Friday, October 2, 2020
Today's Leasing News Headlines
Pandemic Woes to Linger
for U.S. Trade Show Industry
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads
Developing Strong Leaders for the Commercial
Equipment Finance and Leasing Industry
By Scott Wheeler, CLFP
In an Unusual Trend, U.S. Trade
Deficit Widens in 2020 Recession
Top 10 World Auto Markets for New Passenger Cars
Light Vehicle Registrations in 2019
5 Tips for Creating Your Next Social Media Campaign
FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos
McAfee Files for IPO
By Eduard Kovacs, Security Week
Chesswood Closes Second Marketed Securitization for
its Subsidiary Pawnee Leasing of US $183 Million
Great French actor Michael Lonsdale (1931-2020
Bride Wore black/Day of the Jackal, Phantom of Liberty
Moonraker/Of Gods and Men-Reviews by Fernando Croce
Red Bank, New Jersey Adopt-a-Dog
Despite Billions in Fees,
Banks Predict Meager Profits on PPP Loans
Calif. Judge Halts Trump's Work Visa Ban
For Biz Groups
NetSol Reports Lower Revenue, Earnings
vehicle and equipment leasing markets software developer
Motor coach industry ‘on the brink of not making it’
more than 3,000 small family owned & operated companies
Boeing Deals A $15 Billion Blow
Lower Costs in North Charleston
American, United to furlough 32,000 employees
as clock runs out on deal for federal aid
Housing crisis looms if Congress can't
pass another relief bill
Citing security, Texas governor limits counties to one spot
each for in-person ballot drop-offs
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As most major trade shows and industry exhibitions were either canceled or carried out virtually since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the billion-dollar industry behind major trade shows is set to suffer a crushing decline in sales this year. According to estimates from PwC, the U.S. trade show market alone will see exhibition spending drop by $10 billion this year, a 64-percent decline compared to 2019.
To make things worse, PwC doesn’t expect the market to fully recover for years, as businesses may look to limit their expenses during the period of recovery. Moreover, some people may have grown accustomed to meeting potential clients virtually over the past few months, posing the question whether trade shows, and business travel in general, will ever return to pre-pandemic levels.
As the following chart shows, PwC doesn’t expect the trade show market to return to 2019 levels by 2024, despite the fact that they’re predicting a steady rebound in exhibition spending starting in 2021.
By Felix Richter, Statista
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries
Travis Bell was promoted to Managing Director of Originations at Stonebriar Commercial Finance, Plano, Texas. He joined the firm January, 2017, as Director of Originations. Previously, he was Owner, Travis Bll LLC (January, 2012 - Present); Server, Harvest Seasonal Kitchen (December, 2015 - December, 2016); Sales Associate, Hollister co. (October, 2010 - January, 2012).
Education: Collin College. Business Management and Entrepreneurship. https://www.linkedin.com/in/travis-a-bell21/
Nicholas Careno was hired as Vice President, Development, Amur Equipment Finance, Grand Island, Nebraska. He is located in the Greater Boston Area. Previously, he was Vice President, Sales, Ascentium Capital (January, 2019 - July, 2020); Vice President, Leasing, Standard Capital Corporation (September, 2015 - January, 2018); He joined People's United Equipment Finance Corp., August, 2013, as Vice President, Business Banking, and was promoted June, 2014 to Vice President, Leasing. Previously, he was Sr. Business Banking Officer, Sovereign Bank (June, 2012 – August, 2013); Senior Account Executive, Harbour Capital Corporation (December, 2006 – April, 2012). Education: Southern New Hampshire University, Bachelor's degree, Psychology, Business (1999 – 2003). Dover High School (1994 – 1998).
Grant Fate was promoted to Vice President of Capital Markets, Stonebriar Commercial Finance, Plano, Texas. He joined the firm February, 2109, as Capital Markets Associates. Previously, he was Credit Analyst, CBAM (June, 2017 - August, 2017); Financial Analyst Intern, Stonebriar Commercial Finance (July, 2016 - August, 2016); Lifeguard, Shipwreck Island Water Park (May, 2105 - July, 2016); Kaleo Summer Leadership Development Program, Student Mobilization (May, 2016 - July, 2016). Education: University of Oklahoma. Dual degree in Finance and Accounting (May, 2018), Accounting and Business Finance, Senior (2014 - 2018). Activities and Societies: Dean's Honor Roll (2014 - 2017), Delta Upsion Fraternity. National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), Sooner Scandals. Lovejoy High School (2010 - 2014) GPA: 3.85. https://www.linkedin.com/in/grant-fate-696232106/
Brylee Horning was hired as Vice President, Booking and Customer Service, Orion First, Seattle, Washington. She is located in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously, she was Vice President, Credit and Syndication, Summit Commercial Finance Company (January, 2004 - September, 2020). Education: University of Arizona. The University of British Columbia. Bachelor of Arts. BA.
John Iacobacci, CLFP, was promoted to Associate Director, syndications, DLL, Wayne, Pennsylvania. He joined the firm 2005 as Senior Recruiter; promoted January, 2012, Senior Syndications Associated. Certification: Certified Leasing and Finance Professional (December, 2019). Previously, he was Senior Recruiter, Liberty Healthcare Corporation (March, 2000 - January, 2005). Education: La Salle University. BS, Finance (1990 - 1994). Central High School (1988 - 1990). https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-iacobacci-clfp-03a807/
Jesse Jaeger was hired as Account Manager, Balboa Capital, Costa Mesa, California. He is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Previously, he was National Account Executive, Mazuma Capital Corp. (January, 2019 - September, 2020); Real Estate Investor, Self-Employed (January, 2017 - Present); LAV Crewman, United States Marine Corps (October, 2010 - March, 2018). Education: American Fork High School (2007 - 2010). https://www.linkedin.com/in/jesse-jaeger-11856117a/
Peter Kelsey rejoined Summit Funding Group, Inc., Mason, Ohio, as National Business Development Officer. Previously, he was Business Development Manager, Commonwealth Capital Corp. (August, 2014 - September, 2020); Regional Sales Manager, Summit Funding Group, Inc. (March, 1997 - January, 2012); Assistant Vice President Bank One Leasing (November, 1991 - March, 1997). Education: University of Cincinnati, College of Business (1981 - 1984). Roger Bacon High School. https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-kelsey-128baa87/
Elizabeth Losson was promoted to Funding Specialist, Taycor Financial, Redondo Beach, California. She joined the firm March, 2018, as Transaction Coordinator; promoted December, 2018, Credit Analyst. Previously, she was Paraeducator, Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy (August, 2016 - October, 2017); Childcare Provider, Self Employed (July, 2015 - July, 2015); Front Desk Receptionist, Physical Edge (June, 2014 - July, 2015); Sales Floor Team Member, Target (September, 2011 - April, 2014). Education: Sacramento City College, Associate of Science (AS), Business Administration and Management, General (2011 - 2020). https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-losson/
Jason Osieki is now President, Good Funding, Tustin, California. Previously, he was Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, National Funding (October, 2018 - May, 2020); Vice President of Sales, Quick Bridge Funding (March, 2011 - October, 2018); Director of Sales, Five Point Capital (January, 2003 - July, 2010). Education: University of Maryland. Robert H. Smith School of Business. BS, Finance (1996 - 2000). https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-osiecki-4867474/
Adam Peterson was promoted to Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Channel Partners Capital, Osseo, Minnesota. He joined the firm April, 2009, Senior Account Executive; promoted August, 2015, Director of Sales. Education: Gustavus Adolphus College. Bachelor of Arts, Financial Economics (2007 - 2010). https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-peterson-a911111a/
Shannon Prange was promoted to Vice President of Portfolio Manager, Orion First, Seattle, Washington. She joined the firm October, 2017, as AVP Portfolio Management. Previously she was Collections Supervisor, PSC, Inc. (2007 - October, 2017).
