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Monday, June 2, 2014

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Great News
---Richard Wilson Scheduled for Surgery
Betsy McCaughey on Fox News,
  Talks About Richard Wilson & Portland VA
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 Platinum Financial, Orange, California
  Bulletin Board Complaint: $3,982.80
Element Financial Growing in Leaps and Bounds
  To Raise $1,250,052,500 for Purchase of PHH Arval
Top 50 US banks and thrifts in Q1'14
   SNL Financial Exclusive Report
     Channel Partners Last 20 Deals
        Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
Lessor’s Confusion Perfecting Security Interest in
Motor Vehicle Results in Lessor Being Deemed Unsecured
   By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal News Editor 
One-Third of 18-34 year Olds Live with Their Parents Chart
    by Sam Ro,
Miniature Dachshund
  Beaverton, Oregon  Adopt-a-Dog
Locke/Fading Gigolo
Frozen/Like Someone in Love/Ace in the Hole
    Film/DVD Reviews by Fernando Croce
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News Briefs--- 
Steve Hudson Interview on PHH Arval (Huge Step Forward)
 Fleet Lessor: #no 1 in Canada to number 3 in North American
   ---$1 billion to $5 billion business  (6:13 minutes video interview)
Element Financial slumps after acquiring PHH auto leasing
   unit for $1.4 bln
Umpqua Bank Will Continue to Advance Bank Store Concept
  with Newest Location in Portland, Ore.
TAL International Group Downgraded to Underperform at Zacks (TAL)
   US auto sales hit 9-year high in May
Report: Plea deal in works for ‘dead’ banker Aubrey Lee Price
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Great News
---Richard Wilson Scheduled for Surgery

Rosanne and Richard Wilson

After much pressure, rallying Leasing News readers and other media, Rosanne Wilson’s, CLP, BPB, husband Richard has been scheduled for the needed stint surgery at the Portland Veteran’s Hospital for June 12th.

He had been trying to get an appointment for six months, writing Congressmen and others, calling, emailing, and then was promised an appointment within 14 days---which did not happen.

As Rosanne told Leasing News on Monday, “The lady at the VA that called me and called Richard Friday was very aware of how upset we were.  The VA doesn't like to get phone calls from the Lars Larson Show (originates from Portland, Oregon) and she promised to look into this right away and told Richard she would look into this immediately. She said someone would call Richard early this week.

“Worse than that, the VA lost the notes from Richard's doctor that specifically said he had the blockages in his legs and would be scheduled within 14 days.  Richard had to read the letter from his doctor on the telephone with the lady from the VA.  It's ridiculous. This letter insists that this surgery will be done within 14 days and yet this letter from the doctor did not get entered into Richard's file on the computer. If you hadn't stirred the pot last week, we would have never got the phone call we were expecting.

“His doctor either dropped the ball, or his assistant didn't do the scheduling, but it's like suddenly there is no record of this letter or doctor's orders.  I went ballistic when I got home Friday night. The VA has lost many things in Richard's file over the years. It's very common for that to happen at our VA.  We've heard this from other vets too. Portland sucks. Thanks for sending over the link about Shinseki and the Portland VA. 

As a side note, several Leasing News readers suggested Medicare. Richard is 64, and can sign up in October at the new registration, “He will be able to sign up for a Medicare plan 3 months before his birth month,” Rosanne said. “I appreciate all the support from Leasing News and the Advisory Board, and my friends in leasing, as well as the pressure from The Lars Larson Show, and Dr. Betsy McCaughey, famed New York Post columnist. I will sleep so much better tonight.


My Husband Richard and the Veterans Administration




Betsy McCaughey on Fox News
 Talks About Richard Wilson and Portland VA

Dr. Betsy McCaughey (pronounced McCoy).  She isn't a physician, but is a PHD.  She is the former Lieutenant Governor of New York. She now is a renowned columnist for the New York Post, Investors Daily, Wall Street Journal, and also appears on Fox News regularly.



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Platinum Financial, Orange, California
Bulletin Board Complaint: $3,982.80

Glenn Criswell, Criswell Trucking, Trenton, Tennessee signed a 60 month lease with Platinum Financial, Orange, California on February 19, 2014 for a 2010 Kenworth T660 truck for $73,000, making a $3,982.80 initial deposit. (1).

“I got the Southern Funding through my fax, offering low interest rate loans,” he told Leasing News. “When you call this guy Ryan Dexter, your call will go to his voice mail and you tell him you got a fax. He then calls you back and refers you to Nick Martin with Platinum. Ryan is also with Platinum.”

Tom Leonard of Platinum Finance on May 15th emailed, "We were going to return his deposit to him just not as fast as he wanted it to be done. We told him he was getting a refund and he stated he needed it overnight which we would not do so he started filing complaints."

After waiting two weeks, Leasing News requested a statement about Southern Funding fax (above), as well as when Mr. Leonard would get his deposit back. This email was received June 2, 2014 from Mr. Leonard:

“Mr. Menkin I don’t feel as though you rationally give an unbiased report on the situation. We have contracts in place to protect us and the client. If the client has a discrepancy with something they must follow the terms of the agreement and Platinum will handle accordingly. I found a few cases against you personally and your leasing company American Leasing and discovered you have been sued many times for fraud in which you settled out of court and also for breach of contract. I do not and will not let a competitor arbitrate my contracts in place. If you post bulleted board complaint which show both sides please post my whole response do not edit. As for that company you asked me about I do not know who that is.”

Tom Leonard
Senior National Advisor

First, American Leasing started to wind down in early 2007 when we closed our Santa Clara, California, office. In the 41 years, neither I, nor the company, was ever sued for fraud or breach of contract.

