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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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Top Ten Leasing News
    May 11 - May 15
Top Six Leasing/Finance Company Websites
    in North America
Chart - Which Industries Are Best Geared
    Toward Remote Working
If it's safe to mail Tax Refunds...
Be Prepared for What May be a Bankruptcy Lifeline
    for Small Businesses to Survive COVID-19
Site Inspection Services List
German Shepherd
    Orange County, California  Adopt a Dog
One of the Original Leasing News Advisors
    San Jose radio legend Bob Kieve dies
News Briefs---
Most publicly listed companies keep PPP loans
    424 public companies were granted loans totaling $1.35 billion
Wealthiest Hospitals Got Billions in Bailout
    while sitting on more than $100 billion in cash
Lufthansa to Receive $10 Billion Bailout
    German government will take a 20 percent stake
Hertz Files for Bankruptcy after 16,000 Employees
   Were Let Go and CEO Made Over $9 Million
How Many of JC Penney's 90,000 Workers Will Have Jobs?
    Most of J.C. Penney’s employees work in stores
North Carolina Reports Highest Daily Coronavirus Infection  
     Increase as State Enters Phase 2 of Reopening
At least 20 states revise absentee voting rules
    how voting will be conducted in the coming months

You May have Missed---
Want to buy a used car?
  Rental car companies are offering up some good deals

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

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Top Ten Leasing News
May 11 - May 15

(Stories most opened by readers)

(1) Balboa Capital Gets Excellent Review over Other Companies
    By DBRS Morningstar Confirms Three Securitizations

(2) Equipment Broker School Sign Ups surged
Includes Report of MCA, Funders, Business Loans, Leasing Marketplace

(3) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries

(4) Credit reports are now free, every week
    By Cathlin Tully, Federal Trade Commission

(5) Cannabis Could Prevent Coronavirus Infection,
    Canadian Study Finds

(6) Is America Reopening
    too early?

(7) If You Thought Toilet Paper was Crazy…

(8) Channel Partners Capital Webinar
    Free – Today, May 20, Wednesday, 3:00pm ET

(9) Trucking Has Likely Bottomed, Recovery Will Be Slow
    By James Menzies, Editor, Today’s Trucking

{10) Jeff Rudin, Quail Capital, Two Dogs
    One from Leasing News Adopt a Dog




Top Six Leasing/Finance Company Websites
in North America

Balboa Capital retains its number one position on the list, actually rising in the Alexa list by 73,649.  The number three spot, Ascentium moved ahead of Crest Capital. Great America falls off the list, exceeding 1,000,000 by 71,850.

The top six leasing/finance companies were taken from “siteworth traffic,” three-month ratings (2).  They were chosen from the Leasing News Funder List and originally, over 100 were checked for ratings under 1,000 (3). Note: many leasing companies are listed under their bank URLs.

 If your company has less than a 1,000 rating, please email to be included in the next Leasing/Finance Company listing.

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The LinkedIn Workforce Confidence Index found that there are, perhaps unsurprisingly, higher levels of support for remote working in digital occupations requiring less physical contact. Eighty-five percent of software and IT workers said they can be individually effective when working remotely while 82 percent felt the entire industry could be effective. That confidence is underscored by Twitter's recent announcement that it would allow all of its employees to work remotely on a permanent basis if they so desire, a move some observers called "era-defining." The trend is also positive in finance where over 80 percent say they and the wider industry are effective while working remotely.

Understandably, support is lower in industries that involve higher levels of human contact. Just 29 percent of people employed in the retail sector think that the industry could remain effective through remote working. The figure does rise slightly on an individual basis, however, to 44 percent. It remains to be seen if the new COVID-19 working arrangements are here to stay but judging by Twitter's bold move, the signs are looking positive for workers in digital occupations at least.

By Niall McCarthy, Statista



Be Prepared for What May be a Bankruptcy Lifeline
for Small Businesses to Survive COVID-19

It stems from the Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA), signed into law in August, 2019 that became effective February, 2020.

As explained in a newsletter by the law firm White and Williams, LLP,  Attorney Partner Amy P. Vulipo writes:
"In order to keep cases moving quickly, theoretically conserving administrative costs, a Subchapter V debtor must normally file its plan of reorganization within 90 days after entering bankruptcy. However, the Bankruptcy Court may extend this deadline “if the need for the extension is attributable to circumstances for which the debtor should not justly be held accountable.” Obviously, in the COVID-19 environment, courts are likely to grant extensions liberally."

