout the United States.

“How we respond to customers with our consultative, relationship-based approach and our expertise in this space are game changers for work truck dealers,” Herring added. “I’m very excited about what our team has accomplished and am looking forward to celebrating more monumental accomplishments with this team in the future.”

About Mitsubishi HC Capital America
Mitsubishi HC Capital America is a specialty finance company that brings a consultative approach and expertise to customers of all sizes to help their businesses grow every day. Serving as a collaborative partner, we provide customized financing solutions for a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, construction, work trucks/transportation, IT, staffing, healthcare and clean technology/mobility. We are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to improve the communities where we operate. Visit

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ELFA Announces Career Pathways:
Your Roadmap to Success in Equipment Finance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association unveiled Career Pathways, a comprehensive leadership development program for equipment finance professionals as they progress through each phase of their careers. Career Pathways is a comprehensive list of the training, events, resources and volunteer opportunities offered by the association, organized into specific “career roadmaps.” The roadmaps make ELFA’s large and growing compendium of resources easier than ever to access, understand and use for professional advancement.

ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta, said, “Career Pathways is a cradle-to-grave executive leadership development program that can educate and prepare you for management in any area of the equipment finance business.

“Whether you’re just starting out in equipment finance, have a few years under your belt or you’re running the organization, ELFA has the resources to help prepare you for leadership.”

Mike DiCecco, ELFA Board Chair and Executive Managing Director of Huntington Asset Finance, commented, “Until now, I think a lot of our member colleagues had been trying to figure out their own paths, and whatever hit their radar was where they might start.

“Through Career Pathways, they can see the whole road ahead. This is a continuum of progressive development opportunities that help advance an equipment leasing professional through the industry and a career. The new organization of the material is helpful to managers, too, as they create career development pathways for their colleagues.”

Career Pathways packages together a wide range of ELFA’s education and leadership development tools according to experience level and areas of interest. Roadmaps are available in nine key areas: Accounting and Finance, Asset Management, Business Head or C-Level Executive, Credit and Collections, Information Technology, Legal, Operations, Pricing and Underwriting, and Tax.

More information about Career Pathways, including a video, an article and a series of Career Roadmaps, is available at

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

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Watch at Home:
by Fernando Croce

A beloved star who got his start at the end of Hollywood’s classic era and flourished in the maverick Seventies, James Caan (1940-2022) brought presence and humor to a variety of genres, from Westerns and dramas to thrillers and comedies. So check out our list for some of his most iconic roles.

El Dorado (1966): Caan made a delightful early appearance in this marvelous Western from master director Howard Hawks, where he more than holds his own in the company of a couple of legendary veterans. In the frontier city of El Dorado, a nefarious landowner (Ed Asner) plans to take over a family’s farm with the help of a gaggle of hired goons. When local sheriff J.P. Harrah (Robert Mitchum) calls for help due to his alcoholism, his friend Cole Thorton (John Wayne) rides to the rescue—with a young gunslinger nicknamed Mississippi (Caan) in tow. Practically a remake of Hawks’ own classic “Rio Bravo” in a more mellow register, the movie is a meditation on aging as well as a slam-bang adventure, with Caan providing much of the humor.

The Godfather (1972): Even as part of a magnificent ensemble cast, Caan is a standout in Francis Ford Coppola’s gangland classic. A symphonic adaptation of Mario Puzo’s best-selling tale of Mafia and family, it chronicles the powerful Italian-American Corleone clan in the 1940s. Led by Don Vito Corleone (an unforgettable Marlon Brando), the family’s power is filtered through a contrasting trio of siblings, most notably Michael (Al Pacino), the youngest son who’s reluctantly brought into the cycle of crime and violence. There’s also second son Fredo (John Cazale) and first-born Sonny (Caan), whose hot-tempered defense of sister Connie (Talia Shire) leads to a memorable stop at a highway toll booth. A staple of the Seventies’ New Hollywood that’s seen by many as the greatest film of all time, this classic has lost none of its power.

The Gambler (1974): In one of his most underrated pictures, Caan delivers an intense performance in this punchy drama from British director Karel Reisz, which plays like an early version of “Uncut Gems.” Axel Freed (Caan) is a New York City university professor who teaches his students Dostoyevsky while in his private life struggling with a gambling addiction. Despite coming from a wealthy family, he can’t help chasing the high of a dangerous game, helplessly acquiring immense debts and threats from criminals. With his girlfriend Billie (Lauren Hutton) by his side, Axel heads to Las Vegas and goes for broke in a gambit that might free him or bring him closer to the abyss. Gritty, suspenseful, and excellently acted, this haunting character study deserves to be better known.

Thief (1981): In his own favorite role, Caan is brilliant in this intense and stylish early crime drama from master director Michael Mann (“Heat”). He stars as Frank, a jewel thief whose skill in safecracking is matched by his closet romanticism, particularly in his dream of leaving crime behind and starting a new life with his girlfriend, Jessie (Tuesday Weld). Hoping for one last job, he reluctantly agrees to work with underworld boss Leo (Robert Prosky). When he realizes that Leo has no intention of letting him go, Frank prepares for a confrontation that might cost him his life. Anchoring moody imagery with the protagonist’s ardor, Mann’s film is a masterly crossroads of Seventies grit and Eighties glossiness, enhanced by a supporting cast that includes Jim Belushi and Willie Nelson.