You state that you don’t know anything about Southern Funding, or the fax, although Mr. Criswell says that is how your company reached him.

More importantly, the lease did not commence and he has been trying to get his deposit back for three months.

Kit Menkin, editor

  1. February  19, 2014 Lease Contract and truck invoice

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Element Financial Growing by Leaps and Bounds
To Raise $1,250,052,500 for Purchase of PHH Arval

There was a very interesting article in the regarding
the “Third Coming of Steve Hudson”(1).  He has been buying his
way back into the leasing marketplace, primarily in transportation
from truck fleets to railroad container and tank cars, as well
as other industries.  He is becoming a major player not only
in Canada, but in the United States.

Rumored to have been signed over the weekend, Element Financial
announced on Monday it “…has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets and operations of PHH Arval, PHH Corporation’s North American fleet management services business (the “Transaction”). Under the terms of the agreement, Element will pay approximately US$1.4 billion for the business in an all-cash transaction representing a purchase price multiple of 1.56 times the adjusted book value of the acquired business. At March 31, 2014, PHH Arval reported more than US$4.6 billion in total assets, of which US$4.0 billion represented net investment in fleet leases, and generated annual origination volumes of approximately US$1.7 billion during 2013.

“The Transaction, which is expected to close on or before July 31, 2014, is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and post-closing purchase price adjustments.”

“Element has also obtained a US$1.36 billion bridge financing commitment from Bank of Montreal to finance the Acquisition.”

As in their other purchases, this is how Element does it: “…offering of subscription receipts (“Subscription Receipts”), extendible convertible unsecured subordinated debentures (“Debentures”) and cumulative 5-year rate reset preferred shares, Series E (“Series E Preferred Shares”) …to $1,250,052,500. The net proceeds of the Offering (as defined below) will be used by Element to fund a portion of the purchase price of the acquisition of PHH Corporation’s fleet management services business (the “Acquisition”).”

Undoubtedly to prove the confidence, major investors and directors will also be buying into this, putting their money where their confidence is.

  1. The third coming of Steve Hudson--Element Financial


Top 50 US banks and thrifts in Q1'14

SNL Financial Exclusive Report
By Zuhaib Gull

U.S. Bancorp returned to the fifth spot on the top 50 list of the largest U.S. banks and thrifts as of March 31, after falling to sixth place on Dec. 31, 2012.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. continued to top the list with assets above $2 trillion. Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. followed with $1.895 trillion and $1.547 trillion in assets, respectively.

Formerly fifth on the list, Bank of New York Mellon Corp. posted a $6.28 billion drop in assets during the first three months of 2014. A decline in client deposits decreased the bank's funding sources and led to a $21.76 billion contraction in balances held on interest-bearing deposits with the Federal Reserve and other central banks. This pushed its assets down to $368.24 billion and allowed U.S. Bancorp to hop ahead of the bank.
U.S. Bancorp grew its securities portfolio by $5.62 billion, among other assets. According to an 16 earnings transcript, CFO Andrew Cecere said the company is looking to add $5 billion of securities in the second quarter. The bank also expects to conclude its acquisition of 103 branches in Illinois from Citizens Financial Group Inc.during the period.
HSBC North America Holdings Inc. overtook Capital One Financial become the eighth-largest bank in the country. The company's assets grew to $308.85 billion during the first quarter. Reverse repurchase agreements accounted for almost 79% of the $18.83 billion increase in assets seen during the quarter. Meanwhile, a $4 billion decrease in net loans, mainly caused by seasonal declines and run-offs of credit card loans, brought Capital One's assets down by $6.43 billion. The company reported assets of $290.50 billion as of March 31.

SNL ranks the largest banks and thrifts operating in the U.S. with a deposits-to-assets ratio of at least 25% for each relevant quarter. Some of the financial institutions that are regulated as bank holding companies did not meet the criteria and thus were excluded from the analysis. Examples include Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley.
In addition, industrial banks were also not considered for this analysis. One of the significant exclusions from the list is UBS Bank USA, which reported $45.51 billion in assets as of March 31.

Pro forma adjustments
In compiling rankings, SNL calculated pro forma assets for companies with pending M&A deals or deals that have closed since Dec. 31, 2013. To be used in calculating an adjusted asset size, the M&A deal must include a bank or thrift target with assets of at least $5 billion, or a deal value of more than $200 million. Two of the companies in the top-50 ranking have pending deals that qualify for adjustments.
SNL adjusted the assets of Buffalo, N.Y.-based M&T Bank Corp. to reflect the pending acquisition of Paramus, N.J.-based Hudson City Bancorp Inc. The deal was announced in August 2012 and is still pending. SNL added Hudson City's $38.23 billion in assets as of March 31, to M&T Bank, bringing M&T Bank's pro forma assets to $126.76 billion from $88.53 billion.
Similarly, in the case of San Antonio-based Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc., the company's acquisition of WNB Bancshares Inc., announced Aug. 13, 2013, increased its assets by $1.46 billion and its deposits by $1.34 billion.

Notable exceptions
Some deals involving the listed entities were not considered as they either did not meet SNL's criteria or did not disclose sufficient financial information for pro forma adjustments. Citizens Financial Group Inc.'s Jan. 7 announced divestiture of 104 branches to U.S. Bancorp. was one of the deals that were not considered.
Other exceptions include JPMorgan's announced March 19 sale of its physical commodities business to Mercuria Energy Group Ltd.; Bank of America's completed May 2 sale of 23 branches to Washington Federal Inc.; Citigroup Inc.'s Dec. 18, 2013, expected divestiture of 22 branches to BB&T Corp.; and Wells Fargo & Co.'s April 16 acquisition of Long Haul Holding Corp from K1 Ventures Ltd.






