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Friday, June 15, 2012

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Happy Fathers Day!
  Classified Ads---Senior Management
    Companies who notify lessee in advance of lease expiration
    ---and require their discounter to also notify lessee in advance
Resource America downsizing its operation?
 by Christopher Menkin
  New Hires---Promotions
Summer Special---Classified Help Wanted
  Leasing Conferences--Up-Dates + NEFA Super Early Bird
    The 10 Best Countries for Entrepreneurs
       LinkUp Reaches 1 Million Job Listings
        Employment Web Sites
  Special “Father’s Day” Movies to Rent
   by Fernando Croce
     Pomeranian Mix
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs---
Stanford gets 110 years for role in $7B swindle
 Dallas Hail Storm Cost
  (Bernie says 200-300 homes need new roofs, too)
   What's So Goofy about Low Mortgage Rates?
    Nokia cuts 10,000 jobs, streamlines to save costs
     Outage at San Onofre Nuclear may cost hundreds of millions
      Inflation in India inches up to 7.55% in May
       Illinois foreclosures rise 29 percent in May

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Companies who notify lessee in advance of lease expiration
and require their discounter to also notify lessee in advance

ABCO Leasing
Advantage Funding
Agility Ventures LLC
Allegiant Partners
American Leasefund, Inc. 
Balboa Capital Corp. 
BancLease Acceptance Corporation 
Bank of Ozarks Leasing 
Bankers Capital
Bank of the West, Indirect Equipment Finance 
Black Rock Capital
BSB Leasing
Capital Technology & Leasing, LLC
Cobra Capital, LLC
Commerce National Bank
Dakota Financial, LLC
Direct Capital

Financial Pacific Leasing 
Five Point Capital, In
Forum Financial Services, Inc. 
Gonor Funding
GreatAmerica Leasing
Innovative Lease Services, Inc. 
Madison Capital
Manufacturer's Lease Plans, Inc 
Marquette Equipment Finance
Mesa Leasing
Maxim Commercial Capital
Mount Pleasant Capital
National Machine Tool Financial Corporation
Navitas Lease Corp. 
Northwest Leasing Company
P&L Capital Corporation 
Pacifica Capital 
Pawnee Leasing Corporation

Standard Professional Services, LLC
TEAM Funding Solutions
Vehicle Lenders Group, LLC


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Resource America downsizing its operation?
by Christopher Menkin

Resource America, Inc. (REXI) bills itself as a specialized asset management company that uses industry specific expertise to generate and administer investment opportunities for its own account and for outside investors in the real estate, commercial finance and financial fund management sectors.

While Resource Capital announced a 20 cents per share dividend and CVC Credit Partners won the global award for "Best CLO Manager" a the 1012 Creditflux CLO Managers Awards, its parent company, Resource American, In. (REXI) outsourced all of its IT department for all departments. Besides losing money with LEAF Financial, thier CDO ("Consolidated Debt Obligation" business under Resource America has been bleeding money also. It appears the only group that seems to still be in the black is real estate, and of course, the Atlas Energy offshoot, making the owners billionaires.

The company is basically controlled by father and son, one chairman, one president, and according to the last securities report, here is the percentage of stock owned: Chairman Edward Cohen 14.97%, CEO Jonathan Cohen 14.87%, non-director executive officers (14) 25.94%%, and four groups own 35%.

With the "discontinued" relationship with LEAF Financial and consolidation of its Philadelphia office, and now outsourcing all ITT, looks like Resource America is downsizing its operation.

The stock closed at $6.31 a share with the 52 week high was at $7.19, and low at $4.03.


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New Hires---Promotions

Tom Bridgeford was hired as credit analyst for Creekridge Capital, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previously he was credit analyst, American National Bank of Minnesota. The University of North Dakota BBA, Managerial Finance/Corporate Accounting (2003 – 2007).

"James F. Earl is appointed executive vice president and president – GATX Rail International, San Francisco, California. In this role, Mr. Earl will continue to have oversight of GATX Rail Europe and assumes responsibility for GATX India Private Limited and all emerging rail markets...Brian A. Kenney, president and chief executive officer of GATX said, '“The creation of Jim’s position is reflective of GATX’s increasing focus on international rail growth. Our commitment to developing a presence in emerging rail markets is demonstrated by our recently announced rail investment in India. Jim’s wealth of experience in the rail industry makes him ideally suited to lead these efforts as we further develop our international presence'.”

Mr. Earl will continue his position as Chief Operating Officer for GATX.

"In 2006, Mr. Earl was elected Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for GATX. Mr. Earl had been elected Executive Vice President - Rail of GATX Corporation in 2004 and served as GATX's senior Rail executive. Previously, he was Executive Vice President - Commercial for GATX Rail from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Earl joined GATX Capital's Rail Group in 1988 as Director. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Earl served as Director - Service and Equipment Planning - with Soo Line Railroad, and with Southern Pacific Railroad as a Terminal Superintendent, Assistant Terminal Superintendent and Assistant Trainmaster. Mr. Earl received his BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1979 and his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1981."

Deborah A. Golden was appointed Executive Vice-President for GATX Corporation, San Francisco. She will assume responsibility for GATX's audit and compliance activities. She is presently general counsel and secretary, continuing in this position. "She was elected Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of GATX Corporation in 2006, when she joined the Company from Midwest Generation where she served as Vice President and General Counsel since 2004. She served as Assistant General Counsel, Office of the Governor, State of Illinois, from 2003 to 2004 and was Assistant General Counsel at SBC Communications, Inc./Ameritech Corporation from 1997 to 2001. Ms. Golden began her legal career at Schiff, Hardin & Waite in 1984 and was named Partner in 1991. She earned her JD in 1984 from Loyola University School of Law, her MBA from Loyola University in 1981 and her BA from Boston College in 1976."

