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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Archives September 12, 2001
  CapitalStream Announces New Licensed Reseller,
  --Preferred Broker Solutions
   Classified Ads---Senior Management
Companies who notify lessee in advance of lease expiration
 and require their discounter to also notify lessee in advance
  Alexa Rankings of US Leasing Media Sites
Letters!? We get eMail---
  --includes up-dated news
    Classified Ads---Help Wanted
      Placard---My Husband is the Boss
Why I became a CLP-- Nancy Pistorio
  Executive Vice President, Madison Capital
    Orion First Financial Announces New President and COO
     Shannon Green, CLP
   1933 Marmon V-16 Convertible Coupe Takes Best of Show Honors
      American Eskimo
      Seattle, Washington Adopt-a-Dog
        Classified ads—Investigator
News Briefs
    Equipment Finance Ex-CEO Gets 15 years $53MM Fraud
UK banks could be shut down or forced into bail-outs by Brussels
Willis Lease Finance Expands Revolving Credit Facility to $430 Million
Container Lease Fleet Robust in 2011 and Should Remain So This Year
   CIT Closes New RMB2.2 Billion Facility in China
      Forecast Points to Solid Holiday Growth
   11 things to do with your old iPhone
      Top Hits Songs/Video/TV


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Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months

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Archives September 12, 2001

CapitalStream Announces New Licensed Reseller,
---Preferred Broker Solutions

Reselling Agreement will provide the equipment leasing industry with continued support and training for new and existing System 1-2.5 and CapitalStream “Advantage” customers.

Seattle, WA - - CapitalStream (, a Seattle-based provider of a patent pending, commercial finance automation technology for banks, financial institutions and manufacturers, today announced a licensing deal with Preferred Broker Solutions (PBS) ( The agreement will solidify PBS as a reseller and technical supporter of CapitalStream’s legacy desktop products for the equipment leasing industry, System1-2.5 and CapitalStream Advantage. CapitalStream’s (formerly System 1 Software) well-established solutions enable customers to facilitate lease financing transactions through their own desktops. In addition, Preferred Broker Solutions will be assisting System 1-2.5 customers in upgrading to the latest version of that software, CapitalStream Advantage, increasing customers’ speed and flexibility while saving time and money.

(Today, the firm not only provides technical support, but engages in
web development, custom reports, on-site training, as well as custom templates, specializing in System 1 and CapitalStream Advantage products, including Web Application interface.

(Preferred Business Solutions is owned and operated by Jim Buckles,
servicing over 150 companies.)

his background

Preferred Business Solutions
19621 82nd Place W
Edmonds, WA 98026
(866) 352-8665 sales
(425) 672-2591 support
(815) 301-9121 fax


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Companies who notify lessee in advance of lease expiration
and require their discounter to also notify lessee in advance


Looking for companies who notify the lessee in advance of the residual or any purchase option, which also includes not having ""Purchase, Renewal or Return Clauses."

Readers please note that many of the companies who have responded have their own method of notification. Leasing News in its editorial as well as articles has specifically noted it opposition to the abuse of the Evergreen or Winter Green clauses and has not advocated a specific method of notification, leaving that up to the lessor or creditor of the transaction.

Please contact:

ABCO Leasing
Advantage Funding
Agility Ventures LLC
Allegiant Partners
American Leasefund, Inc. 
Balboa Capital Corp. 
BancLease Acceptance Corporation 
Bank of Ozarks Leasing 
Bankers Capital
Bank of the West, Indirect Equipment Finance 
Black Rock Capital
BSB Leasing
Capital Technology & Leasing, LLC
Cobra Capital, LLC
Commerce National Bank
Dakota Financial, LLC
Direct Capital

