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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

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New York Commercial Finance Bill Dies in Committee
    Ken Greene, Leasing News Legal Editor
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    We Are Growing Our Senior Sales Team Now!
Five Attributes for Success
    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
The Growth of Clean Energy Jobs by State
     5 million net new jobs within the energy-supply sector
ELFA Releases 2022 Credit and Collection Manager
  Survey Results, Key Takeaways 
    Free to members, $175 for non-members
Labrador Retriever/Mixed (short coat)
    Seattle, Washington  Adopt-a-Dog
AACFB Commercial Financing Expo
    September 7-8, 2022  M Resort Las Vegas, NV
News Briefs---
Board unanimously approves Elon Musk’s
     $44 Billion Twitter takeover bid
A class action filed in Texas federal court accuses Tesla of
    illegally firing thousands of workers and denying them pay
Vegas Company Promised Fast Internet.
     Rural America Waits…and Waits
Gas station owners also hate sky-high prices.
     Here’s why.
Bayer at 'end of rope' in Roundup cases,
    St. Louis attorney says
Two Senior Black executives depart Amazon
   as it names new consumer boss
First Drive: F-150 Lightning Pro
    "will be that truck — the one fleet drivers fight over!"

You May have Missed---
China’s Russian oil imports surged over 50% in May,
    boosted by discounts amid Ukraine war sanctions

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New York Commercial Finance Bill Dies in Committee
Ken Greene, Leasing News Legal Editor

The New York bill that would have required licensing for commercial finance providers has died in Committee. SFNet will continue to update members if this issue resurfaces. For details on S1061, see below:

Ken Greene Leasing & Finance Observations

Ken Greene
Tel: 818.575.9095
Fax: 805.435.7464


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Zoe Church was hired as Credit Analyst, Vault Credit Corporation, Toronto, Canada. She is located in Niverville, Manitoba, Canada. Previously, she was at CWB National Leasing, starting July, 2015, Business Coordinator, promoted May, 2018, Credit Analyst; Research Assistant, Université de Saint-Boniface, Contract Part-Time (2014 - 2015); Member Service Representative, Caisse Financial Group/Caisse Groupe Financier (2013 - 2014); Lease Administrator (FCC) CWB National Leasing (July, 2012 - August, 2013). Education: Credit Institute of Canada, Credit Specialist, CRSP, Credit Management (2021).

Tom Harris was hired as Regional Sales Manager, Commercial Funding, Inc., Dallas, Texas. He is located in Greater Chicago Area. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Business Development, CapFlow Funding Group (December, 2020 - June, 2022); Senior Vice President, Business Development, ENGS Commercial Capital, LLC, an ENGS Commercial Finance Company (October, 2018 - December, 2020).

Gail Heidke was hired as Managing Director, Originations, Accord Financial, Los Angeles, California. "She is based in Chicago and to cover the Midwestern US.)  Previously, she was Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, Big Shoulders Capital, LLC (September, 2019 - April, 2020); Senior Vice President, Division Manager, First Business (November, 2012 - March, 2015); Vice President of Business Development, Sterling National Bank (December, 2011 - November, 2012); Senior Managing Partner, Commercial Finance Specialist (March, 2010 - October, 2012); Vice President of Business Development, Wells Fargo Capital Finance (April, 1998 - December, 2009).

Alecia Kramer was hired as Vice President of Business Development, West, Channel, Minnetonka, Minnesota. She is located in Marshall, Minnesota. “She will be responsible for identifying and fostering strong partner relationships that drive the implementation of Channel equipment finance and working capital products among large banks and independents across the western region of the United States. Previously, she was Senior Account Manager, Amur Equipment Finance (November 2021 - June, 2022); Director, National Accounts, GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation (April, 2012 - November, 2021). She joined US Bank January, 2004, as Director of Sales, promoted August, 2009, National Account Manager.

MaryAnne Lenardo was hired as Managing Director, US Asset Based Finance, Western Region, Accord Financial, Los Angeles, California. Previously, she was Managing Director Originations, SLR Business Credit (July, 2021 - March, 2022); Managing Director, Specialty Finance, Sterling National Bank (September, 2017 - September, 2020: Senior Vice President, Far West Capital (August, 2016 - August, 2017).

Laura Messina was promoted to Legal Collection Manger, CIT, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She is located in Rochester, New Hampshire. She joined the firm February, 2018, Collations Team Lead, promoted July, 2019, Collections Manager. Previously, she was Collections Advisor, Direct Capital, a Division of CIT Bank, N.A. (September, 2016 - January, 2018).

Steven Umphlett was hired as Regional Managing Director, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, Charlotte, North Carolina.


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Five Attributes for Success

Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Small and medium sized businesses need the services and products of strong originators in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry. As an active originator, there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of companies that need your services today. The problem is that these companies do not know how to contact you. These companies, most likely, do not even know that you exist. Therefore, the primary responsibility of an originator is to proactively inform as many decision makers as possible about the services he provides. This must be a daily activity - to find, to inform, and to close more transactions.

