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Monday, June 19, 2017

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Job Wanted – Collections
  Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity
Top Stories: June 12 - June 16
   (Opened Most by Readers)
Commercial Alternative Finance Company List
   Start of List
Commercial Loan Broker Conference & Expo
   600 Brokers Expected to Attend
Looking for a Job
   Post a Position Wanted
The Top Performer’s Corner
 By Gerry J. Ricco, Managing Director, ZRG Partners
   David Normandin, CLFP
Filing a Complaint Against a Finance or Leasing Company
   in the State of California
Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals
   Spaces Left for 2017
German Shepherd/Mix
Cleveland, Ohio  Adopt-a-Dog
    Leasing News
Classified Ads---Employment Web Sites
News Briefs--- 
FinTechs Puts the Squeeze on Cash-strapped Small Businesses
  OnDeck Charged 55% APR plus Origination Fee of $1,625
May's Brisk Home Sales Set Post-Recession Records
 MLS Data from 53 Metro Areas
Microsoft Releases Patches for Unsupported Software
 XP/Vista/Server 2003, Windows 8.1, Windows’ 7, Server 2008

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (writer's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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 Baseball Poem
  Sports Brief----
   California Nuts Brief---
   "Gimme that Wine"
     This Day in American History
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Job Wanted – Collections
Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity

Each Week Leasing News is pleased, as a service to its readership, to offer completely free ads placed by candidates for jobs in the industry.  These ads also can be accessed directly on the website at:

Each ad is limited to (100) words and ads repeat for up to 6 months unless the candidate tells us to stop. Your submissions should be received here by the end of each week.  


Chicago, Illinois
Seasoned Risk and Portfolio Management professional with strong Collections, Workouts, Portfolio Management, Underwriting, Process Improvement and Credit Management background. Deep expertise in risk management and portfolio management within a regulated and compliance-driven banking environment. Partners with senior leadership to identify business risks and determine business strategy based on market and industry trends. Leads initiatives to improve efficiency and mitigate risk. Leverages business acumen and expertise gained through experience across multiple industries, including industrial, consumer and financial services, to develop and implement solutions, improve profits and reduce losses. Significant large-scale project management experience.
Demonstrated ability to analyze and articulate complex issues and implement process improvements. Excels in evaluating and mitigating customer credit risk, profit improvement, management reporting, loss mitigation and business intelligence 


Work Remotely from Portland, Oregon

Experienced commercial banker and former commercial equipment leasing industry professional seeking full-time or part-time work out of my home in Portland, Oregon. Over twenty years’ experience in credit analysis, underwriting, sales and collections. Known for creative problem solving and strong quantitative & qualitative analytical skills.  Demonstrated ability to gather information, evaluate and make informed strategic business decisions to maximize profit and mitigate risk. Well known for ability to develop strong business relationships with Clients and large list of national equipment leasing Brokers. Please see attached resume and contact me below if interested. 



Top Stories: June 12 - June 16
(Opened Most by Readers)

(1) Referral, Recommendations, Questions, Complaints
          By Kit Menkin, Editor

(2) Credit Bureaus Erasing Negative Info
---Only When It Doesn't Have Specific Data

(3) Pawnee Leasing Updated
    Funder List "A"

(4) Story Credit Lessors – Lenders’ List
"C" & "D" Lessees, Business Loans, Working Capital

(5) New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
          and Related Industries

(6) Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
           Loving "Life"

(7) Sales Makes it Happen by Kit Menkin
          You Become What You Attract

(8) David Gilbert, CEO, National Funding
      2017 San Diego Entrepreneur of the Year

(9) Aggregate Funding Sources
   (Online: connects lessees, lessors, and vendors)

(10) ELFA Credit & Collections Management Conference
         by Ben Carlile




Commercial Alternative Finance Company List
Start of List

There is no advertising fee or charge for a listing. They are “free.” Leasing News makes no endorsement of any of the companies listed, except they have qualified to be on this specific list.

This list will appear on the website as well as in the News Edition, from time to time, particularly when updated, as well as utilized when Leasing News is asked for a referral or has a good reputation.

To qualify for this list, the company must be a "funder" and not a "Broker."  The company may sell off its portfolio from time to time, but the definition is for a company or financial institution where 50% or more of its business is from actually "funding" transactions themselves, where they are on "recourse." Every non-public company' banker and/or investor(s) are contacted to verify this.

Leasing News reserves the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.

This is for commercial business only, no consumer transactions, and products offered to list include, Bridge Loans, Business Loans Factoring, Capital Leasing, Lines of Credit, Merchant Advance, Trade/PO Financing, Working Capital.

In Business Since 
Leasing Association
Products Offered

Rapid Advance
Jeff Schubert

$5,000 to $1,000,000
Working capital loans, lines of credit, merchant cash advances and bridge loans.

A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed
| C -Sub-Broker Program| D - Also "in house" salesmen

To join the list, email:


Commercial Loan Broker Conference & Expo
600 Brokers Expected to Attend

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, a Marriott Hotel

Kris D. Roglieri, CEO of several companies including finance, training, and marketing, co-founder of the National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers, said, "This is our third year and we are expecting over 600 loan brokers and over 100 lenders to attend this record breaking event."

What makes this conference difference are funders and brokers who normally do not attend conferences, but come from all parts of the United States. This is not just for members of one group, but open to all, many who do not belong to finance and leasing associations, including specialists with specific followings in business loans, equipment finance and leasing, merchant advance, working capital and other commercial financial transactions.

Early Bird Special s $499 for Brokers, $799 for Lenders, and $950 for Service Providers.  The event is being held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, a Marriott Hotel, Kissimmee, Florida Tuesday, October 17 to Thursday, October, 19, 2017.  The City is 11.6 miles to Walt Disney World Resort; 19.3 miles Orlando International Airport.