Heather Green hired as vendor program manager for Creekridge Capital, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previously she was marketing association, U.S. Bancorp Leasing and Financial (February, 1998-July, 1999), lease administrator, Sunrise Leasing (1990-1996). University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communication

Melanie Gutzmer hired as Vice-President, Regional Business Development Officer, for United Capital Business Lending, Hunt Valley, Maryland. Previously she was marketing vice president, Infinity Franchise Capital (March, 2011-June, 2012) University of Nebraska, Business Administration, Lincoln School of Commerce.

Robin Corney Horst named Director of Sales at De Lage Landen Financial Services, greater San Diego area. Previously vice president of Healthcare Sales, Popular Leasing (2002-2008), AVP, CitiCapital (1989-2001).

Brian de la Houssaye has been named vice president-new business development for AIG Commercial Asset Finance, " cover the south center portion of the United States and be locate din the company's headquarters in Plano, Texas." Previously he was a SVP, ATEL Equipment Group (January, 2012-May, 2012), evp, Maxus Capital Group (October, 2002-January, 2012), svp, BancOne Credit Corp (200-2001), vp, Fleet Capital Corp. (1989-2000).Thunderbird School of Global Management MIM, Marketing/Finance (1976 – 1977), University of Arizona BA, Writing (1966 – 1972).

Robert C. Lyons was appointed executive vice president for GATX Corporation, San Francisco, California. He will also assume the responsibility of the Portfolio Management segment. He currently is also the chief financial officer, continuing in this position.” He joined GATX in 1997 and was promoted through the treasury and investor relations departments before being elected vice president, investor relations in 2002. Prior to joining GATX, Mr. Lyons worked for the Financial Relations Board and in the corporate banking division of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Mr. Lyons received his BA from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1986 and his MBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1988. He is a CFA charter holder and a member of the Investment Analysts Society of Chicago. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Packaging Corporation of America (NYSE:PKG)."

Jon Mikres was hired as IT Analyst for Creekridge Capital, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previously he was help desk analyst tier 1, Wand Corporation (October, 2010-May, 2012), IT Specialist (consulting )Spalon Montage (February, 2009-July, 2010 and February, 2006-December, 2008).Buena Vista University Bachelor's of Science degree, Information Science-Computer Science (Buena Vista University Bachelor's of Science degree, Information Science-Computer Science (2001 – 2005).

Whitney Miller was hired as office administrator for Creekridge Capital, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Jane Peckham was hired as a funding specialist for Creekridge Capital, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"Dennis M. Schneider has assumed the position as President of Transervice Logistics Inc., Transervice Lease Corp. and Transervice Lease Co., Lake Success, New York, succeeding Edward J. Flannigan in that position. Mr. Schneider and Mr. Flannigan have worked together for 31 years and have led Transervice as partners since 1985. Mr. Flannigan will retain equity in the Transervice Companies and his Board. Transervice has been providing transportation solutions since 1969, and presently operates from 145 locations in North America with responsibility for 25,000 road vehicles of every configuration, as well as material handling equipment."

Stratton Summers was hired as funding specialist for Creekridge Capital, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Michelle Ternus hired as Senior Account Manager for United Capital Business Lending, Hunt Valley, Maryland. Previously she was an account manager, Infinity Franchise Capital (March, 2011-June, 2012), account manager, First Franchise Capital Corporation (October, 2006-March, 2011). Central Community College, Columbus, Nebraska.

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Leasing Conferences--Updates + NEFA Super Early Bird


Broker Member: 1st Attendee $125
Broker Member: 2nd Attendee $115
Assoc. Member: $260
Additional Mem: $200
Funder Member: $260
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September 12-14, 2012

Canadian Finance & Leasing Association Conference
The Westin Calgary
Calgary, Canada

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September 13—15
Funding Symposium
Rennaisance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1522

Chairperson for 2012 Funding Symposium
Lori A. Dean, CLP,
VP, Equipment Finance Operation Manager
Arvest Equipment Finance


October 21-23
ELFA 51st Annual Convention
JW Marriott Desert Springs
Palm Desert, California

Keynote Speakers
19th Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Member, Financial Accounting Standards Board

Expert in Branding and Marketing

ELFA is now accepting proposals from those interesting in making a presentation at the Annual Convention. For complete details, please go here: Submission deadline is Friday, June 29, 2012.


November 4-5
2012 Expo NJ Super REgional Meeting
Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe


November 7 - 9, 2012

32nd Annual Fall Conference
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
La Jolla, California


November 14-16
67th Commercial Finance Conference
JW Marriott Hotel
Phoenix, Arizona


April 18-20, 2013
Annual Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada


To view Leasing Association Events-Meetings Open to All, please click here.


Mr. Terry Winders available as a consultant regarding assisting attorneys in resolving disputes or explaining procedures or reviewing documents as utilized in the finance and leasing industry.

He is the 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.





The 10 Best Countries for Entrepreneurs

10. Chile
No. of procedures necessary to start a business: 7
No. of days to start of business: 7
2010 GDP: $203 billion
Pct. employment by companies with 250+ employees: n/a

Chile also has a total tax rate of 25%, according to the World Bank, the lowest of all the OECD countries.

9. Portugal
No. of procedures necessary to start a business: 5
No. of days to start of business: 5
2010 GDP: $230.6 billion
Pct. employment by companies with 250+ employees: 20.9%

Most Portuguese citizens aged 18 to 64 do not believe good entrepreneurial opportunities exist in their country. Their concerns may be valid. Between 2005 and 2008, more jobs were lost from companies going out of business than were created by start-ups. Additionally, in both 2007 and 2008, company failures occurred more frequently in Portugal than in any other country.

8. France
No. of procedures necessary to start a business: 5
No. of days to start of business: 7
2010 GDP: $2.6 trillion
Pct. employment by companies with 250+ employees: 39.5%

France has a total bank loan success rate of 83.3% and more than 94% of businesses are microenterprises — businesses with fewer than 10 employees.