Misery (1990): Caan provides expert support to Kathy Bates’ Oscar-winning turn in Rob Reiner’s popular adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. A claustrophobic chiller, it takes place largely in an isolated cabin in snowy Colorado, where famous novelist Paul Sheldon (Caan) finds himself in the wake of a car accident. His rescuer, Annie Wilkes (Bates), is a former nurse who calls herself his biggest fan. She helps with his recovery but starts to show disturbing hints when she finds out that Paul is planning to kill off her favorite character in his newest novel. As she grows more violent, he must find an escape before it’s too late. Deftly contrasting with Bates’ flamboyance, Caan internalizes his usual physicality as the characters’ games of cat and mouse escalates tautly.


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V.E.S.A 'O' Reserva 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon ($12)
Central Valley, Chile
By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer

My recent find is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile: the V.E.S.A. 'O' Reserva 2020. This wine is produced from organic grapes and serves a big, bold palate of blackberry, vanilla, and oak. It is a full-throttle cabernet with 14% alcohol that bursts with fruit from the moment you open the bottle.

It has a medium-dark color, hugs the glass with long-lasting legs, and has a finish that is as smooth as silk.

Drinking this wine makes me want to explore more wines from Chile, as they never let me down. My wife Ana and I had a glass of this wine with a pizza, and it tasted even better two days later.

 You don't have to travel to Chile to find this gem. It is available at most wine shops, supermarkets, and online for $12/bottle.

Previous Wine Reviews


News Briefs---

Semiconductor bill passes House, heads to Biden’s desk
    Domestic semiconductor production $52 billion legislation

Metro Atlanta has second-best June on recor
   Adds 20,600 jobs

Ford second quarter profit up 19%
    with stronger year despite inflation

Feds: $401 million will add high-speed internet
    to rural US places


You May Have Missed---

New Board Report Shows Only 5%
     of CEOs are Female



Sports Briefs---

Will UCLA and USC joining the Big Ten help recruiting?
     Big Ten players, coaches weigh in

Santa Rosa coach leads NorCal Premier girls' team
    to Gothia Cup title in Sweden

Patriots defense learns a lesson late in practice
    on Day 2 of training camp

'It means everything to us': Arizona Cardinals
     well aware Super Bowl 57 is in their home

Marcus Mariota named the starting quarterback
    of the Atlanta Falcons

Photos of Sacramento Republic FC win over Kansas City,
    catapulting them to U.S. Cup final


California Nuts Briefs---

San Francisco officials declare state of emergency
     as Monkeypox spreads

Etsy announces plans to close its San Francisco office
  Employees to Work Remote

California’s Amber Alert program is now 20 years old.
      Here’s how successful it’s been



"Gimme that wine"

Record Temperatures, Wildfires Wreak Havoc
     on Europe’s Wineries and Vineyards

Strong demand for Burgundy and Champagne
      despite activity cooling

Napa Valley is America’s top wine region. But it has
     reached a turning point that could change everything

“Gimme that Wine”

