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Friday, June 26, 2020

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Monthly Report
    May 6.7 Billion, COVID 19 Catching the Industry - Charts
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Prime Commercial Lending Offers
    New Financing Options for Cannabis
Digital Versus Online Marketing: What's the Difference?
    FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos
States with Enough Contact Tracers
    U.S. Which Meet the Demand for COVID-19 Case Count
Baystone Government Finance and Republic First National
    Corporation Collaborate to Provide $3.35MM in Emergency
       Equipment Financing to New York City Fire Department
Consumers shifted nearly $1.1 trillion
    from personal consumption to their bank accounts
Showboat (1956 w/Paul Robeson/Destiny Rides Again/
    Leave Her to Heaven/ Cranes Are Flying/Army Shadows
    Classic Movies Chosen by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
News Briefs---
Federal Gov't Sent $1.4 Billion to Dead People
    Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service
US workers file 1.48 million jobless claims,
    bringing coronavirus total to 47 Million
Macy's lays off nearly 4,000 employees
    back-office and management jobs
Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Cases Are Probably 10 Times
   Higher Than the Official Count, C.D.C. Says
Texas family’s surprise party infects
    18 members with coronavirus, 2 in hospital
Florida residents furious over ‘devil’s law’
     requiring face masks
Apple will re-close 14 stores in Florida because of rising
   Covid-19 rates, bringing total re-closings to 32
Tesla ranks last on influential JD Power quality survey
  32 Major Brands Tested
Chuck E. Cheese files for bankruptcy
    has reopened 266 of its 555 company-operated locations
Over Past 15 Years, a Quarter of US Newspapers
     Have Folded

You May have Missed---
 Trump is halting support for testing sites in 5 states,
   could have 'catastrophic cascading consequences' health officials say

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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  Sports Brief----
   California Nuts Brief---
    "Gimme that Wine"
     This Day in History
       Daily Puzzle
         Weather, USA or specific area
          Traffic Live----

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Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Monthly Report
May $6.7 Billion, COVID 19 Catching the Industry Charts

(Leasing News Chart)

The 35 companies who contributed to the Equipment Leasing and Finance monthly report for May new business volume was only down 18% percent month-to-month. Year-to-date the cumulative new business volume was down 26%.

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(ELFA Chart)

This compares to the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) rose to 45.8 in June, up from 25.8 in May.

Receivables over 30 days were 4.30 percent, up from 3.00 percent the previous month and up from 1.70 percent the same period in 2019. Charge-offs were 0.61 percent, down from 0.80 percent the previous month, and up from 0.46 percent in the year-earlier period.

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(ELFA Charts)

Full Listing of 35 MLFI Participants
Bank of America Global Leasing
Bank of the West
BB&T Bank
BMO Harris Equipment Finance
Canon Financial Services
Caterpillar Financial Services
Citizens Asset Finance
Dell Financial Services
Fifth Third Bank
First American Equipment Finance, a City National Bank Company
Frost Equipment Leasing and Finance
GreatAmerica Financial Services
Hitachi Capital America
HP, Inc.
HPE Financial Services Company
Huntington Equipment Finance
John Deere Financial
Key Equipment Finance
LEAF Commercial Capital Inc.
M&T Bank
Marlin Capital Solutions
Merchants Bank Equipment Finance
PNC Equipment Finance
Societe Generale Equipment Finance
Siemens Financial Services
Stearns Bank
Stonebriar Commercial Finance
TCF Capital Solutions, a division of TCF National Bank
TD Equipment Finance
TIAA Commercial Finance, Inc.
US Bancorp Business Equipment Finance
Volvo Financial Services
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Craig Cooling, CLFP, was hired as Senior Vice President, Sales, Regions Bank, Birmingham, Alabama. He is located in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President Sales, Ascentium Capital (December, 2017 - April, 2020). Vice President of Sales, Paramount Financial (June, 2001 - December, 2017). Certification: Certified Lease & Financial Professional, CLFP Foundation. Issue, January 2019. Volunteer: Board Member, the University of Arizona Alumni Associations Phoenix Chapter (August, 2008 - July, 2012).  Education: University of Arizona. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing.(1997 - 2001). Activities and Societies: Active Member of Phi Gamma Delta, FIJI. (1997 - 3001).  Brophy College Preparatory
(1993 -1997).

Lorena Dellagiovanna has been appointed as the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Executive Strategist of Investor Relations of Hitachi. She joined the firm 1988 as Finance Manager, Hitachi Europe; promoted Southern Europe Finance Manager, April, 2007; promoted October, 2010, Director of Shared Service; promoted October, 2015, Country Manager, Italy, October, 2015; promoted April, 2020, Chief Executive, Director of Board; promoted April, 2020, Group Chief D&I Officer, Executive Strategist of IR- Corporate Officer. Tokyo, Japan.

Brian Eschmann was hired as President, Northland Capital Equipment Finance, St. Cloud, Minnesota.  Previously, he was Vice President, Trans Lease, Inc. (March, 2010 - April, 2020); Vice President, Global Sales Director, U.S. Bank PowerTrack (October, 2005 - March, 2010).  He joined Schneider September, 2002, as General Manager, Payment Services; promoted August, 2003, Director of Financial Services. Prior, he was at Schneider Finance, Inc., starting May, 1996, Field Marketing Representative; promoted February, 2001, Sales Director. Education: The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. MBA, Finance, Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Dean's Honor List (2004 - 2007).  St. Norbert College. Bachelors of Business Administration, Management, Finance, Economics. Graduated Cum Laude (Dean's Honor List 7 of 8 Semesters) 1992 -1996.Activities and Societies: Varsity Men's Basketball Team (Academic All Conference 1995 & 1996).

Steven Green was hired as Vice President of Sales, Navitas Credit Corporation, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.  Previously, he was Vice President, Director Sales, CAN Capital (February, 2020 - June, 2020).  He started at Marlin Capital Solutions November, 2003, as National Sales Manager; promoted January, 2015, National Sales Director; promoted January, 2016, Assistant Vice President; promoted May, 2018, Vice President of Vendor Finance.  Prior he was a Sales Rep, Heartland Home Finance (2002 - 2003). Education: Rider University. BA, History and Education. (1995 -2000). Activities and Societies: Rider University Men's Swimming Team (NCAA Division).

