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Archives, June 8, 2000
  (And you think times are tough in 2012?)
   Classified Ads---Legal
Mag Capital Joins "Funder List A"
 plus "Funders Looking for New Broker List"
  New Hires---Promotions
   Loans Up! Beige June Report
 Top 50 US banks & thrifts by assets
  By Aarti Kanjani, SNL Financial
   Top Leasing Web Sites---Updated
    The Most Expensive Tickets in Sports
     United Capital Commits $100MM to Dunkin’ Donuts® Franchisees
      Shawnee Mission, Kansas
   Prometheus/Moonrise Kingdom
    Wanderlust/Attenberg/The 39 Steps
     Fernando Croce Movie/DVD Reviews
News Briefs---
LEAP Financial Suspending Consumer Lease Originations
   Record Lows, time to refinance?
John G. Medlin Jr. guided Wachovia's major growth

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Archives, June 8, 2000
(And you think times are tough in 2012?)

33 Leasing Companies Major Changes in the last Six Months:

American Business Leasing ( gone )
Bombadier ( reported having problems, not confirmed )
C&W Leasing ( bankrupt )
Charter Financial
( purchased by Wells Fargo )
Commerce Security ( closed )
Copelco ( sold to Citibank )
Dana ( sold off, active as captive )
DVI Capital ( out of broker )
Fidelity ( acquired by ABN Amro Bank )
Finova ( out of market place )
Franklin Bank ( no more leases )
Imperial ( sold portfolio )
Leasing Corp of America ( for sale below book value )
Leasing Solutions ( bankrupt )
Liberty Leasing ( closed )
Linc Capital ( out of vendor and broker business, Nasdaq halts stock sales )
Merit Leasing ( gone )
METWEST LEASING CO. Spokane WA. (Advising brokers that they have run out of funds so they are unable to fund a transaction we have there for funding.)
NationsBank Leasing ( closed )
New England Capital ( sold )
Newcourt ( sold off )
Phoenix ( both divisions )
Prime Capital ( "yes and no" sold off, may be negotiating )
Rockford ( sold to American Express )
SDI ( closed )
T&W ( lost their capital )
Transamerica ( sold )
UniCapital ( reportedly struggling )
United Capital ( reported having problems, very bad quarter )
United Leasing ( out of liquidity )
USA Leasing ( gone )
( out of business )


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New Hires---Promotions

Norma Brewer was named Director of Operations at Allegiant Partners, Inc., San Rafael, California. She joined the firm December, 2001. Previously she was an associate with CIBC World Markets (June, 1996-November, 2001). Borough of Manhattan Community College Accounting (1986 – 1987).

Seth Evenson has joined Telecom Lease Advisors as chief operating officer. Previously he was vice-president, senior relationship manager, Wells Fargo Bank, West Los Angeles (August, 2010-Present), vice-president, Wells Fargo Foothill (January, 2007-August, 2010) vice-president, Wireless Capital Partners (2002-2006).

"Seth helped pioneer this industry," said Jarred Saba, TLA chief executive officer. "He brings a wealth of experience, as well as a strong leadership style to assist in the growth of TLA. Our strategy remains to hire experienced individuals who will make an immediate impact on our organization...Telecom Lease Advisors is a financial services and telecom lease consulting firm that works with telecom lease or cell tower lease owners on lease acquisition, lease negotiation, and financial or real estate issues related to telecom leases. The company's principals have overseen the direct acquisition of over 1,000 such leases with individual real estate investors, businesses, non-profit organizations, and municipalities." Fairfield University (1994 – 1998)

Five Point Capital, San Diego, California announced they have added 13 sales personnel. Dave Gilbert, CEO, told Leasing News eight are for working capital and five for leasing. In purchasing his partner's share, he has been making changes, as of April he had 10 in leasing, 14 in the working capital loan market, and 16 in operations; total of 40 employees. This brings the company to 53. He is in the process of rebuilding his company, staying heavily in business loans, but increasing his leasing sales staff.

Jonathan A. Lucas named President of CIT Trade Finance, New York City, effective July 2, 2012 following the retirement of current CIT Trade Finance President John F. Daly on June 29, 2012. Lucas will report directly to Nelson Chai, President of CIT Group Inc. CIT Trade Finance is a leading provider of factoring services in the United States for companies that sell into retail channels of distribution. It provides credit protection, accounts receivable management and asset-based lending to manufacturers and importers. Previously he was executive vice-president and chief sales officer, CIT Commercial Services. He joined the CIT Group in 1994. Previously he was svp, Fleet Bank (June, 1987-1994), vp, Chemical Bank (August, 1982-June, 1987) University of Pittsburgh - Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business MBA, Finance/Accounting (1981 – 1982) Muhlenberg College BA, Economics (1977 – 1981).

Cliff McKenzie, CLP, Allen, Texas (a northern suburb of Dallas) was appointed senior vice president of sales, Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas. In 1988, he created and managed a captive finance organization, (Fujitsu Finance), for a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest manufacturers. President, FinancialLogic (September, 1992-Present). President-Epson Financial Services/FinancialLogic (1996-2010), president, Intermec Finance/FinancialLogic (1996-2006), president, Norand Finance (1992-1996), manager, special business program, Fujitsu Systems of America (1988-1992).The University of Dallas MBA (1980 – 1981),University of North Texas BA, Debate - Economics (1970 – 1974).Activities and Societies: Debater, Attorney General, Delta Sigma Phi officer, various boards. Member board of directors, Anthem Strong Families.