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events


This Day in History


  1676 - Nathaniel Bacon of the Virginia Colony, was declared a rebel for assembling frontiersmen to protect settlers from Indians.  Before the "Virginia Rebellion," as it was then called, began in earnest in 1674, some colonists on the Virginia frontier demanded that Native Americans, including those in friendly tribes living on treaty-protected lands, be driven out or killed.  They also protested corruption in the government of Governor Berkeley.  Upon arriving in Virginia, Nathaniel Bacon bought two frontier plantations on the James River. Since his cousin was a prominent militia colonel and friend of Governor Berkeley, Bacon settled in Jamestown, the capital. Soon Bacon was himself appointed to the governor's council.  Bacon and his makeshift army issued a “Declaration of the People of Virginian” which criticized Berkeley's administration, accusing him of levying unfair taxes, appointing friends to high positions, and failing to protect outlying farmers from Indian attack. They also issued a 'Manifesto' urging the extermination of all Indians, charging that they did not deserve legal protections because they "have bin for these Many years enemies to the King and Country, Robbers and Thieves and Invaders of his Majesty's Right and our Interest and Estate."  Months of conflict ensued in what became known as Bacon’s Rebellion, including a naval attempt across the Potomac and in Chesapeake Bay by Bacon's allies to capture Berkeley at Accomac. Berkeley raised his own army of mercenaries on the Eastern Shore and captured Bacon's naval allies and executed the two leaders. Bacon's forces then turned against the colony's capital, burning Jamestown to the ground on September 19, 1676.  Before an English naval squadron could arrive, Bacon died of fever on October 26, 1676 and the rebellion soon collapsed. Governor Berkeley returned to power, seizing the property of several rebels and ultimately hanging twenty-three men, many without trial.  After an investigative committee returned its report to King Charles II, criticizing both Berkeley and Bacon for their conduct toward friendly tribes, Berkeley was relieved of the governorship, returned to England to protest, and died shortly thereafter.
    1708 - Haverhill, Mass. was destroyed by French & Indians.
    1758 - New Jersey Legislature formed the first Indian reservation at, oddly enough, Indian Mills, NJ…that’s right, New Jersey!!  It is located in Burlington County near the Wharton State Forest.
    1776 - General George Washington retreated during the night from Long Island to New York City, withdrawing from Manhattan to Westchester.
    1786 - Shays’ Rebellion: Daniel Shays, veteran of the battles of Lexington, Bunker Hill, Ticonderoga and Saratoga, was one of the leaders of more than 1,000 rebels who sought redress of grievances during the depres­sion days of 1786—87. He began organizing his followers with speeches this day. They prevented general court sessions and on Sept 26, they prevented Supreme Court sessions at Spring­field, MA. On Jan 25, 1787, with 1100 men, they attacked the federal arsenal at Springfield; Feb 2, Shays’ troops were routed and fled. Shays was sentenced to death but pardoned June 13, 1788.  The uprising had been caused by the harsh economic conditions faced by Massachusetts farmers, who sought reforms and the issuance of paper money.  Shays later he received a small pension for services in the American Revolution.
    1809 - Birthday of Oliver Wendell Holmes (d. 1894), physician and author, father of Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, at Cambridge, MA. “A moment’s insight”, he wrote, “is sometimes worth a life’s experience.”
    1811 – Birthday of Henry Bergh (d. 1888), founder of the ASPCA, in NYC.  He was President Lincoln’s ambassador to Russia when the severe climate forced him home.  On returning to the United States, Bergh resolved to work on behalf of animal welfare. Alone, in the face of indifference, opposition, and ridicule, he began working as a speaker and lecturer, but most of all in the street and the courtroom, and before the legislature. The legislature passed the laws prepared by him, and on 10 April 1866, the ASPCA was legally organized, with Bergh as president. 
    1815 - Anna Ella Carroll’s (d. 1893) birthday, Pocomoke City, MD.  Writer and publicist for Union causes during the Civil War. She is best known for her pamphlet which outlined the proposition that the Southern states would resume their original places in the United States once the rebellion of the Civil War was over, precisely the course adopted by Abraham Lincoln in superseding Congress in the conduct of the war. She is credited with the plan to invade the South along the Tennessee River. Her tombstone reads "Maryland's Most Distinguished Lady." However, she died financially poor and anonymous.

