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    June 3 - June 7
Fora Financial Joins
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Leasing/Finance/Business Loans Help Wanted
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Telling My Employer I am Leaving
   Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
Cash Flow is King
The Most Dangerous Ways to Travel in the U.S. - Chart
   Mode of Transportation Passenger fatalities per miles
IRS reminder: Tax scams continue year-round
   Two New Signs to Look Out For
Labrador Retriever Mix
   West Des Moines, Iowa  Adopt a Dog
deBanked Connect Meeting San Diego
   October, 24th, 2018
News Briefs---
Mexico Agreed to Take Border Actions Months Before
    Trump Announced Tariff Deal
China Summons Tech Giants to Warn Against
    Cooperating With Trump Ban
Boeing delayed fix of defective 737 MAX warning lights
   for three years: U.S. lawmakers
American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations
      through September 3

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Leasing News Top Stories
June 3 - June 7

(Stories most opened by readers)

(1) Jen Mintz Passed Away
           Leasing Veteran

(2) Changes in Listings for Financial Pacific
      Small to Middle Market/Commercial

(3) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
           and Related Industries

(4) A New Credit Bubble Gets Ready To Burst
  By Steven Pearlstein (originally in Washington Post)

(5) Top Eight Leasing/Finance Company Websites
           in North America

(6) Kalamata Capital Group Joins
   Commercial Alternative Finance Company List

(7) First 2019 Bank Failure AND with Suspicious Reports
          in Very Small Texas Town in Delta County

(8) BSB Leasing Updated on Four Lists
      Funder, Looking for Brokers, New Brokers, Story Credits

(9) Ascentium Capital Reports Record Breaking Month
       in Funding Volume Representing 23% YoY Growth

(10) Mueller Report a wake-up call to tech industry, users
Anyone who logs into online services that disseminate info should be concerned



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Telling My Employer I am Leaving

Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

NEVER burn bridges (many of us have learned this from past experience!) – give notice in the PROPER manner.

I would suggest developing a formal resignation letter at least two weeks prior to terminating your present employment. Many resignation letters state your last day of employment and a willingness to assist in the transition process (sometimes including training a new hire to take over your duties). You may want to include a personal note thanking the employer and explaining your reasoning for your departure.

Whatever the circumstances, make sure you phrase your resignation letter in a positive way. This does not give you free reign to lay out your grievances …inappropriate! Don’t do it.

Your past employer may be called upon to provide a reference for you in the future. AND you never know if you might work with your manager (s) in the future!

Remember if you are in a sales type role, you will most likely be asked to leave immediately (95%), be prepared:

  • There is a possibility that you will be escorted out of the building without a stop back at your desk.
  • Remove any personal email or documents from your work computer before resigning.
  • Keep copies of any materials which you might include in your portfolio or, which might be useful for future jobs.
  • Make sure you have contact information for any co-workers or clients you want to keep in touch with.

Please call me if you would like to discuss this in person.

Emily Fitzpatrick
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If there were ever doubts as to the inherent dangers of riding a motorcycle, figures from Ian Savage at Northwestern University should eliminate them. In his research paper entitled 'Comparing the fatality risks in United States transportation across modes and over time,' Savage analyzes the number of passenger fatalities per billion passenger miles in the U.S. from 2000 to 2009.

With a rate of 212.57, riding a motorcycle is by far the most deadly way to get around - an enormous distance ahead of the second-most dangerous mode of transport - a car or light truck - with 7.28 fatalities per billion passenger miles. To give this some more perspective, Savage writes: "A motorcyclist who traveled 15 miles every day for a year, had an astonishing 1 in 860 chance of dying. The rate per passenger mile was 29 times that for automobiles and light trucks."

By Martin Armstrong, Statista



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IRS reminder: Tax scams continue year-round
Two New Signs to Look Out For

WASHINGTON – June 17 payments will be due next week as scam artists remain hard at work, and the IRS today urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for a spring surge of evolving phishing emails and telephone scams.