Joshua Patton named vice-president sales, Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas (greater Detroit area). Previously he was regional sales manager, London Leasing (December, 2011-May, 2012), business development officer, Lease Corporation of America (July, 2007-December, 2011), business development officer, Lease Corporation of America (July, 2007-December, 2011), account executive, Lease Corporation of America (January, 2005-June, 2007), Account Executive, MedCap Leasing LLC (May, 20045-December, 2004). Oakland University Bachelor of Science, Marketing (2000 – 2004) Minor in Economics. Activities and Societies: Oakland University Baseball Team (2000 - 2004)

Mike Quimby hired as vice president of sales for PHH FirstFleet, the truck and equipment division of PHH Arval. Previously he was vice president sales and marketing, Ryder (September, 2006--Present), vice-president sales, GE Commercial Finance (May, 1997-September, 2006), general manager, Ryder (May, 1987-May, 1997). Six Sigman Certified.

Patricia Toro Reid has joined the law firm of Marks & Weinberg, P.C., Birmingham, Alabama. Previously she was managing director, leasing (RBC Bank (USA) (February, 2005-March, 2012), senior vice-president, AmSouth Bank (February, 1999-March, 2005), senior vice president, SouthTrust Bank (February, 1988-March, 1999) district sales manager CIT (January, 1980-Feburary, 1988). She has independence work in mediation, is a licensed attorney in the state of Alabama. Birmingham School of Law J. D., Law (2007 – 2010). University of Alabama B.S., Commerce and Business Admin.(1975 – 1979)

Robert Trojan named chief executive officer Commercial Finance Association, New York City. Previously he was principal advisor, TecPar Group (August, 2011-June, 2012), president & ceo, Financial services Insight (January, 2008-June, 2012), chief of staff/senior advisor to vice-chairman, The CIT Group (1988-2007). He is on the board of directors, American Financial Services Association Education Foundation (2006-Present) Washington University in St. Louis MBA, Finance, Engineering (1980 – 1985) "I hold the following degrees from Washington University, earned over a 5-year period: Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Masters of Business Administration, majoring in Finance."






Loans Up! Beige June Report

"Most Districts that commented on lending noted steady or slightly stronger loan demand. Small and medium-sized banks in the New York District reported the most broad-based increase in loan demand since the mid-1990s. Several bankers in the Richmond District said the volume of small business loan applications was markedly higher. Drivers of business loan demand included energy, healthcare, and commercial real estate. Several Districts noted increased demand for capital spending loans."

"Bankers reporting on deposit growth indicated that deposits were steady or continued to increase. Credit quality remained solid, and there were several reports of improved loan quality. Most District banks said loan delinquencies continued to decline."


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Top 50 US banks & thrifts by assets
By Aarti Kanjani, SNL Financial

SNL Financial's ranking of the largest 50 banks and thrifts by asset size saw many newcomers in the first quarter due to recently available data for holding companies previously regulated by the now defunct OTS.

On SNL's previous rankings, some thrifts had to be ranked at the subsidiary level, since banking data was only available for the units, but now most holding companies previously regulated by the OTS have to file the same reports as bank holding companies, Form Y-9Cs. The newly disclosed data has meant that some companies moved up in SNL's rankings, including San Francisco-based Charles Schwab Corp. entering at No. 19. Its subsidiary Charles Schwab Bank was ranked 26th in the previous list. San Antonio-based United Services Automobile Association ranked at No. 20, while its subsidiary USAA FSB was 31st in the previous list. New York-based Deutsche Bank Trust Corp. landed at No. 30, while Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas was No. 32 in the previous list. New York-based E*TRADE Financial Corp. at No. 33 retained the ranking previously held by its subsidiary E*TRADE Bank, and IMB HoldCo LLC, parent of OneWest Bank FSB, now files data, though it has moved down to 43 from 41.

Two brokerages are now ranked as "banks" in SNL's list as well, since they file Form Y-9Cs as part of their ownership of depository institutions: St. Louis-based Scottrade Financial Services Inc. at No. 48 and St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Raymond James Financial Inc. at No. 46. Raymond James' acquisition of Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. led Raymond to enter the list at No. 46, based on its $19.3 billion in assets and the target's $2.8 billion in assets.

Among other changes in the top 18, HSBC North America Holdings Inc. and PNC Financial Services Group Inc. changed positions, with HSBC North America overtaking PNC Financial for eighth place, followed by TD Bank US Holding Co. and State Street Corp. swapping spots, with TD Bank moving to No. 10 and State Street moving to No. 11. The others held firm to the same spots as in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. remained as the only companies with more than $2 trillion in assets. SNL excludes holding companies with deposits totaling less than 25% of assets from the ranking, which means that some large firms regulated as bank holding companies, such as MetLife Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley, are not ranked.

First Horizon National Corp. sprang up two spots, to 42nd from 44th. Its assets rose from $24.79 billion to $25.68 billion in the first quarter. Northern Trust Corp. dropped to No. 22 from No. 19 as assets fell to $91.60 billion from $100.22 billion, and BancWest Corp. fell to No. 26 from No. 23, even after its asset size increased to $78.40 billion from $78.12 billion.

SNL's data is pro forma for pending M&A deals and transactions that have closed since March 31, 2012.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. announced March 9 that it would acquire Pacific Capital Bancorp from an investor group led by Gerald Ford. UnionBanCal Corp.'s financials are a combination of its $92.3 billion in assets and Pacific Capital's $5.8 billion in assets as of March 31. Despite the deal announcement, UnionBanCal did not get any boost in its ranking and instead dropped to No. 21 from No. 20.

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Top Leasing Web Sites---Up-dated

These sites are not only chosen because they have one of the best web pages but also have many regional views and other sites linked to them. Most leasing web sites have poor ratings or are not rated by Alexa (the lower the number, the higher on the list of being opened by viewers.)