Financial Pacific Leasing 


Five Point Capital, In
Forum Financial Services, Inc. 
Gonor Funding
GreatAmerica Leasing
Innovative Lease Services, Inc.
Madison Capital
Macrolease Corporation 
Manufacturer's Lease Plans, Inc
Mesa Leasing
Maxim Commercial Capital
Mount Pleasant Capital
National Machine Tool Financial Corporation
Navitas Lease Corp. 
Northwest Leasing Company
P&L Capital Corporation 
Pacifica Capital 
Pawnee Leasing Corporation

Southern California Leasing, Inc 
Standard Professional Services, LLC
Stoddard & Associates 
TEAM Funding Solutions
Vehicle Lenders Group, LLC



Alexa Rankings of US Leasing Media Sites

The web sites are ranked by most visited in a rating with the lower number meaning the standing of sites being visited (Google is #1, the most visited). Ranking is first in visit in the United States, then World Wide, with the number of web sites linking.

(Rank) Site
3- Commercial Finance Association
4- Monitor Daily
9- Equip. Leasing Finance Foundation
10- Equipment Finance Advisor
No data
No data
12- Assoc. Government Leasing/Finance
No data

*It should be noted that NAELB web site "list serve" requires logging onto their site, meaning their e-mails are counted as a visit to the site, whereas they are "list serve" communication. These are technically visits to the web site, but primarily to use "list serve."

David G. Mayer's Business Leasing and Finance News is not included in the Alexa report list as it does not have its own individual site and Alexa finds Patton Boggs, LLP Attorneys at Law. The rating is not valid as it includes all those who visit and communicate with the law firm. When Business Leasing and Finance News has its own individual web site, it will be included in the Alexa survey.

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--includes up-dated news

(Mostly in chronological order, not by “most newsworthy.”)

Brokers Enthusiastic, but Bemoan Abysmal Closing Ratios
---NAELB Regional Meeting report
by Dwight Galloway, CLP

“Nicely written report by Dwight”

Paul J. Menzel, CLP
President & CEO


Mazuma and Republic Bank Get Snared on
PRR Provision in Equipment Lease
by Tom McCurnin, Esq.

“Just wanted to tell you how much I really enjoy reading the articles written by Tom McCurnin, Esq. of Barton, Klugman & Oetting from Los Angeles, California. Very entertaining and great learning opportunities, even for someone who has been in the business as long as I have.”

Ralph Coppola
GE Capital
Transportation Finance

- -

“Tom McCurnin's article today on PRR deals: I recently testified as an expert for the defendant in a matter involving a PRR lease by one of the Utah companies highlighted by Kit. And I raised exactly the same issue you point out – that Republic Bank discounted at closing the extension payments which would only become due after the lessee exercised its supposed end of term option, 3 years later.

“The case has since settled, and I’m sure this issue was a key factor in the settlement.

“Keep up the good work.”


Paul Bent
Senior Managing Director
Practice Leader, Legal Support Services
The Alta Group


“Another great article with sound advice for the reader! Let’s hope your articles are widely read and understood.”

Frank Peretore, Esq.
Peretore & Peretore, P.C.


Why is Republic Bank in Liquidation/Out of Leasing?
by Christopher Menkin

“Thanks for your work to me for over 20 years and several 100 hundred others.

“Best wishes to you, your family and your associates FOR good health and being watched from ABOVE.”



Paul Balinski Passes Away

"I just wanted to thank you for including Paul’s obituary and what Bruce sent out in Leasing News. I worked with Paul and he was a very dear individual.

Take care.


Reid Raykovich, CLP
Executive Director
CLP Foundation


"The Memory Shock"
by Barry Reitman

“Thank you so very much for your review! I am delighted with what you wrote. If you don't object, I would be proud to link to it at my website and next newsletter, and list it among the book's favorable comments. Please let me know if that's OK.”


(Definitely okay. I bought two books and sent one to my son, and one to my grandson Clay who is entering his senior year at Elko High School in Nevada. I plan to give out as Christmas presents, too, that’s how much I liked the book. Editor)


Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP Columns

“Kit, you would be interested to know that at an event recently a guy asked me for a good book on being a lessor. I said forget the ridiculous books, go to Leasing News and gather up all of Terry Winders' articles, and you will be far ahead of everybody...”

