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Friday, May 13, 2022

Today's Leasing News Headlines

ELFA Release State-by-State Economic Impact
  Equipment Finance Industry Ranking, Volume, Growth
    California #1, New York #2, Texas #3
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
A Simple Exercise to Increase Business
    Sales Makes It Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Leasing and Finance Industry Ads
    We Are Growing Our Senior Sales Team Now!
Finance and Leasing Industry Recruiters
    These companies have experience in the finance & leasing industry
Used Work Truck Prices in First Quarter Up 31.9%
    "Demand for commercial vehicle inventory remained high"
Buy a House?  Now's Not a Good Time
    Share of U.S. Adults Good Time to Buy a House
Highlights that Consumers Spending
    The Latest on Consumer Attitudes
William Hurt (1950 - 2022) Films on Netflix: The Big Chill,
  Kiss of the Spider Woman, Broadcast News, Altered States,
    Body Heat - Reviews by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Kelpi, Australian
    Costa Mesa, California  Adopt-a-Dog
Andrew Murray 2019 Syrah "Alisos Vineyard"
  Santa Barbara County, CA
    By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer
News Briefs---
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell confirmed
    by Senate for a second term
Tesla, Twitter shares drop as Elon Musk's legal issues grow  
    Investors fear Twitter will be distraction
Twitter, based in San Francisco, freezes hiring
    as executives forced out
Register for the 4th Annual Alternative Finance
    Bar Association Conference

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World’s tallest dog is 7 feet on hind legs
He likes to sit on laps

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
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ELFA Releases State-by-State Economic Impact
Equipment Finance Industry Ranking, Volume, Growth
California #1, New York #2, Texas #3


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Nick Von Ahsen was promoted to Senior Director, Business Development, GreatAmerica Financial Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He joined the firm June, 2001, Director, Technology Solutions, Office Equipment Group, promoted June, 2009, Regional Account Manager.

Scott Brandt was hired as Senior Vice President, Risk, SLR Equipment, Wilton, Connecticut. He is located in Granger, Iowa. Previously he was at DLL, starting August, 2011, as Credit Underwriter II, promoted October, 2014, Senior Credit Underwriter, promoted October, 2014, IF Credit Manager, Large Ticket, promoted May, 2015, Credit Manager, CT&I Direct, promoted April, 2019, Director, Retail Credit.

Anthony Byrne, CFE, was hired as Director of Business Development, Benetrends Financial, Los Angeles, California. He is located in Thousand Oaks, California. Previously, he was Director, Business Development, DCV Franchise Group (December, 2014 - May, 2022). Benetrends acquired DCV Franchise Group. "The entire team at DCV Franchise Group could not be more excited to now be a part of the Benetrends Family!!” Certifications: Certified Franchise Executive (CFE). Issued November, 2019.  Expires November, 2023).

John Gouger was hired as Director of Capital Markets, Honour Capital, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, U.S. Bank.

William Houng was hired as National Account Executive, Equipment Finance, Crestmark, a division of MetaBank, Bloomfield, Michigan. He is located in Orange County, California. Previously he was Vice President of SLR Equipment Finance (July, 2017 - May, 2022).     

Rob Munz was hired as Vice President Equipment Finance, Honour Capital, Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  He is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, he was Vice President, Regional Manger Midwest, Equipment Finance, TriState Capital Bank.

Meagan O'Brien was hired as Partner, success Manager, Faastrak, Bothell, Washington: "Empowering business financing through digital transformation." Previously, she was Business Development Manger, Sales Design Specialist, Tubcove (July, 2018 - December, 2020).

Gordon Saint-Denis was hired as Managing Director/Sports Finance Group Head, Monroe Capital, LLC, Chicago, Illinois.  He is located in New York, New York. "Saint-Denis will be responsible for originating new investments across the capital structure for acquisition financing and recapitalizations for sports teams and venues in North America and Europe as well as other businesses in the sports ecosystem, such as those involved in soccer, rugby, cycling, racing, golf, endurance races, e-sports and sports technology, merchandising, name, image and likeness, ticketing and equipment."


A Simple Exercise to Increase Business

Sales Makes It Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

I recently coached a veteran in the industry that found himself in a rut. His production was on par with past years; his activity was sufficient. However, he knew there was more to be done. He was coasting. He was surviving on his past efforts.

I recommended a simple exercise. Every Monday morning, he wrote down two or three specific items that he needed to accomplish by the end of the week. These items were to be a daily priority for the next five days. He needed to hold himself accountable to create a specific list with realistic and meaningful tasks to be accomplished and then make sure that each item was completed within just a few days (by the end of the week).

 Admittedly, at first, the tasks were easily accomplished and fairly insignificant. However, within a few weeks, the tasks became more challenging and started to influence his daily activities.

This simple exercise re-energized the originator, helped create a new vendor program that had been in a hold pattern for months, and quickly increased the originator's monthly volume.

Most importantly, the exercise helped to move the originator beyond his insufficient routine and allowed him to realize greater potential in the market while allowing him to re-establish this "fun factor" into his daily activities.

What are the two or three items that you need to accomplish this week? How will you hold yourself accountable to ensure they are completed by the end of the week?

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Used Work Truck Prices in First Quarter Up 31.9%
"Demand for commercial vehicle inventory remained high"

Photo: Chris Brown

Median mileage on used work trucks show an increase of 5.1% in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2021 and a 1.2% uptick from Q4 2021.

Work Truck Solutions has released its ComTrend Analysis of used and new commercial vehicle prices for the first quarter of 2022. While demand for commercial vehicle (CV) inventory remained high, several movements in the data indicated there are trends shaping the industry and driving buyer behavior, according to the company’s news release.

Used Work Truck Prices

According to Work Truck Solutions, the median mileage for used work trucks has been trending upwards since late 2020, a technology-based platform for the commercial vehicle industry focusing on inventory management, operational analytics, and digital marketing solutions. The most recent metrics show an increase of 5.1% in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2021 and a 1.2% uptick from Q4 2021.