John Turck was hired as Vice President, Business Development, Sertant Capital, Newport Beach, California. He is based in Buffalo, New York. Previously, he was Vice President, U.S. Bank Commercial Equipment Finance (March, 2018 - September, 2020); Senior Vice President, GE Capital (January, 1996 - February, 2018); Account Manager, Amphenol Aerospace (April, 1990 -January, 1996). Education: State University of New York at Binghamton, MBA, Finance. State University of New York at Buffalo. Bachelor's degree, Accounting. https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-turck-630a3b10/
Jennifer Wood, CLFP, was promoted to Senior Vice President of Client Services, Orion First, Seattle, Washington. “Since joining Orion in 2002, Jenny has held a variety of responsibilities throughout the company including, collection of accounts up to 90 days delinquent, supervision of front-end collections, personal property and sales tax compliance, as well as various areas of customer service." Volunteer: Board of Directors, Certified Lease and Finance Professionals Foundation. Women's Council of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association.
Terry Wood, CLFP, was promoted to Vice President, Portfolio Management, Orion First, Seattle, Washington. He joined the firm September, 2019. He also services as Vice President, Credit, Orion First Financial, starting July, 2012. He joined the firm January, 2006, Special Assets Department; promoted December, 2006, Credit Analyst. Previously, he was Vice President, Business Development, RTR Services, Inc. (October, 2002 - November, 2005); Assistant Vice President, Financial Pacific Leasing (December, 1989 - August, 2002); Senior Adjuster and Collections, Puget Sound National Bank (November, 1985 - November, 1989). Certificates: Certified Leasing & Finance Professional. Issued: April, 1999. https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-wood-clfp-0b965424/
Leasing Industry Help Wanted
Developing Strong Leaders for the Commercial
Equipment Finance and Leasing Industry
By Scott Wheeler, CLFP
The fourth quarter of 2020 is upon us and it is anticipated to be a continuation of volatility, challenges, and opportunities throughout the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry. The economy, Covid-19, and the geo-political environment remain in a state of uncertainty. The U.S. economy, entrepreneurial spirit, and the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry always adjusts, innovates, and moves forward. Professionals and organizations in the industry are the conduit to help others grow and prosper. That mission never changes and there are always companies willing to invest in the future, to acquire equipment, and to be part of the recovery.
Consistent superior service is the key to being a vital part of recovery, and many participants in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry are fulfilling that requirement.
Over the last few months, Wheeler Business Consulting has been engaged in several larger projects to help clients obtain growth through expanding their efforts while remaining true to their original mission and vision. In other words, these clients are secure with the consistent and superior service they currently offer and are positioning to provide their services to a broader base and through new channels. These projects include:
- Facilitating virtual sales meetings for groups up to 40 participants
- Acquisitions of like-minded organizations
- Buying available pools of assets with a focus on asset concentrations
- Strategic planning to attract deeper partnerships and programed business
- Measuring new data points to increase efficiencies within existing operational and sales teams
- Strategic meetings focused on the importance of having the "right" team in place to improve bottom-line results.
Strong participants in the industry are moving forward. They are aware of the challenges. They are being innovative. They are consistently offering superior service and gaining market share. Wheeler Business Consulting is helping its clients to participate in the recovery and to maximize their profitability.
Wheeler Business Consulting works with banks, independents, captives, origination companies, and investors in the equipment leasing and finance arena. We provide training, strategic planning, and acquisition services. Scott Wheeler is available to discuss your long-term strategy, to assist your staff to maximize outcomes, and to better position your organization in the market.
Wheeler Business Consulting has been engaged by a name-recognized participant in the industry to purchase portfolios in various equipment and industry niches. If your company is looking to rebalance its internal portfolio and/or sell a portion of, or its entire portfolio, contact Scott at
Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Scott A. Wheeler CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting LLC
As the chart above illustrates, things are different this time around. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic having brought on the deepest recession on record along with an unprecedented jobs crisis, the current downturn did not result in the usual narrowing of the U.S. trade deficit. Quite the opposite in fact. Between February, the official beginning of the recession, and July, the trade deficit widened by more than 70 percent.
There are several possible explanations for this unusual trend with the most obvious being the extensive stimulus package that bolstered consumer spending, hence imports, during the crisis. Another hypothesis is a shift of consumer spending from domestic services, i.e. restaurants, bars, movie theaters, which were all closed, to goods during lockdown, plus travel and tourism off considerable with people staying home, resulting in a larger share of imports in total consumer spending.
At the same time, exports have yet to recover from a sharp decline at the onset of the pandemic, partly due to weaker consumer demand around the world, partly due to trade tensions with China and partly due to weak aircraft exports.
By Felix Richter, Statista
Top 10 World Auto Markets for New Passenger Cars
Light Vehicle Registrations in 2019
With new registrations of 1.89 million light vehicles in 2019, California ranks 10th compared to all countries in the world, level with Italy and a little behind key European markets such as France and the UK. Compared to Norway, a famous leader in electric mobility, the Californian market is more than 10 times as large, illustrating that yesterday’s announcement can make a huge difference, especially considering the technological and financial clout located in the Golden State.
Plagued by heat waves and wildfires thought to be direct consequences of climate change, the state of California took drastic action this week, by announcing its plan to eliminate sales of new cars equipped with internal combustion engines and move to 100 percent emission-free vehicles.
“Transportation is responsible for more than 50 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions. 80 percent of smog-forming pollution and 95 percent of toxic diesel emissions,” the state’s governor Gavin Newsom wrote on Twitter, adding that “we will use our market power to push zero-emission vehicle innovation and drive down costs for everyone.”
And while that certainly is a big and important step for California, it may sound like a drop in the bucket in the grand scheme of things – after all California is just one of 50 U.S. states. With that in mind, it’s important to point out that California is not only the most important passenger car market in the United States, but one of the largest in the world.
5 Tips for Creating Your Next Social Media Campaign
FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos
Are you a marketing manager, CEO or entrepreneur who wants to learn more about the role social media can play in your company’s success? Like other forms of online marketing, social media marketing tends to evolve rapidly. That means you need to work hard to keep up with changing trends.
When used strategically, social media marketing can inform, educate and engage your audience. It can also help you establish yourself as an authority in your industry. The key is to make sure you use the popular marketing channel effectively. Here are five tips for creating your next social media campaign.
1. Use Metrics the Right Way
Metrics must be an essential part of every social media effort. They can help you analyze the effectiveness of your current strategy and make changes as needed. There are several popular metrics tools you can use, including Crawlytics, Google Analytics and BuzzSumo. Each of these tools can help you get valuable information about your audience. For best results, you should aim to include the following indicators in your metrics analyses:
- Linking engagement
- What people are saying about you
- Overall impact
You should also pay close attention to key performance indicators, or KPIs when analyzing your social media marketing strategy. A KPI is a baseline for measuring performance. If you’re just starting out, you may want to limit your KPIs to the things like site traffic stats, revenue and conversion rates.
2. Create Diverse Content
Did you know nearly half of all social media users report watching at least an hour of video daily on YouTube or Facebook? If you’re not currently creating promotional videos, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to appeal to a wider audience.
Just as your financial adviser encourages you to diversify your income across various earnings channels, any good marketing adviser will encourage you to diversify your content. The premise behind such an approach is simple: the more diverse your content, the wider your marketing net will be.
The good news is that diversifying your content really isn’t that hard. You can start by simply creating product images using a free or low-cost service. Then, you can pair your custom images with your written content. You can also integrate ads into your Instagram Stories to make sure your content is as engaging as possible.
3. Engage and Serve Your Customers on Social Media
In the world of social media, you need to engage your audience if you want to remain relevant. Some of the most effective engagement techniques include contests and customer service initiatives. Hosting a contest can get you hundreds or even thousands of followers in minimal time. Just make sure you’re offering generous prizes that people actually want.