    1817 - The first “abolition” newspaper was “The Philanthropist,” published and edited by Charles Osborn, which appeared in Mount Pleasant, OH. It published “An Appeal to Philanthropists” by Benjamin Lundy, which is said by some to be the most powerful abolition appeal ever made.
    1831 – Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction.  Although Faraday received little formal education, he was one of the most influential scientists in history. It was by his research on the magnetic field around a conductor carrying a direct current that Faraday established the basis for the concept of the electromagnetic field in physics. Faraday also established that magnetism could affect rays of light and that there was an underlying relationship between the two phenomena.  It was largely due to his efforts that electricity became practical for use in technology.  As a chemist, Faraday discovered benzene, investigated chlorine, invented an early form of the Bunsen burner and the system of oxidation numbers, and popularized terminology such as anode, cathode, electrode, and ion.
    1839 - The crew of “Amistad” secretly changed course and the ship landed at Long Island, NY, where it and its ‘cargo’ were seized as salvage.  In January, 53 Africans were seized near modern-day Sierra Leone, taken to Cuba and sold as slaves. While being transferred to another part of the island on the ship, led by the African, Cinque, they seized control of the ship, telling the crew to take them back to Africa. However, the crew secretly changed course and the ship landed at Long Island. The Amistad was towed to New Haven, CT where the Africans were imprisoned and a lengthy legal battle began to determine if they were property to be returned to Cuba or free men. John Quincy Adams took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, where on Mar 9, 1841, it was determined that they were free and could return to Africa.
    1852 - The Latter Day Saints first published their doctrine of "celestial marriage," popularly known as polygamy. The Mormon Church maintained this teaching until the Manifest of 1890 (and later Congressional legislation) outlawed the practice.
    1858 – The Harris Treaty was signed by the US and Japan.  Also known as the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, it opened the ports of Kanagawa and four other Japanese cities to trade, among a number of trading stipulations.  
    1861 - The first Confederate forts to surrender in the Civil War were Fort Clark and Fort Hatteras on Hatteras Island, NC, guarding Pamlico Sound. They surrendered to Flag Officer Silas H. Stringham and General Benjamin Franklin Butler, who had captured the garrison with 715 men, 31 heavy guns, and 1,000 stands of arms.
    1862 - (29th-30th) At the second Battle of Bull Run, the maneuvers of General Stonewall Jackson and his teamwork with General Robert E. Lee were too much for the 45,000 Union troops under General John Pope, who broke and retreated to Washington, DC. Union losses were 1724 killed, 8372 wounded, 5958 missing. Confederate losses stood at 1481 killed, 7627 wounded, 89 missing.
    1864 – Confederate spy Belle Boyd was arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C.  She operated from her father's hotel in Front Royal, VA, and provided valuable information to Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson in 1862.
    1869 - The Mt. Washington Cog Railway opens in New Hampshire, making it the world's first rack railway.  The railway is still in operation, climbing Mt. Washington.
    1896 - History records chop suey was concocted in New York City by the chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-Chang, who devised the dish to appeal to both American and Asian tastes. Chop suey was unknown in China at the time.
    1898 – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was founded.
    1904 - Third modern Olympic Games open in St Louis.  These Games were originally scheduled for Chicago. However, President Theodore Roosevelt intervened on behalf of St. Louis so that the Games would be in conjunction with the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition. Again the Games were upstaged, this time by the St. Louis World’s Fair, and critics believed this would kill the fourth Olympics from taking place. The marathon included the first two Africans to compete in the Olympics – two Zulu tribesman named Lentauw (real name: Len Taunyane) and Yamasani (real name: Jan Mashiani). They wore bibs 35 and 36, respectively. 
The only problem was that these two tribesmen were not in town to compete in the Olympics – they were actually the sideshow! Yes, they were imported by the exposition as part of the Boer War exhibit (both were really students at Orange Free State in South Africa, but no one wanted to believe that these tribesmen could actually be educated – it would have ruined the whole image).  Lentauw finished ninth and Yamasani came in twelfth. This was a disappointment, as many observers were sure Lentauw could have done better – that is if he had not been chased nearly a mile off course by a large, aggressive canine! 
The marathon was over, but there is still one more little story to go along with this:  It seems that two of the patrolling officials driving in a brand-new automobile were forced to swerve to avoid hitting one of the runners – they ended up going down an embankment and were severely injured. 
In the end, the St. Louis Olympics (along with the previous Paris games) proved to be such a disaster that the Olympic Committee was forced to hold interim Olympic Games in 1906 at Athens, in an attempt to revive the flagging Olympic movement. These games were not numbered, but were attended by twenty countries and put the Olympics back on a steady course to success.   An interesting useless side note: Iced tea made its debut at the 1904 Exposition. It seems that it was so hot during the Expo that the staff at the Far East Tea House couldn’t even give away their product. 
    1905 – “The It Girl,” Clara Bow (d. 1965), was born in Brooklyn.  She rose to meteoric stardom in silent films during the 1920s and successfully made the transition to "talkies" after 1927. Her appearance as a plucky shop girl in the film “It” brought her global fame and the nickname "The It Girl."  Bow came to personify the Roaring Twenties and is described as its leading sex symbol and motion picture star, appearing in 46 silent films and 11 talkies.  In 1999, film historian Leonard Maltin said, "You think of Garbo, Gish, all these great names, great actresses, Clara Bow was more popular in terms of box-office dollars, in terms of consistently bringing audiences into the theaters, she was right on top."  Many film historians consider Bow to have been the industry’s first megastar.