7. South Korea
No. of procedures necessary to start a business: 5
No. of days to start of business: 7
2010 GDP: $1.03 trillion
Pct. employment by companies with 250+ employees: 26.1%

34.8% of Koreans worked for companies with between 10 and 49 workers — more than any other country within the OECD.

6. United Kingdom
No. of procedures necessary to start a business: 6
No. of days to start of business: 13
2010 GDP: $2.2 trillion
Pct. employment by companies with 250+ employees: 48.6%

Foreign entrepreneurs and investors can now settle in the UK in as little as two years, depending on how much money they can inject into the economy, compared to the minimum five years for other visas.

5. Ireland
No. of procedures necessary to start a business: 4
No. of days to start of business: 13
2010 GDP: $205.7 billion
Pct. employment by companies with 250+ employees: 26.2%

The Irish Times estimates the number of people starting a new business each month has declined from around 2,800 in 2008 to 800 in 2010.

4. United States
No. of procedures necessary to start a business: 6
No. of days to start of business: 6
2010 GDP: $14.7 trillion
Pct. employment by companies with 250+ employees: 52.8%

There is a high incidence of company failures, at 10.43% per year, which suggests that it may be difficult for small and medium-sized companies to stay in businesses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost half of new companies fold after just five years of operation.

3. Canada
No. of procedures necessary to start a business: 1
No. of days to start of business: 5
2010 GDP: $1.6 trillion
Pct. employment by companies with 250+ employees: n/a

Not many Canadians have taken full advantage of the ease of starting a business. In 2008, Canada had one of the lowest percentages of start-ups of any OECD country for which information was available.

2. Australia
No. of procedures necessary to start a business: 2
No. of days to start of business: 2
2010 GDP: $1.1 trillion
Pct. employment by companies with 250+ employees: n/a

Australian business owners have a total tax rate of 47.7% — five percentage points higher than the average OECD tax rate, which may deter potential business owners.

1. New Zealand
No. of procedures necessary to start a business: 1
No. of days to start of business: 1
2010 GDP: $134 billion
Pct. employment by companies with 250+ employees: 42.1%

Despite the ease of starting a business, 42.13% of New Zealanders work for a company with more than 250 employees — more than any nation other than the U.S. and UK. Still, New Zealand has maintained a high percentage of new companies created each year: 12.1% in 2007, 12.1% in 2008 and 10% in 2009.

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LinkUp Reaches 1 Million Job Listings

LinkUp announces its job search engine has reached 1 million job openings indexed exclusively from company websites throughout the U.S. This is a major milestone in support of LinkUp’s mission to deliver to job seekers the largest index of high-quality job listings available on the web. By updating the index daily and only including jobs from company websites, LinkUp eliminates expired jobs, duplicate listings, phishing posts, lead-gen bait, work-at-home scams, and other job board pollution.

“Getting to 1 million jobs was a significant goal of ours in 2012,” commented Toby Dayton, President and CEO of LinkUp. “Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten much help from job growth in the U.S., so we’ve really focused our efforts on adding more company websites to our search engine.” LinkUp’s search engine now includes 25,000 company websites throughout the U.S.

One of the areas of focus for the company has been adding companies that are actively recruiting Veterans. To date, LinkUp’s search engine lists job openings from well over 1,000 companies who are currently recruiting Veterans. These large employers include companies such as Accenture, Colgate Palmolive, Ernst & Young, HP, and Pitney Bowes to name a few.

Given the challenges in the current labor market for students and recent graduates, LinkUp has also concentrated its efforts around adding companies with available internships. currently lists over 10,000 available internships across a wide variety of industries including Healthcare, Retail, and Financial Services.

LinkUp started the year with 775,000 job openings on its site and reached 1 million jobs in early June. During that time, LinkUp increased the number of companies in its search engine by approximately 10%. Not surprisingly, job seekers have responded positively to the larger index as traffic to the site has increased 68% since the first of the year.

Remarked Dayton, “It’s been particularly gratifying to see the correlation between growth in our job search engine and traffic growth on LinkUp, because at the end of the day, our singular mission is to build the best job site on the web. We feel like we’re doing that and it’s nice when your users agree with you.”

About LinkUp: LinkUp provides the largest search engine that contains only job listings sourced from company websites. By eliminating pay-to-post listings and jobs aggregated from other job boards, LinkUp’s search results are free from the job pollution that afflicts other sites. There are no duplicate posts, lead-gen bait, fraudulent listings, work-at-home job scams, or phishing posts. Furthermore, the index is updated daily and does not include jobs from staffing companies, headhunters, search firms, or any other 3rd-party intermediary.

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Movie Reviews
By Fernando F. Croce

Special Father’s Day Edition

Many of us movie-buffs got our cinematic appreciation from our parents, so when Father's Day comes along this week, seize the opportunity to settle down with Dad and a great movie. Here are some prime recommendations, all available on Netflix:

Father of the Bride (Vincente Minnelli, 1950): Best known for such classic MGM musicals as "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "The Band Wagon," director Vincente Minnelli was also displayed a deft comic touch in this fondly rendered family comedy. The setting is the Banks household, where the familial tranquility of Stanley (Spencer Tracy) and Ellie (Joan Bennett) is disrupted when their daughter Kay (Elizabeth Taylor) announces that she's getting married. As preparations overrun the household and expenses pile up, Stanley finds himself dealing with a potent mix of paternal pride and anxiety. Featuring a lovely portrait of fatherly affection and befuddlement by Tracy and Taylor at her most luminous, this polished movie remains both hilarious and heartbreaking in ways that surpass Steve Martin's 1991 remake.