You can also use social media channels as a way to encourage customer engagement by inviting reviews, testimonials and insights. Some of the most successful companies are masters at encouraging customer interaction on their social media pages. Learn from their examples.
4. Create Targeted Content
As a marketer, you already know how important it is to identify your target audience. However, knowing what you should do and actually doing it are two different things. If you’re struggling to create highly targeted social media content and advertisements that capture the interest of your intended audience, don’t worry. There are services that can help you. Try AdEspresso for Facebook, Planoly for Instagram or Salesforce Social Studio.
Ultimately, trial and error are usually necessary to figure out how to target your social streams to the ideal audience. Once you gain more experience analyzing and understanding your metrics, you’ll have an easier time creating targeted content.
5. Find New Ways to Connect To Your Audience
Has your social marketing approach become predictable or stale? If so, you’ve likely lost the interest and engagement of your followers. To reconnect, try stepping out of your comfort zone and creating new campaigns and initiatives that appeal to your followers on a deep level. One example of a company that effectively harnessed the world-changing power of a good campaign is Dove. The Real Beauty Dove campaign was launched more than a decade ago, but it is still relevant today.
As with all worthwhile endeavors, effective social media marketing usually takes some degree of risk. Be willing to learn from your mistakes, use humor where appropriate, and incorporate the above tips into your next social media campaign.
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The Finance Marketing Group
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He entered advertising and marketing in 2003, right when the industry landscape shifted from traditional print to digital media. In that time, Alex has worked with numerous large accounts in both healthcare and financial services, and has helped small and medium-sized businesses grow and flourish in their respective digital markets. Alex has won countless awards for creative direction and strategy, and is certified by Google Partners in both AdWords and Analytics. Currently, Alex works exclusively with financial services companies, but his depth of knowledge and experience can help design and implement long-reaching strategies for businesses across all industries.
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McAfee Files for IPO
By Eduard Kovacs, Security Week
A registration statement filed by McAfee this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shows that the company is planning on returning to public markets.
Reports of McAfee’s return to the public markets emerged in the summer of 2019, when people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that an initial public offering (IPO) could raise at least $1 billion and value the company at over $5 billion.
In its SEC filing, McAfee listed the offering size at $100 million, but Renaissance Capital research analysts say the amount is likely a placeholder and they estimate that the deal could help the company raise up to $2 billion.
McAfee has applied for listing its stock on Nasdaq under the symbol MCFE.
McAfee was acquired by Intel in 2010 for $7.68 billion and in 2014 the chipmaker announced that McAfee would become Intel Security. Then, in 2016, Intel decided that McAfee would again become an independent company after TPG Capital acquired a 51% stake. TPG and Thoma Bravo are listed as McAfee’s sponsors in the SEC filing.
McAfee claims its products protect over 600 million devices and its solutions are used by 86% of Fortune 100 companies. The company claims its net revenue increased from $1.9 billion in 2011 to $2.6 billion in 2019. For the first half of 2020, it reported a net revenue of $1.4 billion and a net income of $31 million.
Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek.
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Chesswood Closes Second Marketed Securitization for
its Subsidiary Pawnee Leasing of US $183 Million
TORONTO, Chesswood Group Limited (“Chesswood”) (TSX: CHW) is pleased to announce the closing by its subsidiary Pawnee Leasing Corporation (“Pawnee”) of its second marketed U.S. securitization of receivables. Proceeds from this securitization were U.S. $183 million and will be used to repay Pawnee’s two non-recourse asset-backed facilities with Capital One, Pawnee’s warehouse facility and more than U.S. $100 million of Chesswood’s corporate revolving credit facility.
Ryan Marr, Chesswood’s President and CEO, explained, “This transaction substantially improves Chesswood’s financial position by increasing liquidity and unlocking collateral in existing funding conduits. The success of this second ABS is evidence of Pawnee’s high quality portfolio and further demonstrates Chesswood’s ability to manage treasury and funding resources even in the current challenging economic environment.
The securitization market has provided us with a 100bps improvement in our cost-of-funds, in addition to freeing up approximately U.S. $30 million of equity which had been locked in existing facilities” added Marr.
In addition to completing this securitization transaction, Chesswood has also amended its corporate revolving credit facility, providing access to funding for originations that were previously restricted due to the COVID operating environment. “This amendment, combined with the success of our ABS transaction, has provided us with the liquidity needed to fund our origination appetite in the current operating environment. With the closing of these transactions, the board is able to evaluate options to best use this additional available capital in the interests of Chesswood and our shareholders” Marr added.
Through three wholly-owned subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada, Chesswood Group Limited is North America’s only publicly-traded commercial equipment finance company focused on small and medium-sized businesses. Our Colorado-based Pawnee Leasing Corporation, founded in 1982, finances a highly diversified portfolio of commercial equipment leases and loans through relationships with over 600 independent brokers in the U.S. In Canada, Blue Chip Leasing Corporation has been originating and servicing commercial equipment leases and loans since 1996 and today operates through a nationwide network of more than 50 independent brokers. Located in Houston, Texas, Tandem Finance Inc. provides equipment financing to small and medium sized businesses in the U.S. through the equipment vendor channel. Based in Toronto, Canada, Chesswood’s shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CHW.
Learn more at www.chesswoodgroup.com, www.PawneeLeasing.com, www.BlueChipLeasing.com and www.TandemFinance.com
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Watch at Home
By Fernando Croce
Bulky yet feline, droll and subtle, the great French actor Michael Lonsdale (1931-2020) worked with several great directors over his long career and even got to play a James Bond villain. So check out Netflix for some of his best roles:
The Bride Wore Black (François Truffaut, 1968): Better known to cinephiles for warm-hearted humanism, director François Truffaut goes dark in this suspense thriller, filmed with more than a nod to Alfred Hitchcock. The eponymous bride is one Julie Kohler (Jeanne Moreau), whose wedding came to an early end when a bullet accidentally claimed the life of her groom. Consumed by revenge, she swears to track down the men responsible, tracking down each and seducing them before dishing out punishment. Among them is a ladies’ man (Claude Rich), an artist (Charles Denner), a lonely bachelor (Michel Bouquet), and a politician with a roving eye (Lonsdale). With the authorities getting closer to her trail of corpses, Julie finds herself both huntress and prey. Anchored by Moreau’s grave intensity, this is a sardonic turn from a sentimental auteur. With subtitles.
The Day of the Jackal (Fred Zinnemann, 1973): Frederick Forsyth’s novel receives a meticulous screen treatment in this absorbing, suspenseful game of cat and mouse. Unfoling in 1962, it begins as an underground organization sets out to assassinate General de Gaulle. To carry out the assignment, a professional British killer nicknamed “The Jackal” (played with cold-blooded scariness by Edward Fox) is hired, leaving a trail of bodies on his rendezvous with the French president. Determined to thwart the murder, Deputy Commissioner Claude Lebel (Lonsdale) follows the clues leading to the Jackal—a difficult mission indeed, as the Jackal proves to be a chameleon-like figure with a knack for disguises. Directed with stark exactitude by Hollywood veteran Fred Zinnemann, this is a master class in intelligence and tension.
The Phantom of Liberty (Luis Buñuel,1974): One of cinema’s true masters, Luis Buñuel weaves a tapestry of surreal vignettes in this marvelous collection of interweaving stories, featuring a top cast of French actors. Kicking off in the 1800s before switching to the 1970s, it follows the chance encounters of a vast ensemble of characters, emphasizing the role of chance and narrative freedom. There are wealthy parents who organize a police investigation to search for their missing daughter (even though the little girl is very much right next to them), monks cutting loose with gambling in a hotel, a most unusual dinner party, and a pair of bumbling policemen. A one-of-a-kind comedy reminiscent of Monty Python, Buñuel’s film boasts a terrific cast that includes Michel Piccoli, Monica Vitti, and Lonsdale. With subtitles.
