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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

1964-The Supremes: Mary Wilson, Florence Ballard, Diana Ross

Author, Singer Mary Wilson born March 6, 1944 Greenville, Mississippi, perhaps best known as the only original member of the Supremes from its founding in 1959 to its disbandment in 1977. She also is the author of "Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme," which stayed on the New York Times Best Seller List for four months in 1986; wrote a second book in 1990, "Supreme Faith: Someday We'll Be Together." An up-dated version was released later combining both books. She is still active today, please see:


Classified Ads---Operations
    HSBC Finance to continue
        Looks like SunBridge has shut down
Trigger Data and CBA Credit Bureau
    Lease Police marks Three Year Anniversary
        Cartoon---Weather Report
Classified Ads---Help Wanted
    FDIC raises their insurance rates to banks
        Banks reject TARP Philosophy and Costs
    Send in the corks
Sales make it Happen---by Kit Menkin
“Get off the Telephone”
Leasing scheme leaves truckers out in the cold
    Take This TARP and Shove It
    Gov't Says It Will Shore up Sale of ILFC
    Fed launches new $200B consumer credit program
    Mortgage delinquencies jump in fourth quarter
    Ex-Leaders of Countrywide Profit From Bad Loans
    Jeff Immelt bought 50,000 shares of GE stock
    Madoff attempts to sequester wife's assets
    MGM Mirage casino says it may default on debt
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    You May have Missed---
        Sports Briefs---
"Gimme that Wine"
    Today's Top Event in History
        This Day in American History
    Daily Puzzle
Weather, USA or specific area
    Traffic Live----

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10+ years of experience with a focus in operations management and expertise in funding and documentation processes. Willing to consider relocation.

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HSBC Finance to continue

It is estimated that 6,100 people are being laid off and all HFC and Beneficial branches, estimated to be 800, will close. This may included their brand new headquarters just completed in Illinois.
According to an HSBC Finance Form 10-K filed March 2, the consumer lending business had about 800 branches, with 2.3 million active customer accounts and $62.1 billion in receivables at Dec. 31, 2008.
In making the announcement, HBSC said in a press release:

“HSBC remains committed to the US financial services market, including the remaining businesses in HSBC Finance, as well as its US banking operations under HSBC Bank. HSBC will continue to service and collect the existing receivable “portfolio as it runs off, while continuing efforts to reach out and assist mortgage customers with their loan repayments and home preservation. The Consumer Lending branch offices, branded in the US as HFC and Beneficial, will cease taking new loan applications as soon as practical and substantially all branch offices will be closed as soon as commitments to customers are satisfied.”

HSBC Holdings, reported a 70 percent drop in 2008 net profit amid losses tied to the US mortgage and subprime loans.

The company is seeking to raise $17.7 billion from shareholders through a share sale.



Looks like SunBridge has shut down

The inventory at Trucks at Hand was repossessed, all employees let go but four at the time. Reports are it is closed.

SunBridge has notified it referrals from brokers to dealers they are not taking any new applications. It is also posted on their web site:

LEAF Corporation reported purchasing a portfolio of leases from SunBridge. Whether other lenders or customers will make claims is not known at this time. Reportedly there are several law suits, more pending. Here is one example, printed last week in Leasing News “We get eMail:”

“My name is David Bailey from Sister & Sister's Trucking Company. SunBridge Capital financed a flatbed trailer for our company on December 10, 2008. Ten days after we had the trailer the wiring on the tires began showing. There was no DOT inspection sticker on the trailer, and when our representative inquired, he was told that all of the paperwork and information were sent via FedEx by the bank and I should receive it the next day. Needless to say, I never received the paperwork from SunBridge Capital until a month later and several telephone calls to the company. On December 22, 2008, our representative spoke with Chris Tolmes of Trucks at Hand about the tires and the driver's side pigtail (lights connector), and he agreed to replace the tires and lights. One tire was replaced with another recap with the promise to replace the rest and the recap after the Christmas holidays. I tried calling after the New Year only to receive a disconnected recording from the operator. Our representative contacted the agent in which we processed the deal and he gave her the number to Chris Gregory at SunBridge Capital. Chris gave her a number to Hendrick the lead mechanic from Trucks at Hand. Hendrick informed her that the man named Chris Tolmes lied to her on December 22nd about replacing the other tires, because he knew at that time everyone had been laid off and the company was in financial trouble. He said that all credit cards and accounts were closed and SunBridge Capital is responsible for replacing the tires. Our representative then called Chris Gregory at SunBridge Capital's office back and he told her that the lease states we acquired the trailer AS IS. She informed him that the lease also states that the trailer was supposed to be in satisfactory condition, which the DOT inspection that we acquired on our own revealed that it was not. All of the tires were recaps with wire showing or close to it, which is unacceptable to DOT standards. Recapped tires are not easily detected by the necked eye, unless one is proficient or expert in tires. SunBridge Capital financed this deal knowingly that Trucks at Hands was folding, and we have not heard from them to replace the tires or lights. After thorough research, SunBridge Capital knew the situation of Trucks at Hand as far back as July 2008, but financed us with faulty equipment from Trucks at Hands anyway. This was very deceptive, and I am not only working with Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission and Attorney General's office, but also a private attorney to bring charges against SunBridge Capital.”


David Bailey



Trigger Data and CBA Credit Bureau

The National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (NAELB) has taken a strong stand regarding leasing companies utilizing "Trigger Data" from various credit bureaus and credit brokerage-marketing firms. A statement regarding their position is on their new web site front page:

Leasing News has recommended that credit bureau users register under name that is not associated with finance or leasing. NAELB perhaps as gone one better with a program for its members with CBA Credit Bureau. They access the three major Credit Reporting Agencies (CRA's): Equifax (EFX). TransUnion (TU) and Experian (XPN).

NAELB members obtain a discounted program. Here is the CBA web site:

(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Terry Winders, CLP)



Lease Police marks Three Year Anniversary

“Due to the recession, our number of repossessions in the system has far surpassed our target number, and that has helped uncover many legitimate, but unprofitable vendors, “said Bernie Boettigheimer, CLP
President, Lease Police, Inc.

“The number of vendors and lessees in the database is growing at and incredible rate. Our number of vendors in the database has exceeded our expectations at this point.”

Below are accomplishments, current goals, and future aspirations for,
according to Bernie:

Our Accomplishments:

  • Our data base that has grown from 7,000 files on April 1, 2008 to over 30,000 presently!
  • Savings of over $20 Millions for our Subscribers on potential fraudulent deals!
  • Fraud "alerts" increased from 116 on April 1, 2008 to over 230 presently!
  • Unsatisfactory Early Terminations one year ago were 980, they now number over 5000!
  • A free link to was added to the system providing information on how long each vendor has been in business and the number of employees!
  • A button on each page can pinpoint each vendor's location on Google maps and can provide a "street view" of the vendor when available!
  • A button on each page now brings up the Better Business Bureau for each vendor you are inquiring upon!
  • Buttons now link each vendor to information available at the Secretary of State, webpage information, reverse phone number checks, and legal links!
  • Over 25% of all inquiries are now matched with an existing record and this is growing every week as the data base becomes more populated!
  • A new computer scoring system has greatly added to your comprehension of vendor risk!

