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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Today's Leasing News Headlines

In Case You Missed the Leasing News Extra
    Governor Jerry Brown Signs SB 1235
Position Wanted – Credit
   Work Remotely or Relocate Cross-Border or International
More Changes at Direct Capital, Portsmouth, Maine
    Company Changing Direction under CIT Group
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
   and Related Industries
National Equipment Finance Association Conference
   Report by Allen Levine, Partner, Madi$on Capital
Channel Partners September 2018: Last 20 Deals
   Business Type/FICO/TIB/Annual Revenue/Funding Amt/Term
Timeline Guess SB 1235 Rate Disclosures
  Estimates from the California Department of Business Oversight
CFLA Names its David Powell Member of the Year 2017-2018
   Hugh Swandel
Terrier/West Highland Terrier
  Sacramento, California Adopt a Dog
deBanked San Diego Connect
   Brief Report
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Terrifying climate change warning:
   12 years until we’re doomed

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In Case You Missed the Leasing News Extra
Governor Jerry Brown Signs SB 1235

Extra: Senator Glazer Press Release: 

(The expected timeline of implementation is included in this News Edition)



Position Wanted – Credit
Work Remotely or Relocate Cross-Border or International

Rob Aldridge

Silverton, Oregon 
30 years’ experience, 20 for others and 10 as a broker. Intelligent, innovative and usually exceeded quotas. Have worked most asset and credit types, indirect (vendor and syndications) as well as direct, mainly mid to large ticket. Cross-border and international experience.  Most recently focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency, which remain underserviced as to financing options. I live in Oregon, not interested in relocation (unless it is international), but any level of travel is fine. Dual USA/Canada citizenship. Looking for base salary plus upside, open to any reasonable options.
Rob Aldridge. 

Each Week Leasing News is pleased, as a service to its readership, to offer completely free ads placed by candidates for jobs in the industry. These ads also can be accessed directly on the website at: 

Each ad is limited to (100) words and ads repeat for up to 6 months unless the candidate tells us to stop.



More Changes at Direct Capital, Portsmouth, Maine
Company Changing Direction under CIT Group

Eric Renaud is no longer Chief Operating Office. He had joined the company February, 2005. He appears available, according to his profile:

Michael Willerer, brother of Chris and Jim Broom, and head of Direct Capital Corporation (DCC) operations, has left after over 20 years with the business and has moved on to Alliance Funding as Director of Operations, East Coast. He joined the company August, 1997.

Michael Harmon, also a long time DCC employee in Sales, since September, 2004, has reportedly left.

There has been a slow decline in the amount of employees at DCC offices, and it appears positions are not being back filled. Empty offices and desks reportedly adorn the office space.

Alliance Funding in Southern California is opening a New Hampshire office like Ascentium Capital, Balboa Capital, Marlin Business Services, and others. They are reported to be recruiting DCC employees heavily

When CIT Bank took over in late 2015, there were a lot of changes. At the time, Leasing News reported September 14, 2015:

“Now at Ascentium Capital:
David Lyder - Exec
Brian Varney - Sales Director
Chris Foss - Sales
Stan Dumont - Underwriter
Christine Nelson - Funding
Joseph Hennigar - Sales
Melissa Scheu - Funding
Kristen Morey - Marketing Director
Eric Bisson - Sales
Shawn Flanagan - Sales
George Atkins - Sales
Eric Meffert - Sales
David Quinn - Sales
Richard Scheib - Sales
Debra Varnum - Funding
Emily Gallagher - Sales
Josh Mabee - Sales
Justin Dearborn - Sales
Mike Howard - Sales

Richard Henderson - Sr. VP Now at Marlin
Dan Krajewski - VP - Now at Banc of California
Joe Schlegal - Business Development." (1)

The company co-founder, David Murray, moved on earlier, starting another company with the Brooms’ financial connections. He was the brains that saw Portsmouth as an area to hire young recruits, living well due to the low costs of the area, skiing, not far from Boston, train them, using his marketing techniques and financial technology (one of the first in his field). The area now has attracted other companies.

Upon the purchase, the press release said, "“CIT Agrees to Acquire Technology-Driven Lender Direct Capital. Expands Small Business and Middle-Market Lending and Leasing Capabilities Through Proprietary Online Lending Platform." (1)  One of the reasons DCC has always been in the top of the Leasing News quarterly most visited websites (it used to be number one all the time, but not today). (2)

But things often change when banks take over leasing companies.  They buy them for their performances, employees, portfolio, and then many of the leasing companies become the way the banks are run, particularly when they create the problems with the changes they make, including most often changing top management, plus rearranging sales personnel commissions.




New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Gabriella Cafaro was hired as Relationship Manager, Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas. She is located in the Greater New York City Area.  Previously, she was at GSG Financial, starting July, 2014, Transaction Manger; promoted January, 2017  as Sales Representative;  PR Intern, Atlantic Records (April 2013–August 2013); Intern, Core Services (May 2012–August 2012); Receptionist, Salon K (April 2011–August 2011). Volunteer: Zeta Tau Alpha Representative, Susan G. Komen (February, 2013). Education: Florida Southern College, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (2010–2014). (Open) 9 courses. Morristown High School.

Doreen Cropp was hired as Vice President, Business Development Officer, Beneficial Bank, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is based in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Previously, she was Business Development Manager, TCF Equipment Finance (October, 2016 - July, 2018); Vice President, Business Development, DLL (February, 2012 - August, 2016); Business Development, CIT, Healthcare Vendor Finance (March, 2012 - February, 2013); Vice President, Business Development, U.S. Equipment Finance (April, 2007 - April, 2012); Vice President, USBEF/US Bancorp Oliver-Allen Technology Leasing (2007 - 2008); Vice President, Citigroup (2003 - 2007); Vice President, HPSC (GE) (2001 - 2002); President, Centaur Financial Services, Inc. (1992 - 2001); District Manager, AT&T/Eaton Financial (1990 -1993): Vice President, Capital Leasing, Inc. (1991 - 1992); Regional Sales Manager, Lease First (1988 - 1990). Community Service, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (September, 2013).  Education: Security Pacific National Bank Officer Program. Graduate: Banking, Finance (1977- 1988).  Graduate with Honors in an Officer Candidate Program in Loans and Lending (2 year program).

Morgan Finn, SHRM-CP, was promoted to HR General, LeasePlan, USA, Atlanta, Georgia.  She joined the firm September, 2014, and her previous position was HR Coordinator.  Previously, she was HR Coordinator, Dimensional Thinking (September, 2011 - May, 2014); HR Coordinator, the Wendy's Company (previously Wendy's/Arby's Group) (September, 2008 - September, 2011); HR Assistant, Arby's Restaurant Group (October, 2006 - September, 2008).  Education: Valdosta State University, Bachelor's Degree, Business Management (2001 -2005). Activities and Societies: Chi Omega, Boys & Girls Club, Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE).