    1911 – Cy Young pitched his final game for the Cleveland Spiders, going just three innings and allowing five runs in a 7-1 loss to Washington.  After this game, Cleveland waived him and he joined the Boston Rustlers in the National league where he finished his career that season.
    1911 – Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California.
    1915 – The US Navy raises F-4, the first U.S. submarine sunk in an accident.
    1915 – Birthday of actress Ingrid Bergman (d. 1982) at Stockholm, Sweden.  She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, and the Tony Award for Best Actress. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in “Casablanca” (1942), co-starring Humphrey Bogart, and as Alicia Huberman in “Notorious” (1946), an Alfred Hitchcock thriller co-starring Cary Grant. 
    1916 – US passes the Philippine Autonomy Act.
    1917 – Weezie’s birthday:  Actress Isabel Sanford (d. 2009) was born in Harlem, NYC.  Lead role in “The Jeffersons,” in 1981, she became the first African-American actress to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. 
    1920 - Birthday of Charlie Parker.  Clint Eastwood made a movie about his life. Known as “The Bird,” he and Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet player extraordinaire and great showman, are credited with “inventing” the style “Be-Bop.” Definitely way ahead of his time, and quite melodic (his record albums with strings from 1947 to 1952 produced by Norman Granz are jazz classics). There is controversy on how he got his name. Some say it was from sitting in the backyard of “speakeasies” in Kansas City, Kansas, where he was raised, fingering his alto sax. Others say it was his love of chicken. He was addicted to Heroin, as many of the “Be-Bop” players were. The movie “The Man with the Golden Arm” was a take-off of his life, not Chet Baker, according to the writer of the movie.  He was taken to Camarillo for the Insane, where he kicked the habit, for a short time. The club Birdland in Manhattan was named after him. It is told one of his ideas to make the club more profitable was to have a Country and Western band come and play during the breaks. Parker was a profound influence upon Miles Davis, who started playing with his band at the age of 17.
    1921 – Birthday of Wendell Scott (d. 1990), at Danville, VA.  Auto racer and the first black stock-car driver.  He is the only black driver to win a race in what is now the Sprint Cup Series. NASCAR champion 12-1-63: won race but because of racial tensions did not receive honor until Jan. 1964 when NASCAR officials admitted the flagman’s intentional error.  The film “Greased Lightning”, starring Richard Pryor as Scott, was loosely based on Scott's biography. 
    1922 - New Orleans Rhythm Kings cut first records for Gennett.
    1922 – The first radio advertisement is aired on WEAF-AM in NYC
    1924 – Birthday of singer Dinah Washington, born Ruth Lee Jones (d. 1963), Detroit, Michigan.  Her hits include: “What A Diff’rence a Day Makes,” “It Could Happen to You,” “Our Love is Here to Stay,” “For All We Know,” “Baby [You’ve Got What It Takes],” “A Rockin’ Good Way [To Mess Around and Fall in Love],” “Baby Get Lost,” “This Bitter Earth.”  She sang with Lionel Hampton band [1943-46].
    1924 – Elizabeth Short (d. 1947) was born in Boston.  Known as “The Black Dahlia,” she was the victim of one of America’s most famous unsolved murders.  Short was found mutilated, her body sliced in half at the waist, on January 15, 1947, in Leimert Park, Los Angeles.  A person claiming to be the killer called the editor of the Los Angeles Examiner, offering to mail items belonging to Short to the editor. The following day, a packet arrived at the Los Angeles newspaper containing Short's birth certificate, business cards, photographs, names written on pieces of paper, and an address book. One or more others wrote more letters to the newspaper, signing them "the Black Dahlia Avenger," after the name given Short by the newspapers. Due to the notoriety of the case over the years, more than fifty men and women have confessed to the murder, with police receiving large amounts of information from citizens every time a newspaper mentions the case or a book or movie is released about it.  The murder has borne a cottage industry of books, films, and magazine speculation, but no further progress toward identifying the killer.
    1936 – Former Arizona Senator John McCain (d. 2018) was born in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father was stationed.  At the time, the Canal was under US control.  McCain graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1958 and began his naval career at Pensacola where he began his aviation training.  On a mission during the Vietnam War, he was captured on October 26, 1967 when his plane was shot down by a missile over Hanoi.   McCain fractured both arms and a leg ejecting from the aircraft, and nearly drowned when he parachuted into a lake.   Some North Vietnamese pulled him ashore, then others crushed his shoulder with a rifle butt and bayoneted him. Although McCain was badly wounded, his captors refused to treat his injuries, beating and interrogating him to get information; he was given medical care only when the North Vietnamese discovered that his father was a top admiral.  He was released on March 14, 1973.  After retiring in 1981, he began his political career by running and winning a seat in Congress from Arizona’s First District.  Upon being skewered in the press for being a carpetbagger, McCain responded, “…Listen, pal. I spent 22 years in the Navy. My father was in the Navy. My grandfather was in the Navy. We in the military service tend to move a lot. We have to live in all parts of the country, all parts of the world. I wish I could have had the luxury, like you, of growing up and living and spending my entire life in a nice place like the First District of Arizona, but I was doing other things. As a matter of fact, when I think about it now, the place I lived longest in my life was Hanoi.”  His Senate career began in 1987 where he has been a leader and he has run for President twice.
