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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Anthony Bourdain
    "Everything Important I ever Learned…"
ELFA Reports New Business Down 17%
    From April 2021 to May 2021
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads
    You Stand Out. Your Income Should, Too
Client's Input
    Wheeler Business Consulting
The 2021 Most ‘American-made’ Auto
    is a First-timer in the Top Spot
Medical Marijuana Activists in Pennsylvania
    See Workers’ Comp. Decision as a Win
Charles Grodin (1935 - 2021) The Heartbreak Kid,
  Real Life, The Lonely Guy, Midnight Run, Clifford
    Films Chosen by Leasing News Fernando Croce
Labrador Retriever/Mix
    Decatur, Georgia  Adopt-a-Dog
Spam Arrest
    Recommended by Kit Menkin
News Briefs---
American workers don't want to go back to normal,
    and that makes sense
Feverish demand and lack of supply
    driving used truck prices skyward
Lumber prices plummet as sawmills crank up output,
    easing inflation fears
Boston FinTech startup raises $360 million to provide
     more Americans with car loans using algorithm
Review of Amazon-MGM deal will be led by
    FTC, now chaired by Big Tech critic Lina Khan
American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers 
    Commercial Break Newsletter
Amazon says Prime Day was ‘biggest two-day period
     ever’ for its third party sellers—Full Report

You May have Missed---
Cyclical Outlook Key Takeaways: Inflation Inflection
  By Tiffany Wilding, Andrew Balls, PIMCO

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ELFA Reports New Business Down 17%
From April, 2021 to May, 2021

(Leasing News Chart)

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 35 companies, reported new business volume was down 17 percent month-to-month from $9.8 billion in April. Year-to-date, cumulative new business volume was up nearly 7 percent compared to 2020.

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ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta said, “Solid May new business volume growth, put in perspective, compares favorably to a low y-o-y base when the pandemic was raging at the beginning of the summer last year. While overall industry performance is relatively strong during the first half of this year, even more robust demand for financing is being constrained by supply chain shortages in several economic subsectors.  And, with COVID-19 related payment modifications resolved for the most part, ELFA members report their portfolios performing well.”

ELFA Statistics:

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Full List of MLFI Participants:

  1. Bank of America Global Leasing
  2. Bank of the West
  3. BB&T Bank
  4. BMO Harris Equipment Finance
  5. Canon Financial Services
  6. Caterpillar Financial Services
  7. CIT
  8. Citizens Asset Finance
  9. Dell Financial Services
  10. DLL
  11. Fifth Third Bank
  12. First American Equipment Finance, a City National Bank Company
  13. Frost Equipment Leasing and Finance
  14. GreatAmerica Financial Services
  15. Hitachi Capital America
  16. HP, Inc.
  17. HPE Financial Services Company
  18. Huntington Equipment Finance
  19. John Deere Financial
  20. Key Equipment Finance
  21. LEAF Commercial Capital Inc.
  22. M&T Bank
  23. Marlin Capital Solutions
  24. Merchants Bank Equipment Finance
  25. PNC Equipment Finance
  26. Societe Generale Equipment Finance
  27. Siemens Financial Services
  28. Stearns Bank
  29. Stonebriar Commercial Finance
  30. TCF Capital Solutions, a division of TCF National Bank
  31. TD Equipment Finance
  32. TIAA Commercial Finance, Inc.
  33. US Bancorp Business Equipment Finance
  34. Volvo Financial Services
  35. Wells Fargo Equipment Finance



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries


Alex Bunte has a new title after TCF National Bank’s merger with Huntington National Bank. He is now Equipment Finance Sales Coordinator, Minnetonka, Minnesota.  Previously, he was Sales Support Specialist, TCF Bank (August, 2016 - June, 2021); New Business Senior Representative, Athene (March, 2014 - July, 2016). He began his career at Wells Fargo in July, 2012, as iClear Processor and Auditor; promoted November, 2012 Loan Servicing Specialist. Certifications: Notary Public Commission, State of Minnesota, Issued March, 2017, expires: January, 2022. Volunteer: Make-a-Wish America (January, 2017 - Present). Committee Member, United Way Worldwide (March, 2012 - July, 2016). Team Lead, Heifer International (January, 2011 - March, 2011).  Lifeguard, International Olympic Committee (June, 2008 - June, 2010). Team Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity International (January, 2012 - March, 2012). Volunteer/Fundraiser, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (August, 2011 - August 2015). Volunteer, Special Olympics (January, 2011 - February, 2011). Fundraiser, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (April 2017 - Present). The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (February, 2017 - Present). Fundraiser and Volunteer, Can Do Canines (June, 2017 - Present). Volunteer,  Metro Paint-A-Thon (July, 2017 - Present). Donor, Toys for Tots (November, 2017 - Present). Volunteer, Minnesota Recreation Development, Inc. (November, 2017 - Present). Education: Simpson College, Bachelor of Business Management, Business Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (2008 - 2012). Ellsworth Community College, Associate in Business Administration, Business Administration and Management, General (2005 - 2008).

John J. Catalano was hired as Senior Vice President and Director, Capital Markets, Key Equipment Finance, Superior, Colorado. He is located in the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area. Previously, he was President, CFBank Equipment Finance (October, 2020 - June, 2021); Senior Director, Finance and Treasury, Axcess Finance (July, 2018 - January, 2020); Managing Director, Present Values (May, 2014 - July, 2017); Interim Chief Operating Officer, STAR Financial Bank (September, 2003 - September, 2005); Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, CBI Leasing, Inc. (fka The Vaughn Group, Inc. ) October, 1995 - June, 2003); Officer, U.S. Army (August, 1998 - October, 1998); Vice President, Lease Syndications Group, Key Equipment Finance (fka Society Equipment Leasing Company) (September, 1991 - October, 1994)).  "Various promotional positions with Ameritrust Company, N.A. (acquired by KeyCorp in 1991) including Commercial Credit Analyst, Corporate Banking Officer, Commercial Banking Officer and Assistant Vice President, serving the middle market segment for the bank." (January, 1989 - September, 1991).  Education: U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Engineer Officers Advanced Course, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Officers Basic Court, Ft. Belvoir, VA (1988 - 1989). Bowling Green State University, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Business Administration with a concentration in Finance (1983 - 1988).  Bowling Green State University. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Spanish Language and Literature (1983 - 1988). Activities and Societies: Spent one year aboard as a student at the University of Madrid  (1984 - 1985).  Walsh Jesuit High School. (1979 - 1983).