Paul B Weiss


You have Ziya Arik being sentenced on 8/27/2012 on your newsletter.

I'm curious if his sentence got pushed back. Can you check?

(Name Withheld)

(Ziya Arik, Preferred Lease, sentencing continued to 1/14/2013 11:00 AM before Judge Cormac J. Carney sentencing continued to 8/27/2012 10:00 AM before Judge Cormac J. Carney. Reportedly one of the toughest salesmen who was rough on customers, competing with Brian Acosta, CLP, for accounts, and may be now working for him, but not confirmed, as those indicted are to not engage in financing or the leasing industry. He appears to be the last to be sentenced, although that could be changed as happened with Adam Zuckerman.


“Did Leigh Dorand ever get sentenced? Mark McQuitty? Jim Raeder?”

Ignacio R. Sanchez, CLP
Business Development
TA Equipment Finance, Inc.

(Leigh Dorand: Placed on probation for 1 year under terms and conditions of US Probation Office General Orders 05-02 and 01-05. Pay $100 special assessment" Plus,"4. The defendant shall not engage, as whole or partial owner, employee, or otherwise, in any business involving equipment lease finance programs or other loan programs of any kind, telemarketing activities, investment programs, or any other business involving the solicitation of funds or cold-calls to customers without the express written approval of the Probation Officer prior to engagement in such business or employment. Further, the defendant shall provide the Probation Officer with access to any and all business records, client lists, and other records pertaining to the operation of any business owned, in whole or in part, by the defendant, as directed by the Probation Officer.)

(Mark McQuitty, co-founder CapitalWerks, Preferred Lease, sentencing set for May 14th re-set for September 24, 2012 at 09:00 AM before Judge Cormac J. Carney. The photo above is perhaps over ten years old. Public Records find he has been arrested three times for D.U.I. Reportedly, he was administrating the portfolio, although prohibited from engaging in new financing or leasing.

(July 19, 2012 there was a matter of "Improper Correspondence and Communication with the Judge" which on August 8 was returned Pursuant to Local Rule 83-2.11 attorneys or parties to any action or proceeding shall refrain from writing letter to the judge. All matters shall be called to the judge's attention by appropriate application or motion filed in compliance with the Local Rules Editor.)


James Raeder, co-founder CapitalWerks, Preferred Lease, sentencing set for June 4, 2012 before Judge Cormac J. Carney. This photo may be over twenty years old. It was originally in a tuxedo and made into a portrait shot. He is living in Colorado with his family with an office in his brother's business. Reportedly he buys assets off lease and re-sells them, and in his spare time is writing an autobiography, he told Leasing News.

(ORDER TO CONTINUE Sentencing by Judge Cormac J. Carney as to Defendant James Raeder. Sentencing continued to 12/17/2012 11:00 AM before Judge Cormac J. Carney. (dg) (Entered: 08/30/2012)

(Both Raeder and McQuitty were once very active in leasing, well-known in the industry, and considered by many as very aggressive salesmen. Some say “bad boys.” They had very good number and the operation became part of First Sierra.

(McQuitty, after being fired by Tom Depping of First Sierra, attempted to get the company going again with Jim Raeder, and along the way purchased Preferred Lease, Lake Tahoe, but seemed to run against a changing marketplace that lead to their venture into more and more disguised sale/leasebacks which finally caught the eye of the FBI, after an informant from Citibank came clean with his participation in the scheme. Editor)


“Good afternoon. I run a small business in Florida that specializes in smartphone marketing for the marine and real estate industries. We've been looking for ways to expand our product a little before launch, and one service that I had been interested in is video marketing from a company called Citrus Pie. Back in the Spring, I was approached by a man running the company based in Miami named Jean Vincens who was looking for commissioned salesmen to sell a marketing and video product to the marine industry. Being that my background was in yacht sales before I became an attorney, he was interested in my connections in the industry. I decided to pass on his offer, and moved onto my current project.