Most leasing companies web sites do not appear in the Alexa regional rating, and even popular ones are over 500, the cut off point.

The change from the last two times ratings from Alexa have been taken show six of the five were down, but GreatAmerica rose back up and is now ahead of Five Point Capital.

One of the keys in achieving a higher rating is being interactive, rather than a static "brochure." Direct Capital has perhaps the best interactive, with Balboa Capital not far behind (active on Twitter and other social pages. Both have features and reach out to vendors and end users.)

A small company in McKinney, Texas is now on the list, but not included in the top five as leasing is only a small part of their business. It is an interesting site in the changing marketplace.

Please find some time to look at each of their web sites and admire the quality of why they have the most visits (Hint: More than likely, the more sites linking, the higher the readers as referred by these other sites---and when they are not referred much, the sites are deleted by Google and others, so you may stack the deck for a month, but only fooling yourself.).

Lower is Higher
(The lower on the list, the higher amount of visitors. Google is #1)


CIT Group
US Alexa Traffic Rating: 80,869
(Down from 12/01/11: 49,864)
Sites Linking In: 649
(Up from December: 634)

Direct Capital
US Alexa Traffic Rating: 94,602
(Down from 12/01/11: 84,672
Sites linking in: 391
(Up from December: 377)

Balboa Capital
US Alexa Traffic Rating: 147,740
(Up from 12/01/11: 212, 132
Sites Linking In: 129
(Up from December: 73)

GreatAmerica Leasing
US Alexa Traffic Rating: 275,539
(Up from 12/01/11: 418, 625
(Sites Linking In: 109)
(Up from December: 83)

Five Point Capital
Alexa Traffic Rank: 414,427
(Down from 12/01/11: 230,491
Sites Linking in: 175
(Up from December: 81)

Honorable Mention

US Alexa Traffic Rating: 191,924
(Down from 12/01/11: 78,951
Sites Linking In: 242
(Up from December: 234)

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The Most Expensive Tickets in Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey

The Most Expensive Tickets in Major League Baseball

5. New York Mets
Avg. ticket price: $63.56
W-L past 10 years: 49.1% (14th lowest)
Championships past 10 years: none
Avg. home attendance: 30,108

4. Chicago Cubs
Avg. ticket price: $65.24
W-L past 10 years: 49.4% (15th highest)
Championships past 10 years: none
Avg. home attendance: 37,258

3. New York Yankees
Avg. ticket price: $70.81
W-L past 10 years: 60.2% (highest)
Championships past 10 years: 1
Avg. home attendance: 45,107

2. Toronto Blue Jays
Avg. ticket price: $71.89
W-L past 10 years: 49.9% (13th highest)
Championships past 10 years: none
Avg. home attendance: 22,445

1. Boston Red Sox
Avg. ticket price: $88.26
W-L past 10 years: 57.5% (2nd highest)
Championships past 10 years: 2
Avg. home attendance: 37,703

The Most Expensive Tickets in the National Basketball Association

5. Boston Celtics
Avg. ticket price: $99.43
W-L past 10 years: 56.6% (5th highest)
Championships past 10 years: 1
Avg. home attendance: 18,624

4. Chicago Bulls
Avg. ticket price: $111.12
W-L past 10 years: 51.9% (12th highest)
Championships past 10 years: none
Avg. home attendance: 22,161

3. Miami Heat
Avg. ticket price: $123.35
W-L past 10 years: 53.6% (11th highest)
Championships past 10 years: 1
Avg. home attendance: 19,935

2. New York Knicks
Avg. ticket price: $161.93
W-L past 10 years: 40.6% (6th lowest)
Championships past 10 years: none
Avg. home attendance: 19,763

1. Los Angeles Lakers

Avg. ticket price: $169.80
W-L past 10 years: 62.7% (3rd highest)
Championships past 10 years: 3
Avg. home attendance: 18,997

The Most Expensive Tickets in the National Football League

5. Green Bay Packers
Avg. ticket price: $213.43
W-L past 10 years: 61.9% (5th highest)
Championships past 10 years: 1
Avg. home attendance: 70,512

4. Dallas Cowboys
Avg. ticket price: $214.71
W-L past 10 years: 53.8% (11th highest)
Championships past 10 years: none
Avg. home attendance: 85,512

3. Chicago Bears
Avg. ticket price: $219.82
W-L past 10 years: 51.3% (13th highest)
Championships past 10 years: none
Avg. home attendance: 62,145

2. New York Giants
Avg. ticket price: $238.45
W-L past 10 years: 55.0% (8th best)
Championships past 10 years: 2
Avg. home attendance: 79,475

1. New England Patriots
Avg. ticket price: $241.86
W-L past 10 years: 76.9% (highest)
Championships past 10 years: 3
Avg. home attendance: 68,756

The Most Expensive Tickets in the National Hockey League

5. Vancouver Canucks
Avg. ticket price: $158.09
W-L past 10 years: 921 (3rd highest)
Championships past 10 years: none
Avg. home attendance: 18,884

4. Pittsburgh Penguins
Avg. ticket price: $160.28
W-L past 10 years: 802 (13th lowest)
Championships past 10 years: 1
Avg. home attendance: 18,566

3. Montreal Canadiens
Avg. ticket price: $186.67
W-L past 10 years: 812 (15th highest)
Championships last 10 years: none
Avg. home attendance: 21,273

2. Winnipeg Jets
Avg. ticket price: $197.26
W-L past 10 years: N/A
Championships past 10 years: none
Avg. home attendance: 15,004

1. Toronto Maple Leafs
Avg. ticket price: $199.62
W-L past 10 years: 785 (11th lowest)
Championships past 10 years: none
Avg. home attendance: 19,506

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Mr. Terry Winders available as Expert Witness. 35 years as a professional instructor to the top equipment leasing and finance companies in the United States, author of several books, including DVD's, as well as weekly columnist to Leasing News. He also performs audits of leasing companies as an expert on documentation, and has acted as an expert witness on leasing for litigation in legal and tax disputes, including before the IRS. He also has taught the senior bank examiners, how to review a bank leasing department, for the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C. and has trained the examiners for the FDIC on how to prepare a lease portfolio for sale.