The IRS is seeing signs of two new variations of tax-related scams. One involves Social Security numbers related to tax issues and another threatens people with a tax bill from a fictional government agency. Here are some details:

  • The SSN hustle. The latest twist includes scammers claiming to be able to suspend or cancel the victim’s Social Security number. In this variation, the Social Security cancellation threat scam is similar to and often associated with the IRS impersonation scam. It is yet another attempt by con artists to frighten people into returning ‘robocall’ voicemails. Scammers may mention overdue taxes in addition to threatening to cancel the person’s SSN. 
  • Fake tax agency. This scheme involves the mailing of a letter threatening an IRS lien or levy. The lien or levy is based on bogus delinquent taxes owed to a non-existent agency, “Bureau of Tax Enforcement.” There is no such agency. The lien notification scam also likely references the IRS to confuse potential victims into thinking the letter is from a legitimate organization.  

Both display classic signs of being scams. The IRS and its Security Summit partners – the state tax agencies and the tax industry – remind everyone to stay alert to scams that use the IRS or reference taxes, especially in late spring and early summer as tax bills and refunds arrive.  

Phone scams The IRS does not leave pre-recorded, urgent or threatening messages. In many variations of the phone scam, victims are told if they do not call back, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Other verbal threats include law-enforcement agency intervention, deportation or revocation of licenses.  

Criminals can fake or “spoof” caller ID numbers to appear to be anywhere in the country, including from an IRS office. This prevents taxpayers from being able to verify the true call number. Fraudsters also have spoofed local sheriff’s offices, state departments of motor vehicles, federal agencies and others to convince taxpayers the call is legitimate. 

Email phishing scams The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service. However, there are special circumstances when the IRS will call or come to a home or business. These visits include times when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or the IRS needs to tour a business as part of a civil investigation (such as an audit or collection case) or during criminal investigation.    

If a taxpayer receives an unsolicited email that appears to be from either the IRS or a program closely linked to the IRS that is fraudulent, report it by sending it to The Report Phishing and Online Scams page provides complete details. 

Telltale signs of a scam The IRS (and its authorized private collection agencies) will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. The IRS does not use these methods for tax payments. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. All tax payments should only be made payable to the U.S. Treasury and checks should never be made payable to third parties.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. 

For anyone who doesn’t owe taxes and has no reason to think they do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to report the call. Use their IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting web page.
  • Report the caller ID and/or callback number to the IRS by sending it to (Subject: IRS Phone Scam).
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the FTC Complaint Assistant on Add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes. 

For anyone who owes tax or thinks they do:

The IRS does not use text messages or social media to discuss personal tax issues, such as those involving bills or refunds. For more information, visit the Tax Scams and Consumer Alerts page on Additional information about tax scams is also available on IRS social media sites, including YouTube videos. 
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This chic, rock 'n' roll-themed hotel is 6 minutes' walk from the lively Gaslamp Quarter, and a mile from shopping and eateries in Seaport Village

At the Hard Rock in San Diego, deBanked will bring together brokers, funders, and folks from the MCA and small business lending industry for an evening of education, networking, and cocktails.
This is a half-day event.

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News Briefs----

Mexico Agreed to Take Border Actions Months Before
    Trump Announced Tariff Deal

China Summons Tech Giants to Warn Against
    Cooperating With Trump Ban

Boeing delayed fix of defective 737 MAX warning lights
   for three years: U.S. lawmakers

American Airlines extends Boeing 737 MAX cancellations
      through September 3


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Basketball - Poem by vivien amores

A game lots of people like to play
you can't double dribble
you can't travel with the ball 

sometimes you make a foul
sometimes not, you can
shoot a three-pointer or
you can shoot a two-pointer 

The main part of basketball
is teamwork, cooperation
and support from others!