"Unprecedented in living memory, the COVID-19 pandemic may force even small businesses that were on fundamentally sound footing just a few weeks ago to explore the full panoply of options, including Subchapter V. Normally, businesses of any size are ill-advised to enter Chapter 11 without a well-planned exit strategy; this crisis may be the exception. Subchapter V may allow small businesses to responsibly pause their obligations for long enough to negotiate with lenders, landlords, and other creditors (who are being inundated with similar requests) and – hopefully – to resume normal operations once the immediate health peril subsides. However, small businesses should carefully consider the timing of a Subchapter V filing: the Borrower Application Form promulgated by the U.S. Small Business Administration indicates that applicants presently subject to a bankruptcy proceedings are ineligible for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Subchapter V filings will likely surge once PPP funds run out, particularly among businesses who find themselves unable to meet the loan forgiveness criteria.

"If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Amy Vulpio (; 215.864.6250) or another member of the Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group."

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Amy E. Vulpio Direct 215.864.6250



Site Inspection Services

Aspen Field Services Corp.

Asset Appraisals Services Dover Management Group, Inc.
Bee-Line Corporation Inspection Services
C. and A. Courier Inspection Services  
  Quiktrak, Inc.
Collateral Specialists Inc. RTR Services, Inc.
Checkmate Inspections  
Douglas Guardian Services Corp. Railroad Technology Corporation

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Company Name
Year Founded
Employees or Ind. Contractors
Douglas Guardian Services Corp.
Bruce Lurie, President
Pre-Funding Inspections, Post-Funding Inspections, Vendor Verifications, Collection Inspections, Collateral Management and Floor Plan Inspection Services

Quiktrak, Inc.
Walt Graham
National Account Executive
503.214.3034 (direct)



Equipment & Site Inspections,
Commercial Collections,
Audit & Inventory Management
(Floor Plan), Vehicle Condition Reports
UK, Europe,
Asia, Australia
Collateral Specialists Inc.
Brian Jennings, President
(800) 252-1057

pt/or ind. con  650
- Equipment Inspections
(pre-funding and deliquency) -Business verifications
- Floor Plan (inventory) inspections
- Dealer Monitoring Services
Aspen Field Services Corp.
Cortland Brady, President
4 part time

Equipment, Site Inspection, Biz Verification, Field Chase, Equipment Valuation, Desktop Appraisals, SBA, Drive By, Video Inspections, Mechanical Report

USA, Canada and Mexico
Bee-Line Corporation
Jay Caron, President & CEO
413-737-3114 - Phone
413-733-6666 - Fax
Specializing in truck & trailer inspections, appraisals, investigations and remarketing.
(23) banks & leasing companies with s footprint in Canada to Chile & Argentina
Checkmate Inspections
Russ Lino
Fax: 912-335-3468


plus Ind. Contractors

Equipment Inspections (Pre-funding, Post-funding, Delinquency), Floor Plan Audis, Fleet Rental Inspections, Site Inspections, Business Verifications, SBA Site Visits

Asset Appraisals Services
Mathew Cox - Inspection and Appraisals Manager
402-390-0505 - Phone
402-390-0489 - Fax
Remarketing Systems, Appraisal & Legal
C. and A. Courier Inspection Services
Andy Klepp-Egge Jr
Covers Baltimore Maryland and Surrounding Counties only for: On-Site Real Property due diligence reporting services: Dealer Floor Plan Audits, Leased/rented equipment inspections, Damaged Freight Insurance Inspection, Merchant Business Site physical Inspections, Construction Loan Draw Inspections, Baltimore MD Mobile Notary & CJIS Fingerprinting ID verification, Insurance Premium Audits-Underwriting Surveys-Loss Control data reporting
Dover Management Group, Inc.
Christopher J. Condon
508-785-1277 - Phone
508-785-3008 - Fax
North America coverage for all services, inspections, appraisals and consulting. Accredited senior appraiser - American Society of Appraisers, providing USPAP Appraisals, desktop appraisals, general equipment consulting, equipment portfolio management.
Banks, insurance companies, financial product placement entities, equipment finance and leasing companies, public companies.
Inspection Services
(division of RTR Services)
Wes Peterson
Inspection Quality Administrator
RTR Services, Inc
Mike Smith, President
Lynne Wicker,
National Remarketing Manager
Becky Braun,
Remarketing Manager
Central & Eastern Division
800-467-0690 - Central & Eastern Division
803-399-9655 - Corporate Offices

Site Visits, collections, recovery, remarketing, recovery, remarketing and appraisal - FMV

Railroad Technology

Robert M. Ness - Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Technical evaluations, logistics, documentation and funding.