Phil Grote was hired as Vice President, People's Capital and Leasing Corp.  Previously he was at Hitachi Capital America Corp.,starting August, 1999, as Portfolio Administrator; promoted May, 2005, Asset Management Analyst; promoted April, 2008, Sr. Asset Management Analyst. Prior, he was at ICON Capital, starting 1994, Collections; promoted 1994, Portfolio Administrator.Education: Westchester Community College (2003 - 2006).

David Mitchell was hired as Chief Revenue Officer, LeaseAccelerator.   Previously, he was at Appian Corporation, starting February, 2018, as Vice President Sales Strategy; promoted January, 2019, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales; President and COO, VersionOne, (May, 2015 - February, 2017); Operating Partner, Francisco Partners (April, 2013 - February, 2015); CEO, Global 360 (2008 - 2011); COO of webMethods Business Unit at Software AG (April, 2007 - April, 2008). He joined webMethods, Inc, December, 1998, COO; promoted March, 2003, President and CEO; President and CEO, VYCOR Corporation (January, 1988 - February, 1996.  Board of Directors: McAfee (January, 1995 - March, 1988); Member, Software AG (April, 2007- April, 2008); Member, Ximbra (February, 2009 - January, 2014); Member,  Member, Compusearch Software Systems (June, 2011 - May, 2015); Member, Centrifuge Systems (May, 2011 - January, 2019); Member, Attachmate (June, 2013- October, 2014); Education: Attended Virginia Tech (1983 - 1988).



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Digital Versus Online Marketing: What's the Difference?

FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos

You’ve probably heard the terms “digital marketing” and “online marketing” used interchangeably, but they aren’t actually the same thing. Though they have some similarities, they also have plenty of differences. If you offer products and/or services online, it’s important to understand the differences between these two terms and all that they entail. Here’s a basic guide to digital marketing versus online marketing and tips for figuring out which term you should use in your own communications.

What Is Digital Marketing?

Think of “digital marketing” as a very wide umbrella that covers many different digital channels and platforms. It’s not limited to just the internet. The main goal of digital marketing is to promote your marketing message.

If you’re confused about how digital marketing can extend beyond the internet, consider how apps work on your iPhone. Although you need the internet to download an app initially, once it’s on your phone, it works independently from the internet. Apps are considered a type of digital marketing and they can be very effective.

Digital marketing is an ever-evolving term that changes as technology continues to advance. Here are some of the most popular types of digital marketing you can use to promote your message:

  1. Television ads
  2. Games
  3. Mobile marketing (SMS campaigns)
  4. Content marketing
  5. Video marketing

In short, the term “digital marketing” can be used to refer to anything that has a digital foundation and helps you build your brand or distribute your marketing message to your intended audience.

What Is Online Marketing?

Like digital marketing, online marketing is also used to promote your business and marketing message. However, it’s just one tier within the broad digital marketing blanket. Unlike digital marketing in general, online marketing requires access to a live internet connection. For that reason, it’s also commonly referred to as “internet marketing.”

Online marketing tends to evolve quickly, so it can be challenging to keep up with it. If you’re serious about becoming an online marketing leader, you may want to hire a team of professionals uniquely suited to the challenge of evolving marketing materials and approaches to meet the ever-changing needs of this marketing approach. Here are a few of the top terms associated with internet marketing:

  1. Social media marketing (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  2. Pay-per-click advertising (Bing Search, Google Search, etc.)
  3. Search engine optimization (keywords, optimum web page formatting, etc.)
  4. Display advertising (shopping ads, image, video, text, etc.)

Google also offers a new device segment for TV. This means companies can now serve ads on smart TVs that connect to the internet. If you’re a newcomer to online marketing, this fast-paced world may seem intimidating and confusing to you. But it’s important to understand how to harness the power of online marketing for your business so you can meet your profit and growth goals.

Digital Marketing or Online Marketing: Which Is Right for You?
Now that you know digital marketing and online marketing aren’t the same things, you may be wondering how to tell which approach is right for your business. The answer is you should use them both. Online marketing is essential if you want to compete with other businesses in your industry. Most of the world looks for their information online now, so you should take advantage of that trend.

But don’t ever feel pigeonholed into using only online marketing to promote your brand. After all, it’s just one small portion of the digital marketing umbrella, and you can have much greater success if you adopt several different marketing approaches.

For example, in addition to creating a social media marketing campaign and using SEO tactics to stay ahead of the curve, you should also look into digital marketing methods that don’t require the internet to work. Branch out to SMS text campaigns and video marketing. If your budget allows, you should also pursue television ads to expand your reach.

Is It Really a Big Deal To Confuse Digital and Online Marketing?
In the big scheme of things, it won’t derail your marketing efforts if you occasionally confuse digital and online marketing terms. What really matters is that you have a deep understanding of what each of these marketing types can do for your business. After all, once you understand them, you’ll be able to use them more effectively to get the results you want.


Alex Vasilakos
Director of Marketing
The Finance Marketing Group 
Office: 518-591-4645x102 / Fax: 518-677-1071
90 State Street, Suite 1500, Albany, NY 12207
He entered advertising and marketing in 2003, right when the industry landscape shifted from traditional print to digital media. In that time, Alex has worked with numerous large accounts in both healthcare and financial services, and has helped small and medium-sized businesses grow and flourish in their respective digital markets. Alex has won countless awards for creative direction and strategy, and is certified by Google Partners in both AdWords and Analytics. Currently, Alex works exclusively with financial services companies, but his depth of knowledge and experience can help design and implement long-reaching strategies for businesses across all industries.

Previous Financial Technology Articles


States are quickly moving to reopen businesses in the U.S., with many restaurants, bars and other businesses operating at either full or partial capacity across the country. With COVID-19 still present and even rising in some states, contact tracers are an important part of understanding new outbreaks and stopping them before they grow. New data, however, shows most starts are woefully unprepared when it comes to the number of contact tracers currently available.