Sports Briefs---

Glimmer of hope: Kevin Durant practices
    with team Sunday ahead of Game 5

Rafael Nadal wins 12th French Open title
    with victory over Dominic Thiem


California Nuts Briefs---

With one minor opponent,
  election is pretty much over for SF Mayor London Breed



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The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices

Slowing Sales Force Wineries to Review Market Position

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US/International Wine Events

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This Day in History

    1610 - The first Dutch settlers arrived from New Jersey to colonize Manhattan Island.
    1639 - The first American log cabin at Fort Christina, now Wilmington, Delaware, was erected.  This is the first Swedish settlement in North America and the principal settlement of the New Sweden colony. Built in 1638 and named after Queen Christina, it was located approximately 1 mile east of the present downtown Wilmington, DE, at the confluence of the Brandywine and Christina Rivers, approximately 2 mi upstream from the mouth of the Christina on the Delaware River. 
    1652 - In defiance of English colonial law, John Hull, a silversmith, established the first mint in American.  The first coin issued was the Pine Tree Shilling, designed by Hull.
    1752 - It is believed that this was the day Benjamin Franklin narrowly missed electrocution while flying a kite during a thunderstorm to determine if lightning is related to electricity.
    1760 - New York passed the first effective law regulating the practice of medicine 
    1776 - The Continental Congress appointed a committee to write a Declaration of Independence.   
    1793 - Washington replaced Philadelphia as the U.S. capital 
    1794 - Richard Allen founded the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia
    1801 - The North African state of Tripoli declared war on the United States in a dispute over safe passage of merchant vessels through the Mediterranean for refusing to pay tribute. Thus in the Marine's Hymn "…To the shores of Tripoli..."
    1809 – The first U.S. steamboat to a make an ocean voyage left New York for Philadelphia 
    1833 - Birthday of Pauline Cushman (1833-97) in New Orleans.  She was an actor and lecturer, and served as spy for the Union cause during the Civil War, even to dressing in Confederate uniforms. She was captured and escaped twice. When captured a third time, she was condemned to death by hanging.   She became ill and her hanging was postponed by Gen. Bragg, who wished to make an example of her, until "she was well enough to be hanged." Before the sentence could be carried out, Union forces drove back Bragg's army and she was set free.
    1847 – The Chicago Tribune was first published.
    1848 - The first telegraph link between NYC and Chicago was established.
    1851 - At 2:10 am, before a crowd in Portsmouth Square, John Jenkins, one of the Sydney Ducks of San Francisco, was apprehended for stealing a safe from a merchant's store. He was given a cigar and a glass of brandy, and then lynched by San Franciscan vigilantes. Vigilante Sam Brannan cried, "Every lover of liberty and good order lay hold of the rope!" The denizens of the Sydney-Town quarter of San Francisco's notorious 'Barbary Coast' grew steadily less in number following the hanging. 
    1854 - The US Naval Academy held its first graduation. 
    1871 - A landing force of 110 U.S. Marines came ashore on Korea's Kangwha Island, a fortress island guarding the approaches to Seoul. The Korean Punitive Expedition was launched from an American fleet, which anchored in the Han River after the isolationist Korean government rejected U.S. diplomatic demands for an explanation of the fate of an American ship and her crew believed killed by the Koreans. In two days of fighting, the Marines and sailors captured the defensive forts on the Island, leaving 243 Koreans dead. Nevertheless, the expedition failed to open Korea to foreign trade.
    1875 - James Augustine Healey (1830-1900) becomes the first African-American Catholic priest and Bishop in the United States.
    1880 – Boston’s Charley Jones‚ last year's home run king with 9‚ hit 2 homers in one inning‚ becoming the first big leaguer to accomplish this feat. Both homers come off Buffalo’s Tom Poorman in the 8th inning of a 19-3 rout. Jones now has league-high 4 homers‚ one more than Fred Dunlap. 