“Our future plans are to increase our database size to over 50,000 records in the coming year,” he said. “We also intend to add several need products to enhance the quality of our reports similar to some of those incorporated during the last year. Our desire is to make a single destination source for all your informational needs on vendors. Currently our staff of four Professionals is more that adequate for our mission, but as our needs grow, we will expand.

“It is hard to believe that is now entering our 3rd year of existence. We have come so far, and to date, we have already saved subscribers tens of millions of dollars! At this point in our development, our database is growing more mature and we are now passing from our adolescence into adulthood.

“Our investment cost and budget are in line with our original assessments as we now pass through our "adolescence" stage and progress into a fully mature informational site. Finally, our pulled reports will now increase to $3.25, but our price still represents a bargain for the information we bring to your fingertips. At a time when D&B and Paynet reports cost $35 to $45 dollars, we continue to provide an incredible investigation value and will strive to continue that tradition in the future!”

Bernie Boettigheimer, CLP
Lease Police, Inc.





Leasing Industry Help Wanted



Position available for experienced salesperson to solicit direct business for equipment & vehicle leasing company located in Maryland. Madison Capital provides lease financing nationwide, in Canada and Puerto Rico

Call either Nancy Pistorio (800.733.5529 ext 7325) or Allan Levine (800.733.5529 ext 7337)

About the Company: We are a direct funding source for most types of equipment and all makes of vehicles. We have brokerage capability and experience for equipment transactions up to $10,000,000.

Looking to Hire the Best!

If you are located in the Mid-Atlantic region with a book of customers and limited funding, we should talk. Email resume to:
Call Tom at 800-422-1844

About the Company: Liberty is a regional self-funded finance company specializing in hard assets at good rates. 

San Clemente, California

The iFinancial Group is looking for highly motivated individuals with experience originating equipment lease transactions .  We offer a relaxed work environment, provide leads and offer above industry standard commission. Call Todd Clark 888-852-5155 x223

Ten years providing financing nationwide


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Hands-on, professional and personable senior management team member to work with small ticket leases from the third party broker marketplace. Click here for more information.

About the company: Founded in 1982, we originate all of our leases through an independent network of lease brokers

Please see our Job Wanted section for possible new employees.



FDIC raises their insurance rates to banks

Maybe readers missed the announcement by the FDIC that Leasing News ran last Wednesday. It is both indicative on the way the FDIC sees the near future, and also penalizes many well-managed and growing banks and other financial institutions that they insure. The announcement declared the FDIC was imposing “emergency assessments" on June 30, 2009, payable September 30, 2009 with the caveat of imposing another assessment. The first is 20 basis point, and the second in reserve, is 10 basis points.

This is serious money being charged. Depending on the risk category, banks in the previous raise of insurance pay from 12 cents per $100 of deposits to 14 cents per $100. It is true the amount insured rose to $250,000 with some other rule changes. Under the final rule, banks in this category will pay initial base rates ranging from 12 cents per $100 to 16 cents per $100 on an annual basis, beginning on April 1, 2009. Now there is an assessment charge, too:

"The Board adopted an interim rule imposing a 20 basis point emergency special assessment on the industry on June 30, 2009. The assessment is to be collected on September 30, 2009. The interim rule would also permit the Board to impose an emergency special assessment after June 30, 2009, of up to 10 basis points if necessary to maintain public confidence in federal deposit insurance. Comments on the interim rule on special assessments are due no later than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

"Changes to the assessment system include higher rates for institutions that rely significantly on secured liabilities, which may increase the FDIC's loss in the event of failure without providing additional assessment revenue. Under the final rule, assessments will be higher for institutions that rely significantly on brokered deposits but, for well-managed and well-capitalized institutions, only when accompanied by rapid asset growth. Brokered deposits combined with rapid asset growth have played a role in a number of costly failures, including some recent ones. The final rule also would provide incentives in the form of a reduction in assessment rates for institutions to hold long-term unsecured debt and, for smaller institutions, high levels of Tier 1 capital.

"Throughout the FDIC's 75-year history, no depositor has ever lost a penny of insured deposits. While deposits insured by the FDIC are backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government, the FDIC is funded not with taxpayer money but with deposit insurance premiums imposed on banks. Though the FDIC has the authority to borrow from the Treasury Department to meet its obligations, it has never done so to cover losses."



Banks reject TARP Philosophy and Costs

Many banks not only complained about TARP, but refused it, and also several were forced to take it
( see U.S. Bancorp CEO Davis rips TARP )

Main Street America — Awakening a Sleeping Giant

"I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve."

Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto—upon learning that the Japanese Declaration of War had not been delivered prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

One of the most devastating events in American military history was Japan 's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor . Metaphorically, that is exactly what the FDIC did on Friday, February 27, by imposing a crippling 20-cent special assessment (with the possibility of greater assessments on the horizon) on the nation's 8,000 community banks. This staggering burden is directly related to the greed, incompetence and sins of the Wall Street firms that so crippled this nation's economy.

We have now come to the point where the “systemically unimportant” banks of Main Street must, along with the nation's taxpayers, bail out the “systemically important” Wall Street firms. Not only are a handful of Wall Street CEOs holding a gun to the taxpayers' heads, they have the banks of Main Street America looking down the barrel as well.

Why are thousands of Main Street community banks being crippled by a handful of Wall Street firms? Doesn't our government “get it”? Do public officials get that they are punishing the only financial institutions that can pull them out of this hole? Will Rogers famously said, “When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.” The FDIC has not stopped digging and Main Street America is getting deeper in the hole.

The very banks capable of dragging this country out of our economic turmoil, the banks that are doing all they can to give Main Street and rural America a hand up, got the back of the hand from their own government on the same day that Citi was getting a hand out! And yesterday AIG got another $30 billion helping of taxpayer money.

What did community banks do to deserve this? They played by the rules—unlike their Wall Street counterparts! And now they will pay to bail out those firms that did not. And in an echo of that terrible day that so surprised and shocked our nation in 1941, the response from community banks on Main Street is OUTRAGE! And “outrage” is a perfect word to express the growing frustration and emotion of our nation's community bankers as our government's seemingly two-faced policy actions continue.