New data from NPR shows most states in the U.S. currently fail to meet the demand for contact tracers based on up-to-date COVID-19 case counts. These include Oklahoma, California and Florida – states that are reopening at the same time they’re seeing record highs in new daily cases of the virus. In total, only 11 out of 50 states could effectively meet the need for contact tracers today.

New York, which is leading the way in contact tracers with 3,000, is reportedly off to a slow start in successfully getting information on people who test positive. On Monday, New York City officially entered Phase 2 of their reopening plan, allowing restaurants, bars, barber shops and office jobs to open with several COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions.

Experts have lauded contact tracing as perhaps the only way to successfully reopen the economy without causing new, larger outbreaks before a vaccine is created. Still, many Americans are still uncomfortable with the government and companies knowing whether they've tested positive for the virus.

By Willem Roper, Editor, Statista



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Baystone Government Finance and Republic First National Corporation
Collaborate to Provide $3.35MM in Emergency

Equipment Financing to New York City Fire Department

KS StateBank Subsidiary helps City Respond to COVID-19

MANHATTAN, KS,—Baystone Government Finance announced today its completion of $3.35 million financing for the City of New York. Assistant Vice President Christina Ummel said the funds will be used to pay for 19 ambulances pressed into service at the height of the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assistant Vice President Christina Ummel commented, “The FDNY had an urgent need for additional vehicles that could be used to transport patients from their homes to medical facilities or between facilities throughout the city

“The 19 vehicles purchased with the financing include nine Ford E-350s, three Ford E-450s, five Ford F-450s and one Ford S-350,” she added.

Working closely with Baystone, Angie Deming, President of Rochester, Indiana-based Republic First National Corporation submitted a bid for the financing in late March and received approval in early April. The transaction funded on June 4, when the FDNY took delivery of the ambulances.

Angie Deming, President of Rochester, Indiana-based Republic First National Corporation, said,  “We were able to finance FDNY, the largest municipal fire department in the United States, with Baystone as a valued funding partner. Great partnerships allow for great things to happen. Baystone’s expertise helps us help our customers.”

Bradley Buhrow, Assistant Vice President at Baystone, remarked, “State and local governments are facing wide scale reductions in tax revenue from the economic and social effects of Covid‐19 while also bearing the brunt of pandemic‐related costs.

“These entities are also encountering increased funding challenges as some bank sources pull back from government financing. Given these new realities, tax-exempt government leasing is becoming critical to states and municipalities to acquire the essential equipment they need to keep our communities running.”

Tax‐exempt municipal leases, also known as lease-purchase agreements, do not require upfront cash outlays. These leases also offer lower financing rates than traditional commercial leases and loans—in some cases, a difference of multiple percentage points.

About Baystone Government Finance
Baystone Government Finance specializes in tax‐exempt equipment finance, working directly with governments and equipment finance organizations to help communities acquire the equipment they need. A division of KS State Bank, a full-service community bank located in Manhattan, KS, Baystone has originated and successfully funded billions of dollars in municipal obligations throughout the United States since 1987.

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Consumers shifted nearly $1.1 trillion
from personal consumption to their bank accounts

SAN FRANCISCO- In the first 3 months of this year, consumers deposited nearly $1.1 trillion in their bank and credit union savings accounts instead of using it for personal consumption according to the latest quarterly report from the Federal Deposits Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The shift of $1.1 trillion from spending to savings pushed Gross Domestic Product (GDP) down -5.0 percent. Since Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) makes up about 70 percent of GDP, the U.S. economy will remain stuck as long as consumers keep their spending money in the bank.

The $1.1 trillion consumers shifted to savings in the first 3 months of this year is 5 times greater than the amount of money consumers saved during an average quarter in 2019. This money represents disposable income consumers decided to save rather than spend, and does not include any of the government funds distributed to consumers and businesses though the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act approved by Congress in late March, 2020.

The blueprint for the behavioral economics phenomenon we are witnessing now is explained in Dr. Dan Geller's book Money Anxiety, which describes consumer behavioral patterns during elevated level of money anxiety. The $1.1 trillion consumers deposited in their liquid (Checking, savings and money market) bank accounts represents "Mattress Money," which is the act of hoarding. This behavior is called "Mattress money" in behavioral economics because it resembles what people used to do before bank deposits were federally insured.

Dr. Dan Geller, the developer of the Theory of Money Anxiety and the President of Analyticom, observed, “I anticipated this behavior ever since I observed the same phenomenon during the 2008/2009 financial crisis. I presented the Theory of Money Anxiety in numerus conferences and on many financial TV and radio shows so that everyone will know what to expect when the level of money anxiety increases. Well, now the Money Anxiety Index is up and my theory is right on the money."

The Money Anxiety Index, which measures actual consumers' financial behavior, increased by 9.1 points during the first quarter of this year - from 42.1 in January to 51.2 in March, when most people were ordered to "shelter in place" in order to prevent the spread of the corona virus. This event initiated the economic uncertainty and the increase in the level of money anxiety. Consumers increased their bank savings fivefold in the first three months of 2020 in response to the increase in the level of money anxiety caused by the economic uncertainty related to COVID-19.

The Theory of Money Anxiety is featured in the study on the “Dynamics of Yield Gravity and the Money Anxiety Index, “ which has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Applied Business and Economics. The study, coauthored by Dr. Dan Geller and Professor Nahum Biger, shows how the same phenomenon of hoarding money in liquid banking accounts occurred during the 2008/2009 financial crisis. Moreover, the study shows how consumers are willing to forgo five times higher interest rates on their deposits in return for immediate access to their money.

About Analyticom LLC
Analyticom LLC is a behavioral economics research firm specializing in the application of behavioral economics in financial decisions. The company is a pioneer in the study of behavioral economics in financial decision. For the first time ever, a scientific study co-authored by Dr. Dan Geller, the founder of Analyticom LLC, shows the impact of money anxiety on financial decisions. The study, Dynamics of Yield Gravity and the Money Anxiety Index has been peer reviewed and published in the  Journal of Applied Business and Economics and was presented by Dr. Geller in a keynote address at the Banking Analytics Symposium, and at the International Conference on Business and Economic Development.

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Watch at Home
by Fernando Croce

During these uncertain times, you can rely on Criterion to continue releasing restored versions of great movies. So check out their latest titles.