Moonraker (Lewis Gilbert, 1979): It’s not uncommon for respected European actors to play 007 villains, and Michael Lonsdale got his chance in the popular franchise’s space-bound installment. This time around, top secret agent James Bond (Roger Moore) goes on a mission to track down a hijacked NASA space shuttle, which leads him to chases in Italy and South America. With the help of CIA agent Dr. Goodhead (Lois Chiles), he uncovers a plan by an industrialist named Hugo Drax (Lonsdale), who doesn’t so much want to take over the world as destroy it and start anew in outer space. Though full of delirious stunts along with the return of steel-toothed henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel), the film’s top pleasure comes from the impeccably dry quality Lonsdale brings to his power-mad character.
Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois, 2010): French director Xavier Beauvois’s acclaimed account of the real-life plight of monks in volatile territory makes for deeply stirring viewing. Based on events that took place in 1996, the story is set in and around a Christian monastery in a small Moroccan village, where eight French monks lead a tranquil life with Arab locals. Their peace comes to an end, however, when an organization of religious extremists begins conducting terrorists in the area, leading them to make a decision that might cost them their lives. A powerful tribute to the strength of human faith during difficult times, the film gives Lonsdale a marvelous late-career role as Brother Luc, a veteran monk imbued by the actor with great slyness and tenderness. With subtitles.
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This Day in History
1656 – The colony of Connecticut passes a law against the Quakers.
1696 - Birthday of Ann Smith Franklin (d. 1763), Boston. Colonial woman printer. There were a large number of Colonial women who were printers, owners of taverns, silversmiths, artists, merchants, etc. Even though the women of that period had very few legal rights, many of them worked in commercial ventures and were the primary breadwinners of their families.
1721 - The Boston Gazette advertised a Camel would be exhibited for sale: ” African camel...7 feet high and 12 feet long.”
1780 - British intelligence officer Major John André was hanged as a spy in Tappan, New York. Captured on his return to New York City by American militiamen fighting in the War of Independence, Major André was found to have papers hidden in his boot concerning West Point. General George Washington designated a board of officers to hear the case which, after finding André guilty of spying, sentenced him to death. More disturbing news was uncovered during the process of the investigation. The papers carried by the British officer had been given to him by Brigadier General Benedict Arnold of the Continental Army, recently appointed commandant of the fort at West Point. Since May 1779, Arnold, motivated by greed, by his opposition to the French alliance of 1778, and by his resentment towards authorities who had reprimanded him for irregularities during his command in Philadelphia, had maintained a secret correspondence with Major André. On September 21, Arnold had agreed to surrender West Point to the British in exchange for 20,000 pounds. West Point, at the time, was a major fort, plus it defended the major water transportation for the area, the Hudson River. (Lower half of: it http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/oct02.html)
1789 – President George Washington sends the proposed Constitutional amendments, The Bill of Rights, to the States for ratification.
1800 – Birthday of Nat Turner (d. 1831) in Southampton County, VA, leader of major slave rebellion.
1835 - The Texas Revolution against Mexico begins with the Battle of Gonzalez: Mexican soldiers attempt to disarm the people of Gonzalez, TX, but encounter stiff resistance from a hastily assembled militia.
1864 - Battle of Saltville. A Union cavalry column strikes Saltville in southwestern Virginia, but is defeated by a force patched together from several reserve units. The Confederacy's main source of salt, used as a preservative for army rations, was secured as the war entered its final phase. With nearly 8,000 soldiers, the two Union forces converged on the area; the Confederates had barely 1,000 men to stop them. Some of those were used to slow Gillem's advance, but only a few hundred men under the command of Colonel Henry Giltner were available to face Union General Burbridge. On October 1, Giltner delayed the Yankees at Clinch Mountain, but by October 2, the Yankees had reached the outskirts of Saltville. Confederate General John Williams arrived just in time with cavalry reinforcements, and Burbridge suddenly faced more than 2,500 Rebels. The determined Confederates dug in and repulsed a series of attacks. By nightfall, Burbridge's men were running low on ammunition. The Yankees withdrew during the night, and the Confederates pursued them to the Kentucky border. The glory of the victory was tarnished, however, when the Confederates massacred wounded Union soldiers from the 5th and 6th Colored Cavalry. Irregular forces under the notorious Champ Ferguson murdered white and black Union soldiers, who had been wounded and captured. Ferguson was tried after the war in Nashville for these and other non-military killings. He was found guilty and executed.The Union suffered 329 men killed, wounded, or missing at Saltville, while the Confederates lost 190 men. It was a stunning victory for the Confederates, since they were vastly outnumbered. Winning the Battle of Saltville did little to delay the collapse of the Confederacy. A second battle occurred two months later at Saltville. In that encounter, Union general George Stoneman defeated Confederate defenders and burned the salt works. The Confederacy collapsed just six months later.
1866 - J. Osterhoudt, of New York City, obtained a patent for an "improved method of opening tin cans." The can had a projecting lip and a key could open it.
1871 - Birthday of Cordell Hull (d. 1955), American statesman who served in both houses of the Congress and as Secretary of State, at Pickett County, TN. Noted for his contributions to the “Good Neighbor” policies of the US with regard to countries of the Americas and to the establishment of the United Nations. Hull was FDR’s Secretary of State on December 7, 1941, who received two representatives of Japan who delivered the declaration of war an hour after the attacks at Pearl Harbor. http://www.bartleby.com/65/e-/E-Crump-Ed.html
1871 - Brigham Young, Mormon leader, arrested for bigamy
1885 - Ruth Bryan Owen Rohde’s (d. 1954) birthday, Jacksonville, IL. A remarkable woman from Florida and U.S. statesperson. She was a former United States Ambassador to Denmark; member of the House of Representatives from 1929-1933, and the first woman elected from the deep South. Her accomplishments as U.S. Representative include the farsighted proposals to designate the Florida Everglades as a national park and to establish a cabinet-level department to oversee the health and welfare of families and children. She lost her reelection in 1932 because she favored prohibition, although later she voted for its repeal because that was what her constituents wanted. Rohde was appointed U.S. Minister to Denmark in 1933 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She resigned from the Foreign Service (1936) to marry a second time, a Danish citizen. Her marriage to a Dane gave her dual citizenship according to Danish law and an impossible conflict as a U.S. ambassador. President Harry Truman appointed her alternate U.S. delegate (1949) to the U.N. General Assembly where she chaired the executive committee of the UN Speakers Research Committee. She received the Distinguished Service Medal from King Frederik of Denmark (1954). Rohde authored six books. Politically, she is best known, however, for the grueling 10,000 mile campaign up and down the coast of Florida in her winning campaign for the Fourth District Congressional seat in 1928. After she won election, her opponents challenged her by claiming that she had forfeited her American citizenship under a law passed in 1907 when she married a British subject, Reginald Owen in 1910. The 1922 Cable Act, one of a series to right the wrongs of the 1907 law, enabled her to be renaturalized, but her opponents claimed it did not meet the seven year PRIOR citizenship requirement for a congressional representative. The 1907 law stripped a native-born U.S. woman of her citizenship if she married a citizen of another nation. No such outrageous actions were taken against men who married foreign women - in fact, their marriage conferred U.S. citizenship on their wives! The House ethics committee allowed her to be seated after an emotional appeal and a LOGICAL one. She was, after all, BORN an American. Her case focused national attention on the grossly unfair laws affecting women. The law had been changed but even such people as heiress Barbara Hutton and renowned news correspondent Dorothy Thompson had lost their citizenship because of the appalling law and were unable to regain it because there was no retroactive elimination. By the way, Rohde was the eldest daughter of William Jennings Bryan, noted U.S. political figure and a candidate for the presidency. A daughter but not his clone, while serving as U.S. Representative, she astonished pundits by voting for tariffs on imports, a policy her father had vehemently opposed. http://everglades.fiu.edu/reclaim/bios/owen.html
1889 - In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the Old West.