Top originators never stop prospecting. Prospecting is the best means of letting the world know you exist. Prospecting is the best means of creating future business and long-term sustainability in the industry. Building a network of qualified potential clients is what creates success. Having a database of contacts that truly understand the products you offer and the unique superior service that you personally offer is required for sustainable growth and to maximize personal incomes. One of the five attributes required to be a successful originator in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry is:

"The ability to consistently prospect and market to the 'Right' vendors and end-users."

 As a successful originator are you:

  • Letting them know that you exist?
  • Making contact with the 'right' vendors and end-users on a daily basis?
  • Building a meaningful database of qualified clients?
  • Prospecting?

If you would like a list of the five attributes required for success in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry, click here:

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161

Sales Makes it Happen articles:


As the world is slowly moving towards a carbon-free future, job prospects within the renewable energy industry will see a boom in the coming years. Ranging from environmental scientists to renewable energy generation technicians and engineers, clean energy jobs are growing.

Between the shuttering of coal plants and companies making efforts to use renewable sources of energy, the United States on its own could see the creation of 5 million net new jobs within the energy-supply sector, driven by clean energy.

These jobs offer a more sustainable and high-paying alternative for the current and new workforce, especially in some of the country’s highly fossil-fuel-dependent states.

Based on analysis presented by Princeton University, the above infographic visualizes the forecasted change in energy-supply jobs in every state from 2019 to 2030, and through 2050, in a net-zero scenario.

Shift in Energy Supply Jobs by 2050:

Wisconsin Advances
Wisconsin has stated its desire to transition to 100% clean energy by 2050, growing the state’s economy by more than $21 billion.

According to Princeton, Wisconsin could also introduce more than 46,000 net new energy-supply jobs by 2050, a tremendous leap over the state’s 863 new jobs forecasted through 2030.

The state of Wyoming has the second-highest change in energy supply jobs, going from 2,400 jobs by 2030 to nearly 62,000 by 2050. Meanwhile, California, Florida, and Texas will continue their commitment to being leaders and introducing more clean energy-supply jobs by 2050.

The only states that will see a decline in clean energy jobs between their 2030 and 2050 totals are the northeastern states of Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.

Most states have taken measures to create more sustainable and high-paying jobs without leaving the current workforce in the lurch. On average, U.S. states will see an increase of 105,000 energy-supply jobs by 2050.

Full Story (including charts of all states advances by 2050):


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ELFA Releases 2022 Credit and Collection Manager
 Survey Results, Key Takeaways 
Free to members, $175 for non-members

WASHINGTON, D.C.– What are the current and forecasted conditions of credit and collections in the equipment finance industry? The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association has released its 2022 Credit Manager Survey and 2022 Collection Manager Survey with slide decks of data results and key insights from credit and collection professionals and equipment finance executive leadership. Results of both surveys were presented during the 2022 ELFA Credit & Collections Management Conference in June in San Antonio, Texas.

The Credit Manager Survey covers a wide array of topics, including credit process, credit scoring, turnaround times, approval rates, collateral values, policy changes, regulations, modifications, application thresholds, booking volume, favorable/unfavorable industries, the macroeconomic environment and the outlook at bank, captive, and independent leasing companies. Based on feedback from 168 ELFA survey respondents in March, among the wide range of survey results are strong expectations for booking volume in all groups and categories, and good credit quality despite a slight increase in delinquency.

The Collection Manager Survey captures information pertaining to aging of receivables, productivity measures, resources assigned to collection activities, technological trends and outsourcing strategies. The data collected from 76 ELFA collection professionals in March were grouped by company, ticket size, and organization type. Overall, the results reflect a sound industry with low delinquency and charge-offs, and healthy recoveries.

Results of both surveys are available for download at ELFA’s Knowledge Hub, the source for business intelligence in the equipment finance industry, at:

Coming Soon
Recordings of presentation sessions of both surveys from the Credit & Collections Management Conference will be available in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates.

About ELFA

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the nearly $1 trillion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its 580 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. ELFA has been equipping business for success for more than 60 years. For more information, please visit

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Labrador Retriever/Mixed (short coat)
Seattle, Washington  Adopt-a-Dog

Babbs Syd

10 months old
40 lbs.
Good with dogs,
kits, adults (all)
Up-to-Date with Vaccinations
Needs a foster/caretaker

My name is Babbs Syd from Mexico and I am a wonderful approx. 10 month old female Labrador Retriever mix.  I am approx. 40 lbs., a sweet, loving, fun and playful dog. I am a very happy dog and so excited to find my forever home soon.  Mexico is so overloaded with dogs roaming all over the streets with no food, love or care.

 I am so lucky to get a one-way ticket to come to Seattle to find a new forever home!  Take me on car rides, walks in the park and I will become your very best friend.  I get along well with people of all ages, gentle kids, other dogs but have not been around cats before.  I will do best in a home with a loving family that can give me lots of exercise, love and affection!  Our pet rescue dog trainer would be happy to come to your home and help train with your new dog for only $75 and this is highly recommended.