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Lessors’s Confusion Perfecting Security Interest in
Motor Vehicle Results in Lessor Being Deemed Unsecured
By Tom McCurnin  
Leasing News Legal News Editor 

Lessor Loans $400,000 to Cable News Channel Secured by Equipment, Consisting of News Vans, But Doesn’t Bother to Note Security Interest
on Titles For Two Years.  However, Title Notation Occurred
Within 90 Day Preference Period

In re: LDB Media, LLC 497 B.R. 332 (Bkrtcy.M.D. Fla. 2013)

Today’s case is fun if for the only reason that we have found the one equipment lessor in America that thinks it can perfect a security interest in a vehicle by filing a UCC-1 Financing Statement. 

The Debtor operated a 24–hour local news channel in Sarasota County, Florida.  Debtor entered into promissory note in favor of Gravitas Leasing for $400,000, secured by equipment and vehicles.  Gravitas recorded a UCC–1 financing statement to perfect its security interest in its collateral. Gravitas did not take titles and note the security interest on them. 

Gravitas’ argument was that LDB didn’t own the vehicles yet.  Well, if LDB didn’t own the equipment, then Gravitas couldn’t have a security interest in the non-owned collateral, could it? 

Failing that first argument, Gravitas then argued that at the minimum, it had a security interest in the equipment inside the trucks.  The problem for Gravitas was that a security interest in equipment attached to a truck (called an “accession”) is only enforceable where the security interest is so closely incorporated with the principal article that the equipment cannot be identified and detached therefrom without injury.  But when the equipment can be readily identified, and detached without injury to vehicle, they do not pass by accession to the one having a prior chattel mortgage or lien on the principal article. 

The Court examined the security interest which merely identified “equipment” of LDB and did not reasonably identify that the equipment might be attached to news trucks.  Thus, Gravitas did not have a security interest in the equipment inside the news trucks. 

So, Gravitas lost its security interest on both counts, as against the motor vehicles and as against their contents. 

The lessons here for the lessor are as follows:

•  First, Describe the Security Interest in the Security Agreement.  If the lessor’s intent is to secure a security interest in equipment, any equipment, then identify it.  Yes, “all equipment” descriptions can be fine, but when a debtor has multiple lenders, that description is useless, unless the lessor is the primary lender. 

•  Second, Describe The Motor Vehicle If The Equipment Is In One.  If the lessor’s intent is to secure a security interest in equipment which will be placed in a van, then again, describe the equipment, by make, model, and serial number, and state that it may be located in a van and describe the van.  How hard is this?

The bottom line to this case is that the lessor really botched its security interest.  What is more surprising is that this was a $400,000 deal. 

Gravitas Leasing

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One-Third of 18-34 year Olds Live with Their Parents
by Sam Ro,

Increasing numbers of young Americans are heading to college, where they're racking up debt to pay for rapidly increasing tuition costs.

Those graduating are being confronted by a challenging job market, which eventually leads many to just drop out of the labor force altogether.

This in turn has led to an increasing delinquency rate for student-loan borrowers.

So it's no surprise that young people are increasingly opting, perhaps out of necessity, to live at home with their parents.

In his latest monthly chart book, Deutsche Bank's Torsten Slok tracks the rise of 18- to 34-years-olds currently in this position.

And there are a lot.

Slok sees this as a bullish force to come in the housing market, characterized by a homeownership rate at a 19-year low.


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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

An intense thriller ("Locke") and a charming comedy ("Fading Gigolo") come to theaters, while DVD releases offer the new Disney smash ("Frozen"), a multilayered drama ("Like Someone in Love"), and an acidic classic ("Ace in the Hole").

In Theaters:

Locke (A24): Perhaps best known to American audiences as the bulky villain Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," British actor Tom Hardy has given subtle and powerful performances for years. He may finally have his breakout role as the titular character in this intense, minimalist drama. Hardy stars as Ivan Locke, a dedicated worker and family man whose life is turned upside down by a sudden telephone call one night. While driving home, he's contacted by a former flame who's about to give birth to their child. Determined to reach the hospital and see her, Locke stares down the dark road while going through a variety of emotions, aware that whatever decision he makes will forever affect his life and family. Basically a one-man show tailor-made for Hardy's talents, director Steven Knight's account of an unforgettable ride is a prime example of taut, involving storytelling.

Fading Gigolo (Millennium Entertainment): Woody Allen rarely ventures in front of the camera anymore, so it's a special treat to see the legendary filmmaker once again as an actor in this charming comedy-drama, directed by John Turturro. The story follows the friendship between Fioravante (Turturro), a New York florist, and Murray (Allen), whose bookstore is about to close down. With both of them facing financial trouble, Murray comes up with an unlikely money-making scheme by suggesting that his younger friend become a professional gigolo for love-starved Manhattan women. The comical set-up doesn't sit well with the timid Fioravante, and quickly gets Murray in trouble with the city's religious community. Clearly influenced by Allen's own distinctive humor but also informed by Turturro's own personality, the film is a nimble delight.

Netflix Tip: Always a welcome presence in dramas and comedies, English actor Bob Hoskins (1942-2014) left behind a gallery of great roles. So check out Netflix to honor this beloved performer, from "The Long Good Friday" (1980) and "Mona Lisa" (1986) to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988) and "Felicia's Journey" (1999).