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The Top Performer’s Corner
By Gerry J. Ricco, Managing Director, ZRG Partners


David Normandin, CLFP
Managing Director, Senior Vice President
Hanmi Bank

The Top Performer we have the opportunity and privilege to know and hear from is David Normandin, CLFP. David is currently the Managing Director and Senior Vice President for Hanmi Bank's commercial finance division, Irvine, California. For the past 20-plus years, David has been a hard driving industry professional who has achieved great success. It's my please to share both his personal and business experiences.

To understand David as a hard charger is to know his passion outside of work.  David is an avid sailor. He’s been sailing since high school in San Diego, CA. He is the proud owner and captain of a beautiful 50-foot Beneteau sailing yacht named “Freedom.” David is a real competitor. He assembled a team of 7-highly experienced sailors who together have won numerous yacht races. One such yacht race is the extremely difficult, highly competitive Newport, CA to Ensenada, Mexico International Yacht Race.  In 2016, David and his crew came in first in 4-classes and first in 3-classes in 2017. This international yacht race, celebrating its 70th year, attracts top yachtsmen from all over the world. I believe David's sailing passion and desire to be a winner sets the stage for us to view David as a Top Performer.

From a business prospective to understand David as a Top Performer, we need to go back to the early 90s. Not long after college, David attended a job fair where 40 companies were trying to recruit young, energetic, hungry college graduates. After checking out all the companies, David decided to join Balboa Capital, Corporation as a Junior Account Executive in 1996.  David was fortunate to start his young sales career by being trained and mentored by top producing sales representatives. However, David quickly learned this was not an easy job. He was making 100 to 150 calls per day trying to find leasing opportunities; lots of rejection came with the job. In light of the challenges and difficulties the job presented, David didn't give up even with all of the many young recruits who were continually quitting. His perseverance paid off, and over the next 11-years, David moved up steadily from Junior Account Executive to ultimately being Balboa Capital's Vice President of Sales.

After leaving Balboa Capital, and a short period of consulting, David secured a position with Banc of California as their Managing Director, Senior Vice President of commercial specialty finance division. Over the next 4-years, David grew his startup business unit to $380 million in small and mid-ticket commercial leases and loans. In November, 2016, David led a successful sale of his business unit to Hanmi Bank. David was able to retain his complete team and locations, and as he put it, "We never missed a beat, as the name changed on the door, we to continue to grow the business."
David believes to be a top performer you need to develop early in life habits and disciplines that will carry you through life. Here are David's thoughts and beliefs regarding this. “I learned early in life to pay attention and listen carefully.” “To learn everything it takes to excel in what I am doing.” He also said, “I don’t feel like I am the smartest person in the room, so to excel and rise to the top, I believe that I need to be the hardest-working person in the room.”  

Those young formative years really made an impression on David. Here is what he shared with me. "I learned early on in life that you need to ask lots of questions and listen very carefully." "To try and absorb as much as you can and get to as close to being an expert in your field." "To also be passionate and fearless, not to be afraid to make well-informed decisions." " I also believe it is essential not to give up." "I believe there is no easy path to success."

Here is one thing that David said I thought was very insightful and smart, "When faced with big decisions go back to what is true." To further clarify this, David said when you know something has worked and proved to be true, then reflect on those truths and proceed in confidence to complete or advance your cause. In the world of sales training and management, this line of thinking is considered a personal faith talk. Unlike a pep talk that gets you pumped up to charge forward, faith talks bring on personal confidence built on past successes and experiences. 

David also has strong beliefs regarding what it takes to be a good leader. As David astutely stated, "There is a significant difference between managing and leading." "People don't like to be managed." "What people want is to follow a leader that will help them reach or exceed their goals and objectives." "I also believe it is essential that a good leader creates a positive, enjoyable work environment."

One thing I learned about David is he is a very humble person. When I asked him how he has recruited and retained top team members, he said. "Pride must take a back seat, to always put your team first." "I firmly believe there is no room for pride in leadership." This statement really struck me, what an absolute profound statement. If all leaders in all capacities around the globe adhered to just this one statement, we would all live in a better world.

As far as retaining top talent David has an interesting view towards this. "Everybody eventually leaves. All I do is try to keep them a little longer." David also said, "Don't put people in jobs that don't fit them, it only leads to failure and an unhappy person."

David believes a balance between business and personal life along with giving back is essential to being a good leader. For David trying to achieve the balance between his work life and home life is an ongoing challenge, as he puts it, "It's a work in progress." 

 As far as giving back David has held numerous associations’ positions and posts. He is a Certified Leasing and Finance Professional (CLFP). He is the past President and President Marketing Committee. He also is on the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's Business Council Steering Committee (Small Ticket), serving as Chair and Speaker. He also served as National Association of Equipment Financing 2014 Treasurer, Board Member, and Education Committee Chair and Speaker. He earned the National Association of Equipment Leasing Broker’s Best Practice Broker designation. He also served as Annual Conference Key Note Speaker.

David is a true Top Performer. I don't believe he is going to let this coveted title slip by him anytime soon. David, we wish you all the best in your current endeavors. Thank you for sharing your business points of view and personal life experiences.

To all, take care.

Gerry J. Ricco
Managing Director
ZRG Partners
Office: 949-354-0663
Cell: 949-842-9219

The Top Performer’s Corner



Filing a Complaint Against a Finance or Leasing Company
in the State of California

Many states have such an on line ability to file a complaint against those licensed and unlicensed in their state.

The California  Department of Business Oversight (DBO) has encourages complaints to be submitted "...if they believe a DBO licensee has violated state law or acted improperly, or if they believe a company or person is conducting unlicensed activity that falls within the DBO's jurisdiction.

"You should always file your complaint with the DBO, regardless of whether you are trying to resolve your dispute through another forum. The DBO relies on complaints to help us protect consumers, borrowers and investors, and obtain redress for them when they're victimized by unlawful, unfair or fraudulent business practices.