Show Boat (James Whale, 1936): Legendary horror director James Whale (“Frankenstein”) switches gears beautifully with this moving screen adaptation of the musical by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. Covering several decades in the lives of a troupe of entertainers on a Mississippi River boat, the plot follows Magnolia Hawks (Irene Dunne), an aspiring actress who dreams of continuing her family’s theatrical tradition. She gets a chance when the show’s leading lady Julie (Helen Morgan) is forced to step down due to local prejudice, and experiences her own romantic pangs when she falls for a gambler named Gaylord (Allan Jones). Tackling musical numbers with as much creativity as he did monsters, Whale crafts a deeply satisfying drama with a superb cast that includes Charles Winninger, Hattie McDaniel, and the magnificent Paul Robeson.

Destry Rides Again (George Marshall, 1939): Having established herself as a witty and mysterious object of desire in her films with Josef von Sternberg, legendary Marlene Dietrich tried out her skills as a rough and tumble comedienne in this spoof of Westerns. She stars as Frenchy, the saloon queen of Bottleneck, the small frontier town presided over by her ruthless beau, Kent (Brian Donlevy). After killing the sheriff and putting in his place the town drunk, Kent expects to take control of the local ranchers. What he didn’t count on was the arrival of Tom Destry Jr. (James Stewart), the son of a famous lawmaker. Gentle where his father was tough, however, Junior must prove his courage and, maybe, win Frenchy’s heart. Full of romance and comedy, this is a rowdy classic.

Leave Her to Heaven (John M. Stahl, 1945): Film-noir classics don’t come much delirious than this splashy melodrama, which gave Gene Tierney one of her juiciest, most unsettling roles. She plays Ellen Berent, a beautiful young socialite who falls in love with and swiftly weds Richard (Cornel Wilde), a writer with a noted resemblance to her late father. Seemingly the very perfect picture of a devoted wife, Ellen comes to show increasingly obsessive signs of possessive psychosis when it comes to her new husband. When that jealousy starts to take aim at her foster sister Ruth (Jeanne Crain), how long will it be before her behavior turns deadly? Directed in frenzied Technicolor by the usually staid John M. Stahl, the film blends cinematic beauty with the characters’ inner darkness in unforgettable ways.

The Cranes are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov. 1957): Released in the middle of the Cold War, this award-winning drama shows that Soviet cinema could be just as breathlessly romantic as Hollywood. Set during World War II, it tells the story of Veronica (Tatiana Samoilova) and Boris (Alexei Batalov), young lovers whose lyrical relationship is torn when Boris is sent to the front. Tragedy strikes, and Veronica must deal with a painful new life—not to mention Boris’ cousin, who has set his sights on the traumatized maiden. Though the story sounds clichéd and melodramatic, the film achieves genuine power thanks to the virtuosic direction of Mikhail Kalatozov (who uses vertiginous camera movements to reflect the characters’ heightened emotions), and to the superb lead performance by Samoilova, who creates a fierce, complex heroine. With subtitles.

Army of Shadows (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969): Before turning to directing, film-noir master Jean-Pierre Melville (“Le Samourai”) had been part of the Resistance in Nazi-occupied France, a harrowing experience he explores brilliantly in this complex suspense tale. Charting a network of interconnected characters, it follows Resistance leader Philippe (Lino Ventura), who’s arrested but escapes and tries to figure out who betrayed him. Meanwhile, former pilot Jardie (Jean-Pierre Cassel) gets involved with undercover housewife Mathilde (Simone Signoret) and seeks out his isolated brother Luc (Paul Meurisse). In a claustrophobic world where a small gesture could give them away to German forces, the characters try to hang on to their honor while the net tightens around them. Showcasing Melville’s trademark minimalism at its most accomplished, this analysis of heroism and sacrifice is a stunning achievement. With subtitles. 


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News Briefs----

Federal Gov't Sent $1.4 Billion to Dead People
    Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service

US workers file 1.48 million jobless claims,
    bringing coronavirus total to 47 Million

Macy's lays off nearly 4,000 employees
    back-office and management jobs

Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Cases Are Probably 10 Times
   Higher Than the Official Count, C.D.C. Says

Texas family’s surprise party infects
    18 members with coronavirus

Florida residents furious over ‘devil’s law’
     requiring face masks

Apple will re-close 14 stores in Florida because of rising
   Covid-19 rates, bringing total re-closings to 32

Tesla ranks last on influential JD Power quality survey
  32 Major Brands Tested

Chuck E. Cheese files for bankruptcy
    has reopened 266 of its 555 company-operated locations

Over Past 15 Years, a Quarter of US Newspapers
     Have Folded



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 Trump is halting support for testing sites in 5 states,
   could have 'catastrophic cascading consequences', health officials say

‘Risk that is not worth taking.’ Sens. Cornyn, Cruz urge feds to keep supporting COVID test sites


Sports Briefs---

NFL expects on-time start for training camps

Bill Belichick Has a Plan for the Long Game,
    With or Without Tom Brady
The New York City Marathon, the world's largest,
   has been canceled due to the pandemic

Opinion: As NFL tries to further facilitate opportunities
    for coaches of color, pressure now rests on owners

Palo Alto (60% White) is 100% Black in head football coaches:
   Here’s what they’re saying about racial justice


California Nuts Briefs---

Coronavirus: 5 bad signs California is heading the wrong direction

Newsom: California won’t impose COVID-19 quarantines
    for out-of-state visitors ‘at this time’

Tucson city manager rejects former SF Bay Area chief’s resignation

Best friends become Good Samaritans
    to fight food insecurity in San Jose

These are the California statues being removed
   amid calls for racial justice

Santa Cruz County beaches to reopen Friday



“Gimme that Wine”

Georgia House gives final OK to home delivery
   of beer, wine and liquor

US to Consider Additional Tariffs on Beer, Gin, and Vodka

Emeritus Vineyards Announces a New Six-Part Series
  of Educational Webinars for Wine Professionals

