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Friday, June 18, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Fed Holds Rates Near Zero, Hints at 2023 Hikes
    U.S. Federal Funds Target Rate Chart
Our Leasing/Finance Life is Changing
  Not Just Because of FinTech, Perhaps the Convenience
    By Kit Menkin
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads
    Great Career Positions Available
China Leads the Nations in Trade
Used cars: Moving fast with more cash
    By Auto Remarketing Staff
CSI Leasing Launches Subsidiary in Japan
    Continues to Expand
Dext Capital Closes $25 million revolving credit
    Facility with Regions Bank
Father's Day Films:  It's a Gift,  On Golden Pond
  Bicycle Thieves (w/subtitles), An Autumn Afternoon
     Commando---chosen by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Tibetan Spaniel/Pekingese
    Lake Forest, California  Adopt-a-Dog
The Breeds Ruling "Best in show" at Westminster
    Breeds that Have Won "Best in Show" Most Often
News Briefs---
Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement: keep the
    target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent
Charles Schwab hiring for 1,000 new jobs in
    Dallas-Fort Worth as brokerage accounts soar
San Jose becomes largest city in California
    to mandate videotaping of gun purchases
This $1 billion S.F. startup wants to disrupt vacation homes
    Wine Country residents say it's destroying their neighborhoods
How far can you go in an electric car?
    California needs 1.2 million charging stations

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Biden signs into law bill establishing Juneteenth
   as federal holiday – This Friday will be a Federal Holiday, June 18

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As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee unanimously decided to keep interest rates near zero for the time being. As the U.S. economic recovery progresses and inflation is picking up, it did move up its timeline for possible rate hikes, however, with 13 of the 18 committee members expecting at least one rate hike by the end of 2023.

“The Committee decided to keep the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and expects it will be appropriate to maintain this target range until labor market conditions have reached levels consistent with the Committee's assessments of maximum employment and inflation has risen to 2 percent and is on track to moderately exceed 2 percent for some time,” the FOMC wrote in its post-meeting statement.

While the Fed expects inflation to overshoot 2 percent significantly this year, raising the median forecast for PCE inflation to 3.4 percent from its March projection of 2.4 percent, the factors behind the latest price hikes are considered “transitory” and the FOMC expects inflation to return to its target rate of 2 percent as soon as 2022.

“Our expectation is these high inflation readings now will abate,” Powell said at his post-meeting news conference, while also cautioning to take the dot-plot predicting future target rates with a grain of salt. It is “not a great forecaster of future rate moves”, he said, adding that “whenever liftoff comes, policy will remain highly accommodative.”

(Full Decision in Leasing News' "News Briefs")

By Felix Richter, Statista


Our Leasing/Finance Life is Changing
Not Just Because of FinTech, Perhaps the Convenience
By Kit Menkin

Lepeuli Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

As more and more companies state their employees will continue to work remotely from home, real estate expansion continues as if employees will be coming back to an office.

News reports quoted a memo in Facebook that “anyone whose role can be done remotely can request remote work.” Chief Executive and Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg is taking the lead with plans to avoid the office for at least six months in 2022.

He had previously hinted at a plan in May to let many employees permanently work from home. During a staff meeting that was live-streamed on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said he expected nearly half of the company’s more than 60,000 workers to work remotely within a decade.

Later, it was learned he was going to spend at least six months at his new giant estate he bought in Kauai, Hawaii, (1) despite the three-hour time difference from California and seven-hour time difference to the East Coast. As a person before COVID-19 who used to take family vacation in Hawaii at least twice a year, writing and editing Leasing News, I can tell you the time difference is a killer.

A major employer in San Francisco, Salesforce. said it had been successful at serving customers and operating its business under a remote-work model. “We’re not going back to the way it was,” the company claimed at the time. Later, Salesforce announced its “Success from Anywhere” plan, saying 65% of its workers will be on a “flex” schedule and come into offices one to three days a week for meetings with colleagues or customers and for presentations. Employees who don’t live near offices or need to be in an office will be able to stay remote full time, while a small number will go to the office four to five days per week if their jobs require it, was reported.

Google is planning a humongous office development in downtown San Jose, buying up property it seemingly every week, preparing architectural reports for offices, yet announced "Its future lies in a hybrid work model under which some 60 percent of Googlers will spend a few days per week in the office, 20 percent will work in new office locations and another 20 percent will work from home." Not considered where the employees will afford to rent or purchase if they travel to the office or how long it will take them to get there.

After writing New Hires/Promotions for Leasing News for over twenty years and putting down where the employee is located, headquarters, company office, or working from home, these facts are rarely in the press release notices.  While it is not often mentioned, I can tell you it is not uncommon to learn many now work from home. These are not just sales positions, which is "normal," but credit, documentation, accounting. Many of the positions are remote. There is a West Coast company whose documents are completed in Florida, then processed there after they have been DocuSigned. There is a Texas company where fast decisions and fundings are not held up on the East Coast or West Coast. They are not alone in getting the deal done
away from the main headquarters.

The workplace has changed.  It has not just been the pandemic but a fast internet that has changed the workplace. Deals are done, sold, documented and funded on line Disbursements to vendors and commissions to originators are also on line. The pandemic is not the culprit. It has brought the change in lightning speed.

1) Mark Zuckerberg Buys 600 Acres on Kauai in $53 Million Deal
    The Facebook founder and his wife now own more than 1,300 acres on the Hawaiian island


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Sara Beattie was promoted to Credit Manager on its Operation Team at Geneva Capital, Alexandria, Minnesota. "Beattie joined Geneva Capital in 2011 as a Financial Analyst before being promoted to Senior Financial Analyst in 2016. As the company’s credit manager, she will direct all credit policy, engage in underwriting audits and lead the team of financial analysts responsible for all customer credit decisions. Previously, she was Service Manager, Perkins & Maria Calendar’s, Inc. (March, 2009 - October, 2011); Teller, Minnesota National Bank (2007 - 2009). Certifications: Foundations of Business Strategy, Statement of Accomplishment. University of Virginia, Darden School of Business. Issued March, 2014. An Introduction to Corporate Finance, Statement of Accomplishment. University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.  Issued January, 2014.  An Introduction to Financial Accounting, Statement of Accomplishment with distinction. University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. Issued December, 2013.  Education: Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Bachelor of Science (BS), Finance. (2010 - 2011). Activities and Societies: MSUM Investment Society, Beta Gamma Sigma.  Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Associate of Arts (A.A.), Business/Commerce, General. (2008 - 2010).

Rick Gomba, CLFP, was hired as Account Executive, AFG, Scottsdale, Arizona.  Previously he was Self-Employed as Financial Consultant, Business Development (February, 2021 - May, 2021); Finance Manager, Ascentium Capital, Subsidiary of Regions Bank (March, 2018 - February 2021); Senior Account Executive, Summit Commercial Finance (June, 2016 - June, 2018); Sales Account Executive, Balboa Capital (June, 2014 - June, 2016); Senior Admissions Representative, Lincoln College of Technology (January, 2010 - June, 2013); Director of Admissions, Remington College (July, 2009 - December, 2009); Regional Director of Admissions, Milan Institute (February, 2008 - March, 2009). Education: University of Guam, Bachelor's Degree, Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services.