While your field and mine don't generally cross paths, the reason I'm emailing you is your news site seems to have Mr. Vincens name pop up a few times, and none of the times are very flattering to Mr. Vincens and the ventures he's been associated with. I'm sure this email is highly unusual, but I'm wondering if you have any information you could share about him and his companies, and if you know anything about Citrus Pie USA. I appreciate anything you might be able to share, as I'm starting to think it might be wise to look elsewhere for video marketing services, especially when I recall that he did discuss financing the videos for doctors and yacht brokers when he tried to hire me. Based on what you've written about his other ventures and leasing, I'm thinking that it might be an issue.

(name with held)

(My opinion: Run, don't walk, as fast as you can away from Mr. Vincens and his colleagues. Editor



Radiance Capital, Tacoma, Washington
Bulletin Board Complaint
Purchase Option on EFA, Won’t Return $5,000 S.D.

“In my view, to auto-renew a dollar buyout lease or conditional sales contract is, pure and simple, civil theft (conversion) and probably also criminal theft. Everyone who knows anything about this business knows that a dollar-buyout (or other "nominal" non-true) lease and a conditional sales contract are, for legal, tax and accounting purposes, loans. Any clause in a loan agreement stating that it can be automatically renewed at the end of the originally scheduled term would be a textbook case of unconscionability and, thus, unenforceable. Among other reasons, an auto-renewal clause in a dollar-out provides an absolute windfall for the so-called "lessor" without transferring any benefit or consideration to the "lessee."

“I'd like to know how many CEOs of the companies that Leasing News has identified as companies that auto-renew dollar-outs and conditional sales contracts have ever seen a mortgage agreement, for example, that has an auto renewal clause. You and I already know that answer. It is zero. This is because even mortgage companies, which have tried to get away with almost every other kind of slick profit-enhancing contract clauses and business practices, have never had the audacity to add an "auto renewal" clause to their mortgage note forms. Even they know that doing so would be akin to issuing ski masks and knives to their employees and asking them to go down to the street corner and rob people. Only those few bad-apple chicaneries in the small-ticket equipment finance business could have ever dreamed up auto-renewal language for inclusion in nominal-lease and loan agreements.

Michael J. Witt
Legal Counsel
Aviva Investors North America, Inc.

(Here is an up-date on the complaint. The lessee hired a Washington attorney and filed a response. Evidently the routine is to file a complaint and a lessee located not in Washington, this case Maine, usually doesn't respond nor show up and a collection agency then gets the matter as the defendant is a "no show." Well, in this case, the plaintiff said, "What about the $5,000 security deposit being returned." The plaintiff attorney said he knew nothing about it.

(In the meantime, Bernie Boettgheimer of Lease Police is also watching this and may have a "tell all" report. Stay tuned. Editor)





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Why I became a CLP

Nancy Pistorio, CLP
Executive Vice President, Madison Capital

So the question is: Does becoming a CLP give one an immediate entrée into more opportunities and/or higher paying jobs in our industry? Does it win you more business? More respect? "

I am frequently asked these questions by those in our industry considering sitting for their CLP.

Our industry, unlike many others in the financial sector, remains, for the most part, unregulated particularly with regard to any governing or licensing of those who practice our vocation.

For our profession, this can be a double-edged sword. It makes the barriers to entry less; however, lack of certification also allows more of the basically unqualified or unknowledgeable to work in this industry indefinitely, sometimes leaving a trail of destruction and failures in their wake.

This makes credibility for our industry and our products even more challenging.