Brian Jankins was hired as Senior Regional Sales Manager, TCF Equipment Finance, Minnetonka, Minnesota.  He is located in the Greater Boston Area. Previously, he was Senior BD Officer, Midland States Bank (January, 2017 - September, 2018); Senior BD Officer, Scottrade Bank Equipment Finance (October, 2015 - January, 2018);; Senior Manager, American Express (December,2013 - October, 2015); Director Sales Operations & Customer Service, Vertical USA LLC (Septembers, 2009 - November, 2013); Vendor Channel Sales Manager, TimePayment Corp. (July 2008 - July, 2009); Regional Vice President, GE (August, 2002 - July, 2008); Sales/Operations, AT&T (September, 1991 - August, 2002). Community Service: Volunteer: Board of Directors, Sutton Youth Soccer (April, 2010 - Present).  Education: Western New England University, BS, Management, 3.1.
(1986 - 1990).  Activities and Societies: Men's NCAA Basketball Team; Deans List; Who's Who among College Leaders; School of Business Peer Tutor.

Mathew LaRosa was hired as Loan Specialist, Berkadia, New York, New York.  He is located in the Greater Philadelphia area. Previously, he was Senior Case Manager, Ocwen Financial Corporation, US (April, 2013 - June, 2018); Financial Services Representative, TD (January, 2012 - April, 2013); Annuity Specialist, Prudential Financial (June, 2010 - January, 2012). Education: Towson University, Bachelor's degree, Sport and Fitness Administration/Management (2004 - 2009).

Chris Lehnes was hired as Senior Loan Officer, Factoring and Asset Based Lending, Live Oak Bank, Wilmington, North Carolina. He is located in the Great New York City Area. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Business Development Officer, North Mill Capital LLC (January, 2016 - September, 2018); Senior Vice President, Loan Originations Officer, Gibraltar Business Capital (November, 2013 – January, 2016); Business Development Officer, Versant Funding, LLC (September, 2008 – November, 2013); SVP, Director of Strategic Alliances, Ciena Capital (October, 2007 – September, 2008); Vice President of Business Development, CIT Small Business Lending (June, 2000 – September, 2007); AVP Cross Selling, CIT Small Business Lending (December, 1977– June, 2000); Education: Lafayette College, BA, Economics and Business (1988 – 1992). Activities and Societies: Theta Chi Fraternity

David Omicinski, Vice President and Commercial Banking Manager, Ballston Spa National Bank, Ballston Spa, New York. Previously, he was at Citizens Commercial Banking, starting July, 2007 as Vice President, Equipment Finance Originations in Middle Market and Mid-Corporate Commercial; promoted November, 2013, Vice President and Director, Retail Petroleum Finance; District Manager, Syndicator and Credit Officer, Key Equipment Finance (December., 1998 - July, 2007); Assistant Vice President, Key Bank (October, 1992 - December, 1998); Management Trainee, Branch Manager and Corporate Development Officer, Fleet/Norstar Bank (June,1986 - October, 1992). Education: Siena College, B.S. Finance (1982 - 1986).

Tim O'Sullivan was hired as Director of Global Accounts and Business Development, International Decision Systems, London, United Kingdom.  He is located Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, United Kingdom.  Previously, he was Managing Director, Europe, NETSOL Technologies, Inc. (September, 2016 - June, 2018); Software/Services Consultant, Financing and Leasing (January, 2012 - August, 2014); Sales Director, SunGard (January, 2006 - December, 2011); Partner, FRCS Limited (1990 - 2005). Education: UCL (1989 - 1992).

Marie Pepper was promoted to Dedicated Account Director, LeasePlan, USA, Alpharetta, Georgia. She joined the firm April, 2018, as Client Consultant.  Previously, she was Sales Support Manager, Premier Financial Service, LLC (June, 2011 - March, 2018); Sales Merchandiser, the Hershey Company (2008 - 2011). Education: North Central College. BA, Organizational Communication, General (1991 - 1994).

Ricardo Rios, Jr. was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, Commercial Equipment Finance, Inc., San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He joined the company March, 2009, and his previous position was Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Previously, he was Business Head, GE Capital of Puerto Rico (August, 2008 - January, 2009); Business Head/Puerto Rico Operations, CitiCapital, a division of Citigroup (August, 2000 - July, 2008); Business Head for the Puerto Rico Operations, Associates Commercial Corporation (January, 1996 - July, 2000). Education: North Harris County College (1982 - 1984). Business Administration and Finance.  Unversidad del Sagrado Corazon (1972-1974).

Scott Soslow was hired as Vice-President Officer at Beneficial Equipment Finance Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  Previously, he was Senior Business Development Manager, Strategic Accounts Group, Marlin Business Services Corp. (November, 2013 - August,2018); Principal Partner, Summitt Professional Associates, L.L.C. (January, 2010 - November, 2013); business Development Manager, AEL Financial, LLC ( August, 2008 - January, 2010); Director of Sales, Healthcare Division, Irwin Commercial Finance (July, 2006 - July, 2008); Healthcare Group Director, LEAF Financial Corporation (November, 2003 - June, 2006). Education: Temple University, BA, Political Science (1975 - 1979). Activities and Societies: Debate Team.

Russ Swersky was named President, National Legacy Capital Group, San Diego, California.  Previously, he was Vice President, Working Capital Division, Alliance Funding Group (April, 2015 - 2018); Vice President, Equipment Finance, Commercial Finance and Leasing Bank of Cardiff (January, 2013 - March, 2015); Senior Finance Manager, AXIS Capital, Inc. (July, 2012 - January, 2013); Sales Director, Team Leader, Equipment Leasing (January, 2006 - October, 2012); National Accounts Manager, Equipment Leasing, North Star Funding Corporation (December, 2008 - July, 2012); Team Leader, Five Point Capital (2006 - 2008).  Education: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Business, Entrepreneurial Management (2001 - 2005). Activities and Societies: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, AIESEC International Business Club.  La Jolla High School (1998 - 2001).

Justin Thompson, CLFP, was promoted to Chief Revenue Officer, National Funding, San Diego.  He was named Executive Vice President of Sales, February, 2012, and continues in this role.  Previously, he was Director of Sales & Operations, Reliant Services Group (November, 2010 - February, 2012); Director of Sales, National Funding, January, 2002 - November, 2009). Education: Kennesaw State University.