Jean Holslin was hired as Vice President, Operations Manager, Huntington Asset Finance, Huntington National Bank, Minnetonka Minnesota.  Previously, she was Vice President Operations, TCF Capital Solutions (June, 2017 - June, 2021); Vice President of Client Experience and Operations Winthrop, a TCF Company June 2015 - June, 2017); VP, Accounting Manager, Winthrop Resources Corporation and TCF Equipment Finance (June, 1989 - June, 2015); Media Assistant, Campbell Mithun (1987 - 1989).  Education: Concordia University, St. Paul, BA, Business Management and Communications. North Hennepin Community College, AAS, Business Management. University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Various courses in Supervision and Leadership.

Nathan "Nate" Kary, CLFP, was promoted to Director of Operations, Geneva Capital, Alexandria, Minnesota. "Kary originally joined Geneva Capital as a financial analyst in 2005. After being promoted to credit manager in 2007, he has spent the last 14 years managing all credit policies and personnel, ensuring the company’s portfolio performance and making adjustments to credit thresholds to accommodate market fluctuations." Certifications: Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) CLFP Foundation.  Issued April, 2019.  Education: North Dakota State University, B.S., Business Administration (2002 - 2006).

Wayne King was hired as Equipment Finance Sales Executive, Agriculture at Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio. He is located in Merced County, California. Previously, he was Regional Sales Manager, TCF Capital Solutions, Agriculture (December, 2013 - June, 2021); Regional Sales Manager, NAEDA Financial (April, 2007 - December, 2013); BDM, Wells Fargo Financial Leasing (September, 2004 - April, 2007).  Education: California State University, Sacramento, BS, Criminal Justice (1988 - 1993).

Jason Koby was promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales, National Accounts, Hitachi Capital America Vendor Services, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He joined the firm June, 2016 as Senior Vice President Sales, Healthcare. Previously he was at Creekridge Capital, starting February, 2006, Director of Sales, West; promoted May, 2012, Vice President, National Sales; promoted May, 2105, Senior Vice President Sales, Healthcare. Account Executive, Western Region, Farnam Street Financial (January, 2004 - January, 2006); Inside Sales Manager, Plumtree Software (June, 1999 - July 2001); Industrial Analyst, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (June, 1997 - June, 1999). Volunteer: Board Member, Saints Men's Club (March, 2012 - Present). Education: Washington State University, Bachelor's Degree, Business Management. Activities and Societies: Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.

Dana Mininson was hired as Operations Manager, Contend Capital, Tampa, Florida. "Dana will oversee documentation and funding for Contend's manufacturing clients across the country." Previously, she was Part-Time Dance Instructor, MZ Dance Company (June, 2018 - Present); Client Service Specialist, Cogent Bank (March, 2020 - June, 2021); Financial Center Officer PurePoint Financial (October, 2018 - March, 2020); Member Relations Manager, Tampa Bay Chamber (January 2017 - October, 2018); Administrative Service concierge, PwC (October, 2014 - January, 2017); Catering Manager, HCI Hospitality (December, 2012 - July, 2014). Volunteer: Periscope Community Summit (November, 2015 - January, 2016). Committee Member#Linkedin Local Tampa (June, 2019 - February, 2020). Ambassador, Westshore Alliance (May, 2019 - May, 2020). Education: University of Science (BS), Hospitality Management, Business Administration (2007 - 2010). Activities and Societies: Secretary of the University of South Florida Student Government Association, Historian of the USF Ambassador Alumni Association, vice President of the Hospitality Society Relay for Life, Adopt-a-Road, American Heart Association: Heart Walk, Angel Tree (2008 -2010).

Tom Pratt was hired as Senior Vice President, Sales, Amur Equipment Finance, Grand Island, Nebraska. He is located in the Greater Minneapolis Area.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Senior Market Sales Manager, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. (June, 2007 - May, 2021); Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer, CIT (December, 2005 - July, 2007); Senior Vice President, TCF Equipment Finance (1999 - 2002). Education: Mayville State University BA, Sociology & Speech.

Andrea Schmid, CLFP, was hired as Vice President, Sales Manager, Huntington Asset Finance, Minnetonka, Minnesota. She is located in Greater Milwaukee.  Previously, she was Vice President, Sales Manager, TCF Bank (February, 2021 - June, 2021); Vice President, Sales, Equipment Finance, Truist (January, 2014 - February, 2021). She joined Susquehanna Commercial Finance, Inc. in 2002 as Sales Manager, Customer Service Center; promoted 2003, Senior Account Representative; promoted 2008, Assistant Vice President, Sales.  Sales, Reprint Management Services (1999 - 2002). Volunteer: Treasurer, Clare House (July, 2009 - June, 2013).  Education: Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Marketing (1995 - 1999). Activities and Societies: Sigma Phi Delta.

Vanessa Storms was hired as Credit Analyst, Meridian Equipment Finance, Malvern, Pennsylvania.  Previously, she was at Marlin Capital Solutions, hired May, 2019, Credit Analyst; promoted September, 2020, Senior Risk Analyst, Partner. She joined FirstLease, October, 2016, Credit Analyst, Micro Tickets; promoted December, 2016, Credit Analyst, Level 1; promoted August, 2017, Credit Analyst Level 2; promoted October, 2018, Senior Credit Analyst. Prior, she was Underwriter, Alpha Card Services (September, 2013 -October, 2016); Underwriter, Pinnacle Merchant Advance (September, 2013 - October, 2016); Executive Underwriter, Merchant Lynx Services (January, 2013 - September, 2013); Office Manager, ISS Facility Services A/S (April, 2012 - February, 2013). Certifications: Analyzing Business Tax Return, The Risk Management Association. Issued December, 2018.
Education: BCCC (2004 - 2006).


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China Leads the Nations in Trade

Today China is a trade giant and manufacturing behemoth. Only the U.S. and Germany come close to its share of global exports, sitting at 8.1% and 7.8% respectively.

China’s manufacturing industry has become dominant in producing just about anything from commonplace household items to integral pieces in automotive manufacturing. Some staples of Chinese manufacturing are:

  • Precision instruments
  • Semiconductors
  • Industrial machinery for computers and smartphones

COVID-19 made China’s integral role in the global economy even more visceral, as major delays in the supply chain occurred when the virus hit the country.



Used cars: Moving fast with more cash
By Auto Remarketing Staff

Used vehicles moved off dealer lots in May four days quicker than they did in January and with price tags that were more than $3,000 higher.

That’s according to the latest monthly analysis from, which, among other metrics, measures how fast used cars sell, average prices, the specific models that move the quickest and the fastest-selling cars in specific markets.

The data is derived from more than 1.3 million new- and used-car sales last month; the used cars in the data are from the 2016-2020 model years.

The average time it takes to sell a used car has now dropped three months in a row, coming in at 34.7 days to sell in May.

It began the year at 38.9 days to sell in January and increased to 42.0 days in February, before falling each month since.

Meanwhile, the average price of used cars has increased each month since January, according to the iSeeCars data.

In January, the average price of a used car was $26,146. In May, it was $29,543.

That’s a swing of about 13%.

iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer said in the analysis, “The microchip shortage continues to impact new and used car sales, with new car inventory decreasing by 15.7 percent and used car inventory decreasing by 2.1 percent in May over April, intensifying the already high demand for used cars and driving up prices.