To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962): For many readers, Atticus Finch, the noble, widowed Alabama lawyer of Harper Lee's award-winning novel, remains the ultimate father figure. That magic was perfectly captured in this classic screen version, delicately directed by Robert Mulligan and with an unforgettable, Oscar-winning performance by Gregory Peck as Atticus. Told from the impressionable vantage point of his feisty, six-year-old daughter Scout (Mary Badham), the film details how life in a small Southern town is shaken up by the controversial trial that finds Atticus clashing with local prejudices. Throughout this, young Scout witnesses her father's unbending decency in the face injustice, while experiencing her own adventures with local "bogeyman" Boo Radley (Robert Duvall in his screen debut). One of the most beloved of all adaptations.

Kramer vs. Kramer (Robert Benton, 1979): Oscars for Picture, Director, Actor and Supporting Actor went to this sensitive account of a couple's custody battle, told from hurried father's the point of view. A workaholic businessman, Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) finds his life turned upside down when his troubled wife Joanna (Meryl Streep) walks out on him, leaving him to take care of both his career and their six-year-old son Billy (Justin Henry). At first frustrated by his newfound responsibilities, Ted gradually discovers the joys of fatherhood as he bonds with his son, a bond that's threatened when Joanna returns to demand her custody rights. Beautifully acted and directed by Robert Benton with an unerring eye for telling emotional details and welcome humor, this is a touching valentine to fathers everywhere.

Parenthood (Ron Howard, 1989): The trials and tribulations of family life are painted with laughs and tears in this acclaimed comedy-drama from Oscar-winning director Ron Howard ("Apollo 13," "A Beautiful Mind"). Centering on the Buckman family, it weaves several subplots into a rich tapestry of fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, and everybody in between. Among them are Gil (Steve Martin) and Helen (Dianne Wiest), who are struggling with their troubled sons, Susan (Harley Jane Kozak) and Nathan (Rick Moranis), who differ on how to raise their kids, and grandfather Frank (Jason Robards), who has to deal with "black sheep" son Larry (Tom Hulce). With the help of a remarkable ensemble cast that also includes Mary Steenburgen and Keanu Reeves, Howard offers a heartening view of the pangs of being a parent.

Taken (Pierre Morel, 2009): Finally, for an action-filled Father’s Day, check out Liam Neeson in a thriller that gives the secret agents from the “Bourne Identity” a run for their money. He stars as Bryan Mills, a former spy who wants to put his brutal past behind him and take care of his estranged young daughter. Problem is, he can’t seem to escape from violence and, as his daughter is kidnapped while vacationing in Europe, he must make use again of the fighting skills developed during his CIA days. The story of paternal revenge hasn’t been fresh since the original “Death Wish,” yet “Taken” works like a charm due to the amazing flair director Pierre Morel brings to the action sequences and, above all, to the conviction Neeson brings to his role as a most lethal Papa.

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Zab is a feisty 4-pound, Pom mix who is probably less than a year old. If your face or ears need washing, then Zab is the man for the job. He's friendly and cute and he'll bounce his way right into your heart. In fact, Zab reminds us of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh whose top was made out of rubber and his bottom was made out of springs. Zab was surrendered by his owner because the owner didn't have enough time to spend with him.

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News Briefs----

Stanford gets 110 years for role in $7B swindle

Dallas Hail Storm Costly
(Bernie says 200-300 homes need new roofs, too)

Ex-Partner Alleges Ponzi at Dewey & LeBoeuf


What's So Goofy about Low Mortgage Rates?

Nokia cuts 10,000 jobs, streamlines to save costs

Outage at San Onofre Nuclear may cost hundreds of millions

Inflation in India inches up to 7.55% in May

Illinois foreclosures rise 29 percent in May,0,6903666.story



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Baseball Poem

Spikes and Leather

when he throws the
high hard one

it's like a razor
slicing skull

the ball and mitt
slam dancing

to dusty umpired rhythms

the batter
is not wired to his music

and cannot trust
his own instrument

the catcher cradles
a quick leather signal

squatting on new spikes
waiting for the curve

to drop like a head
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This Day in History