1890 - Birthday of Julius Henry Marx (d. 1977) at New York, NY. Better known as Groucho, a great comedian, who along with his brothers, constituted the famous Marx Brothers. The Marx Brothers began as a singing group and then acted in such movies as “Duck Soup” and “Animal Crackers.” During the '40s and '50s, Groucho was the host of the television and radio show, "You Bet Your Life."
1895 - Birthday of comedian Bud Abbott (d. 1974) at Asbury Park, NJ. Born William Henry Abbott into a show business family as his parents were part of Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus. At the age of 15, Abbott was drugged and shanghaied onto a ship bound for Norway, but he was eventually able to work his way back to the States. Abbott crossed paths with Lou Costello, from Paterson, NJ, in burlesque in the early 1930s. During World War II, Abbott and Costello were among the most popular and highest-paid stars in the world. Between 1940 and 1956, they made 36 films, and earned a percentage of the profits on each. They were popular on radio throughout the 1940s, primarily on their own program which ran from 1942 until 1947 on NBC and from 1947 to 1949 on ABC. In the 1950s, they introduced their comedy to live television on “The Colgate Comedy Hour,” and launched their own half-hour series, “The Abbott and Costello Show.” The origin of “Who’s On First?” predated Abbott & Costello but is they who made it famous and the first time they performed it is unknown. The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown displays an honoring plaque and a gold record. A transcript of the "Who's On First?" sketch has been included in the museum collection since 1956 and the routine runs on an endless loop on televisions at the Hall, making Abbott and Costello among the few non-baseball players or managers to have a memorial in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Groucho Mark has said Abbott was "the greatest straight man ever.”
1895 – The first cartoon appeared in a newspaper in the US.
1898 - A hurricane struck the Georgia coast washing away Campbell Island.
1907 – Phillies’ Eddie Grant goes 7 for 7 in a doubleheader vs the New York Giants.
1908 - Addie Joss pitched a perfect game to stop Ed Walsh 1-0, who had won 40 in a row. Both are in the Hall of Fame.
1916 – Grover Cleveland Alexander throws his 16th shutout of the year.
1919 - President Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and Vice-President Thomas R. Marshall was urged to assume the presidency but he refused. It was reported Mrs. Wilson became the secret acting president.
1925 – John L. Baird performs the first test of a working television system.
1928 – African-American DeFord Bailey cut eight masters at Victor Records Studios in Nashville. Three songs were issued, marking the first studio recording sessions in the place now known as Music City, USA. On December 6, 1925, DeFord won second place with his rendition of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More" in a French harp contest on radio station WDAD. Soon after, Bailey made his first appearance on WSM Radio, after overcoming some racial opposition from the station's director. The young black performer was given the title "Harmonica Wizard." Bailey played a role in the naming of the "Grand Ole Opry." In 1926, the WSM Barn Dance followed an hour of symphonic music, and one evening its programming concluded with a selection by a young composer from Iowa reproducing the sound of a train. Bailey opened the country music program with his rendition of "Pan American Blues." The difference in the musical genres caused the director, George D. "Judge" Hay, to observe, "For the past hour we have been listening to music taken largely from grand opera; from now on we will present 'The Grand Ole Opry.'" Bailey toured with other stars of the Opry, including Roy Acuff, Uncle Dave Macon, Bill Monroe, and others. During his travels throughout the South in the 1930s, he was well received by the country music public, although racial segregation laws caused Bailey problems in hotels and restaurants. To get a hotel room, on some occasions, either he posed as a baggage boy for the white performers or pretended to be Uncle Dave Macon's valet. In April of 1927, Bailey teamed with the black Golden Echo Quartet to make his first recordings of "Pan American Express" and "Hesitation" for Columbia Records in Atlanta. The Columbia recordings were never released. Two weeks later he recorded eight titles for Brunswick label in New York. On October 2, 1928, DeFord recorded for Victor records during a Nashville session. "Ice Water Blues/Davidson County Blues" became so popular that the Victor label released it three times.
1928 - Birthday of child actor George “Spanky” McFarland (d. 1993) in Dennison, TX. In January 1931, responding to a trade magazine advertisement from Hal Roach Studios requesting photographs of "cute kids," Spanky's aunt sent pictures. An invitation for a screen test soon arrived, leading to his acting career. He instantly became a key member of the “Our Gang” children's comedy movie series and one of Hollywood's stars. His scene-stealing abilities brought him more attention, and by 1935 he was the de facto leader of the gang, often paired with Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer, and always the enterprising "idea man." After serving in the Air Force he returned in time for the advent of television and “Our Gang” was re-branded as “The Little Rascals.” With fellow Rascal, Jackie Cooper, they are the only “Our Gang” members to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1929 - Guitarist Howard Roberts (d. 1992) birthday, Phoenix, AZ. http://www.riffinteractive.com/expguitar/HowardRoberts1.htm
1929 - Birthday of Moses Gunn (d. 1993), St. Louis, MO. The 1981 winner of the NAACP Image Award for his performance as Booker T. Washington in the film “Ragtime,” his appearances on stage ranged from the title role in “Othello” to Jean Genet's “The Blacks.”He received an Emmy nomination for his role in “Roots”and was awarded several Obies for off-Broadway performances. On film he appeared in “Shaft”and “The Great White Hope.”
1929 - "The National Farm and Home Hour," which gave rural Americans information about farm products, growing crops, farm animal care and useful household tips, debuted on NBC radio. "The Stars and Stripes Forever" opened the show. Don Ameche and Raymond Edward Johnson were featured, along with music and entertainment by The Cadets male quartet, Jack Baus and The Cornbusters and Mirandy of Persimmons Holler. "The National Farm and Home Hour" was sponsored by Montgomery Ward (or, Monkey Ward's, as we used to call it).
1932 - Birthday of former baseball manager and player Maurice Morning “Maury” Wills, born Washington, DC.
1935 - Birthday of Robert H. Lawrence, Jr. (d. 1967), on Chicago’s South Side. He was named the first black astronaut when he was selected by the Air Force for space flight training in 1966. Lawrence graduated from Englewood High School and earned a B.S in chemistry from Bradley University in 1956. He joined the Air Force and completed a doctorate in physical chemistry at Ohio State University. He died in a plane crash on Dec. 8, 1967, at Edwards Air Force Base in California before the start of his space mission. On August 30, 1983, Guion (Guy) S. Bluford, Jr. became the first black American astronaut to make a space flight. Robert H. Lawrence School in Chicago's Jeffrey Manor neighborhood is named in his memory.
1932 – Playing in Boston as the Braves, the team that would move to Washington, DC and become the Redskins, played its first NFL game, losing 14-0. The following year, the team changed the team's name to the "Redskins." To round out the change, Marshall hired “Lone Star” Dietz, who claimed to be part Sioux, as the team's head coach.
1933 - "Red Adams" was heard for the first time on NBC radio. Later, the program was retiled, "Red Davis" (starring Burgess Meredith), "Forever Young" and, finally, "Pepper Young's Family" (starring Mason Adams). Radio listeners kept listening through all the changes until 1959.
1933 – Dave Somerville (d. 2015), lead singer of The Diamonds (“Little Darlin”) was born in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
1936 – Tony Lazzeri became the first Yankee to hit a grand slam in the World Series, and only the second slam in World Series history. Lazzeri is one of only 14 major league baseball players to hit for the natural cycle (hitting a single, double, triple and home run in sequence) and the only player to complete a natural cycle with a grand slam. Earlier in 1936, he became the first Major Leaguer to hit two grand slams in one game. Lazzeri was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.