Missy Koltes, CLFP, was hired as Broker Service Specialist, Oakmont Capital Services Specialist, West Chester, Pennsylvania. She is located in Albany, Minnesota.  Previously, she was at Stearns Bank, N.A., started June, 2011, as Account Manager; promoted May, 2018, Supervisor; Personal Banker, Wells Fargo (February, 2009 - June, 2011). Education: St. Cloud State University, Herberger Business School, Finance (2005 -2009).

Bradon Marshall was promoted to Sales Manager, Quality Leasing Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana.  He joined the company October, 2019, as Senior Leasing Consultant.  He is located in Victoria, Texas.  He began his career at C.H. Brown CO., Equipment Finance, June, 2014, as Commercial Lender; promoted December, 2017, Chief Operating Officer; promoted February, 2019, President. Education.  West Texas A&M University. Bachelor of Science. BS. Agricultural Business and Management (2011 - 2015).

Nicolas Sandler was promoted to President, Stonebriar Commercial Finance, Plano, Texas.  He is located in Santa Monica, California. "(He)...joined Stonebriar in 2016 as Head of Aviation Capital, a platform which has originated over $2 billion since inception. As a member of Stonebriar’s Board of Managers and its Executive Management team, Sandler has taken on increasing responsibility with the company’s strategic development initiatives, including capital raising to fund the growing business. In his new role, Sandler will continue to oversee the Aviation Capital platform while supporting the company’s overall focus on growing stakeholder value. In addition to his contributions in advancing Stonebriar’s market leading position in commercial finance, Sandler will continue his valuable role as the primary relationship manager across several Eldridge businesses."  He remains Board Member, Flexjet (December 2013 - Present). Previously, he was Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners (October, 2008 - April, 2016); Portfolio Manager, Crestwood Pacific Group (August, 2007 - September, 2008); Co-Founder/COO, Public Insight LP (April, 2006 - July, 2007); Principal, Dewey Square Group (November, 2004 - August, 2006); Special Assistant to the Governor (March, 2002 - January, 2004).  Education: University of Colorado, Boulder.

Loretta Troiani was hired as Senior Business Development Manager, CAN Capital, Kennesaw, Georgia. She is located in Medford, New Jersey.  Previously, she was Vice President, Sales, Ascentium Capital (June, 2020 - June 2021). She began her career at Marlin Business Services Corp., November, 2008, Account Manager, Late-State Collections; promoted September, 2012, Business Development Manager; promoted February, 2015, Senior Business Development Manager; promoted April, 2018, Senior Business Development Manager, Team Lead. Education: Boston College, Bachelor of Arts (BA), English Philosophy, Romance Languages.  Magna Cum Laude.  Order of the Cross and Crown Honor Society. National Dean's List.


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Client's Input
Wheeler Business Consulting

Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Top originators want to know why their clients choose them as their financial partners. When asked, clients often provide some of the most revealing insight into an originator's real value proposition.

I recently facilitated an exercise with a seasoned originator in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry. The originator listed attributes which he believed his clients would say were his most beneficial offerings. The originator included several attributes which were company driven: fast turnaround, competitive pricing, easy documentation process, etc. We then contacted several of the originator's top clients and asked them why they used this particular originator and his company. The results were more personal:

  • Professionalism of the originator
  • A "can do" attitude of the originator
  • Reliable personal service
  • A straightforward approach to business - no nonsense
  • A trustworthy individual with dependable service
  • A business partner in good times and not so good of times
  • A friend

The exercise proved that professionals want relationships with other professionals. Origination is personal; sales are personal.

People deal with people that they like and trust. Top originators make a difference because of who they are and how they interact with others. We all have a personal value proposition and when we flaunt our personal attributes we increase our network, our business partners, our production, and our personal incomes.

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
Comments, questions and suggestions are welcome.
Phone: 410-877-0428

Wheeler Business Consulting works with banks, independents, captives, origination companies, and investors in the equipment leasing and finance arena. We provide training, strategic planning, and acquisition services. Scott Wheeler is available to discuss your long-term strategy, to assist your staff to maximize outcomes, and to better position your organization in the market.


The 2021 Most ‘American-made’ Auto
is a First-timer in the Top Spot

The most American-made vehicle for 2021 is the Tesla Model 3, according to a long-running index. This is the first time that an all-electric auto has claimed the top spot.



Housing a ‘Meaningful Driver of Inflation’ into 2022
By Christina Hughes Babb, DS News/MReport

Home sales and prices, new construction, supply and demand issues, and related metrics are big players in the overall economic outlook, according to economists at Fannie Mae, who say housing is poised to become a "meaningful driver of inflation" over the next year and a half.

Fannie Mae's Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group has revised some earlier predictions for 2021, modestly upgrading its overall economic growth expectations for full-year 2021 to 7.1%, one-tenth higher than its previous forecast. The group of economists noted that, while they believe some consumer spending and price increases (to which they attribute the changes) are transitory, price pressure in several sectors, housing included, could last into next year.

They added that rapid growth in home prices could "put upward pressure on inflation," as they recently pointed out in a Housing Insights piece.

The team says it "meaningfully downgraded" its forecast for second- and third-quarter home sales, largely due to the ongoing lack of available listings and the slowing pace of new construction due to supply constraints affecting homebuilders.

Doug Duncan, Fannie Mae SVP and Chief Economist, commented,
"Strong demand for housing continues to run up against a long-running lack of supply.
 "We've seen this disconnect lead to rapid house price gains over this past year, but we believe it will soon reveal itself within inflation measures as well. Demographic factors remain favorable for a strong housing market and many of the supply constraints that homebuilders face are likely to persist in the near term, so this upward pricing pressure is not likely to be as transitory as many of the current inflation drivers."

Duncan continued: "Nonetheless, in the past housing has served as an intermediate-term inflation hedge. If interest rates rise to reflect the increase in inflation based on an expectation of tighter future monetary policy, home sales would likely moderate along with house price appreciation."

The ESR team says they now expect 2021 sales to increase 4.2% from 2020, compared to 6.3% previously.