      1215-King John officially “sealed the Magna Carta “in the meadow called Ronimed between Staines. This document is the first charter of English liberties and one of the most important documents in the history of human freedom. Four original copies of the 1215 charter survive.
    1607 - Colonists in North America completed James Fort in Jamestown.
    1686 -In Boston, the King's Chapel was organized. It was the first Anglican church established in colonial New England.
    1752 - Benjamin Franklin affixed an iron wire to a kite and proceeded to fly it from a long piece of twine tied to a silk ribbon. Where the twine met the silk, Franklin attached a metal key. His thesis was any overhead electricity would be attracted to the wire at the top of the kite. As it began to lightning, he placed his hand near the key and sparks shot out; proving his experiment a success. Franklin used this discovery to start a new business selling and making lightning rods. The rods were attached to the tops of buildings. A wire ran down the side of the structure to the ground. When lightning struck the top of the rod, it ran down the wire and safely to ground without doing damage to the building. His letter to Peter Collison dated October 19,1752, describing his experiments was read before the Royal Society of London in December, 1752.
    1775- The Second Continental Congress chose George Washington commander in chief of the Continental Army. He declined to accept pay for his services, but in 1783, after eight years of war, submitted records of his expenses totaling 24,700 pounds, roughly over $125,000, $15,625 to feed, clothe, and provide food and transportation for his army of men. 
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    1779 - General Anthony Wayne captured Stony Point, New York, from the British. "I'll storm the Gates of Hell if you will but plan the attack," Wayne told Gen. Washington.
    1789- Josiah Henson, abolitionist, author born in Charles County, Maryland. His autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson (1849) was read by Harriet Beecher Stowe and inspired her best-selling novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin.'s%20Web%20Sites/Orisky/third.html
    1804- the 12th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. It changed the method of electing the president and vice president after a tie in the Electoral College during the election of 1800. Rather than each elector voting for two candidates with the candidate receiving the most votes elected president and the second-place candidate elected vice president, each elector was now required to designate his choice for president and vice president, respectively.
    1835-Adah Isaacs Menken - U.S. poet and one of the most notorious actresses on the international stage. The part that made her (in) famous was when she was bound, nearly naked, to the back of a horse that galloped about the stage. She fascinated a number of famous men including Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.
“Life in the mining towns of the far West was boisterous and extravagant in 1867. The height of fun and games was achieved in Virginia City, Nevada, site of the fabulous Comstock Lode, in the period from 1860 to 1880. The town had more than 100 saloons, five legitimate theaters, six variety houses, and other establishments such as dance halls. The single most popular performer was Adah Isaacs Menken, known for performing while clad only in a flimsy gown.” The actress and equestrienne Adah Menken was a brilliant self-publicist, and though her fame didn't last, she was very well known in her day. She shocked the public in the 1860s with her short hair, short skirts and decadence. She once gave a press conference lying in a short skirt on a tiger-skin, sipping champagne and smoking a cigarette (smoking was still considered rather daring for a woman). Adah Menken was quick to see the promotional potential of photographs in her campaign to make herself famous. She distributed a prolific number of publicity portraits such as this one. She was particularly keen to get herself photographed with famous men of the day, and managed to persuade the novelist Alexander Dumas and the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne to pose with her. The picture of herself and Swinburne, taken at an informal meeting, was then rushed off to a photographic studio so that it could be reproduced and sold in the street. Swinburne was reportedly furious.
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    1836- Arkansas became the 25th state this day in 1836. The Land of Opportunity as Arkansas is called, was founded in the late 17th century by Frenchman Henri de Tonti. His interpretation of Quapaw, the Indian tribe that lived in the area, was Arkansas. Little Rock, the state’s largest city is also its capital. The state bird and the state flower are the mockingbird and apple blossom, respectively.
    1844 - Inventor Charles Goodyear received a patent for vulcanizing rubber. Prior to this no one knew how to keep natural rubber from melting in the summer and hardening in the winter. Reputedly Goodyear discovered the process by accident, after years of experimentation, when he dropped some rubber mixed with sulfur on a hot stove. The resulting substance resembled charred leather, but was still resilient and elastic. Goodyear called the process "vulcanization," after the Roman God of Fire, Vulcan. He had received a previous patent on June 17, 1837, for a method of destroying the adhesive properties of rubber by applying bismuth, nitric acid with copper or other materials.
    1846-The Oregon Treaty with Great Britain was signed. It established the 49th parallel as the boundary between the U.S. and the British Northwest territory. Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and part of Montana became undisputed U.S. territory. This was a compromise from the campaign slogan of Polk in 1844: “Fifty-four Forty or Fight.” Canada was granted navigation rights to part of the Columbia River, south of the 49th parallel.
    1846 - Representatives of Great Britain and the United States sign the Oregon Treaty, which settles a long-standing dispute with Britain over who controlled the Oregon territory. The treaty established the 49th parallel from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Georgia as the boundary between the United States and British Canada. The United States gained formal control over the future states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana, and the British retained Vancouver Island and navigation rights to part of the Columbia River. 
After 1838, the issue of who possessed Oregon became increasingly controversial, especially when mass American migration along the Oregon Trail began in the early 1840s. American expansionists urged seizure of Oregon, and in 1844 Democrat James K. Polk successfully ran for president under the platform "Fifty-four forty or fight," which referred to his hope of bringing a sizable portion of present-day Vancouver and Alberta into the United States. However, neither President Polk nor the British government wanted a third Anglo-American war, and on June 15, 1846, the Oregon Treaty, a compromise, was signed. By the terms of the agreement, the U.S. and Canadian border was extended west along the 49th parallel to the Strait of Georgia, just short of the Pacific Ocean.