"The DBO evaluates and reviews complaints and takes appropriate action when it finds violations of the laws and regulations we administer.

Enforcement actions may include administrative orders to: stop violations of laws; deny, suspend or revoke licenses; take possession of licensees; suspend or bar individuals from participating in a regulated industry; and levy penalties. The DBO also can file civil actions to stop violations of the laws, appoint receivers over companies, and obtain restitution for consumers and penalties against violators.

"If the DBO does not have jurisdiction over the matter, we will help direct you to the proper regulatory or law enforcement agency."

Search for Licensed Finance Lender/Capital Leasing Broker

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Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals
Spaces Left for 2017

The Certified Lease and Finance Professional Foundation offers a variety of study tools to help candidates prepare for the exam, including the CLFP Handbook, the CLFP Mentor Program and the Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals, a three-day event designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the CLFP exam. Upon achieving the CLFP designation, recipients must meet ongoing requirements to maintain their elite status as a CLFP in Good Standing and retain the license to use the designation.

Academy Classes

Five Spaces Left - San Francisco area
Spaces Left: Five
Registered: 18 registrants
Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:00 AM • Crowne Plaza - Concord/Walnut Creek, California

Four Spaces Left – Seattle area
Registered: 12 registrants
Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:00 AM • Orion First Financial - Gig Harbor, Washington

Registered: 12 Registrants  -Dover, NH   
Hosted by Ascentium Capital
Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:00 AM (EDT) • Dover, New Hampshire

Spaces Left: 12  Southern California
Registered: Nobody
Southern California * Hosted by First National Capital
Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:00 AM • First National Capital, 
Foothill Ranch, California

Spaces Left: 20 Philadelphia Area
Registered: Nobody
November 16, 2017 8:00am
Residence Inn – Great Valley, Malvern


CLFP also has a mentor program.
For questions or to register, please contact: or (206) 535-6281


German Shepherd/Mix
Cleveland, Ohio  Adopt-a-Dog

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Breed: German Shepherd/Mix
Sex: Male
Age: 7 years 6 months
Size: Large
Color: Black/Brown
Neutered: Yes
Declawed: No
Housetrained: Unknown
Intake Date: 6/12/2017

Cleveland Animal Protective League
Address: 1729 Willey Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44113

Phone: 216-771-4616

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Monday-Friday – 11 am to 6:30 pm
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Adopt a Pet



Classified Ads---Employment Web Sites

Here is a list of top internet job web sites, several specializing in financial, money, and leasing, too.

While discussing employment forms with an attorney is advised, often it does not come up, as well as considered "too expensive." Here are a "Non-Disclosure Agreement," by state, "as well as an Independent Contractor Agreement, " and "Non-Compete Agreement," a guide in an easy-to-digest, user-friendly resource that uniquely focuses on the different strategies that junior, mid and senior-level employees can utilize during their salary negotiations, as opposed to the one-size-fits-all advice of most salary negotiation articles."


News Briefs---

FinTechs Puts the Squeeze on Cash-strapped Small Businesses
  OnDeck Charged 55% APR plus Origination Fee of $1,625 

May's Brisk Home Sales Set Post-Recession Records
 MLS Data from 53 Metro Areas

Microsoft Releases Patches for Unsupported Software
 XP/Vista/Server 2003, Windows 8.1, Windows’ 7, Server 2008




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This SF Bay Area startup wants to eliminate
      your trip to the gas station


Poem ---


   by Tim Peeler

A Faulkner sentence is an extra inning game, Simply and finally playing through its Will and exhaustion.

Third Base Coach signals are ee cummings poems-
Gimmicky, sure, but meaningful in their color
When you break the code.

The prisons play contests of Bukowski prose,
Where a stolen base may be a literal image
And everybody gambles nothing.

Weird killers load the bases at a
Stephen King Little League field, the sequel,
A grand slam promise at the bank.

Although Poe would never sit through nine,
His words are a dark season in the cellar,
A team leaving town and the death of a Beautiful groupie.

Finally, Wolfe who wrote slugfest
Double-headers played to million-footed
Throngs, then flickered like so many other
Stars never meant for extra innings.


---  with the permission of the author, from his
book of baseball poetry:

“Waiting for Godot's First Pitch”
More Poems from Baseball

available from Amazon or direct from the publisher at:



Sports Briefs----

Jim Tomsula's wife told him to shave his mustache
   and lose weight after 49ers firing

Kyle Shanahan on Mike Shanahan:
   “He’ll have an office attached to my office.”


California Nuts Briefs---

Over 100 Million Dead Trees Pose Wildfire Threat In California



“Gimme that Wine”

Napa Valley’s Schrader Cellars sold to Constellation Brands

Free Mobile Wine Program

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

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This Day in American History