 “For new cars, both higher-priced full-size SUVs and alternative fuel vehicles continue to be in high demand, striking an interesting dichotomy between practical and not-so-practical consumers,” he said.

The fastest-selling used car last month was the Mazda MX-5 Miata, which took an average of 19.5 days to sell. It was followed by the Tesla Model 3 (20.2 days) and the Chevrolet Corvette (21.8 days).

And within certain markets, the fastest-selling used vehicles were flying off dealer lots even more rapidly than that.

For instance, in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, the Toyota Prius Prime took an average of just 8.5 days to sell.

In Jacksonville, Fla., Nissan Maximas moved in just 8.9 days.

Over in the Music City, the Mercedes-Benz GLA was the fastest-selling used vehicle and sold in an average of just 9.3 days.

“Car buyers who are making a new or used car purchase might have difficulty finding the most in-demand vehicles, and may end up paying a premium for them in the used car marketplace amid microchip-related inventory constraints,” said Brauer. “Vehicle inventory is expected to remain tight for the remainder of the year, so consumers who are in the market for one of these fast sellers will need to act quickly when they see their desired car for sale.”



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CSI Leasing Launches Subsidiary in Japan
Continues to Expand

 (CSI opened an office in India December 2020)

ST. LOUIS  – CSI Leasing, Inc. (CSI), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, one of the largest independent equipment leasing companies in the world, has expanded its Asia-Pacific operations by opening a subsidiary in Japan. This expansion follows the recent launch of CSI Leasing India Pvt. Ltd. in November 2020. The company now has seven leasing subsidiaries in the Asia-Pacific region and services customers in more than 40 countries worldwide. 

The new entity, CSI Leasing Japan K.K. (“CSI Japan”), will immediately begin servicing CSI’s existing portfolio of global customers with subsidiaries in Japan and will seek new business with companies headquartered there as well. CSI’s parent company, Tokyo Century Corporation and its network of global subsidiaries, will also offer CSI’s fair market value technology leasing expertise to its own customer base.

Steve Hamilton, Chairman and CEO, noted, “CSI has several customers with operations in Japan. This new subsidiary is first and foremost driven by the demand from those existing customers. That, along with Tokyo Century’s continued support and exposure to their clients, will provide substantial opportunities for CSI to grow its already significant multi-national customer base.

“A subsidiary in Japan will allow us to provide an even more seamless experience to our global customers.”  

CSI’s current, Ong Cheng Chiin, will manage the new subsidiary. Cheng Chiin has been with CSI for 10 years, and has more than 20 years of leasing experience. She has a proven track record of success in leading the region, including CSI’s subsidiaries in Malaysia, Singapore, China and Hong Kong.  

Ong Cheng Chiin, Managing Director and CEO of Asia-Pacific, commented,“ With the continued support from colleagues at Tokyo Century, along with support from the entire global CSI team, I am confident we will thrive in the Japanese market. CSI is known for lease structure flexibility and I believe many of our offerings will be new and beneficial for those in the region.” 

In addition to leasing, CSI’s subsidiary, EPC, offers end-of-life IT asset disposal solutions that provide data sanitization, remarketing and recycling for technology equipment with a vast network of facilities strategically located around the world.

CSI Leasing, Inc. is one of the largest independent equipment leasing and equipment lifecycle services companies in the world. Established in 1972, CSI has operations throughout North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. More information is available at

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Dext Capital Closes $25 million revolving credit
Facility with Regions Bank

Portland, OR.-- Dext Capital, an Oregon based independent equipment finance company focused on lending to the medical industry, announced today that it has closed a corporate revolving credit facility with Regions Bank.  Access to the facility will provide additional borrowing capacity and flexibility in how the Company facilitates financing for its commercial equipment loans and leases. The new facility increases Dext Capital’s borrowing capacity by an additional $25 million and, combined with existing warehouse facilities in excess of $275 million, provides support for Dext’s continued growth and market expansion in the health and wellness markets.

Kyin Lok, Dext Capital's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We appreciate the continued endorsement of the financial community with the additional flexibility of a revolving credit facility to support our business growth.

 "Our team strives to be the lender of choice for our healthcare customers and manufacturer partners with custom solutions and transaction certainty, which will be even more vital to the medical industry in 2021."

Tom Dierdorff , Managing Director and Financial Services Group Head at Regions Bank, declared, “We are pleased to provide incremental capital to Dext Capital as they execute on their growth strategy.”

Dext Capital is a privately-owned independent equipment finance company founded by a team of industry veterans with strong financial sponsorship from Sightway Capital, a Two Sigma company. As a direct non-bank lender, Dext Capital offers practical, flexible and future forward financial solutions for medical providers and manufacturers.

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Leasing News: Special Father’s Day Edition
by Fernando Croce

With Father's Day just around the corner, let every movie buff seize the opportunity to settle down with Dad and a great movie. So check out Netflix for some prime recommendations:

It’s a Gift (Norman Z. McLeod, 1934): One of the most distinctive comics of classical Hollywood, W.C. Fields specialized in harried suburban husbands and fathers with a hidden spark of rebelliousness. In arguably his masterpiece, he offers the ultimate portrait of the henpecked paterfamilias just trying, against all odds, to enjoy a day of rest. Fields plays Harold Bissonette, a put-upon man grocer who decides to invest in California orange groves, much to the displeasure of his snobbish wife (Kathleen Howard) and selfish children (Jean Rouverol, Tommy Bupp). In the film’s delicious centerpiece, Harold tries to sleep on the house’s porch but is kept awake by an endless procession of neighbors, salesmen, and kids with marbles. Capturing family life’s irritations and small victories, this is a hilarious classic.

Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948): Acclaimed as a classic of the postwar Italian neo-realist movement, Vittorio De Sica’s classic also plays beautifully as a deceptively simple account of a husband and father’s dedication to his family. Set in poverty-torn Rome, the movie chronicles the journey of Antonio (Lamberto Maggiorani), a struggling laborer who at last finds a job but needs a bicycle to keep it. His luck is short-lived as the bicycle is readily stolen, and Antonio must search the city for it with his young son Bruno (Enzo Staiola) by his side. As they visit every corner of Rome, their bond is tested by desperation and despair. Filmed in actual locations with non-professional actors, De Sica’s vintage heartbreaker is an unforgettable distillation of human struggle. With subtitles.

An Autumn Afternoon (Yasujiro Ozu, 1962): One of cinema’s true masters, Yasujiro Ozu had a genius for examining the joys and foibles of existence by focusing on thorny family relationships. In his last film, he tells the story of a widowed father (Chishu Ryu) and the daughter (Shima Iwashita) he thinks should get married, a tale familiar to fans of the Japanese filmmaker yet instilled with so much wisdom and emotion that it feels as if the director had left his private will on film. As with Ozu’s other films (“Tokyo Story,” “Late Spring”), the pace is gentle and the atmosphere of regret and acceptance is studded with small moments of humor. An invaluable work for students of classic Japanese film, and an ode to fathers everywhere. With subtitles.