    1939 - A typical day at the Graham dairy farm in Georgetown, North Carolina.
    1944 - For the sake of diplomacy, Paris was liberated on August 25, when the German commander General Dietrich von Choltiz surrendered to French General Jacques-Phillipe Leclerc. On this day, the 15,000 American troops taking part in the liberation marched down Champs Elysees.
    1944 - McVElGH, JOHN J., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U .S. Army, Company H, 23d Infantry, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Brest, France, 29 August 1944. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Birth: Philadelphia, Pa. G.O. No.: 24, 6 April 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty near Brest, France, on 29 August 1944. Shortly after dusk an enemy counterattack of platoon strength was launched against 1 platoon of Company G, 23d Infantry. Since the Company G platoon was not dug in and had just begun to assume defensive positions along a hedge, part of the line sagged momentarily under heavy fire from small arms and 2 flak guns, leaving a section of heavy machineguns holding a wide frontage without rifle protection. The enemy drive moved so swiftly that German riflemen were soon almost on top of 1 machinegun position. Sgt. McVeigh, heedless of a tremendous amount of small arms and flak fire directed toward him, stood up in full view of the enemy and directed the fire of his squad on the attacking Germans until his position was almost overrun. He then drew his trench knife. and single-handed charged several of the enemy. In a savage hand-to-hand struggle, Sgt. McVeigh killed 1 German with the knife, his only weapon, and was advancing on 3 more of the enemy when he was shot down and killed with small arms fire at pointblank range. Sgt. McVeigh's heroic act allowed the 2 remaining men in his squad to concentrate their machinegun fire on the attacking enemy and then turn their weapons on the 3 Germans in the road, killing all 3. Fire from this machinegun and the other gun of the section was almost entirely responsible for stopping this enemy assault, and allowed the rifle platoon to which it was attached time to reorganize, assume positions on and hold the high ground gained during the day.
    1946 – One of the battleships damaged at Pearl Harbor, USS Nevada, was decommissioned by the US Navy.
    1948 - In St. Louis, Jackie Robinson hits for the cycle, drives in two runs, scores three times and steals a base helping the Dodgers to beat the Cardinals, 12-7.
    1953 - Birthday of American composer William Copper, Virginia.
    1953 – Producer Ken Burns was born in Brooklyn.  Known for his style of using archival footage and photographs in documentary films, his most widely known documentaries are “The Civil War” (1990), “Baseball” (1994), “Jazz” (2001), “The War” (2007), “The National Parks:  America’s Best Idea” (2009), “Prohibition” (2011), “The Central Park Five” (2012), and “The Roosevelts” (2014).  Burns' documentaries have been nominated for two Academy Awards and has won Emmy awards, among other honors. 
    1954 - San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens. It has been continually “under construction” since this date. San Francisco has had at least three airports within the city limits during the twentieth century. Crissy Field at the Presidio dates from World War I, the Marina Flying Field from 1915, and the late 1930s saw development of the Seaplane Harbor at Treasure Island. Ingleside racetrack was also used for aviation purposes in the early part of the twentieth century. Commercial and general aviation ultimately moved to Mills Field in San Mateo County in the 1930s, which originally was temporary as the originally international airport was to be built on Treasure Island.  Crissy Field at the Presidio was the last airport within the city, and ended limited operations in the 1980s.
    1956 - Top Hits
“My Prayer” - The Platters
“Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel” - Elvis Presley
“Allegheny Moon” - Patti Page
“I Walk the Line” - Johnny Cash
    1958 - Air Force Academy moved from Denver to its present site in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    1958 – President Eisenhower signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act which creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
    1958 – Birthday of singer/dancer Michael (Joe) Jackson, (d. 2009), Gary, Indiana.  Known as the King of Pop.  Joined the family act, The Jackson Five, in 1964 and started his solo career in 1971.  “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “The Love You Save,” “ I’ll Be There,” solo: Ben; Grammy Award: Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough [1979]; 5 Grammy Awards in 1983: “Thriller,” ”Billie Jean,” “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial;” 2 in 1984: ”Beat It;” another in 1985 [w/Lionel Richie]: “We are the World”); 1989 Best Music Video/Short Form Grammy: “Leave Me Alone;” “The Legend,” Award Grammy; “The Girl is Mine,” “Stay, Stay, Stay” [w/Paul McCartney], “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” [w/Siedah Garrett], “Rock with You,” “Bad,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Ease on Down the Road” [w/Diana Ross - from Broadway’s The Wiz]; portrayed Captain Eo in Epcot Center’s multimedia show; married and divorced Lisa Marie Presley; inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Mar 19, 2001. 
    1958 - Alan Freed's "Big Beat Show" opens at the Fox Theatre in Brooklyn. The usual venue, The Paramount, is vacated because management didn't like the fact there was a riot after Freed's Boston concert. The opener in Brooklyn brought in $200,000 and those performing included Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Clanton, Bobby Freeman, the Elegants, Bill Haley & the Comets and Chuck Berry.
    1958 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney of a Liverpool band called the Quarrymen, welcome George Harrison to the group.
    1959 – The first Congress elections in Hawaii as a state of the Union were held.
    1959 - Horace Silver Quintet records “Blowin’ the Blues Away.”
    1962 - Malvin Russell “Mel” Goode of Pittsburgh, PA, became the first African-American television news commentator when he was assigned by WABC-TV to the United Nations staff, New York City.
