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Friday, June 17, 2022

Golden State Warriors win the NBA title

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Many State and All Federal Offices will Be Closed
    Monday to Celebrate Juneteenth  (States Listed)
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Farewell, Internet Explorer with Chart of
    Global Market Share of Leading Internet Browsers
Story Credit Lessors
    "C" & "D" Lessees, Business Loans, Working Capital
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    We Are Growing Our Senior Sales Team Now!
Mortgage Banking Association Report
    Negative Single Family Housing Growth
Equipment Finance Industry Confidence Steady in June
    Reports Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation
Father Day Films:  Steamboat Bill Jr., Missing,
  Vice Versa, Mrs. Doubtfire, Beginners
     Reviews by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
    Agoura, California Adopt-a-Dog
LA Dodgers 2020 "Club Series" Reserve
  Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa, CA
    By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer
News Briefs---
Mortgage rates hit 5.78%,
    the biggest weekly jump since 1987
Georgia’s pandemic response ranked
    among the nation’s worst
SpaceX workers call Elon Musk an ‘embarrassment’
     in leaked open letter

You May have Missed---
Interest Rates Rise Around the World,
    as War and High Inflation Grind On (see Chart)

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

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Many State and All Federal Offices will Be Closed
Monday to Celebrate Juneteenth (States Listed)

Juneteenth celebrates the day when Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. It is also called "Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day,” or “Emancipation Day.”

While it actually falls this year on Sunday, the federal holiday will be observed on Monday, June 20th. All non-essential federal government offices will be closed, including the Federal Reserve Bank, and post offices. The US stock markets and bond markets will also be closed.

The Following states also will observe Monday as a holiday: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia,
Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington.

Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo have committed to making Juneteenth a bank holiday beginning next year, Bloomberg reported Friday. JPMorgan and Wells told U.S. employees Thursday they would add a floating paid holiday this year to commemorate the day.


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries


Barbara Brunelle was promoted to Vice President, Key Equipment Finance, Superior, Colorado.  She is located in Longmont, Colorado.  She joined the firm January, 2001, as Contracts Manager, promoted September, 2019, as Assistant Vice President. Previously, she was Contracts Manager, UniCapital, Inc. (1998 - 2001).

Tony Dobek was hired as Principal, Mergers and Acquisitions, Trilogy, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previously, he was Managing Director, Hammersmith Capital Consulting (May, 2020 - May, 2022); Vice President of Business Development, Triumph Business Capital (November, 2020 - January, 2022); Vice President of Business Development, Bibby Financial Services, USA (October, 2017 - May, 2020).

Eric Myhre, CLFP, was promoted to Vice President and Finance Director, U.S. Bank, Marshal, Minnesota.  He joined the firm September, 1996, Manager of Financial Reporting, Planning and Forecast for the Vendor Finance Segment.

Debbie Petzold was promoted to Analyst, Business Operations, Dell Technologies, Round Rock, Texas. She is located in Austin, Texas. She joined the firm March, 2017, as Channel Operations at Dell Financial Services, promoted July, 2018, White Glove Senior Specialist. Previously, she was at OneWorld Finance, starting February, 2002, Documentation Coordinator, promoted January, 2011, Contracts Manager/Funding Manager.

Bonnie Pszalgowski was hired as Sales Coordinator, Navitas Credit Corporation, Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Previously she was Senior Sales Support Officer, Philips Medical Capital (PMC), (March, 2021 - June, 2022); Equipment Finance Operations Officer, TD Equipment Finance, Inc. (February, 2010 - March, 2021); Contract Management specialist, Marlin Business Services Corp. (April, 2015 - February, 2018).


Microsoft has shut off one of the least-beloved titans of the early internet era today. Users on older versions of Windows can continue to use the browser and those using Windows 10 can still switch to Internet Explorer mode within Edge The company has said it will provide backwards compatibility in Edge at least until 2029.

The Internet Explorer hit computer screens close to 27 years ago and, according to StatCounter, was a hit initially. As of 2009, in the era of the web 1.0, the browser still held a global market share of 65 percent for desktop computers. As a Microsoft product, Internet Explorer came pre-installed with the company’s operating systems that were even more ubiquitous then than they are today. Many users initially didn’t bother making the switch to rivals like Firefox, which popped up around 19 years ago in 2002, or Opera, which has been around as long as the Internet Explorer. Many older users remember the popular Netscape that you originally paid to download.

Google’s Chrome browser, which debuted in 2008, overtook Internet Explorer’s desktop market share as soon as 2012 and as of January 2016, there were also more Firefox users than Internet Explorer users.
Microsoft's new endeavor, at least, might give the company hope of hosting a successful browser again. Microsoft Edge, as of June 2022, reached a 10.4 percent market share, ahead of legacy browsers Firefox and Opera as well as Apple’s Safari.