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History


     1604 - French explorer Samuel de Champlain, Pierre Dugua, and 77 others landed on the island of St. Croix and made friends with the native Passamaquoddy Indians. It later became part of Maine on the US-Canadian border.
    1721 – Dr. Zabdiel Boylston (1679-1766) gave the first smallpox inoculations in America, in Boston.  Boylston is known for holding several "firsts" for an American-born physician: He performed the first surgical operation by an American physician, the first removal of gall bladder stones in 1710, and was the first to remove a breast tumor in 1718.  He inoculated about 248 people by applying pus from a smallpox sore to a small wound on the subjects, a method said to have been previously used in Africa. Initially, he used the method on two slaves and his own son, who was 13 at the time. This was the first introduction of inoculations to the US. He was also a great uncle of both President John Adams and philanthropist Ward Nicholas Boylston. This is a major event as smallpox whipped out not only Indians,
but many settlers as well.
    1740 - A combined force Spanish, free blacks and allied Indians defeated a British garrison at the Siege of Fort Mose near St. Augustine (present-day FL) during the War of Jenkins’ Ear.
    1819 - Birthday of Abner Doubleday (1819-93) in Ballston Spa, NY.  He served in the US Army during the Mexican War and the Seminole War in Florida prior to his service in the Civil War. He was stationed at Charleston, SC, where he manned the first of Fort Sumter's guns to fire back at the Confederates. His service found him at the battle of Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and as a major general commanding a division at Gettysburg. In San Francisco, after the war, he obtained a patent on the cable car railway that still runs there. A commission set up to investigate the origins of baseball by sporting goods manufacturer Albert Spalding credited Doubleday with inventing the game in 1839, the first year of Doubleday’s West Point education.  Subsequent research has debunked the commission's finding. In researching the letter from a person who later was committed to an insane asylum, Doubleday would have been 18 years old and the writer five years old at the time the writer claimed he witnessed Doubleday “invent” baseball. Conversely, Alexander Joy Cartwright, an umpire and member of the New York Knickerbockers team, set up the first formal rules, laid out the diamond-shaped field and established its nine playing positions.  Accordingly, Cartwright was officially declared the inventor of the modern game of baseball by the 83d Congress on June 3, 1953.  Early versions of baseball, 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. Baseball can be considered America's oldest sport. The History Channel has a documentary on Spalding, who was quite a promoter and businessman, as well as the man with the highest pitcher’s winning percentage, .796, in MLB history.
    1862 - Day two of the Seven Days-Battle of Mechanicsville
see second one:
    1870 – Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the US.
    1888 - Residents of New York suffered through a record heat wave. Daily average temperatures were above 80 degrees for fourteen straight days. The heat wave was a sharp contrast to the severe blizzard in March of that year, which buried the city under nearly two feet of snow. 
    1892 - Birthday of Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) in Hillsboro, WV.  She was one of the first writers to try to explain the Far East to Western readers. She won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1938 for her many novels of Chinese life, especially among the peasantry. She had won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for her classic novel “The Good Earth” which was made into a terrible movie. She adopted nine children and established the Pearl S. Buck Foundation to support or find homes for "Amerasian" children who are abandoned by their American fathers throughout Asia and for abandoned children worldwide. Family pressures had forced her to turn to writing when she was almost 40 and in all, she published more than 100 books, innumerable articles and delivered hundreds of speeches.
    1893 - Illinois Governor John Peter Altgeld pardoned Samuel Fielden, Michael Schwab and Oscar Neebe, three of the anarchists who had been convicted in the violence connected with the Haymarket Riot on May 4, 1886. At a protest meeting at Haymarket Square, an unknown individual threw a bomb which caused the death of several policemen. Eight anarchists were tried and convicted of the bombing. Of those, one committed suicide the day before he was to be hanged, three were hanged, and Fielden, Schwab and Neebe were imprisoned. In 1893, the newly elected Altgeld, at the urging of Clarence Darrow, reviewed the transcripts of the trial of these men and concluded that they had been railroaded. The pardon was widely criticized. It was an act of political suicide for Altgeld.
    1894 - The American Railway Union, led by Eugene Debs, called a general strike in sympathy with Pullman workers. 
    1896 – The first movie theater opened in the US.  Admission: 10 cents.
    1898 - Birthday of singer/guitarist ‘Big Bill’ Broonzy (1898-1958), born Lee Conley Bradley in Lake Dick, AR.  His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly African-American audiences. Through the 1930s and 1940s, he successfully navigated to a more urban blues sound popular with working-class African-American audiences. In the 1950s, a return to his traditional folk-blues roots made him one of the leading figures of the emerging American folk music revival and an international star. His long and varied career marks him as one of the key figures in the development of blues music in the 20th century.  Broonzy copyrighted more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including both adaptations of traditional folk songs and original blues songs. As a blues composer, he was unique in that his compositions reflected the many vantage points of his rural-to-urban experiences.
    1900 – Dr. Walter Reed (1851-1902) began research for a cure of Yellow Fever.  He was an Army physician who in 1901 led the team that postulated and confirmed the theory that the fever is transmitted by a particular mosquito species, rather than by direct contact. This insight gave impetus to the new fields of epidemiology and biomedicine, and most immediately allowed the resumption and completion of work on the Panama Canal (1904–1914) by the United States. 
    1902 – William Lear (1902-78) was born in Hannibal, MO.  An inventor and businessman, he is best known for founding the Lear Jet Corporation, a manufacturer of business jets. He also invented the battery eliminator for the B battery and developed the 8-track cartridge which was widely used in the 1960s and 1970s. 
    1904 – Peter Lorre (1904-64) was born László Loewenstein in Austria-Hungary.   From 1941 to 1946, he mainly worked for Warner Brothers where he appeared in “The Maltese Falcon” (1941), followed by “Casablanca” (1942), the second of the nine films in which Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet appeared. Lorre's other films include “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1944) and Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” (1954). Frequently cast as a sinister foreigner, Lorre was the first actor to play a James Bond villain as Le Chiffre in a TV version of “Casino Royale” (1954).  