My adoption fee of $995. Covers Spay/Neuter, DA2PP shots, Rabies, Bordetella, Deworm, Heart Worm Test, Grooming, Microchip, Boarding Fees, Health Certificate, and transport cost from MEXICO to SEA TTLE.  The adoption fee is firm and helps cover the medical expenses of our other rescue dogs in need.  We cannot guarantee age or breed.  Donations are always appreciated to help us pay down our vet bills at Greenwood Vet.  Ginger's Pet Rescue is a non-profit 501 C 3.  If you are interested,  please e-mail:   for an adoption application. 

(Here also application to download:)

Ginger's Pet Rescue
(484) 695-2057



The total package

The 2022 AACFB Commercial Financing Expo hosted by the American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers is a fast-paced event that is the total package!

This year's agenda boasts twelve educational sessions, eight hours of exhibit time, and endless opportunities to network, all within two days!

While expenses are going up around the country, AACFB is keeping your event expenses down. Thanks to our outstanding sponsors, broker members can attend the Expo for only $145 when they take advantage of early-bird pricing. Las Vegas is always easy to fly into and our group rate at the stunning M Resort is only $145 per night. The ROI for this event is a no-brainer!

Check out this year's educational line-up below!

  • Pros and Cons of Working with Super Brokers
  • Fraud Detection and Prevention
  • What Makes a Great Broker/Funder
  • Technology that Works for You
  • Keeping Up with Disclosure Laws
  • Industry Trends: How to Sell in a Rising Rate Environment
  • Cyber Security
  • How to Compete Against Online Lenders/Lines of Credit
  • FinTech: Automated Underwriting Services
  • Pros & Cons of Funder Portals
  • Making the Most of Your Marketing (Boot Camp)
  • How to Recession Proof Your Brokerage (Boot Camp)


4 Hour Funding
360 Equipment Finance
American Capital Group
Amur Equipment Finance
AvTech Capital LLC
Balboa Capital
Bankers Capital
BankFinancial Equipment Finance
Baystone Government Finance/KS StateBank
Blue Bridge Financial LLC
C.H. Brown Co. LLC
Channel Partners Capital
Commercial Funding Partners LLC
East Harbor Financial
Entegra Capital LLC
Equipment Leasing Group of America, LLC
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
First Federal Leasing
First Foundation Bank
Global Financial & Leasing Services LLC
Gulf Coast Business Credit
MAKO Equipment Finance
Marlin Capital Solutions
McKenzie Credit, Inc.
Meridian Equipment Finance
National Business Capital
Navitas Credit Corp.
NCMIC/Professional Solutions
NewLane Finance
NFS Leasing
North Mill Equipment Finance LLC
North Star Leasing
Orange Commercial Credit
Paradigm Equipment Finance
Platinum Filings
Providence Equipment Finance, a Division of Providence Bank & Trust
Quality Leasing Co., Inc.
ROK Financial
SLIM Capital LLC
TradeRiver USA, Inc.
Universal Finance
VFI Corporate Finance
YES Leasing

Fees and Registration:

M Resort Spa and Casino
12300 Las Vegas Blvd
Henderson, NV 89044

AACFB attendees will be able to take advantage of a special rate of $145 per night plus a $14.99 resort fee up until the cut-off date of August 19, 2022, or until the block is full. The resort fee includes wireless internet in guest rooms, daily access to the Spa Mio fitness center, two bottles of water per day, unlimited local and 800 calls, shuttle to and from the airport, self-parking, and valet parking.



News Briefs---

Board unanimously approves Elon Musk’s
     $44 Billion Twitter takeover bid

A class action filed in Texas federal court accuses Tesla of
    illegally firing thousands of workers and denying them pay

Vegas Company Promised Fast Internet.
     Rural America Waits…and Waits (subscriber only content)

Gas station owners also hate sky-high prices.
     Here’s why. (subscriber only content)

Bayer at 'end of rope' in Roundup cases,
    St. Louis attorney says

Senior Black executives depart Amazon
   as it names new consumer boss

First Drive: F-150 Lightning Pro
    "will be that truck — the one fleet drivers fight over!"


You May Have Missed---

China’s Russian oil imports surged over 50% in May,
    boosted by discounts amid Ukraine war sanctions



Sports Briefs---

Warriors Draymond Green stops to order Ghirardelli
     ice cream during victory parade in San Francisco

Warriors' Klay Thompson has sloppy title parade
     in SF as he drops ring, accidentally lays out fan

Here are all the best fan signs from the Warriors
    championship parade in San Francisco

The best photos from the 2022 Warriors
     championship parade in San Francisco

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski
    retiring from NFL for second time


California Nuts Briefs---

California has recovered more than $1 billion
    in fraudulently paid unemployment claims

Northern California trucking business strains
    under soaring diesel prices, tough driver recruiting



"Gimme that wine"

Golden State Warriors Silver Oak Special
    No Longer Available

Investors paid thousands for rare wines.
     It was a scam, feds say

Taste of Sonoma is June 25, Saturday

Wine of the week: the Theopolis Vineyards, 2020 Yorkville
     Highlands Pinot Noir, Mendocino County

Foley Family Wines Buys Napa’s Silverado Vineyards

“Gimme that Wine”