Even though median mileage for used commercial vehicles continued to rise, it did not prevent average list prices for these same vehicles from going up as well. Prices increased 4.2% in Q1 2022 compared to Q4 2021, and a whopping 31.9% versus Q1 2021.

According to Kathryn Schifferle, CEO of Work Truck Solutions, this data reflects the point that “Businesses simply cannot be without the vehicles they need to survive. If they do not have the work trucks and vans needed to operate, their profits suffer.”

Unlike retail shoppers, business buyers cannot push purchases back, Schifferle said. When they are without vans and trucks to run their day-to-day operations, they are losing money.

“Dealerships who can provide alternative sources for commercial vehicles, particularly at a time when OEMs simply cannot push out enough new ones to meet demand, are in a great place,” Schifferle added. “Not only can they win these B2B customers today, but they’re also building long-term business for the future.”

New Work Truck Prices

When reviewing new commercial vehicle average list prices, Q1 2022 versus Q1 2021 data shows a similar trend to used data, with prices climbing over 15%. However, these prices flattened in Q1 2022 compared to Q4 2021, indicating that new vehicle prices may be entering a phase where they simply hold at these higher price levels.




Americans looking to buy a house are currently facing an almost perfect storm of unfavorable conditions. Not only is it hard to find a home, it is also increasingly hard to afford one. Historically high home prices combined with mortgage rates that are surging back from their recent lows at breakneck speed are causing a major headache for would-be home buyers.

The latest results from Gallup’s annual Economy and Personal Finance poll show that current conditions have really spoilt Americans’ appetite to buy houses. This year’s survey, conducted April 1-19, shows that only 30 percent of U.S. adults think that now is a good time to buy a house – down more than 20 percentage points from 53 percent in 2021.

According to Gallup, that’s by far the lowest level of confidence since the question was first asked in 1978. In fact, the share of people thinking it was a good time to buy a house had never dropped below 50 percent before – not even during or in the aftermath of the 2008 housing crisis.

By Felix Richter, Statista


Highlights that Consumers Spending
The Latest on Consumer Attitudes

The latest Consumer Pulse survey from McKinsey & Company shows that consumers are of two minds—embracing new habits and reverting to old ones. Here are some highlights from the report.
Inflation hasn’t stopped consumers from spending—yet.

Inflation grew to nearly 8.5% in March 2022. The period from May 2021 to March 2022 showed the highest inflation in a decade. Yet, consumers spent 18% more in March 2022 than they did in March 2020 and 12% more than forecasted.
McKinsey says the spending was “perhaps not surprising” since Americans had about $2.8 trillion more in savings than they had in 2019. And credit card debt is now rising as well. While consumers in every age cohort and income group spent more, but year-over-year spending growth was highest among millennials (17%) and high-income consumers (16%).
Most of the spending in February and March was for products, not services or experiences. In fact, “spending on goods was higher than pre-pandemic levels," while spending for services was 2% lower than it was pre-pandemic—a pattern, McKinsey says, that will likely continue until more people feel comfortable being in crowds and attending public indoor events.
The “loyalty shake-up” continues.

 More consumers say they switched to different brands and retailers this year—more than at any time since the COVID pandemic began—and most will continue to incorporate that behavior into their routines. Price is their primary reason for switching—they’re looking for value.
Novelty is also a powerful motivator. Consumers want to try something different, making innovation an imperative for businesses that want to win (or win back) customers. McKinsey suggests, “Combining innovation with the perception of better value could be a particularly attractive offer.”




Watch at Home:
by Fernando Croce

Though he continued to work up to the era of Marvel blockbusters, William Hurt (1950-2022) is best known as one of the more interesting leading men of the Eighties, when he brought an offbeat quality to a variety of often adventurous roles. So check out Netflix for his most popular titles.

Altered States (Ken Russell, 1980): Hurt made his film debut with this delirious sci-fi thrillerfrom controversial British provocateur Ken Russell (“The Devils”). Hurt plays psychology professor Edward Jessup, whose obsession with new realms of consciousness leads him toward more and more dangerous experiments. Combining isolation tanks with hallucinogenics, he seems to achieve his goal. Soon after, however, he begins to experience strange interludes in which the psychological and the physical blur. As Edward’s body mutates along with his mind, his wife Emily (Blair Brown) desperately struggles to help him hang on tohis sanity. Adapted from Paddy Chayefsky’s novel, the filmplays like a freneticupdate of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” At the center of Russell’s inventivemaelstrom, Hurt brings a human dimension to thistransgressivehead-trip.

Body Heat (Lawrence Kasdan, 1981): Hurt and Kathleen Turner sizzle in Lawrence Kasdan’s stylish tribute to film-noirclassics. Set in South Florida during a sweltering summer season, the story charts a steamy affair between seedy lawyer Ned Racine (Hurt) and bored socialite Matty Walker (Turner). The two hatch a scheme to murder Matty’s husband Edmund (Richard Crenna) and run off with his money, spending their lives together in a tropical paradise. As anyone who’s ever “Double Indemnity” knows, however, things become more treacherous as the crime brings the illicit lovers closer. Written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan, the film draws inspiration from the genre’s masterpieces while providing its own distinctive spin. The palpable chemistry between Hurt and Turner is aided by a supporting cast that includes Ted Danson and Mickey Rourke.

The Big Chill (Lawrence Kasdan, 1983): Hurt reteams with director Kasdan in this warm comedy-drama, where he’s one in a large and impressive ensemble. Unfolding over the course of a weekend, it follows the emotional ups and downs of a group of estranged colleagues brought back together by a friend’s death. There’s TV actor Sam (Tom Berenger), physician Sarah (Glenn Close) and her husband Harold (Kevin Kline), writer Karen (JoBeth Williams), journalist Michael (Jeff Goldblum), real estate attorney Meg (Mary Kay Place), and war vet Nick (Hurt). While staying with the dead friend’s young girlfriend (Meg Tilly), they reconnect and ponder the ways their lives have changed over the course of the years. A characteristic Eighties blend of slickness and sentiment, the film remains satisfying thanks to its cast.