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United Capital Commits $100MM to Dunkin’ Donuts® Franchisees

HUNT VALLEY, MD – – United Capital Business Lending, a national business lender specializing in franchise finance, announced today that it provided $3,700,000 to Dunkin’ Donuts® owner, Velocity Brands Holdings, LLC. United Capital refinanced eight locations for the Florida based franchisee, and provided funds to acquire six existing Dunkin’ stores. United Capital also established a development line for Velocity Brands Holdings, LLC to build four new restaurants.

United Capital has committed $100 million to multi-unit Dunkin’ Donuts® franchisees over the next 12 months. Qualified Dunkin’ operators may borrow from United Capital to refinance debt, acquire existing Dunkin’ Donuts® restaurants, develop new locations or reimage stores. Financing for these needs is typically structured as fixed rate loans ranging from $500,000 to $10 million or more, with terms of up to 10 years.

Trey Grimm, VP

“Dunkin’ Brands’ expansion plans provide franchisees with tremendous growth potential,” says Trey Grimm, vice president and business development officer for United Capital. “Our decision to increase available funding to Dunkin’ franchisees speaks to the strength of the brand and our commitment to its operators.”

United Capital Business Lending is a subsidiary of BankUnited (NYSE: BKU), the largest bank headquartered in Florida with over $12 billion in assets.

In addition to Dunkin’ Donuts®, the United Capital team has financed franchisees for SUBWAY®, Burger King®, Wendy’s®, Popeyes® and Buffalo Wild Wings® among others.

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croc

Sci-fi chills ("Prometheus") and enchantment ("Moonrise Kingdom") await audiences in theaters, while DVD viewers have their pick of lusty laughs ("Wanderlust"), coming-of-age drama ("Attenberg") and classic suspense ("The 39 Steps").

In Theaters:

Prometheus (20th-Century Fox): Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott ("Gladiator") returns to his roots in this visually sumptuous prequel to the original "Alien," the 1979 sci-fi blockbuster which kicked off his career. The title refers to the name of a vast spaceship carrying a crew through outer space in the future, the very same spaceship that will be discovered crawling with predatory creatures in the first "Alien." Among those on board are scientist Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace), android David (Michael Fassbender), corporate head Meredith (Charlize Theron), and space captain Janek (Idris Elba). Once they make contact with the alien form, however, their scientific curiosity gives way to a fight for survival in the face of a threat not only to them, but to humanity itself. Brimming with graphic flair and shocks, Scott's film is a striking new addition to the remarkable "Alien" franchise.

Moonrise Kingdom (Focus Pictures): After a delightful detour into animation with "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," director Wes Anderson is back to live-action whimsy with this nostalgic comedy-drama, set in a New England town in the late 1960s. The fable-like tale charts the romance that begins to bloom between Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward), a pair of eccentrics in their early teens who decide to flee from their respective summer camps to find sanctuary in the nearby woods. Their escapades turn the whole town topsy-turvy, and soon every adult, from family members (Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman) to local authorities (Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton), is after the young runaways. Featuring Anderson's patented brand of deadpan comedy and colorful style, this is bound to become as much of a cult favorite as his beloved "Rushmore."

Netflix Tip: The "Alien" series may be unique in blockbuster cinema, in that all films have their own distinct, fascinating flavor. The first "Alien" (1979) is more like a haunted house thriller, while "Aliens" (1986) is a canvas of pure action, "Alien 3" (1992) is a dark maze of despair, and "Alien Resurrection" (1997) is a dreamlike cosmic stroll. Check them out with Netflix in preparation for "Prometheus"


Wanderlust (Universal): Director David Wain ("Role Models") mines comic gold once more with underrated everyman Paul Rudd in this frequently hilarious satire of social aspirations. Rudd plays George, a New York schlub who decides to ditch the big city when he and his wife Linda (Jennifer Aniston) both lose their jobs. Looking for a new start, the couple go on a road trip and finally settle on a small Atlanta commune. At first, the laidback, hippie-style generosity of the place seems idyllic after their urban troubles, but trouble starts to brew as George and Linda get to know more about such residents as long-haired messiah-wannabe Seth (Justin Theroux) and Counterculture vet Carvin (Alan Alda). Mixing bursts of uproarious rudeness with moments of humanistic gentleness, the movie draws an inspired portrayal of the tensions between country and city life.

Attenberg (Strand): One of the great pleasures of film is to be transported to places you haven't seen before, and this terrific coming-of-age drama from 2010, directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari and only now coming to DVD, gives us fresh and bold glimpses of a Greece most audiences aren't used to. Ariane Labed gives an award-winning performance as Marina, a girl in her early 20s living in a drab industrial city whose existence is anchored by her relationships with her ailing father (Vangelis Mourikis) and her more worldly friend (Evangelia Randou). Chronicling the young protagonist's often strange discoveries in life, Tsangari's movie contemplates the future of the culture in ways at once challenging and accessible. It would make a great double-bill with another recent Greek film, the Oscar-nominated "Dogtooth."