National Equipment Finance Association Conference
Report by Allen Levine, Partner, Madi$on Capital

Charlotte Marriot City Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

I could just say WOW, and end it. Then, everyone would call and ask was that a good or bad WOW?” Well, after 40 plus years in the industry, and not senile, it was one of the best events I have been too. Meaningful educational sessions offered something for even those who think they invented the business. There were 2 days of sessions and something for all, including social time.

With about 350 in attendance, there was always someone with whom to chat.....and pick each other’s brains. Also, there was large number of first timers. In short, a new group brings new energy and signals our industry is attracting youth who understand this is a great environment in which to build a career.

Also, I have never seen, at predecessor NEFA events, so many exhibitors willing to lend money. I will not say transaction credit requirements are relaxed. If I did, everyone would jump down my throat; however, this guy remembers way fewer funding sources being more rigid about lending rules. Let’s leave it “this was a broker/lessor friendly environment.”  Also, it goes without mention that numerous service organizations were there to help provide the many ancillary support platforms needed to grow a finance company.

The general session had an excellent speaker giving his opinion about our country’s economic health. No one needed to tell you that our economy is thriving. In short, it is hard to find employees as we are basically at full employment.  Looking forward, it was predicted we would have about 1.5 to 2 years of a continuing robust economy. For the record, this mirrors an economic seminar I attended 6 months ago where 2 years of feasting was predicted and then a few years of famine.

Gerry and Jamie Egan
(Photo: Allan Levine)
Last, but not least, here’s to retiring Gerry Egan and wife Jamie. Gerry took a surviving organization and turned it into educational, business building, networking, friend making exciting group. He and wife Jamie have been the driving force to what culminated their careers at this event. Gerry grew it and threw his own unintended testimonial. HATS OFF.

In summation, the industry is alive and well. There are many looking to loan money. For those looking to take it, that will not be an issue. No one has ever refused $$$$$$. Watch your credits.

Allan Levine
Equipment and Vehicle Lease or Financing Solutions
11433 Cronridge Drive  Suite F
Owings Mills, Md. 21117-2992                  
Direct Line: 443.796.7337
Office fax: 443.796.7200
Assistant: Rachael Broderick 443 796 7338








 Timeline Guess SB 1235 Rate Disclosures
Estimates from the California Department of Business Oversight

First, California Senator Steve Glazer's bill applies to transactions that take place in California.  It does not apply to banks or their subsidiaries (most discounters and brokers are not agents of the bank or the subsidiary and sign this in the “Representation and Warranty” form). It does not apply to those doing less than five transactions a year. The law only applies to those who are licensed in the State of California as well as MCAs and Factors.

There is enforcement for non-licensed firms, but it is through civil litigation by aggrieved parties. In reality, the DBO jurisdiction to enforce the law as a violation of the California Finance Law extends only to licensees.

There are other exceptions and perhaps it is better explained in the actual bill (1)     
Tom Dresslar is no longer the head of the California Department of Public Information.  He has retired a second time.

Lila Mirrashidi, Deputy Commissioner, Policy at California Department of Business Oversight, is fulfilling Tom Dresslar’s position. 

She reiterated, “SB 1235 will become law as of January 1, 2019.  It allows the DBO time to develop and implement procedures for fulfill the new responsibilities under the law.  That includes developing new regulations under rule-making procedures under California law, which often take a year or longer to allow for publication, public review and comment, and final adoption.   

“It should be noted that with SB 1235, California becomes the first state to adopt such small-business lending requirements, meaning that there are no other examples in existence for guidance.“

There is a state election November with a new governor who may or may not appoint the current Commissioner, Jan Lynn Owen. Whether Lila Mirrashidi will be permanently appointed is also not known.  This may likely affect the Timeline.

So starting with a timeline suggested by Lila Mirrashidi, the actual law does not go in effect until January 1, 2019, but there is a caveat that the DBO comes up with a formula for full disclosure. The department has an existing system for adopting regulations, and this will be done by regulation.
It should also be possible to find that system and some estimated timelines for public input, as they have done this before.

The annual reporting form will also have to be development and may be reported via a computer program available on the intern

The form requires:
(1) The total amount of funds provided.
(2) The total dollar cost of the financing.
(3) The term or estimated term.
(4) The method, frequency, and amount of payments.
(5) A description of prepayment policies.
(6) The total cost of the financing expressed as an annualized rate.

The Projected Timeline Guess:

Fall 2018: information gathering, outreach to stakeholders.

Winter 2018-19: Begin regulatory process with some sort of statement of intent or mission, open a public comment period. The task will be to define each of the metrics “amount financed,” “total cost,” estimated term, and to determine which annualized rate (APR or an alternative) to require.

Spring 2019: Begin drafting regulation.

Summer 2019: Post a draft regulation and take more public comment.

Fall or early 2020: Adopt regulation; send to the Office of Administrative Law for final approval.
There more than likely will be a 90 or 180 day ramp up period after the regulations take effect, but before anyone has to comply.

  1. Other Exceptions



### Press Release ############################

CFLA Names its David Powell Member of the Year 2017-2018
Hugh Swandel
Senior Managing Director, The Alta Group

MONTREAL, QUEBEC. At its 45th Annual conference CFLA Chairman Richard McAuliffe announced the “CFLA David Powell Member of the Year 2017-2018”:

This year in recognition his 22 years of service to CFLA and the asset-based finance and leasing industry, CFLA’s Board of Directors renamed the CFLA Member of Year Award, the David Powell Member of the Year Award. This Award recognizes individuals, volunteers from corporate members, who work for the Association, and are committed to its goals. “These volunteers are wonderful examples of those who are pleased to give back to their industry,” said Richard McAuliffe, CFLA Chairman. “Their generous efforts are a significant contribution to their Association, to its members and to the industry as a whole.”

Most members look first and foremost to CFLA to advocate the views and support the interests of our industry with governments. This is inevitably a complex technical challenge. The starting point is always to ensure that CFLA has a deep and practical understanding of the issue and its impact on the industry and the broader economy. It is not enough to complain, we have to offer practical solutions.

This is only possible with the help of over 150 individuals from CFLA members who volunteer their time and effort to ensure the success of CFLA and the asset-based finance and leasing industry.
 The importance of volunteerism to CFLA’s success was recognized by the CFLA Chairman when announcing the David Powell Member of the Year, emphatically stating: “CFLA’s success in servicing its members and advocating for the industry is only possible through the valuable voluntary contributions made by our many members.”

Some go above and beyond in helping our industry.

“One member who time and time again steps up and stands out in his unwavering support of the asset based finance and leasing industry is Hugh Swandel. Hugh does so with only one goal in mind; the betterment of the industry he has dedicated his life to and is so passionate about.”