Kiss of the Spider Woman (Hector Babenco, 1985): Hurt won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in this haunting, intense drama largely set inside a prison cell during the Brazilian dictatorship. Two very different men share the confined space, flamboyant homosexual Luis Molina (Hurt) and driven revolutionary Valentin Arregui (Raul Julia). To pass the time (and take his cellmate’s mind off the harsh reality of their situation), Luis reenacts scenes from his favorite movie, a romantic thriller entitled “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” Though initially the macho Valentin feels repulsion toward Luis, a mix of respect and admiration gradually grows between the two men. Alternating between the gritty and the ethereal, director Hector Babenco (“Pixote”) deftly orchestrated the potent and compassionate dance between Hurt and Julia.

Broadcast News (James L. Brooks, 1987): Long associated with intense dramas, Hurt showcases his lighter side in this sparkling box-office hit from Oscar-winning writer-director James L. Brooks (“Terms of Endearment”). The setting is a TV news show in Washington, D.C., where driven producer Jane (Holly Hunter) finds herself torn between two potential anchormen: Tom (Hurt), a perfectly groomed and deeply egotistical veteran of the news circuit, and Aaron (Albert Brooks), the intelligent but insecure reporter who puts media integrity before appearances. Brooks brings his golden touch to this breathlessly engaging romantic comedy, which blends a quick wit with richly human eccentricities and marvelous turns by its cast (including a terrific supporting turn by Jack Nicholson). Most modern comedies could learn a thing or two from it.


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Andrew Murray 2019 Syrah Alisos Vineyard
Santa Barbara County, California
By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer

My wife Ana and I have been buying Andrew Murray wines for (maybe) 15 years now, long before we even went to the winery. We would buy the wines at his small tasting room in Los Olivos. We met Mr. Murray a few times, and he is a really nice guy, down to earth, and humble. He makes lots of Rhone-style wines. Some are around $14 and are really good.

We stopped by the Andrew Murray Winery on a recent trip to the Santa Barbara County wine country. It is a picturesque winery with a hillside terrace, giant trees, and a spacious tasting room. We bought a few bottles of wine, including the 2019 Syrah Alisos Vineyard based on the recommendation of the tasting room manager.

This is a single vineyard Syrah from the famed Alisos Vineyard located a stone's throw away from the Andrew Murray Winery. It is a medium-bodied Syrah with the perfect amount of fruit (blackberries and ripe raspberries are the standout flavors) and a touch of vanilla and French oak. The Andrew Murray 2019 Syrah Alisos Vineyard is available online and at select wine stores for $40/bottle. It is well worth the price.

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

Previous Wine Reviews


News Briefs---

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell confirmed
    by Senate for a second term

Tesla, Twitter shares drop as Elon Musk's legal issues grow  
Investors Fear Twitter will be Distraction from other business

Twitter, based in San Francisco, freezes hiring
as executives forced out

Register for the 4th Annual Alternative Finance
Bar Association Conference


You May Have Missed---

World’s tallest dog is 7 feet on hind legs.
He likes to sit on laps.



Sports Briefs---

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won't run
    the Preakness Stakes

Report: Phil Jackson suggesting Lakers
make drastic roster move

Seth Brown hits go-ahead home run in 8th,
A’s take 4 of 5 from Tigers

Getting clarity on Geno Smith, Drew Lock could help
Seahawks make call on Baker Mayfield | Opinion


California Nuts Briefs---

Santa Cruz Starbucks stores are first in California
    to unionize

California’s minimum wage is going up again in January
Here’s why

Sonoma County tourism on the rebound,
but still below pre-pandemic levels

Report shows Foster Farms tried to bully Merced County
to keep plant open amid COVID



"Gimme that wine"

California North Coast wine grape season off to wild-weather
     start amid frost, water concerns

Top Wine Travel: Outstanding Value and Pinot Noir
in California’s Anderson Valley

Alma Rosa Winery Opens New Tasting Room
in Downtown Solvang, California

Why Low-Alcohol Cocktails, Wine and Beer Are on the Rise

“Gimme that Wine”

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

     1647 - Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam to become governor.
    1690 - In the first major engagement of King William's War, British troops from Massachusetts seize Port Royal in Acadia (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) from the French.
    1797 - The Columbia River, Oregon, is discovered by Captain Robert Gray, recognized as the first documented white person to sail into the Columbia River.  He nor the people in its time of discovery knew its value. Gray was a fur trader, and actually poor at it, as he died a pauper.  He had discovered and named much geography along the Pacific Northwest.
    1846 - Congress declares war against Mexico at request of the President James Polk. At the time, the entire United States Army numbers only about 6,000 officers and men, eventually expanded to nearly 10,000 by war’s end. The bulk of the force needed to prosecute the war will come from the uniformed volunteer militia (forerunners of today’s National Guard) of the various states.
    1855 - The oldest gambling house in San Francisco, the El Dorado, closed forever because of a new state anti-gambling law.
    1858 - Minnesota entered the Union as the thirty-second state. Known as the "Land of Ten Thousand Lakes," Minnesota is the northern terminus of the Mississippi River and the westernmost point of an inland waterway that extends through the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic Ocean. The Ojibwe and the Dakota were among the Native peoples who first made this land their home.  White settlement of the area began in 1820 with the establishment of Fort Snelling. In 1849, Minnesota became a US territory. The building of railroads and canals brought a land boom during the 1850s, and Minnesota’s population swelled from only 6000 in 1850 to more than 150,000 by 1857. Chiefly a land of small farmers, Minnesota supported the Union in the Civil War and supplied large quantities of wheat to the Northern armies. Originally settled by migrants of British, German, and Irish extraction, Minnesota saw a major influx of Scandinavian immigrants during the nineteenth century. Minnesota’s "Twin Cities" — Minneapolis and St. Paul — grew out of Fort Snelling, the center of early US settlement.
    1862 - The Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia was destroyed by Confederate forces to prevent its capture by Union troops. The Virginia was built from the salvaged hull of the USS Merrimack. Two months prior to its destruction, the Virginia fought several Union ships in what became known as "The Battle of Hampton Roads."
    1864 - Attempting to head off Union General Phil Sheridan's cavalry advance on Richmond, one of the South's greatest military strategists, Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry encountered the Federals at Yellow Tavern, Virginia. It was a surprise encounter, not only changing the direction of the war, but Stuart was mortally wounded in the battle and died the following day. The loss of one of its most colorful and effective cavalry leaders was a great loss to the South. It also marked the first time that Sheridan, with Gen. Grant’s approval, was making his first independent cavalry action, surprising Stuart considerably. The battle did accomplish the delay of the Federal advance, delaying it long enough for the Confederates to strengthen the defense at Richmond, and Sheridan was forced to change his plans. In the wake of advancing Union troops in the Peninsular Campaign.  The South was forced to destroy the valuable vessel and its manufacturing facility to prevent its capture by Union forces. The “History Channel” has an excellent series about these two warships.
    1867 - Jefferson Davis is released on bail from prison where, since being captured on 10 May 1865, he was awaiting a treason trial that never would take place for having been President of the Confederacy during the US Civil War: the charges would be dropped on 25 December 1868.    
    1885 - Jazz musician Joseph Nathan "King" Oliver (d. 1938) born Aben, Louisiana.