        1586 - English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, N.C. after failing to establish England's first permanent settlement in America.
    1754 - The first Colonial congress met at Albany, NY, from this date to July 11, to form a plan of union and to negotiate a treaty with the Six Nations of the Iroquois. Seven colonies attended. Massachusetts Bay sent four delegates, New Hampshire four, New York four, Pennsylvania four, Connecticut three, Maryland two, and Rhode Island tow.
    1778 - Learning that the British have left Philadelphia, Washington's troops start to move from Valley Forge where raw recruits had spent almost nine months of training during which he has turned them into formidable force. They also joined by General Lafayette, who had narrowly escaped a British counter-attack.
    1835 - A tornado tore through the center of New Brunswick, New Jersey, killing 5 people. Debris from the tornado fell as far away as Manhattan Island. The tornado was studied on spot by two meteorologists - William Redfield and James Espy. Smaller tornadoes were reported at Paterson, New Jersey, Kinderhook, New York, and Pine Plains, New York.
    1841 - In a letter to President John Tyler, Samuel Colt of Hartford CT, claimed he had invented an “underwater torpedo” and could sink ships by mines. He sank the gunboat Boxer in New York Harbor on July 4, 1842, and the 300-ton brig Volta on October 18, 1842. On April 13, 1843, in the presence of President Tyler, his Cabinet, General Winfield Scott, and other officials, Colt blew up a schooner on the Potomac River by an electric mine from a distance of five miles. His invention was a combination of Robert Fulton's stationary torpedo and Professor Robert Hare's galvanic current. Its claim was that it would protect all US harbors from foreign invasion.
    1846 - The first baseball game to be played as part of an organized sport took place at Elysian Fields, Hoboken, NJ, when the Knickerbocker Baseball Club of New York, the first organized baseball team, was defeated by an informal team called the New York Nine. The score was 23-1 in four innings. The umpire was Alexander Joy Cartwright, a member of the Knickerbocker team. Cartwright was the author of the first set of formal rules for baseball. He also laid out the sport's diamond-shaped field and established its nine playing positions. The widespread legend that attributes the founding of baseball to Abner Doubleday at Cooperstown, NY, is false because he was a West Point cadet at the time. Early versions of baseball, unorganized and based on the English games of rounders and cricket, were played in the English colonies of America as far back as the early 1700's.
   1856 - Elbert Hubbard (d. 1915) was born at Bloomington, IL.  Famous turn of the century American author and craftsman, founded the Roycroft Press at East Aurora, NY. Best known among his writings were, “A Message to Garcia” and a series of essays titled “Little Journeys.” He also became famous for his furnituredesigns. Hubbard lost his life with the sinking of the Lusitania, May 7, 1915.
   1862 - After fifty years of controversy, Congress outlawed slavery in US territories, nullifying the 1857 Dred Scott decision.
    1864 - SMITH, WILLIAM, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Quartermaster, U.S. Navy. Born: 1838, Ireland. Accredited to: New Hampshire. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864. Citation: Served as second quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as captain of the 11-inch pivot gun of the second division, Smith carried out his duties courageously and deserved special notice for the deliberate and cool manner in which he acted throughout the bitter engagement. It is stated by rebel officers that this gun was more destructive and did more damage than any other gun of Kearsarge.   
    1864 - The Confederate Cruiser Alabama was sunk by the U.S.S. Kearsarge off Cherbourg, France, while trying to escape into the Atlantic. 15,000 Frenchmen watched the battle from shoreline cliffs. In two years of roaming the Atlantic, the Alabama had destroyed or captured 69 vessels.
    1865 - Emancipation Day is celebrated in Texas to commemorate the day when Union General Granger proclaimed the slaves of Texas free. Also, proclaimed as Emancipation Day by the Florida legislature. “Juneteenth” originally was an occasion for commemoration by African Americans in many parts of the US and now celebrated each year nationally as the holiday "Juneteenth," oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
    1867 - The first running of the Belmont Stakes took place at Jerome Park, NY. Jockey J. Gilpartic and his horse, Thuless, finished first in a time of 3:05. The Belmont Stakes continued at Jerome Park until 1889, then moved to Morris Park, NYU, during 1890-95, and, in 1906, settled at Belmont Park in Queens where it has continued to the present day. The Belmont Stakes is the oldest event of horse racing's Triple Crown.
    1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York, a present from France to the people of the United States.
    1897 - The head stooge in the Three Stooges, Moe Howard was born Moses Horwitz (d. 1975) at Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY. Howard began his show business career at age 12 by running errands at Vitagraph studios. He worked with Ted Healy in various comedy and singing acts, and together they teamed with Shemp Howard and Larry Fine in the mid-1920s for an early Stooges act. In 1930, the Stooges made their film debut in “Soup to Nuts.” Although the members of the Three Stooges changed over the years, Moe Howard was one of the constants. Howard appeared in four feature films without the other Stooges, including “Doctor Death, Seeker of Souls.”
    1902 - Bandleader Guy Lombardo, whose orchestra played "The Sweetest Music This Side of Heaven,” was born Gaetano Alberto Lombardo (d. 1977) in London, Ontario. Lombardo's Royal Canadians were the most popular dance band in North America in terms of record sales - more than 300-million during the orchestra's 50-year career. Among Lombardo's million-sellers were "Humoresque" in 1946, "Easter Parade" in 1947 and the "Third Man Theme" in 1950. Lombardo went to Cleveland in 1923 with a group of London-area musicians, including his brothers Carmen and Lebert. By the following year, the band was being billed as the Royal Canadians. Lombardo's New Year's Eve radio and TV broadcasts from the Roosevelt Grill in New York were a traditional part of holiday celebrations from 1929 to 1962. Because of this popularity, Lombardo was called "Mr. New Year's Eve."  The Royal Canadians were known especially for their version of "Auld Lang Syne,” played annually at New Year’s Eve up to his death in 1977, and their version is still the first song played at the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration.  “Auld Lang Syne” is such a standard that it has been recorded innumerable times, in every conceivable style, by many artists, both well-known and obscure.