    1863 - President Abraham Lincoln calls for help in protecting the capital. Throughout June, Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was on the move. He had pulled his army from its position along the Rappahannock River around Fredericksburg and set it on the road to Pennsylvania. Lee and the Confederate leadership decided to try a second invasion of the North to take pressure off Virginia and to seize the initiative against the Army of the Potomac. The first invasion, in September 1862, failed when the Federals fought Lee's army to a standstill at Antietam. Lee later divided his army and sent the regiments toward the Shenandoah Valley, using the Blue Ridge Mountains as a screen. After the Confederates took Winchester, Virginia, on June 14, they were situated on the Potomac River, seemingly in a position to move on Washington, D.C. Lincoln did not know it, but Lee had no intention of attacking Washington. All Lincoln knew was that the Rebel army was moving en masse and that Union troops could not be certain as to the Confederates' location. On June 15, Lincoln put out an emergency call for 100,000 troops from the state militias of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and West Virginia. Although the troops were not needed, and the call could not be fulfilled in such a short time, it was an indication of how little the Union authorities knew of Lee's movements and how vulnerable they thought the Federal capital was.
    1864-During the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia collide for the last time when the first wave of Union troops attack Petersburg, a vital Southern rail center thirty-seven kilometers south of the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. The two massive armies would not become disentangled until April 9, 1865, when Lee surrendered and his men went home.
    1877- Henry Ossian Flipper, born a slave in Thomasville, Georgia, in 1856, becomes the first African-American cadet to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. Flipper, who was never spoken to by a white cadet during his four years at West Point, is appointed a second lieutenant in the all-African-American 10th Cavalry, stationed at Fort Sill in Indian Territory.
    1880-Birthday of blind singer/violinist Alfred Reed, Floyd City, VA,,483645,00.html?artist=Blind+Alfred+Reed
    1885-Birthday of Malvina Cornell Hoffman - U.S.sculptor. Internationally admired, MCH received the largest sculptural commission ever given to man (or woman). It consisted of 110 life-sized bronze statues for the Hall of Man, Field Museum, Chicago. She studied with Rodin in Paris (after being turned away five times) and made a series of sculptures interpreting dance. Her forte was portraiture busts. Her mother was a talented amateur pianist.
    1887-Henry O Flippea became the first Black graduate of West Point.
    1896 - The temperature at Fort Mojave, CA, soared to 127 degrees, the hottest reading of record for June for the U.S. The low that day was 97 degrees. Morning lows of 100 degrees were reported on the 12th, 14th and 16th of the month.
    1898-Annexation of Hawaii was approved in a joint resoultion adopted by teh House of Representaives, and by the Senate on June 17. It was signed by President McKinley on July 7.
    1901—Birthday of co-founder of Decca records Jack Kapp, one of the first to record Black music, including Jazz artists. Died March 25,1949.
    1909- Benjamin F. Shibe of Bala, PA, obtained a patent for a baseball with a cork center. It was first manufactured by A.G. Spalding and Brothers, Chicago, IL, and was used in occasional league games in 1909 and in regular play in 1910. The ball was first used in a World Series game on October, 20, 1910, in Chicago, IL. Sorry, don’t know who was playing whom. If you find out, please let me know with a footnote to authenticate your source. 1934-Great Smoky Mountains National Park established. Area along southern section of Tennessee—North Carolina boundary was authorized May 22,1926, established for administration and protection only Feb. 6,1930, and finally established for full development as a national park in 1934.
    1917—The first army training camp for African-American officers was established at Fort Des Moines, Des Moines, IA, and was known as the 17th Provisional Training Regiment. On October 15, 1917, the first commissions were granted, with 106 African-Americans commissioned as second lieutenants.
    1917 - Congress passed and President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Espionage Act, authorizing the Treasury Secretary to assume control of U.S. ports, control ship movements, establish anchorages and supervise the loading and storage of explosive cargoes. The authority was immediately delegated to the Coast Guard and formed the basis for the formation of the Coast Guard's Captain of the Ports and the Port Security Program.
    1920- Canadian record retailer Sam Sniderman was born in Toronto. Sniderman began selling records in his family's radio store in 1937. He opened a second Toronto outlet in a furniture store in 1959. Two years later, Sniderman opened the now-famous Sam the Record Man store on Yonge Street. The store once claimed the largest selection of retail records in the world. A Sam the Record Man franchise chain was established in 1969, and the stores now are a familiar sight across Canada.
    1921—Errol Garner born, Pittsburgh, Pa. I believe I have every album he recorded, and two copies of several as I play them at my office and home all the time. He, Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller, and James Johnson as well as classical piano and clavichord music are played often in my office. “Concert by the Sea” is his best selling album. Died Jan. 2, 1977.
    1921- Bessie Coleman becomes the first Black woman to earn a aviation pilot's license in the world - and the first woman to earn an international aviation license from the from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. A native of Texas, she went to France to get her pilot's license because of the bigotry of those in U.S. aviation who opposed her training because she was a woman and because she was black. No black U.S. aviator would train her either. A native of Texas, BC learned to speak French and saved enough money to go to France. It was not simple but BC got through it and fulfilled her dream of flying. On her return to the U.S. she taught other black women to fly as well as doing the usual (for the time) barnstorming in air circuses to keep flying. "Queen Bessie," as she was known was a highly popular draw for the next 15 years. However, on 04-30-1936, while practicing for a show in Orlando, Fla., a loose wrench fell into the engine and she did not have a parachute or seat belts and actually fell out of the plane to her death.
    1924- Ford Motor Company manufactures its 10 millionth automobile. It would eventually build and sell 15 million models of this vehicle. 
    1928 -- Republicans, convening in Kansas City, name Herbert Hoover their candidate for President and Charles Curtis of Kansas for the vice-president.
    1937-Jimm ie Lunceford records his them “For Dancers Only,” Decca 1340.
    1937— Waylon Jennings, a leader of the outlaw country movement of the 1970's, was born in Littlefield, Texas. Jennings, along with Willie Nelson, spearheaded the movement away from heavy orchestral backing, opting for a leaner, harder sound which edged close to rock. Jennings met Buddy Holly in 1958, and ended up touring as Holly's bass player. When Holly's plane crashed in February 1959, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, it was Jennings who had given up his seat to the Bopper. Jennings signed with RCA in 1965, but by 1970 he was becoming disenchanted with not being able choose his own material, musicians and production. On the 1972 album, "Ladies Love Outlaws," he was at last able to use his own band, the Waylons, and to record current material, such as the Three Dog Night hit, "Never Been to Spain." The following year, the album "Honky Tonk Heroes" solidified his reputation as a country outlaw. In 1976, the album "Wanted - the Outlaws," featuring Jennings, his wife, Jessi Colter, Willie Nelson and Tompall Glaser became the first country LP to be certified platinum - one million copies sold.