    1888 - American songwriter Irving Berlin (d. 1898) was born in Russia. He wrote nearly 1,000 songs and had his first hit in 1911 with "Alexander's Ragtime Band." Many of his best songs came from such Broadway musicals as "Call Me Madam" and "Annie Get Your Gun." Berlin also composed film scores, and many of his stage musicals were adapted for the screen. Among the best known of his songs are "White Christmas," "God Bless America" and "There's No Business like Show Business."
    1889 - Major Joseph Wham and group of soldiers, carrying a military payroll of $29,000, were attacked by a dozen outlaws near Fort Thomas, Arizona Territory. After wounding more than half the soldiers and driving off the rest, the outlaws simply walked away with the entire payroll. A posse of lawmen rounded up various suspects who were later charged with the sensational robbery. Most of these suspects were Mormons with political connections and the accused men were defended by the famed lawyer Marcus Aurelius Smith. Major Wham and his men were unable to identify any of the dozen defendants in court and they were all acquitted. It was widely claimed that political pressure from the acting governor allowed the thieves to go free.
    1894 - During the Depression of 1893, the Pullman Company handed out a hefty round of wage cuts.  Though the cuts ate up 25 percent to 40 percent of workers' take-home pay, the company refused to lower its rents. In May of 1894, a group of workers implored company chief George Pullman to redress the situation. Pullman promptly fired three of the workers. The rail managers won the support of Federal and state troops, which led to a long and violent skirmish in early July.  Pullman and the rail managers soon prevailed over the strikers, many of whom were subsequently barred from working in the rail industry.
    1894 - Birthday of Martha Graham (d. 1991), Alleghany, PA.  She is generally recognized as the woman who most embodied the movements of modern dance and who influenced American modern dance as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Her career spanned more than 60 years during which she created almost 200 works from solos to feature presentations.
    1895 - Birthday of American composer William Grant Still (d. 1978) in Woodville, MS.  Perhaps the best-known African-American classical composer of the 20th century, Still wrote 8 symphonies, 7 operas and more than 100 other works, included such important works as “Levee Land” and “Sahdji.” As the site notes, he was a pioneer in many ways: as the first Black person to conduct a major American symphony (the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in 1936), to have an opera (“Troubled Island” in 1949) produced by a major company, and to have an opera performed on television (“Bayou Legend,” posthumously, in 1981).
    1898 - Sailors and Marines from USS Marblehead and USS Nashville cut trans-oceanic cable near Cienfuegos, Cuba, isolating Cuba from Spain. The operation was performed close to shore, directly under the guns of the enemy soldiers garrisoned at Cienfuegos. For more than an hour the small boats with their crews of brave young sailors and Marines endured the dangerous waters, the ever-present mines, the crash of large rounds, and small arms fire, to continue their task. On the U.S.S. Nashville, sailors who had not been selected for the mission continued to man the ship's big guns to cover their comrades. Finally, one of the cables was cut through. The shore end was dropped in place and one of the boats from the Marblehead towed the other end out to sea where it was dropped after another large section of cable was removed to make it harder to repair. Finally, the second cable was cut. A remaining smaller cable on the shore would have to be ignored. The badly battered sailors and Marines, in small boats barely able to remain afloat, turned to return to their warships. As they fought the seas, the enemy began finding their range. Large shells dropped closer and closer to the small sailing ships. For a few minutes, it looked as if all of the volunteers would be lost. In the distance, Lieutenant Dillingham turned the Nashville towards the shore, steaming ahead and then turning again to place his warship between the enemy on the shore and the retreating smaller boats of the cable cutting crews and their Marine guards. It was a bold act, exposing his ship to intense enemy fire, but for the badly battered volunteers, it meant the difference between life and death. The wounded were quickly taken aboard the warships for medical care. Many of the men had suffered wounds, several of them repeated wounds, and at least three were critical or fatal. All 52 men, 26 from each of the Marblehead and the Nashville, were subsequently awarded Medals of Honor.
    1901 - Birthday of Gladys Rockmore Davis (d. 1967), NYC.  U.S. artist who has works hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
    1903 – Charley Gehringer (d. 1993) was born, Fowlerville, MI.  All his nineteen years in the Majors were with the Detroit Tigers, he was AL MVP in 1937 and second in the MVP voting in 1934.  A six-time All-Star, he was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1949.
    1904 – Cy Young’s 23-inning no-hit string ended. The streak included two innings on April 25, six on April 30, a perfect game on May 5 and six innings today.
    1904 – Salvador Dali (d. 1989) was born in Spain.  A leading painter in the surrealist movement, he is equally well-known for his baffling antics and attempts to shock his audiences.  The largest collection of his works resides at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, FL. 
    1910 - Glacier National Park in Montana was created by an act of Congress. With over one million acres, the park is home to many animals, including wolves, grizzly bears, and mountain lions, and over 1400 plant species.
    1912 - Birthday of Phil Silvers (d. 1985), Brooklyn.  Comedian and actor, who had one of the most popular 1950's TV show where he starred as Sgt. Bilko in “You’ll Never Get Rich.” He was on Broadway before and had a second TV show.  He was also sought for his humor as a guest on many early 1960 TV shows. As a "Did you Know?” Silvers wrote the lyrics for Frank Sinatra's "Nancy (With the Laughing Face)."
    1916 - Einstein's Theory of General Relativity was presented.
    1927 - Birthday of Mort Sahl in Montreal, Quebec,  Comedian, political satirist, beatnik, Sahl was one of a kind -- a razor-sharp trailblazer of biting, tremendous popular satirical comedy in the 1950s and 1960s.