The 39 Steps (Criterion): Though he'd been making pictures for ten years, Alfred Hitchcock scored his first breakout hit with this hugely influential 1935 comedy-drama, which cemented his delicious combination of suspense and humor. The fast-moving plot follows one of Hitch's patented wrongly accused men, Richard (Robert Donat), a Canadian visitor whose stay in London takes a sharp turn after the woman he meets one night turns up dead. With the police on his heels, he goes on the run into Scotland, where he discovers that a ring of spies is responsible for the crime. Along the way, he meets Pamela (Madeleine Carroll), a feisty young woman who follows his investigation, reluctant at first but with increasing affection as the pair make it through one perilous situation after another. Virtually a blueprint for every on-the-run thriller that followed, Hitchcock's classic still feels as fresh as ever.

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This Day in History

     1670- A Virginia slavery act decreed that slaves who had become Christians before their importation were not liable to lifelong servitude. This law reflected the moral concern felt in America over the enslavement of Christians. 
    1697- The husband of Hannah Duston was awarded the sum of 25 pounds (equivalent to today dollar about $10,000) for her heroic efforts, the first public award to a woman in America. On March 16 of the same year, in an attack on Haverhill, Massachusetts, Indians captured Hannah Duston and killed her baby, killing or capturing 39 others in addition. After being taken to an Indian camp, she escaped on April 29 after killing 10 Indians with a tomahawk and scalping them as proof of her deed. 
    1786-The first ice cream to be made commercially was sold by Mr. Hall of 76 Chatham Street (now Park Row), New York City, who advertised its sale. 
    1789- James Madison proposed the Bill of Rights, which led to the first 10 amendments of the U.S. Constitution. 
    1816- Mary Lucinda Bonney birthday; educator and reformer who organized and headed a successful women's school in Philadelphia as well as the Central Indian Committee which campaigned for the U.S. to honor its Indian treaties. Under her leadership, the plan to allot land to individual Indians was developed and approved by Congress. 
    1851-The "Alta" published a proposal for a citizens committee of safety following an outbreak of lawlessness and arson. 
    1852-Chinese laborers on the three-story granite Parrott Building, first fireproof structure in town, went on strike in 1852, demanding more pay; since only they could read the characters on the building's granite blocks, which had been cut, dressed, and numbered in China, they got it. 
    1861-Tennessee seceded from the Union in a two to one vote in the state. 
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    1862- The Army of the Potomac defeats Confederate forces at Battle of Cross Keys, Virginia. 
    1863 - Residents of Vicksburg flee into caves as General Ulysses S. Grant's army begins shelling the town. 
    1867- The birthday of perhaps the greatest American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, born at Richland Center, WI. In his autobiography Wright wrote: "No house should ever be on any hill or on anything. It should be of the hill, belonging to it, so hill and house could live together each the happier for the other." Wright died at Phoenix, AZ, April 9, 1959. 
    1869- Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago, Illinois obtained a patent on a "sweeping machine," a light hand-powered suction device for surface cleaning. Although he did not coin the word "Vacuum Cleaner," he is credited with its invention. Melville Reuben Bissell of Grand Rapids, MI, in 1876 received a patent on a "broom action: variable pressure sweeper, responsive to different grades of floor covering. The first vacuum cleaner driven by a motor was invented by John S. Thurman of the General Compressed Air and Vacuum Machinery Company, St. Louis, MO, in 1899 for a "pneumatic carpet renovator." Vacuum Cleaner came into the American language as a shorter name of maker, it was a "Vacuum" cleaner. 
    1869-Pioneer Japanese immigrants establish a tea & silk farm colony at Gold Hill, California. Americans of Japanese ancestry (Nisei) lived in this country & struggled courageously for freedom & equality. This heritage was attacked following Pearl Harbor as they were shipped off to concentration camps & their homes, businesses, & property stolen from them. 
    1893-Birthday of Dorothy Deming, author of the Penny Marsh books on nursing as a career. 
    1906-Pianist Frank "Sweet" Williams 
    1906-Birthday of guitarist Willie Morris, Bolton, MS. Boogie-woogie piano player with a distinctive blues shouting style that was reportedly unforgettable. 
    1906-Birthday of Pianist Billie Pierce, known best for performing with DeDe Pierce, born Marianna, Florida
    1907-Birthday of Billie Pierce - U.S. boogie-woogie piano player with a distinctive blues shouting style that was unforgettable. 
    1916- Birthday of Canadian trumpeter and bandleader Johnny Holmes, in Montreal. 
    1917-Birthday of Byron Raymond (Whizzer) White, Retired associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US, nominated by President Kennedy Apr 3, 1962. (Oath of office, Apr 16, 1962.) and former football player. Justice White was born at Fort Collins, CO. 
    1921-Birthday of Alexis Smith - U.S. actress who starred with many of Hollywood's most sought-after leading men including Cary Grant, Clark Gable, and Errol Flynn in the 1940s and 50s. She won a Tony in 1972 for her sensational performance as the cynical and aging former showgirl in Follies. She was the patron for U.S. novelist Rita Mae Brown. 
    1925-Birthday of Barbara Pierce Bush, former First Lady, born Rye, NY. 
    1936-Birthday of actor-singer James Darren, born Philadelphia, PA 
    1937 -- Eight-and-one-half-foot giant Calla Lily blooms, New York Botanical Gardens. 
    1939-Soprano saxophone player Sidney Bechet records "Summertime," (Blue Note 6) 
    1940-Birthday of singer Nancy Sinatra, born Jersey City, NJ, graduate of University High School in West Los Angeles. After forming an association with producer Lee Hazelwood, she made number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966 with "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'." Nancy Sinatra also had several hit duets with Hazelwood, and one with her father, "Somethin' Stupid," in 1967. 