1937 - Ronald Reagan, just 26 years old, made his acting debut with the Warner Brothers release of "Love is in the Air."
1937 – OJ’s lawyer, Johnnie Cochran (d. 2005) was born, Shreveport, LA.
1938 – The Indians’ Bob Feller stuck out 18 Tigers.
1939 - "Flying Home" was recorded by Benny Goodman and his six-man-band for Columbia Records. It became his “signature” tune. He had two black musicians, Teddy Wilson on piano and Lionel Hampton on vibraphone. Goodman was the first to break the white-black musician barrier in the early 1930's and the first major band and group to include both black and white musicians playing together, especially in lead positions.
1942 – Steve Sabol (d. 2012) of NFL Films was born in Moorestown, NJ. As the son of NFL Films’ founder, Ed Sabol, Steve took the fledgling enterprise to dramatic heights with the increasingly popularity of NFL Football through its rise on television. NFL Films has been awarded over 40 Emmys.
1944 - CARR, CHRIS (name legally changed from CHRISTOS H. KARABERIS, under which name the medal was awarded), MEDAL OF HONOR. Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company L, 337th Infantry, 85th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Guignola, Italy, 1-2 October 1944. Entered service at: Manchester, N.H. Birth: Manchester, N.H. G.O. No.: 97, 1 November 1945. Citation Leading a squad of Company L, he gallantly cleared the way for his company's approach along a ridge toward its objective, the Casoni di Remagna. When his platoon was pinned down by heavy fire from enemy mortars, machineguns, machine pistols, and rifles, he climbed in advance of his squad on a maneuver around the left flank to locate and eliminate the enemy gun positions. Undeterred by deadly fire that ricocheted off the barren rocky hillside, he crept to the rear of the first machinegun and charged, firing his submachine gun. In this surprise attack he captured 8 prisoners and turned them over to his squad before striking out alone for a second machinegun. Discovered in his advance and subjected to direct fire from the hostile weapon, he leaped to his feet and ran forward, weaving and crouching, pouring automatic fire into the emplacement that killed 4 of its defenders and forced the surrender of a lone survivor. He again moved forward through heavy fire to attack a third machinegun. When close to the emplacement, he closed with a nerve-shattering shout and burst of fire. Paralyzed by his whirlwind attack, all 4 gunners immediately surrendered. Once more advancing aggressively in the face of a thoroughly alerted enemy, he approached a point of high ground occupied by 2 machineguns which were firing on his company on the slope below. Charging the first of these weapons, he killed 4 of the crew and captured 3 more. The 6 defenders of the adjacent position, cowed by the savagery of his assault, immediately gave up. By his l-man attack, heroically and voluntarily undertaken in the face of tremendous risks, Sgt. Karaberis captured 5 enemy machinegun positions, killed 8 Germans, took 22 prisoners, cleared the ridge leading to his company's objective, and drove a deep wedge into the enemy line, making it possible for his battalion to occupy important, commanding ground.
1945 – Ten-year-old Elvis Presley makes his first public appearance in a talent show at the Mississippi-Alabama Dairy Show singing "Old Shep." He won 2nd place and 5 dollars.
1945 - Birthday of singer/songwriter Don McLean, New Rochelle, NY. His rock ‘n’ roll anthem, “American Pie,” is among the most played songs of that era.
1946 - Birthday of singer Freddie Jackson, Harlem, NY.
1946 - Birthday of accordion player Jo-eL Sonnier, Rayne, LA
1947 - Yogi Berra becomes first batter to pinch hit a World Series homer. He hit it off the Dodgers’ Ralph Branca, who would give up another historic HR four years later.
1948 - Fashion designer Donna Karan was born Donna Ivy Faske at Forest Hills, NY. Responsible for the Murphy Brown look - the mix and match wear in soft fabrics in muted colors that allowed an active woman to move comfortably and stay neat all day. She had two terms as chief designer for the Anne Klein line before breaking off to form her own line. Her first stock offering topped $160 million.
1949 - Birthday of photographer Annie Leibovitz. She made her greatest early impact as chief photographer of “Rolling Stone” magazine, 1973-83. She was winner of the advertising Clio award 1988. Her photographs are often the ones historians use to illustrate the 60s and 70s culture. Like so many of the "hippy" generation, she graduated to "yuppy" and is now one of the leading photographers of such publications as “Vanity Fair”. She recently won a judgment to keep all her copyrights, about to lose them in a debt settlement.
1949 - “Hennnnnnreeeeee! Henry Aldrich!” “Coming, Mother!” The popular radio program, "The Aldrich Family", became one of TV's first hits, as the longtime radio show appeared on NBC-TV for the first time. In addition to being a successful radio transplant, "The Aldrich Family" scored another distinction -- being the very first TV sitcom (situation comedy).
1949 – The Yankees and the Red Sox are tied for first and played the final game of the season with the Yanks winning 5-3. It was Ellis Kinder for the Sox facing Vic Raschi. The Yankees led 1-0 after seven innings, having scored in the first. In the eighth inning, Red Sox and former Yankees’ manager Joe McCarthy lifted Kinder for a pinch hitter. Then he brought in Mel Parnell in relief and Parnell yielded a homer to Tommy Henrich and a single to Yogi Berra. Parnell was replaced by Tex Hughson, who had been on the disabled list and said his arm still hurt. But he came on and, with the bases loaded, Jerry Coleman hit a soft liner that Al Zarilla in right field tried to make a shoestring catch, but he missed and it went for a triple and three runs. In the ninth inning the Red Sox rallied for three runs but still fell short.
1950 - Top Hits
“Goodnight Irene” - The Weavers
“La Vie En Rose” - Tony Martin
“All My Love” - Patti Page
“Goodnight Irene” - Red Foley-Ernest Tubb
1950 - “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schultz is first published as “Li’l Folks”. This comic strip featured Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Pigpen, and Charlie's dog, Snoopy. The last new Peanuts strip was published Feb 13, 2000 and Schultz died the next day.
1950 - "Lux Video Theater" premiered on television. James Mason, Otto Kruger and Gordon MacRae hosted this half-hour dramatic anthology series that aired for seven years on both CBS and NBC. Its famed guest stars included: Robert Stack in "Inside Story" (1951); Peter Lorre in "The Taste" (1952); Grace Kelly in "A Message for Janice" (1952); Edward G. Robinson in "Witness for the Prosecution" (1953) and Esther Williams in "The Armed Venus" (1957).
1951 – In the second game of this famous playoff series, the Brooklyn Dodgers blast the New York Giants, 10-0, tying the playoffs at 1 each and setting the stage for “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”
1953 - Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine strikes out 14 Yankees in the 50th World Series.
1954 - "The Jimmy Durante Show" premiered on TV. Affectionately known as "The Schnozz," Durante hosted a Saturday night variety show with his former vaudeville partner, Eddie Jackson, pianist Jules Baffano and drummer Jack Roth. It alternated with "The Donald O'Connor Show" on NBC and aired for two years. “Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are”
1954 - “The George Gobel Show” premiers on TV. George Gobel hosted this comedy-variety show for five years on NBC. Chanteuse Peggy King and Jeff Donnell were also on the show, with Eddie Fisher as “permanent guest star.” In 1959, Gobel switched networks to CBS and appeared for a year with Joe Flynn, Anita Bryant and Harry von Zell. He played Las Vegas, Nevada very often.
1954 – Birthday of Dr. Melfi in “The Sopranos,” Lorraine Bracco, Brooklyn.