By Katharina Buchholz, Statista


Story Credit Lessors
"C" & "D" Lessees, Business Loans, Working Capital

With the topsy-turvy of funders, as well as the changing of credit and industry requirements, story credit lessors and lenders are now more in need than ever.  Here are funders who also may take "A" and "B" rated applicants and more may be more interested not in "application only." Some may become more comfortable learning more, beyond reviewing financial statements and tax returns, additional collateral, learning more about the story behind the business as qualifiers.

To qualify for this list, the company must be a funder (as qualified by Leasing News and on the “Funder List” and not a "Broker/Lessor; notifies lessees in advance when the lease will end and what the residual will be, does not automatically extend the lease or insist that their discounter follow the same policy. We reserve the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.

Funder List “A”
We encourage companies who are listed to contact us for any change or addition they would like to make. Adding further information as an "attachment" or clarification of what they have to offer would be helpful to readers is also very much encouraged."

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details

Balboa Capital Corp. 
Bankers Capital
Black Rock Capital Investment
BSB Leasing

Dakota Financial

Financial Pacific Leasing
Forum Financial Services
Gonor Funding
Maxim Commercial Capital
North Mill Equipment Finance

Pawnee Leasing Corporation
P&L Capital Corporation
Providence Equipment Finance
Quality Leasing Co. Inc.
SLIM Capital
TEAM Funding Solutions

Full List:



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Mortgage Banking Association Report
Negative Single Family Housing Growth

April 2022 data softness was widespread, with only the housing under construction and private residential construction spending categories positive on a month-over-month basis. Year-over-year data were better,  however, single-family permits were negative again. This marks the third month, in 2022, of single-family starts declining and permits also have decreased for two-consecutive months. This suggests further moderation in single-family activity in the upcoming months.

The disparity between the number of houses started versus houses completed is at the greatest level since 1984. This spread is evident for both single- and multi-family starts as builders await building materials and products necessary to complete started houses.

New and existing house sales were negative, due to a lack of available inventory for sale and increasing mortgage interest rates. Increasing mortgage rates, in combination with record house prices, may reduce affordability for potential house buyers.

1) Select builders are beginning to focus on entry-level houses;
2) Demand remains strong.

1) Increasing mortgage interest rates;
2) Inflation;
3) The war in Ukraine;
4) COVID-19;
5) Construction material and appliance constraints;
6) Logistics/Supply chains;
7) Lot availability and building regulations (according to several sources);
8) Laborer shortages in many sectors;
9) Household formations still lag historical averages;
10) Job creation is improving and consistent, but some economists question the quantity and
types of jobs being created;
11) Debt: Corporate, personal, government – United States and globally;
12) Other global uncertainties.



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Equipment Finance Industry Confidence Steady in June
Reports Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation

Washington, DC. – The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) releases the June 2022 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) today. The index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $900 billion equipment finance sector. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 50.9, steady with the May index of 49.6

Glenn Davis, President, RESIDCO:, “Interest rates are a major concern. Uncertainties related to Fed action or inaction, as well as the continuing war in Ukraine will weigh heavily on the economy.” 

James D. Jenks, CEO, Global Finance and Leasing Services, LLC:
“When the supply chain is repaired, and should demand evaporate, we will have a bigger issue than we do today.”

David Normandin, CLFP, President and CEO, Wintrust Specialty Finance: “The equipment leasing and finance business adapts to change and finds ways to win in difficult environments. The rising rate environment is a healthy change from the past decade and creates the opportunity to build margin back into business models and strengthen the community.”

Michael Romanowski, President, Farm Credit Leasing:
“Supply chain issues continue to linger, especially with light duty trucks. We continue to see interest from our customers with large expansion projects to lock in rates while they remain at historically low levels.”

June 2022 Survey Results:

•   When asked to assess their business conditions over the next four months, 11.1% of executives responding said they believe business conditions will improve over the next four months, an increase from 6.9% in May. 55.6% believe business conditions will remain the same over the next four months, down from 62.1% the previous month. 33.3% believe business conditions will worsen, an increase from 31% in May.
•   11.1% of the survey respondents believe demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures (capex) will increase over the next four months, up from 10.3% in May. 66.7% believe demand will “remain the same” during the same four-month time period, an increase from 65.5% the previous month. 22.2% believe demand will decline, down from 24.1% in May.
•   22.2% of the respondents expect more access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions over the next four months, up from 13.8% in May. 77.8% of executives indicate they expect the “same” access to capital to fund business, a decrease from 86.2% last month. None expect “less” access to capital, unchanged from the previous month.
•   When asked, 29.6% of the executives report they expect to hire more employees over the next four months, down from 48.3% in May. 66.7% expect no change in headcount over the next four months, an increase from 44.8% last month. 3.7% expect to hire fewer employees, down from 6.9% in May.
•   7.4% of the leadership evaluate the current U.S. economy as “excellent,” an increase from 3.5% the previous month. 74.1% of the leadership evaluate the current U.S. economy as “fair,” down from 79.3% in May. 18.5% evaluate it as “poor,” an increase from 17.2% last month.
•   7.4% of the survey respondents believe that U.S. economic conditions will get “better” over the next six months, an increase from 3.5% in May. 37% indicate they believe the U.S. economy will “stay the same” over the next six months, an increase from 27.6% last month. 55.6% believe economic conditions in the U.S. will worsen over the next six months, a decrease from 69% the previous month.
•   In June 40.7% of respondents indicate they believe their company will increase spending on business development activities during the next six months, up from 34.5% the previous month. 59.3% believe there will be “no change” in business development spending, down from 65.5% in May. None believe there will be a decrease in spending, unchanged from last month.