For new construction, they forecast 2021 housing starts to be 17.2% higher than in 2020, compared to their prior forecast of a 19.3% gain.

"Even with the downgrade, this still represents the fastest construction pace since 2013," commented the team. "However, due to stronger recent incoming data, our overall 2021 mortgage originations forecast was little changed at $4.1 trillion; a higher expected pace of refinancing activity offset downward revisions to purchase mortgage originations."

According to the ESR team, risks to housing, aside from inflation, include, "to what extent recent migration patterns to suburban areas and less expensive metros continue after full reopening, the effects on home sales and prices from the expiration of mortgage forbearance programs, and when housing construction supply chain problems are resolved."

The economists say that long-lasting inflation is a major risk to their forecast, although, they say, they were hesitant to make drastic forecast changes, as "uncertainties over consumer behaviors related to reopening and COVID-19 developments remain."

They say their outlook "appears to align with the views of financial markets, which is likely keeping longer-run interest rates subdued, leading to only modest effects on growth."

However, Fannie Mae's economists add, "this expectation is anything but certain."

Many factors could contribute to the life span of these "transitory" economic factors.



Medical Marijuana Activists in Pennsylvania
See Workers’ Comp Decision as a Win

Thirty-six states in America have legalized cannabis for medical use, and an estimated 3.6 million individuals are registered as medical cannabis patients in the United States. However, federal law classifies cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance with no accepted medical use; cannabis is ranked right alongside hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Consequently, insurance companies refuse to cover individuals who use medical cannabis to treat work-related injuries. Instead, most of these patients have to pay for their medical cannabis out of pocket.

In Pennsylvania, however, a workers’ compensation judge made a historic and possibly precedent-setting ruling after declaring that an employee who was hurt while on the job and used medical marijuana to ease her pain deserved to be compensated by her former employer’s insurance provider. According to the plaintiff’s lawyer, Dana Kaufman from Kaufman Workers’ Compensation Law, this is the first time there has been such a ruling in Pennsylvania. Kaufman, whose firm operates out of Abington Township, has been trying to help her clients recover the costs they incurred after using cannabis to treat pain caused by workplace injuries. Until now, she has been unsuccessful.

Kaufman’s client, a home health aide, suffered serious injuries in a car accident that occurred as she drove from one client’s residence to another. After a car veered into her lane and hit her head on, her car flipped, and she was trapped inside, grievously injured, for 20 minutes. She suffered a trio of broken ribs as well as fractures to her legs, toes, and foot; she also sustained injuries to her hands and wrist. She was admitted to a trauma hospital for 10 days, and although she eventually recovered, she was left with nerve pain in one ankle and a leg that caused her immense pain and often woke her up at night.

Since she didn’t want to rely on opioids and other drugs that had side effects which made her unable to work effectively, she turned to a medical cannabis oil that she put into capsules and took daily. This reduced her pain enough for her to work two jobs as a daycare attendant and a home health aide for a cumulative 32 hours a week. Judge Rochelle Quiggle at the Pottsville, Pennsylvania, field office ruled that the plaintiff’s claims were more than reasonable and ordered her former boss’ insurance provider to pay her back around $4,000 and cover her medical marijuana costs ($400 a month) moving forward.

This is Kaufman’s first such win, and she says that she has several pending appeals at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and Commonwealth Court. Although it is now common knowledge that opioids have plenty of negative side effects, with even some insurance companies refusing to cover certain pharmaceutical pain relievers, those companies still won’t cover medical cannabis costs. She hopes that this ruling will change this trend and push more insurance providers to cover individuals using medical-grade cannabis to treat work-related injuries.



Watch at Home
Fernando's Reviews

With his inimitable deadpan and a flustered meekness that seemed to often conceal unsavory thoughts, Charles Grodin (1935-2021) was always a welcome presence in films. So check out our list of favorite roles from this master comic.

The Heartbreak Kid (1972): Grodin’s first leading role is arguably his best, in this caustic comedy by writer-director Elaine May. He plays Lenny Cantrow, a determined young man on his honeymoon with Lila (Jeannie Berlin). As settle in Miami Beach, Lenny quickly becomes a bit too aware of his new wife’s personality traits—suddenly she’s too rough and too loud, nothing like the beautiful blonde, Kelly (Cybil Shepherd), he keeps running into. Obsessed with this mysterious object of desire, Lenny sets out to follow Kelly to her posh Minnesota home, where he must confront her overprotective father (Eddie Albert). Embodying a less than admirable protagonist, Grodin fearlessly portrays Lenny’s selfishness, anxieties, resolve, and ultimate rue. The results play like a comic version of Theodore Dreiser’s “An American Tragedy.”

Real Life (1979): The brilliant Albert Brooks (“Lost in America”) made his directorial debut with this keen satire on television. Brooks plays a fictional version of himself, a pushy filmmaker planning on making a documentary about the American family by studying a suburban clan over a period of time. To do so, he persuades an Arizona household headed by Warren (Grodin) and Jeannette Yeager (Frances Lee McCain), to let his camera crew record their activities. The project naturally goes off the tracks almost immediately, particularly as the documentarian can’t stop interfering in the lives he’s supposed to be observing. Parodying “reality TV” long before it was a term, Brooks’ rigorous and deft picture is a prescient marvel perfectly attuned to the melancholic side of Grodin’s signature deadpan.

The Lonely Guy (1984): Grodin’s marvelously self-effacing style led him to being nicely matched with several other actors, including Steve Martin in director Arthur Hiller’s underrated romantic comedy. Martin plays Larry Hubbard, a writer for greeting cards who, after a break-up with his girlfriend, must face the life of a bachelor. That means looking for a new apartment, feeling like there’s a spotlight on him when he goes alone to a restaurant, and becomes unable to write anything but bitter messages on greeting cards. Things pick up when he falls in love with Iris (Judith Ivey), and when he turns his experiences into a best-selling book. Through it all, there’s his friendship with fellow loner Warren (Grodin), whose droopiness amusingly complements Larry’s manic hopefulness.