In recognizing Hugh’s contribution to CFLA, its Chairman, Richard McAuliffe reviewed Hugh’s many achievements over the past year saying: “Hugh has been instrumental is ensuring the successful launch of CFLA’s Research Committee, the successful completion of the CFLA backed C.D. Howe Institute report – Tooling Up: Canada Needs More Robust Capital Investment and initiating and laying the foundation for the first ever CFLA Business Confidence Survey.” Hugh, “in connection with his partners in the Research Committee, has also begun the hard work of identifying the key data points, drafting critical research questions, and formulating the methodology required for the development of a benchmark survey to help CFLA and the industry discover which sectors are most profitable and stay on top of industry trends.”

However, Hugh’s contributions to the industry and CFLA go back much further than this past year. During the global credit crisis, Hugh prepared materials and provide insight into the impact of the credit crisis on Canadian independent finance companies. He presented to the advisory committee to the minister of finance and was later asked to provide commentary to the C.D. Howe Institute at policy development discussions with government and industry representatives. CFLA’s Chairman remarked; “Hugh is a past CFLA Member of the Year recipient, receiving the award in 2006 and again in 2010, as one of the volunteer instructors for the Canadian Lease On-Demand education program (CLEO).’”

“Hugh, for all this, your enthusiasm for your industry and your support of your Association, we thank you.

#### Press Release #############################


Terrier/West Highland Terrier
Sacramento, California Adopt a Dog

Age: 2 Years
Coat: Short
Color: Tan
Size: Small
Altered: Now Spayed
De-Clawed: No
Special Needs: No
Good with Cat: No
Good with Dogs: Yes
Good with Kit: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Adoption Fee: $95

Katie is a very sweet, very active and playful dog. She will settle down right away when her human tells her that playtime is over but would do best in a home with another dog or with a family/person that will offer lots of exercise and who is home frequently. She loves for you to toss toys for her to fetch! She quickly brings them back for another throw. Katie can be found running around her foster home with a toy in her mouth, waiting for you to play! She loves tug-o-war too. She sleeps quietly on a dog bed on the floor near her foster mom, but is not a fan of the crate. Katie also loves her walks and has great leash manners! Katie is not a good fit for homes with cats as she chases them. She is ready to meet candidates now and will be ready for placement when her spay heals (after 10/2).

If you're interested in adopting Katie, please call 916.556.1155 or e-mail Be sure to include your name and phone number so that we can get back to you.

Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary
6001 Folsom Blvd
Wednesday - Sunday
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Adopt-a-Pet by Leasing Co. State/City

Adopt a Pet



deBanked San Diego Connect
Brief Report


Jennie Villano, Vice President of Business Development at Kalamata Capital Group, reported on, "The San Diego Fair was a hit!  Always great to see everyone as well as getting to meet so many others within the industry.  Thank you again to Sean Murray for giving me the humble honor to speak.  Without you and your amazing team none of this would be possible."

Brief deBanked San Diego Recap
  By Todd Stone


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The Boston Herald; 10/13/2003; Tardiff, Nicole

Byline: Nicole Tardiff

I can't explain
the feeling I get
when I go to
a Red Sox
baseball game.

It's like this
BANG of energy that rushes through my veins.
I'm free.
The air is filled with
the spices of
hot dogs, pizza,
Fenway freshly cut grass.

I love it.
everyone is like me,
cheering on my fave
Red Sox players.
I'm not different.

I fit in.

Nicole Tardiff, 17, is a senior at Lexington High School. This poem was originally published in "2:25 P.M.," a book of poetry and prose from Lexington High School's participation in the Student Publishing Program.

Lexington's Student Publishing Program has been selected as one of the top high school writing programs in the country by Web del Sol, the largest nonprofit publisher of periodical contemporary literature in the United States.

See for more information about the Student Publishing Program and its free online literary magazine and writing resources