On Golden Pond (Mark Rydell, 1981): Old and New Hollywood enjoy a heartwarming homecoming in this crowd-pleasing adaptation of Ernest Thompson’s stage hit. Norman (Best Actor Oscar winner Henry Fonda) and Ethel (Best Actress Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn) are an elderly couple with a tradition of spending summer at their New England cottage. Their holiday this time around is complicated by the arrival of their estranged daughter, Chelsea (Jane Fonda), who drops by with her teenage son, Billy (Doug McKeon). The cantankerous Norman befriends his grandson, but can his strained relationship with Chelsea be mended before it’s too late? Providing meaty roles for these legendary screen veterans, Mark Rydell’s film is a cozy and wistful look at mortality of icons and the reconciliatory tangles of family.  


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Walking fluff ball Wasabi has won the 2021 installation of the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, held in New York this week. The 3-year-old Pekingese and his handler David Fitzpatrick from Pennsylvania took home the trophy in the coveted "Best in Show" category.

With the win, Wasabi has elevated the Pekingese to rank 4 of the most successful breeds in the long-running competition. It shares the rank with the Standard Poodle, which gained the title last in 2020. Pekingese have also won the title in 1960, 1982, 1990 and 2012, bringing the number of total wins for the breed to five.

The most successful breed by far in the competition has been the Wire Fox Terrier. A total of 15 Wire Fox Terriers have earned treats and pats by winning the big prize, most recently in 2019. Other breeds successful in the competition have been Scottish Terriers with eight wins and English Springer Spaniels, a type of hunting dog, with six titles.

Out of the winners, 74 have been male and 40 have been female dogs. The oldest dog to ever win "Best in Show" was 10-year-old Sussex Spaniel Stump, who won in 2009. The youngest was a nine-month-old Collie named Laund Loyalty of Bellhaven in 1929. One dog, Smooth Fox Terrier Warren Remedy even took home the grand prize three times, in 1907, 1908 and 1909.

Katharina Buchholz, Statista


News Briefs---

‘Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement: keep the
    target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent

Charles Schwab hiring for 1,000 new jobs in
    Dallas-Fort Worth as brokerage accounts soar

San Jose becomes largest city in California
    to mandate videotaping of gun purchases

This $1 billion S.F. startup wants to disrupt vacation homes.
    Wine Country residents say it's destroying their neighborhoods

How far can you go in an electric car?
    California needs 1.2 million charging stations


You May Have Missed---

Biden signs into law bill establishing Juneteenth
   as federal holiday – This Friday will be Federal Holiday, June 18



Sports Briefs---

Rick Carlisle informs Mark Cuban that he will not
     return as Mavericks’ coach

Former Washington QB Haskins seeks fresh start with Steelers

Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes share Madden 22 cover

Naomi Osaka to skip Wimbledon
    but compete at Tokyo Olympics



California Nuts Briefs---

Californians will again have to show they’re job hunting
     to receive unemployment benefits

Drought prompts state to cut off water
    to thousands of farms, water agencies

Northern California city won’t fly Pride flag
    on government buildings. Here’s why



“Gimme that Wine”