    1903 - Birthday of Lou Gehrig, born Heinrich Ludwig Gehrig (d. 1941) in Yorkville, New York, NY. Known as the “Iron Horse,” he played in 2,130 consecutive games, a record not surpassed until Cal Ripken did so in 1995. He played 17 years with the Yankees, hit .341 and slugged 493 home runs, 23 of them grand slams. Gehrig retired abruptly in May, 1939 and was diagnosed with the degenerative muscle disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which has become known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939 by special election.  Gehrig was voted the greatest first baseman of all time by the Baseball Writers’ Association in 1969 and was the leading vote-getter on the MLB All-Century team chosen by fans in 1999.  A monument in Gehrig's honor, originally dedicated by the Yankees in 1941 and the first of the many, currently resides in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. At the famous “Luckiest man on the face of the earth” speech he gave at Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day, July 4, 1939, his number 4 was retired by the Yankees, the first such honor given to any Major Leaguer.  The Lou Gehrig Memorial Award is given annually to the MLB player best exhibiting his integrity and character.     
    1906 - Earl W. Bascom (d. 1995), famous Mormon rodeo showman and pioneer, was born in Vernal, Utah.  Bascom developed the first side-delivery rodeo chute (1916), the first hornless bronc saddle (1922) and the first one-handed bareback rigging (1925). He produced the first rodeo in Mississippi and the first rodeo performed at night under electric lights.
    1909 - Tenor sax player Joe Thomas (d. 1986) born Uniontown, PA.
    1910 - The first Father's Day was celebrated. The idea originated with Mrs. John Bruce Dodd and the holiday was launched by the Ministerial Association and the YMCA of Spokane, WA. Mrs. Dodd was inspired by her admiration for the great job her father, William Smart, had done in raising his 6 children after his wife's untimely and early death. It is now generally observed on the third Sunday in June.
    1910 - Birthday of Abe Fortas (d. 1982), born Memphis, TN. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. Prior to his appointment he was known as a civil libertarian, having argued cases for government employees and other individuals accused by Senator Joe McCarthy of having communist affiliations. He argued the 1963 landmark Supreme Court case of Gideon v Wainwright, which established the right of indigent defendants to free legal aid in criminal prosecutions. In 1968, he was nominated by Johnson to succeed Chief Justice Earl Warren, but his nomination was withdrawn after much conservative opposition in the Senate. In 1969, Fortas became the first Supreme Court Justice to be forced to resign after revelations about questionable financial dealings were made public. 
    1914 - Bluegrass musician Lester Flatt (d. 1979) was born in Overton County, Tennessee. Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys were one of the most popular country music acts of the 1950's and '60s. They were largely responsible for making bluegrass music popular outside the rural South where it had flourished for years. In the '60s, their biggest hits were "The Ballad of Jed Clampett," from the "Beverly Hillbillies" TV show, and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," which was used in the soundtrack of "Bonnie and Clyde." By 1969, when Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs split up, they were one of the best-known country music acts in the world.
    1915 - Maxwell Emmett "Pat" Buttram (d.  1994) was born in Addison, AL.  He is best known for playing the sidekick of Gene Autry and for playing the character of Mr. Haney in the television series “Green Acres.”  He had a distinctive voice which, in his own words, "never quite made it through puberty."
    1917 - Singer Dave Lambert (d. 1966) birthday, Boston.  He was best known as a member of the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. Lambert spent a lifetime experimenting with the human voice and expanding the possibilities of its use within jazz.
    1926 - Harmonica player DeFord Bailey, the most important black performer in country music before Charley Pride, made his first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. His lively adaptations of old songs made him one of the most popular Opry performers until 1941, when he was dismissed, according to Opry founder George D. Hay, for refusing to learn new material.
    1934 – The Communications Act of 1934 was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  The Act replaced the Federal Radio Commission with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and transferred regulation of interstate telephone services from the Interstate Commerce Commission to the FCC.
    1938 - A cloudburst near Custer Creek, Montana (near Miles City) caused a train wreck killing 48 persons. An estimated 4 to 7 inches of rain deluged the head of the creek that evening and water flowing through the creek weakened the bridge. As a result, locomotive and 7 passenger cars plunged into the swollen creek. One car, a tourist sleeper, was completely submerged.
    1940 - Birthday Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney, born Shirley Ann Roque, Burlington, VT.  One of the predominant drag racers in the history of the sport, man or woman, she dominated the sport winning three world championship titles, but for many years she did not get a single sponsor! Her first marriage was dissolved after she became a better drag racer than her husband. The media credited some of her wins to her crew boss. Because he refused to deny the claims (in fact probably started the rumors), she replaced him. When he turned to driving himself, she beat him. No matter how many wins, she never got any major sponsorship.  The "First Lady of Drag Racing," she was the first woman to receive a license from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to drive a Top Fuel dragster. She won the NHRA Top Fuel championship in 1977, 1980, and 1982, becoming the first person to win two and three Top Fuel titles.  She won a total of 18 NHRA national events.