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This Day in History

    1000 - Norse Explorer Leif Ericson (970-1020) is believed to have landed at ‘Vinland’ in North America, discovering what is to become the United States.  Details are lacking but the estimate is that this was in New England, possibly Cape Cod.
    1007 - The first white child born in North America was Snorro, the son of Thorfinn and Gudrid Karlsefni, members of Leif Ericson's expedition to Vinland. Later Snorro became an important member of the Norse community in Iceland.
    1635 - Colonial American Separatist Roger Williams was banished from Massachusetts for preaching that civil government had no right to interfere in religious affairs. Williams was seeking to establish freedom of worship through the separation of church and state.  In 1636, he began the colony of Providence Plantation, now Rhode Island, which provided a refuge for religious minorities. Williams started the first Baptist church in America, the First Baptist Church of Providence.  Williams was also a student of Native American languages, an early advocate for fair dealings with Native Americans, and arguably the first abolitionist in North America, having organized the first attempt to prohibit slavery in any of the British American colonies.
    1701 - The colonial legislature of Connecticut chartered the Collegiate School. Originally based at the house of the first rector in Killingworth, the school moved to New Haven in 1716, and shortly thereafter took the name Yale College to honor its early benefactor, merchant Elihu Yale. ).
    1747 - Colonial missionary to the New England Indians, David Brainerd died of tuberculosis (brought on by exposure) at age 29. Following his death, the publication of "Brainerd's Journal" by Jonathan Edwards influenced hundreds to become missionaries after him.
    1767 - Surveying for the Mason-Dixon Line separating Maryland and Pennsylvania was completed.
    1776 - Mission Delores was completed at Yerba Buena. A party of 247 Spanish colonists consecrated their newly-founded mission, known as San Francisco. The city grew around the mission and, in 1847, changed its name to San Francisco. Formerly known as Mission San Francisco de Asis, the mission survived the great earthquake and fire of 1906. It is the oldest building in San Francisco. It also has parts of the first church built in San Francisco, Tule Arbor.
    1781 - At Yorktown, Virginia, American and French forces began shelling Gen. Cornwallis’ encircled army.
    1812 - American Lieutenant Jesse Duncan Elliot captured two British brigs, the Detroit and Caledonia, on Lake Erie in the War of 1812. Elliot set the brig Detroit ablaze the next day in retaliation for the British capture seven weeks earlier of the city of Detroit.
    1823 - Birthday of Mary Ann Shadd (d. 1893), Wilmington, Delaware. Publisher of Canada's first anti-slavery newspaper, "The Provincial Freeman," and the first woman in North America to publish and edit a newspaper.
    1830 - Harriet Hosmer (d. 1908) birthday, Watertown, MA.  U.S. sculptor. She is best known for the sculpture of the Puck at Smithsonian and the Zenobia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She lived most of her life in London or Rome and she is considered the first woman to actually earn an excellent living from her sculptures. Her showings in London were critically acclaimed - until her death. She was recognized as the premier woman sculptor of the times. Then in the usual way for women, her work was denigrated as not deserving a place in the first rank of sculptors. She was the toast of London, living for years under the care of noted actress Charlotte Cushman both in Rome and London. Cushman who had a lengthy history of affairs with women and played 30 masculine roles in her career including Hamlet, took Hosmer to Europe so that she could study. Her statue Beatrice Cenci was her first work in marble.
    1842 - Episcopal missionary James L. Breck was ordained a priest at Duck Creek, WI. In 1850, this "apostle of the wilderness" moved to Minnesota and, in 1858, founded the Seabury Divinity School. It is said that "no priest did more for the Episcopal Church in the West than Breck."
    1855 - Joshua Stoddard gets patent for steam calliope. Circus folk pronounce it "kally-ope," not "kuh-LYE-o-pee." At the start of the parade, when the boiler was filled with water, the calliope America weighed nine tons. This spectacular wagon was pulled by eight Percherons.
    1857 - Joseph C. Gayetty of New York City manufactured toilet paper of unbleached pearl-colored pure manila hemp paper. His name was watermarked on each sheet. It sold at 500 sheets for 50 cents and was known as “Gayetty's Medicated Paper—a perfectly pure article for the toilet and for the prevention of piles.” It did not catch on with the public. The first toilet paper to be marketed successfully was introduced by Edward and Clarence Scott of Philadelphia, PA, who sold it in small rolls in 1899. Son Arthur Scott invented what we call today, “Paper Towels.”
    1864 - At dawn, Generals George Custer and Wesley Merritt and their respective forces attacked the two wings of the Confederate cavalry under General Thomas Rosser. General Phillip Sheridan had been using his cavalry, under the command of General Alfred Torbert, to guard the foot soldiers as they burned farms and mills and slaughtered livestock. Torbert refused to allow his generals, George Custer and Wesley Merritt, to counterattack. He insisted they continue to stick close to the Union infantry. Sheridan heard of this and demanded that Torbert attack. Merritt's 3,500 Yankees overwhelmed General Lunsford Lomax's 1,500 troopers, but Custer had more difficulty. His 2,500 men faced 3,000 under the command of Rosser, who was, coincidentally, a close friend of Custer at West Point before the war. Custer observed that the Rebels were protected by the high bank of Tom's Creek, so he sent three of his regiments around Rosser's flank. Both groups of Confederates broke in retreat. The Yankees pursued the defeated Confederates for over 20 miles, a flight called the "Woodstock Races." The chase ended only when the Confederates reached the safety of Confederate General Jubal Early's infantry. The Yankees captured 350 men, 11 artillery pieces, and all of the cavalry's wagons and ambulances. Nine Union troopers were killed, and 48 were wounded. It was the most complete victory of Union cavalry in the eastern theater during the entire war.
    1865 – An underground pipeline for carrying oil is laid in Pennsylvania, the first in the US.
    1871 - The Great Chicago Fire was brought under control.
    1871 – Aaron Montgomery Ward (1844-1913) started his mail-order business.  It was a time when rural consumers longed for the comforts of the city, yet all too often were victimized by monopolists and overcharged by the costs of many middlemen required to bring manufactured products to the countryside. The quality of merchandise also was suspect and the hapless farmer had no recourse in a caveat emptor economy. Ward shaped a plan to buy goods at low cost for cash. By eliminating intermediaries, with their markups and commissions, and drastically cutting selling costs, he could sell goods to people, however remote, at appealing prices. He invited them to send their orders by mail and he delivered the purchases to their nearest railroad station.   Although his idea was generally considered to border on lunacy and his first inventory was destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire, Ward persevered. In August 1872, with two fellow employees and a total capital of $1,600, he formed Montgomery Ward & Company. 
    1873 – A meeting at the US Naval Academy established the US Naval Institute.
    1873 – Charles Walgreen (d. 1939) was born in Knoxville, IL.  As a young adult, he lost part of a finger in an accident at a shoe factory. The doctor who treated him persuaded him to become an apprentice for a local druggist. His interest in pharmacy dated from the time he was employed by D.S. Horton, a druggist in Dixon where he was apprenticed as a pharmacist. In 1893, Walgreen went to Chicago and became a registered pharmacist.  He enlisted with the 1st Illinois Cavalry for the Spanish-American war when he contracted malaria and yellow fever, which continued to plague him for the rest of his life.  After his discharge, Walgreen returned to Chicago and worked as a pharmacist for Isaac Blood. In 1901, when Blood retired, Walgreen bought the store from him. He opened a second store in 1909, and by 1916 owned nine drug stores, which he incorporated as Walgreen Co. Walgreens was one of the first chains to carry non-pharmaceuticals as a mainstay of the store's retail selection. Walgreens offered low-priced lunch counters, built its own ice cream factory, and introduced the malted milk shake in 1922. By 1927, Walgreen had established 110 stores.  As of August 31, 2016, the company operated 8,175 stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It is the second largest in the US behind CVS.