Napa, California and Montalcino, Italy
    Announce Sister City Partnership

Meet Washington’s newest AVAs Part 1: White Bluffs

Picking Winners from 2020 Bordeaux

Wine Spectator's 40th Annual New York Wine Experience
    Is Sold Out

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

        1621 - The first duel of record took place between two servants of Stephen Hopkins, one of the leaders of the Plymouth Colony. Governor William Bradford’s decision was rendered as follows: “The Second Offense is the first Duel fought in New England, upon a Challenge at Single Combat with Sword and Dagger between Edward Dotey and Edward Leister, Servants of Mr. Hopkins; Both being wounded, the one in the Hand, the other in the Thigh; they are adjug’d by the whole Company to have their Head and Feet tied together, and so to lie for 24 hours, without Meat or Drink; which is begun to be inflicted, but within an Hour, because of their great Pains, at their own and their Master’s humble request, upon Promise of better Carriage, they are Released by the Governor.”
    1682 – William Penn (1644-1718) founded Philadelphia.  In 1681, King Charles II handed over a large piece of his American land holdings to William Penn to satisfy a debt the king owed to Penn’s father. This land included present-day Pennsylvania and Delaware. Penn immediately sailed to America and his first step on American soil took place in New Castle (DE) in 1682.  On this occasion, the colonists pledged allegiance to Penn as their new proprietor, and the first general assembly was held in the colony. Afterwards, Penn journeyed up river and founded Philadelphia. 
    1684 - The charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was revoked via a scire facias writ issued by an English court for the Colony's interference with the royal prerogative in founding Harvard College and other matters.  In English law, a writ of scire facias (from the Latin meaning, literally "show cause") was founded upon some judicial record directing the sheriff to make the record known (scire facias) to a specified party, and requiring the defendant to show cause why the party bringing the writ shouldn't be able to cite that record in his own interest, or why, in the case of letters, patents, or grants, the patent or grant should not be annulled or vacated. In the United States, the writ has been abolished under federal law but may still be available in some state legal systems.  
    1778 - The British Redcoats evacuate Philadelphia. After almost nine months of occupation, the fifteen thousand British troops under Sir Henry Clinton evacuate Philadelphia, the former US capital. The British position in Philadelphia had become untenable after France’s entrance into the war on the side of the Americans. In order to avoid the French fleet, General Clinton was forced to lead his British-Hessian force to New York City by land. Other loyalists in the city sailed down the Delaware River to escape the Patriots, who returned to Philadelphia the day after the British departure.    
    1811 - The term Coodies came into the American language. The term Coodies was applied derisively to the faction of the Federalist Party that urged support for the War of 1812, a position highly unpopular with the majority of the party and the population of America, who did not want to go to war. The term derived from the series of pro-war articles written by Gulian Crommelin Verplanck, under the pen name Abimeleck Coody. Verplanck was a distinguished editor, author, and Shakespearean scholar. People who were pro war were considered to have the Coodies. The epithet King Coody was applied to Rep. Roger Brooke Taney of Maryland, later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
    1812 - After much debate in Congress between “hawks” such as Henry Clay and John Calhoun, and “doves” such as John Randolph, Congress issued a declaration of war on Great Britain, Canada, and Ireland. The action was prompted primarily by Britain’s violation of America’s rights of the high seas and British incitement of Indian warfare on the frontier. War was seen by some as a way to acquire Florida and Canada. The hostilities ended with the sign of the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814, Ghent, Belgium. )
    1842 - The grant or patent of the "Rancho Suisun" was made for the military services of Francisco Solano, Indian chief, and a Mexican citizen. The 18,237-acre grant is in present day Solano County, CA, given by Governor Juan Alvarado to Solano, an Indian chief and Captain in the Mexican Army.  The rancho lands include the present-day city of Fairfield, CA.  At this time, California was part of Mexico.
    1848 - Captain Charles Welsh arrived in San Francisco. He was to build the first brick house in North Beach. A street was later named for him. 
    1854 – Birthday of E.W. Scripps (d. 1926), founder of the Scripps media firm, in Rushville, IL.  He also founded United Press news service that later became UPI when International News Service merged with United Press in 1958. The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University is named for him.     
    1857 - Birthday of Henry Clay Folger, Jr. (d. 1930) in NYC.  American businessman and industrial who developed one of the finest collections of Shakespeareana in the world and bequeathed it,  The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC,  to the American people.
    1863 - After repeated acts of insubordination, General Ulysses S. Grant relieves General John McClelland during the siege of Vicksburg.
    1864 - At Petersburg, Grant ends 4 days of assaults.  The pontoon bridge serves to bring supplies, but no victories.
    1864 - Union war hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is severely wounded at Petersburg, Virginia, while leading an attack on a Confederate position. Chamberlain, a college professor from Maine, took a sabbatical to enlist in the Union army. As commander of the 20th Maine, he earned distinction at Gettysburg when he shored up the Union left flank and helped save Little Round Top for the Federals. His bold counterattack against the Confederates earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. His wound at Petersburg was the most serious of the six he received during the war. Doctors in the field hospital pronounced his injury fatal, and Union General Ulysses S. Grant promoted him to brigadier general as a tribute to his service and bravery. Miraculously, he survived and spent the rest of the Petersburg campaign convalescing at his Maine home. He returned to the Army of the Potomac in time for Lee's surrender at Appomattox, and he was given the honor of accepting the arms of the Confederate infantry. Chamberlain returned to Maine after the war and served four terms as governor. He then became president of Bowdoin College—the institution that had refused to release him for military service—and held the position until 1883. Chamberlain remained active in veterans' affairs and, like many soldiers, attended regimental reunions and kept alive the camaraderie created during the war. He was present for the 50th anniversary of Gettysburg in 1913, one year before he died of an infection from the wound he suffered at Petersburg.
    1873 - Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote for president.
    1877 - Birthday of James Montgomery Flagg (d. 1960), Pelham Manor, New York, creator of the illustration of Uncle Sam.  He created his most famous work in 1917, a poster to encourage recruitment in the US Army during World War I. It showed Uncle Sam pointing at the viewer with the caption "I Want YOU for U.S. Army."  Over four million copies of the poster were printed during World War I, and it was revived for World War II. Flagg used his own face for that of Uncle Sam (adding age and the white goatee), he said later, simply to avoid the trouble of arranging for a model.
    1878 - The 45th Congress enacted a rider on an Army appropriations bill that became known as the Posse Comitatus Act [Chapter 263, Section 15, U.S. Statutes, Vol. 20]. This act limited active-duty military involvement in civil law enforcement leaving the Revenue Cutter Service as the only military force consistently charged with federal law enforcement on the high seas and in U.S. waters, and the militia, later to become the National Guard, available for such duty. The rider prohibited the use of the Army in domestic civilian law enforcement without Constitutional or Congressional authority. The use of the Navy was prohibited by regulation and the rider was amended in 1976 outlawing the use of the Air Force. In 1981, however, new legislation allowed the Secretary of Defense to bring Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps support to civilian authorities in intelligence, equipment, base and research facilities, and related training.
    1892 - Macadamia nuts first planted in Hawaii; became a major export item throughout the world
    1898 – The first amusement pier in America opened in Atlantic City.  The pier was built by the Steel Pier Company and opened on June 18, 1898. It was built on iron pilings, using a concrete understructure with steel girders. In 1904, a storm washed away part of Steel Pier and many engineers stated that it could not be rebuilt. Atlantic City's future mayor, Edward L. Bader, and his company accepted the challenge to successfully rebuild it. It was one of the most popular venues in the United States for the first seven decades of the twentieth century, featuring concerts, exhibits, and an amusement park. It billed itself as the Showplace of the Nation and at its peak measured 2,298 feet.  
    1903 – Jeannette MacDonald (d. 1965) was born in Philadelphia.  A singer and actress, she is best remembered for her musical films of the 1930s with Maurice Chevalier (“The Love Parade,” “Love Me Tonight,” “The Merry Widow” and “One Hour with You”) and Nelson Eddy (“Naughty Marietta,” “Rose-Marie,” “Maytime”). During the 1930s and 1940s, she starred in 29 feature films, four nominated for Best Picture Oscars, and recorded extensively, earning three gold records. She later appeared in opera, concerts, radio, and television. MacDonald was one of the most influential sopranos of the 20th century, introducing opera to movie-going audiences and inspiring a generation of singers. 
    1906 - Birthday of Kay Kyser (d. 1985), born James King Kern Kissers in Rocky Mount, NC.  His band, “Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge” enjoyed immense popularity in the swing era.  A shrewd showman and performer, he said he never learned to read music or play an instrument. Among his hit recordings were “Three Little Fishes,” and “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition”, a World War II +.
    1908 – Bud Collyer (d. 1969) was born Clayton Johnson Heermance, Jr. in NYC.  He was a radio actor/announcer who became one of the nation's first major TV game show host stars. He is best remembered for his work as the first host of the TV game shows “To Tell the Truth” and “Beat the Clock” but he was also famous in the roles of Clark Kent and Superman on radio and in animated shorts. 
    1909 - Drummer Ray Bauduc (d. 1988) was born in New Orleans.  He is best known for his work with the Bob Crosby Orchestra and their band-within-a-band, the Bobcats, between 1935 and 1942.
    1910 - Drummer Ray McKinley (d. 1995) was born in Ft. Worth, Texas.  In 1942, McKinley formed his own band, which recorded for Capitol Records. The McKinley band was short-lived. When McKinley broke up the band, he joined Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band, which he co-led with arranger Jerry Gray after Miller's disappearance in December, 1944. Upon being discharged at the end of the following year, McKinley formed a modern big band that featured a book of original material. But with the business in decline, by 1950 that band was history and McKinley began evolving into a part-time leader and sometime radio and TV personality.
    1910 – Longtime NY and SF Giants announcer Russ Hodges (d. 1971) was born in Dayton, TN.  On October 3, 1951, Hodges was at the microphone for Bobby Thomson’s 9th inning, game-winning HR, known as “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” that beat the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant. It was Hodges who cried, “There's a long drive... it's gonna be, I believe...THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the left-field stands! The Giants win the pennant and they're goin' crazy, they're goin' crazy! HEEEY-OH!!!'' [ten-second pause for crowd noise]  I don't believe it! I don't believe it! I do not believe it! Bobby Thomson... hit a line drive... into the lower deck... of the left-field stands... and this blame place is goin' crazy! The Giants! Horace Stoneham has got a winner! The Giants won it... by a score of 5 to 4... and they're pickin' Bobby Thomson up... and carryin' him off the field!”  The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association inducted Hodges into its Hall of Fame in 1975. In 1980, became the fourth recipient of the Ford C. Frick award for excellence in baseball broadcasting from the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2000, the Giants named the broadcast booths in their new ballpark the Hodges-Simmons Broadcast Center in honor of Hodges and his former partner Lon Simmons.  In 2008, Hodges was elected into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, joining his longtime broadcast partner Simmons, who was inducted in 2006.
    1911 - Tenor saxophonist Babe Russin (d. 1984) was born in Pittsburgh.  Russin played with some of the best known jazz bands of the 1930s and 1940s, including Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller.,,488048,00.html