As for winning additional business, I know of at least one colleague who recounts a story where a potential client was trying to decide between doing business with my colleague's leasing firm or another sales rep from a different leasing company:

Both deals were similarly priced and the client had good rapport with both salesmen. On my colleague's business card, he had the CLP insignia after his name. When the client asked and was told what the designation meant, the potential Lessee replied, "Oh well then, I want to give my business to a CLP."

My colleague won the deal! Does this happen often??? Probably not, but like anything else, the CLP can be what you make of it. And, as with all competitive situations, every little bit of extra effort helps!"

Any efforts by our own to raise levels of education, create measures of achievement, and maintain high and ethical standards of those within our industry should be both encouraged and supported by all.”

(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
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Orion First Financial Announces New President and COO
Shannon Green, CLP

Succeeding Dave Schaefer as president of Orion First Financial, Gig Harbor, Washington is longtime office and Executive Vice President of Operations Shannon Green, CLP. Orion will remain chairman and CEO as he expands the growth of various partnerships and involvement in Orion’s small ticket equipment growth.

Dave Schaefer

“When Shannon joined our team from Financial Pacific back in 2003, I knew that she would be an invaluable asset,” he said. “Over the past ten years she has proven her value to Orion and its clients. This new role for Shannon is a natural transition and a seamless one…she’s the right person at the right time to lead Orion through its next stage of growth”

He stated as president and COO, Ms. Green is responsible for overall business operations, including management and administration, client relationships, business operating policies, procedures, organization, staffing and human resources. As part of the executive officer group, she participates in strategic planning and implementation management for key revenue growth, portfolio management, and business development initiatives.

She is a director of the Certified Leasing Professional Foundation.

” This is a strategic time for our company, in that we have spent the last couple of years in survival mode; focused on utilization of technology and process efficiencies,” she said about her new position. ”Our management team and staff have emerged stronger, more energetic and eager to pursue our calculated growth plans.”




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1933 Marmon V-16 Convertible Coupe Takes Best of Show Honors

This 1933 Marmon V-16 Convertible Coupe owned by Aaron Weiss of San Marino, Calif. was named "Best of Show" at the 2012 U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d'Elegance at LeMay - America's Car Museum (ACM) The event, which raises money for Seattle Children's Hospital, featured more than 120 cars, motorcycles and boats on the Haub Family Field at America's Car Museum.
(Photo courtesy ACM)

The 1933 Marmon V-16 Convertible Coupe owned by Aaron Weiss captured three awards, including “Best of Show” honors at the 2012 U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance at LeMay – America’s Car Museum.

Described by Concours emcee Edward Herrmann as “an elegant and beautiful example of American coachwork and engineering,” the Marmon also was named winner of The People’s Choice award and placed first in the Classic Car Club of America (Early) class.

The 2-door convertible was selected as best in a field of 120 vehicles from six states and British Columbia. Vehicles traveled from Alaska (2 vehicles), British Columbia (3), California (4), Oregon (4), Pennsylvania (10) and Washington (96) to compete in the event. The vehicle that traveled farthest for the U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours was a 1947 Kurtis Omohundro Special owned by Geoff Hacker of Tampa, Florida.

Best of Show: 1933 Marmon V-16 Convertible Coupe owned by Aaron Weiss of San Marino, Calif.
Kirkland Concours Award: 1928 Auburn Speedster, owned by Karen Hutchinson
Founders Award: 1904 Fiat 60 H.P. owned by Bob Sullivan
Curator’s Award: 1938 BMW 328 Roadster owned by Nancy Martin

Most Elegant Award (closed): 1930 Rolls-Royce P-I Brewster Trouville owned by Glenn Mounger
Most Elegant Award (open): 1933 Chrysler C.L. Phaeton (LeBaron) owned by Tom Crook
Participants’ Choice Award: 1932 Alfa Romeo Tipo B (P3) owned by Greg Whitten
Peoples’ Choice Award: 1933 Marmon V-16 Convertible Coupe owned by Aaron Weiss