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events


This Day in History


    1610 - In their search for a marketable product, some settlers in the Colonies had begun growing tobacco.  Europeans had acquired a taste for tobacco in the late sixteenth century when the Spanish brought samples from the West Indies and Florida. Initially expensive, it became popular among wealthy consumers. The high price appealed to Virginians, but they found that native Virginia leaf was of poor quality. John Rolfe began experimenting with seeds from Trinidad, which did much better. The first cargo of Virginia-grown tobacco arrived in England in 1617 and sold at a highly profitable 3 shillings per pound. Following Rolfe's success, settlers immediately planted tobacco everywhere- -even in the streets of Jamestown. Company officials, unwilling to base the colony's economy on a single crop, especially one that many people (including King James) considered to be an unhealthy indulgence, tried to restrict annual production to 100 pounds per colonist. Colonists, busy "rooting in the ground about Tobacco like Swine" as one observer reported, ignored these restrictions. But it was only after company rule ended that tobacco planting really surged. Between 1627 and 1669, tobacco exports climbed from 250,000 pounds to more than 15 million pounds. As the supply grew, the price plunged from 13 pence in 1624 to a mere penny in the late 1660s, where it remained for the next half century. What had once been a luxury product thus became affordable for Europeans of average means. Now thoroughly dependent on tobacco for their livelihood, the only way colonists could compensate for falling prices was to grow even more, pushing exports to England to more than 20 million pounds by the late 1670s.
    1611 - After spending a winter trapped by ice in present-day Hudson Bay, the starving crew of the Discovery mutinies against its captain, English navigator Henry Hudson, and sets him, his teenage son, and seven supporters adrift in a small, open boat. Hudson and the eight others were never seen again. Two years earlier, in 1609, Hudson sailed to the Americas to find a northwest passage to Asia after repeatedly failing in his efforts to find a northeast ocean passage. The Discovery later returned to England, and its crew was arrested for the mutiny. Although Henry Hudson was never seen again, his discoveries gave England its claim to the rich Hudson Bay region.
    1633 - Galileo Galilei was forced by the Pope to recant his research that the Earth orbits the Sun.  On Oct 31, 1992, the Vatican admitted it was wrong.
    1774 - The Quebec Act was passed by Parliament. It established a permanent government in Quebec and extended its boundaries south to the Ohio River, to include land contested by several American colonies. For this, it was considered by the colonists to be one of the Intolerable Acts that lead to the Revolutionary War.
    1775 - Continental currency was issued for the first time, totaling $3,000,000.
    1807 - The crew of the British man-of-war, "Leopold," fired upon and boarded the United States frigate "Chesapeake." The commander of the "Chesapeake," James Barron, was court martialed and convicted for not being prepared for action. Along with some others, this incident led to the War of 1812. Eight years after the war, Stephen Decatur, a judge in the court martial, was killed in a duel. The victor of the duel was James Barron.
    1808 – Zebulon Pike (d. 1813) reached the mountain summit that would be named for him.  As a US Army captain in 1806–1807, he led the Pike Expedition, sent out by President Thomas Jefferson to explore and document the southern portion of the Louisiana territory and to find the headwaters of the Red River, during which he recorded the discovery of what later was called Pikes Peak.
    1832 - John Ireland Howe of Derby, CT, obtained a patent for manufacturing pins. He exhibited it at the American Institute Fair in New York City, receiving a silver medal for his contribution to Manufacturing. He later founded the Howe Manufacturing Company and made improvements on his design. It was a great boon to the clothing industry, among others.
    1839 - Cherokee leaders Major Ridge, John Ridge, and Elias Boudinot were assassinated for signing the Treaty of New Echota, which had resulted in the Trail of Tears.  The treaty established terms under which the entire Cherokee Nation ceded its territory in the southeast and agreed to move west to the Indian Territory. Although the treaty was not approved by the Cherokee National Council nor signed by Principal Chief John Ross, it was amended and ratified by the US Senate in March, 1836.  The supporters of Ross, in teams ranging up to twenty-five in number, converged on the houses of John Ridge, Major Ridge, and Elias Boudinot and murdered them.
    1845 – Birthday of Tom Dula (d. 1868) in Wilkes County, NC.  A former Confederate soldier, he was convicted of murdering Laura Foster. National publicity from newspapers such as The New York Times turned Dula's story into a folk legend. Dula was tried, convicted, and hung. Considerable controversy surrounded the case and in subsequent years, a folk song was written (entitled “Tom Dooley,” based on the pronunciation in the local dialect), and The Kingston Trio recorded a hit version of the ballad in 1958.
    1846 – Adolphe Sax (1846-94) patented his invention – the saxophone. He had invented the instrument early in the decade, and by the time the patent was granted there were 14 different saxophones – seven designed for orchestras and seven for bands. The saxophones designed for bands are the ones in common use today.