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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:

Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928): One of the undeniable masters of silent-screen comedy, Buster Keaton offered some of his wildest stunts in this breathtaking classic, which hinges on the search for paternal approval. Keaton stars as the title character, a gentle soul just out of college and eager to reunite with his father, Steamboat Bill Sr. (Ernest Torrence). A burly, stern man, the father is stupefied by his son’s dandified manner, especially as he was hoping for a mate in an upcoming boat race on the Mississippi River. While trying to toughen up, Junior falls in love with Mary (Marion Byron), who turns out to be the daughter of Senior’s competitor. Full of beautifully orchestrated slapstick, Keaton’s film builds toward a memorable finale featuring a fearsome, city-flattening tornado.

Missing (1982): A father’s determined mission is the subject of this absorbing drama from award-winning Greek filmmaker Costa-Gavras (“Z”). Based on a true story, it takes place in Chile during the early 1970s, when American businessman Ed Horman (Jack Lemmon, in a poignant performance) arrives to search for his son, Charles (John Shea). A journalist and an outspoken critic of the oppressive regime, Charles has disappeared—a common fate to the “enemies” of the state. With the help of his daughter-in-law, Beth (Sissy Spacek), Ed finds himself in a labyrinth of bureaucratic offices and red tape, gradually questioning his own political beliefs in the face of his discoveries. Crafted as a thriller but with a strong emotional pull, the film is a taut portrait of an expanding conscience.

Vice Versa (1988): Nothing like a bit of magic to overcome the generational gap, as the characters realize in this enjoyable family comedy. A divorced Chicago businessman, Marshall (Judge Reinhold) has little time for his 11-year-old son, Charlie (Fred Savage). Their lives take a sudden turn when a mystical, ancient skull from Thailand is smuggled into the States, where it makes father and son switch bodies. Suddenly, the boy finds himself in the body of a company vice-president surrounded by rivals, while the middle-aged parent must head off to school and deal with homework and bullies. Gradually they develop a new respect for each other’s responsibilities, while trying to dodge a couple of bumbling art thieves. The premise may not be new, but the exuberant performances keep things fresh.

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993): Robin Williams had one of his most beloved roles in this successful blockbuster, directed by Chris Columbus ("Home Alone"). Williams stars as Daniel Hillard, an eccentric actor who finds himself separated from his children when his wife Miranda (Sally Field), concerned about his irresponsibility, files for a divorce. Only allowed to see his kids once a week, Daniel decides to take advantage of his thespian skills and, with the help of his make-up artist brother (Harvey Fierstein), disguises himself as an elderly British nanny called Mrs. Doubtfire. It's during this extended masquerade that he actually learns about parenting, and grows closer to his family. Giving free rein to Williams' legendary improvisational gifts, the movie struck a chord with audiences with its mix of laughter and warmth.

Beginners (2010): Christopher Plummer received a long-overdue Academy Award (for Best Supporting Actor) in this heartfelt comedy-drama from writer-director Mike Mills (“20th-Century Women”). Told with flashbacks, the story charts the ups and downs in the relationship between Oliver (Ewan McGregor) and his father Hal (Plummer). Having come out as a gay man late in life, Hal savors such discoveries as clubbing and a much younger boyfriend, Andy (Goran Visnjic), just as he grows sicker. This proves to be quite a challenge for Oliver, who has emotional issues of his own—namely a romance with a quirky French actress named Anna (Melanie Laurent). Based on autobiographical experiences by the director, the film’s blend of humor and melancholy is deftly anchored by the performers, particularly Plummer’s unsentimental gravity.


Agoura,  California Adopt-a-Dog


ID 5481094
2 Years, 2 months

My name is FROSTY and I'm approximately 2 years and 2 months old female Samoyed. I have been at the Agoura Animal Care Center since May 23, 2022.

Agoura Animal Care Center
29525 Agoura Rd.
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 991-0071


LA Dodgers 2020 "Club Series" Reserve
Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa, CA
By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer

I know what you are thinking: I don’t live in Los Angeles and the Dodgers are not my team. Well, the good news is the distributor of Major League Baseball wines has bottles for each Major League Baseball team.