Associations are abbreviated. See our Associations page full name and information.


German Shepherd
Orange County, California  Adopt a Dog


6 year old Rocco lost his home when his owner died.  This boy likes children, and lived with a small dog.   Rocco is an active guy who likes to go for walks and explore.   He is looking for a home who will make him a part of their family.

Rocco is a big guy and has a friendly smile.  He would be so happy to be in a foster home or find his adoptive home quickly.   Rocco doesn’t understand this change in circumstances and will be so much happier in a secure home.

Our adoption donation is minimum $350.00 plus $25.00 for microchip for adult dogs


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One of the Original Leasing News Advisors
San Jose radio legend Bob Kieve dies


News Briefs----

Most publicly listed companies keep PPP loans
    424 public companies were granted loans totaling $1.35 billion

Wealthiest Hospitals Got Billions in Bailout
    while sitting on more than $100 billion in cash

Lufthansa to Receive $10 Billion Bailout
    German government will take a 20 percent stake

Hertz Files For Bankruptcy After 16,000 Employees
   Were Let Go and CEO Made Over $9 Million

How Many of JC Penney's 90,000 Workers Will Have Jobs?
    Most of J.C. Penney’s employees work in stores

North Carolina Reports Highest Daily Coronavirus Infection   
     Increase as State Enters Phase 2 of Reopening

At least 20 states revise absentee voting rules
    how voting will be conducted in the coming months



You May Have Missed---

Want to buy a used car?
  Rental car companies are offering up some good deals


Sports Briefs---

Jets sign Joe Flacco to one-year deal as Sam Darnold’s backup

Re-grading Jimmy Garoppolo trade: 49ers receive A-plus,
   Patriots get D-minus

Best Trash Talk from Capital One's The Match

Cris Carter remembers going hungry, so he's leading
  NFL Hall of Famers in feeding those affected by coronavirus


California Nuts Briefs---

Newsom issues plan for places of worship in California
    to reopen at limited capacity

You can shop anywhere in California.
  State officials relax coronavirus restrictions

Mendocino officials say Mother’s Day church service
    is source of coronavirus outbreak
2,000 join rally against Gov. Newsom's stay-at-home
    coronavirus orders at California's Capitol

Huge Pier 45 fire devastates SF fishing industry,
   threatens Dungeness crab season

Nowhere has California’s dry winter hit harder
   than the state’s far north.

Los Gatos chef decides to ‘walk away’ from his Nick’s Next Door
Popular restaurant’s closing prompted by uncertainty in the post-COVID-19 world



“Gimme that Wine”

Napa sparkling wine trailblazer Eileen Crane
    of Domaine Carneros  reveals the passion behind her long career

California wineries slowly begin to reopen
    tasting rooms, but in altered state

Wine Sales Defy Doom and Gloom

United Sommeliers Foundation Auction
   to Raise Money for Restaurant Wine Workers

Lake County reopens outdoor restaurant dining,
    allowing shoppers inside stores