    1889 - Birthday of Hattie McDaniel (1889-1952) at Wichita, KS, born to former slaves.   She was the first African-American to win an Academy Award, in 1940, for her role in the 1939 film “Gone with the Wind”. Her career spanned radio and vaudeville in addition to her screen roles in “Judge Priest”, “The Little Colonel”, “Showboat” and “Saratoga”, among others.  She remained active on radio and television in her final years, becoming the first black American to star in her own radio show with the comedy series “Beulah”. She also starred in the television version of the show, replacing Ethel Waters after the first season. (Waters had apparently expressed concerns over stereotypes in the role.) “Beulah” was a hit, however, and earned McDaniel $2,000 a week. But the show was controversial. In 1951, the United States Army ceased broadcasting “Beulah” in Asia because troops complained that the show perpetuated negative stereotypes of black men as shiftless and lazy and interfered with the ability of black troops to perform their mission.  After filming a handful of episodes, however, McDaniel learned she had breast cancer. By the spring of 1952, she was too ill to work.
    1890 – St. Louis (American Association) P Jack Stivetts hit two homers (and struck out 10)‚ the second a grand slam in the top of the 9th‚ off Fred Smith‚ with his team down by 3 runs to win‚ 9 - 8‚ over visiting Toledo. He will later duplicate this batting feat twice‚ making him the first pitcher to achieve this. The only two pitchers to match this achievement are Wes Ferrell (who had 5 such games) and Don Newcombe. 
    1892 – The Baltimore Orioles’ C Wilbert Robinson set the Major League record by going 7-for-7 in a 9-inning game.  Robinson was also the first catcher to play directly behind the batter at all times, 
    1898 - U.S. Marines landed at Guantánamo Bay.  Spanish colonial rule comes to an end in the Western hemisphere as the US “frees” Cuba.
    1901 - ROSE, GEORGE, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 28 February 1880, Stamford, Conn. Accredited to: Connecticut. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901. Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battles at Peking, China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period, Rose distinguished himself by meritorious conduct. While stationed as a crewmember of the U.S.S. Newark, he was part of its landing force that went ashore off Taku, China. on 31 May 1900, he was in a party of 6 under John McCloy (MH) which took ammunition from the Newark to Tientsin. On 10 June 1900, he was one of a party that carried dispatches from LaFa to Yongstsum at night. On the 13th he was one of a few who fought off a large force of the enemy saving the Main baggage train from destruction. On the 20th and 21st he was engaged in heavy fighting against the Imperial Army being always in the first rank. On the 22d he showed gallantry in the capture of the Siku Arsenal. He volunteered to go to the nearby village which was occupied by the enemy to secure medical supplies urgently required. The party brought back the supplies carried by newly taken prisoners. 
    1902 - A lease and a window envelope:  Americus F. Callahan of Chicago, IL received a patent for an envelope with a window.  It was first manufactured in July, 1902, by the U.S. Envelope Company of Springfield, MA, which had leased the patent.
    1903 - Binney & Smith Company began developing a product line of wax crayons. The product was named Crayola. 
    1907 - Birthday of Dicky Wells, born William Wells (1907-85) in Centerville, TN.  He was the featured trombone player with Count Basie.  “Dickey's Dream.”
    1909 - The SOS distress signal was used for the first time. The Cunard liner SS Slavonia used the signal when it wrecked off the Azores. 
    1910 - Birthday of guitarist/harmonicist Howlin' Wolf, born Chester Arthur Burnett (1910-76) in West Point, MS.  He was one of the most influential musicians of the post-Second World War era and his blues helped shape rock 'n' roll. Howlin' Wolf had his first R'n'B hit, "Moanin' at Midnight," in 1951. The next year, he moved to Chicago, where he recorded a string of classic sides for Chess Records. Among them were "Sitting on Top of the World," "Spoonful," "Smokestack Lightnin'," and "Little Red Rooster." His hits, many of them written by Willie Dixon, have been covered by countless rock artists, such as the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.  Wolf appeared frequently at blues and rock festivals in the 1960's and '70s. He died in 1976 of complications from kidney disease.
    1918 - The Boston Braves’ Dick Rudolph fired the second one-hitter in two days‚ beating the visiting Cincinnati Reds‚ 3 - 0. 