Does the FDIC reserve fund need to be maintained? Do we need a strong FDIC for public confidence in our deposit system? Yes, obviously, we do. However, there are other courses of action that could be pursued. The FDIC could change the assessment based upon which premiums are calculated to bring more equity to the assessment process. The FDIC could vigorously push Congress to enact legislation to allow it to levy a special assessment on the largest “systemic risk” firms. The FDIC could tap temporary funding from the Treasury (like the big Wall Street firms are doing by the bushel basket full) to re-capitalize the insurance fund, giving Main Street banks time to strengthen their balance sheets and allow local lending activities to continue (and grow) to help our struggling economy recover, rather than constrict lending further by imposing a painful new debt obligation on already burdened balance sheets. To add insult to injury, this new burden falls disproportionally hard on the community banks of Main Street America. Yes, there were other options!

Standing up for the community banks of Main Street and rural America is ICBA. And with the united voices of thousands of community banks across America , we will rise to the challenge and make it clear that burdening Main Street America is not a solution to this economic mess. In fact it will make the mess much worse. ICBA will make crystal clear that this wanton disregard for Main Street must stop for the good of this nation. Otherwise any recovery will be weak and years away.

ICBA will never quit fighting for your franchises and neither should you. Every community banker in this nation—yes, all 8,000—needs to show “a terrible resolve.” Join with ICBA and send your comment letters to the FDIC by the thousands. Become militant. Engage your congressional delegations! Your bank's survival is at stake. Your community's well-being is at stake! Shake the walls of the FDIC and Congress until they reverse this and other misguided policies. Together we can bring equity and fairness to our financial system. Together we can rock Washington !



Send in the corks

The organic wine is all gone and you’ve managed to get mighty creative with all those empty wine bottles, now you can help out kids with the corks.

Korks for Kids is a nonprofit organization started in 2007 through Pennsylvania-based Recycle Cork USA to raise funds for charities through cork recycling.

The program accepts wine corks (via U.S. mail) as well as cork products from consumers, restaurants and hotels with a goal to collect enough corks to support charities in all 50 states.

So, start gathering up your corks for good.



Sales Make it Happen --- by Kit Menkin

“Get off the Telephone”

Unless you are in a location where you cannot make a personal call, you will be wasting your time on the telephone in today's economy. The days of buying a “list” and then by shear numbers falling into someone looking for financing are going to be extremely tough.

The credit cards and letters offering $150,000 lines of credit will also be affected. The companies who by shear number just throw untrained or newly trained sales crew to man the telephone boiler room will be the first to be hit. At best, they will be winding up more and more with “C” and “D” credits, finding them more and more difficult to get financed.

Plan to spend at least two days on the street.

So what do you do? Plan to spend at least two days on the street. Follow-up by card, telephone, internet, anything to keep your name there to contact you.

Now call on your current customers or company customers who are paying on time or you do not see on a delinquency list. See if they have any questions. Don't try to sell them right away, act as “customer service.”

Second, call on those in the 30 day column to see what you can do to help? “Customer Service.”

Develop a new market plan. Used equipment always does better in a down marketplace. Read the classified ads in the local newspapers or in the classified on line, call those selling to see if you can help. The idea is not just to pick up a customer, but a vendor. If you find a customer that you have rapport and is selling to up-grade, you have a lead for a vendor.

If you find a buyer and a seller, and it is a private sale, not a dealer (dealers advertise), work with a company who will do a private sale.

If a vendor is in your town, ask him when is the best time of day to meet him. You want to understand what he sells as you may have customers from leases you or your company have completed; who are paying you on time.

Start attending auctions in your area. Put flyers on cars parked nearby that you finance used equipment. Mingle in the audience. Look not only for bidders for future sales, but the dealers who attend the auction to see what equipment sells for.

Go to bankruptcy sales, meet vendors and potential customers. Make friends with bankers, and creditors there, too. Hand out your business card.

Work with a vendor for an ad on Craig's list or Ebay to help “sell” their equipment via financing. Tell them what you learned recently by attending auctions. How you can help them.

Definitely make a routine about spending two days a week away from your telephone, calling on dealers, even if only three or four a day, due to traveling. Best time to call: 9:30am to 11:30am, 1:30pm to 4:30pm; use the in-between time to conduct current business. Stick to the plan. Work the plan. No goofing off, but change your day so you are committed.

Just show up in person. Even if the dealer is working with another leasing company, I bet they are getting more leases turned down than before---and I further bet they have never met their leasing service representative---as everything today is over the telephone, fax, and the internet. Nothing beats eyeball to eyeball and making a friend. Hit the streets.

Always hand deliver the check to the vendor. If you are a broker, most funders will allow you to do this as you signed a “reps and warrants” form. Most dealers don't care who is named on the check, but they have it hot in hand, personally delivered by you.

Get off the telephone and start using your shoe leather. You not only will make sales, but survive in the rough times certainly ahead for the 12 to18 months. Make a plan. Work the plan.

Sales Makes it Happen articles:


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News Briefs----

Elaborate leasing scheme leaves truckers out in the cold

Take This TARP and Shove It

Gov't Says It Will Shore up Sale of ILFC

Fed launches new $200B consumer credit program

Mortgage delinquencies jump in fourth quarter

Ex-Leaders of Countrywide Profit From Bad Loans

Jeff Immelt bought 50,000 shares of GE stock

Madoff attempts to sequester wife's assets

MGM Mirage casino co. says it may default on debt



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Budget Cuts: Lack of fire station imperils lives



Sports Briefs----

Warner makes counteroffer to Arizona

49ers fan search case sent back to lower court



“Gimme that Wine”

California Chardonnay Grows Up Launches the AW WineFinder, World's Largest Selection of U.S. Wines Packed Into One Tiny Widget

Harvest under quarantine in Carneros

Sunset magazine selects the best California tours for sparkling wine lovers

Corky collection: Wine pioneer Bill Preston, wife amassed 600 corkscrews

Wine Prices by vintage
US/International Wine Events
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Today's Top Event in History

 1933 -- Angered by increasing farm foreclosures, members of Iowa's Farmers Holiday Association threaten to lynch banking representatives and law officials who institute foreclosure proceedings for the duration of the Depression. In April at Primghar, 600 farmers battle the sheriff and his deputies to prevent a foreclosure. During the battle many farmers take a beating. A group of them then turn up at the courthouse, drag a district judge from his chair, put a rope around his neck, & threaten to hang him unless he promises not to issue any more eviction notices. That same month, when state officers in Crawford County are beaten and driven off, the Iowa governor put three counties under martial law, and the National Guard starts rounding up farmers who are fighting foreclosures. Farmers outside Sioux City did not cooperate with the association, selling produce at the best price they could, in addition, President Roosevelt promised farmers change and help. The crisis here also help Roosevelt defeat Hoover.


This Day in American History

    1636—The oldest extant house of the English-speaking colonies, the Adam Thoroughgood House, was built near Norfolk, VA. Its design typified that of the small southern colonial brick farmhouse of the seventeenth century..