    1941 - Joe DiMaggio goes 3-for-3 against the White Sox to extend his consecutive game hit streak to 32.
    1942 - The Boston Braves' Paul Waner, known as “Pig Polson,” got the 3,000th hit of his Major League career, but the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated Boston, 7-6. Waner played in the Majors from 1926 to 1945, mostly with the Pirates, and finished with 3,152 hits.
    1944 - The Battle of the Philippine Sea (June 19–20) was a major naval battle of World War II that eliminated the Japanese Navy’s ability to conduct large-scale carrier actions. It took place during the United States' amphibious invasion of the Mariana Islands in the Pacific. The battle was the last of five major "carrier-versus-carrier" engagements between American and Japanese naval forces. Determined to prevent any further advancement by the allies in Japan's area of inner defense, Vice-Admiral Jisaburo Azawa ordered the Imperial fleet to the Marianas for the start of this decisive battle. Admiral Raymond Spruance, possibly the US's greatest and most successful naval commander, ordered a strike force against the Japanese fleet in the Philippine Seas. As seen in two episodes of "Victory at Sea," a furious battle developed in the skies between US carrier-borne aircraft and Japanese aircraft from their carriers and land bases on the Marianas. Kamikaze planes were deadly man controlled bombs. The Japanese lost three aircraft carriers, Shokaku, Taiho and Hiyo, two destroyers and one tanker. Three carriers, one battleship, three cruisers, one destroyer and three tanks also were seriously damaged, from which the Japanese navy never recovered.
    1944 - McCAMPBELL, DAVID, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Commander, U.S. Navy, Air Group 15. Place and date: First and second battles of the Philippine Sea, 19 June 1944. Entered service at: Florida. Born: 16 January 1 910, Bessemer, Ala. Other Navy awards: Navy Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Gold Stars, Air Medal. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commander, Air Group 15, during combat against enemy Japanese aerial forces in the first and second battles of the Philippine Sea. An inspiring leader, fighting boldly in the face of terrific odds, Comdr. McCampbell led his fighter planes against a force of 80 Japanese carrier-based aircraft bearing down on our fleet on 19 June 1944. Striking fiercely in valiant defense of our surface force, he personally destroyed 7 hostile planes during this single engagement in which the outnumbering attack force was utterly routed and virtually annihilated. During a major fleet engagement with the enemy on 24 October, Comdr. McCampbell, assisted by but l plane, intercepted and daringly attacked a formation of 60 hostile land-based craft approaching our forces. Fighting desperately but with superb skill against such overwhelming airpower, he shot down 9 Japanese planes and, completely disorganizing the enemy group, forced the remainder to abandon the attack before a single aircraft could reach the fleet. His great personal valor and indomitable spirit of aggression under extremely perilous combat conditions reflect the highest credit upon Comdr. McCampbell and the U.S. Naval Service.
    1945 - BAKER, THOMAS A., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 105th Infantry, 27th Infantry Division. Place and date: Saipan, Mariana Islands, 19 June to 7 July 1944. Entered service at: Troy, N.Y. Birth: Troy, N.Y. G.O. No.: 35, 9 May 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty at Saipan, Mariana Islands, 19 June to 7 July 1944. When his entire company was held up by fire from automatic weapons and small-arms fire from strongly fortified enemy positions that commanded the view of the company, Sgt. (then Pvt.) Baker voluntarily took a bazooka and dashed alone to within 100 yards of the enemy. Through heavy rifle and machinegun fire that was directed at him by the enemy, he knocked out the strong point, enabling his company to assault the ridge. Some days later while his company advanced across the open field flanked with obstructions and places of concealment for the enemy, Sgt. Baker again voluntarily took up a position in the rear to protect the company against surprise attack and came upon 2 heavily fortified enemy pockets manned by 2 officers and 10 enlisted men which had been bypassed. Without regard for such superior numbers, he unhesitatingly attacked and killed all of them. Five hundred yards farther, he discovered 6 men of the enemy who had concealed themselves behind our lines and destroyed all of them. On 7 July 1944, the perimeter of which Sgt. Baker was a part was attacked from 3 sides by from 3,000 to 5,000 Japanese. During the early stages of this attack, Sgt. Baker was seriously wounded but he insisted on remaining in the line and fired at the enemy at ranges sometimes as close as 5 yards until his ammunition ran out. Without ammunition and with his own weapon battered to uselessness from hand-to-hand combat, he was carried about 50 yards to the rear by a comrade, who was then himself wounded. At this point Sgt. Baker refused to be moved any farther stating that he preferred to be left to die rather than risk the lives of any more of his friends. A short time later, at his request, he was placed in a sitting position against a small tree. Another comrade, withdrawing, offered assistance. Sgt. Baker refused, insisting that he be left alone and be given a soldier's pistol with its remaining 8 rounds of ammunition. When last seen alive, Sgt. Baker was propped against a tree, pistol in hand, calmly facing the foe. Later Sgt. Baker's body was found in the same position, gun empty, with 8 Japanese lying dead before him. His deeds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.
    1946 - Top Hits
“The Gypsy” - The Ink Spots
“All Through the Day” - Perry Como
“They Say It's Wonderful” - Frank Sinatra
“New Spanish Two Step” - Bob Wills
    1946 - MEAGHER, JOHN, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 305th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Ozato, Okinawa, 19 June 1945. Entered service at: Jersey City, N.J. Birth: Jersey City, N.J. G.O. No.: 60, 26 June 1946. Citation: He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. In the heat of the fight, he mounted an assault tank, and, with bullets splattering about him, designated targets to the gunner. Seeing an enemy soldier carrying an explosive charge dash for the tank treads, he shouted fire orders to the gunner, leaped from the tank, and bayoneted the charging soldier. Knocked unconscious and his rifle destroyed, he regained consciousness, secured a machinegun from the tank, and began a furious 1-man assault on the enemy. Firing from his hip, moving through vicious crossfire that ripped through his clothing, he charged the nearest pillbox, killing 6. Going on amid the hail of bullets and grenades, he dashed for a second enemy gun, running out of ammunition just as he reached the position. He grasped his empty gun by the barrel and in a violent onslaught killed the crew. By his fearless assaults T/Sgt. Meagher single-handedly broke the enemy resistance, enabling his platoon to take its objective and continue the advance.
   1947 - The Marshall Plan officially the European Recovery Program, for the rebuilding of Europe began with the invitation of twenty-two European nations.
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    1947 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Peg O' My Heart," The Harmonicats.