    1941 - Singer Nilsson (Harry Edward Nelson III) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. His biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 single ``Without You.'' He scores the film ``Skidoo'' and the TV show ``The Courtship of Eddie's Father.''
    1942- Congress of racial Equality (CORE), founded as the Committee of Racial Equality by an interracial group of students in Chicago. Many of these students were members of the Chicago branch of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), a pacifist organization seeking to change racist attitudes. The founders of CORE were deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi's teachings of nonviolent resistance. CORE started as a nonhierarchical, decentralized organization funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of its members. The organization was initially co-led by white University of Chicago student George Houser and black student James Farmer. In 1942, CORE began protests against segregation in public accommodations by organizing sit-ins. It was also in 1942 that CORE expanded nationally. James Farmer traveled the country with Bayard Rustin, a field secretary with FOR, and recruited activists at FOR meetings. CORE's early growth consisted almost entirely of white middle-class college students from the Midwest. CORE pioneered the strategy of nonviolent direct action, especially the tactics of sit-ins, jail-ins, and freedom rides.
James Farmer’s father
    1941- Singer and songwriter Harry Nilsson was born in Brooklyn, New York. His breakthrough came in 1968 with the album "Aerial Ballet," which contained the hit single, "Everybody's Talkin'." It stayed in the top ten for much of 1969 and was the theme from the film "Midnight Cowboy." Nilsson's 1970 LP, "Nilsson Schmilsson," sold a million copies. From it came the chart-topping single, "Without You." Harry Nilsson held the distinction of never performing in public. And he only rarely appeared on TV. Nilsson died at his Los Angeles-area home on January 15th, 1994, 11 months after suffering a serious heart attack.
    1944- In a continued effort to penetrate the Japanese inner defenses, US amphibious forces invaded the Mariana Islands. A huge fleet, as documented in "Victory at Sea", of 800 ships from Guadalcanal and Hawaii carried the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions, consisting of 162,000 men. By the end of the day, 20,000 of these men had established a 5 ½ mile-long beachhead on the island of Saipan. Though the American forces suffered heavy losses during an overnight counterattack, on the morning of June 16 the Marines still held the area they had taken the day before. A huge victory for the U.S. Marines. 
    1944—Birthday of guitarist, pianist, songwriter Eddie Hinton
Died July 28, 1995.
    1948—Football Coach Mike Holmgren birthday, born San Francisco, CA.
    1949—Baseball coach, manger and form player Johnnie B. “Dusty” Baker, Jr. born Riverside, Ca.
    1949 - Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply is born in Melbourne, Australia. The group has three million-selling singles, including the No. 1 hit ``The One That You Love.''
    1950---Top Hits
My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
Bewitched - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Mary Lou Williams)
The Third Man Theme - Alton Karas
Why Don’t You Love Me - Hank Williams
    1952 - U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant James F. Low, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, became the 17th ace of the Korean War with his fifth MiG kill. The most junior in grade ace of the war, Low had been in combat for only six days.
    1952 - Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl, was published on this date in the United States. It contained the memoirs of Dutch-Jewish teenager Anne Frank and her time spent with her family and others in hiding during World War II. She later died in a Nazi concentration camp, and many years later, her father, the only surviving member of her family, found her diary.
    1952—“My Little Margie” premieres on TV. A very popular show in its day, "My Little Margie" was a half-hour sitcom about a "womanizing widower and his meddlesome daughter." Margie was played by Gale Storm and Charles Farrell played her father, Vern Albright.
    1953 - The USS Princeton launched 184 sorties and established a single-day Korean War record for offensive sorties flown from the deck of a carrier.
    1954-Courtney Cox Arquette birthday, ("Family Ties," "Friends"), born Birmingham, AL.
    1954- Blind country singer Terri Gibbs birthday born Miami, Florida.
    1957 - East Saint Louis was deluged with 16.54 inches of rain in 24 hours, a record for the state of Illinois.
    1957-- Elvis Presley's new single, "All Shook Up," debuts on the UK charts before its release, due to advance copies of the single -- intended for US troops in Europe -- finding their way into thehands of British DJs.
    1958---Top Hits
The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Do You Want to Dance - Bobby Freeman
Yakety Yak - The Coasters
All I Have to Do is Dream - The Everly Brothers
    1958-The Platters sing "Twilight Time" on Ed Sullivan.
    1961 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Moody River,'' Pat Boone.
    1963—Actress Helen Hunt’s birthday, ("Mad About You," Peggy Sue Got Married, Twister), born Los Angeles, CA. 
    1963 – Seattle, Washington first civil rights march:
More than 700 people attended a "freedom march" protesting racial discrimination in Seattle. The marchers, many of whom were white, walked in silence but carried signs. The Rev. Mance Jackson announced that the Bon Marché promised 30 new jobs for African Americans in its downtown & Northgate stores.
    1963-Jan and Dean's "Surf City" is released. The song featured Brian Wilson on backing vocals and would prove to be the duo's only US number 1 record. 
    1963-21 year old Kyu Sakamoto became the first Japanese artist to hit the top of the US singles chart with a song called "Sukiyaki". It was also a #6 hit in the UK. The original title of the song was "Ue O Muite Aruko", which translates "I Look Up When I Walk". Sakamoto was killed on August 12th, 1985, when JAL Flight 123, a 747, crashed and burned on a thickly wooded mountain about 60 miles northwest of Tokyo. He was 43. 
    1965- Bob Dylan recorded "Like a Rolling Stone," the first of his recordings to feature electric instruments. Dylan's emerging rock 'n' roll leanings proved popular - "Like A Rolling Stone" reached number two on the Billboard chart.
    1965 - Elvis Presley film ``Tickle Me'' premieres.
    1966---Top Hits
Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones
Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? - The Lovin’ Spoonful
I Am a Rock - Simon & Garfunkel
Distant Drums - Jim Reeves
    1966-- The Beatles album, "Yesterday & Today" is released by Capitol in the controversial "butcher" sleeve, with the Beatles smiling amongst a group of decapitated baby dolls. The original photo quickly became a problem for Capitol, so it was pulled and replaced by a more conventional cover. Could not find it for sale on eBay.
June 15-18- 1967, the first rock musical festival was held in Monterey, CA. I was there. It was a mad house. Promoter Alan Pariser and booking agent Ben Shapiro assembled the largest roster of rock and soul acts up to that time, including the Who, the Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, and the Jimi Henrix Experience. More than 50,000 fans attended the non-profit event, which inaugurated a decade of ever-larger rock festivals. 