Seattle Children's Hospital Award: 1947 Lincoln 12 Convertible owned by Joan Watjen
The Richard Hooper Collector Award: Jeff Clark
Junior Judges Award: 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trafeo owned by Roy Cats
Best Presentation Award: 1918 Biddle H Towncar owned by the Fountainhead Museum

Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA)/Historic Vehicle Association Award: 1904 Fiat 60 H.P. owned by Bob Sullivan
British Motorcycles: 1946 Norton 18 owned by Mark Zenor
Unlimited Hydroplanes (boat class) : Miss Budweiser (1980 Griffon model), owned by Eric and
Barbara Mann
Classic Car Club of America Classics (Late) : 1937 Rolls-Royce P-III Hooper Saloon-Limousine owned by Peter Gleeson

Classic Car Club of America (Early) : 1933 Marmon V-16 Convertible Coupe owned by Aaron Weiss
Bulgari Collection: 1935 Buick 96S Sport Coupe owned by Nicola Bulgari
Special Display: 1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa owned by Jim Clark
Antiques: 1919 McFarlan Type 127 Touring owned by the Fountainhead Museum

Lamborghini: 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Interim owned by John Atzbach
British Invasion: 1960 AC Ace Bristol owned by James Feldman
American Post War Designs: 1949 Buick Convertible Super from the LeMay Family Collection

About America’s Car Museum (
State Farm Presents LeMay – America’s Car Museum, which opened June 2, 2012 in downtown Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To get information on museum hours, becoming an ACM member, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit

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News Briefs----


Equipment Finance Ex-CEO Gets 15 years $53MM Fraud

UK banks could be shut down or forced into bail-outs by Brussels

Willis Lease Finance Expands Revolving Credit Facility to $430 Million$430-Mi--14702007/

Container Lease Fleet Robust in 2011 and Should Remain So This Year

CIT Closes New RMB2.2 Billion Facility in China

Forecast Points to Solid Holiday Growth


11 things to do with your old iPhone

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SparkPeople--Live Healthier and Longer

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Sports Briefs----

Knee-jerk reactions: Griffin III to Hall of Fame … Luck flops … Peyton Manning’s back … Vilma beats Goodell

Two of four Chargers cornerbacks injured





Baseball Poem

Silly Question

By: "Papa" Joe Chevalier

I like;
All nine innings and knee high strikes
The diamond cut by flashing spikes.
The infield hit, a long home run
Doubleheaders, the radar gun.
The curve, the knuckler, slider and splitter
A slugfest or the chance no-hitter.
The majors, the minors, the kids, the vets
The "Whiz Kids," the "Amazing Mets."
The squeeze bunt and the hit and run
The double steal on three and one.
Both real and artificial grass.
The routine grounder or astro turf hop.
Signs to take and signs to steal
Beating the deadline with a late night deal.
The brush back pitch, the managers warned
The visiting star locally scorned.
Balls with eyes and rain delays
Around the horn double plays.
Walking leads and frozen ropes
Bloops, blasts and springtime hopes.
The game of the week and cable TV
Descriptions like "Good field-no-hit
Or "Say goodbye baseball" at Safeco Field
Diving catches and trapped fly balls
Coaches sweating on 3-2 calls.
The pickoff move and stealing home
Games in the sun or under a dome.
Walks, balks, and fielders choices
An irate skipper getting the gate.
Cold soda, peanuts and ball park franks
Sometimes even the New York Yanks.
For all this and more I have good reason
To be pleased that it's Baseball season.
And if you guys don't mind suggestions,
Go somewhere else with your silly questions!