I found this bottle when shopping at Cost Plus World Market. I checked out their wine collection and saw several Major League Baseball novelty wines. My brother-in-law likes the Dodgers, so I bought him a bottle of the LA Dodgers 2020 "Club Series" Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Surprisingly, this novelty wine was delicious. While it doesn't hit a grand slam in terms of complexity, this medium-bodied cabernet has a nice bold flavor with a batting order of currant, blackberry, and cherry, and toasted oak batting cleanup. Rounding the bases is a nice finish of tobacco and vanilla.

At $13 a bottle, this novelty wine is a fun-filled winner and great addition to your lineup. It is available online and at select retailers, and, as I mentioned at the beginning of this review, the distributor has bottles for each Major League Baseball team.

There are also etched bottles available, but they have higher price points.

Kevan R. Wilkinson | Digital Content Manager | BALBOA CAPITAL |

Previous Wine Reviews


News Briefs---

Mortgage rates hit 5.78%,
    the biggest weekly jump since 1987

Georgia’s pandemic response ranked
    among the nation’s worst

SpaceX workers call Elon Musk an ‘embarrassment’
     in leaked open letter


You May Have Missed---

Interest Rates Rise Around the World,
    as War and High Inflation Grind On (see Chart)



Sports Briefs---

Adam Hadwin moves to 4 under to take
     sole possession of the lead

SoFi Stadium in Inglewood among venues
selected to host 2026 World Cup matches

Dallas area to host FIFA World Cup
matches at AT&T Stadium in 2026

Levi’s Stadium selected as a host site
for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Gillette Stadium will host games for the 2026 men’s World Cup

Trey Lance holds key to 49ers success in 2022

A second NFL franchise in Dallas? No way says
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

Bears players wear Brian Piccolo jerseys
at minicamp on anniversary of his death


California Nuts Briefs---

$5.3 billion: San Jose to San Francisco high-speed rail
     costs balloon by over 200%

Norm Mineta ‘lived life to the fullest
   and enjoyed every moment’

San Francisco Bay Area churches build tiny homes
    for their homeless neighbors



"Gimme that wine"

In Northern California North Coast Wine and
    Food Festival Returns this Weekend

California Wine’s Above - $15 Tier Leading The Charge

Blue Note Jazz Festival Napa Valley
Adds Third Date on Friday, July 29th

Josh Jensen, California Pinot Noir Pioneer, Is Dead at 78
By Eric Asimov

“Gimme that Wine”