    1847 – The doughnut with a hole was first invented in 1847 by American sea captain Hanson Crocket Gregory.  He claimed to have invented the ring-shaped doughnut in 1847 aboard a ship. Gregory was dissatisfied with the greasiness of doughnuts twisted into various shapes and with the raw center of regular doughnuts. He claimed to have punched a hole in the center of dough with the ship's tin pepper box, and later taught the technique to his mother.  Smithsonian magazine states that his mother, Elizabeth Gregory, "made a wicked deep-fried dough that cleverly used her son's spice cargo of nutmeg and cinnamon, along with lemon rind," and "put hazelnuts or walnuts in the center, where the dough might not cook through", and called the food doughnuts.
    1850 - In San Francisco, a 500-pound grizzly bear was caught near the Mission Dolores.
    1868 – Arkansas was re-admitted to the Union.
    1870 – Congress created the Department of Justice.
    1870 – America’s first boardwalk was built, in Atlantic City.  In the mid-1800s, oceanside resorts and the railroads that provided transportation to them were enjoying a booming success, but they were also gritting their teeth against the problem of sand — it was everywhere! Finally, a solution was found to keep the sand at bay: a walkway made of boards that would lead from town to the beach, helping keep sand out of the tourists' shoes.
    1896 - Dr. Mary Stone (Shih Mai-Yu) graduated from the Medical School of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, becoming the first Chinese woman physician. She founded the Women’s Hospital at Kiukiang, China, under the auspices of the Methodist Foreign Mission and served as its head for 25 years.
    1894 - Legendary magician and escape artist Harry Houdini married Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahne.  (Lower part of: )
    1898 – Adm. Sampson begins amphibious landing near Santiago, Cuba. Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt and Col. Leonard Wood led the Rough Riders, a volunteer cavalry regiment, onto the beach at Daiquiri in the Spanish American War.
    1899 - Richard Gurley Drew (d.  1980) was born in St. Paul, MN.  He was an inventor who worked for Johnson and Johnson, Permacel Co., and 3M, where he invented masking tape and cellophane tape.
    1903 – Birthday of Ben Pollack (d. 1971) in Chicago.  Dixieland drummer, who owned a “pizza/beer/jazz” joint on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, California, with a cover charge. When I was growing up, this was one of best hang outs as those under 18 could get in, and often, we had beer, although we were also not 21. Pollack was a “boom-chick-a-boom” drummer but played with some of the best and is mentioned in many Chicago jazz era books. Warren Luening, Jr. would sometimes sit in and play trumpet with the band. Pollack really liked his playing and it may have been one of the reasons we were always able to drink beer here.
    1903 – New York Giants Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell (d. 1988) was born in Carthage, MO.  Twice voted the NL’s MVP, a rarity for pitchers, Hubbell was inducted into the Hall in 1947. During 1936 and 1937, Hubbell set the Major League record for consecutive wins by a pitcher with 24. He is perhaps best remembered for his performance in the 1934 All-Star Game, when he struck out five of the game's great hitters and future Hall of Famers in succession: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin.
    1903 – John Dillinger (d. 1934) was born in Indianapolis.  His gang robbed twenty-four banks and four police stations.  In the heyday of the Depression-era outlaw (1933–1934), Dillinger was the most notorious of all. The government demanded federal action, and J. Edgar Hoover developed a more sophisticated FBI as a weapon against organized crime, using Dillinger and his gang as his campaign platform to launch the FBI.  Dillinger was gunned down by an FBI team outside a movie theater in Chicago.
    1910 – Dancer, anthropologist, humanitarian, philanthropist
Katherine Dunham (d. 2006) was born in Chicago, IL.
    1912 - The Republican Party under President Theodore Roosevelt got into a bitter feud among the various factions of the party, starting out in the open with Roosevelt asking a faction to leave the convention, resulting in a split party.  This basically gave the election to Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson, who was not that popular but won because of the Republican split.
    1912 – Ty Cobb was pinch hit for in an unusual scenario. With two outs in the 9th, and the Tigers down 11-3, Cobb was nowhere to be found and George Mullin substituted and flied out to end the game. It turns out Cobb was in the clubhouse showering.
    1915 – Subway service was launched in Brooklyn, the BMT for Brooklyn Motor Transit.
    1918 - A Michigan Central Railroad troop train, after several days shuttling soldiers to New York from Chicago, was deadheading back to the Midwest when it struck the rear of the Hagenback-Wallace Circus train. The circus trained has stopped to have its brake box overhauled in Ivanhoe, Indiana. Fifty-three circus performers were killed. Of the circus animals not killed outright, many that were crippled and maimed had to be destroyed by police officers. The performers, of who only three could be identified, were buried in a mass grave. The engineer, A.K. Sargent, who was accused of falling asleep at the throttle, was tried and acquitted.
    1919 - An F5 tornado struck the town of Fergus Falls, Minnesota. 59 people were killed and 400 buildings were destroyed. Lumber was carried for 10 miles and other debris were found 60 miles away.
    1930 – Babe Ruth tied a Major League record by hitting five homers in two games and six homers in three games. The Yankee outfielder hit three homers in the second game of the doubleheader yesterday, two homers in today's opener and one more in the nightcap.
    1932 - The National League club presidents finally approved players wearing numbers. The AL had started the practice in 1929.
    1933 - Birthday of Dianne Feinstein, born Dianne Emiel Goldman in San Francisco.   She is the U.S. Senator from California since 1992 and the former Mayor of San Francisco. In 1969, she became the first woman to be elected president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and then succeeded the murdered mayor George Moscone, serving 1978-88. She was defeated in a try for Governor of California and then was elected U.S. Senator in 1992.