    1940-Neptunium(Element 93, Symbol Np, Atomic weight 237) was created at the University of California at Berkeley, CA, by Edwin Mattison McMillan and Philip Hauge Abelson. Their announcement was made this day. Neptunium was the first element created that was heavier than uranium, the heaviest naturally occurring element. 
    1942- Chuck Negron, lead vocalist for Three Dog Night, was born in New York City. Three Dog Night, formed in Los Angeles in 1968, became one of the most commercially successful American rock bands of the 1970's. Negron had been a session vocalist before he was recruited by group founder Danny Hutton. Three Dog Night's first album in 1969 yielded a million-seller, "One," and after that they were seldom absent from the charts. Among their other hits were "Easy to Be Hard," "Joy to the World" and "An Old-Fashioned Love Song." The group also had a number of best-selling albums. Three Dog Night's commercial magic had waned by 1975, and the group gradually broke up. The three original vocalists of Three Dog Night - Chuck Negron, Danny Hutton and Cory Wells - reunited in 1981. 
    1944-Birthday of Boz Scaggs, singer, musician, songwriter (Silk Degress, Middle Man), born Dallas, TX, Following two albums with the Steve Miller Band in the late 1960's, he spent nearly a decade trying to make it as a solo act. Scaggs finally made it in 1976 with the album "Silk Degrees," which sold five-million copies. A single from the LP, "Lowdown," made it to number three on the Hot 100. 
    1944-*PEREGORY, FRANK D. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company K 116th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division. Place and date: Grandcampe France, 8 June 1944. Entered service at: Charlottesville, Va. Born. 10 April 1915, Esmont, Va. G.O. No.: 43, 30 May 1945. Citation: On 8 June 1944, the 3d Battalion of the 116th Infantry was advancing on the strongly held German defenses at Grandcampe, France, when the leading elements were suddenly halted by decimating machinegun fire from a firmly entrenched enemy force on the high ground overlooking the town. After numerous attempts to neutralize the enemy position by supporting artillery and tank fire had proved ineffective, T/Sgt. Peregory, on his own initiative, advanced up the hill under withering fire, and worked his way to the crest where he discovered an entrenchment leading to the main enemy fortifications 200 yards away. Without hesitating, he leaped into the trench and moved toward the emplacement. Encountering a squad of enemy riflemen, he fearlessly attacked them with hand grenades and bayonet, killed 8 and forced 3 to surrender. Continuing along the trench, he single-handedly forced the surrender of 32 more riflemen, captured the machine gunners, and opened the way for the leading elements of the battalion to advance and secure its objective. The extraordinary gallantry and aggressiveness displayed by T/Sgt. Peregory are exemplary of the highest tradition of the armed forces. 
    1945--*LESTER, FRED FAULKNER Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Navy. Born: 29 April 1926, Downers Grove, Ill. Accredited to: Illinois. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman with an Assault Rifle Platoon, attached to the 1st Battalion, 22d Marines, 6th Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Chain, 8 June 1945. Quick to spot a wounded marine Iying in an open field beyond the front lines following the relentless assault against a strategic Japanese hill position, Lester unhesitatingly crawled toward the casualty under a concentrated barrage from hostile machineguns, rifles, and grenades. Torn by enemy rifle bullets as he inched forward, he stoically disregarded the mounting fury of Japanese fire and his own pain to pull the wounded man toward a covered position. Struck by enemy fire a second time before he reached cover, he exerted tremendous effort and succeeded in pulling his comrade to safety where, too seriously wounded himself to administer aid, he instructed 2 of his squad in proper medical treatment of the rescued marine. Realizing that his own wounds were fatal, he staunchly refused medical attention for himself and, gathering his fast-waning strength with calm determination, coolly and expertly directed his men in the treatment of 2 other wounded marines, succumbing shortly thereafter. Completely selfless in his concern for the welfare of his fighting comrades, Lester, by his indomitable spirit, outstanding valor, and competent direction of others, had saved the life of 1 who otherwise must have perished and had contributed to the safety of countless others. Lester's fortitude in the face of certain death sustains and enhances the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. 
    1947-Birthday of detective writer Sara Paretskey, (Killing Orders, Burn Marks), born Ames, IA. Best known as the author of the Chicago- based detective series featuring the opera singing, liberal feminist, Victoria Warshawski who lacks house cleaning and cooking abilities, but is "hard boiled." 
    1946-Harmonica player, composer, band leader James Harman birthday, born Anniston, AL. 
    1947- Birthday of Sara Paretsky - author of the Chicago- based "hard boiled" detective series featuring, V.I. Warshawski, a female. 
    1948-The first commissioned officer in the Marine Corps who was African American was John Earl Rudder, a midshipman in the regularly Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps at Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, who was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He had served as an enlisted man in the Marine Corps Reserve from July 24, 1943 to June 26, 1946. 
    1948 - Milton Berle starred on the "Texaco Star Theatre." He soon earned the nickname "Mr. Television", and he continued to be America's top TV comedian until 1956. In 1948, only about one percent of America's homes had TV. However, by 1956, thanks in large part to Berle, the percentage was much higher. When Berle was on, theatres often closed and neighborhood taverns noted a big decrease in business. 
    1950 - The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Browns, 19-4. It was a one game baseball record for scoring. Al Zarilla of the Sox scored four doubles in the game. 
    1951----Top Hits
Too Young - Nat King Cole
On Top of Old Smokey - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