    1912 - The Republican National Convention in Chicago split between President Taft and former President Theodore Roosevelt.  After Taft was nominated, Roosevelt and progressive elements of the Party formed the Progressive Party, also known as the 'Bull Moose Party.' The Democrat Woodrow Wilson was elected President as Roosevelt and Taft split the party.  Roosevelt was very disappointed he did not get more votes, which made him basically retire from politics.
    1912 - Tennessee University opens as Tennessee A&I State College
    1913 - Birthday of Sylvia Porter (d. 1991), American financial journalist, at Patchogue, NY. Her column was syndicated by the Los Angeles Times, reaching 450 newspapers worldwide. She also wrote more than 20 books and was noted for her ability to turn complex economic language into readable prose.
    1913 - Sammy Cahn (d. 1993), the Tin Pan Alley legend Sammy Cahn, was born Samuel Cohen at New York City. He was nominated for 25 Academy Awards and won four times for” Three Coins in the Fountain” (1954), “All the Way” (1957), “High Hopes” (1959) and “Call Me Irresponsible” (1963). In the late 1940s, he began working with composer Jimmy Van Heusen, and the two in essence were the personal songwriting team for Frank Sinatra. Cahn wrote the greatest number of Sinatra hits, including “Love and Marriage,” “The Second Time Around,” High Hopes” and “The Tender Trap.”
    1914 - Birthday of country bandleader and songwriter Pee Wee King (d. 2000) in Abrams, WI.
    1915 - World famous firefighter “Red” Adair (d. 2004) was born Paul Neil Adair in Houston, Texas. He became world famous as an innovator in the highly specialized and extremely hazardous profession of extinguishing and capping blazing, erupting oil wells, both land-based and offshore.

    1917 – Richard Boone (d. 1981) was born in LA.  He was an actor who starred in over 50 films and was notable for his roles in Westerns and for starring in the TV series “Have Gun-Will Travel”…”wire Paladin, San Francisco…” 
    1923 – The first Checker taxi hit the streets.
    1924 – George Mikan (d. 2005) was born in Joliet, IL. Mikan is seen as one of the pioneers of modern professional basketball, redefining it as a game of big men…he was the first at 6’10”…with his prolific rebounding, shot-blocking and his talent to shoot over smaller defenders with his ambidextrous hook shot.  Mikan was so dominant that he caused several rule changes in the NBA, among them the goaltending rule, widening the foul lane, known as the "Mikan Rule," and the shot clock.  After his playing career, Mikan became one of the founders of the American Basketball Association (ABA), serving as commissioner of the league, and was also vital for the forming of the Minnesota Timberwolves. In his later years, Mikan was involved in a long-standing legal battle against the NBA, fighting to increase the meager pensions for players who had retired before the league became lucrative.  Mikan was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959, made the 25th and 35th NBA Anniversary Teams of 1970 and 1980, and was elected one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Ever in 1996. Since April 2001, a statue of Mikan shooting his trademark hook shot graces the entrance of the Timberwolves' Target Center.
    1928 - Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.
    1934 - The first nationwide highway planning survey was authorized by Congress to be made by the Bureau of Public Roads of the Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with state highway departments, to obtain traffic volume, load weight, and other information needed for the national planning of a nationwide system of interstate highways.
    1935 – Hugh McColl was born in Bennettsville, SC.   A fourth-generation banker and the former Chairman and CEO of Bank of America, McColl was a driving force behind consolidating a series of progressively larger, mostly Southern banks, thrifts and financial institutions into a super-regional banking force, "the first ocean-to-ocean bank in the nation's history."  Tony Plath, director of banking studies at the UNC-Charlotte, described this transformation in 2005 as "the most significant banking story of the late 20th century."  In 1960, a year after McColl joined American Commercial Bank, the bank joined Greensboro's Security National Bank, becoming North Carolina National Bank.  McColl deployed a methodical, military approach to transforming the small regional bank, via incremental acquisitions and mergers, into NationsBank and ultimately Bank of America.  McColl became President of NCNB in 1974 at age 39.  In 1982, the bank made its first major out-of-state purchase--First National Bank of Lake City, Florida. This was the first in a wave of mergers and acquisitions during the 1980s. Most of those were orchestrated by McColl, who became CEO in 1983. NCNB made national headlines with its purchase of the failed First Republic Bank Corporation of Dallas, TX from the FDIC (1988). Over the next few years, it acquired more than 200 thrifts and community banks, many through the Resolution Trust Corp program (1989 to 1992).  In 1991, NCNB bought C&S/Sovran of Atlanta and Norfolk.  The merged bank changed its name to NationsBank.  After the NationsBank merger, the institution purchased in succession: Maryland National Corporation (1992), Chicago Research and Trading Group (1993), BankSouth (1995), Boatmen's Bancshares (1996), Barnett Bank (1997) and Montgomery Securities (1997). In April 1998, under McColl's direction, NationsBank bought San Francisco-based-based Bank of America. Although NationsBank was the nominal survivor and the merged bank was (and still is) headquartered in Charlotte, the merged company took the better-known name of Bank of America. Among other later acquisitions, Bank of America in 2004 purchased FleetBoston Financial, thus ultimately holding the country's oldest bank charter (1784).
    1936 - Mobster Charles 'Lucky' Luciano is found guilty on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution.
    1936 – Barack Obama, Sr. (d. 1982), father of the former President, was born in Kenya.  A Kenyan senior governmental economist. Obama married in 1954 and had two children with his first wife, Kezia. He was selected for a special program to attend college in the United States, where he went to the University of Hawaii. There, he met Stanley Ann Dunham, whom he married in 1961 and divorced three years later, after having a son, Barack II, named after him. The elder Obama later went to Harvard for graduate school, where he earned an M.A. in economics, and returned to Kenya in 1964.  Obama experienced three serious car accidents during his final years, the last of which claimed his life in 1982. 
    1937 - Birthday of American novelist Gail Godwin in Birmingham, AL.   Among her books, “The Odd Woman” and “A Mother & Two Daughters.”