    1962 - Elvis' tenth movie, “Kid Galahad,” opens in US theaters, featuring the King as an amateur boxer. Charles Bronson also stars.
    1962 - Hackberry, LA, was deluged with twenty-two inches of rain in 24 hours, establishing a state record.
    1964 - Top Hits
“Where Did Our Love Go” - The Supremes
“The House of the Rising Sun” - The Animals
“C’mon and Swim” - Bobby Freeman
“I Guess I’m Crazy” - Jim Reeves
    1964 - Walt Disney's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious "Mary Poppins" released.
    1964 - Roy Orbison’s "Oh, Pretty Woman" was released. It hit number one (for 3 weeks) on September 26th and became the biggest of his career. "Oh, Pretty Woman" was Orbison’s second #1 hit. The other was "Running Scared" (6/05/61).
    1964 - In a clear case of rock and roll being saved by the British Invasion, Billboard magazine notes that guitar sales are the highest they've been since the advent of Elvis Presley.
    1965 – San Francisco Giant Willie Mays breaks former Pirate Ralph Kiner’s record for home runs in the month of August when the 'Say Hey Kid' connects for his 17th round tripper in an 8-3 victory over the Mets.
    1965 - Cool wave brought 2.5 inches of snow to Mt. Washington for an August record. It reached 25 in Vermont, the earliest freeze on record in many locations.
    1965 - The Gemini V spacecraft returns to Earth.
    1966 - The Beatles performed at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA. It was the group’s last live appearance before they disbanded in 1970. Also appearing were The Ronettes and the Remains. Ticket purchases by mail were available from KYA, No. 1 Nob Hill Circle, San Francisco
    1966 - The last episode of ABC-TV's musical variety show “Hullabaloo” airs, featuring guest stars Lesley Gore, Paul Anka, Peter and Gordon, and The Cyrkle.
    1967 - Final TV episode of "The Fugitive." The series originally started on September, 1963. Dr. Richard Kimble (David Janssen) was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for his wife’s murder but escaped from his captors in a train wreck. This popular program aired for four years detailing Kimble’s search for the one-armed man (Bill Raisch) who had killed his wife, Helen (Diane Brewster).  In the meantime, Kimble himself, was being pursued by Lieutenant Phillip Gerard (Barry Morse). The final episode, aired this day in 1967, featured Kimble extracting a confession from the one-armed man as they struggled from the heights of a water tower in a deserted amusement park. That single episode was the highest-rated show ever broadcast until 1975. The TV series generated a hit movie in 1993 with Harrison Ford as Kimble and Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones as Gerard. (Feb. 28, 1983: “M*A*S*H”, concluding a run of 255 episodes, this 2 ½ hour finale became the most-watched television show at that time---77 percent of the viewing public was tuned in. “Cheers’” last episode on August 19, 1993 did not beat this rating nor did “Seinfeld’s” last on May 14, 1998 nor did my most favorite show, “Mad About You.” on May 24, 1999.
(Helen Hunt and co-star, Paul Reiser, were both given $1,000,000 per episode salaries for the 1999 TV season of "Mad About You".)
    1967 – At a time when they scheduled doubleheaders in Major League Baseball, the Yankees and the Red Sox played the longest in Yankees’ history.  Red Sox take the 1st game 2-1 in 9, Yankees win 2nd game in 20 innings, 4-3, taking a total of 8 hours and 19 minutes.
    1968 - Democratic Party National Convention: Antiwar protesters clashed with police and national guardsmen in the streets outside, and hundreds of people, including innocent bystanders and members of the press, were brutally beaten by Chicago’s finest.
    1968 - Cream and Electric Flag opened at Fillmore West, San Francisco.
    1969 - To compete with Johnny Carson (NBC) and Joey Bishop (ABC), CBS-TV presented Merv Griffin on late-night TV. Johnny ruled -- staying on top for almost 23 years to come.
    1970 – Chicano Moratorium against the Vietnam War was staged in East Los Angeles. Police riot kills three people, including journalist Ruben Salazar.
    1971 - Hank Aaron became the first baseball player in the National League to drive in 100 or more runs in each of 11 seasons.
    1971 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,'' Paul & Linda McCartney. McCartney had a real Uncle Albert, who he said would quote the Bible when he got drunk.
    1972 - Top Hits
“Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” - Looking Glass
“Alone Again (Naturally)” - Gilbert O’Sullivan
“Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)” - The Hollies
“If You Leave Me Tonight I’ll Cry” - Jerry Wallace
    1972 - President Richard Nixon announced that a White House investigation of the Watergate break-in, conducted by White House counsel John Dean, revealed that administration officials were not involved in the burglary.
    1974 - 600 Catholic nuns adopt a resolution calling for the ordination of women priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
    1974 - Moses Malone became the first basketball player to jump from high school to professional basketball, skipping college to sign a contract with the Utah Stars of the ABA.
    1976 – In NYC, “Son of Sam,” David Berkowitz, killed one person and seriously wounded another in the first of a series of attacks.  He killed six victims and wounded seven others by July, 1977. Berkowitz eluded a massive police manhunt while leaving brazen letters that mocked the police and promised further crimes, highly publicized in the press. He terrorized New York and achieved worldwide notoriety.  Berkowitz was arrested by NYC homicide detectives in August, 1977, and was indicted for eight shooting incidents. He confessed to all of them.  Berkowitz was found mentally competent and incarcerated in state prison for murder. In the course of further police investigation, Berkowitz was also implicated in many unsolved arsons in the city.  Berkowitz has been imprisoned since his arrest and is serving six life sentences consecutively.
    1977 - Lou Brock stole the 893rd base of his career, surpassing Ty Cobb’s modern record for career stolen bases. Ricky Henderson in 1982 breaks Brock’s for stealing the most bases in one season with 122.
    1979 - Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network, making it the first completely Black-owned radio network in the world.