    1949 - NASCAR staged the first race in its Strictly Stock series, using new model cars that fans could see at their favorite dealers. The 150-mile event around a dirty track in Charlotte, NC was won by Glenn Dunnaway.
    1950 - Loretta Lynn's first single, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl," made the country charts. It was recorded on a small record label called Zero and neither the label nor Lynn had enough money to promote the record. So Loretta and her husband mailed out copies to disc jockeys by hand. The record began getting plays and eventually made the country top ten.
    1951 - Ann Wilson, lead singer of the heavy metal group Heart, was born in San Diego, California. The group, featuring Ann's sister, Nancy, on guitar, have sold millions of copies of such albums as their 1976 debut "Dreamboat Annie," "Magazine," "Dog and Butterfly," Bebe le Strange" and "Brigade."
    1952 - “I've Got a Secret” premiered on television. Celebrity panelists tried to guess the guests' secrets on this popular game show; celebrity guests also came on to baffle the panel. Guests whispered their secret to the host and the audience saw it on the screen. Garry Moore hosted the show, followed by Steve Allen and Bill Cullen. Allen Sherman (“My Son the Folk Singer”) created the show and most of the celebrity “secrets.” Celebrity panelists included Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan, Bess Myerson, Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows.
    1953 - Birthday of Larry Dunn, keyboards player with Earth, Wind and Fire, Denver, CO.
    1953 - Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed at Sing-Sing Prison in New York for conspiracy to commit espionage for the Soviet Union. They were instrumental in the transmission of information about top-secret military technology and prototypes of mechanisms related to the atomic bomb and provided top-secret radar, sonar, and jet propulsion engines to the Soviet Union.
    1954 - Top Hits
Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Three Coins in the Fountain - The Four Aces
Hernando's Hideaway - Archie Bleyer
I Don't Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
    1961 - Pat Boone had his sixth and final number 1 hit in the US with "Moody River."
    1961 - Ben E. King enjoys his biggest hit as "Stand By Me" reaches #4 on the Billboard singles chart. The same song would re-appear on the Hot 100 in 1986, reaching #9 after it was featured in the River Phoenix film of the same name.
    1962 - Birthday of singer and choreographer Paula Abdul, San Fernando, CA.
    1962 - Top Hits
I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
It Keeps Right on a-Hurtin' - Johnny Tillotson
(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance - Gene Pitney
She Thinks I Still Care - George Jones
    1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after an 83-day filibuster in the Senate.  It outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public (known as "public accommodations").  Congress asserted its authority to legislate under several different parts of the Constitution, principally its power to regulate interstate commerce Article One (section 8), its duty to guarantee all citizens equal protection of the laws under the Fourteenth Amendment and its duty to protect voting rights under the Fifteenth Amendment.
    1964 - Carol Doda dances in a Rudi Gernreich topless bathing suit in The Condor nightclub, North Beach, San Francisco, California. It's starts the craze of Topless dancing along Broadway.
    1965 - The Four Tops had their first US number one record with "I Can't Help Myself." Lead singer Levi Stubbs had not been satisfied with the recording session and was promised that he could do it again the following day, but no other session ever took place. The track that became a hit was just the second take of the song.
    1965 - Elvis Presley enjoyed his 15th UK #1 single with "Crying In The Chapel."
    1965 – “I Can't Help Myself,” by The Four Tops, topped the pop and R&B charts. The Tops, who had no personnel changes in their more than 35 years together were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
    1966 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Paperback Writer," The Beatles.
    1968 - "Soul Scene" benefit dance for the Blackman's Free Store held at the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco.
    1969 - The Who appeared at Fillmore West.
    1970 - Top Hits
“The Long and Winding Road/For You Blue” - The Beatles.
“Which Way You Goin' Billy?” - The Poppy Family
“Get Ready” - Rare Earth
“Hello Darlin'” - Conway Twitty
    1971 - Carole King's double sided hit single "It's Too Late" / "I Feel The Earth Move" went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
    1972 - Hurricane Agnes moved onshore near Cape San Blas, FL with wind gusts to 80 mph, and exited Maine on the 26th. There were 117 deaths, mainly due to flooding from North Carolina to New York State, and total damage was estimated at more than three billion dollars. Up to 19 inches of rain deluged western Schuylkill County, PA. The rains of Hurricane Agnes resulted in one of the greatest natural disasters in U.S. history. Agnes caused more damage than all other tropical cyclones in the previous six years combined (which included Celia and Camille).
    1973 - The stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show" opened in London. It later played in Los Angeles and New York. Star Tim Curry reprised his role in the 1975 movie version, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," which developed into a cult phenomenon. Fans, dressed up as their favorite characters from the film, continued to show up at midnight screenings for a decade.
    1976 - Wild Cherry releases "Play That Funky Music," a song that would make it to #1.
    1977 - Pope Paul VI canonized John Nepomucene Neuman, the first American Citizen to become a saint. He was ordained in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Mott Street, New York City, 1836. From 1852 until his death in 1860, he served as the fourth bishop of Philadelphia. He was responsible for the organizing the first diocesan school system in America and for building schools, churches, and asylums. In 1896, he was the first male American citizen to be declared venerable. In 1963, he became the first male American citizen to be beatified.
    1977 - With five home runs in an 11-1 win against the Yankees, the Red Sox set a Major League mark, hitting 16 round trippers in three games, all against the Yankees.
    1978 - Top Hits
“Shadow Dancing” - Andy Gibb
“Baker Street” - Gerry Rafferty
“It's a Heartache” - Bonnie Tyler
“Two More Bottles of Wine” - Emmylou Harris
    1978 - The first appearance in the newspapers of lasagna-loving “Garfield,” created by Jim Davis.
    1980 - Disco queen Donna Summer became the first artist to sign with Geffen Records, the new label started by industry veteran David Geffen.
    1982 - The debut album by the super group Asia, entitled simply "Asia" hits #1.
    1986 - Top Hits
“On My Own” - Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald
“I Can't Wait” - Nu Shooz
“There'll Be Sad Songs” (“To Make You Cry”) - Billy Ocean
“Life's Highway” - Steve Wariner