    1938 - Babe Ruth wears a Dodger uniform for the first time as a coach. The 'Bambino' also takes batting practice with the team.
    1939 - Birthday of baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Louis Clark “Lou” Brock (d. 2020), El Dorado, AR.  He began his 19-year major league career in 1961 with the Chicago Cubs, and spent the majority of his career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals who traded P Ernie Broglio for him in one of baseball’s best/worst trades ever. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.  Brock was best known for breaking Ty Cobb’s all-time major league stolen base record.  He was an All-Star for six seasons and a National League (NL) stolen base leader for eight seasons. 
    1941 – Joe Louis KO’d Billy Conn in 13 for the heavyweight boxing title.
    1942 - Birthday of Paul McCartney, the most commercially-successful former member of the Beatles, in Liverpool, England. McCartney's association with John Lennon began in 1956 when he asked to join Lennon's group, the Quarrymen, which evolved into the Beatles. McCartney began a career on his own in 1969, just before the break-up of the Beatles, by recording a solo album which contained the hit single, "Maybe I'm Amazed." His second album, "Ram," yielded two major hits - "Another Day" and "Uncle Albert-Admiral Halsey." In 1971, McCartney formed the band Wings, which stayed together for ten years, longer than the Beatles. With Wings, McCartney had number-one hits with "My Love" in 1973 and "Silly Love Songs" in 1976. In 1982, McCartney released a solo album, "Tug of War," with numerous guest performers. Among them was Stevie Wonder, who sang with McCartney on the hit single "Ebony and Ivory." McCartney, meanwhile, sang on Michael Jackson's "The Girl is Mine," a top ten hit in 1983.
    1942 - The U.S. Navy commissions its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.
    1944 - Birthday of American Composer Paul Lansky in NYC.
    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
    1945 - Lt. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner was killed by Japanese artillery on Okinawa. On April 1, 1945, with his Tenth Army, he had launched the invasion of Okinawa, a strategic Pacific island located midway between Japan and Formosa. Possession of Okinawa would give the US a base large enough for an invasion of the Japanese home islands. Although there were over 100,000 Japanese defenders on the island, most were deeply entrenched in the island's densely forested interior, and by that evening, 60,000 US troops had come safely ashore.  However, on 04 April, Japanese land resistance stiffened and at sea, Kamikaze pilots escalated their deadly suicide attacks on US vessels. Over the next month, the battle raged on land and sea, with the Japanese troops and flyers making the Americans pay dearly for every strategic area of land and water won. On 18 June, with US victory imminent, General Buckner, the hero of Iwo Jima, was killed by Japanese artillery. Three days later, his Tenth Army reached the southern coast of the island, and, on 22 June, Japanese resistance effectively came to an end. Lieutenant General Mitsuru Ushijima, the Japanese commander, with some of his officers and troops, committed suicide rather than surrender, as the US Tenth Army overcomes the last major pockets of Japanese resistance on Okinawa Island, ending one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.
The Japanese lost 120,000 troops in the defense of Okinawa, while the Americans suffered 12,500 dead and 35,000 wounded. Of the thirty-six Allied ships lost, most were destroyed by the 2000 or so Japanese pilots who gave up their lives in Kamikaze missions. With the capture of Okinawa, the Allies prepared for the invasion of Japan, a military operation predicted to be far bloodier than the 1944 Allied invasion of Western Europe. The plan called for invading the southern island of Kyushu in November of 1945 and the main Japanese island of Honshu in March of 1946.
    1945 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower received a tumultuous welcome in Washington, where he addressed a joint session of Congress. Eisenhower went on to meet Pres. Harry Truman and the 2 men established a warm relationship that later soured. In 2001 Steve Neal authored “Harry and Ike: The Relationship That Remade the Postwar World.”
    1946 - Bobby Sherwood Band records “Sherwood’s Forest.”
    1948 – In his Major League debut, Phillies’ Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts lost to the Pirates, 2-0.
    1948 - Columbia Records begins the first mass production of the 33 1/3 RPM LP. The new format could contain a maximum of 23 minutes of music per side versus the approximately three minutes that could be squeezed on to a 78 RPM disc.
    1948 - The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights setting up a "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations." 
    1950 - Birthday of American Composer Frank Ferko, born Barberton, OH.
    1950 - In the nightcap of a doubleheader, the Cleveland Indians scored 14 runs in the 1st inning for an American League record, trouncing the Philadelphia Athletics, 21 - 2. 
    1953 - Top Hits
“Song from Moulin Rouge” - The Percy Faith Orchestra
“April in Portugal” - The Les Baxter Orchestra
“I’m Walking Behind You” - Eddie Fisher
“Take These Chains from My Heart” - Hank Williams
     1953 - Sending 23 batters to the plate at Fenway, the Red Sox enjoy a 17-run and 14-hit seventh inning as they pound the Tigers, 23-3. Sammy White sets a modern Major League record scoring three times in the frame and outfielder Gene Stephens collect three hits in the inning to establish an American League record.
    1954 - Albert Patterson was assassinated in Phoenix, Ala. He had recently been elected as attorney general on a platform to crack down on vice. His murder led the governor to call in the National Guard to replace local law enforcement and cleanup the vice. Patterson’s son John filled the attorney general position. He was elected governor in 1958.
    1958 - Connie Francis records "Stupid Cupid,” one of the may rock and roll hits penned by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield.  It spent six weeks at #1.
    1959 - Fats Domino records "I Want To Walk You Home," the last of Domino's releases to hit number one on the R&B chart. "I Want to Walk You Home" stayed at the top spot for a single week and also peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.
    1959 - A Federal Court annuls the Arkansas law allowing school closings to prevent integration.
    1959 - Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long was committed to a state mental hospital.  He responded by having the hospital's director fired and replaced with a crony who proceeded to proclaim him perfectly sane. 
    1961 - Top Hits
“Moody River” - Pat Boone
“Quarter to Three” - U.S. Bonds
“Tossin’ and Turnin’” - Bobby Lewis
“Hello Walls” - Faron Young
    1961 – CBS cancelled “Gunsmoke.”  "Gunsmoke” is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time. The television series ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975 and stands as the United States' longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes (tied with “Law & Order” with 20 seasons each) until September 2019, when the 21st-season premiere of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” surpassed “Gunsmoke.”  However, “Gunsmoke” remains the longest-running, primetime, live-action series of the 20th century.  “TV Guide’s” April 17, 1993, issue celebrating 40 years of television, the all-time-best-TV programs were chosen: "No contest, this [Gunsmoke] was the TV western." My father Lawrence Menkin wrote a number of the episodes. The star of the TV show, James Arness drove my brother and I close to our school every morning. He lived down the street from us.
    1963 - Three thousand Blacks boycott Boston public schools.
    1965 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “I Can't Help Myself,'' Four Tops.
    1966 - Gen. William Westmoreland, senior U.S. military commander in Vietnam, sends a new troop request to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Westmoreland stated that he needed 542,588 troops for the war in Vietnam in 1967, an increase of 111,588 men to the number already serving there. In the end, President Johnson acceded to Westmoreland's wishes and dispatched the additional troops to South Vietnam, but the increases were done in an incremental fashion. The highest number of U.S. troops in South Vietnam was 543,500, which was reached in 1969.
    1967 - After wresting the coveted closing spot from the Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience made its debut performance at the Monterey Pop music festival by setting his guitar on fire during his set. The Hendrix album, “Electric Ladyland,'' released in 1968, tops Billboard's pop album chart for two weeks.
    1968 - Poor People’s Campaign’s Solidarity Day takes place.
    1968 – The Supreme Court banned racial discrimination in housing.
    1969 - Top Hits
“Get Back” - The Beatles
“Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet” - Henry Mancini
“In the Ghetto” - Elvis Presley
“Running Bear” - Sonny James
    1970 - Wind and rain, and hail up to seven inches deep, caused more than $5 million damage at Oberlin KS. 
    1972 – The Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision, confirmed lower court rulings in the Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws.