1955 - "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premiered on TV. Alfred Hitchcock was already an acclaimed director when he began hosting this mystery anthology series that aired on CBS and NBC for 10 years. Each episode began with an introduction by Hitchcock, the man with the world's most recognized profile. Hitchcock directed about 22 episodes of the series. Robert Altman was also a director for the series. Among the many stars who appeared on the show are: Barbara Bel Geddes, Brian Keith, Gena Rowlands, Dick York, Claris Leachman, Joanne Woodward, Steve McQueen, Peter Lorre, Dick Van Dyke, Robert Redford and Katherine Ross.
1957 - Specialty Records releases "Bony Maronie" backed with "You Bug Me, Baby," by Larry Williams. "Bony Maronie" peaks at #14 on the pop chart. ("I got a girl and her name is Bony Maronie, she's as skinny as a stick of macaroni--bom-bom-bom-arat-ta)
1957 - After a heated argument with her father, Connie Francis reluctantly records "Who's Sorry Now" in two takes. Although she doesn't like the song at all, record buyers feel differently and by the following March, it would become her first hit, reaching number 4 in the US and number 1 in the UK.
1958 - At a press conference in Germany, a reporter asks Elvis if he is afraid of being forgotten by music fans while he is in the Army. Presley responds "It makes you wonder, but if people forget me, I can't complain. I had it once."
1958 - Top Hits
“It's All in the Game” - Tommy Edwards
“Rock-in Robin” - Bobby Day
“Tears on My Pillow” - Little Anthony & The Imperials
“Bird Dog” - The Everly Brothers
1958 - Rocker Robbie Nevil born in LA. He began performing his original music and signed a publishing deal in 1983, writing songs for the Pointer Sisters, El DeBarge, and Earth, Wind, & Fire.
1959 - A tornado struck the town of Ivy, VA (located near Charlottesville). Eleven persons were killed, including ten from one family.
1959 - "The Twilight Zone" went on the air with these now-familiar words: "There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fear and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call ‘The Twilight Zone'." The anthology program ran five seasons for 154 installments, with a one-year hiatus between the third and fourth seasons. It now is considered to have been one of the best dramas to appear on television. It was created and hosted by Rod Serling. He lived down the street from us in the Pacific Palisades. My father, Lawrence Menkin, wrote several of the episodes. He used to give Rod Serling a hard time, calling him a "hog" for writing most of them. Serling would get a kick out of this from my father who was a big man, six foot four, and Sterling was thin and about five foot four tall. I used to babysit for him. The last episode was telecast on Sept 31, 1965. http://www.radio101.it/soul/arnvl.html
1960 - "Stay" by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, enters the R&B chart and peaks at #3. On the pop chart, it climbs to Number One and popularizes the beach sound of the Carolina beach resorts.
1961 - “Ben Casey” premieres on television, competing with “Dr. Kildare,” starring Richard Chamberlain. The second year, it overtook Dr. Kildare in ratings, running for five years and 153 episodes starring Vince Edwards as Dr. Ben Casey, Sam Jaffe as Dr. David Zorba, Franchot Tone as Dr. Freeland and Bettye Ackerman as Dr. Maggie Graham. He was a friend of my father’s very good friend and actor (can't remember his name right now), who found himself “typecast” as an actor, tried singing, and felt he had gone from nobody to a great TV star, and then back to a “nobody,” brooding about it, almost obsessed, as I remember. Vince Edwards died of cancer March 12, 1996
1961 - Vanguard Records releases the album "Volume Two" and the single "Banks of the Ohio" by 22 year old Joan Baez. She will go on to be one of the most popular and outspoken protest singers of the '60s.
1962 - Frank Sinatra records with Count Basie, Los Angeles, Reprise Records FS 1008
1964 - Protest Rally Continues Against UC Berkeley (I was there as a reporter for KFRC-News, San Francisco.) Some 450 police assemble on campus to undertake removal of police car.
1965 - The Who, The Four Tops and Gerry and the Pacemakers all appear on the US TV show, “Shindig!”
1965 - The Beatles concert in the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Pandemonium broke out as fans rushed the stage. The Fab Four waited backstage until the frenzy diminished. It was so bad that the pranksters had to leave halfway through. Booze, joints, you name it was everywhere. It seems not only did people arrive early, they left late, many falling asleep all over the place, so many, the police did very little, but the first aid station was overwhelmed. The only band you can really hear at the Cow Palace with this type crowd was AC/DC.
1965 - Pope Paul VI named the Very Reverend Bishop Harold Robert Perry of Lake Charles, LA, as the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He was the very first Catholic bishop who was an African-American. He was consecrated in the Basilica of St. Louis, New Orleans, LA, on January 6, 1966, and was the pastor of the New Orleans Parish of St. Theresa of the Child of Jesus, Society of the Divine Word.
1965 - The McCoys' "Hang on Sloopy" hit #1 in the U.S. The song snuck in at number one for one week, between "Eve of Destruction", by Barry McGuire and "Yesterday", by The Beatles.
1965 - Soul singer Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me" enters the Hot 100. It remains on the pop charts for thirteen weeks where it peaks at Number Four.
1966 - Top Hits
“Cherish” - The Association
“Beauty is Only Skin Deep” - The Temptations
“Black is Black” - Los Bravos
“Almost Persuaded” - David Houston
1966 - Sandy Koufax, in great pain from an arthritic elbow, won 27 games and, for the third time in four years, led the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League pennant. He ended up pitching 323 innings, a 27–9 record, and a 1.73 ERA. Since then, no left-hander has had more wins, nor a lower ERA, in a season. In this season finale, the Dodgers had to beat the Phillies to win the pennant. In the second game of a doubleheader, Koufax faced Jim Bunning for the second time that season in a match-up between perfect game winners. Koufax, on two days’ rest, pitched a complete game, 6–3 victory to clinch the pennant. He started 41 games (for the second year in a row); only two left-handers started as many games in any season over the ensuing years through 2013. However, the Baltimore Orioles swept the Dodgers 4-0 in the World Series that year. He retired after the Series at the peak of his career and, in 1972, became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, aged 36 years and 20 days
1967 - Thurgood Marshall, appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, was sworn in as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall was the first black Supreme Court justice and served until his retirement on June 27, 1991, at the age of 82. He had served in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals (1961-1965) and as U.S. Solicitor General (1965-1967). Justice Marshall died on January 24, 1993. His career highlights:
…1930 Mr. Marshall graduates with honors from Lincoln U. (cum laude)
…1933 Receives law degree from Howard U. (magna cum laude); begins private practice in Baltimore
…1934 Begins to work for Baltimore branch of NAACP
…1935 With Charles Houston, wins first major civil rights case, Murray v. Pearson
…1936 Becomes assistant special counsel for NAACP in New York
…1940 Wins first of 29 Supreme Court victories (Chambers v. Florida)
…1944 Successfully argues Smith v. Allwright, overthrowing the South's "white primary"
…1948 Wins Shelley v. Kraemer, in which Supreme Court strikes down legality of racially restrictive covenants
…1950 Wins Supreme Court victories in two graduate-school integration cases, Sweatt v. Painter and McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents
…1951 Visits South Korea and Japan to investigate charges of racism in U.S. armed forces. He reported that the general practice was one of "rigid segregation".
…1954 Wins Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, landmark case that demolishes legal basis for segregation in America
…1961 Defends civil rights demonstrators, winning Supreme Circuit Court victory in Garner v. Louisiana; nominated to Second Court of Appeals by President J.F. Kennedy
…1961 Appointed circuit judge, makes 112 rulings, all of them later upheld by Supreme Court (1961-1965)
…1965 Appointed U.S. solicitor general by President Lyndon Johnson; wins 14 of the 19 cases he argues for the government (1965-1967)
1968 - Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals struck out 17 Detroit Tigers, a new World Series record, in the first game of the World Series. The Tigers recovered to win the Series in seven games.
1968 - Redwood National Park established.