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events


This Day in History

     1579 - The expedition of Sir Francis Drake anchored in a harbor just north of present-day San Francisco Bay in California, during drake's celebrated circumnavigation of the globe. Drake named the land Nova Albion and claimed it for England. The members of the expedition spent a month repairing their ship. Then, on July 26, Drake sailed from California, continuing north and then west across the Pacific Ocean. The precise spot that Drake and his men landed and stayed for a month is a controversy between historians and the actual spot bay is not known. All Drake's records were destroyed for political reasons and this event is also part of the controversy. He was a major slave trader in his day. (Encyclopedia of American Facts, Gordon Carruth). 
    1742 - Birthday of William Hooper (d. 1790), signer of the Declaration of Independence, born at Boston, MA. The British in retribution burned his house and farm during the war. 
    1775 - Suffolk County, MA, celebrates a county holiday to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill. According to the same source quoted above, the Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought on Breed's Hill. British forces under General Howe assaulted the Continental position three times before the Americans, under Col. William Prescott, ran out of gunpowder and were forced to retreat. The British then occupied Bunker Hill after another skirmish. For this reason, it is referred to as the Battle of Bunker Hill in history books. Today, when you visit Boston and the guide takes you to Bunker Hill, it is really Breed's Hill as historians decided to change the name rather than explain the story. 
    1837 - Strong Vincent (d. 1863) is born in Waterford, Pennsylvania. After working as a lawyer, he went on to become a hero at the Battle of Gettysburg, where he was mortally wounded defending Little Round Top. When hostilities erupted in April 1861, Vincent left the law to become an officer in the Erie Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. By early 1862, he rose to commander of the 83rd Pennsylvania. Vincent served in several campaigns with the Army of the Potomac, fighting at Yorktown, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. He was promoted to colonel after Yorktown and, prior to Gettysburg, Vincent was given command of the Third Brigade, First Division, of the Fifth Corps. On the night of July 1, 1863, Vincent and his men were hurrying toward the battlefield under a bright moon. When the soldiers passed through a small town near Gettysburg, the regiment bands began to play and residents came to their doors to cheer the Yankee troops. Vincent remarked to an aide that there could be a worse fate than to die fighting in his home state with the flag overhead. The next day, as Vincent and his brigade were arriving behind the Union lines, General Governor K. Warren frantically summoned Vincent's force to the top of Little Round Top, a rocky hill at the end of the Federal line. Warren observed that the Confederates could turn the Union left flank by taking the summit, which was occupied by only a Yankee signal corps at the time. Vincent and his men hurried up the hill, arriving just ahead of the Rebels. The brigade held the top, but just barely. Vincent was mortally wounded in the engagement and died on July 7. He was promoted posthumously to brigadier general. 
    1849 - Birthday of African-American Congressman Thomas Ezekiel Miller (d. 1938), Ferrebeeville, SC.  After being elected as a state legislator in South Carolina, he was one of only five African Americans elected to Congress from the South in the Jim Crow era of the last decade of the nineteenth century, as disfranchisement reduced black voting. After that, no African Americans were elected from the South until 1972.  Miller was a prominent civil rights leader in the South during and after Reconstruction. He was a school commissioner, state legislator, US Representative, and first president of South Carolina State University, an historically black college established as a land-grant school. 
    1852 - The New York State Temperance Society met in Syracuse for its annual convention. Susan B. Anthony, Gerrit Smith, and Amelia Bloomer were delegates appointed to the convention by the Woman's State Temperance Society, which Anthony had founded the previous April. Because the convention refused to accept the credentials of the women delegates or allow them to speak, the women and their supporters adjourned to the Wesleyan Chapel where they held their own meeting. Anthony delivered a speech, which was published in the July, 1852 issue of Stone's magazine “The Lily.” The address is one of the earliest given by Anthony who would become the most articulate spokesperson of the movement
    1859 - Hot Santa Ana winds in southern California roasted fruit on one side at Santa Barbara.
    1863 - Battle of Aldie, VA. As part of the Gettysburg Campaign of the Civil War, Gen, Jeb Stuart’s cavalry screened Gen Robert E. Lee’s Confederate infantry as it marched north in the Shenandoah Valley. The pursuing Union cavalry of Gen. Judson Kilpatrick's brigade, encountered Col. Thomas Munford’s troopers near the village of Aldie, resulting in four hours of stubborn fighting. Both sides made mounted assaults but Kilpatrick was reinforced in the afternoon and Munford finally withdrew toward Middleburg. 
    1865 - Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte birthday (d. 1915), Omaha Reservation, Nebraska.  Native American and U.S. physician. Under the sponsorship of the Women's National Indian Association that was founded in 1880 by Mary L. Bonney and Amelia S. Quinton, Dr. Picotte graduated a 3-year medical course in 2 years. She finished at the head of her class not yet 24 years of age. She returned to practice medicine primarily with the Omaha tribe although her practice at times included almost as many whites as Indians. It has been estimated that this remarkable woman who braved blizzards and dust storms treated every member of the Omaha tribe in the 25 years of her practice. 
    1871 - Birthday of James Weldon Johnson (d. 1938), Jacksonville , FL. African American poet, diplomat, songwriter and culturist of black history. 
    1882 - A tornado traveled more than 200 miles across the state of Iowa killing 130 persons. The tornado touched down about ninety miles west of Grinnell, and struck the town and college around sunset, killing sixty persons, and causing more than half a million dollars damage. Traveling at nearly 60 mph, the tornado hit Mount Pleasant about 11 PM causing another half million dollars damage.