    1636-The oldest frame house still standing in the U.S., the Fairbanks House, was built at Dedham, Mass.
    1681-Pennyslvania goes to William Penn: to satisfy a debt of £16,000, King Charles II of England granted a royal charter, deed and governorship of Pennsylvania to William Penn.
    1681 - England's King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn (37) for 48,000 square miles that later became Pennsylvania. Penn’s father had bequeathed him a claim of £15,000 against the king. Penn later laid out the city of Philadelphia as a gridiron about 2 miles long, east to west, and a mile wide.
    1747-American revolutionary hero Casmir Pulaski born at Winjary, Mazovia, Poland, the son of a count; he is also known as the father of the American Calvary. Reportedly he did not speak English. He was a patriot and military leader in Poland's fight against Russia of 1770-71 and went into exile at the partition of Poland in 1772. He came to American in 1777 to join the Revolution, fighting with General Washington at Brandywine and also serving at Germantown and Valley Forge. Congress acknowledged Pulaski's leadership and bravery and decided to commission him as Brigadier General and gave him command of four light Calvary regiments. He organized the Pulaski Legion to wage guerrilla warfare against the British. Mortally wounded by cannon fire in a heroic charge at the siege of Savannah, GA., he died aboard the warship Wasp Oct 11,1779. Pulaski Day is celebrated on the first Monday of March in Illinois.
    1747 - Casimir Pulaski, American Revolutionary War general, is born. Pulaski’s Legion became the training ground for American cavalry officers including "Light Horse" Harry Lee, the father of Robert E. Lee, and the model for Lee's and Armand's legions. Thirteen Polish officers served under Pulaski in the legion. The best assessment of Pulaski's legion came from a British officer who called them simply "the best damned cavalry the rebels ever had". In 1779 Pulaski and his legion were sent south to the besieged city of Charleston where he immediately raised morale and assisted in breaking the siege. A joint operation with the French was planed to recapture the city of Savannah. Against Pulaski's advice the French commander ordered an assault against the strongest point of the British defense, seeing the allied troops falter Pulaski galloped forward to rally the men, when he was mortally wounded by British cannon shot. He died two days later and was buried at sea. Pulaski was the romantic embodiment of the flashing saber and the trumpets calling to the charge, and that is how history has remembered him. The larger -Than -life aspect of his death has often obscured his steadier, quieter, and more lasting services. It was in the drudgery of forging a disciplined American cavalry that could shadow and report on British movements, in the long distance forage raids to feed and clothe the troops at Valley Forge, and the bitter hit and run rearguard actions that covered retreating American armies that slowed British pursuit, that gave Pulaski the title of "Father of the American cavalry".
    1776- Considered the US Marines first military engagement: Captain Samuel Nicholas and approximately 200 marines captured Fort Nassau in the Bahamas. Nicholas was assisted by 50 sailors under Lieutenant Thomas Weaver of the Cabot. This area was a major trading area and seaway to the America's and a vital first battle, sending a message to European countries the revolution was serious to their commerce. The assault was a surprise attack and the fort surrendered without conflict The Americans captured large military stores, including about 100 cannon, 15 mortars, 5,400 shells, and 11,000 rounds of ammunition, and brought them back to New London, CT, on April 8. This naval expedition, which left the Delaware Capes on February 17,1776, was under the command of Esek Hopkins of the “Alfred.”
    1781---Birthday of Rebecca Gratz - U.S. philanthropist and educator. RG devoted most of her life to improving the conditions of abused and poor women and children by organizing assistance programs that became models for reform throughout the new country. Born into a socially prominent Colonial/American Jewish family in Philadelphia, she organized the Female Association of the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances (1801), an orphan asylum (1815), and a female Hebrew benevolent society and a Hebrew Sunday school society. She served as the model for Rebecca in Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe who was, like the real life Rebecca, brave, intelligent and devoted to helping those not as fortunate as her.
    1781—Birthday of Rebecca Gratz , U.S. philanthropist and educator. RG devoted most of her life to improving the conditions of abused and poor women and children by organizing assistance programs that became models for reform throughout the new country. Born into a socially prominent Colonial/American Jewish family in Philadelphia, she organized the Female Association of the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances (1801), an orphan asylum (1815), and a female Hebrew benevolent society and a Hebrew Sunday school society. She served as the model for Rebecca in Sir Walter Scott's “Ivanhoe.”
    1789- the first Congress met at New York, NY. A quorum was obtained in the House Apr 1 and in the Senate April 5, and the first Congress was formally organized Apr 6. Electoral votes were counted, and George Washington was declared president (69 votes) and John Adams vice president (34 votes). Although the Continental Congress had set the first Wednesday of March 1789 as the date for the new government to convene, a quorum was not present to count ( highways were non-existent and travel between states was horrible ),the electoral votes April 6. He did not take the oath of office until Apr 30, 1789. All subsequent presidential terms (except successions following the death of an incumbent), until Franklin D. Roosevelt's second term, began Mar 4. The 20th Amendment in 1933 changed the date until noon on the 20 th day of January
    1791- Vermont became the 14th state. Know as the Green Mountain State, that is also what the French phrase ‘vert mont' means. Montpelier is Vermont's capital city. "Hail Vermont" is the state song which goes right along with the state motto: Vermont, Freedom and Unity. The hermit thrush stands alone as the state bird; and the red clover is the colorful state flower which attracts the state insect, the honeybee. The Morgan horse is the state animal. The state tree, the sugar maple, which makes all that famous Vermont maple syrup.
    1791- Israel Jacobs was elected by Pennsylvania to the House of Congress, the first Jewish congressman.
    1793 - George Washington was inaugurated in Philadelphia for a second term as president of the United States.
    1797- John Adams inaugurated as 2nd President of US
    1801 - Thomas Jefferson was inaugurated as the third president of the United States; he was the first to be inaugurated in the new capital of Washington.     1811-The first Bank of the United States was forced to liquidate its assets and shutter its doors after suffering the slings of local bankers and state-centric politicians. Founded in 1791, the creation of the bank had been one of the first acts of the newly formed U.S. Congress. But, the bank was an almost instant source of controversy: though backed by Federal funds, the bank was essentially a private company, complete with investors, which engendered a loud and powerful chorus of critics. Some feared that the bank would become an all too potent central institution, too powerful and would be federally based rather that state based. Many merchants hoping to open their own state-based financial institutions carped over the competition from the bank's network of branch offices. The call for dissolution grew louder when it was revealed that the bank's coffers leaned heavily on foreign investments, most notably from British interests. So, even though the bank was profitable and paid out relatively handsome dividends to investors, the critics won out and forced its demise. 1809 Madison becomes 1st President inaugurated in American-made clothes
    1801 - Thomas Jefferson was the first President to be inaugurated in Washington, D.C. The Marine Band performed at a Presidential Inauguration for the first time.
    1809 - Madison became 1st President inaugurated in American -made clothes.
    1815---Birthday of Myrtilla Miner - U.S. educator. Against considerable opposition, who bravely founded and operated the Colored Girls School in Washington, D.C., in the face of a hostile society. It was supported by the Quakers and donations from abolitionists. Although it changed locations and names - the latest being the District of Columbia Teachers College - it maintained Miner's original intent: to teach teachers who would teach others. Harriet Beecher Stowe gave $1000 of her Uncle Tom's Cabin royalties to the school.
    1815- Educator Myrtilla Miner born. Against considerable opposition, MM bravely founded and operated the Colored Girls School in Washington, D.C., in the face of a hostile society. It was supported by the Quakers and donations from abolitionists. Although it changed locations and names - the latest being the District of Columbia Teachers College - it maintained Miner's original intent: to teach teachers who would teach others. Harriet Beecher Stowe gave $1000 of her Uncle Tom's Cabin royalties to the school.
    1825 -John Quincy Adams inaugurated as 6th President
    1837 -City of Chicago incorporates.
    1837- Martin Van Buren inaugurated as 8th President
    1841 -- President William Henry Harrison caught a fatal cold while standing hatless without a coat in the drizzle at his own Presidential inauguration. He also had the longest inauguration speech (8,443 words) in history. A month later, he is the first U.S. president to die in office.
    1845 -James K Polk inaugurated as 11th President
    1847-Pioneer obstetrician and medical educator Anna Elizabeth Broomall The low mortality rate under Dr. Broomall was, less than one-tenth of a percent among more than 2,000 mothers. A Quaker, Broomall wore black gowns and had a brisk, quiet nature that was formidable when angry. She was not admitted to the all-male Philadelphia Obstetrical Society until 1892 although her writings were presented to members.
    1829 - President Andrew Jackson introduced the ‘spoils system' when he rewarded Simon Cameron with a political appointment for political assistance.
    1830- John Quincy Adams returned to the House of Representatives to represent the district of Plymouth, MA. He was the first former president to do so and served for eight consecutive terms.
    1849- The US had originally did not have a President as Polk's term ends on a Sunday and Taylor did not want to be sworn in on the Sabbath. Senator David Atchison was the pres pro tem when Polk's term was to end on March 3 rd. While some relatives may argue that Atchison was president for one day, however history records the term of President James K. Polk ended on Sunday March 4 1849, and President- Elect Zachary Taylor refused to take the oath of office on a Sunday, so Senator Atchison is said to have been President of The United States for one day. In reality President Polk's term was extended for one day, and David Atchison spent the entire day he was supposed to have been President in bed ill.
    1857- considered by historians as the most famous court case in the long slavery controversy, the Supreme Court ruled that, Dred Scott, a slave in Saint Louis, Missouri, was not a citizen and could not sue in the federal courts, ruling that Congress had no power to restrict slavery in the territories. The most famous court case in the long slavery controversy.
    1861- Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as the 16 th president of the United States. In a stirring inaugural address, delivered under the watchful guard of riflemen, Lincoln appealed for the preservation of the Union, threatened by the recent secession of seven Southern states opposed to the new leader's policy against the expansion of slavery. Attempting to retain his support in the North without further alienating the South, Lincoln called for compromise, promising he would not initiate force to maintain the Union or interfere with slavery in the states in which it existed. He did, however, vow to retain federal property. One month later, his refusal to surrender or evacuate Fort Sumter in South Carolina, prompted the Confederates to launch the first attack of the Civil War.
    1865 President Lincoln inaugurated for his 2nd term as President.
    1867-Birthday of the first black woman in the U.S. to hold a D.D.S. degree, Ida Gray. Born Clarksville, Tenn.
    1867--Birthday of Ida Gray - the first black woman in the U.S. to hold a D.D.S. degree.
    1869- Ulysses Grant inaugurated as 18th President
    1880 - For the first time halftone engraving was used in New York City's "Daily Graphic".
    1881 - James A Garfield inaugurated as 20th President. Eliza Ballou Garfield became the first mother of a United States President to live in the White House, when she moved in with her son James, who was the then President.
    1885- Grover Cleveland inaugurated as 1st Democratic President since Civil War
    1889 -Benjamin Harrison inaugurated as 23rd President.
    1893- Grover Cleveland was inaugurated for a second but nonconsecutive term as president. In 1885 he had become 22nd President of the US and in 1893 the 24th. Originally a source of some controversy, the Congressional Directory for some time listed him only as the 22nd president. The Directory now lists him as both the 22nd and 24th presidents though some historians continue to argue that one person cannot be both. Benjamin Harrison served during the intervening term, defeating Cleveland in electoral votes, though not in the popular vote.
    1897 -William McKinley inaugurated as 25th President of US.
    1897- Frank “Lefty” ) O'Doul, baseball player, manager, restaurant owner, bon vivant and close friend of Joe DiMaggio, born at San Francisco. O'Doul switched from pitching to the outfield and became one of the greatest players not in the Hall of Fame. His career batting average,.349, including hitting .398 in 1929 and .9383 in 1930. after retiring he helped to organize the major leagues in Japan. Died at San Francisco, Dec 7, 1969.
    1888- Knute Rockne, football coach born at Voss, Norway. Rockne played end at the University of Notre Dame and then in 1918 was appointed head coach at his alma mater. Over 13 seasons, Rockne became a living legend, and Notre Dame football rose to a position of unprecedented prominence. His teams won 105 games ( and three national championships) against only 12 losses and 5 ties. Rockne died in a plane crash at Bazaar, KS, March 31, 1931.
    1891- Arthur “Dazzy” Vance, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher born at Orient, IA. Vance “dazzled” opposing t3eams with his pitching prowess. He won 197 games over 16 years, mostly with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Inducted into the hall of fame in 1955. Died at Homosassa Springs, FL, Feb 16, 1961.
1901 President William McKinley inaugurated for 2nd term as President.
    1909-billionaire Harry Helmsley, best known for his late marriage to Leona Helmsly, birthday.” The best advice I ever got was from my mother," he once noted. "It was simply, 'Buy real estate.' And like a dutiful son, I bought and bought and continue to buy throughout the country." At one point he owned twenty- seven hotels, 50,000 apartments, and the Empire State Building to boot. Owning real estate proved to be quite lucrative for Helmsley, whose net worth was estimated at $1.7 billion by Forbes magazine in 1996. These far-flung achievements belied Helmsley's rather humble origins: the son of a dry goods salesman, Helmsley opted to skip college to enter the real estate business. However, whatever Helmsley's achievements in the business world, it's likely that he will always be remembered as the husband of the notorious Leona Helmsley. Dubbed the "Queen of Mean," for her domineering rule over the duo's hotel chain, Leona bore the brunt of the scorn and punishment for her and Harry's well-publicized trial for tax evasion in the late 1980s. Leona was slapped with a stiff fine and served eighteen months in prison for her tax crimes, while Harry, who had since decayed into senility, was deemed mentally unfit to stand trial. Harry Helmsley died on January 4, 1997. Leona, now out of jail, lives in her New York penthouse, along, as if she had her own nursing home where few visit.
    1909 - Though fair weather was forecast, President Taft was inaugurated amidst a furious storm. About ten inches of wet snow disrupted travel and communications. The storm drew much criticism against the U.S. Weather Bureau
    1913 - Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as the 28th United States president, only the second Democrat since the American Civil War.
    1917- the first female congressional representative was Jeanette Rankin, who was elected as a Republican form Montana and served from March 4, 1917 to March 4, 1919, and from January 3, 1941 to January 3, 1942. She was the first representative to vote twice against entry into war, on April 6, 1917, and December 8, 1941.
    1917--Birthday of Jeannette Rankin of Montana took her seat as the first woman elected to the House of Representatives. Montana women had the vote several years before the 1920 Federal amendment.
She would serve only one term because as a pacifist she voted against the U.S. entry into World War I. Ironically she was sent back to Congress just in time to cast the dissenting vote for the U.S. entry into World War II after the Japanese attack on U.S. installations at Pearl Harbor.
    1922 -- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful & Damned is published.
    1924-Guitarist Nat Reese born Salem, VA
    1925 - In the first radio broadcast of a presidential inauguration, Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office in Washington DC.
    1927—Trumpet player Cy Touff birthday