    1909 - Birthday of “Colonel” Tom Parker (1909-97), born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk in Breda, Holland.  He is known primarily for his management of Elvis Presley’s career.
   1911 - Birthday of Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1911-56), born Mildred Ella Didrikson at Port Arthur, TX.  She was nicknamed “Babe” after Babe Ruth.   She was named to the women's All-America basketball team when she was 16. In a 1950 Associated Press poll, she was named the woman athlete of the first half of the 20th century.   The Babe was named top woman athlete in the U.S. for 1931, 1945-47, 1950, and 1954. She won two gold medals at the 1932 Olympics in track and field and set the world records in the javelin throw and in the 80-meter hurdles. Didrikson married professional wrestler George Zaharias in 1938, six years after she began playing golf casually. In 1946, Babe won the US Women's Amateur tournament, and in 1947, she won 17 straight golf championships and became the first American winner of the British Ladies' Amateur Tournament. Turning professional in 1948, she won the US Women's Open in 1950 and 1954, the same year she won the All-American Open. Babe won a total of 114 golf tournaments, 83 amateur golf tournaments, 31 on the P.G.A. tour.  She even pitched an exhibition for the St. Louis Cardinals. The 1911 birth date is according to her sister and baptismal records, confirmed by The New York Times and Wikipedia though some have it as 1914.
    1913 - Birthday of Willard Jessie Brown (1913-96), baseball player, at Shreveport, LA. Brown played with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro National League and with the St. Louis Browns in 1947 when he was 34. He was the first African-American to hit a home run in the American League.
    1916 - When the Cleveland Indians walked onto the field for their game for their game against the Chicago White Sox, their home uniforms were adorned for the first time with numbers on the left sleeve. This innovation was abandoned after a short while and uniform numbers did not appear again until the New York Yankees adopted them in 1929, not on the sleeves but on the backs of their jerseys.
    1916 – Christy Mathewson pitched and won his last Major League game.  The Giants beat the Brooklyn Robins, 11-8 in the first game of a doubleheader.  He relieved starter Pol Perritt and held the Robins to two hits over the final four innings to win.  
    1917 - The first U.S. troops arrived in France to fight alongside Britain and France against Germany in World War I.
    1918 – In the Battle for Belleau Wood, Allied Forces under Gen. John J. Pershing and James Harbord defeated Imperial German Forces under German Prince Wilhelm.
    1919 – The New York Daily News was published for the first time.
    1926 - US Troops pulled out of the Dominican Republic, which had, in 1844, received independence from Spain. After years of discussing it, Congress decided not to annex the Dominican Republic, or Haiti, and to allow the countries to become sovereign republics.
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    1927 – The Cyclone rollercoaster opened on Coney Island in Brooklyn.
    1934 - President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Federal Credit Union Act, thus enabling the formation of credit unions anywhere in the US.
    1938 – Billy Davis, Jr. of The Fifth Dimension was born in St. Louis.
    1939 - In Philadelphia, the Yankees played the first night game in franchise history, losing to the A’s, 3-2. 
    1944 - The only time the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees and New York Giants played together, at a special exhibition game at the Polo Grounds before 50,000 fans. In the six-inning contest, each team played successive innings against the other two and then sat out a frame. The combined final score was Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants 0). The proceeds of the game went to purchase war bonds.
    1944 - MURANAGA, KIYOSHI K., Medal of Honor.
Private First Class Kiyoshi K. Muranaga distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 26 June 1944, near Suvereto, Italy. Private First Class Muranaga's company encountered a strong enemy force in commanding positions and with superior firepower. An enemy 88mm self-propelled gun opened direct fire on the company, causing the men to disperse and seek cover. Private First Class Muranaga's mortar squad was ordered to action, but the terrain made it impossible to set up their weapons. The squad leader, realizing the vulnerability of the mortar position, moved his men away from the gun to positions of relative safety. Because of the heavy casualties being inflicted on his company, Private First Class Muranaga, who served as a gunner, attempted to neutralize the 88mm weapon alone. Voluntarily remaining at his gun position, Private First Class Muranaga manned the mortar himself and opened fire on the enemy gun at a range of approximately 400 yards. With his third round, he was able to correct his fire so that the shell landed directly in front of the enemy gun. Meanwhile, the enemy crew, immediately aware of the source of mortar fire, turned their 88mm weapon directly on Private First Class Muranaga's position. Before Private First Class Muranaga could fire a fourth round, an 88mm shell scored a direct hit on his position, killing him instantly. Because of the accuracy of Private First Class Muranaga's previous fire, the enemy soldiers decided not to risk further exposure and immediately abandoned their position. Private First Class Muranaga's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army. 
    1945 - The United Nations Charter was signed at San Francisco by representatives of 50 nations.
    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 – Fred Allen’s final radio broadcast featured Jack Benny.
    1947 - The first transatlantic mobile telephone between two phones was made by U.S. Ambassador James Clement Dunn from Milan, Italy, to Vincent R. Impellitteri, president of the New York City Council, on the occasion of Marconi Day at the Milan Fair.
    1947 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba," Perry Como.
    1948 – The Berlin Airlift began after the Soviet blockade of West Berlin.
    1948 – William Shockley (1910-89) filed the original patent for the grown junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor.  Shockley was the manager of a Bell Labs research group that included John Bardeen and Walter Houser, who invented the transistor. The three were jointly awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics.  Shockley's attempts to commercialize a new transistor design in the 1950s and 1960s led to California's "Silicon Valley" becoming a hotbed of electronics innovation. In his later life, Shockley was a professor at Stanford.
    1950 - President Harry S. Truman authorized the Air Force and Navy to enter the Korean conflict. 
    1950 - Garry Moore hosted many programs which aired at various times: his first, “The Garry Moore Show,” debuted on this date and it became the longest lasting. Moore was the host, with his sidekick Durward Kirby, of a show blending singing, joking and talking with guests and regulars. Regulars included Ken Carson and Denise Lor. Guest performers included Don Adams, George Gobel, Don Knotts, Jonathan Winters, Leslie Uggams and Carol Burnett. Animals also appeared on the show. This was before Oprah and others.