    1894 - A poliomyelitis epidemic occurred in Vermont between June 17 and September 1.  123 cases appeared in Rutland and Wallingford. The first major urban polio epidemic took place in the summer of 1916 in New York City where 9,000 children were stricken and 2,400 died. 
    1907 - Jazz reedman Gene Sedric (d. 1963) was born St. Louis, MO. 
    1910 - Country music star Clyde Julian “Red” Foley (d. 1968) was born in Blue Lick, Kentucky. Foley, elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967, was the first country star to have a network radio show, "Avalon Time," in which he co-starred with Red Skelton, beginning in 1939. Foley's recordings for the Decca label were extremely popular and, in 1950, he had no less than three million-sellers: "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy," "Steal Away" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." He continued his success with religious material in 1951, scoring another million-seller with "Peace in the Valley." Foley was a star on the Grand Ole Opry in the 1940's. In 1954, he moved to Springfield, Missouri, where he became the host of "Ozark Jubilee," one of the first successful country TV series. During the early '60s, he starred with Fess Parker in the TV series "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."  Daughter Shirley Lee married actor-singer Pat Boone in 1953. 
    1914 - Birthday of John Hersey (d. 1993)  American novelist, born at Tientsin, China.  He who wrote “A Bell for Adano,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. “The Wall” and “Hiroshima” are both based on fact and set in Poland and Japan, respectively, in World War II.  
    1921 - Clarinetist Tony Scott born Anthony Joseph Sciacca (d. 2007), Morristown, NJ. 
    1933 - Birthday of Maurice “Mo” Stokes (d. 1970), basketball player, born at Pittsburgh, PA. Stokes played at St. Francis College (PA) and was drafted by the Rochester Royals of the NBA in 1955. He quickly became a top performer, winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1955-56 and making the All-Star team three years in a row. Following the 1957-58 season, Stokes collapsed and went into a coma. Encephalitis made him an invalid, but teammate Jack Twyman cared for him the rest of his life. 
    1938 - The first ski lift to operate in the United States was the Cannon Mountain Tramway at Franconia, NH, a 5,400-foot suspension ride. It was suspended by giant cables 40 feet above the trees and ran from the base of Cannon Mountain to one of its peaks. It had two cars, each accommodating 27 persons, making the trip up or down in eight minutes at the speed of a thousand feet a minute. 
    1940 - Birthday of Alton Kelley (d. 2008), Houlton, ME.  Artist of San Francisco rock posters. 
    1943 - After planning to return to his hometown and resume his career as a barber, Perry Como is signed to RCA Records. He will not only become a hit singer, but host of one the early television one-hour shows for many years
    1944 - Top Hits 
“Long Ago and Far Away” - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes 
“I'll Be Seeing You” - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra) 
“I'll Get By” - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes) 
“Straighten Up and Fly Right” - King Cole Trio 
    1943 - Singer-Songwriter-Musician-Arranger-conductor Barry Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus in Brooklyn, New York (his parents died when he was 2 and he was raised by his maternal grandparents Joseph and Esther Manilow).  He is best known for such recordings as "I Write the Songs," "Mandy," "This One’s for You," "Copacabana," "Can't Walk without You," performing regularly in Las Vegas. You love him or you hate him. We have all his albums, also in the car, and we have another set we take on vacations, and have seen many of his shows throughout the year. One of my very good high school and college friends plays first trumpet on his albums and says he is first rate in knowing music.  He also extends the red carpet to musicians who attend his shows; “a pleasure to work with, a real nice guy.”
    1947 - The radio show, “The Adventures of Philip Marlowe,” debuts. Based on Raymond Chandler's groundbreaking series of hard-boiled detective novels, the producers hoped to reproduce the success of the hit radio drama “The Adventures of Sam Spade,” which ran for 13 episodes on ABC in 1946, for 157 episodes on CBS in 1946-1949, and finally for 51 episodes on NBC in 1949-1951. Chandler's character Marlowe had already appeared on the silver screen four times, notably in “The Big Sleep” (1946), starring Humphrey Bogart. The character failed to translate well to the radio, though, and the series lasted only a few months. 
    1950 - In a 45-minute operation witnessed by 40 visiting surgeons and doctors at Mary Hospital, Chicago, Il, Dr. James Ward West removed a healthy kidney from the body of a woman who had died. Dr. Richard Harold Lawler transplanted the kidney into the renal pedicle of a patient from who a polycystic left kidney had been removed, and the first kidney transplant was complete. 
    1952 - Top Hits 
“Kiss of Fire” - Georgia Gibbs 
“Be Anything” - Eddy Howard 
“I'm Yours” - Eddie Fisher 
“The Wild Side of Life” - Hank Thompson 
    1954 - The US organized the government of the US Virgin Islands.  Columbus named the islands after St. Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins.  The official name of the British territory is the Virgin Islands and the official name of the U.S. territory is the Virgin Islands of the United States. In practice, the two island groups are almost universally referred to as the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The Virgin Islands were originally inhabited by the Arawak, Carib, and Cermic, almost all of whom are thought to have perished during the colonial period due to enslavement, foreign disease, and mass extermination brought about by European colonists, as is the case in the rest of the Caribbean.  European colonists later settled here and established sugar plantations, at least one tobacco plantation, and purchased slaves acquired from Africa. The plantations are gone, but the descendants of the slaves remain the bulk of the population, sharing a common African-Caribbean heritage with the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean.  In 1916 and 1917, Denmark and the United States, respectively, ratified a treaty in which Denmark sold the Danish Virgin Islands to the United States for $25 million in gold.