    1969-KELLEY, THOMAS G. “Medal of Honor”
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, River Assault Division 152. place and date: Ong Muong Canal, Kien Hoa province, Republic of Vietnam, 15 June 1969. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Born: 13 May 1939, Boston, Mass. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in the afternoon while serving as commander of River Assault Division 152 during combat operations against enemy aggressor forces. Lt. Comdr. (then Lt.) Kelley was in charge of a column of 8 river assault craft which were extracting 1 company of U.S. Army infantry troops on the east bank of the Ong Muong Canal in Kien Hoa province, when 1 of the armored troop carriers reported a mechanical failure of a loading ramp. At approximately the same time, Viet Cong forces opened fire from the opposite bank of the canal. After issuing orders for the crippled troop carrier to raise its ramp manually, and for the remaining boats to form a protective cordon around the disabled craft, Lt. Comdr. Kelley realizing the extreme danger to his column and its inability to clear the ambush site until the crippled unit was repaired, boldly maneuvered the monitor in which he was embarked to the exposed side of the protective cordon in direct line with the enemy's fire, and ordered the monitor to commence firing. Suddenly, an enemy rocket scored a direct hit on the coxswain's flat, the shell penetrating the thick armor plate, and the explosion spraying shrapnel in all directions. Sustaining serious head wounds from the blast, which hurled him to the deck of the monitor, Lt. Cmdr. Kelley disregarded his severe injuries and attempted to continue directing the other boats. Although unable to move from the deck or to speak clearly into the radio, he succeeded in relaying his commands through 1 of his men until the enemy attack was silenced and the boats were able to move to an area of safety. Lt. Comdr. Kelley's brilliant leadership, bold initiative, and resolute determination served to inspire his men and provide the impetus needed to carry out the mission after he was medically evacuated by helicopter. His extraordinary courage under fire, and his selfless devotion to duty sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1969—“Hee Haw” TV premiere. The show has been described as a country-western version of "Laugh-In," composed of fast-paced sketches, silly jokes and songs. Though critics didn't like it, it had popular appeal and did well as a syndicated show. It was co hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark, alternating with guest hosts. Regular performers included Louis M. "Grandpa" Jones, Junior Samples, Jeannine Riley, Lulu Roman, David "Stringbean" Akeman, Sherry Miles, Lisa Todd, Minnie Pearl and Gordie Tapp.
    1970- Jimi Hendrix records his first session at his Electric Ladyland Studio in New York City. It was the guitarist's state of the art "dream" studio.
    1971-The Guess Who's "Best of the Guess Who" LP goes gold.
    1974---Top Hits
Billy, Don’t Be a Hero - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
You Make Me Feel Brand New - The Stylistics
Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
I Don’t See Me in Your Eyes Anymore - Charlie Rich
    1976-“Rain in” at the Astrodome. A 10-inche rainstorm caused the postponement of a regular season baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Houston Astros at the Astrodome, a domed stadium. The rain caused flash floods that prevented everyone except members of both teams form getting to the ballpark.
    1980---Jack Nicklaus won his fourth US Open, shooting a record score of 272 at Baltusrol Golf Club. The previous record score for the Open was 275, held by Nickalus (1967) and Lee Tevino(1968.)
    1982---Top Hits
Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Don’t Talk to Strangers - Rick Springfield
Don’t You Want Me - The Human League
For All the Wrong Reasons - The Bellamy Brothers
    1988 - Severe thunderstorms in the Central High Plains Region spawned five tornadoes around Denver, CO, in just one hour. A strong (F-3) tornado in southern Denver injured seven persons and caused ten million dollars damage. Twenty-six cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The high of 97 degrees at Portland ME was a record for June.
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather over the Southern and Middle Atlantic Coast States. The thunderstorms spawned eight tornadoes, including strong (F-3) tornadoes which injured three persons at Mountville PA and four persons at Columbia, PA. There were 111 reports of large hail and damaging winds, including wind gusts to 80 mph at Norfolk, VA, and Hogback Mountain, SC.
    1990-The Rolling Stones song, "Paint It Black", hit number 1 in the Netherlands for the second time, twenty-four years after it first topped the singles chart. The song was included on their "Singles Collection" box set the previous year. 
    1990---Top Hits
Hold On - Wilson Phillips
Poison - Bell Biv DeVoe
It Must Have Been Love - Roxette
Love Without End, Amen - George Strait
    1993-Ray Charles made music history when his album "My World" showed up on Billboard's Hot 200, marking the sixth decade he had a charted LP.
    1992-The second largest two-day tornado outbreak in U.S. history commenced as a developing cumulus cloud broke through the cap in north central Kansas and exploded into a huge supercell thunderstorm. Between 4:15 and 8:35 pm cdt, this supercell produced 39 tornadoes in north central Kansas, including 12 in Mitchell County and 9 in Osborne County. A farmer living south of Cawker City reported going to the basement in his farm home 5 different times and each time he came out of the basement, his farm had additional damage. He also reported that at one time, he counted 3 tornadoes on the ground and 4 funnels in the air. Damage to property in Mitchell County exceeded $12 million.
    1999- Oriole Will Clark gets his 2,000th career hit in the 10-inning victory over the Royals, 6-5.
    2001---The Los Angeles Lakers take their second in a row NBA Championship
beating the Philadelphia 76ers in game 5.
    2003---The Los Angeles Lakers take their third in a row NBA Championship.
    2004—Detroit Pistons play as a team and dominated the Los Angeles Lakers, who’s players are charged as being “old and slow” by the sports press.
    2005- A judge in Mississippi approved a divorce settlement between Jerry Lee Lewis and his sixth wife, Kerrie Lynn McCarver Lewis. She would receive $250,000 immediately and $30,000 a year for five years.
    2005-Joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor George Pataki, and team officials, George Steinbrenner announces plans for new ballpark in the Bronx. The Yankee-financed $800 million facility, which will be built north of the current stadium in Macombs Dam Park, will seat at least 51,800 and will mirror the ‘The House that Ruth Built’ including limestone walls and the familiar copper frieze.

Stanley Cup Champions This Day

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NBA Champions This Day

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    2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 Shaquille O'Neal, L.A.. 
    2002---Los Angeles Lakers
    2002-03 San Antonio Spurs New Jersey Nets 4-2 Tim Duncan, San Antonio
    2003-- Detroit Pistons/Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 Chauncey Billups, Detroit




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