    1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded by Louis B. Mayer. The first Oscars were for films produced in the first year of the Academy: 1927-28. (For the first 6 years, the awards were for films produced during the fiscal year, not the calendar year.) Among the first winners were Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor for acting, and “Wings” for Best Picture. 
    1928 - WGY-TV in Schenectady, New York began the first schedule of regular TV programs. WGY offered programming to the upstate New York audience three times a week using the electronic scanning method. 
    1937 - Battle of the Bands between Benny Goodman and Chick Webb, Savoy, NY. 
    1938 - Birthday of American composer Harvey Sollberger, Cedar Rapids, IA.
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    1941 - Rock singer Eric Burdon, who first came to fame with the Animals during the 1960's British invasion, was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England. The Animals hit the top of the charts in both Britain and North America in the summer of 1964 with "House of the Rising Sun." When the original group broke up in 1966, Burdon began billing the band as Eric Burdon and the Animals. They began playing psychedelic songs, such as "San Franciscan Nights" and "Sky Pilot." In 1970, Eric Burdon fronted the funk band War for their number-one hit "Spill the Wine," but by the following year, Burdon and War had parted company.
    1942 – “Go Down, Moses” by William Faulkner is published.
    1943 - American troops invaded Attu Island in the Aleutians in an attempt to expel occupying Japanese forces. The island was the site of the only World War II land battle fought on an incorporated territory of the United States; its battlefield area is a U.S. National Historic landmark. A shortage of landing craft, unsuitable beaches, and equipment that failed to operate in the appalling weather caused great difficulties in protecting any force against the Japanese. Army vehicles would not work on the tundra. The Japanese defenders did not contest the landings, but rather they dug in on high ground away from the shore. This resulted in bloody fighting: there were 3,929 U.S. casualties while the death count for the Japanese was 2,035.   The Japanese evacuated three months later.
    1944 - *WAUGH, ROBERT T., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 339th Infantry, 85th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Tremensucli, Italy, 11-14 May 1944. Entered service at: Augusta, Maine. Birth: Ashton, R.I. G.O. No.: 79, 4 October 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy. In the course of an attack upon an enemy-held hill on 11 May, 1st Lt. Waugh personally reconnoitered a heavily mined area before entering it with his platoon. Directing his men to deliver fire on 6 bunkers guarding this hill, 1st Lt. Waugh advanced alone against them, reached the first bunker, threw phosphorus grenades into it and as the defenders emerged, killed them with a burst from his Tommy gun. He repeated this process on the 5 remaining bunkers, killing or capturing the occupants. On the morning of 14 May, 1st Lt. Waugh ordered his platoon to lay a base of fire on 2 enemy pillboxes located on a knoll which commanded the only trail up the hill. He then ran to the first pillbox, threw several grenades into it, drove the defenders into the open, and killed them. The second pillbox was next taken by this intrepid officer by similar methods. The fearless actions of 1st Lt. Waugh broke the Gustav Line at that point, neutralizing 6 bunkers and 2 pillboxes and he was personally responsible for the death of 30 of the enemy and the capture of 25 others. He was later killed in action in Itri, Italy, while leading his platoon in an attack.
    1945 - McKlNNEY, JOHN R., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant (then Private), U.S. Army, Company A, 123d Infantry, 33d Infantry Division. Place and date: Tayabas Province, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 11 May 1945. Entered service at: Woodcliff, Ga. Birth: Woodcliff, Ga. G.O. No.: 14, 4 February 1946. Citation: He fought with extreme gallantry to defend the outpost which had been established near Dingalan Bay. Just before daybreak approximately 100 Japanese stealthily attacked the perimeter defense, concentrating on a light machinegun position manned by 3 Americans. Having completed a long tour of duty at this gun, Pvt. McKinney was resting a few paces away when an enemy soldier dealt him a glancing blow on the head with a saber. Although dazed by the stroke, he seized his rifle, bludgeoned his attacker, and then shot another assailant who was charging him. Meanwhile, 1 of his comrades at the machinegun had been wounded and his other companion withdrew carrying the injured man to safety. Alone, Pvt. McKinney was confronted by 10 infantrymen who had captured the machinegun with the evident intent of reversing it to fire into the perimeter. Leaping into the emplacement, he shot 7 of them at pointblank range and killed 3 more with his rifle butt. In the melee the machinegun was rendered inoperative, leaving him only his rifle with which to meet the advancing Japanese, who hurled grenades and directed knee mortar shells into the perimeter. He warily changed position, secured more ammunition and reloading repeatedly, cut down waves of the fanatical enemy with devastating fire or clubbed them to death in hand-to-hand combat. When assistance arrived, he had thwarted the assault and was in complete control of the area. Thirty-eight dead Japanese around the machinegun and 2 more at the side of a mortar 45 yards distant was the amazing toll he had exacted single-handedly. By his indomitable spirit, extraordinary fighting ability, and unwavering courage in the face of tremendous odds, Pvt. McKinley saved his company from possible annihilation and set an example of unsurpassed intrepidity.
    1945 - Off the coast of Okinawa, the carrier USS Bunker Hill was hit by two kamikazes, killing 346 of its crew. Although badly damaged, the ship returned to the U.S. under its own power. It was still under repair when the war ended.  Aboard was radioman-gunner Paul Newman, later the award-winning actor and food entrepreneur, and Disney CEO Cardon Walker who was the only flight deck officer to survive the attack.
    1946 - Jack Barry, a familiar face on TV game shows, hosted "Juvenile Jury" on WOR Radio in New York City. The show was such a hit after five weeks on the air that it debuted on the Mutual Broadcasting System coast to coast. Maybe Barry became a bit too familiar in 1959. It was "Twenty One," the enormously popular show that Barry hosted, that led to the Quiz Show Scandal that rocked television and the U.S. Congress.