    1986 - LASSEN, CLYDE EVERETT, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Helicopter Support Squadron 7, Detachment 104, embarked in U.S.S. Preble (DLG-15). place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 19 June 1968. Entered service at: Jacksonville, Fla. Born: 14 March 1942, Fort Myers, Fla. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as pilot and aircraft commander of a search and rescue helicopter, attached to Helicopter Support Squadron 7, during operations against enemy forces in North Vietnam. Launched shortly after midnight to attempt the rescue of 2 downed aviators, Lt. (then Lt. (J.G.)) Lassen skillfully piloted his aircraft over unknown and hostile terrain to a steep, tree-covered hill on which the survivors had been located. Although enemy fire was being directed at the helicopter, he initially landed in a clear area near the base of the hill, but, due to the dense undergrowth, the survivors could not reach the helicopter. With the aid of flare illumination, Lt. Lassen successfully accomplished a hover between 2 trees at the survivors' position Illumination was abruptly lost as the last of the flares were expended, and the helicopter collided with a tree, commencing a sharp descent. Expertly righting his aircraft and maneuvering clear, Lt. Lassen remained in the area, determined to make another rescue attempt, and encouraged the downed aviators while awaiting resumption of flare illumination. After another unsuccessful, illuminated rescue attempt, and with his fuel dangerously low and his aircraft significantly damaged, he launched again and commenced another approach in the face of the continuing enemy opposition. When flare illumination was again lost, Lt. Lassen, fully aware of the dangers in clearly revealing his position to the enemy, turned on his landing lights and completed the landing. On this attempt, the survivors were able to make their way to the helicopter. En route to the coast he encountered and successfully evaded additional hostile antiaircraft fire and, with fuel for only 5 minutes of flight remaining, landed safely aboard U.S.S. Jouett (DLG-29).
    1986 - RAY, RONALD ERIC, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain (then 1st Lt.), U.S. Army, Company A, 2d Battalion, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: la Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam, 19 June 1966. Entered service at: Atlanta, Ga. Born: 7 December 1941, Cordelle, Ga. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Ray distinguished himself while serving as a platoon leader with Company A. When 1 of his ambush patrols was attacked by an estimated reinforced Viet Cong company, Capt. Ray organized a reaction force and quickly moved through 2 kilometers of mountainous jungle terrain to the contact area. After breaking through the hostile lines to reach the beleaguered patrol, Capt. Ray began directing the reinforcement of the site. When an enemy position pinned down 3 of his men with a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire, he silenced the emplacement with a grenade and killed 4 Viet Cong with his rifle fire. As medics were moving a casualty toward a sheltered position, they began receiving intense hostile fire. While directing suppressive fire on the enemy position, Capt. Ray moved close enough to silence the enemy with a grenade. A few moments later Capt. Ray saw an enemy grenade land, unnoticed, near 2 of his men. Without hesitation or regard for his safety he dove between the grenade and the men, thus shielding them from the explosion while receiving wounds in his exposed feet and legs. He immediately sustained additional wounds in his legs from an enemy machinegun, but nevertheless he silenced the emplacement with another grenade. Although suffering great pain from his wounds, Capt. Ray continued to direct his men, providing the outstanding courage and leadership they vitally needed, and prevented their annihilation by successfully leading them from their surrounded position. Only after assuring that his platoon was no longer in immediate danger did he allow himself to be evacuated for medical treatment. By his gallantry at the risk of his life in the highest traditions of the military service, Capt. Ray has reflected great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1987 - Ben & Jerry Ice Cream and Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia
announce new Ice Cream flavor: Cherry Garcia.
    1988 - Temperatures soared above 100 degrees in the central U.S. for Father's Day. Fifteen cities reported record high temperatures for the date. Severe thunderstorms in Minnesota and Wisconsin produced softball size hail near River Falls, WI, and wind gusts to 80 mph at Menomonie, WI.
    1988 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Foolish Beat," Debbie Gibson.
    1989 - Fourteen cities reported record high temperatures for the date as searing heat spread from the southwestern deserts into the High Plains Region. Record highs included 98 degrees at Billings, MT, 107 degrees at Valentine, NE, and 112 degrees at Tucson, AZ.
    1992 - Two batches of severe thunderstorms, occurring within 6 hours of each other, dumped hailstones up to 4.5 inches in diameter across Sedgwick and surrounding counties in south-central Kansas. Over 10,000 homes were damaged. The hail left wheat fields in a near total loss. Estimated property damage totaled $500 million with crop damage at $100 million. The thunderstorm episode ranks as one for the worst ever to hit Kansas.
    1997 - The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Cats" became the longest-running show in Broadway history. The 6,138th performance of the musical broke the record held by "A Chorus Line."
    1998 - Loretta Lynn makes a special appearance on the Friday Night Opry, opening with her first No. 1 country hit, "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'," from 1966, and follows with "We've Come a Long Way Baby" from 1978. To round out her night, Lynn performs "How Great Thou Art" without accompaniment, for which she receives a standing ovation and finishes with her signature tune "The Coal Miner's Daughter."
    2000 - The Los Angeles Lakers begin their three winning games with a victory of the Indiana Pacers, and the fans went nuts!!!! Though the Pacers drubbed the Lakers 120-87 in Game 5, the series was wrapped up by Los Angeles on its home floor in Game 6, a 116-111 decision that set off riots in the streets outside Staples Center.
    2012 – Wikileaks founder Julian Assange requested asylum in London's Ecuadorian Embassy for fear of extradition to the US after publication of previously classified documents including footage of civilian killings by the US Army.  Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006 but came to global prominence in 2010 when WikiLeaks published a series of leaks, provided by Chelsea Manning. In November, 2010, a request was made for Assange's extradition to Sweden, where he had been questioned months earlier over allegations of sexual assault and rape.  Assange continued to deny the allegations, and expressed concern that he would be extradited from Sweden to the United States due to his perceived role in publishing secret American documents.  Assange surrendered himself to UK police on 7 December 2010 and was held for ten days before being released on bail. He sought and was granted asylum by Ecuador in August, 2012. He has since remained in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, and is unable to leave without being arrested for breaching his bail conditions.  During the US Presidential election campaign in 2016, WikiLeaks became a major source of leaked communications involving Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Clinton campaign chair, John Podesta, and the Democratic National Committee, the latter forcing the ouster of then Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
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