    1954 - Televised Senate Army-McCarthy hearings end. Chaired by Senator Karl Mundt, the hearings convened on March 16, 1954, and received considerable press attention, including gavel-to-gavel live television coverage on ABC and DuMont (April 22–June 17). The media coverage, particularly television, greatly contributed to McCarthy's decline in popularity and his eventual censure by the Senate the following December. Perhaps television’s finest hours exposed Wisconsin Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy as a charlatan who many were afraid to oppose because they do not want to be labeled a communist.  Ironically, McCarthy never exposed one unknown communist.
    1955 - After a month of booking gigs in larger venues in Dallas and Houston, Colonel Tom Parker arranges a meeting with Elvis Presley's manager, Bob Neal, which results in an agreement that will see the Colonel handle Presley's show dates and career strategy from now on. 
    1955 - Eddie Fisher marries Debbie Reynolds in Hollywood. The couple would divorce in 1959 after Fisher was discovered to be carrying on an affair with Liz Taylor. One of the most popular singers of the day, he will lose his audience over the affair.
    1960 - Top Hits 
“Cathy's Clown” - The Everly Brothers 
“Everybody's Somebody's Fool” - Connie Francis 
“Burning Bridges” - Jack Scott 
“Please Help Me, I'm Falling” - Hank Locklin    
    1961 - Ben E. King enjoys his biggest hit as "Stand By Me" reaches #4 on the Billboard singles chart. The same song would re-appear on the Hot 100 in 1986, reaching #9 after it was featured in the River Phoenix film of the same name. 
    1966 - Paul McCartney buys the farm in Kintyre, Scotland, that would later inspire his 1977 megahit ballad "Mull of Kintyre."
    1967 - Barbra Streisand sings for 135,000 fans at her concert in New York's Central Park, later released as the CBS-TV special and soundtrack album ”A Happening in Central Park.” 
    1967 - The Hollies' "Carrie Ann" is released in the US, where it will reach #9. 
    1968 - The Ohio Express are awarded a Gold record for their Bubble Gum hit, "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy." 
    1968 - Top Hits 
“Mrs. Robinson” - Simon & Garfunkel 
“This Guy's in Love with You” - Herb Alpert 
“Mony Mony” - Tommy James & The Shondells 
“Honey” - Bobby Goldsboro 
    1971 - Carole King saw her "Tapestry" album hit number 1 in the US for the first of 15 consecutive weeks. The LP contained such classic tracks as "It's Too Late," "I Feel the Earth Move," "So Far Away," "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" and "You've Got a Friend."  Produced by Lou Adler, it is one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide. In the United States, it has been certified Diamond by the RIAA with more than 10 million copies sold.  It received four Grammy Awards in 1972, including Album of the Year. The lead singles from the album spent five weeks at number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts. In 2000, it was voted number 74 in Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 100 Albums.  In 2003, Tapestry was ranked number 36 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 
    1972 - Five “plumbers” are arrested for the break-in at Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate complex, Washington, DC. They had previously placed wire taps and searched the headquarters on a regular basis but leaving a rear-door unlocked made a building security guard suspicious. The arrests led to revelations of political espionage, threats of imminent impeachment of the president, and, on August 9, 1974, the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. It is doubly ironic that Nixon was way ahead in the poll primarily because his opponent Senator George McGovern of South Dakota was not strongly supported by the Democratic Party, although he had sworn he would end the Viet Nam War 90 days after he was elected. 
    1976 - Top Hits 
“Silly Love Songs” - Wings 
“Get Up and Boogie” (“That's Right”) - Silver Convention 
“Misty Blue” - Dorothy Moore 
“I'll Get Over You” - Crystal Gayle 
    1976 - Four teams from the American Basketball Association joined the National Basketball association as the ABA went out of business after nine years. The four teams, the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and San Antonio Spurs brought the total number of teams in the NBA to 22. 
    1978 - Andy Gibb became the first solo artist in the history of Billboard's Hot 100 to have his first three releases reach number one, when "Shadow Dancing" hit the top of the chart. Since then, Michael Jackson had four number ones in a row and Mariah Carey had five. "Shadow Dancing" would be the best-selling single in the US in 1978.  "Shadow Dancing" reached the number one spot on the pop music charts for the first of seven weeks. Gibb had two other number one hits: "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" and "(Love is) Thicker than Water." Gibb, the youngest of the Gibb brothers who made up the Bee Gees, hosted TV's "Solid Gold" in 1981-82. Andy scored nine hits on the pop music charts in the 1970s and 1980s. He died of an inflammatory heart virus in Oxford, England in 1988. 
    1978 - Grace Slick is deemed too drunk to go onstage with Jefferson Starship tonight at their concert in St. Goarhausen in West Germany, but does so anyway, singing horribly and verbally abusing the audience with Nazi taunts. The crowd riots, causing over a million dollars in damage and leading Slick to quit the band, not returning until 1983.
    1984 - Top Hits 
“Time After Time” - Cyndi Lauper 
“The Reflex” - Duran Duran 
“Self Control” - Laura Branigan 
“I Got Mexico” - Eddy Raven
    1988 - Microsoft releases MS DOS 4.0 
    1988 - Thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds in Georgia and the Carolinas. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 75 mph at Eden, NC.
    1988 - Bruce Springsteen separates from Juliette Phillips 
    1988 - The Givens' Family reports heavyweight Mike Tyson beats his wife actress wife Robin Givens. They later divorce on the grounds of “extreme cruelty.” 
    1988 - Top Hits 
“Foolish Beat” - Debbie Gibson 
“Dirty Diana” - Michael Jackson 
“Together Forever” - Rick Astley 
“Make It Real” - The Jets 
    1991 - The body of Zachary Taylor, the 12th US President, was exhumed from a cemetery in Louisville , KY. Taylor died suddenly of acute gastrointestinal illness on July 9, 1850. Some historians suggested that he might have been poisoned. To test this theory, his remains were exhumed (the first presidential body to be exhumed). A coroner's report dated June 26 found no evidence of foul play. 