Frozen (Walt Disney Studio): Fresh off its record-setting, Oscar-winning run, Disney Studios serves up a crowd-pleaser with the top-notch animation and warm humor that's its trademark. The story focuses on Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), a young woman whose optimism is tested when she's teamed up with gruff mountain man Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) in a search for her missing sister Elsa (Idina Menzel). The journey takes them up into the glacial heights surrounding their kingdom, where goofy and ominous creatures materialize and Anna's secret powers are revealed. Can they succeed, or will their land be forever trapped by winter? Directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and featuring the hit song "Let It Go," Disney's latest feels like a storybook come to life, and delightful viewing for kids and parents alike.

Like Someone in Love (Criterion): One of the greatest living filmmakers, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami has increasingly worked towards a more mysterious type of cinema. His latest film, a follow-up to the splendid "Certified Copy," follows a trio of characters whose paths cross in Japan. It all starts with a date arranged between an elderly professor (Tadashi Okuno) and a young student (Rin Takanashi), with an expected fling instead turning into a rendezvous of bowls of soup and old Ella Fitzgerald records. Then the young woman's violently jealous boyfriend (Ryo Kase) mistakes the old man for his beloved's grandfather, and a half-comic, half-suspenseful charade follows. Making masterful use of the camera, Kiarostami follows these people through the bustling city, fascinated by their secrets and discoveries. The result is one of last year's best and most effortlessly profound films. With subtitles.

Ace in the Hole (Criterion): The great writer-director Billy Wilder ("Some Like It Hot") was known for his acidic wit, and his movies don't come any more acidic than this withering drama from 1951. Kirk Douglas stars as Chuck Tatum, a big-city reporter who finds himself stuck in a small Albuquerque newspaper. That's when a local worker gets trapped in a mine, and, desperate to jump-start his career, Chuck seizes the tragedy and turns it into a news sensation. His plan quickly spins out of control, however, as his human-interest article becomes a full-blown media circus, complete with the man's wife (Jan Sterling) hoping for her share of the riches. Full of blackly comic touches but sporting a dead-serious center, this is an unforgettable portrait of ambition that packs as powerful a punch today as it did when it was first released.



News Briefs----

Steve Hudson Interview on PHH Arval (Huge Step Forward)
Fleet Lessor: #no 1 in Canada to number 3 in North American
---$1 billion to $5 billion business  (6:13 minutes video interview)

Element Financial slumps after acquiring PHH auto leasing unit for $1.4 bln

Umpqua Bank Will Continue to Advance Bank Store Concept with Newest Location in Portland, Ore.

TAL International Group Downgraded to Underperform at Zacks (TAL)

US auto sales hit 9-year high in May

Report: Plea deal in works for ‘dead’ banker Aubrey Lee Price

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Oregon Rose Festival (with photos)


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Baseball Poem

Catcher Sings the Blues
From the book
That Sweet Diamond
by Paul B. Janeczko, Carole Katchen (Illustrator)

Crouching low, I sing the blues
The aches are now a part of me
Blocking home, I sing the blues
0, the aches are now a part of me
Bruises, bumps, and scrapes
Have worn me down, can't you see?

My knees sing the blues
They sing 'em when I stoop and bend
My knees sing the blues
0, they sing 'em when I stoop and bend
They crunch, crackle, pop
The hurtful noises never end.

My fingers sing the blues
When I grip a ball or make a fist
0, my fingers sing the blues
When I grip a ball or make a fist
The knuckles moan and cry
By fire every one is kissed

Crouching low, I sing the blues
The aches are now a part of me
Blocking home, I sing the blues
0, these aches are now a part of me
Too many bruises, bumps, and scrapes
I'm nothing like I used to be.

No, nothing like I used to be



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“Gimme that Wine”

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Ohio wine grapes a complete loss this year, but growers share optimism for future