Midnight Run (1988): Among Grodin’s most surprising and inspired pairings was with Robert De Niro, whose intensely serious roles often conceal his fondness for comedy. In this first-rate action-comedy, De Niro plays Jack Walsh, a tough-as-nails bounty hunter whose latest job, bringing a meek, crooked accountant nicknamed “The Duke” (Grodin) to justice, sounds like a cinch. However, FBI agents, gangsters and rival bounty hunters, not to mention his prisoner’s unexpectedly sneaky side, make this an assignment Jack will never forget. Hinting at the cunning resourcefulness under his unflappable façade, Grodin contrasts terrifically with De Niro’s rugged tenseness. Their crackling chemistry is at the center of an expert blend of laughs and thrills from director Martin Brest (“Beverly Hills Cop”), an entertaining buddy picture always worth a revisit.

Clifford (1994): A notorious box-office flop when first released, this eccentric comedy has steadily become a cult favorite, giving Grodin the chance to share the screen with the inimitable Martin Short. Short plays the eponymous character, a mischievous 10-year-old boy (hilariously played by the fortysomething actor in short pants) who’s obsessed with visiting a dinosaur-themed amusement park. Grodin plays his put-upon Uncle Martin, who agrees to watch over him in order to impress his fiancée, Sarah (Mary Steenburgen). When they can’t go to the amusement park, however, Clifford reveals himself to be an inveterate brat full of elaborate tricks. The chemistry between Grodin’s fussy exasperation and Short’s demonic glee is a rare delight in this nutty oddball sleeper, which deserves to be rediscovered.


Labrador Retriever/Mix
Decatur, Georgia  Adopt-a-Dog


7 Years Old
Medium Zize
Color: Red
Declawed: no
Adoption Fee: $150

Elektra recently came back to PAWS Atlanta, after a change in her adopter's living situation led her to feel she couldn't provide the right home for Elektra.

Her return had nothing to do with anything Elektra did or didn't do. This is why PAWS Atlanta leaves the door open for any animal adopted from us to come back at any time - in a week or 10 years. We want our dogs and cats to be in home with adopters who are committed to their happiness and well-being. Her adopter did exactly what we asked her: to bring Elektra back if she was not 100% all-in.

Elektra came to us from a difficult situation, where she and many other dogs were tethered outdoors and neglected. Since then, and with the help of an incredible foster, she has made huge progress, learning how to live in a home, ride in a car, and be out in the world. Elektra would thrive in a home where she could have a strong routine and plenty of exercise, which helps her feel calm and relaxed. She loves to run and can pull quite a bit on leash, which is something we're working on. She loves having a comfy bed and enjoys napping and relaxing. Oh, and eggs. She loves eggs. Elektra is smart and loving. We would love to see her end up with someone who is opening to meeting her where she is and loving her the way she deserves to be loved. Knowing what to expect and what is expected of her would help Elektra feel comfortable in her new home. She is a work in progress, something we all are, if you think about it. Elektra would feel most comfortable as an only dog, and she would love to have an active human who also likes fresh air and exercise.      

PAWS Atlanta
5287 Covington Highway
Decatur, GA 30035

Please set up an adoption appointment by emailing
 your adoption application to


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News Briefs---

American workers don't want to go back to normal,
    and that makes sense

Feverish demand and lack of supply
    driving used truck prices skyward

Lumber prices plummet as sawmills crank up output,
    easing inflation fears

Boston FinTech startup raises $360 million to provide
     more Americans with car loans using algorithm

Review of Amazon-MGM deal will be led by
    FTC, now chaired by Big Tech critic Lina Khan

American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers 
    Commercial Break Newsletter

Amazon says Prime Day was ‘biggest two-day period
     ever’ for its third party sellers—Full Report


You May Have Missed---

Cyclical Outlook Key Takeaways: Inflation Inflection
  By Tiffany Wilding, Andrew Balls, PIMCO



Sports Briefs---

Boston Celtics finalizing coaching deal with
     Brooklyn Nets' Ime Udoka, sources say

Coronado school board fires head basketball coach
     over tortilla incident

A’s president Kaval raves about ballpark site options
     in Las Vegas

Packers, Davante Adams “beginning” talks



California Nuts Briefs---

Many San Francisco Bay Area residents
    feel free keeping their masks on

A Northern California reservoir is expected to fall so low
     that a hydro-power plant will shut down for first time

Drought: Emergency project being built
     to protect California water supplies

SF East Bay city approves large-scale cannabis business
    at former Kmart/cultivate, manufacture, sell cannabis products

Here’s why there aren’t enough
    San Francisco Bay Area homes to buy



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Pear Valley Vineyards in Paso Robles named 2021
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This Day in History