    1946 – Robert Jarvik was born in Midland, MI.  Jarvik joined the University of Utah’s artificial organs program in 1971, then headed by Willem Kolff, his mentor. At the time, the program used a pneumatic artificial heart design by Clifford Kwan-Gett that had sustained an animal in the lab for 10 days. Kolff assigned Jarvik to design a new heart that would overcome the problems of the Kwan-Gett heart, eventually culminating with the Jarvik-7 device.  Jarvik's name came to the forefront after the well-aired 1982 news coverage of the artificial heart implant.  William DeVries first implanted the Jarvik-7 into retired dentist Barney Clark at the University of Utah on December 2, 1982 who lived another 112 days.
    1946 - *TERRY, SEYMOUR W., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, Company B, 382d Infantry, 96th Infantry Division. Place and date: Zebra Hill, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 11 May 1945. Entered service at: Little Rock, Ark. Birth: Little Rock, Ark. G.O. No.: 23, 6 March 1946. Citation: 1st Lt. Terry was leading an attack against heavily defended Zebra Hill when devastating fire from 5 pillboxes halted the advance. He braved the hail of bullets to secure satchel charges and white phosphorus grenades, and then ran 30 yards directly at the enemy with an ignited charge to the first stronghold, demolished it, and moved on to the other pillboxes, bombarding them with his grenades and calmly cutting down their defenders with rifle fire as they attempted to escape. When he had finished this job by sealing the 4 pillboxes with explosives, he had killed 20 Japanese and destroyed 3 machineguns. The advance was again held up by an intense grenade barrage which inflicted several casualties. Locating the source of enemy fire in trenches on the reverse slope of the hill, 1st Lt. Terry, burdened by 6 satchel charges launched an l-man assault. He wrecked the enemy's defenses by throwing explosives into their positions and he accounted for 10 of the 20 hostile troops killed when his men overran the area. Pressing forward again toward a nearby ridge, his 2 assault platoons were stopped by slashing machinegun and mortar fire. He fearlessly ran across 100 yards of fire-swept terrain to join the support platoon and urge it on in a flanking maneuver. This thrust, too, was halted by stubborn resistance. 1st Lt. Terry began another 1 -man drive, hurling grenades upon the strongly entrenched defenders until they fled in confusion, leaving 5 dead behind them. Inspired by this bold action, the support platoon charged the retreating enemy and annihilated them. Soon afterward, while organizing his company to repulse a possible counterattack, the gallant company commander was mortally wounded by the burst of an enemy mortar shell. By his indomitable fighting spirit, brilliant leadership, and unwavering courage in the face of tremendous odds, 1st Lt. Terry made possible the accomplishment of his unit's mission and set an example of heroism in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
    1947 - B.F. Goodrich, from Akron, Ohio, announced the development of the tubeless tire.    
    1950 - After fans boo him for misplaying a ball, Ted Williams makes an inappropriate digital gesture three times (once to left, once to center, and once to right) to the Red Sox fans sitting in the outfield stands. During his next at bat, as the booing continues, the Splendid Splinter becomes the Splendid Spitter as Williams steps out of the box to spit at fans to show his displeasure.
    1953 - A devastating F5 tornado tore through downtown Waco, Texas. 114 people were killed and 597 were injured. Total damage was $41 million. Another tornado (F4) virtually leveled 15 square blocks of San Angelo, Texas with 13 people killed and 159 injured.
    1953 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "The Song from Moulin Rouge," Percy Faith Orchestra/Felicia Sanders.
    1955 - Top Hits
“Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” - Perez Prado
“Unchained Melody” - Les Baxter
“Honey-Babe” - Art Mooney
“In the Jailhouse Now” - Webb Pierce
    1955 - With the help of an Ernie Banks' grand slam, the Cubs snap the Dodgers' 11-game winning streak, 10-8. The bases-filled homer will be Mr. Cub’s first of five on the year.
    1956 - Birthday of American composer Jane Ellen in California.  Jane has received 20 consecutive annual awards from ASCAP; she has also won several national competitions. Commissioned by numerous performers and ensembles over the years, she is perhaps proudest to have received a commission from the Canossian Daughters of Charity, FdCC, for a hymn on the occasion of the canonisation of St Josephine Bakhita in Rome, in 2000.
    1957 - The Everly Brothers make their debut on "Grand Ole Opry" in Nashville, Tenn.
    1957 - It's safe bet that San Francisco will have a Major League team playing next season, The Chronicle learned. The team will probably be the New York Giants, who will transfer their long-standing feud with the Brooklyn Dodgers to California. The present plan calls for the Giants to move into Seals Stadium for the 1958 season and into a 70,000-seat stadium at South Basin near Hunters Point in 1959 that would become Candlestick Park.
    1957 – Buddy Holly and The Crickets auditioned for “The Arthur Godfrey Show” and were rejected.
    1959 - Twenty-three-year-old Carol Burnett made her musical comedy debut in “Once upon a Mattress” at the Phoenix Theatre in New York City. Only eight years later, the talented comedienne would star in her own Emmy-winning TV musical variety program. 
    1959 - Dave "Baby" Cortez' "The Happy Organ" hits #1
    1961 - President Kennedy approves sending 400 Special Forces troops and 100 other US military advisers to South Vietnam. On the same day, he orders the start of clandestine warfare against North Vietnam to be conducted by South Vietnamese agents under the direction and training of the CIA and US Special Forces troops. Kennedy's orders also called for South Vietnamese forces to infiltrate Laos to locate and disrupt communist bases and supply lines there.
    1963 - Top Hits
“I Will Follow Him” - Little Peggy March
“Puff the Magic Dragon” - Peter, Paul & Mary
“If You Wanna Be Happy” - Jimmy Soul
“Lonesome 7-7203” - Hawkshaw Hawkins
    1963 – Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers pitched the second of his four no-hitters, defeating the San Francisco Giants, 8-0.  The only baserunners were two walks. 
    1964 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "My Guy," Mary Wells. It is the first No. 1 hit for the Motown label.