    1936 - Singer, songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas.   Kristofferson earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he studied at Merton College. While at Oxford, he was awarded his Blue for boxing and began writing songs. With the help of his manager, Larry Parnes, he recorded for Top Rank Records under the name Kris Carson. His first success as a songwriter came when Roger Miller recorded "Me and Bobby McGee." That song was turned into a million-seller by Janis Joplin in 1971. And Sammi Smith sold a million with "Help Me Make It Through the Night," another Kristofferson song. By this time, Kristofferson had begun his career as a singer, and in 1972, his single, "The Silver-Tongued Devil and I," was certified gold. His other successes have included the single, "Why Me," and the albums "The Silver-Tongued Devil and I" and "Jesus Was a Capricorn." In 1985, Kristofferson, along with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, recorded the hugely successful "Highwayman" single and album. There was a "Highwaymen Two" album in 1990 with the same cast.
    1937 - At Chicago’s Comiskey Park, Joe Louis won the World Heavyweight Championship title by knocking out James J. Braddock in the eighth round. Louis retained the title until his retirement in 1949.
    1938 - Exactly one year after the Braddock fight, Louis met Germany’s Max Schmeling, at New York City’s Yankee Stadium. Louis knocked out Schmeling in the first round.
    1940 - During World War II, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight days after German forces overran Paris.
    1941 - Over 3 million German troops invaded Russia in three parallel offensives, in what is the most powerful invasion force in history.
    1942 - A Japanese submarine shelled Fort Stevens, Oregon, at the mouth of the Columbia River. In a plan, balloons were launched with bombs that landed in Oregon, but the military along with the news media never mentioned the fires or damaged that occurred.
    1944 - The GI Bill of Rights was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. One of the most important governmental measures of the post-World War II era, the bill was designed to provide greater opportunities for returning war veterans. An important result of the bill was the training of almost 8 million veterans.
    1942 – The Pledge of Allegiance was formally adopted by Congress
    1945 - Howard Kaylan, one of the two lead singers of the Turtles, was born in New York City. The Turtles had hit singles with "It Ain't Me Babe" in 1965 and "Happy Together" and "She'd Rather Be With Me," both in 1967. Some members of the Turtles wanted the group to be more than a band that made hit singles. The resulting dissension led to the Turtles' breakup in 1968. Lead singers Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman joined the Mothers of Invention, and then embarked on a duo career as Flo and Eddie.
    1947 - 12 inches of rain fell in 42 minutes at Holt, Missouri, setting a new rainfall intensity world record. That record was tied on January 24-25, 1956, at the Kilauea Sugar Plantation in Hawaii, as their state record was established with 38 inches of rain in 24 hours.
    1947 – Ewell Blackwell just missed pitching back-to-back no-hitters when Eddie Stanky of the Brooklyn Dodgers singled with one out in the 9th inning. Blackwell won, 4-0, his ninth straight win, to improve to 11-2. Stanky's hit ended Blackwell's hitless-inning streak at 19. He had no-hit the Boston Braves on June 18th and won 16 consecutive games in 1947.  Cincinnati’s Johnny Vander Meer is the only Major League pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters.
    1947 – One of the great basketball players, Pistol Pete Maravich (d. 1988), was born in Aliquippa, PA.  Maravich starred in college at LSU while playing for his father, head coach Press Maravich. He is the all-time NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points and an average of 44.2 points per game.   All of his accomplishments were achieved before the adoption of the three-point line and shot clock, and despite being unable to play varsity as a freshman under then-NCAA rules.  He played for three NBA teams until injuries forced his retirement in 1980 following a ten-year professional career.  One of the youngest players ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Maravich was cited by the Hall as "perhaps the greatest creative offensive talent in history." In an April 2010 interview, Hall of Famer John Havlicek said that "the best ball-handler of all time was Pete Maravich." Maravich died suddenly at age 40 during a pick-up game due to a previously undetected heart defect. 
    1949 - Top Hits
“Again” - Gordon Jenkins
“Some Enchanted Evening” - Perry Como
“Bali Ha’I” - Perry Como
“One Kiss Too Many” - Eddy Arnold
    1950 - Prominent figures in the music industry, including Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lena Horne, Pete Seeger and Artie Shaw, were named publicly as suspected Communist sympathizers in the infamous publication, “Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television.”
    1957 - Top Hits
“Love Letters in the Sand” - Pat Boone
“Teddy Bear” - Elvis Presley
“I Like Your Kind of Love” - Andy Williams
“Four Walls” - Jim Reeves
    1959 - Eddie Lubanski bowled 24 consecutive strikes, that is two perfect games, back-to-back, in a bowling tournament in Miami, Florida.
    1959 - Chuck Berry's "Memphis" is released.
    1959 - Starting its fourth week at the top of the Tunedex was "The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton. The song spent six weeks at number one. It was Horton’s only number one record and million copy seller. He had other big hits with movie music like "Sink the Bismarck" and "North to Alaska" from the film by the same title, starring John Wayne. Horton, from Tyler, Texas, married Hank Williams' widow Billie Jean Jones. On November 5, 1960, Johnny Horton was killed in a car crash.