    1919 - Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan became the first states to ratify the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would remove the barriers to women voting in the U.S.   Women had been voters in several states in colonial days, but in the 1787 at the U. S. Constitutional Convention (built on the precept that all men are created equal), the right to qualify voters was placed in the hands of the states that had already deemed women unqualified to vote. The one exception was New Jersey, which fell into line in 1807.   It wasn't until Carrie Chapman Catt devised "The Plan" in 1916 - to fight for the vote nationally while continuing the state-by-state march - that the first recognition came that only the federal government could or would guarantee women's rights on a permanent basis.
    1920 - The Republican convention in Chicago endorsed woman suffrage. 
    1921 - Yankee slugger Babe Ruth hits his 120th career home run, off Indian pitcher Jim Bagby, to become baseball's career home run leader. It is a position the 'Sultan of Swat' will hold until Hank Aaron hits number 715 in 1974.
    1922 - Birthday of Judy Garland (1922-69), American actress and singer, born Frances Ethel Gumm at Grand Rapids, MN. While Garland played in many films and toured widely as a singer and great entertainer, her greatest triumph came in 1939 with the film "The Wizard of Oz," which introduced the never-to-be forgotten song "Over the Rainbow." Garland's recording of the tune sold over a million copies which was ranked as the number one movie song of all time in the American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Songs" list. She was given a special Academy Award in 1939 for her outstanding performances as a screen juvenile. Her other big musical films included "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Easter Parade" and "A Star Is Born." Garland suffered a nervous collapse in 1950, but was able to resume her career the following year.
    1923 - Paul Brunelle (1923-94), one of the first country and western singers in Quebec, was born in Granby. He performed both in French and English and had been compared to Ernest Tubb. Brunelle has recorded more than 100 singles and more than 40 albums.
    1924 - The Republican National Convention was broadcast by NBC radio. It was the first political convention to be on radio. 
    1925 - Tennessee adopted a new biology text book that denied the theory of evolution.
    1933 - Golfer Johnny Goodman defeated Ralph Guldahl by one shot at North Shore Golf Club in Glenview, IL, to become the last amateur to win the US Open championship.
    1935 - In Akron, Ohio, Dr. Robert Smith completed his
first day of permanent sobriety.  “Doctor Bob” and William G. Wilson are considered to have founded Alcoholics Anonymous on that date.  It is considered the first step to be the hardest, to admit you have a problem.  The twelve steps are used often, not necessarily like a ladder, and it is common for relapses, thus the reason to alcoholics to attend meetings; a sponsor is also recommended.
    1940 - Erskine Hawkins records “After Hours” (Bluebird 10879)    
    1941 - Shirley Alston Reeves, lead singer of The Shirelles, was born Shirley Owens in Henderson, NC.  The Shirelles consisted of classmates of her from Passaic, NJ High School: Addie “Micki” Harris, Doris Kenner Jackson, and Beverly Lee.  They were one of the wildly successful groups of the early 1960s and their hits included:  “Tonight’s the Night,” “Mama Said,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?,” “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Baby, It’s You,” “Soldier Boy,” “Foolish Little Girl.”
    1943 - Hungarian Laszlo Biro patented the bail-point pen, which he had been developing since the 1930s. He was living at Argentina, where he had gone to escape the Nazis. In many languages, the word for ball-point pen is ‘biro.' He lost his patent rights during the war. 
    1944 - For trivia buffs: with baseball's playing ranks depleted by World War II, Joe Nuxhall became the youngest person ever to play in a Major League game.  Nuxhall pitched 2/3 of an inning for the Cincinnati Reds in an 18-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Nuxhall was 15 years, 10 months and 11 days old.
    1944 - *DEFRANZO, ARTHUR F., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Vaubadon, France, 10 June 1944. Entered service at: Saugus, Mass. Birth: Saugus, Mass. G.O. No.: 1, 4 January 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, on 10 June 1944, near Vaubadon, France. As scouts were advancing across an open field, the enemy suddenly opened fire with several machineguns and hit 1 of the men. S/Sgt. DeFranzo courageously moved out in the open to the aid of the wounded scout and was himself wounded but brought the man to safety. Refusing aid, S/Sgt. DeFranzo reentered the open field and led the advance upon the enemy. There were always at least 2 machineguns bringing unrelenting fire upon him, but S/Sgt. DeFranzo kept going forward, firing into the enemy and 1 by 1 the enemy emplacements