    1930 - ‘The Redhead', Red Barber, began his radio career broadcasting on WRUF at the University of Florida in Gainsville. He would soon become one of the best known sports voices in the United States.
    1930-The first mosaic pavement similar to the mosaics of the ancient world was laid on Canal Street, New Orleans, LA. The mosaic effect was secured by mixing chipped meteorite, crown point spar, and mica with the cement, then pouring the mixture into diamond-shaped brass stripped forms, sanding it down and polishing it. It was part of the project referred to as the ‘Beautification of Canal Street.”
    1930 - In competition sanctioned by the Women's International Bowling Congress in Buffalo, New York, Emma Fahning became the first woman bowler to make a perfect score.
    1931- Alice Mitchell Rivlin - U.S. economist. AMR was a member of the Federal Reserve Board and director of the Congressional Budget Office which she created to put an end to the piecemeal budgetary enactment by Congress. She also set up long term fiscal planning for Congress. She was the first woman appointed vice chair of the Federal Reserve Board (1996) and was staff member of the influential Brookings Institute. Her other positions included deputy director, U.S. Office Management and Budge 1993-94. She is a self-describe liberal Democrat.
    1931- Robert “Bob” Johnson, hockey player, coach and executive born at Minneapolis, MN, Johnson played college hockey at the University of Minnesota and began coaching high school hockey in 1956. He moved to Colorado College in 1963 and to the University of Wisconsin in 1967. Johnson's Badgers won three NCAA titles. He coached four US National teams and the1976 Olympic team. Johnson became head coach of the Calgary Flames in 1982 and led them to five straight Stanley Cup layoff appearances. He became executive director of the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States in 1987 and coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990. They won the Stanley Cup a year later. Johnson was named coach of the US team for the 1991 Canada Cup, but surgery for a brain tumor prevented his participation. He was known throughout the hockey world for his favorite saying, “ It's a good day for hockey.” Died at Colorado Springs, CO, Nov 26,1991.
    1932--Birthday of Miriam Makeba - South African vocalist of internation fame. MM was one of the world's most prominent black African performers of the 20th century. Her best known number in the U.S. was "The Click Song."
    1932- Vocalist Miriam Makeba, Johannesburg, Africa. She is one of the world's most prominent black African performers of the 20 th and 21st centuries. Her best known number in the U.S. was "The Click Song."
    1933 - Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in as 32nd United States president and the first to be elected for a third and fourth term.
    1933- Frances Perkins became the first woman appointed to the president's cabinet when she was appointed Secretary of Labor by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    1934-Singer/Actress/Television personality Barbara McNair born Racine, WI.
    1937 - Actor/producer/writer/composer/comedian and this night's host, George Jessel, welcomed the glamorous crowd to the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, the setting for the 9th Annual Academy Awards show. Which film was which, you ask? The envelope, if you please... For the films of 1936: Outstanding Production/Best Picture: "The Great Ziegfeld" (from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer); Best Director: Frank Capra for "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town"; Actor: Paul Muni ("The Story Of Louis Pasteur"); Actor in a Supporting Role: Walter Brennan ("Come and Get It"); Best Actress: Luise Rainer ("The Great Ziegfeld"); Actress in a Supporting Role: Gale Sondergaard ("Anthony Adverse"); Best Song: Dorothy Fields & Jerome Kern for "The Way You Look Tonight" from the movie, "Swing Time".
    1937-saxophonist Barney Wilen born Nice,France, Died 1996
    1939- vocalist Barbara McNair born Racine, WS
    1939- Golfer JoAnne Gunderson (Carner) born. Known as “the Great Gundy,” she has won more than 40 tournaments. She won the U.S. women's Amateur championship five times before turning pro. She won the U.S Open in 1971 and 1976. She was named LPGA Player of the Year in 1974, 1981, and 1982.
    1940-Bob Chester Band records “Octave Jum'” (Bluebired 10649)
    1941-trumpet player Bobby Shew born Albuquerque NM
    1942 - On Okeh Records in Chicago, Illinois, Dick Jurgen's orchestra recorded "One Dozen Roses".
    1942-pianist/arranger David Matthews born, Sonora, KY
    1942 - Shirley Temple starred in "Junior Miss" on CBS radio. The show, which was today heard for the first time, cost $12,000 a week to produce and stayed on the air until 1954.
    1942 - On West 44th Street in New York, the Stage Door Canteen opened, becoming widely known as a club for men in the armed forces and a place to spend lonely hours. The USO, the United Service Organization, would grow out of the ‘canteen' operation, providing entertainment for American troops around the world.
    1943 - Actress Greer Garson's acceptance speech for the Best Actress Academy award for her role in Mrs. Miniver lasted 5½ minutes, an industry record. As the press poked fun at her talkativeness, the story became more and more exaggerated, and Garson's speech was "remembered" as being a tedious hour-long ordeal. It became an embarrassing Hollywood legend for the talented and elegant Irish actress. Following the incident, time deadlines for acceptance speeches were established by the Academy - which, more often than not - weren't observed by award winners. The 15th Academy Awards presentation drew Hollywood luminaries to the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles to celebrate the great work done during the year 1942. Everybody seemed to like "Mrs. Miniver" (from Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer) better than any other movie that year. That movie was so good that it won William Wyler the Best Director Oscar; Greer Garson the Best Actress statuette; Teresa Wright the Best Actress in a Supporting Role prize; Joseph Ruttenberg the Cinematography/black-and-white Oscar; and George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West and Arthur Wimperis the Writing/Screenplay award. Ah, but there was more to celebrate on that March night in 1943: James Cagney was presented the Best Actor Oscar for "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and Van Heflin was voted Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Johnny Eager". And one other award is worth mentioning: a guy named Irving Berlin picked up the Best Song Oscar for a little ditty he had written for the film, "Holiday Inn": "White Christmas".
    1943 - The Japanese convoy carrying troops of the 51st Division is again struck by Allied planes from the 5th Air Force. PT -boats join the attacks. Over the course of the three days, all the Japanese transport, as well as 4 destroyers are sunk and at least 3500 troops are lost. Australian and American air forces have shot down 25 planes for the loss of 5 of their own. This is considered a serious defeat by the Japanese and a setback for their defense of New Guinea.
    1944--*McGlLL, TROY A. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Troop G, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: Los Negros Islands, Admiralty Group, 4 March 1944. Entered service at: Ada, Okla. Birth: Knoxville, Tenn. G.O. No.: 74, 11 September 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy at Los Negros Island, Admiralty Group, on 4 March 1944. In the early morning hours Sgt. McGill, with a squad of 8 men, occupied a revetment which bore the brunt of a furious attack by approximately 200 drink crazed enemy troops. Although covered by crossfire from machineguns on the right and left flank he could receive no support from the remainder of our troops stationed at his rear. All members of the squad were killed or wounded except Sgt. McGill and another man, whom he ordered to return to the next revetment. Courageously resolved to hold his position at all cost, he fired his weapon until it ceased to function. Then, with the enemy only 5 yards away, he charged from his foxhole in the face of certain death and clubbed the enemy with his rifle in hand-to-hand combat until he was killed. At dawn 105 enemy dead were found around his position. Sgt. McGill's intrepid stand was an inspiration to his comrades and a decisive factor in the defeat of a fanatical enemy.
    1944-The U.S. Eighth Air Force launches the first American bombing raid against the German capital. The RAF flew 35 major raids between November 1943 and March 1944 and lost 1,047 aircraft, with an even greater number damaged. Fourteen U.S. bomber wings took off for Germany from England on the evening of March 4; only one plane reached Berlin (the rest dropped their loads elsewhere; few planes were lost to German defenses). In retrospect, the initial American attack was considered "none too successful" (as recorded in the official history of U.S. Army Air Force). Subsequent attacks in March were more effective.
    1944-Singer Mary Wilson born Detroit, Mi.