    1959 – The Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax fanned 16 Phillies to set a new record for a night game, winning, 6-2.
    1962 - St. Louis Cardinal Hall of Famer Stan Musial broke the late Ty Cobb's Major League record of 5,863 career total bases.
    1963 - "Fingertips - Pt 2," by Stevie Wonder, was released and became his first number one single on August 10th. From 1963 to 1987, Wonder had 46 hits on the pop and R&B music charts, eight of which made it to number one.
    1963 - The Sufaris' "Wipe Out" is released.  It spent four months on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the autumn of 1963, reaching #2 to Stevie Wonder’s “Fingertips.”  The song returned to the Hot 100 in 1966, reaching #16 (and #63 for the year), and peaked at #9 on the Cash Box chart. 
    1963 – Phillies’ CF Tony Gonzalez played his 200th straight errorless game to help rookie Ray Culp beat Roger Craig and the Mets, 2-0.
    1964 - The United States Supreme Court voted that "Tropic of Cancer," Henry Miller’s controversial book, could not be banned.
    1965 - Top Hits
“I Can’t Help Myself” - The Four Tops
“Mr. Tambourine Man” - The Byrds
“For Your Love” - The Yardbirds
“Ribbon of Darkness” - Marty Robbins
    1968 - Mason Williams' "Classical Gas" is released.
    1968 - The Jeff Beck Group, with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, made its US debut at the Fillmore East in New York City. Stewart was said to have had such a severe case of stage fright that he hid behind the speakers for the first couple of songs. The band, which had a major influence on the heavy metal groups that followed, broke up after two LPs and several North American tours.
    1969 - The Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland, drawing national attention to water pollution, and spurring the passing of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the EPA.
    1969 – Singer/actor Judy Garland died at age 47.
    1970 - President Nixon signed the 26th amendment, lowering the voting age to 18
    1972 - Hurricane Agnes, a category 1 storm, made landfall near Apalachicola, Florida on the 19th, moved northeast, joined up with an upper level disturbance, and unloaded anywhere from 10 to 20 inches of rain across Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York during the period from the 20th to the 25th. Extreme flooding was the result -- the worst in U.S. history. A dike was breached at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and the resultant wall of water destroyed much of the city. Total damage was $3.5 billion and 122 lives were lost.
    1973 - Top Hits
“My Love” - Paul McCartney & Wings
“Playground in My Mind” - Clint Holmes
“I’m Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby” - Barry White
“Kids Say the Darndest Things” - Tammy Wynette
    1976 – Randy Jones pitched the Padres to a 4-2 win over the Giants, and tied Christy Mathewson’s 63-year-old NL record by going 68 innings without issuing a base on balls. He received a standing ovation from the home crowd to end the 7th. His streak ended when he walked C Marc Hill leading off the 8th.
    1977 – Convicted Watergate conspirator and former Attorney General John Mitchell started a 19-month term in an Alabama Federal prison.
    1981 - John Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman, pleads guilty to his crime and is sentenced to 20 Years to Life in New York's Attica State prison. He has since been up for parole ten times and has been denied every time.
    1981 - A young woman from Lubbock, TX, was struck by lightning. The bolt of lightning struck just above her right shoulder near her neck and passed right to left through her body, tearing her warm-ups, causing her tennis shoes to explode, and lifting her two feet into the air.
    1981 - Top Hits
“Stars on 45 medley” - Stars on 45
“Sukiyaki” - A Taste of Honey
“A Woman Needs Love (Just like You Do)” - Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
“But You Know I Love You” - Dolly Parton
    1984 - In a teary home plate ceremony before the Twins-White Sox game at the Metrodome, Calvin Griffith and his sister, Thelma Haynes, signed a letter of intent to sell their 52 percent ownership of the Twins to Minneapolis banker Carl Pohlad for $32 million. Griffith and his sister had been involved with the franchise since 1922, when they were adopted by Clark Griffith, then owner of the Washington Senators. Griffith had moved the Senators, a charter American League franchise, to Minneapolis in 1960
    1985 - "People" magazine took count of the deaths in Sylvester Stallone’s "Rambo" movie, finding that 44 people directly killed. Those at "People" figured out this was an average of one person dying every 2.1 minutes. There were also 70 explosions that killed an uncountable number of people.
    1987 - Thunderstorms in southern Texas produced wind gusts to 116 mph near Quemado. Thunderstorms in New York State produced 5.01 inches of rain in 24 hours at Buffalo, an all-time record for that location, and produced an inch of rain at Bath, PA. The temperature at Fairbanks, AK soared to 92 degrees, establishing a record for the date.
    1988 - Sixty-five cities in twenty-four states reported record high temperatures for the date. Tucson, AZ reported an all-time record high of 114 degrees, surpassing the previous record of 112 degrees established a day earlier. Highs of 98 degrees at Pittsburgh, PA, and 100 degrees at Baltimore, MD, tied records for the month of June.
    1989 - White Sox C Carlton Fisk surpasses Yogi Berra as the American League leader for career home runs by a catcher as his 307th home run helps to beat the Yanks, 7-3.  But Yogi has 10 rings, Fisk has none.  Subsequently, Mike Piazza passed Fisk and holds the MLB record for HRs by a catcher with 427.
    1989 - Top Hits
“I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” - New Kids on the Block
“Satisfied” - Richard Marx