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This Day in History

        1648- Margaret or Margery Jones, of Charlestown was the first woman in Massachusetts to be executed for being a witch. Massachusetts Gov. John Winthrop's revealing diary indicated she dispensed herbs for healing and therefore was a witch. She was hung while protesting her innocence. Margaret Russell of Lexington, Massachusetts wrote and a member of the Massachusetts’s board wrote: "Margaret (variously Margery) Jones of Charleston, in what was then the Bay Colony, was the first woman (or person) in the new world tried and hanged explicitly for witchcraft, in 1648.”  Winthrop further wrote:  “Her behavior at the trial was very intemperate, lying notoriously, and railing upon the jury and witnesses, etc. and, in like distemper, she died. The same day and hour she was executed there was a very great tempest at Connecticut, which blew down many trees, etc.”
    1738-birthday of King George III, the English king against whom the American Revolution was directed. Born at London, England, died Jan 29, 1820, at Windsor Castle, near London. The 1744-1748 period known as King George’s War included most of the European nations in a complicated series of alliances, mainly pitting England, Austria, and Germany against the French and Spanish nations, including a quest for colonial power.
    1754 – During the Seven Years War, Lt. Col. George Washington of the Virginia Militia built Fort Necessity in the Ohio Valley.  It was the colony’s defense against the French who were fortifying their presence there.
    1811-During a debate on the proposal to create a state from the Orleans Territory, which entered the Union as Louisiana on April 30, 1812, the first secession idea was mentioned in Congress. The debate concerned the extension of slavery to the proposed state. Representative Josiah Quincy of Massachusetts declared, “It will be the right of all and the duty of some (of the states) definitely to prepare for a separation; amicably, if they can; violently, if they must. “ Representative Poindexter of Mississippi called Quincy to order, as did the speaker of the House. On appeal, the speaker’s decision was reversed, and Quincy was sustained by a vote of 53 ayes to 56 nays on the point of order. As new states and territories were added, whether they were to be “free” or “slave”, created further division between the North and South congressional and senate representatives, as the issue was basically one of “free labor” and “ownership” of people not considered “citizens” and to many, “human beings.”
    1812-- US House of Representatives votes war against Great Britain
79 to 49, three days after President James Madison asked Congress for the declaration. President Madison had grown tired of watching the US's merchant ships and sailors take a beating at the hands of the British.
    1825 - A hurricane struck Long Island, NY, leveling trees and causing damage to ships. The early season hurricane, which originated around Cuba, caused major damage along the Atlantic coast from Charleston, SC to New York City. Many were lost at sea. 
    1830 – American temperance leader Mary Hannah Hunt was born.  She became one of the most powerful women in the United States temperance movement promoting Prohibition of alcohol. As Superintendent of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union’s Department of Scientific Temperance Instruction, she worked from the grass roots to the national level to ensure passage of laws requiring that textbooks teach every school child a curriculum promoting complete abstinence for everyone and alcohol prohibition.
    1849-The "Panama "arrived in San Francisco Bay. There were already about 200 deserted ships in the harbor because the crews had abandoned them for the gold fields. Dr. Stephen R. Harris arrived on the “Panama." He was later elected to the posts of mayor, controller and coroner. Also on board was Hall McAllister whom Gen. Riley would appoint as attorney for the San Francisco District in Sept. 1849.
    1849--Eighteen men from the "U.S.S. Ohio" deserted to go to the gold diggings.
    1860 - Iowa's "Commanche Tornado", with wind speeds estimated in excess of 300 mph, was unquestionably one of the worst experienced by early settlers, with nearly a million dollars damage.
    1873-Birthday of Constance Mary Katherine Applebee, physical educator, born at Chigwall, Essex, England. While taking a summer course at Harvard in 1901, Applebee introduced field hockey to her classmates. Soon thereafter, she taught the game to students at Vassar and began teaching seminars and clinics to spread the game throughout the US. Died Jan 26, 1981.
    1862 - President Lincoln, with Secretaries Stanton and Chase on board, proceeded to Hampton Roads on steamer Miami to personally direct the stalled Peninsular Campaign. The following day, Lincoln informed Flag Officer L. M. Goldsborough: "I shall be found either at General Wool's [Fort Monroe] or on board the Miami." The President directed gunboat operations in the James River and the bombardment of Sewell's Point by the blockading squadron in the five days he acted as Commander-in-Chief in the field.
    1876-A mere 83 hours after leaving New York City, the Transcontinental Express train arrives in San Francisco. That any human being could travel across the entire nation in less than four days was inconceivable to previous generations of Americans. During the early 19th century, when Thomas Jefferson first dreamed of an American nation stretching from "sea to shining sea," it took the president 10 days to travel the 360 km from Monticello to Philadelphia via carriage. Even with frequent changing of horses, the 100-mile journey from New York to Philadelphia demanded two days hard travel in a light stagecoach. At such speeds, the coasts of the continent-wide American nation were months apart. How could such a vast country ever hope to remain united? As early as 1802, Jefferson had some glimmer of an answer. "The introduction of so powerful an agent as steam," he predicted, "[to a carriage on wheels] will make a great change in the situation of man."
    1886-Grover Cleveland, noted in yesterday’s Day in American History, marries Francis Folsom, becoming the first president to get married in the White House. :
    1889 – Birthday of American seismologist and geophysicist, Beno Gutenberg.  He was a colleague and mentor of Charles Francis Richter at the California Institute of Technology and Richter's collaborator in developing the Richter magnitude scale for measuring an earthquake's magnitude.