became silent. While advancing he was again wounded, but continued on until he was within 100 yards of the enemy position and even as he fell, he kept firing his rifle and waving his men forward. When his company came up behind him, S/Sgt. DeFranzo, despite his many severe wounds, suddenly raised himself and once more moved forward in the lead of his men until he was again hit by enemy fire. In a final gesture of indomitable courage, he threw several grenades at the enemy machinegun position and completely destroyed the gun. In this action, S/Sgt. DeFranzo lost his life, but by bearing the brunt of the enemy fire in leading the attack, he prevented a delay in the assault which would have been of considerable benefit to the foe, and he made possible his company's advance with a minimum of casualties. The extraordinary heroism and magnificent devotion to duty displayed by S/Sgt. DeFranzo was a great inspiration to all about him, and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed forces. 
    1944 - EHLERS, WALTER D., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and dare: Near Goville, France, 9-10 June 1944. Entered service at: Manhattan, Kans. Birth: Junction City, Kans. G.O. No.: 91, 19 December 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the gun crew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to 2 mortars protected by the crossfire of 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others. 
    1945 - Top Hits
“Sentimental Journey” - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
“Dream” - The Pied Pipers
“Laura” - The Woody Herman Orchestra
“At Mail Call Today” - Gene Autry
    1946 - Dizzy Gillespie's big band records Tadd Dameron's “Our Delight”
    1951 - *ABRELL, CHARLES G., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Hangnyong, Korea, 10 June 1951. Entered service at: Terre Haute, Ind. Born: 12 August 1931, Terre Haute, Ind. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a fire team leader in Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces. While advancing with his platoon in an attack against well-concealed and heavily fortified enemy hill positions, Cpl. Abrell voluntarily rushed forward through the assaulting squad which was pinned down by a hail of intense and accurate automatic-weapons fire from a hostile bunker situated on commanding ground. Although previously wounded by enemy hand grenade fragments, he proceeded to carry out a bold, single-handed attack against the bunker, exhorting his comrades to follow him. Sustaining 2 additional wounds as he stormed toward the emplacement, he resolutely pulled the pin from a grenade clutched in his hand and hurled himself bodily into the bunker with the live missile still in his grasp. Fatally wounded in the resulting explosion which killed the entire enemy gun crew within the stronghold, Cpl. Abrell, by his valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death, served to inspire all his comrades and contributed directly to the success of his platoon in attaining its objective. His superb courage and heroic initiative sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. 
    1953 - Top Hits
“Song from Moulin Rouge” - The Percy Faith Orchestra
“April in Portugal” - The Les Baxter Orchestra
“Pretend” - Nat King Cole
“Take These Chains from My Heart” - Hank Williams
    1954 - General Motors announced it had logged 2,000 miles on a gas-turbine bus.  The engine used a single burner and two turbine wheels, one to drive the centrifugal compressor, the other to drive a transmission that was connected to the rear wheels of the bus.
    1957 - A dust devil at North Yarmouth, ME, lifted a 600 to 1000 pound chicken shelter into the air and carried it 25 feet. It landed upright with only slight damage. It is unknown whether any eggs were scrambled.
    1958 - Elvis Presley uses his first weekend furlough from the US Army to record "A Fool Such As I," "I Got Stung" and "A Big Hunk Of Love" at RCA's Nashville studios.
    1958 - A woman was sucked through the window of her home in El Dorado, KS, by a powerful tornado, and was carried sixty feet away. Beside her was found a broken phonograph record entitled "Stormy Weather"
    1959 - The Cleveland Indians’ Rocky Colavito hit four consecutive homers at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium in Cleveland's 11 - 8 victory over the O’s. 
    1961 - Top Hits
“Running Scared” - Roy Orbison
“Moody River” - Pat Boone
“Stand by Me” - Ben E. King
“Hello Walls” - Faron Young
    1963 - The Equal Pay Act of 1963 became law when signed by President Kennedy as part of The New Frontier.  This ban on sex discrimination in wages was “to prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce.”  According to recent statistics, equal pay is still not a reality, but has come further than it was over fifty years ago.