“Buffalo Stance” - Neneh Cherry
“Love Out Loud” - Earl Thomas Conley
    1990 - The last-place Atlanta Braves fired manager Russ Nixon and replaced him with GM Bobby Cox, who last managed Toronto in 1985. Good move. Cox led the Braves to a dramatic worst-to-first turnaround, the first of its kind in the National League. In the World Series, his team lost to the (also) resurgent Minnesota Twins. Cox was name AP Manager of the Year (the first manager to be so named in both leagues) and repeated in 2004 and 2005. He led the Braves to a division title every season from 1991 to 2005, excluding the strike-shortened 1994 season. Those division titles also let to NL pennants, except for 1993 and 1997, and the Braves won their only World Series under Cox in 1995.  Cox has the fourth highest win total of any manager in MLB history and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014 with contemporaries Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa.
    1993 – White Sox C Carlton Fisk passed Bob Boone catching his 2,226th game to become the all-time leader.
    1993 - New York Met Anthony Young tied the record with his 23rd straight loss.
    1998 - CompUSA announced that it was buying Computer City from Tandy for $275 million. Tandy was selling the sickly chain as part of a turnaround it had started the previous year. Tandy president Leonard Roberts said, “Computer City was a losing operation for the company. The sale will allow us to completely focus on Radio Shack at a time when profits are at an all-time high.”  Radio Shack filed under Chapter XI in 2014 and is being liquidated.
    1990 - Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.  Attendance was in excess of 60,000.
    1994 - Ken Griffey, Jr. broke Babe Ruth's record for most home runs by end of June (31).
    2001 - Returning to the Major Leagues after a stint with Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League, Jose Canseco starts as the designated hitter for the White Sox. The former All Star, who has 446 career home runs (23rd all time), didn't get any offers after being released by the Angels in the spring.
    2002 – Darryl Kile (1968-2002) died.  A pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals who won 20 games in 2000, Kile died of undetected coronary disease in Chicago, where he and the Cardinals were staying for a weekend series against the Cubs.
    2003 - In the 13th inning at Veterans' Stadium, pinch-hitter Todd Pratt hits a two-run homer giving the Phillies a walk-off 6-5 victory over the Red Sox. Boston's shortstop Nomar Garciaparra's club tying record 6-for-6 (all singles) performance could not prevent the bullpen from blowing three late leads; 2-1 in the 8th (Thome's HR ties it), 3-2 in 12th (Thome's second HR ties it).
    2006 - California and the rest of the West Coast got hit by a big heat wave. For three days it has been over 100 degrees in the shade.  It was 104 degrees at Los Gatos, California. The air conditioning could not keep up and when the office hit 83 degrees at 3pm, Leasing News closed up and all went home for a cool one.
    2009 – Eastman Kodak announced that it will discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon.
    2009 - A DC Metro train, traveling southbound at the Fort Totten Station in suburban Maryland, collided into another train sitting in the station. Nine people were killed in the collision (eight passengers and the train operator) and at least 80 others were injured.
    2009 – Donald Fehr announced his retirement as head of the MLB Players Association after 25 years. He was in charge during the 1994 strike that cancelled the World Series, the rampant use of PEDs that he protected under the cover of player privacy, and the relative labor peace that followed. His resignation was effective in March, 2010.
    2011 – After 16 years in hiding, Boston mobster Whitey Bulger was arrested outside an apartment in Santa Monica, CA.  Federal prosecutors indicted Bulger for nineteen murders. On December 23, 1994, Bulger fled the Boston area and went into hiding after his former FBI handler, John Connolly, tipped him off about a pending RICO indictment against him. Although adamantly denied by Bulger, the FBI admitted that he served as an informant for several years starting in 1975.   Bulger provided information about the inner workings of the Patriarca crime family, his Mafia rivals based in Rhode Island. In return, Connolly, as Bulger's FBI handler, ensured that the Winter Hill Gang effectively went ignored.  Beginning in 1997, the news media exposed various criminal misconduct by officials tied to Bulger from federal, state, and local law enforcement. This caused great embarrassment to each of these agencies, but none more so than the FBI.  Bulger was added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list in 1999 and was considered the most wanted person on the list behind Osama bin Laden.   He was finally apprehended along with his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig outside an apartment complex in Santa Monica. By then he was 81 years old.  Bulger and Greig were then promptly extradited to Boston and taken under heavy guard to the US Courthouse, which had to be partially closed for their arrival. In June 2012, Greig pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud, and conspiracy to commit identity fraud, receiving a sentence of eight years in prison. Bulger declined to seek bail and remained in custody.  Bulger's trial began on June 12, 2013. He was tried on 32 counts including complicity in nineteen murders.  On August 12, Bulger was found guilty on 31 counts and was found to have been involved in eleven murders.  On November 14, he received two consecutive life sentences plus five years for his crimes and he was incarcerated in federal prison in Florida. 
    2015 – South Carolina governor Nikki Haley calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds in wake of killings in a Charleston church. 

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