How High the Moon - Les Paul & Mary Ford
I Want to Be with You Always - Lefty Frizzell
    1951-Birthday of rock singer Bonnie Tyler, born Gaynor Hopkins in Skewen, near Swansea, South Wales. 
    1953 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that restaurants in the District of Columbia could not refuse to serve blacks. 
    1953 -A 1/2 mile wide tornado struck Flint, Michigan. 115 people were killed making it the worst tornado in the state's history. This tornado, rated F5 on the Fujita scale, was the last single tornado in the U.S. to kill over 100 people. 
    1953 - Bonnie Tyler (Gaynor Hopkins) is born in Skewen, Wales. Her biggest hit is the million-selling ``Total Eclipse of the Heart'' in 1983. The single tops Billboard's Hot 100 for four weeks. 
    1957-Birthday of Scott Adams, cartoonist, creator of "Dilbert," born Windham, NY. 
    1959----Top Hits
Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
Personality - Lloyd Price
Quiet Village - Martin Denny
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
    1959--"I Only Have Eyes for You" by the six man, Chicago vocal group, The Flamingos enters the Billboard chart, where it will reach #11.
    1961 - A major league baseball record was set when four Milwaukee Braves batters hit consecutive home runs in the game's seventh inning. They were playing against the Cincinnati Reds. 
    1961-Elvis Presley's seventh film, "Wild in the Country" premiers. 
    1962-Birthday of Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran who was born Nicholas James Bates. 
    1963--The Essex release "Easier Said Than Done", a song that will climb to #1 on both the US Pop and R&B charts. 
    1963--The Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron" peaks at #3 on the Billboard Pop chart. The effort is the brain child of Phil Spector, who uses a multi-track recording system to build the song layer upon layer to achieve a result that will become known as a "wall of sound". Backing musicians include Glen Campbell on guitar, Hal Blain on drums, Leon Russell on piano and Nino Tempo on sax. 
    1965 - President Johnson authorizes commanders in Vietnam to commit U.S. ground forces to combat. 
    1966- Merle James Smith, Jr. of Baltimore, MD, part of the class of 113 cadets who were graduated this day, became the first Coast Guard Academy graduate who was African-American. The ceremony was held at Jones Field, New London, CT. His commission was presented to him by his father, a colonel in the regular army. 
    1966 - A tornado ripped right through the heart of the capitol city of Topeka KS killing sixteen persons and causing 100 million dollars damage. The tornado, which struck during the evening, cut a swath of near total destruction eight miles long and four blocks wide. It was the most destructive tornado of record up until that time. 
    1966-The group, The Essex releases "Easier Said than Done". It climbs to #1 on both the pop and R&B charts. 
    1966 - The Elvis Presley film ``Paradise Hawaiian Style'' premieres. 
    1967----Top Hits
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) - Engelbert Humperdinck
Croquet Alley - The Mamas & the Papas
It's Such a Pretty World Today - Wynn Stewart 
    1967-Attack on the USS Liberty. At 2 PM local time, the unescorted US intelligence ship USS Liberty, sailing in international waters off the Egyptian coast, was attacked without warning by Israeli jet planes and three Israeli torpedo boats. She was strafed and hit repeatedly by rockets, cannon, napalm and finally a torpedo. Casualties: out of a crew of 294 Americans, there were 34 dead and 171 wounded. Israel apologized, claiming mistaken identity, but surviving crew members charged deliberate attack by Israel and cover-up by US authorities. 
    1968- The Rolling Stones release "Jumpin' Jack Flash." 
    1968 - Don Drysdale, pitcher for LA Dodgers, lost his major league streak of scoreless innings pitched, when it was stopped at 58-2/3 by Howie Bedell, of the Philadelphia Phillies, who hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. The Dodgers did beat the Phillies 5-3 that day. Until 1987, Drysdale's record stood, when it was broken by Orel Hersheiser, also of the Dodgers, at that time. During a meeting on Midway Island in the Pacific, US President Richard M. Nixon and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu announce the imminent withdrawal of 25,000 US troops from Vietnam, and emphasize that all remaining US grounds troops will eventually be replaced by South Vietnamese forces. In 1961, US President John F. Kennedy had sent the first large force of US military personnel to Vietnam to bolster the ineffectual autocratic regime of South Vietnam against the Communist North. Three years later, with the South Vietnamese government crumbling, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered limited bombing raids on North Vietnam and Congress authorized the use of US troops. By 1965, North Vietnamese offensives left President Johnson with two choices: escalate US involvement or withdraw. Johnson ordered the former, and troop levels soon jumped to over 300'000 as US air forces commenced the largest bombing campaign in history. Over the next few years, the extended length of the war, the high number of US casualties, and the exposure of US involvement in war crimes such as the massacre at My Lai helped to turn many in the United States against the Vietnam War, and created a perilous national division. In the spring of 1969, as protests in the United States against the war escalated, US troop strength in the war-torn country reached its peak at nearly 550'000. In June, Richard Nixon, the new US president, announced the beginning of US troop withdrawal, but intensified bombing in an effort to salvage the embattled war effort. Large US troop withdrawals continued in the early 1970s, but President Nixon expanded air and ground operations into Cambodia and Laos in attempts to block enemy supply routes along Vietnam's borders. This expansion of the war, which accomplished few positive results, led to new waves of protests in the United States and elsewhere. Finally, in 1973, representatives of the United States, North and South Vietnam, and the Vietcong signed a peace agreement in Paris, ending the US military involvement in the Vietnam War. By the end of 1973, the US contingent in Vietnam had shrunk to only fifty military advisors. On 30 April 1975, the last of these and other US nationals were airlifted out of Vietnam as Communist forces launched their final triumphant offensive into South Vietnam. The Vietnam War was the longest and most unpopular foreign war in US history, cost fifty-eight thousand American lives, many more lives of Vietnamese soldiers from both North and South, uncounted lives of Vietnamese civilians, and long-lasting damage to the environment in Vietnam. 