    1964 - Britain's latest hot group, the Rolling Stones, are nonetheless refused service for lunch at Bristol, England's Grand Hotel because they're not properly attired in jackets and ties. The next day, the Daily Express calls them "the ugliest group in Britain" and remarks, "The Rolling Stones gather no lunch."
    1965 - Liza Minnelli opened in "Flora the Red Menace." The musical ran for only 87 performances at the Alvin Theatre.
    1966 - The 1.6 inch snow at Chicago, IL, was their latest measurable snow of record. Previously the record was 3.7 inches on the 1st and 2nd of May set in 1940.
    1968 - "The Birds, the Bees and the Monkees," which was certified gold upon its release in April, enters the LP charts at #80. In one week, pushed by the singles "Daydream Believer" and "Valleri," it will jump to #3.
    1969 - Beginning of one of the most infamous battles that signified the growing frustration with America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Attempting to seize Dong Ap Bia Mountain, American troops repeatedly scaled the hill over a 10-day period, often engaging in bloody hand-to-hand combat with the North Vietnamese. After finally securing the objective, American military decision makers chose to abandon it and the North Vietnamese retook it shortly thereafter. The heavy casualties in the struggle to take the hill inspired the name “Hamburger Hill.”
    1970 - Sammy Davis, Jr. marries his third wife, Altovise Gore, a dancer in his current Broadway hit “Golden Boy.” The Rev. Jesse Jackson presides; the couple would remain married for the rest of Davis' life.
    1970 – The group, The Chairmen of the Board, not Sinatra, received a gold record for the hit "Give Me Just a Little More Time." The Detroit group recorded three other songs in 1970, with moderate success. 
    1970 - Lubbock, Texas was struck by a tornado rated F5 on the Fujita Scale. 26 people were killed and 500 were injured. The total damage was estimated at $135 million which was considered conservative. 600 apartment units were destroyed along with 430 houses. 250 businesses were damaged or destroyed. 80 percent of the windows in the downtown area were broken.
    1970 - The triple album "Woodstock" soundtrack is released on Cotillion Records. The document of the epochal rock festival will go gold within two weeks.  The soundtrack L.P. to the original Woodstock festival was released. The three record set featured many of the top Rock artists of the time, including Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joe Cocker and The Who.
    1971 - Top Hits
“Joy to the World” - Three Dog Night
“Never Can Say Goodbye” - The Jackson 5
“I Am...I Said” - Neil Diamond
“How Much More Can She Stand” - Conway Twitty
    1972 - The Giants trade Willie Mays to the Mets for right-hander Charlie Williams and $50,000 cash. The ‘Say-Hey Kid’, who is clearly past his prime, returns the city where he brilliantly began his Hall of Fame career.
    1972 - John Lennon makes another celebrated guest appearance on ABC-TV's “Dick Cavett Show” and casually tells Cavett that he believes the FBI is wiretapping his phone in order to gather evidence for his deportation. As it turns out, he's entirely correct.
    1973 - Charges against Daniel Ellsberg for his role in the "Pentagon Papers' case were dismissed. 
    1974 - Steely Dan's "Rikki, Don't Lose That Number" is released.
    1974 - Three Dog Night's "The Show Must Go On" reaches #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 and #1 on the Cashbox best sellers chart. The song turns out to be the band's final Top Twenty hit and their last Gold single.
    1974 - Elvis Presley plays a show at the Los Angeles Forum, attended by members of Led Zeppelin who were also in town for a gig. Upon learning of his famous fans, Elvis turns to his backup band after a somewhat sloppy opening number and jokingly admonishes them: "Wait a minute. Let's see if we can start together, fellas, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there. Let's try to look like we know what we’re doing." Afterwards, the band meets Elvis backstage and is more than a little star struck; Zeppelin manager Peter Grant and Elvis spontaneously swap their expensive watches, and then Robert Plant, just before the meeting breaks up, finally summons up the courage to sing Elvis' 1956 hit "Love Me." Elvis joins in for a few bars.
    1975 - Eighty thousand turn out in New York's Central Park to celebrate the end of the Vietnam War.
    1978 - Brigadier General Margaret A. Brewer became the Marine Corps' first female general officer. She was assigned Director of Information, Headquarters Marine Corps. Brewer had been Director of the Women Marines, the seventh and last women's director, succeeding Colonel Sustad on 1 February 1973. During Brewer's tenure, the Women Marine Corps was disbanded and all women were made a part of the regular Marine Corps.
    1979 - Top Hits
“Reunited” - Peaches & Herb
“Music Box Dancer” - Frank Mills
“Stumblin’ In” - Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
“Backside of Thirty” - John Conlee
    1979 - Peaches and Herb, the sweet-singing soul duo, receive a platinum record for "Reunited," a Number One hit for four weeks.
    1981 - Heavyweight boxing challenger Gerry Cooney left former champ Ken Norton on the ropes and unconscious after 54 seconds of the first round at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 
    1981 - The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Cats" opened in London. The composer had to mortgage his house to help finance the $1.1 million production. Since then, "Cats" has grossed more than one billion dollars in more than a dozen countries, including Canada. On May 11th, 1989, "Cats" became London's longest-running musical, playing its 3,358th performance. And on January 29th, 1996, it set the world record for longevity with its 6,138th performance. 
    1985 - Scott Brayton turned in the fastest lap ever at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Brayton was traveling at 214.199 MPH in the third lap of qualifying. Duane ‘Pancho’ Carter grabbed the pole position for that years Indianapolis 500. Carter entered the history books with a speed of 212.583 MPH for four qualifying laps around the 2.5 mile track at Indy. 
    1987 – The first heart-lung transplant was performed by Dr. Bruce Reitz of the Stanford University School of Medicine.
    1987 - Top Hits
“(I Just) Died in Your Arms” - Cutting Crew
“Looking for a New Love” - Jody Watley
“With or Without You” - U2
“The Moon is Still Over Her Shoulder” - Michael Johnson
    1988 - Unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the southwestern U.S. Reno, NV, reported a record high of 89 degrees.