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History

     1637 – A combined Protestant and Mohegan force under the English Captain John Mason attacked a Pequot village in Connecticut, massacring approximately 500 Native Americans.
    1649 - A ban on Jesuits was enacted by the Puritan Massachusetts Bay colony. Contrary to what is taught in elementary and middle schools, the Puritans were quite prejudiced to other religions and did not escape England for persecution.  Rather, they wanted to ensure their own religion above any others. The ban provided that “No Jesuit or ecclesiastical person obayned by the authoritie of the pope shall henceforth come within our jurisdiction” excepting survivors of shipwrecks and trades who “behave themselves inoffensively during their abode here.” A second offense was punishable by death.
    1647 - Alse Young became the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she was hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.
    1736 - The Battle of Ackia was fought near the present site of Tupelo, MS. British and Chickasaw soldiers repelled a French and Choctaw attack on the then-Chickasaw village of Ackia. This was one of two such battles of the Chickasaw Campaign of 1736 fortified villages in northeast Mississippi. The French, short of ammunition and provisions, and worried that they could not carry any more wounded, and with no information from d'Artaguette, retreated the way they came having lost roughly two hundred men (roughly 100 killed and 100 wounded) in an ultimately futile campaign. 
    1771 - A famous Virginia flood occurred as heavy rains in the mountains brought all rivers in the state to record high levels.
    1781 – The Bank of North America incorporated in Philadelphia
    1805 - Lewis & Clark saw the Rocky Mountains for the first time.
    1830 – The Indian Removal Act was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.
    1836 - The power of the Southern pro-slavery Congress voted the first gag rule when they voted 117 to 68 to ban any consideration of the contentious subject of slavery. The resolution read: “Whereas it is extremely important and desirable that the agitation of this subject should be finally arrest, for the purpose of restoring tranquility to the public mind, your committee respectfully recommend the adoption of the following additional resolution: Resolved that all petitions, memorials, resolutions, propositions, or papers relating in any way, or to any extent whatever, to the subject of slavery, or the abolition of slavery, shall without being either printed or referred, be laid upon the table and that no further action whatever shall be had thereon.”
    1836 – Jay Gould (d. 1892) was born in Roxbury, NY.  Seen by many as a Robber Baron, he joined the Erie Railroad Board of Directors in 1867 and made millions by manipulating Erie stock.  In 1869, he conspired to control the price of gold by buying up all the gold in New York City, thereby causing the Black Friday Panic of September 24.  He began developing railroads in the west in 1872 and by 1880, he controlled over 8,000 miles of track. He also gained control of Western Union and several elevated railroads in NYC. 
    1857 – Dred Scott and his family were freed by owner Henry Taylor Blow three months after the Supreme Court ruled against them.
    1864 - The Territory of Montana was formed by Congress from the Territory of Idaho.
    1865 – Confederate General Edmund K. Smith was the last full general of the Confederate Army to surrender, at Galveston, TX.
    1868 - President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote. When Johnson removed his Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton over plans for Reconstruction, the opposing party, Republicans, voted to impeach him on February 24 at the House of Representatives. A trial then was brought against him by the US Senate. Both times the vote was 35 for conviction and 19 for acquittal. Because a two-thirds vote was needed to convict, Johnson was judged not guilty. As a side note, on May 21, the Republican National Convention nominated Gen. Ulysses S. Grant for the presidency, and at the same meeting, the convention adopted the name National Republican Party.
    1869 – Boston University was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Three trustees of the Boston Theological Institute obtained from the Massachusetts Legislature a charter for a university by name of "Boston University." They were Isaac Rich (1801–1872), Lee Claflin (1791–1871), and Jacob Sleeper (1802–1889), for whom Boston University's three West Campus dormitories are named. Lee Claflin's son, William, was then Governor of Massachusetts and signed the University Charter after it was passed by the Legislature.
    1883 - Jazz singer Mamie Smith (1883-1946) was born in Cincinnati, OH.
    1886 - Al Jolson’s (1886–1950) birthday, born Asa Yoelson at St. Petersburg, Russia. Actor, singer who was the first performer to sing in a sound movie “The Jazz Singer.”  After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, he was the first star to entertain troops overseas during World War II.
    1887 – New York legalized racetrack betting
    1895 – Famous “America” photographer Dorothea Lange (d. 1965) was born Hoboken, New Jersey.
    1896 - An F5 tornado hit Oakwood, Ortonville, and Thomas, Michigan. 47 people were killed and 100 were injured. Trees were debarked "even to the twigs, as though done by the careful hand of an experienced artisan." Parts of houses were found up to 12 miles away.
    1896 – Charles Dow published the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average
    1898 – The charter for the City of San Francisco was approved, allowing municipal ownership of utilities.
    1907 - Birthday of John Wayne (1907-1979), born Marion Robert Morrison at Winterset, IA. An Academy Award-winner (“True Grit”), Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. Between 1926 and 1976, Wayne appeared in over 170 motion pictures. An enduring American icon, he epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height. “Talk low, talk slow and don't say too much,” was his advice on acting.  Growing up in Glendale, CA, a local fireman at the station on his route to school started calling him "Little Duke" because he never went anywhere without his huge Airedale Terrier, “Duke.”  He was recognized by the Congress on May 26, 1979, when he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. On June 9, 1980, Wayne was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Carter.  John Wayne Airport in Orange County, where he lived, is named after him.
    1908 - At Masjed Soleyman in southwest Persia, the first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East was made. The rights to the resource were quickly acquired by the United Kingdom.
    1911 – Joe Friday’s first partner, Nicholas Benton "Ben" Alexander (1911–1969) was born in Goldfield, NV.  Alexander played Officer Frank Smith in “Dragnet,” first in the radio series and then on television.
    1912 - Jay Silverheels (1912–1980) was born Harold J. Smith on the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, near Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He achieved enduring fame for his role as Tonto, the faithful Indian companion of the character, “The Lone Ranger” (1949-57) in the long-running TV series.  
    1913 - Actors' Equity Association was formed in NYC.
    1914 - Trumpet player Ziggy Elman (1914-1980) born Harry Aaron Finkelman (d. 1968), Philadelphia.
    1916 - Composer/author Louis Thomas Hardin (d. 1999), better known as “Moondog,” born Marysville, KS