    1497 - The first European to set foot on the North American continent after the Vikings was John Cabot (also spelled Cabot, Cabotto, Caboote, Gabote, Calbot, or Talbot), a mariner who was probably born in Genoa, Italy.  In 1496, King Henry VII of England granted Cabot a charter to sail west to Asia and set up a spice-trade monopoly. Cabot's ship, a 70-foot caravel called the Matthew, embarked from Bristol, England, on May 27, 1497, and arrived on the coast of Newfoundland---or possibly Maine---on June 24. After planting the English and Venetian flags, Cabot and his men spent a few hours exploring the landing site, then returned to their ship. According to historians, Christopher Columbus was attempting to follow
Cabot’s route; however, he never landed in North America, but in the
what is now called the Caribbean.
    1579 - The first Christian religious service in English on the Pacific Coast was the Holy Communion service conducted at San Francisco Bay, CA, by the Reverend Francis Fletcher, who read from the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England.  Fletcher was chaplain on Sir Francis Drake's ship, the Golden Hind, during its voyage of circumnavigation from 1577 to 1580.  Drake named the place Nova Albion, Latin for New England.  A 57-foot marble cross commemorates the event in Golden Gate Park.  There is a controversy this day as to where he actually anchored; many think it is Bolinas Bay in Marin County, as his log so indicates, and a plaque so describes (but that is another story).  He navigated the North Coast of California.
    1647 - The first woman in America to appeal for the right to vote was Margaret Brent, a niece of Lord Baltimore, the founder of the colony of Maryland. She came to America from England in January, 1638, and was the first woman in Maryland to own property in her own name. She became one of the colony's principal landowners and a person of influence, raising troop of soldiers in 1644.  On June 24, 1647, she appealed for the right to vote in the colonial assembly by virtue of her position as secretary to Governor Leonard Calvert, asking for a “place and voyce,” but was ejected from the meetings. At the death of Calvert, she became his executor and acting governor, president over the General Assembly, but was refused a voice in the affairs of the government as “it would set a bad example to the wives of the colony.”  She moved to Virginia in 1650.
    1664 – The New Jersey colony was established.  Dutch and Swedish settlers founded parts of the present state as New Netherland and New Sweden. In 1664 the entire area, surrendered to the English, gained its current name. With the Treaty of Westminster in 1674, London formally gained control of the region; it retained that control until the Revolutionary War.  Charles II gave the region between New England and Maryland to his brother, the Duke of York), which was renamed New York. Soon thereafter, he granted the land between the Hudson River and the Delaware River to two friends who had been loyal to him through the English Civil War, Sir George Carteret and Lord Berkeley of Stratton. That part of New Netherland was named New Jersey after the English Channel Island of Jersey.  
    1675 – In colonial New England, King Philip’s War begins when a band of Wampanoag warriors raid the border settlement of Swansee, Massachusetts, and massacre the English colonists there. In the early 1670s, 50 years of peace between the Plymouth colony and the local Wampanoag Indians began to deteriorate when the rapidly expanding settlement forced land sales on the tribe. Reacting to increasing Native American hostility, the English met with King Philip, chief of the Wampanoag, and demanded that his forces surrender their arms. The Wampanoag did so, but in 1675, a Christian Native American who had been acting as an informer to the English was murdered, and three Wampanoag were tried and executed for the crime. King Philip responded by ordering the attack on Swansee on June 24, which set off a series of Wampanoag raids in which several settlements were destroyed and scores of colonists massacred. The colonists retaliated by destroying a number of Indian villages. The destruction of a Narragansett village by the English brought the Narragansett into the conflict on the side of King Philip and, within a few months, several other tribes and all the New England colonies were involved. In early 1676, the Narragansett were defeated and their chief killed, while the Wampanoag and their other allies were gradually subdued. King Philip’s wife and son were captured, and on August 12, 1676, after his secret headquarters in Mount Hope, Rhode Island, was discovered, Philip was assassinated by a Native American in the service of the English. The English drew and quartered Philip’s body and publicly displayed his head on a stake in Plymouth. King Philip’s War, which was extremely costly to the colonists of southern New England, ended the Native American presence in the region and inaugurated a period of unimpeded colonial expansion.
    1714 - Considered the birthday of Matthew Thornton (d. 1803), signer of the Declaration of Independence, born in Ireland.
    1813 - Birthday of Henry Ward Beecher (d. 1887), famous American clergyman and orator, at Litchfield, CT.  His dying words were, “Now comes the mystery.”
    1816 - The cold weather of early June finally gave way to several days of 90-degree heat in Massachusetts, including a reading of 99 degrees at Salem. 
    1839 – Birthday of Gustavus Swift (d. 1903), at Sandwich, MA.  He was an industrialist who revolutionized the meat-packing industry.  He developed the refrigerator railcar that allowed the transportation of processed meat, and his company was one of the first that implemented vertical integration of multiple departments within the organizational structure.  He used animal by-products for products such as glue, fertilizer and soap.
    1842 - Ambrose Bierce (d. 1914) was born in Meigs County, Ohio. American newspaper columnist, satirist, essayist, short-story writer and novelist who disappeared in the Mexican Revolution. Presumably died in the siege of Ojinega in January, 1914. Strongly influenced by Edgar Allan Poe, whose experiences in the Civil War marked him for life.
    1846 - Col. Castro's forces from Monterey, under the command of Joaquín de la Torre, fought the "Battle of Olompali" north of San Rafael with Frémont's troops from Sonoma. Two Americans and five or six Californios were killed. (one time home of the Grateful Dead) 
    1850 - The San Francisco Town Council passed an ordinance for the proper organization of the Fire Department. Rules and regulations were adopted for the first time. Destruction by fire was common in the West, as it was earlier in the East, and having a fire department was paramount for survival in a city due to all the buildings being made of wood and lighted by gas or oil wick. 
    1864 – Colorado Governor John Evans warns that all peaceful Indians in the region must report to the Sand Creek reservation or risk being attacked, creating the conditions that will lead to the infamous Sand Creek Massacre.
    1869 - Abolitionist Mary Ellen "Mammy" Pleasant is named Voodoo Queen of San Francisco. 
    1880 - Agnes Nestor (d. 1948) birthday, Grand Rapids, MI.  U.S. labor leader.  She emerged as the leader of the 1898 women glove-maker's strike in Chicago when she was only 18. The strike victory ended the pay deduction women had to pay for the rental of the machines the women used to sew gloves. A short time later, she led the women into their own union because men did not always support women's needs. She held posts with the International Glove Workers Union for the rest of her life and served as president of the Chicago Women's Trade Union League, 1913-1948.   She was a longtime advocate of the eight-hour day that became a reality in 1937. Child labor, minimum wage, maternity-health, and women's suffrage were also part of her life's work. k/USAWnestor.htm