    1993 - Top Hits 
“That’s The Way Love Goes” - Janet Jackson 
“Weak” - SWV 
“Knockin Da Boots” - H-Town 
“Freak Me – Silk” 
    1994 - Former football player, NFL and College Football Hall of Famer, and announcer, O.J. Simpson, was arrested in connection with the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman. Simpson had fled his home in the morning rather than be arrested. In the evening, he and his friend, Al Cowlings, were in Simpson's white Ford Bronco. They led a horde of police cars on a long but slow car chase on Los Angeles freeways and eventually wound up back at Simpson's home where he was apprehended. Television stations around the country followed these vents live and an estimated 90 million people watched. Simpson was later acquitted. The killer(s) have allegedly never been caught.
    1994 – Through July 17, The World Cup of Soccer was played in the US for the first time. The international championship is held every four years. The 1994 games began in Chicago with a match between Germany and Bolivia and ended in Los Angeles with a final between Brazil and Italy with Brazil taking the Cup. Soccer, generally known as football outside the US, is the most popular spectator sport in the world, though it has never achieved great status in the US above the amateur level. The games were watched on television by billions of fans around the world. John Madden has suggested there is not room for television commercials and thus the networks do not broadcast these games.
    2008 - Boston Celtics rout LA Lakers, 131-92, to win the NBA Championship. This was Boston's first title since 1986, during the Larry Bird era and their 17th overall.
    2009 - 60-year-old Billy Joel and his third wife, 27-year-old Katie Lee Joel announced that were splitting up after nearly five years of marriage. Joel's nine-year union with model Christie Brinkley ended in 1994. His nine-year marriage to Elizabeth Weber, for whom he wrote "Just the Way You Are," ended in 1982. It's believed that Billy had a prenuptial agreement to protect the millions his many hits have earned.
    2010 – BP CEO, Tony Hayward, testified before the US about the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster at BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig that caused the worst oil spill in US history.  In September 2009, the rig drilled the deepest oil well in history at a vertical depth of 35,050 ft.  On 20 April 2010, an uncontrollable blowout caused an explosion on the rig that killed 11 crewmen and ignited a fireball visible from 40 miles. The fire was inextinguishable and, two days later, on 22 April, the Horizon sank, leaving the well gushing at the seabed and causing an ecological catastrophe.  In January 2013, Transocean agreed to pay US$1.4 billion for violations of the US Clean Water Act. BP had earlier agreed to pay $2.4 billion but faced additional penalties that could range from $5 billion to $20 billion.  In September 2014, Halliburton agreed to settle a large percentage of legal claims against them by paying $1.1 billion into a trust by way of three installments over two years.  On 4 September 2014, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled BP was guilty of gross negligence and willful misconduct under the Clean Water Act (CWA). He described BP's actions as "reckless," while he said Transocean's and Halliburton's actions were "negligent." He apportioned 67% of the blame for the spill to BP, 30% to Transocean, and 3% to Halliburton. BP issued a statement strongly disagreeing with the finding and saying the court's decision would be appealed.  On 8 December 2014, The US Supreme Court rejected BP's legal challenge to a compensation deal over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The settlement agreement had no cap, but BP initially estimated that it would pay roughly $7.8bn to compensate victims.    
    2011 – The first condemnation of discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender people was issued by the UN Human Rights Council.
    2012 - African American construction worker Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by white Los Angeles Police Department officers in March 1991 (and the officers' subsequent treatment by the courts) sparked violent race riots, was found dead in his swimming pool in California.
    2014 - US authorities in Philadelphia arrested 89-year-old Johann Breyer after a German warrant charged him with 158 counts of complicity in the killing of Jews while he was a guard at Auschwitz in 1944. Breyer died on July 22, hours before a ruling on his extradition to Germany.
    2014 - American Airlines said that it will cut nearly 80 percent of its flights to Venezuela in a dispute over revenue being held.
    2015 - In South Carolina, white gunman Dylann Storm Roof shot and killed 9 people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. The dead included state Sen. Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney. Roof was arrested the next day in Shelby, NC.  On December 15, 2016, Roof was convicted in federal court of all 33 federal charges (including hate crimes) against him stemming from the shooting; on January 11, 2017, he was sentenced to death for those crimes.[4] On March 31, 2017, Roof agreed to plead guilty in South Carolina state court to all state charges pending against him—nine counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony—to avoid a second death sentence. In return, he accepted a sentence of life in prison without parole.   On April 10, 2017, Roof was sentenced to nine consecutive sentences of life without parole after formally pleading guilty to state murder charges.
    2017 - US and Japanese vessels and aircraft searched for seven American sailors who were missing after their Navy destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, collided before dawn with the ACX Crystal, a container ship four times its size, off the coast of Japan. The search for seven US Navy sailors was called on June 18 off after several bodies were found in the ship's flooded compartments, including sleeping quarters.
    2019 - New York State passed a law allowing undocumented migrants to obtain their driving license, a controversial move by the Democratic stronghold intended to thwart the Trump administration's restrictive immigration policy.



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