    1877 - The first animal humane society (national) was the American Humane Association, which was organized in Cleveland, OH. The first president was Edwin Lee Brown of Chicago, IL.
    1886 – Rube Marquardt (d. 1980) was born in Cleveland, OH.  Baseball Hall of Fame class of 1971.  Over 18 seasons with several clubs, he won 201 games including 19 in a row to start the 1912 season, the most to start a season in history. 
    1888 – The Washington Monument was officially opened to the public.
    1890 - Aimee Semple McPherson (d. 1944) birthday, Salford, Ontario, Canada.  Controversial U.S. Pentecostal evangelist. For the last 20 years of her life, she held sway in a $1.5 million Los Angeles temple, and broadcast the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. She was wealthy, famous and infamous, adored and hated. She built her appeal around faith healing and unfailing optimism. She used dramatic settings and costumes, a full orchestra, and highly dramatic sermons to mesmerize her audience. Her congregation numbered in the tens of thousands; she had a national broadcast, started a bible college, and churned out magazines eagerly purchased by her followers. Her church had 22,000 members at her death in 1944 and it quadrupled over the next decades. All this in spite of a scandalous private life that included three marriages, mysterious "disappearances" that were rumored to include a men (one proved) - and a raft of legal actions. She was called the "P.T. Barnum of religion.” Actually, she simply used modern music syncopations, lighting, and electricity to augment the bible-thumping style she had learned as a child with the Salvation Army in Canada.
    1903 - New York City received its heaviest rainfall with 9.40 inches at Battery Park and 11.17 inches at Central park in 24 hours, which established a state record. Severe flooding occurred in the Passaic Valley of New Jersey where more than fifteen inches of rain was reported.
    1903 – Traitor to Brooklyn, Walter O’Malley (d. 1979), was born in The Bronx.  In 1958, a time when the western-most Major League team was the Kansas City A’s, as owner of the Dodgers, he brought Major League baseball to the west coast, moving the Dodgers to Los Angeles despite the Dodgers being the 2nd most profitable team in baseball from 1946-1956. For this, he was long vilified by Brooklyn Dodgers fans.  However, pro-O'Malley parties describe him as a visionary for the same business action, and many authorities cite him as one of the most influential sportsmen of the 20th century. Other observers say that he was not a visionary, but instead a man who was in the right place at the right time, and regard him as the most powerful and influential owner in baseball after moving the team.   Regardless, they still hate him in Brooklyn!
    1905 – Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants defeated 26-game winner Ed Walsh, 3-0, in the first game of the all-shutout World Series.
    1906 - Snow flies at Chicago's West Side Park as the first one-city World Series opens with the 116-win Cubs heavy favorites. However, White Sox starter Nick Altrock outduels Three Finger Brown for a 2-1 victory.  The Sox went on to win the Series, 4 games to 2.
    1910 - Forest fires in Minnesota destroy six towns, killing 400 people and destroying $100 million worth of property.
    1915 - Singer Lee Wiley born Port Gibson, OK.
    1915 – President Woodrow Wilson became the first President to attend a World Series game.
    1916 - The recently formed Professional Golfers’ Association of America held it first championship (PGA) at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, NY. The trophy and the lion's share of the $2,850 purse, both offered by department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker, were won by British golfer Jim Barnes. The next two championships were canceled by World War I, Barnes won again in 1919.
    1916 - Babe Ruth pitches and wins longest World Series baseball game (14 innings) 2-1.  Thus began the longest consecutive scoreless innings streak, 29 2/3, in the World Series, a record that would last until 1961 when Whitey Ford’s streak reached 33 1/3, still the record.
    1918 – Watergate co-conspirator E. Howard Hunt (d. 2007) was born in Hamburg, NY.
    1919 - Cincinnati Reds defeat Chicago White Sox, 10-5, to win the World Series, five games to three, in an outstanding upset. It is later revealed that eight key Chicago players, subsequently dubbed the "Black Sox," conspired with gamblers to "throw" the series in response to working for one of the cheapest/sleaziest owners in the biz. Shoeless Joe Jackson was one of them. “Eight Men Out” is a loose film history, directed by John Sayles, of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal. The players received a pittance and turned to the only source of financial security they could find, the bookies.  Solid performance by John Cusack as the only player who refuses to go along, and a cameo by Studs Terkel.
    1920 - Birthday of flute and sax player Yusef Lateef (d. 2013), Chattanooga, TN.
    1928 – Babe Ruth, for the second time in his career, hit 3 HRs in a World Series game.  The Yankees swept this Series, becoming the first team in MLB history to sweep consecutive World Series.    
    1930 – Laura Ingalls became the first woman to fly across the US.  She completed a nine-stop journey from Roosevelt Field in New York to Glendale, Calif.
    1936 –  Count Basie records “Quintet,” first record date with great tenor player Lester Young, Chicago, IL.
    1936 - Harnessing the power of the mighty Colorado River, Hoover Dam begins sending electricity over transmission lines spanning 266 miles of mountains and deserts to run the lights, radios, and stoves of Los Angeles. Initially named Boulder Dam, work on the dam was begun under President Herbert Hoover's administration but was completed as a public works project during the Roosevelt administration (which renamed it for Hoover). When it was finished in 1935, the towering concrete and steel plug was the tallest dam in the world and a powerful symbol of the new federal dedication to large-scale reclamation projects designed to water the arid West. In fact, the electricity generated deep in the bowels of Hoover Dam was only a secondary benefit. The central reason for the dam was the collection, preservation, and rational distribution of that most precious of all western commodities, water. Under the guidance of the Federal Reclamation Bureau, Hoover Dam became one part of a much larger multipurpose water development project that tamed the wild Colorado River for the use of the growing number of western farmers, ranchers, and city dwellers.
    1938 - Sweeping the Cubs in four games, the Yankees become the first team in Major League history to win three consecutive World Series. Red Ruffing goes the distance beating Chicago, 8-3, at Yankee Stadium.  These were the Yankees of Gehrig, DiMaggio, Dickey, Gomez, and Henrich for Manager Joe McCarthy.
    1940 - Singer/composer John Lennon (d. 1980) birthday in Liverpool, England.
    1941 - FOSS, JOSEPH JACOB, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Fighting Squadron 121, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Place and date: Over Guadalcanal, 9 October to 19 November 1942, 15 and 23 January 1943. Entered service at: South Dakota. Born: 17 April 1 915, Sioux Falls, S. Dak. Citation: For outstanding heroism and courage above and beyond the call of duty as executive officer of Marine Fighting Squadron 121, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, at Guadalcanal. Engaging in almost daily combat with the enemy from 9 October to 19 November 1942, Capt. Foss personally shot down 23 Japanese planes and damaged others so severely that their destruction was extremely probable. In addition, during this period, he successfully led a large number of escort missions, skillfully covering reconnaissance, bombing, and photographic planes as well as surface craft. On 15 January 1943, he added 3 more enemy planes to his already brilliant successes for a record of aerial combat achievement unsurpassed in this war. Boldly searching out an approaching enemy force on 25 January, Capt. Foss led his 8 F -4F Marine planes and 4 Army P -38's into action and, undaunted by tremendously superior numbers, intercepted and struck with such force that 4 Japanese fighters were shot down and the bombers were turned back without releasing a single bomb. His remarkable flying skill, inspiring leadership, and indomitable fighting spirit were distinctive factors in the defense of strategic American positions on Guadalcanal.  Foss was later elected to be the first Commissioner of the American Football League in 1959.