     1892--The Sierra Club was incorporated in San Francisco, California.
    1894- Famous Quebec singer and songwriter La Bolduc was born in Newport, Quebec. Her songs, mirroring Quebec life in the 1920's and '30s, had great influence on later French-language singers in the province. In the late '20's, her recordings of "La Cuisiniere" and "La Servante," sold 12,000 copies, a success unequalled in Quebec up to that time. La Bolduc died in 1941.
    1896 - At approximately 1:30 a.m., Henry Ford test-drove his Quadricycle, the first automobile he ever designed or drove. Ford was working at the Edison Illuminating Company in Detroit at the time that he began building the Quadricycle. He had reportedly seen an article on the gasoline engine in American Machinist while in the company of friend and fellow engineer, Charles King.
    1908- Birthday of Rosalind Russell - one of the great comedic actors of U.S. stage and screen who also portrayed - just as perfectly - sophisticated career women. She was nominated for four Academy Awards but never won. She did, however, receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy in 1972. She is probably best known because of the late, late showings on TV for her work in “Auntie Mame” (1958) and “Gypsy” (1962) although her earlier role in “The Women” was perhaps her most riveting. Her mother was Clara McKnight, editor of Vogue magazine.
    1911--Gold is discovered in Alaska's Indian Creek.
    1912 – Massachusetts became the first state to pass a minimum wage law.
    1913—Robert Runyon photographs Constitutionalist armies as well as the major military figures in Matamoros, part of the Mexican revolution involving raids into the United States.
    1917 – Birthday of long-time CBS newscaster, commentator, and journalist Charles Collingwood.  He died on Oct 3, 1985.
    1917- The First Pulitzer Prizes were awarded: biography, “Julia Ward Howe” by Laura E. Richards and Maude H. Elliott assisted by Florence H. Hall; history, “With Americans of Past and Present Days” by Jean Jules Jusserand, the French ambassador to the US. Herbert Bayard Swope of the New York World won the $500 prize for his stories on the internal situation in the German empire.
    1919-Birthday of opera singer Robert Merrill.
    1919 – Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the Constitution guarantying citizens the right to vote regardless of gender, and sent it to the states for ratification.
    1924-Native American Indians were granted citizenship and the right to vote by Congress. 
    1927-A team of American professional golfers beat a team of British professional golfers to win the first Ryder Cup competition, 9 ½ to 2 ½. The Ryder Cup was presented by British businessman Samuel Ryder. The first biennial competition was held at Worcester County Club, MA.
    1928-Trumpter player/band leader Maynard Ferguson birthday
    1929 --Birthday of Dr. Ruth Westheimer - U.S. TV's Dr. Ruth, sex expert,
born Frankfurt, Germany.
    1932-Birthday of vocalist Morgana King, Pleasantville, NY.,,453489,00.html
    1932-Birthday of arranger/tenor sax player Oliver Nelson, St. Louis, MO , died October 27, 1975.
    1934 - Tommy and Jimmy of The Dorsey Brothers recorded "Annie’s Aunt Fanny" on the Brunswick label. The track featured trombonist Glenn Miller, who also sang on the track.
    1934- The first US aircraft carrier, the Ranger, was placed in service in Norfolk, VA. It was the first such craft wholly designed and built to carry and launch aircraft.  The first captain was Arthur Leroy Bristol.
    1934 – FDR asks Congress for $52.5 million in relief funds to battle the social and economic disaster from droughts in the Great Plains.
    1937-Birthday of vocalist Freddy Fender ( Baldemar G. Huerta, Sr.), San Benito, TX
    1939 - During what became known as the "Voyage of the Damned," the SS St. Louis, carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees from Germany, was turned away from the Florida coast. Also denied permission to dock in Cuba, the ship eventually returned to Europe. The passengers were divided among England, France, Belgium and Holland and a number of the refugees later died in Nazi concentration camps. By 2003 efforts to track their fates identified 935 out of the 937 passengers. Some 260 ended up in Nazi killing centers.
    1940-Duke Ellington Orchestra records “Cotton Tail,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” for Victor.
    1940 -- Carson McCullers, 23, publishes “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” to great critical acclaim.
    1940--Birthday of Dorothy Rudd Moore - U.S. composer, poet, singer, born in New Castle, Delaware. She graduated magna cum laude from Howard University, where she earned a B.A. in music theory and composition, studying with Mark Fax. She was the recipient of a Lucy Moten Fellowship for study with Nadia Boulanger at the American Conservatory in France in 1963, and continued composition studies with Chou Wen-Chung in New York in 1965. She taught at the Harlem School of the Arts, New York University, and Bronx Community College, and was one of the founders of the Society of Black Composers. Her opera, “Frederick Douglass”, was performed in 1985 by Opera Ebony at the City College of New York. Rudd Moore has received commissions from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, and the New York State Council on the Arts. “Three Pieces for Violin and Piano” displays a spare and dissonant harmonic language featuring quartal and tritone harmonies.
    1940 – The Allies complete the evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk, France.
    1942- June 4-6, the Battle of Midway. A Japanese task force attempted to capture Midway Island in the Central Pacific. American bombers from Midway and from two nearby aircraft carriers sent the Japanese into retreat. This is considered by many the turning point of the war not only for morale, but this important victory over the Japanese was quite militarily significant. Americans repulsed an attempt to seize the island, sinking 17 Japanese ships, including four aircraft carriers, two large cruisers and four destroyers. Japan also lost 250 planes and 4800 men. The U.S. lost over 300 men and two ships, including the carrier Yorktown. Japan never regained its margin in carrier strength and the Central Pacific was made safe for American troops.