    1947 - The Two Mrs. Carrolls, a murder drama starring Humphrey Bogart as a psychopathic artist who paints his wives as Angels of Death then kills them, opened in theaters. The film also starred Barbara Stanwyck, Alexis Smith, and Nigel Bruce.
    1948 - The Naked City, an innovative film noir crime drama set in New York City and starring Barry Fitzgerald as the detective in charge, opened in United States theaters. The film's style has been copied countless times over the years, and later served as the basis of a popular television series.
    1950 - When Walt Disney released "Cinderella". It was Disney's first full-length, animated, feature film in eight years. It is still one of the top selling movies in both DVD and VHS format.
    1951---Top Hits
If - Perry Como
My Heart Cries for You - Guy Mitchell
Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
There's Been a Change in Me - Eddy Arnold
    1952- It is Ronald and Nancy Reagan's wedding anniversary . Little Brown Church in the San Fernando Valley, CA. Ronald Reagan was 41 and Nancy Davis (born Anne Frances Robbins) was 30. They were both actors; William Holden served as best man. This was Reagan's second marriage. His first marriage to actress Jane Wyman in 1940 produced daughter Maureen Elizabeth Reagan in 1941, adopted son Michael Edward Reagan (born 1942) in 1945 and daughter Christina Reagan in 1947, who was born prematurely and died within a few days. Nancy and Ronald have two children: Patricia Ann Reagan (Patti Davis), born in 1952, and Ronald Prescott Reagan, in 1958.
Another trivia answer: he is the first US president who had been divorced. “Love You, Ronnie “by Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan No matter what else was going on in his life or where he was--traveling to make movies for G.E., in the California governor's office, at the White House, or on Air Force One, and sometimes even from across the room--Ronald Reagan wrote letters to Nancy Reagan, to express his love, thoughts, and feelings, and to stay in touch. Whether you remember him with fondess or not, the books is quite revealing about a man who loved his wife no matter how busy he was or where he was, he always thought about his Nancy.