    1953 - Top Hits
“Song from Moulin Rouge” - The Percy Faith Orchestra
“April in Portugal” - The Les Baxter Orchestra
“Ruby” - Richard Hayman
“Take These Chains from My Heart” - Hank Williams
    1954 - Sam Phillips, head of Sun Records, calls a young singer named Elvis Presley, who had recorded a few songs there earlier in the year, and asks him to record two songs, "Without You" and "Rag Mop." He sings the first, attempting to match a demo made by an unknown person hanging around the studio, but it proves too much for him, and, according to Dave Marsh's book Elvis, beats the walls of the studio, repeatedly shouting "I hate him! I hate him!" The singer whom Elvis could not match is lost to history. Phillips mollifies the young Elvis by asking him to sing something else, and Presley impresses him anyway, to the point that he makes plans to set the singer up with musicians for a future date.
    1955 - Decca Records announces that Bill Haley and His Comets have sold more than 3 million records in thirteen months. Both "Rock Around The Clock" and "Shake Rattle and Roll" sold a million copies, while "Dim, Dim the Lights" and "Mambo Rock" sold about 500,000. 
    1956 - In an article in LOOK Magazine entitled, “The Great Rock 'n' Roll Controversy,” swing band leader Benny Goodman makes this comment about Rock 'n' Roll; "I guess it’s okay, man. At least it has a beat.”  …which is what the kids used to say on American Bandstand’s Rate a Record…
    1957 - Hurricane Audrey strikes Louisiana claiming 500 lives
    1959 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II jointly dedicated the St. Lawrence Seaway in formal ceremonies held at St. Lambert, Quebec, Canada. A project undertaken jointly by Canada and the US, the waterway (which provides access between the Atlantic Ocean and this Great Lakes) had been opened to traffic April 25, 1959.
    1959 - Ingemar Johansson of Sweden knocked out Floyd Patterson in the third round of a fight at Yankee Stadium to win the heavyweight championship. Patterson and Johansson fought twice more with Patterson regaining the title in June, 1960 and defending it successfully in March, 1961.
    1961 - The Marcels made their US television debut, performing "Blue Moon" on ABC-TV's American Bandstand. 
    1961 - Top Hits
“Quarter to Three” - U.S. Bonds
“Raindrops” - Dee Clark
“Tossin' and Turnin'” - Bobby Lewis
“Hello Walls” - Faron Young
    1961 - The Yankees beat the Angels, 8-6, and Yogi Berra collects his 2000th career hit, all as a Bronx Bomber. To celebrate the achievement a huge cake is rolled out in Wrigley Field in Los Angeles, the Angels’ home field at the time.
    1961 - Gary U.S. Bonds had his only US number 1 hit, "Quarter to Three." Bonds and Gene Barge (Daddy G.) added lyrics to an instrumental called, "A Night With Daddy G." Although he released several more singles in the US including "Dear Lady Twist," Bonds found more success in England than his homeland. After years of touring the oldies circuit, Bonds would have another Top 40 hit in the early 1980s with "This Little Girl is Mine." 
    1963 - Singer George Michael (d. 2016), one of the biggest rock stars of the late 1980's, was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in London. Michael and Andrew Ridgeley formed the pop duo Wham!, which hit the British chart in 1982 with "Young Guns (Go For It)." North American success followed in 1984, with three straight number-ones - "Wake Me Up Before You Go- Go," "Careless Whisper" and "Everything She Wants." Michael was clearly the mastermind behind the duo. When they broke up in 1986, he began a highly successful solo career. He duetted with Aretha Franklin on "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," which went to number one. Then came the multi-million selling "Faith" album, which yielded such chart-toppers as the title song, "Father Figure" and "One More Try." The album also contained "I Want Your Sex," which some radio stations refused to play despite Michael's claim it endorsed monogamy. In 1990, Michael released "Listen without Prejudice, Volume One." Although it made the top 10, the album did not match the sales figures of his solo debut
    1963 - After a Beatles performance at the Majestic Ballroom, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, John Lennon and Paul McCartney write "She Loves You" in their hotel room, originally an answer song of sorts to the Bobby Rydell hit "Forget Him."
    1963 – President Kennedy gave his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech underlining the US support of the democratic West Germany shortly after Soviet-supported East Germany erected the Berlin Wall.
    1964 - "A Hard Day's Night" was released by United Artists Records. The album featured all original material by The Beatles and became the top album in the country by July 25, 1964.
    1964 - "It's All Over Now" by the Rolling Stones was released. The song, written by American soul singer Bobby Womack, was the first Stones' record to reach number one in Britain.
    1965 - "Mr. Tambourine Man," by The Byrds, reached the number one spot on the pop music charts. The song was considered by many to be the first folk-rock hit. The tune was written by Bob Dylan, as were two other hits for the group: "All I Really Want to Do" and "My Back Pages." The group of James Roger McGinn, David Crosby, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman and Mike Clarke charted seven hits. The Byrds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
    1966 – Sandy Koufax (13-2) matched his NL record of seven consecutive strikeouts in consecutive 9-inning appearances on his way to a 2-1 win in Atlanta. 
    1966 - Sopwith Camel opened for the Rolling Stones in performance at the Daly City Cow Palace. Jefferson Airplane also performed. 
    1966 - Sutro Baths, the famous San Francisco Oceanside landmark, burns down 
    1966 - Lenny Bruce & the Mothers of Invention appear in concert at the San Francisco Fillmore Auditorium. KFRC Beach Boys' Summer Spectacular at the Cow Palace.
    1967 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Windy," The Association.
    1968 - Iwo Jima and Bonin Islands were returned to Japan by the US. 
    1968 – The Executive Council of MLB decided both Leagues will divide into two divisions.  Beginning with the 1969 post-season, the MLB playoffs began.  Prior to this, the American and National League pennant winners met in the World Series without playoffs except to settle a first place tie.
    1969 - Top Hits
“Get Back” - The Beatles
“Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet” - Henry Mancini
“Bad Moon Rising” - Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Running Bear” - Sonny James
    1971 - Promoter Bill Graham announced the closing of his Fillmore East and West concert halls in New York and San Francisco. The Fillmore East had operated for three years, and its last concert the following night included performances by the Beach Boys and the Allman Brothers Band. Graham had begun producing rock concerts at the Fillmore West in 1965. The San Francisco club was a prime venue for many psychedelic superstars.