    1880 - "O Canada," with music by Calixa Lavallee and French lyrics by Judge A.B. Routhier, was performed for the first time at the Skaters' Pavilion in Quebec City. Three bands, playing together, performed "O Canada" during a banquet at a national convention of French Canadians. Canada's future national anthem was reported to have been received enthusiastically. 
    1885 - The first African-American Episcopal bishop was the Reverend Samuel David Ferguson, who was elected to the House of Bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church.   He was consecrated in 1885, at Grace Church, New York City, as the successor of the Missionary Bishop of Liberia.
    1895 - Birthday of William Harrison “Jack” Dempsey (d. 1983), boxing heavyweight champion and sports icon of the 1920s, at Manassa, CO. Dempsey boxed under several pseudonyms in western mining camps, came east and picked up Jack “Doc” Kearns as his manager. After defeating all available heavyweights, Dempsey took on champion Jesse Willard in Toledo, OH, on July 4, 1919.  Dempsey won when Willard failed to answer the bell for the fourth round.  He reigned as champ for seven years but defended his title only six times, losing to Gene Tunney in 1926.  Following his boxing career, he became a successful New York restaurateur. 
    1900 - Blues singer-guitarist Memphis Minnie was born Lizzie Douglas (d. 1973), Algiers, LA.
    1916 - Birthday of John Ciardi (d. 1986) at Boston, MA.  American poet, critic, translator, teacher, etymologist and author of children's books.  John Anthony Ciardi's criticism and other writings were often described as honest.
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    1916 - The most lucrative movie contract to the time was signed by actress Mary Pickford. She inked the first seven-figure Hollywood deal. Pickford would get $250,000 per film with a guaranteed minimum of $10,000 a week against half of the profits, including bonuses and the right of approval of all creative aspects of her films. Not a bad deal for the former vaudeville and stage actress, who once appeared on Broadway with Cecil B. DeMille in "The Warrens of Virginia" for a measly $25 a week.
    1917 - Portia White’s (d. 1968) birthday, Truro, Nova Scotia.  African-Canadian concert and operatic contralto.
    1922 - The American Professional Football Association took on a new name. They decided to name themselves the National Football League.
    1924 - Six men at a rock quarry south of Winston-Salem, NC, sought shelter from a thunderstorm. The structure chosen contained a quantity of dynamite. Lightning struck a near-by tree causing the dynamite to explode. The men were killed instantly.
    1929 - Bessie Smith records sound-track for her only movie, “St. Louis Blues.”
    1930 - Dr. Albert Hoyt Taylor and Leo C. Young of the Naval Aircraft Radio Laboratory, Anacostia, DC (now part of Washington DC), discovered radar by noting that airplanes reflect radio waves even though they fly above the transmitter and receiver, rather than between them.
    1931 - Lili de Alvarez shocks social propriety by playing at Wimbledon in shorts instead of the longish, hampering dresses that were de rigueur.
    1936 - Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (d. 1955), born in Mayesville, SC, the daughter of slaves, became the first Federal administrator who was an African-American woman.  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt named her director of the Negro Division of the National Youth Administration.  In 1904, Bethune founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls, later known as Bethune-Cookman College, located in Daytona Beach, FL.  She was also the founder and first president of the National Council of Negro Women. In 1991, her home and offices in Washington, DC, were designated a national historic landmark.
   [Wiki: Jun 27]1942 - Pianist Bruce Johnston was born Benjamin Baldwin in Peoria, IL. He joined the touring version of The Beach Boys in 1965 when Brian Wilson decided to quit touring after a nervous breakdown. Johnston has continued to be associated with The Beach Boys over the past quarter century, both as performer and producer.|PM&p=amg&sql=B18553
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    1944 - Jeff Beck, one of the great rock guitarists, was born in Surrey, England. Beck's first important band was the Yardbirds, where he was the replacement for Eric Clapton in 1964. In 1967, he formed the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood. The beginnings of heavy metal could be heard in the group's blues-based songs. The Jeff Beck Group broke up after only two albums, and Beck was then sidelined for 18 months with a fractured skull suffered in a car accident. A new Jeff Beck Group put out two more LPs before Beck formed a band with two former members of Vanilla Fudge, Tim Bogert and Carmen Appice. But that group dissolved as well, in 1974. Beck then began playing fusion music, often in collaboration with keyboards player Jan Hammer. Jeff Beck has made only rare appearances since 1980, but his aggressive style has heavily influenced rock guitarists who followed him.
    1947 - Mick Fleetwood, drummer with Fleetwood Mac, was born in London. Originally a blues band when it was formed in 1965, Fleetwood Mac developed into a pop group that put out one of the world's best-selling albums, "Rumours," in 1977. It sold 15-million copies. In 1980, Mick Fleetwood recorded a solo album in Ghana with African musicians. Fleetwood Mac made a comeback in 1987 with the album "Tango in the Night." He lives in Hawaii, where he has a restaurant in Lahaina.  Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
    1948 - In the early days of the Cold War, the Soviet Union challenged the West's right of access to Berlin. The Soviets created a blockade and an airlift to supply some 2,250,000 people resulted. The airlift lasted a total of 321 days and brought into Berlin 1,592,787 tons of supplies. Joseph Stalin finally backed down and the blockade ended on May 12, 1949. 
    1948 - Thomas Dewey of New York became the first presidential candidate to be re-nominated after a defeat.  He lost to Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1944 and won re-nomination this day in 1948.  He was defeated in the 1948 election by Harry S. Truman, Roosevelt's Vice-President who assumed office after the death of the President in office.  The newspapers of the Election Day had printed up early morning editions that said “Dewey Wins,” but it was Truman, who stumped for election all over the United States, pulling one of the biggest American political upsets. He won 24,104,836 popular votes to Dewey's 21,969,500; the electoral vote was 304 to 189.  Dewey received 22,006,285 votes in 1944 but only 99 electoral votes.  In the 1948 election, Strom Thurmond, States Rights Democrat, 1,169,312; Henry A. Wallace, Progressive, 1,157,172, which pollsters said would draw votes from Truman in the South.  The key was Truman went out and worked for the votes, train stop-to-train stop, where the mustached Dewey and his advisors thought he had the election in the bag.
    1949 - “Hopalong Cassidy” premiered on television, the first TV western.  It starred William Boyd in the title role as a hero who wore black and rode a white horse, Topper.   The original episodes were segments edited from 66 movie features of Hopalong Cassidy and his sidekick, Red Connors, played by Edgar Buchanan.  The films were so popular that Boyd produced episodes especially for TV with Gabby Hayes as his sidekick. During his reign, Hoppy had many sidekicks.  It was popular for us boys to wear his two six guns and black hat.  Television was about to introduce many Western heroes, as all the Saturday Western movies were brought back to the tube.