    1952-Ernest Hemingway writes his published that he has finished his short novel “The Old Man and the Sea.” He told him it was the best writing he had ever done. The critics agreed: The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 and became one of his best-selling works. It was first published in “Life” magazine.
    1953 - Snow was reported on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
    1953- percussionist Emilio Estefan born Havana, Cuba
    1954-sax player Ricky Ford born, Boston MA

    1953 - Snow was reported on the island of Oahu in Hawaii.
    1954-African-American scientist and attorney J Ernest Wilkins is named Undersecretary of Labor by President Eisenhower. He was born in Farmington, Missouri. He became a government official and lawyer. He was the son of a Baptist minister. He became an assistant secretary of labor in charge of international affairs. He was the first African American to hold this position and the second Black official to hold a sub-cabinet post. He was the ranking Black in the nation's capitol during the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration. He became internationally known for his position. President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Wilkins, a Republican, as vice-chair of the newly established President's Committee on Government Contracts. Vice-president Richard M. Nixon chaired the panel that had been set up by executive order to enforce federal policy prohibiting discrimination due to race, creed, or national origin in employment or promotion of individuals who worked in establishments involved in government business. Wilkins died of a heart attack, January 19, 1959. He laid in state at Foundry Methodist Church in downtown Washington, D.C., the first time a Black had been so honored. From Notable Black American Men