    1971 - WNEW-FM in New York becomes the first radio station to play Don McLean's new single, "American Pie," which it features in its 8:36 entirety.
    1973 - Former White House counsel John W. Dean told the Senate Watergate Committee about an "enemies list" kept by the Nixon White House. 
    1973 - Model and singer Marsha Hunt, inspiration for the Rolling Stones song "Brown Sugar," names Mick Jagger in a paternity suit, claiming the singer fathered her two-year-old daughter Karis. That same day, Stones guitarist Keith Richards is busted, along with girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, in his Chelsea home for possession of heroin, illegal pharmaceuticals, guns, and ammo.
    1974 – Derek Jeter was born in Pequannock, NJ.  The Yankees drafted Jeter out of high school in 1992 and he debuted in the major leagues in 1995, winning Rookie of the Year in 1996 when the Yanks won the first of the five rings under Jeter.  With him at shortstop, they won five World Series and made the postseason in every year but three.  He retired with the sixth most hits (3,465) in MLB history, and by far, the most by any Yankee, with a .310 career batting average.  He holds nearly every offensive record for the post-season in MLB history.  He was a first ballot Hall of Fame selection in the Class of 2020, falling one vote shy of the unanimous vote of his teammate, Mariano Rivera in 2019. 
  1974 - A pack of Wrigley's gum was swiped across the first checkout scanner at a supermarket in Troy, OH. A committee formed by US grocers and food manufacturers recommended in 1973 a Universal Product Code (i.e., a bar code) for supermarket items that would allow electronic scanning of prices. Today, bar codes are used to keep track of everything from freight cars to cattle.
    1975 - Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in SD.  Leonard Peltier was later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.
    1975 - Cher's divorce from Sonny Bono becomes final, leaving her free to marry Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers just four days later.
    1975 - The rules of football were amended: the divisional winners with the highest won-loss percentage were made the home team for the divisional playoffs, and the surviving winners with the highest percentage made home teams for the championship games. 
    1976 - The CN Tower opened in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At 1,815 feet, 5 inches high, the tower is the world's tallest building and the tallest freestanding structure.
    1977 - Top Hits
“Got to Give It Up (Pt. I)” - Marvin Gaye
“Gonna Fly Now” (Theme from "Rocky") - Bill Conti
“Undercover Angel” - Alan O'Day
“Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” - Waylon Jennings
    1977 - Elvis Presley performs what would be his last concert, performing at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, IN for a crowd of 18,000. Although Elvis appears pale, weak, and overweight, as he had with increasing regularity, there is nothing to suggest his impending death.  Indeed, there is nothing unusual about this show on the tour, except that Elvis for some reason introduces practically everyone from his life while on stage. Some take this as "proof" Elvis knew he was in his final days; others maintain that he was worried about the imminent publication of “Elvis: What Happened?,” a tell-all biography by former bodyguards Sonny and Red West that publicly broke the story of his drug abuse and what those revelations might do to his image. The last song he performs from the stage is "Can't Help Falling in Love." Footage of the final concert is taken but has not been widely seen since; the audio portion can be heard on the LP “The Last Farewell” (released on CD as “Adios: The Final Performance”, A.J. Records CD 92-2002). Presley's father, Vernon, will pass away two years later to the day.
    1977 - The Human Lightning Conductor, park ranger Roy C. Sullivan, was struck by lightning for the seventh time. He was first hit in 1942, then again in 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1976.
    1977 – At Maury County Jail in Columbia, TN, 42 died in a fire caused by the inmates.
    1983 - Record heat prevailed from Texas to Michigan. Alpena, MI hit 98 degrees.
    1985 - Top Hits
“Heaven” - Bryan Adams
“Sussudio” - Phil Collins
“Raspberry Beret” - Prince & The Revolution
“Little Things” - The Oak Ridge Boys
    1986 - Hurricane Bonnie made landfall on the upper Texas coast. A wind gust to 98 mph occurred at Sea Rim State Park. The town of Ace recorded 13 inches of rain.
    1987 - Hot weather prevailed in the Pacific Northwest. Afternoon highs of 88 degrees at Seattle, WA, 103 degrees at Medford, OR, and 111 degrees at Redding, CA, were records for the date. Cloudy and cool weather prevailed in the northeastern U.S. The high at Boston, MA, was just 60 degrees
    1988 - Thirteen cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. In Montana, the record high of 102 degrees at Billings, MT, was their fifteenth of the month, and the high of 108 degrees at Glasgow MT equaled their record for June. Thunderstorms in the Atlantic Coast Region produced wind gusts to 102 mph at Tall Timbers, MD.
    1988 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Dirty Diana," Michael Jackson.
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from the Central Plains to the Middle Mississippi Valley. There were 129 reports of severe weather during the day and night. Thunderstorms in Kansas produced wind gusts to 90 mph at Liberal, and hail four inches in diameter at Quinter. Thunderstorms in Wisconsin spawned a tornado at Lake Delton injuring four persons. Lightning struck and killed a woman at Junction City, KS, who had gotten out of her car to photograph the lightning
    1989 – The Supreme Court ruled that 16 year olds can receive the death penalty.
    1993 - The U.S. launched a cruise missile attack targeting Baghdad intelligence headquarters in retaliation for a thwarted assassination attempt against former President George H.W. Bush in April in Kuwait. 
    1996 - The Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state support. 
    1997 – The Supreme Court ruled that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment.
    2003 - Record temperatures hit the Bay Area with 97 in SF and 102 in San Jose. This year while 45 miles away in San Jose and inland reach 103 degrees, the city stays at 65 high due to the fog rolling in.
    2003 - Strom Thurmond, the second longest-serving senator in U.S. history, died in Edgefield, S.C., at age 100. 
    2003 - Edgar Martinez, who already holds the Mariners all-time records for games played, at-bats, hits, doubles, total bases, extra-base hits, walks and runs scored, passes Ken Griffey Jr.'s mark for team career RBIs. His two-run homer in the Mariners 10-6 victory over the Angels gives the All-Star designated hitter 1,153 RBIs -- one more than Junior.  Martinez was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, class of 2019.
    2013 - The Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and in violation of the Fifth Amendment.  In California, the 2008 proposition 8 ballot measure was upheld in an appeal, allowing same sex marriage to continue.
    2015 – The Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage under the 14th Amendment.



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