    1917 - A tornado touched down near Louisiana, MO about noon and remained on the ground for a distance of 293 miles, finally lifting seven hours and twenty minutes later in eastern Jennings County, IN. The twister cut a swath of destruction two and a half miles wide through Mattoon, IL. There were 101 persons killed in the tornado, including 53 at Mattoon, and 38 at Charleston, IL. Damage from the storm totaled 2.5 million dollars.
    1920 - Peggy Lee (1920-2002) was born Norma Deloris Egstrom at Jamestown, ND.  Singer, songwriter and actress, she got her start singing on a Fargo, ND, radio station, and was soon hired by Benny Goodman to sing with his band. Known for her simple, jazzy style as well as her sex appeal, her biggest hits were 1958’s “Fever” and 1969's “Is That All There Is?,” both of which are now considered standards. She is perhaps best remembered for the songs that she co-wrote and performed in Disney's “Lady and the Tramp.” She continued to perform until the 1990's, when poor health forced her to retire.
    1923 - James Arness (1923-2011) was born in Minneapolis, MN. He was our neighbor and was starring in the long-running TV western "Gunsmoke" as Marshal Matt Dillon. “Gunsmoke” ran 1955-75 and 635 episodes.  My father wrote a few of the episodes. Mr. Arness also took my brother Michael and I to University High School for almost two years (until I learned to drive). He would pick us up at the bus stop on Sunset Blvd. in his Oldsmobile station wagon. Perhaps at times he would get up to 80 to 100 miles an hour down Sunset Blvd. He would zoom in and out of traffic, laughing, and give us advice on life. My brother told my mother the speed and she told us not to ride with him anymore (we did, as we always beat the bus to school). If he was late, he would drop off us a few blocks from the high school, but if he was really making time, he would drop us off right in front. He was a very nice man. Right across from where we lived was James Whitmore. He was offered the Gunsmoke role first, but turned it down, recommending Arness, who was tall (6’ 7”) as Whitmore was short. Whitmore thought Arness was better for the role.
    1923 - The first 24 Hours of LeMans was held and has since been run annually in June. It is the world's oldest active sports car race, held annually near the town of LeMans, France.  It is one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and is often called the "Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency." The event represents one leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport with the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.
    1924 – President Coolidge signed a restrictive Immigration law
    1925 – After ulcer surgery and a five-week convalescence, Babe Ruth left the hospital.  Ty Cobb became the first Major Leaguer to 1000 extra-base hits and would finish his career with 1,138.
    1926 – Miles Davis (1926-91) was born in Alton, IL.  Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, he was, together with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music.  In 2006, Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which recognized him as "one of the key figures in the history of jazz".       
    1927 - Ford Motor Company produced the last and 15th million Model T Ford, known as Tin Lizzie.
    1928 – ‘Dr. Death,’ Jack Kevorkian (1928-2011) was born in Pontiac, MI.
    1930 – The Supreme Court ruled that buying liquor does not violate the Constitution
    1932 - The kindly bequest of Lillie Hitchcock Coit, who desired to leave a memorial to her beloved city, has precipitated a bitter war among the art elements of that same city. With the memorial, a $100,000 tower atop Telegraph Hill, ready for erection, the air is filled with criticism and friction. The San Francisco Federation of Art, an organization composed of representatives of 22 groups interested in the arts, declared that the memorial tower was not suitable, that its erection would ruin Telegraph Hill and that it would spoil the city's silhouette.  The 210 foot tower was built in 1931 after five years of construction.
    1938 - William Bolcom, American pianist, composer and writer, born Seattle, Washington.
    1938 – House Un-American Activities Committee began its first session to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having communist ties.  Congressman Hamilton Fish III (R-NY), who was a fervent anti-communist, introduced on May 5, 1930, a resolution to establish a committee to investigate communist activities in the United States. The resulting committee, commonly known as the Fish Committee, undertook extensive investigations of people and organizations suspected of being involved with or supporting communist activities in the United States.  Among the committee's targets were the ACLU and communist presidential candidate William Foster.  The committee recommended granting the US Department of Justice more authority to investigate communists and strengthening of immigration and deportation laws to keep communists out of the United States.  Think they’d be busy today?