    1964 - The Rolling Stones meet two of their idols during a recording session as they run into bluesmen Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters at Chicago's Chess studios.
    1965 - *SHIELDS, MARVIN G., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Construction Mechanic Third Class, U.S. Navy, Seabee Team 1104. Place and date: Dong Xoai, Republic of Vietnam, 10 June 1965. Entered service at: Seattle, Wash. Born: 30 December 1939, Port Townsend, Wash. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Although wounded when the compound of Detachment A342, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, came under intense fire from an estimated reinforced Viet Cong regiment employing machineguns, heavy weapons and small arms, Shields continued to resupply his fellow Americans who needed ammunition and to return the enemy fire for a period of approximately 3 hours, at which time the Viet Cong launched a massive attack at close range with flame-throwers, hand grenades and small-arms fire. Wounded a second time during this attack, Shields nevertheless assisted in carrying a more critically wounded man to safety, and then resumed firing at the enemy for 4 more hours. When the commander asked for a volunteer to accompany him in an attempt to knock out an enemy machinegun emplacement which was endangering the lives of all personnel in the compound because of the accuracy of its fire, Shields unhesitatingly volunteered for this extremely hazardous mission. Proceeding toward their objective with a 3.5-inch rocket launcher, they succeeded in destroying the enemy machinegun emplacement, thus undoubtedly saving the lives of many of their fellow servicemen in the compound. Shields was mortally wounded by hostile fire while returning to his defensive position. His heroic initiative and great personal valor in the face of intense enemy fire sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. 
    1966 - In San Francisco, the IRS tells Sierra Club it will lose its tax deductible status if it keeps taking such political stands. Membership increases three-fold in the next 4 years. 
    1966 - In San Francisco,  the Jefferson Airplane, Great Society, The heavenly Blues Band @ Fillmore Auditorium 
Artist: Wes Wilson 
    1966 - The first use of reversed tape was heard in the song "Rain" (or "niaR") by The Beatles. The tune was the ‘B' side of "Paperback Writer." The technique was discovered and refined by John Lennon -- by accident. It was used in several other songs by the group. 
    1967 - Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made to Love Her" is released in the US, where it would climb to #2. 
    1967 - Israel and Syria agreed to a cease-fire that ended the Six-Day War. 
    1969 - Top Hits
“Get Back” - The Beatles
“Love (Can Make You Happy)” - Mercy
“Grazing in the Grass” - The Friends of Distinction
“Singing My Song” - Tammy Wynette     
    1970 - A fifteen-man group of US special forces troops began training for Operation Kingpin. The operation was a POW rescue mission in North Vietnam. 
    1972 - Passing Willie Mays into second place on the career home run list, Hank Aaron hits his 649th round tripper. The historic homer is 'Hammerin Hank's' 14th grand slam tying Gil Hodges' National League record.
    1972 - Sammy Davis, Jr. earned his place at the top of the popular music charts for the first time, after years in the entertainment business. His number one song, "The Candy Man," stayed at the top for three consecutive weeks.  The story behind the song:  Davis didn't like it because of the double meaning of “drugs.”  Mike Curb of MGM, later Lt. Governor of California, convinced him to record it, as MGM was going to use the song in the theme of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”  As a favor, Sammy Davis said he would record the song, but only “one take and that's it.” His pal Frank Sinatra was known to do this, too: “one take.” Sure enough, in that one-time recording, Sammy nailed it. "The Candy Man" stayed on the pop charts for 16 weeks. The best the legendary performer had done before was 12 weeks for "Love Me or Leave Me" in 1955 and 11 weeks for "I've Gotta Be Me" (from "Golden Rainbow") in 1969. After "The Candy Man" became a hit, Davis included it in his stage shows and concerts.
    1974 - The Who begins a four day stint at Madison Square Garden. Tickets sold out in 60 hours -- a full two months before the concerts.
    1974 – At the Astrodome in Houston, Phillies’ 3B Mike Schmidt hit a ball off the public address speaker hanging from the roof‚ 117 feet up and 300 feet from the plate. Schmidt must settle for a titanic single. 