    1942 - The last day of the October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as US Marines withdraw back across the Matanikau River after destroying most of the Japanese Army’s 4th Infantry Regiment. 
    1944 - KANDLE, VICTOR L., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near La Forge, France, 9 October 1944. Entered service at: Redwood City, Calif. Birth: Roy, Wash. G.O. No.: 37, 11 May 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On 9 October 1944, at about noon, near La Forge, France, 1st Lt. Kandle, while leading a reconnaissance patrol into enemy territory, engaged in a duel at pointblank range with a German field officer and killed him. Having already taken 5 enemy prisoners that morning, he led a skeleton platoon of 16 men, reinforced with a light machinegun squad, through fog and over precipitous mountain terrain to fall on the rear of a German quarry stronghold which had checked the advance of an infantry battalion for 2 days. Rushing forward, several yards ahead of his assault elements, 1st Lt. Kandle fought his way into the heart of the enemy strongpoint, and, by his boldness and audacity, forced the Germans to surrender. Harassed by machinegun fire from a position which he had bypassed in the dense fog, he moved to within 15 yards of the enemy, killed a German machine gunner with accurate rifle fire and led his men in the destruction of another machinegun crew and its rifle security elements. Finally, he led his small force against a fortified house held by 2 German officers and 30 enlisted men. After establishing a base of fire, he rushed forward alone through an open clearing in full view of the enemy, smashed through a barricaded door, and forced all 32 Germans to surrender. His intrepidity and bold leadership resulted in the capture or killing of 3 enemy officers and 54 enlisted men, the destruction of 3 enemy strongpoints, and the seizure of enemy positions which had halted a battalion attack. 
    1945 – A ticker-tape parade in NYC honored Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz and 13 Medal of Honor recipients from the Navy and Marines. 
    1946 - The first electric blanket manufactured; sold for $39.50
    1946 - Eugene O'Neill's "Iceman Cometh," premiered in New York City.
    1948 - The first African-American baseball player to hit a home run in a World Series was Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians, who hit a 425-foot drive in the third inning into right field at Cleveland, OH. Cleveland defeated the Boston Braves, 4-2.
    1948 – Jackson Browne was born in Heidelberg, Germany.  American singer-songwriter and musician who has sold over 18 million albums in the United States.  Coming to prominence in the 1970s, in 2015, Rolling Stone listed him as the 37th greatest songwriter of all time in its list of "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.”  In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and given an honorary doctorate of music by Occidental College in LA.
    1950 - YOUNG, ROBERT H., Medal of Honor. 
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company E, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: North of Kaesong, Korea, 9 October 1950. Entered service at: Vallejo, Calif. Born: 4 March 1929, Oroville. Calif. G.O. No.: 65, 2 August 1951. Citation: Pfc. Young distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. His company, spearheading a battalion drive deep in enemy territory, suddenly came under a devastating barrage of enemy mortar and automatic weapons crossfire which inflicted heavy casualties among his comrades and wounded him in the face and shoulder. Refusing to be evacuated, Pfc. Young remained in position and continued to fire at the enemy until wounded a second time. As he awaited first aid near the company command post the enemy attempted an enveloping movement. Disregarding medical treatment he took an exposed position and firing with deadly accuracy killed 5 of the enemy. During this action he was again hit by hostile fire which knocked him to the ground and destroyed his helmet. Later when supporting tanks moved forward, Pfc. Young, his wounds still unattended, directed tank fire which destroyed 3 enemy gun positions and enabled the company to advance. Wounded again by an enemy mortar burst, and while aiding several of his injured comrades, he demanded that all others be evacuated first. Throughout the course of this action the leadership and combative instinct displayed by Pfc. Young exerted a profound influence on the conduct of the company. His aggressive example affected the whole course of the action and was responsible for its success. Pfc. Young's dauntless courage and intrepidity reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army. 
    1951 - Gil McDougald's World Series grand slam helps Yanks beat Giants 13-1 (World Series #48).  This Series marked the curtain call for Joe DiMaggio, who retired that winter, and the Series debuts of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays.
    1952 - Singer Annie Ross records “Twisted.”
    1953 - ”Topper” premieres on television. In this sitcom, a man moves into a new home with his wife, only to discover that it's haunted by ghosts only he can see. Leo G. Carroll starred as Cosmo Topper and Anne Jeffreys and Robert Sterling starred as Marion and George Kerby, who had been killed in a skiing accident and returned to their former home as ghosts. The show was based on Thorne Smith's novel and used trick photography for some of the ghost scenes.  Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim wrote eleven episodes for that first season.
    1953 - Birthday of actor Tony Shalhoub, born Green Bay, Wisconsin; “Monk,” “Wings, “Big Night”
    1954 - Birthday of actor Scott Bakula, St. Louis, Mo. “Star Trek Enterprise,” “Quantum Leap,” “NCIS: New Orleans,”
    1956 - Smith-Corona, Syracuse, NY, introduced the first electric portable typewriter. It did not go on sale until February 4, 1957. It weighed about 19 pounds and retailed at $190.
    1957 - Top Hits 
“Wake Up Little Susie” - The Everly Brothers 
“Chances Are/The Twelfth of Never” - Johnny Mathis 
“Jailhouse Rock” - Elvis Presley 
“My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You” - Ray Price
    1958 - Eddie Cochran records "C'mon Everybody.”
    1959 - At the age of 22, Bobby Darin is the youngest performer to headline at the Sands Hotel's Copa Room in Las Vegas. The previous record-holder, Johnny Mathis, was 23.
    1961 - "Hit the Road Jack" becomes Ray Charles' second US #1 hit.
    1961 - Roy Orbison's "Crying" peaks at #2 on the pop singles chart.
    1962 - The BBC banned Bobby "Boris" Pickett's hit "Monster Mash," feeling the subject matter, comical as it is, may be deemed grotesque or otherwise tasteless to some listeners.
    1964 - The Beach Boys record "Dance Dance Dance," with Glen Campbell playing the lead guitar intro. It would go on to become their twelfth US Top 40 hit.
    1964 - The Rolling Stones canceled an upcoming South African tour when the British Musicians Union declared an embargo of the country due to their apartheid policies. 
    1965 - The Miracles' "My Girl Has Gone" enters the Hot 100 where it will go as high as #14 in ten weeks. It's the Motown vocal group's 20th pop chart entry.
    1965 - Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar" becomes his 12th to enter the Hot 100. The song will stay on the chart for twelve weeks, reaching as high as #8.
    1965 - Radio DJ Murray the K is fired from WOR-FM, New York where he had moved to take advantage of the new free-form format of FM radio.  The station's new owners decided to move to a set playlist instead and led to his dismissal because of his "inability to live with direction."  The direction was coming from programming consultant and format-radio pioneer Bill Drake. At the RKO General station KFRC in San Francisco where I worked, Drake came in and fired everyone on air and in the newsroom, except me. I gave him high school football coverage, other ideas, news stories for his audience, and he wanted me to go to his other stations, but I said "not at this time,” and survived until his format failed, too.