    1972 - Colorful Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley held baseball's first ever "Mustache Day." Finley agreed to pay $300 to each of his players for growing mustaches by Father's Day. Reggie Jackson had started the trend by reporting to spring training with a mustache, to become the first Major Leaguer to do so since Frenchy Bordagaray in 1936.  The A’s went on to win the first of three consecutive World Series and Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers had his career trademark.
    1975 – The Red Sox’ Fred Lynn collected 10 runs batted in with three home runs, a triple and a single in a 15-1 win over the Tigers. Lynn's 16 total bases tied an AL record. Lynn went on to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the AL.
    1976 - Electric Light Orchestra's "OLE ELO" goes gold. The LP is a greatest hits collection.
    1976 – Country music singer Blake Shelton was born in Ada, OK.  
    1977 - Fleetwood Mac worked "Dreams" to the number one spot on the pop music charts this day. It would be the group’s only single to reach number one. Fleetwood Mac placed 18 hits on the charts in the 1970s and 1980s. Nine were top-ten tunes. 
    1977 - James Taylor enters the Billboard chart with an update of Jimmy Jones's 1960 #1 hit, "Handy Man." Taylor's version will reach #4. 
    1977 - Top Hits
“Dreams” - Fleetwood Mac
“Got to Give It Up (Pt. I)” - Marvin Gaye
“Gonna Fly Now (Theme from ‘Rocky’)” - Bill Conti
“Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” - Waylon Jennings
    1977 – At Boston’s Fenway Park, Yankees manager Billy Martin pulled Reggie Jackson from right field after he failed to run out a grounder.  Tempers flared in the dugout and Yankee coaches and players had to separate them.
    1979 – The SALT II Treaty was signed by the US and Soviet Union.
    1980 - The film, "The Blues Brothers," starring Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, premieres in New York City. Cameos in the film include Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Brown and John Lee Hooker.  
    1981 – The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart paved the way for the first female Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor.
    1981 – The AIDS epidemic was formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California. 
    1983 - Dr. Sally Ride, 32-year-old physicist and pilot, functioned as a “mission specialist” and became the first American woman in space when she began a six-day mission aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983. The “near-perfect” mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, and landed, June 24, 1983, at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.
    1985 - Top Hits
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” - Tears for Fears
“Heaven” - Bryan Adams
“Sussudio” - Phil Collins
“Country Boy” - Ricky Skaggs
    1986 - Don Sutton of the California Angels pitched a three-hitter against the Texas Rangers to win the 300th game of his career by the score of 5-1. Sutton pitched in the majors from 1966 to 1988 and finished with 324 victories.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.
    1987 - After two years of marriage, Bruce Springsteen separated from his first wife, model and actress Julianne Phillips. 
    1987 - It was a hot day in the Upper Great Lakes Region. Nine cities in Michigan and Wisconsin reported record high temperatures for the date. The high of 90 degrees at Marquette, MI, marked their third straight day of record heat. Severe thunderstorm in the Northern and Central High Plains Region spawned half a dozen tornadoes in Wyoming and Colorado. Wheatridge, CO, was deluged with 2.5 inches of rain in one hour.
    1989 - Unseasonably hot weather prevailed in the southwestern U.S. In Arizona, afternoon highs of 103 degrees at Winslow, 113 degrees at Tucson, and 115 degrees at Phoenix were records for the date.
    1990 – In the first sudden death playoff in the US Open Golf championship, Hale Irwin won and became the oldest to win the tournament, at age 45.
    1991 – The left arm of SF Giants P Dave Dravecky, ravaged by cancer, was amputated.  In 1988, a cancerous tumor was found in Dravecky's pitching arm. On October 7, 1988, he underwent surgery, which removed half of the deltoid muscle in his pitching arm and froze the humerus bone in an effort to eliminate all of the cancerous cells. Doctors advised Dravecky to wait until 1990 to pitch again, but Dravecky was determined to pitch in 1989, and on August 10, he made a highly publicized return to the Majors, pitching eight innings and defeating Cincinnati, 4–3. In his following start, five days later in Montreal, Dravecky pitched three no-hit innings, but in the fifth inning, he felt a tingling sensation in his arm. In the sixth inning, he started off shaky, allowing a home run to the leadoff batter and then hitting the second batter. Then, on his first pitch to Tim Raines, his humerus bone snapped; the sound of it breaking could be heard throughout the stadium. Dravecky collapsed on the mound. He'd suffered a clean break midway between his shoulder and elbow, ending his season and his career. 
    1993 - Having sold their label to Polygram three years earlier for half a billion dollars, A&M label founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss announce their intention to leave the company entirely. Begun in 1962, A&M was one of the first artist-owned labels, and the first successful independent label.
    1996 – Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, was indicted on ten criminal counts.
    1998 - The Walt Disney Co. becomes an even bigger player on the Internet with the purchase of a 43% stake in Web search engine company Infoseek Corp. Disney Plans to launch an Internet portal - a Web site that contains entertainment, news and search capabilities in one location.
    1999 - Disney released the animated feature "Tarzan." The soundtrack features five tracks by Phil Collins each sung in five different languages -- English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Collins did two versions in Spanish -- one with a Latin American accent and another with a Castilian.
    2001 - Citing he wants to spend more time with his family, Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. announces he will retire at the end of the season. The two-time MVP will be best remembered for his streak of playing in consecutive 2,632 games. 
    2001 - With the time starting when the pitcher enters fair territory, a two-minute limit for warm-up tosses thrown by relievers who come in during an inning is now mandated by the commissioner's office. At the beginning of an inning the allotted warm-up time will be 1:40 unless the game is on national television in which event the time allowed will be increased by 20 seconds.
    2002 - Billy Joel was admitted to Connecticut's Silver Hill Hospital for ten days in order to get his drinking under control. 
    2002 - In the first Major League game to feature four players with 400 career homers, the Cubs beat the Rangers, 4-3, as Alex Gonzalez hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sammy Sosa (475), Fred McGriff (459) and Juan Gonzalez (401) watched Rafael Palmeiro add his 460th home run to the total.
    2003 - Google launched AdSense, a program that enables website publishers to serve ads targeted to the specific content of their individual web pages, many of which go on to start their own publishing businesses.  
    2004 - Ray Charles' funeral was held in Los Angeles at the First AME Church, featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Glen Campbell, B.B. King, Wynton Marsalis, and Willie Nelson. Non-performing attendees include Little Richard, Clint Eastwood, and Berry Gordy, Jr. 
    2005 - After 136 at-bats and 155 plate appearances with the bases full, Derek Jeter hits the first grand slam in his carrier. The Yankees shortstop’s homer ends the longest drought (at bats and number of homers) among current Major Leaguers without hitting a bases loaded home run.
    2009 - The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a NASA robotic spacecraft, was launched.
    2011 – E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons (1942-2011) died in West Palm Beach, FL.  He had been with the Band since 1972.
    2012 – The Mets’ R. A. Dickey threw his second consecutive one-hitter in beating the Orioles, 5-0. He is the first pitcher to do so since Dave Steib in 1988, and the first in the National League since Jim Tobin in 1944.
    2013 - The city of San Jose, CA filed a suit in federal court against Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig, arguing it has suffered millions of dollars in damages because MLB has refused to allow the Oakland Athletics to move to a new ballpark there. The suit explicitly challenges baseball's exemption from antitrust laws, which is the relic of a much-criticized Supreme Court decision dating back to 1922. 
    2013 – The biggest version of Boeing’s Dreamliner, the 787-10, debuted at the Paris Air Show.  Over 100 orders, worth over $30 billion, are placed.
    2014 – Amazon released its own ‘Fire’ smartphone.  It allows users to connect directly to to shop for items they scan or identify in video or audio clips on the device.
    2020 – Supreme Court ruled the Obama-era Dreamers Program, DACA, can stay, enabling undocumented migrant children to study and work in the US.



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