    1949 – Phyllis George (d. 2020) was born in Denton TX.  A former Miss America (1970), she was the first woman to hold an on-air position in a national televised sports broadcasting show when she became an anchor on the CBS Sports pre-game show, “The NFL Today."
    1951 - *BENNETT, EMORY L., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Sobangsan, Korea, 24 June 1951. Entered service at: Cocoa, Fla. Born: 20 December 1929, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. G.O. No.: 11, 1 February 1952. Citation: Pfc. Bennett a member of Company B, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. At approximately 0200 hours, 2 enemy battalions swarmed up the ridge line in a ferocious banzai charge in an attempt to dislodge Pfc. Bennett's company from its defensive positions. Meeting the challenge, the gallant defenders delivered destructive retaliation, but the enemy pressed the assault with fanatical determination and the integrity of the perimeter was imperiled. Fully aware of the odds against him, Pfc. Bennett unhesitatingly left his foxhole, moved through withering fire, stood within full view of the enemy, and, employing his automatic rifle, poured crippling fire into the ranks of the onrushing assailants, inflicting numerous casualties. Although wounded, Pfc. Bennett gallantly maintained his l-man defense and the attack was momentarily halted. During this lull in battle, the company regrouped for counterattack, but the numerically superior foe soon infiltrated into the position. Upon orders to move back, Pfc. Bennett voluntarily remained to provide covering fire for the withdrawing elements, and, defying the enemy, continued to sweep the charging foe with devastating fire until mortally wounded. His willing self-sacrifice and intrepid actions saved the position from being overrun and enabled the company to affect an orderly withdrawal. Pfc. Bennett's unflinching courage and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and the military service. 
    1951 - Twelve inches of hail broke windows and roofs, and dented automobiles, causing more than $14 million damage. The storm plowed 200 miles from Kingmand County, KS into Missouri, with the Wichita area hardest hit. It was the most disastrous hailstorm of record for the state of Kansas. 
    1951 - Top Hits
“Too Young” - Nat King Cole
“On Top of Old Smokey” - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
“How High the Moon” - Les Paul & Mary Ford
“I Want to Be with You Always” - Lefty Frizzell
    1952 - President Harry Truman signs the bill that directs women be commissioned officers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force as various medical specialists such as dentists, doctors, osteopaths, and veterinarians.
    1952 - Thunderstorms produced a swath of hail 60 miles long and 3.5 miles wide through parts of Hand, Beadle, Kingsbury, Miner and Jerauld counties in South Dakota. Poultry and livestock were killed, and many persons were injured. Hail ten inches in circumference was reported at Huron, SD.
    1952 - Eddie Arcaro set a thoroughbred racing record for American jockeys by winning his 3,000th horse race.
    1953 - Al Kaline signed with the Detroit Tigers following his graduation from high school. The future all-star and Hall of Famer of the Tigers was 18 years old.
    1955 - In an effort to speed up the game, primarily for television viewers, Major League baseball announces a new rule which requires a pitcher to deliver the ball within 20 seconds after taking a pitching position.
    1957 - Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald session on Verve “Take the A Train.”
    1959 - Top Hits
“Personality” - Lloyd Price
“Lonely Boy” - Paul Anka
“Along Came Jones” - The Coasters
“The Battle of New Orleans” - Johnny Horton
    1961 - President John F. Kennedy assigned Vice-President Lyndon Johnson with unifying the US satellite program. Not given proper credit,
President Johnson played a significant role in the development of satellites.
    1962 - The longest game ever played in Yankee history ends thanks to a home run hit by Jack Reed in the 22nd inning. The Mississippi native's lone big league career homer helps the Bronx Bombers beat Detroit in Tiger Stadium, 9-7.
    1964 - Sam Cooke starts a two week stay at New York's Copacabana Club. A 70-foot billboard announcing the engagement is erected in Times Square
    1966 - Lenny Bruce and Mothers of Invention @ S.F. Fillmore Auditorium
Artist: Wes Wilson & Edmund Shea 
    1966 - Show: Zig-Zag Man, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Bill Ham @ SF Avalon Ballroom