    1980 - Top Hits
“Magic” - Olivia Newton-John
“Sailing” - Christopher Cross
“Take Your Time (Do It Right)” - The S.O.S. Band
“Drivin’ My Life Away” - Eddie Rabbitt
    1981 - The Pretenders "II" LP enters the chart.
    1981 - The soundtrack to the film, "Heavy Metal" enters the album charts. The LP features tracks by Stevie Nicks, Cheap Trick, Devo and Sammy Hagar.
    1982 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Abracadabra,'' Steve Miller Band.
    1984 - Edwin Moses won the 400-meter hurdles in track competition in Europe. It was the track star’s 108th consecutive victory.
    1984 - High temperature at Topeka, KS reaches 110 degrees for the first time since the dust bowl of the 30's.
    1986 - The former "American Bandstand" studio, at the original home of WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, PA, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The studio is located at 4548 Market Street.
    1986 – Sparky Anderson, the first manager to win the World Series in each league, became the first manager to win 600 games in both the leagues when his Tigers beat the Brewers, 9-5.
    1987 - Los Lobos' remake of Ritchie Valens' 1959 classic, "La Bamba" hits #1 on the pop singles chart and stays there for three weeks.
    1987 – Nolan Ryan passes the 200 strikeout mark in a season for a record eleventh time.
    1987 - Some of the most powerful thunderstorms in several years developed over the piedmont of North Carolina, and marched across central sections of the state during the late afternoon and evening hours. Baseball size hail was reported around Albemarle, while thunderstorm winds downed giant trees around High Falls.
    1988 - Cool air invaded the north central U.S. Ten cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Bismarck, ND with a reading of 33 degrees. Deerfield, a small town in the Black Hills of South Dakota, reported a low of 23 degrees. The remnants of Tropical Storm Chris drenched eastern Pennsylvania with up to five and a half inches of rain, and produced high winds which gusted to 90 mph, severely damaging a hundred boats in Anne Arundel County, MD.
    1988 - Top Hits
“Monkey” - George Michael
“I Don’t Wanna to Go on with You like That” - Elton John
“I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love” - Chicago
“The Wanderer” - Eddie Rabbitt
    1989 - In a special election, Ileana Rose Lehtinen (R-FL) becomes the first Cuban-American elected to the U.S. Congress.
    1990 - Saddam Hussein declares America can't beat Iraq. By the end of 1990, 580,000 Iraqi troops were believed to be in Kuwait or southern Iraq. Facing them were 485,000 troops of 17 allied countries. Earlier, on August 10 at a meeting in Cairo, only 12 of the 21 member nations of the Arab League voted to support American troops.
    1991 - The Soviet Communist Party suspended parliament, thus ending a 75-year control of the USSR. Democratic change was sought and the struggle still continues today, perhaps ending the hunt in the United States to “halt” communism. Capitalism won out but we must wait to see what President Putin has in mind for the second coming of the USSR.
    1992 – Guns 'n' Roses’ "November Rain" peaks at #3 on the pop singles chart.
    1994 - Viacom Inc. announced the purchase of Blockbuster Entertainment Corp., the video rental store giant, for $8 billion.
    1998 - Top Hits
“I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”- Aerosmith
“The First Night”- Monica
“Crush”- Jennifer Paige
“My Way”- Usher
    2002 - To show their displeasure about tomorrow's impending strike, fans at Devil Ray-Angel game begin throwing foul balls back onto the field at Edison Field and over 100 people are ejected for throwing trash. New words are added to the traditional seventh-inning rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as many of the fans in attendance begin to chant, "Don't strike! Don't strike! Don't strike!"
    2005 - Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Plaquemines Parish in southeastern Louisiana early on the 29th with maximum sustained winds near 125 mph, a strong category-three, and the third most-intense land-falling hurricane in U.S. history. The center of the hurricane passed just east of New Orleans, where winds gusted over 100 mph. Widespread devastation and unprecedented flooding occurred, submerging at least 80 percent of the city as levees failed. Farther east, powerful winds and a devastating storm surge of 20-30 feet raked the Mississippi coastline, including Gulfport and Biloxi, where Gulf of Mexico floodwaters spread several miles inland. Rainfall amounts of 8-10 inches were common along and to the east of the storm's path. Katrina weakened to a tropical storm as it tracked northward through Mississippi and gradually lost its identity as it moved into the Tennessee Valley on the 30th.
    2005 – Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Fats Domino, 77, is rescued from his Ninth Ward home in New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
    2007 - Six US cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads are flown without proper authorization from Minot AFB, North Dakota, to Barksdale AFB, Bossier City, LA.
    2007 – The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken, Jr.  Separately, Ichiro Suzuki collected the 1,500th hit of his Major League career in only his 1,060th game. Only two players – Al Simmons (1,040) and George Sisler (1,048) - had accumulated 1,500 hits in fewer games.
    2009 - A 1970 interview with John Lennon, in which he revealed some of the reasons that The Beatles split, appeared in Rolling Stone magazine. John said that his band mates disrespected and "insulted" his wife, Yoko Ono, adding, "They despised her... It seemed I had to be happily married to them or Yoko, and I chose Yoko." He also took a shot at his former songwriting partner, saying "We got fed up with being sidemen for Paul."
    2013 - The first federal health study reporting on the use of sleeping pills reveals that 8.6 million Americans take prescription sleeping pills.
    2014 - The NCAA settled a lawsuit regarding concussions, paying $70 million to assess head injuries for current and past players of college sports. The fund does not cover treatment, forcing injured players to sue their colleges for compensation. 



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