    1942-*FLEMING, RICHARD E. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 2 November 1917, St. Paul, Minn. Appointed from: Minnesota. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty as Flight Officer, Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 241, during action against enemy Japanese forces in the battle of Midway on 4 and 5 June 1942. When his Squadron Commander was shot down during the initial attack upon an enemy aircraft carrier, Capt. Fleming led the remainder of the division with such fearless determination that he dove his own plane to the perilously low altitude of 400 feet before releasing his bomb. Although his craft was riddled by 179 hits in the blistering hail of fire that burst upon him from Japanese fighter guns and antiaircraft batteries, he pulled out with only 2 minor wounds inflicted upon himself. On the night of 4 June, when the squadron commander lost his way and became separated from the others, Capt. Fleming brought his own plane in for a safe landing at its base despite hazardous weather conditions and total darkness. The following day, after less than 4 hours' sleep, he led the second division of his squadron in a coordinated glide-bombing and dive-bombing assault upon a Japanese battleship. Undeterred by a fateful approach glide, during which his ship was struck and set afire, he grimly pressed home his attack to an altitude of 500 feet, released his bomb to score a near miss on the stern of his target, and then crashed to the sea in flames. His dauntless perseverance and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1942 - The label started the year before by songwriter Johnny Mercer, Liberty Records, is now renamed Capitol, becoming the US' first major West Coast label. New label head Glenn Wallichs did "promotions" for Capitol Records in Hollywood. He theorized that if he sent copies of Capitol’s new records to influential radio announcers around the United States, he might be able to get the stations to play the records. Soon the practice would become common for most record labels.
    1944--*DAVID, ALBERT LEROY Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, Junior Grade, U.S. Navy. Born: 18 July 1902, Maryville, Mo. Accredited to: Missouri. Other Navy award: Navy Cross with gold star. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while attached to the U.S.S. Pillsbury during the capture of an enemy German submarine off French West Africa, 4 June 1944. Taking a vigorous part in the skillfully coordinated attack on the German U-505 which climaxed a prolonged search by the Task Group, Lt. (then Lt. j.g.) David boldly led a party from the Pillsbury in boarding the hostile submarine as it circled erratically at 5 or 6 knots on the surface. Fully aware that the U-boat might momentarily sink or be blown up by exploding demolition and scuttling charges, he braved the added danger of enemy gunfire to plunge through the conning tower hatch and, with his small party, exerted every effort to keep the ship afloat and to ass1st the succeeding and more fully equipped salvage parties in making the U-505 seaworthy for the long tow across the Atlantic to a U.S. port. By his valiant service during the first successful boarding and capture of an enemy man-o-war on the high seas by the U.S. Navy since 1815, Lt. David contributed materially to the effectiveness of our Battle of the Atlantic and upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1945- Birthday of Gordon Waller, one half of the 1960's British folk singing duo of Peter and Gordon, was born in Braemar, Scotland. Peter and Gordon had a softer sound than most of the British groups of the period. They first hit the North American charts in 1964 with "World Without Love," written by Paul McCartney.
    1945 - Michelle Phillips (Holly Michelle Gilliam) of the Mamas and the Papas is born in Long Beach, Calif. The group's biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 song, “Monday, Monday'' It was the first such craft wholly designed and built to carry and launch aircraft.  Phillips later acts in the TV show, “Knots Landing.''
    1951-Mississippi Valley State University founded.  Perhaps its most famous alumnus is NFL Hall of Famer, greatest receiver, and in an ESPN poll, the NFL’s Greatest Ever, former 49er Jerry Rice.
    1953 - An atomic bomb test explosion took place at Yucca Flats, Nevada, equivalent to 50,000 tons of TNT. This was double the 1945 blast over Hiroshima.
    1953--BARKER, CHARLES H. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class (then Pvt.), U.S. Army, Company K, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Sokkogae, Korea, 4 June 1953. Entered service at: Pickens County, S.C. Born: 12 April 1935, Pickens County, S.C. G.O. No.: 37, 7 June 1955. Citation: Pfc. Barker, a member of Company K, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While participating in a combat patrol engaged in screening an approach to "Pork-Chop Outpost," Pfc. Barker and his companions surprised and engaged an enemy group digging emplacements on the slope. Totally unprepared, the hostile troops sought cover. After ordering Pfc. Barker and a comrade to lay down a base of fire, the patrol leader maneuvered the remainder of the platoon to a vantage point on higher ground. Pfc. Barker moved to an open area firing his rifle and hurling grenades on the hostile positions. As enemy action increased in volume and intensity, mortar bursts fell on friendly positions, ammunition was in critical supply, and the platoon was ordered to withdraw into a perimeter defense preparatory to moving back to the outpost. Voluntarily electing to cover the retrograde movement, he gallantly maintained a defense and was last seen in close hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. Pfc. Barker's unflinching courage, consummate devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice enabled the patrol to complete the mission and affect an orderly withdrawal to friendly lines, reflecting lasting glory upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the military service. 
    1955----Top Hits
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
A Blossom Fell - Nat King Cole
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce
    1956- Elvis Presley makes a second appearance on the Milton Berle Show. He's presented with two Billboard Triple Crown awards for "Heartbreak Hotel". It was number one on the pop, R&B and Country & Western charts.
    1958 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Purple People Eater,'' Sheb Wooley. Wooley plays Peter Nolan on the TV series, “Rawhide.'' He also records comic recordings under the name Ben Colder and writes the “Hee Haw'' theme song.
    1962 -- William Faulkner's last novel, “The Reivers”, is published.
    1967- "The Monkees" TV show won an Emmy award for outstanding comedy series.
    1963-The Searchers released their debut single. It was a cover of the Drifters' hit, "Sweets For My Sweet."
    1963----Top Hits
It’s My Party - Lesley Gore
I Love You Because - Al Martino
Da Doo Ron Ron - The Crystals
Lonesome 7-7203 - Hawkshaw Hawkins
    1964 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers tied Bob Feller’s 1951 record by pitching a third career no-hit baseball game. The Dodgers won 3-0 against the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0. Koufax struck out twelve Phillies’ batters with his team catching the rest for the outs.  Koufax ended his Hall of Fame career with four no-hitters that included a perfect game in 1965 against the Cubs, whose pitcher Bob Hundley tossed a one-hitter.
    1964 - The Beatles begin their first world tour, playing the K.B. Hallen Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. Session drummer Jimmy Nicol, wearing Ringo's suit, sits in for the ailing drummer for this and the next five dates.