1969 - NOVOSEL, MICHAEL J., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army, 82d Medical Detachment, 45th Medical Company, 68th Medical Group. Place and date: Kien Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam, 2 October 1969. Entered service at: Kenner, La. Born: 3 September 1922, Etna, Pa. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. CWO Novosel, 82d Medical Detachment, distinguished himself while serving as commander of a medical evacuation helicopter. He unhesitatingly maneuvered his helicopter into a heavily fortified and defended enemy training area where a group of wounded Vietnamese soldiers were pinned down by a large enemy force. Flying without gunship or other cover and exposed to intense machinegun fire, CWO Novosel was able to locate and rescue a wounded soldier. Since all communications with the beleaguered troops had been lost, he repeatedly circled the battle area, flying at low level under continuous heavy fire, to attract the attention of the scattered friendly troops. This display of courage visibly raised their morale, as they recognized this as a signal to assemble for evacuation. On 6 occasions he and his crew were forced out of the battle area by the intense enemy fire, only to circle and return from another direction to land and extract additional troops. Near the end of the mission, a wounded soldier was spotted close to an enemy bunker. Fully realizing that he would attract a hail of enemy fire, CWO Novosel nevertheless attempted the extraction by hovering the helicopter backward. As the man was pulled on aboard, enemy automatic weapons opened fire at close range, damaged the aircraft and wounded CWO Novosel. He momentarily lost control of the aircraft, but quickly recovered and departed under the withering enemy fire. In all, 15 extremely hazardous extractions were performed in order to remove wounded personnel. As a direct result of his selfless conduct, the lives of 29 soldiers were saved. The extraordinary heroism displayed by CWO Novosel was an inspiration to his comrades in arms and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
1970 – A plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado and killed 31.
1970 – Television host Kelly Ripa was born in Stratford, NJ.
1971 - John Lennon's "Imagine" LP enters the chart as does The Beach Boys' "Surf's Up" LP.
1971 - Rod Stewart enjoyed a two sided, US number one record with "Maggie May / "Reason To Believe".
1971 – “Soul Train,” a new, weekly TV show that showcased current R&B artists, makes its debut in the US. The first broadcast featured Gladys Knight and The Pips, Eddie Kendricks and Honey Cone.
1974 - Top Hits
“Rock Me Gently” - Andy Kim
“I Honestly Love You” - Olivia Newton-John
“Nothing from Nothing” - Billy Preston
“I'm a Ramblin' Man” - Waylon Jennings
1975 - After a year of desperately trying to revive its flagging fortunes, the once-mighty retailer W.T. Grant filed for bankruptcy on this day. Seeds of the company's collapse were planted in the mid-1960s, when management embarked on an ambitious growth program. The company decided to open a fleet of new stores and, after five years of rapid expansion, 410 super-sized Grant outlets had been built around the country. At the same time, Grant, which had traditionally stocked mainly inexpensive products, began to offer more of the pricier items usually sold at department stores. Unfortunately, the retail makeover only served to alienate Grant's clientele, who had relied on the stores for cheap goods. When a recession hit in 1974, the company was left with little in the way of customers or earnings. At the time it went belly-up, W.T. Grant was saddled with over $1 billion in debt, making it the nation's single biggest retailing failure. When founded, Grant was the object of vitriol and litigation as the developer of the department store concept that brought several different retail lines under one roof. Heretofore America was dotted with small stores in the center of town who felt threatened by this concept. Eventually the concept was ruled to be legal and with it the demise of small towns’ downtowns began.
1976 - John Belushi joins Joe Cocker on Saturday Night Live during the performance of "Feeling Alright." Belushi performs his exaggeratedly spastic imitation of Cocker and the crowd goes wild. After the show, Cocker says he's happy with Belushi's impression of him.
1976 - Rod Stewart's "Tonight's The Night" is released.
1977 - When Dusty Baker hits his 30th homer of the season against the Astros' J.R. Richard, the Dodgers become the first team in Major League history to have four players hit 30 or more home runs. He joins with Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32) and Ron Cey (30) to complete the foursome.
1977 - Gene Simmons receives a Platinum record for his solo LP, one of four released concurrently by the members of KISS. Simmons' charts the highest in the US, reaching #22.
1977 - After a month following what appeared to be an attempt to steal the body of Elvis Presley from Forest Hill Cemetery, both Presley's and his grandmother's bodies are moved to Graceland.
1980 - Larry Holmes retains WBC heavyweight title defeating Muhammad Ali
1980 – Michael Myers becomes the first member of either chamber of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War
1982 - John Cougar's "Jack & Diane" hits #1 on the singles chart while .38 Special's "You Keep Runnin' Away" peaks at #38.
1982 - Top Hits
“Jack & Diane” - John Cougar
“Eye in the Sky” - The Alan Parsons Project
“Somebody's Baby” - Jackson Browne
“Put Your Dreams Away” - Mickey Gilley
1982 - Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska" enters the rock albums chart at #24. Though the record, which consists mainly of solo acoustic songs, will receive virtually no radio play, it remains on the best-seller charts for several months.
1982 - The Clash's "Rock the Casbah" enters the Hot 100 at #90. It eventually makes the pop Top Ten and the funk-dub remix, "Mustapha Dance" makes the disco singles Top Ten, helping the group's latest album "Combat Rock" become its first gold and platinum LP.
1982 - Aerosmith's "Rock In A Hard Place" album enters the chart. The LP was recorded without guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford.
1982 - Rush's "Signals" enters the LP chart.
1985 - Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." tour ends at the L.A. Coliseum.
1986 - The Everly Brothers are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1988 - The games of the XXIV Olympiad closed at Seoul, Korea. The Soviet Union topped the medals tally with 132 (55 gold) against 102 medals for East Germany (37 gold) and 94 for the United States (36 gold). The Olympics were also profitable, with a surplus of $288 million. And the Games helped open new avenues of foreign trade and commerce to the isolated, but burgeoning, South Korean economy.
1989 - Flooding due to thunderstorm rains in the southeastern U.S. on the last day of September and the first day of October caused the Etowah River to rise seven feet above flood stage at Canton, GA. Thunderstorms produced up to ten inches of rain in northeastern Georgia, with six inches reported at Athens, GA in 24 hours. One man was killed, and another man was injured, when sucked by floodwaters into drainage lines.
1990 - Top Hits
“(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection” - Nelson
“Close to You” - Maxi Priest
“Praying for Time” - George Michael
“Jukebox in My Mind” – Alabama
1993 - Rod Stewart's "unplugged" version of "Reason To Believe" hits #19 on the pop singles chart
1993 - Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell" enters the LP chart.
1996 – President Bill Clinton signs the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments.
2001 - Slugging Sammy Sosa becomes the first player in baseball history to slug 60 home runs in three seasons. The Cubs' outfielder connects off Reds starter Lance Davis to reach the milestone.
2002 - Former Diamondback Alex Cabrera slams his 55th home run to tie the Japanese single-season home run mark. The 31-year-old Seibu Lion joins Sadaharu Oh (1964) and Tuffy Rhodes (2001) in Japan’s record book.
2004 - Billy Joel married a woman who is just four years older than his daughter. The 55-year-old piano man tied the knot with Katie Lee, a 22-year-old cooking student that he had been dating for about a year. They are now divorced.
2004 - Jeff Kent hits two round-trippers to become the all-time home run leader of second basemen. The Astros infielder records his 278th dinger and 302nd overall to break Ryne Sandberg's major league record established in 1997.
2006 - Five school girls are murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in an Amish school in Nickel Mines, PA before he commits suicide.
2011 - Over 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested when they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic.
2013 – In the case of AEG Live v. Michael Jackson Estate, the court ruled that AEG Live is not guilty of negligence for hiring Jackson’s physician Conrad Murray.
2014 – JPMorgan Chase disclosed that a July data breach resulted in the exposure of contact information for 83 million households. The bank stated that security information, such as passwords and birth dates, did not appear to have been compromised.
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