    1965 - Top Hits 
“Yesterday” - The Beatles 
“Treat Her Right” - Roy Head 
“The ‘In’ Crowd” - Ramsey Lewis Trio 
“Behind the Tear” - Sonny James
    1965 -  "Yesterday" by The Beatles, topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers chart. The song was actually recorded by Paul McCartney alone, as John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were not in the studio. It would stay number #1 for four weeks. 
    1966 - Happening only three times previously in World Series history, the Orioles, for the second consecutive day, win a Fall Classic game, 1-0, decided a home run. Frank Robinson takes a Don Drysdale pitch deep over the left field fence in the fourth inning, accounting for the game's only run, and giving Baltimore a four-game sweep over the Dodgers.
    1967 - Coming out of the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra to become musical director of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," Doc Severinsen replaced Skitch Henderson who retired. Doc became famous for an eccentric wardrobe, quick wit, great trumpet solos and fabulous charts. Tommy Newsome became Doc's backup arranger for many of the tunes the band played. Later, Doc and the band would move to solo albums, group CDs and incredibly successful concert tours. Doc went on to play with various symphony orchestras and even became the owner of a custom trumpet company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    1969 - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young opened at Fillmore West, San Francisco.
    1969 - Supremes release "Someday We'll Be Together."
    1969 - In Chicago, the National Guard was called in for crowd control as demonstrations continue in connection with the trial of the "Chicago Eight" that began on September 24. Seven defendants – Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Friones and Lee Weiner – were charged by the federal government with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to anti-Vietnam War and countercultural protests that took place in Chicago at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.  Bobby Seale, the eighth man charged, had his trial severed during the proceedings, lowering the number of defendants from eight to seven.  Seale was eventually sentenced to four years in prison for contempt of court, although this ruling was later reversed. After a federal trial resulting in both acquittals and convictions, followed by appeals, and reversals, some of the seven defendants were finally convicted, although all of the convictions were reversed.
    1971 - Rod Stewart has the best-selling record on both sides of the Atlantic with the two sided hit "Maggie May" / "Reason To Believe."
    1971 - Van Morrison's "Wild Night" is released.
    1973 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley divorce after six years of marriage. She gets a big chunk of property; $725,000 and an additional $4,200 a month for the support of their five-year old daughter, Lisa Marie; half the proceeds from the planned sale of an L.A. home; and five percent of the total outstanding stock in two publishing companies. The couple emerges from a Santa Monica, California courthouse arm in arm, kiss and depart separately.
    1973 - Paul Simon received a gold record for his hit, "Loves Me like a Rock."
    1974 - Olivia Newton John earns her third gold record for "I Honestly Love You." It made it to the top spot on the pop chart four days ago and will remain for two weeks.
    1974 - Composer, arranger and producer Quincy Jones, who has already taken home some Grammy awards, gets his first gold record for "Body Heat" which contains the hit single, "If I Ever Lose This Heaven." It is sung by Minnie Ripperton.
    1975 - Sean Lennon is born in NYC on his father’s 35th birthday.
    1976 - The Who and The Grateful Dead co-headline a concert at the Oakland-Alameda County Stadium.
    1979 - Styx's "Babe" is born.
    1979 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," Michael Jackson.
    1980 - John Lennon celebrates his 40th birthday by releasing "Starting Over," his first record in five years. His wife, Yoko Ono commissions a sky writer to etch him a "Happy Birthday" message over New York City's skyline.
    1980 - Nashville, TN reached 91, highest ever for so late in the season. Just 3 days earlier, a low of 31 was reported, lowest ever so early in the season.
    1981 - The temperature at San Juan, Puerto Rico, soared to 98 degrees to establish an all-time record for that location.
    1982 - A record breaking snowstorm for so early in the season paralyzed the Black Hills of South Dakota with up to 3 to 6 feet of heavy, wet snow and winds of 40-70 mph. 36 inches fell at Lead and 41 inches piled up at Galena.
    1984 - Kathy Sullivan becomes 1st US woman to walk in space.
    1984 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I Just Called to Say I Love You," Stevie Wonder. The song from the Gene Wilder film "The Woman in Red" wins an Academy Award.
    1985 - The hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise liner surrendered after the ship arrived in Port Said, Egypt.
    1987 - Eighteen cities in the southeastern U.S. and the Middle Atlantic Coast Region reported record low temperatures for the date. Asheville, NC dipped to 29 degrees, and the record low of 47 degrees at Jacksonville, FL marked their fourth of the month. A second surge of cold air brought light snow to the Northern Plains, particularly the Black Hills of South Dakota.
    1988 - Ten cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Hartford, CT with a reading of 28 degrees. Snow continued in northern New England through the morning hours. Mount Washington, NH reported five inches of snow. Warm weather continued in the western U.S. Los Angeles, CA reported a record high of 102 degrees.
    1989 - Unseasonably cold weather continued in the Upper Midwest. Thirteen cities in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana reported record low temperatures for the date, including Marquette, MI with a reading of 20 degrees. Unseasonably warm weather continued in the western U.S. as the San Francisco Giants won the National League pennant. San Jose, CA reported a record high of 91 degrees.
    1989 - First NFL game coached by an African-American, Art Shell, whose LA Raiders beat NY Jets 14-7 on Monday Night Football.
    1991 - The United States sent troops and warships to the Persian Gulf in response to Saddam Hussein sending thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks toward the Kuwaiti border.
    1996 - The most highly regarded example of Pop Art, Andy Warhol's “Campbell Soup Cans,” was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, along with early paintings by Ellsworth Kelly. The works were valued at about $15,000,000, one of the highest prices ever listed for contemporary art.
    1996 - In Game 1 of the ALCS, the Yankees received help from a young fan when 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reached out and grabbed a ball hit by Derek Jeter that was about to be caught by Orioles’ right fielder Tony Tarasco.   It was ruled a HR and tied the game in the bottom of the 8th.  Bernie Williams hit a home run in the 11th inning to give the Yanks a 5-4 victory.
    2001 - Second mailing of anthrax letters from the Hamilton, NJ post office in the anthrax aftermath of 9/11. 
    2005 - At Minute Maid Park, Chris Burke' 18th inning homer ends the longest postseason game in baseball history as the Astros defeat the Braves, 7-6, to advance into the National League championship series. Atlanta's five-run lead late in the game is erased with an eighth inning grand slam by Lance Berkman and a two-out ninth inning solo shot by Brad Ausmus, which barely clears Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones’ outstretched hand.
    2006 - Google Inc. announced it was snapping up YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion in a stock deal.
    2009 – President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
    2013 – Janet Yellin was nominated by President Obama to become the first woman to head the Federal Reserve bank, after the retirement of Ben Bernanke.
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