    1940 - The evacuation of 200,000 British and 40,000 French and Belgian soldiers began. The British Force had become trapped by advancing German armies at Dunkirk, the port on the northern coast of France. Sailing on every kind of transport available, including fishing boats and recreational craft, these men were safely across the English Channel by June 2.
    1941 – Betsy Ross’ home was given to the City of Philadelphia.
    1942 - Lionel Hampton's big band, with Illinois Jacquet, records “Flyin' Home,” (Decca 18394)
    1945 – Garry Peterson, drummer for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was born in Winnipeg.
    1946 - Top Hits
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
All Through the Day - Perry Como
Laughing on the Outside - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills
    1948 – Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac was born Stephanie Lynn Nicks in Phoenix.
    1949 - Singer Hank Williams, Jr. ("All for the Love of Sunshine," "I Fought the Law"), was born in Shreveport, LA.
    1949 – Ward Cunningham, who developed the first wiki, was born in Michigan City, IN.  A pioneer in both design patterns and extreme programming, he started coding the WikiWikiWeb in 1994, and installed it on the website of the software consultancy, Cunningham & Cunningham, he started with his wife, Karen, on March 25, 1995, as an add-on to the Portland Pattern Repository.
    1951 - Birthday of Sally Kristen Ride (1951-2012) in Encino, CA. Dr. Ride was one of the first women in the US astronaut corps and the first American woman in space. Her flight aboard the space shuttle Challenger was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, June 18, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, June 24, 1983. The six-day flight was termed “nearly a perfect mission.”
    1954 - Top Hits
“Wanted” - Perry Como
“Little Things Mean a Lot” - Kitty Kallen
“Man Upstairs” - Kay Starr
“I Really Don't Want to Know” - Eddy Arnold
    1956 - Althea Gibson (1927-2003) won the French Open, becoming the first Black tennis player to win a major tennis title, 1956.
    1959 - In another of Bill Veeck's stunts, 3-feet, 7-inch Eddie Gaedel returns to a Major League field along with three other midgets. Arriving by helicopter and dressed as Martians, the quartet shake hands with Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio near second base on Comiskey Park's infield and gave them toy ray guns as the PA announcer informs fans the crowd the ETs have arrived to help the somewhat short keystone combo in their struggle with giant earthlings.  In 1951, in the second game of a St. Louis Browns doubleheader, Gaedel became the shortest player in the history of the Major Leagues. He made a single plate appearance and was walked with four consecutive balls before being replaced by a pinch-runner at first base.
    1959 – Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates threw a 12-inning perfect game against the Milwaukee Braves, only to lose 1-0 in the 13th inning.  An error by third baseman Don Hoak ended the perfect game in the bottom of the 13th, allowing Felix Mantilla to reach first base. Mantilla was advanced to second on a sacrifice by Eddie Mathews, which was followed by an intentional walk to Hank Aaron. Joe Adcock then hit a home run, ending the no-hitter and the game. However, in the confusion, Aaron left the base paths and was passed by Adcock for the second out and the Braves won 2-0. Eventually the hit was changed from a home run to a double by a ruling from NL President Warren Giles; only Mantilla's run counted, for a score of 1-0, but the Pirates and Haddix still lost.  Haddix's 12 2/3-inning, one-hit complete game, against the team that had just represented the NL in the previous two World Series, is considered by many to be the best pitching performance in Major League history.
    1961 – Dave Garroway told the NBC-TV brass that he was ready to retire. “I want to give up the Today show,” he said, “to stop talking awhile and start looking, thinking and listening to people.” Garroway voiced his trademark, “Peace,” with palm facing the camera, for the last time, after 10 years of early morning informing and entertaining.