    1975 – The Yankees, playing at Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium was being refurbished, sponsor Army Day. During a ceremonial 21-gun salute‚ glass splintered‚ the park filled with smoke‚ part of the fence blew away‚ and another part was set afire. 
    1976 - Paul McCartney and Wings set a record for an indoor concert crowd as 67,100 fans gathered in Seattle, WA to hear the former Beatle and his new group. 
    1977 - Top Hits
“Sir Duke” - Stevie Wonder
“I'm Your Boogie Man” - KC & The Sunshine Band
“Dreams” - Fleetwood Mac
“Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” - Waylon Jennings
    1977 - Al Geiberger of California shot a 59 in the second round of the Danny Thomas Memphis Open at the Colonial Country course, Memphis, TN, becoming the first golfer to break 60 in a professional tournament.  His score was 273 and he won $40,000.
    1977 - Lucy Harris of Delta State became the first woman basketball player selected in the NBA draft.  She was selected in the seventh round by the New Orleans Jazz but chose not to try out for the team.
    1978 - Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta teamed up to take "You're The One That I Want" to the top of the Billboard chart. In the UK, the record would be number one for nine weeks. 
    1978 - Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" is released. It would become his highest charting solo single, reaching #12. 
    1978 - Affirmed, ridden by Steve Cauthen, won the Belmont Stakes to become the 11th horse to win the Triple Crown, in one of racing's greatest two-horse competitions.  Affirmed edged Alydor in all three Triple Crown races.  Affirmed was the last horse to win the Triple Crown until American Pharaoh did so in 2015.
    1981 - The Phillies’ Pete Rose singled in the 1st inning off Nolan Ryan tying him with Stan Musial for the most hits in NL history, 3,630.
    1984 - The United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in 117 years. 
    1985 - Top Hits
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” - Tears for Fears
“Suddenly” - Billy Ocean
“Things Can Only Get Better” - Howard Jones
“Natural High” - Merle Haggard
    1988 - Three dozen cities, mostly in the eastern U.S., reported record low temperatures for the date, including Elkins, WV, with a reading of 33 degrees. Unseasonably hot weather continued in the Northern High Plains Region. The record high of 105 degrees at Williston, ND, was their seventh in eight days. 
    1995 – Orioles’ 3B Jeff Manto, who collected four HRs in his first three years in the Majors, homered in his fourth consecutive at-bat. In all, he homered five times in six at-bats in three games during his power outburst.
    1996 - The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers in a 1-0 triple overtime game, giving them a four-game sweep for the Stanley Cup. The 1995–96 Cup was the first major professional championship won by a Denver team and the Avalanche are the only team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup their first season after a relocation 
    1998 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that poor children in Milwaukee could attend religious schools at taxpayer expense. 
    2002 - In front of 45,698 fans at Yankee Stadium, Marcus Thames becomes the 17th player in history to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues. The New York rookie, who hit his two-run dinger off four-time Cy Young winner Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson, joins John Miller (1966) as only the second Yankee to homer in his first at-bat.
    2005 – For the first time in Major League history, the game featured three 500 HR hitters:  Ken Griffey, Jr., Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmiero as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3.
    2014 - Donald Sterling, the owner of the L.A. Clippers who was banned from the NBA after racist remarks, has changed his mind on allowing sale of the team to Microsoft ex-CEO Steve Balmer by his wife, Shelly; instead, Sterling has revived his $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA.  In April, 2014, Sterling was banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million by the league. The NBA Board of Governors approved the sale of the Clippers to Ballmer on August 12, 2014.
    2005 - Paul Anka, who lists his residences as both Beverly Hills and Ottawa, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in a glittering ceremony in Ottawa. 
    2014 - Reports of delays at U.S. Veterans Administration facilities has created temporary unity in Congress as lawmakers seek to address the scandal; thousands of veterans have waited at least three months to see a doctor; many have never been seen at all

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