     1964 - The Beatles finish filming on their first movie, “A Hard Day's Night.”
    1966-Janis Joplin arrives in San Francisco, having been invited there by Big Brother and the Holding Company in order to become their new lead singer.
    1967-Bill Cosby, first black in a major television role, receives an Emmy Award for “I Spy.”
    1968 --San Francisco voters defeated a $5.7 million measure to acquire the Cliff House and Sutro Baths for a park. Ballot counting came to a standstill at City Hall when the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles was broadcast live on television.  Kennedy has just won the California Presidential Primary when he was hot by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan, from whom the crowd wrestled a smoking .22 pistol.
    1970 Carlos Santana records "Black Magic Woman" 
    1971----Top Hits
Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
Want Ads - The Honey Cone
It Don’t Come Easy - Ringo Starr
I Won’t Mention It Again - Ray Price
    1972-Angela Davis, black activist and professor, was found not guilty by an all-white jury of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy charges resulting from the August 7, 1970, fatal shooting of Judge Harold Haley in Marin County during an attempted escape and kidnapping. While Davis was not present at the crime, the murder weapon had been purchased by her and she knew the perpetrators, and had visited them often in jail. Based upon these facts, she was arrested and charged. During her trial she told the court she bought guns to protect herself, “For a black person growing up in violence-filled Alabama,” she said,” guns were a normal way of life.” I interviewed her as a newsman many times. The prosecutors could not prove that she planned or participated. She was very articulate and convincing, and all law enforcement knew she was involved, but could not prove it.     
    1972 - Pink Floyd begin to record their next album, tentatively titled “Eclipse”, at Abbey Road Studios in London. It would eventually be released as “Dark Side of the Moon”.
    1974- The game between the Texas Rangers and the Indians at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium was forfeited to Texas when the Indians tied the score, 5-5, in the bottom of the ninth inning. Umpire Nestor Chylak awarded the game to Texas when carousing fans, enlivened by an evening of ten cent beers, got out of hand. An estimated 60,000 cups of brew is sold to a crowd of 25,134.
    1975—Birthday of actress Angelina Jolie, born Los Angeles, California.
    1976 – In a game that many consider the NBA’s greatest, the Boston Celtics defeated the Phoenix Suns, 128-126, in game 5 of the NBA finals…in triple OT.
    1977-Supertramp's "Give A Little Bit" is released.
    1979----Top Hits
Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Love You Inside Out - Bee Gees
We are Family - Sister Sledge
If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me - Bellamy Brothers
    1980-The first Jewish woman to graduate from West Point was Cadet Donna Maller of Cockeysville, MD, one of 13 Jewish cadets who were graduated and commissioned on June 4, 1980, in a class of 831 men and 63 women. 
    1982 - A four day storm began over New England which produced up to 14 inches of rain in southern Connecticut, breaching twenty-three dams and breaking two others. Damage was estimated at more than 276 million dollars.
    1983-Mike Ashman of the Albany-Colonie Athletics, a minor league team, became the first player in professional baseball history to play all 10 positions in a ball game. Ashman pitched, caught, played all infield and outfield positions and served as the team’s designated hitter.
    1983- Steve Nicks releases "Stand Back."
    1984-Bruce Springsteen releases his "Born In The U.S.A." LP. The album tops the chart for 7 weeks and spawns 7 top-10 singles.
    1985 – The US Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruler striking down an Alabama law providing for a daily minute of silence in public schools.
    1986- The first of six Amnesty International shows was held in San Francisco. A crowd of 14,000 turned out to hear Bryan Adams, Sting, U2 and Peter Gabriel.
    1986 – Former Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard pleaded guilty to spying for Israel.  It has been estimated that Pollard sold enough classified documents to fill a medium-sized room.
    1987-The longest winning streak in track and field history came to an end as Danny Harris defeated Edwin Moses in the 400-meter hurdles at a meet in Madrid. Moses, who had won 122 races in a row dating back to August 26, 1977, finished .13 seconds behind.
    1987----Top Hits
With or Without You - U2
You Keep Me Hangin’ On - Kim Wilde
Always - Atlantic Starr
It Takes a Little Rain (To Make Love Grow) - The Oak Ridge Boys
    1988 - A dozen cities in the eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Atlantic City NJ with a reading of 40 degrees. Fifteen cities in the north central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Glasgow MT and Havre MT with readings of 102 degrees.
    1992- The "young Elvis" stamp beats out the bloated "Vegas Elvis" stamp in a contest conducted by the U.S. Postal Service. More than a million votes are tallied
    1996-Pamela Davis, a 21 year-old right-hander pitched one inning of scoreless relief for the Jacksonville Suns and got credit for the win in an exhibition game against the Australian Olympic team. The Suns, a Class AA affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, thus became the first minor league team, under the current structure of minor league baseball. to employ a female player to its roster.
    1996-A show by Metallica in the parking lot of Tower Records right here in San Jose, California drew 10,000 fans. The resulting traffic jam and overworked police officers left the record store, the promoter and the band's record company facing charges of disturbing the peace, obstructing traffic and failure to get a permit.
    1998-- By selling out all four-million shares of common stock sold at $15 each, the Cleveland Indians raised $60 million, making the Indians the first publicly traded major league team.
    1998 - Ray Charles celebrates his 50th year in the music industry by performing with an all-star reunion band at the 15th annual Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park. He is joined by David "Fathead" Newman, Hank Crawford, and Leroy "Hog" Cooper on saxes and Philip Guilbeau on trumpet. Mabel John, a former Raelett performs guest vocals.
    2001-- After falling behind 3-0, Little League pitcher Robert Knight strikes out the final batter to complete a perfect game in which all 18 batters are struck out. The 5-foot-3 twelve-year old also had three hits as the Tigers beat the Giants, 7-0.
    2003--- Although his bat may have contained cork in yesterday's game, all five of Sammy Sosa's historic bats housed at the Hall of Fame and the 76 of confiscated from his locker by major league baseball revealed no signs of tampering. X-rays and CT scans were used to clear cleared Cubs' slugger remaining lumber.
    2004 --Both Barry Bonds (675) and Rafael Palmeiro (536 and 537, passing Mickey Mantle), both homer, marking only the third time in baseball history that two players with more than 500 home runs go deep in the same game. Willie Mays and Ernie Banks (1970) and Mays again with Hank Aaron were the first pairs to accomplish the feat (1971).
    2009 – President Barack Obama addressed Muslims of the world in a speech in Cairo, stating that America has a common cause with Islam and never will be at war with the faith.



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