Artist: Stanley Mouse 
    1966 - John Lennon's second whimsical book of original prose, poetry, and drawings, entitled “A Spaniard In The Works,” is published in his native England
    1966 - In an watershed moment for the brother/sister duo later known as the Carpenters, the jazz combo known as the Richard Carpenter Trio wins the Hollywood Bowl's "Battle of the Bands" contest.
    1966 - With the McCoys and the Standells opening, the Rolling Stones' 1966 tour begins at the Manning Bowl in Lynn, Massachusetts, inciting yet another crowd riot that the police counteract with tear gas. Rock concerts are banned from the venue for nearly two decades.
    1967 - 5th Dimension make their TV debut performing their hit single "Up, Up and Away" on ABC's American Bandstand.
    1967 - Guitarist Zal Yanovsky quits the Lovin' Spoonful after their gig at the Forest Hills Music Festival in New York.
    1967 - Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" enters the Billboard chart, where it will peak at #5. The song was written by the band around a melody composed by the group's organist, Matthew Fisher, who was inspired by the chord progression of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Orchestral Suite in D," composed between 1725 and 1739. 
    1967 - Top Hits
“Groovin'” - The Young Rascals
“She'd Rather Be with Me” - The Turtles
“Windy” - The Association
“All the Time” - Jack Greene
    1968 - Jim Northrup becomes the sixth big leaguer to hit two grand slams in the same game. The “Slammer’s” power surge in the fifth (off Eddie Fisher) and sixth (off Billy Rohr) frames enables the Tigers to rout the Indians at Cleveland Stadium, 14-3.
    1970 - On an amendment offered by Senator Robert Dole (R-Kansas) to the Foreign Military Sales Act, the Senate votes 81 to 10 to repeal the Tonkin Gulf Resolution. In August, 1964, after North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked U.S. destroyers (in what became known as the Tonkin Gulf incident), President Johnson asked Congress for a resolution authorizing the president "to take all necessary measures" to defend Southeast Asia. Subsequently, Congress passed Public Law 88-408, which became known as the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, giving the president the power to take whatever actions he deemed necessary, including "the use of armed force." The resolution passed 82 to 2 in the Senate, where Wayne K. Morse (D- Oregon) and Ernest Gruening (D-Alaska) were the only dissenting votes; the bill passed unanimously in the House of Representatives. President Johnson signed it into law on August 10. It became the legal basis for every presidential action taken by the Johnson administration during its conduct of the war.
    1972 - "I Am Woman," by Helen Reddy, was released by Capitol Records. The number one tune (December 9, 1972) became an anthem for the feminist movement. Reddy, from Australia, made her stage debut when she was only four years old. She had her own TV program in the early 1960s. Reddy came to New York in 1966 and has appeared in the films "Airport 1975," "Pete's Dragon" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Reddy also had four million-sellers: "I Am Woman," "Delta Dawn," "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)" and "Angie Baby." She had a total of 14 hits on the pop music charts.  
    1972 - At tonight's show in Fort Worth, TX, the Rolling Stones film the performance that would become the quadrophonic concert documentary “Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.”
    1973 - After an extensive two-year investigation, 19 major music label heads, including Clive Davis of Arista and the Gamble-Huff team behind Philadelphia International, are indicted by the state of New Jersey for "payola" practices and income tax evasion
    1973 - Legendary rock organist Al Kooper rejoins his first band, Blues Project, onstage during a concert in Central Park.
    1973 - In his first year of eligibility, Warren Spahn receives 316 of the 380 votes cast to become a member of the Hall of Fame. The southpaw, who recorded thirteen 20-win seasons, retired as the winningest left-handed pitcher in big league history with 363 victories.
    1975 - Top Hits
“Love Will Keep Us Together” - The Captain & Tennille
“When Will I Be Loved” - Linda Ronstadt
“Wildfire” - Michael Murphey
“You're My Best Friend” - Don Williams
    1975 - The U.S. Attorney in Newark, New Jersey hands down indictments to 19 music industry executives in a two year investigation. Counts of income tax evasion and payola are leveled. Among those named include: Clive Davis, former president of Columbia Records, and Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, architects of the Philadelphia sound of the 70's.
    1977 – Madison, Wisconsin Police Detective Bruce Frey witnessed one of the strangest events of his career when he saw Elvis Presley jump out of his limo and stop two teenagers who were beating up a younger lad at a local gas station. Elvis said, "I'll take you on." Frey remembers: "They looked up at him, froze in mid-punch and the victim ran into the gas station." The pair quickly apologized and Elvis got back into the limo and headed for his hotel room at the Sheraton. 
    1980 - Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon purchase the Mets for an estimated $21.1 million. The price tag was the highest amount ever paid for a baseball franchise until the Dodgers were sold for over $2 billion in 2012.  Hedge fund owner Steve Cohen, a lifelong Mets fan, bought the Mets for $2.4 billion in 2020.
    1983 - Pitcher Don Sutton of the Milwaukee Brewers struck out Alan Bannister of the Cleveland Indians, the 3,000th strikeout in his career.  The Brewers won, 6-2.  Sutton wound up his career with 3,574 strikeouts.
    1983 - Top Hits
“Flashdance...What a Feeling” - Irene Cara
“Time (Clock of the Heart)” - Culture Club
“Electric Avenue” - Eddy Grant
“You Can't Run from Love” - Eddie Rabbitt
    1984 - Joe Morgan of the Oakland A's hit the 256th home run of his career to break the record held by Rogers Hornsby for most home runs by a second baseman.
    1985 - The 1983 Heisman Trophy winner, Mike Rozier, jumped from the United States Football League to the Houston Oilers of the NFL. Rozier signed for more than two million dollars over a four-year period. 
    1987 - Thunderstorms spawned six tornadoes in eastern Colorado. Baseball size hail was reported near Yoder, CO, and thunderstorm winds gusting to 92 mph derailed a train near Pratt, KS. The town of Gould, OK, was soaked with nearly an inch and a half of rain in just ten minutes.
    1988 - Forty-three cities reported record high temperatures for the date. Valentine NE reported an all-time record high of 110 degrees, and highs of 102 degrees at Casper, WY, 103 degrees at Reno, NV, and 106 degrees at Winnemucca, NV, were records for the month of June. Highs of 98 degrees at Logan, UT, and 109 degrees at Rapid City, SD, equaled June records. Lightning killed twenty-one cows near Conway, SC
    1989 - Paul Simon brought his "Graceland" tour to Moscow, playing the first of two concerts before 5,000 people in Gorky Park. It was Simon's first appearance in the Soviet Union.
    1989 - The Beatles finally get a US #1 Country hit when Rosanne Cash's cover of "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" reaches the top spot.
    1991 - Top Hits
“Rush, Rush” - Paula Abdul
“Losing My Religion” - R.E.M.
“Unbelievable” - EMF
“The Thunder Rolls” - Garth Brooks
    1992 - Portland, Oregon became the first city outside of New York to host the NBA draft. At the Portland Memorial Coliseum, the first overall pick went to the Orlando Magic who picked 7'1" center Shaquille O'Neal of LSU. 
    1992 - Billy Joel's old alma mater, Hicksville High in Long Island, NY, awards the singer-songwriter an honorary diploma in place of the one he never stayed in school to receive.
    1993 - Hank Williams' illegitimate daughter Jett is awarded a piece of the country legend's estate from his son, Hank Jr.
    1997 – Seattle’s Randy Johnson struck out 19 and lost to the Oakland A’s.
    1998 - Johnny Cash makes his first public appearance since announcing his battle with Shy-Drager Syndrome, walking onstage at Kris Kristofferson's latest Nashville concert to sing Cash's hit "Sunday Morning Coming Down," written by Kris.
    1998 - AT&T announced that it was buying cable TV giant TCI for $31.7 billion. The deal let AT&T move closer to its goal of providing local phone and high speed Internet service to millions of U.S. homes
    1999 - Eric Clapton puts 100 of his guitars up for auction in New York at Christie's to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. His 1956 Fender Stratocaster, named Brownie, was sold for a record $497,500. The guitar was used to record "Layla." The auction helped raise nearly $5 million for the clinic.
    2001 - Believed to be an historical first, sixty-eight Major League umpires participate in a pre-season session to practice calling strikes as defined by the rule book. With the help of minor leaguers wearing tapes nine inches above their belts, the men in blue get a good look at pitches, normally called balls, which now will considered a strike as the rulebook interpretation of the zone will be enforced this upcoming season.
    2004 - US President George W. Bush awards the Medal of Freedom to Doris Day.
    2012 - named Olivia Newton-John's 1982 hit, "Physical" as The Sexiest Song of All Time. Other classic Rock songs that made the top ten were Rod Stewart's "Tonight's The Night," Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" and another Rod Stewart contribution, "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy."
    2014 - The original lyrics to 'Like a Rolling Stone,' handwritten by Bob Dylan on hotel stationery, sold for $2 million at auction.
    2020 – NY Governor Cuomo announced that people arriving from nine states hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic must quarantine for two weeks.

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