    1959---Top Hits
Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
Donna - Ritchie Valens
Charlie Brown - The Coasters
Don't Take Your Guns to Town - Johnny Cash
    1959-The winners of the first Grammy Awards were announced. Domenico Modugno's "Volare" was named Record of the Year; Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn" was Album of the Year and The Champs "Tequila" won best R&B performance. Variety magazine seemed to take great delight when it later reported - "The record academy has snubbed the rock. Not one rock 'n' roll record was nominated."
    1960 -- It is revealed, in connection with the current congressional investigation into payola, that Federal Communications Chairman John Doerfer took a six-day trip to Florida courtesy of Storer Broadcasting.
    1961-This is the official Commemoration of the founding of the Peace Corps on Marcy 1, 1961 by President John. F. Kennedy. It is observed on the first Tuesday in March.
    1966 - A severe blizzard raged across Minnesota and North Dakota. The blizzard lasted four days producing up to 35 inches of snow, and wind gusting to 100 mph produced snow drifts 30 to 40 feet high. Bismarck ND reported zero visibility for 11 hours. Traffic was paralyzed for three days.
    1967---Top Hits
Ruby Tuesday - The Rolling Stones
Love is Here and Now You're Gone - The Supremes
Baby I Need Your Lovin' - Johnny Rivers
The Fugitive - Merle Haggard
    1968 Martin Luther King Jr announces plans for Poor People's Campaign
    1968 -“The Dick Cavett Show” premiered on television. He began his television career on ABC with a daytime talk show that subsequently became a late-night program competing with Johnny Carson. Cavett, with his Yale background, had a reputation as an "intellectual" host and was particularly adept at the one-man interview. He has since appeared on the CBS, PBS and USA networks hosting a variety of shows.
    1972--Badfinger receive a gold record for "Day after Day".
    1974 - Time-Life, now Time-Warner, issued a new magazine called, "People"; which had an initial run of one million copies. It became the most successful celebrity weekly ever published, and its weekly circulation hit 3,424,858 by 1994. Mia Farrow was on the front cover.

    1975---Top Hits
Best of My Love - The Eagles
Have You Never Been Mellow - Olivia Newton-John
Black Water - The Doobie Brothers
It's Time to Pay the Fiddler - Cal Smith
    1978- Chicago Daily News, founded in 1875, publishes last issue
    1978 - Andy Gibb hit the top of the music charts with "(Love is) Thicker Than Water", which had a 2 week stay at #1. The Bee Gees also set a record with their single, "How Deep Is Your Love", from the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack which stayed in the top 10 for an unprecedented 17 weeks. At the age of 30, Gibb died on March 10, 1988, of an inflammatory heart virus in Oxford, England.

    1978---"Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" by Johnny Mathis and Denice Williams, enters the soul chart where it hits Number One next month and stays there for four weeks.
    1978--The Bee Gees were the hottest act around when they helped their younger brother Andy to the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 by writing his hit, "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water". Their own tune, "Stayin' Alive" was pushed back to number 2, while another of their compositions, "Emotion" by Samantha Sang, sat at number 4 and "Night Fever" was number 5.
    1980- "Coal Miner's Daughter," the film biography of country singer Loretta Lynn, premiered in Nashville. Lynn was played on screen by Sissy Spacek, who also did all the singing in the movie.
    1981- forward Guy Lafleur of the Montreal Canadiens scored the 1,000 th point of his career, a goal in a 9-02 victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Lafleur finished with 1,353 points an entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988.
    1983- Montana became the first state to ban sex discriminatory rates in all insurance. Under the prevailing discriminatory rate structure women were paying up to 30% more for the *same* insurance coverage as men whether it was auto, health, disability, or old age income insurance even though actuary tables indicated women were less accident prone and lived longer.
    1983---Top Hits
Baby, Come to Me - Patti Austin with James Ingram
Shame on the Moon - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Stray Cat Strut - Stray Cats
Why Baby Why - Charley Pride
    1984- The Television Academy of Arts and Sciences announced the formation of the Television Academy Hall of Fame at Burbank, CA. The first inductees were Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Paddy Chayefsky, Norman Lear, Edward R. Murrow, William S. Paley and David Sarnoff.
    1985 -- Supreme Court upholds right of Oneida nation of New York to sue for lands illegally taken in 1795.
    1985 - "Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care" was published with Dr. Michael Rothenberg sharing authorship with Dr. Benjamin Spock, ‘The Baby Doc'. It was the fifth edition of the book to be published. 30,000,000 copies had been printed -- second only to the Bible in the best seller category.

    1987 - Rain and high winds prevailed in the northwestern U.S. A wind gust to 69 mph at Klamath Falls OR was their highest in 25 years, and winds at the Ashland Ranger Station in the Siskiyou Mountains of northern California reached 85 mph.
    1987 - President Reagan addressed the nation on the Iran-Contra affair. He took full responsibility for the affair acknowledging his overtures to Iran had "deteriorated" into an arms-for-hostages deal. Michale Ledeen, Pentagon employee, later authored "Perilous Statecraft: An Insider's Account of the Iran-Contra Affair."
    1988 - Snow and freezing rain made travel hazardous in Ohio and Indiana. A six car pile-up resulted near Columbus OH, with seven injuries reported. Up to two inches of ice glazed central Indiana. Up to ten inches of snow blanketed northern Ohio.
    1988- Hot Tuna was the headline act as the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco reopened. Joining group members Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen and Paul Kantner for the special occasion were Grace Slick and Papa John Creech. All at one time or another had been members of Jefferson Airplane and-or Jefferson Starship. The Fillmore was one of the leading venues for San Francisco's psychedelic bands in the 1960s.

    1988 - Snow and freezing rain made travel hazardous in Ohio and Indiana. A six car pile-up resulted near Columbus OH, with seven injuries reported. Up to two inches of ice glazed central Indiana. Up to ten inches of snow blanketed northern Ohio.
    1990 - A Pacific cold front working its way across the western U.S. produced heavy snow over parts of Idaho, Nevada and Utah. Up to eleven inches of snow blanketed the valleys of northwest Utah, while 12 to 25 inches fell across the mountains of northern Utah. Up to six inches of snow blanketed the valleys of east central Nevada, while more than a foot of snow was reported in the high elevations. In Idaho, 6 to 8 inches of snow was reported around Aberdeen and American Falls.
    1990 - A Pacific cold front working its way across the western U.S. produced heavy snow over parts of Idaho, Nevada and Utah. Up to eleven inches of snow blanketed the valleys of northwest Utah, while 12 to 25 inches fell across the mountains of northern Utah. Up to six inches of snow blanketed the valleys of east central Nevada, while more than a foot of snow was reported in the high elevations. In Idaho, 6 to 8 inches of snow was reported around Aberdeen and American Falls.
    1991---Top Hits
All the Man that I Need - Whitney Houston
Someday - Mariah Carey
One More Try - Timmy -T-
Walk on Faith - Mike Reid
    1992- AT&T announced it would close thirty-one offices around the country and replace nearly one-third of its operators with computerized information systems. Some 18,000 operators would be replaced with voice-recognition software, which could provide phone numbers and other information
    1994 - Four Muslim fundamentalists were found guilty of bombing the landmark World Trade Center in New York.
    1994- Space shuttle STS-62 (Columbia 16), launches into orbit
    1999-Cher has her first Billboard number one single in 25 years with "Believe." The last time she topped the chart was with 1974's "Dark Lady."
    1999-Cher has her first number one Billboard single in 25 years with "Believe." It is the first time she has topped the charts since 1974's "Dark Lady."




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