    1988 - On the occasion of his 100th birthday, legendary Tin Pan Alley songwriter Irving Berlin is serenaded by a crowd of fans singing his standards outside his New York apartment.  Celebrities from Frank Sinatra to Isaac Stern, Ray Charles to Leonard Bernstein paid musical tribute to Irving Berlin on his 100th birthday. The Carnegie Hall concert ended with all the performers singing "There's No Business like Show Business." Berlin himself did not attend but members of his family were there.    
    1989 - Roy Orbison was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York. Eric Clapton presented the award to Orbison's widow, Barbara.
    1990 - Unseasonably cold weather followed in the wake of a spring storm in the north central U.S. Seven cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Madison, WI with a reading of 29 degrees. Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Kansas, Oklahoma and the northern half of Texas. Severe thunderstorms spawned four tornadoes in Texas.
    1990 - Singer Ritchie Valens ("La Bamba," "Donna") receives a posthumous star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
    1994 - The Justice Department approved Novell's plans to purchase WordPerfect Corporation on this day in 1994. Novell also bought Borland's spreadsheet business, in an attempt to create a suite of office applications to compete with Microsoft Office. Novell's ownership of WordPerfect lasted less than two years.
    1997 - U.S. box office receipts to date for the film “Jerry McGuire,” starring Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding, Jr., had climbed to $150,850,000; “The English Patient” had brought in $76,259,531. Top box office producer on this date, however, was George Lucas's re-released science fiction classic, “Return of the Jedi,” which had a reported accumulated U.S. box office gross of $308,453,687; trailing behind it was the re-released “The Empire Strikes Back,” with an accumulated gross of $290,158,751. 
    1997 - IBM's supercomputer Deep Blue made chess history by defeating Gary Kasparov, the first time a reigning world champion had been bested in a match by a machine. 
    1999 - After two years of work, Columbia Records released Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin's fifth album, a self-titled cross-over to English. This album was a calculated decision, and the album's first hit, "Livin' La Vida Loca" shot to the top of the charts. Martin's third and fourth solo efforts went gold. His fourth album "Vuelve" had sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. 
    2003 - In his last at-bat on the current home stand, 38-year-old first baseman Rafael Palmeiro drives a 3-2 fastball thrown by Indian hurler David Elder to become the second player this season and 19th overall to hit his 500th career home run. The 370-foot shot over the right field wall at The Ballpark in Arlington makes Raffy the first native of Cuba to reach the coveted milestone.
    2004 - After missing yesterday's game to become to become an American citizen, Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez, much to the delight of the Fenway faithful, leads his teammates out of the dugout waving an American flag to celebrate his first day as a citizen of the United States. As the 31-year native Dominican Republic comes to bat, “America” by Neil Diamond is played over the PA system.
    2004 - In Pittsfield, MA, city officials and historians released a bylaw dating back to 1791 which they believe is the earliest written reference to baseball. The 213-year-old document, used to protect the windows in the town's new meeting house by prohibiting anyone from playing baseball within 80 yards of the building, was uncovered by baseball historian John Thorn while doing research on the origins of baseball.  
    2005 - Strong thunderstorms affected parts of the U.S. Great Plains. In the Hastings, Nebraska area, significant severe weather occurred, including very large hail, damaging winds and widespread flooding. Radar estimated rainfall accumulation locally exceeded 10 inches.
    2006 - Hideki Matsui’s streak of playing in every game since starting his MLB career with the Yankees in 2003 ends at 518 games as the left fielder breaks his left wrist attempting to make a diving catch. Going back to his days in Nippon Pro Baseball, he had appeared in 1,768 consecutive games after playing in 1,250 straight for the Yomiuri Giants from 1993-2002. The 31-year Japanese star established the big league record for consecutive games to start a career, surpassing Hall of Fame infielder Ernie Banks, who played in 424 contests at the start of his playing days with Cubs from 1953-56.
    2012 - A memorial service was held for San Diego Chargers' Junior Seau; his #55 was retired by the team. Seau committed suicide with a gunshot wound to the chest earlier this year at the age of 43. Later studies by the NIH concluded that Seau suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a type of chronic brain damage that has also been found in other deceased former NFL players.  On April 22, 2015, a final settlement was reached between players and the NFL in the case involving head injuries. Terms include payments to be made by the NFL for $75 million for "baseline medical exams" for retired players, $10 million for research and education, as well an uncapped amount for retirees "who can demonstrate that they suffer from one of several brain conditions covered by the agreement", with total payments expected to exceed $1 billion over 65 years.  In September 2015, researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University announced that they had identified CTE in 96 percent of NFL players that they had examined and in 79 percent of all football players.  On March 14, 2016, the top NFL official, Jeff Miller, publicly admitted that there is a link between football and CTE at the roundtable discussion on concussions. 
    2015 - Two art works set world records at a Christie's auction in New York, with Pablo Picasso's painting 'Women of Algiers Version O' selling for $160 million and Alberto Giacometti's sculpture 'Pointing Man' selling for $141.3 million.
    2016 – The Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer tied the Major League record by striking out 20 in the Nats’ 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers, his former team. Scherzer did not walk a batter and of his 120 pitches, 98 were strikes.  He would go on to a 20-7 record, winning the Cy Young Award to become the 6th pitcher in history to win it in each league. 



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