    1969-New York Yankees honored Mickey Mantle by retiring his number 7 in a ceremony preceding a double-header against the Chicago White Sox. 60,096 fans came out to salute Mantle and to watch the Yankees sweep the Sox, 3-1 and 11-2. The Yankees have retired 12 numbers in all, more than any other baseball team. 
    1970 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Long and Winding Road,'' The Beatles. 
    1973 - After quarterbacking for the Baltimore colts for 16 of the NFL's most exciting season ever, Johnny Unitas signed a two-year contract to finish out his football career with the San Diego Chargers. 
    1974 - Severe thunderstorms spawned at least twenty-three tornadoes in Oklahoma during the afternoon and evening hours. One of the tornadoes struck the town Drumright killing sixteen persons and injuring 150 others. A tornado struck the National Weather Service office in Oklahoma City, and two tornadoes hit the city of Tulsa. Thunderstorms in Tulsa also produced as much as ten inches of rain. Total damage from the storms was around thirty million dollars. It was the worst natural disaster of record for Tulsa. 
    1974-Paul McCartney and Wings had the top spot on the Billboard singles chart with "Band On The Run", a song on which Paul played bass, guitar and drums. 
    1975----Top Hits
Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver
Sister Golden Hair - America
Bad Time - Grand Funk
Window Up Above - Mickey Gilley 
    1978-- Through the voice of its president Spencer W. Kimball, the Mormon Church reversed a 148-year- long policy of spiritual discrimination against African- American leadership within the denomination. The declaration extended priesthood and temple blessings to all worthy male members of the Church The Mormon attitude about Black church members is little understood outside their church, but here is a site chronically a group trying to bring "fair" information concerning the LDS.
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    1982- A re-united Simon & Garfunkel leave for a nine date European tour starting at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil in Paris. It ends June 19th in London. 
    1983----Top Hits
Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara
Overkill - Men at Work
Time (Clock of the Heart) - Culture Club
Lucille (You Won't Do Your Daddy's Will) - Waylon Jennings 
    1986- In the longest nine inning game in American League history, the Orioles beat the Yankees 18-9 in four hours and sixteen minutes. 
    1986 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``On My Own,'' Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald. 
    1988 - Overnight thunderstorms in Iowa produced 5.20 inches of rain at Coon Rapids. Thunderstorms in the Florida Keys drenched Tavernier with 7.16 inches of rain in 24 hours. Eleven cities in the central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. 
    1989- After the Pirates take a 10-0 lead in Philadelphia by sending 16 batters to the plate in the first inning, Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker announces if the Bucs lose the game he'll walk back to Pittsburgh. True to his word, the radio by-by-play man organizes a charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh after the season as a result of the Phillies comeback win over the Pirates, 15-11. 
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather over the Central Gulf Coast Region during the day and evening. Severe thunderstorms spawned 17 tornadoes, including one which injured ten persons and caused a million dollars damage at Orange Beach, AL. Thunderstorm winds gusting to 90 mph killed three persons and injured four others at Mobile AL. Thunderstorms also deluged Walnut Hill and Avalon Beach, FL, with eight inches of rain. 
    1990 - CDR Rosemary Mariner becomes first Navy women to command fleet jet aircraft squadron. 
    1991 - General Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of Allied forces in Operation "Desert Storm" leads the National Victory Parade up Pennsylvania Avenue past the reviewing stand holding President George H.W. Bush and other dignitaries in the first such military parade held in the nation's capital since the end of World War I. Among the contingents of military units are composite battalions of Air and Army Guard personnel who served in theater. 
    1991----Top Hits
More Than Words - Extreme
I Wanna Sex You Up - Color Me Badd
Rush, Rush - Paula Abdul
Meet in the Middle - Diamond Rio 
    1991--Paula Abdul started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with "Spellbound". 
    1991- Bruce Springsteen married longtime girlfriend Patti Scialfa in a private ceremony at the couple's mansion in Beverly Hills, California. Bob Dylan was among the guests. It was the second marriage for Springsteen, who divorced model Julianne Phillips in 1988, and the first for Scialfa, who used to sing in Springsteen's E Street Band. 
    1998 - Former LA Laker Earvin "Magic" Johnson's new late-night talk show averaged a 3 Nielsen rating in its opening night in 40 major cities. It dropped to a 2.1 rating the next two nights, and was soon cancelled. 
    1998 - The National Rifle Association elected Charlton Heston its president. 
    2001- For the first time in major league history, the two Texan teams play one another in the regular season. The Astros beat their interstate rivals, the Rangers, 5-4 in the first game of the Lone Star Series played in Arlington, Texas. 
    2004---Tampa Bay Holds Off the Flames for Its First Stanley Cup: Lightning 2, Flames 1 
    2003---Billy Joel won a Tony award for the orchestration of his musical, Movin' Out. 
    2005 --Going yard twice in his 4-for-4 day, Alex Rodriquez becomes the 40th and youngest big leaguer to hit 400 career home runs. On the 316th day of 29th year of his life, the Yankee superstar third baseman, who surpasses Ken Griffey Jr. for the honor, connects for a solo shot off Brewers' southpaw Jorge De La Rosa in the eighth inning for the milestone marker. 

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