    1962 – Top Hits
“Stranger on the Shore” – Mr. Acker Bilk
“I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Ray Charles
“Old Rivers” – Walter Brennan
“She Thinks I Still Care” – George Jones
    1963 – Wes Stock of the Baltimore Orioles won both games of a doubleheader, the only Oriole pitcher to do so.
    1964 – Lenny Kravitz birthday, Actor, singer, born New York.
    1965 - The Rolling Stones appear on "Shindig!" along with Jackie De Shannon, Sonny and Cher and Jimmy Rodgers.
    1967 - A slow moving nor'easter battered New England with high winds, heavy rain, and record late season snow. Winds 70 to 90 mph in gusts occurred along the coast. Over 7 inches of rain fell at Nantucket, Massachusetts with 6.57 inches falling in 24 hours to set a new 24-hour rainfall record. Severe damage occurred along the coast from very high tides. 24.9 inches of snow fell at Mount Washington, New Hampshire to set a new may snowfall record. 10 inches of snow fell near Keene, New Hampshire and 6 inches was recorded at Dublin, New Hampshire.
    1967 - "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," by The Beatles, was released. It took the Fab Four only 12 hours to record their first album, "Please, Please Me." It took them 700 hours to complete "Sgt. Pepper's."
    1967 - The Charlatans, The Salvation Army Banned, and Blue Cheer at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
    1970 - Top Hits
“American Woman/No Sugar Tonight” - The Guess Who
“Turn Back the Hands of Time” - Tyrone Davis
“Everything is Beautiful” - Ray Stevens
“My Love” - Sonny James
    1978 - The first legal casino in the eastern United States opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The owners of the Chalfonte-Haddon Hall Hotel opened as the Resorts International.
    1978 - Top Hits
With a Little Luck - Wings
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late - Johnny Mathis/Deniece Williams
You're the One that I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed (Anytime) - Johnny Duncan
    1980 – The Phillies’ Steve Carlton became the only NL hurler with six one-hitters.
    1984 - Thunderstorms during the late evening and early morning hours produced 6 to 13 inches of rain at Tulsa, OK in six hours (8.63 inches at the airport). Flooding claimed fourteen lives and caused 90 million dollars property damage. 4600 cars, 743 houses, and 387 apartments were destroyed or severely damage in the flood.
    1984 – President Reagan ruled out US involvement in the Iran-Iraq war.
    1986 - Top Hits
“Greatest Love of All” - Whitney Houston
“Live to Tell” - Madonna
“On My Own” - Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald
“Tomb of the Unknown Love” - Kenny Rogers
    1987 - Severe thunderstorms spawned 15 tornadoes in west Texas. In Louisiana, a man in a boat on Lake Bistineau was struck and killed by lightning, while the other 3 people aboard were unharmed. The man reportedly stood up in the boat and asked to be struck by lightning.
    1988 - There was "frost on the roses" in the Upper Ohio Valley and the Central Appalachian Mountain Region. Thirteen cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Youngstown, OH with a reading of 30 degrees. Evening thunderstorms in North Dakota produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Jamestown.
    1990 – The #20 worn by Michael Jack Schmidt was retired by the Philadelphia Phillies.
    1993 – You’ve seen this on TV numerous times…A long fly ball hit by the Indians' Carlos Martinez bounced off Jose Canseco's head and over the fence for a home run.
    1994 - Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie marries the self-proclaimed "King of Pop," Michael Jackson in the Dominican Republic. Presley files for divorce in January of 1996.
    1997 – In the same game, Sammy Sosa of the Cubs and Tony Womack of the Pirates hit inside the park home runs.
    1998 – The Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in New Jersey, settling dispute with New York that dated to 1664.
    2004 - The New York Times published an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skepticism towards sources during the buildup to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
    2004 - Army veteran Terry Nichols was found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.
    2015 - Hackers stole personal data of about 100,000 taxpayers after breaking into a U.S. Internal Revenue Service system that allows taxpayers to retrieve previous tax returns; the data can be used to file tax refund claims and commit identity theft.

Stanley Cup Champions
    1988 - Edmonton Oilers



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