To hear the poem read by Johnny Nguyen




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California governor pleads with voters to pass tax-hike measure


“Gimme that Wine”

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Closures: Part 2 – in praise of screwcaps

Filling Mondavi's giant shoes

Restaurants uncork a return to California flavors


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Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Winery Atlas\

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This Day in History

     1609 -Henry Hudson discovers Hudson River
    1771--- Pioneer Methodist bishop Francis Asbury, 26, on his maiden voyage to America, wrote in his journal: 'Whither am I going? To the New World. What to do? To gain honor? No, if I know my own heart. To get money? No, I am going to live to God, and to bring others to do so.' 
    1776 -Nathan Hale leaves Harlem Heights Camp (127th St) in New York City for spy mission When Washington asked his troops who would volunteer to go into enemy camp, only one person stepped forward: Nathan Hale.
    1777-The founding of the first Mission Santa Clara de Assis by Padre Thomas Peña, under the direction of Padre Junípero Serra. The first two were built too close to the Guadalupe River, which over flooded, the third was destroyed by an earthquake and the fourth site is now part of the University of Santa Clara. In 1851, during the height of the Gold Rush era, the Mission Santa Clara was given to the Jesuits who incorporated it into the University of Santa Clara. Rebuilt in 1779 and 1781, and restored after a flood in 1784, an earthquake in 1818, and a fire in 1926, the tower of Santa Clara still contains an original bell brought to that mission from Spain.
    1786 - Despite his failed efforts to suppress the American Revolution, Lord Cornwallis was appointed governor general of India.
    1808- The Holy Bible was translated into English by Charles Thomson and printed in Philadelphia, PA by Jane Aitken. “The Holy Bible, containing the old and new covenant, commonly called the Old and New Testament; translated from the Greek.” It was copyrighted in the District of Pennsylvania by the translator, Charles Thomson, who had been secretary to the Continental Congress.
    1814- Battle of North Point fought near Baltimore during War of 1812 9,000 troops British troops land at North Point . They had taken Washington, DC, and wanted to also burn Baltimore, which they called “the nest of pirates”. Fort McHenry stood in their way. Major General Robert Ross, riding ahead of his troops with his personal platoon, thinking this was a “walk in the park,” rode right into General John Stricker, 3,200 men, was only two miles away with his six cannon in place across Long log Lane (North Point Road) waiting for the British, who unlike the Capital, knew they were coming and were prepared to fight. Shots were fired by both sides. Two Americans, Dan Wells and Henry McComas, were instantly killed. They are credited with shooting General Ross. He was 48 years old. (The spot where Ross was shot is marked today by a monument erected to honor Aquilla Randall as the first American killed in the battle. It's still there today, at Old North Point Road near Battle Grove Road.)The death of General Ross was a devastating blow to the British. The also had lost their surprise. Although they outnumbered the Americans, the battle went against them and they retreated. After resting, they turned direction and ran into over 10,000 men and over 60 cannon behind well-made breastworks, ready and waiting to repel any attack. After two short rallies, they took to retreat again. The British were unable to take Fort McHenry (Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner.”)
    1829-Birthday of Charles Dudly Warner, who should be best remembered for his editorial in the Hartord Courant, Aug 24, 1897 “ Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody dues anything about it.” This American newsman was a good friend of Mark Twain, who is often mistakenly attributed for the “saying.” Died at Hartford, CT. Oct. 20,1900.
    1843- The first minstrel troupe in New York City was formed by Daniel Decatur “Dan” Emmett, who later wrote the song “Dixie.” His quartet of blackface singers and musicians played in several Bowery theaters and established many of the basic routines followed by later minstrel shows.
    1851- Birth of Francis E. Clark, American Congregationalist clergyman. In 1881, at age 29, Clark organized the world's first church "youth fellowship" in Portland, Maine. Clark's original name for this Christian group concept was "The Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor."
    1866- the first burlesque show was opened at Niblo's Garden, New York City. The musical show was produced by Barras and William Wheatley and featured 100 scantily clad young women playing a troupe of dancing fairies. It ran for an unprecedented 16 months, closing on January 4, 1868, after playing 475 performances and grossing $1.3 million. It was in four acts and titled “The Black Crook.”
    1880- Birthday of H.L.Mencken. American newspaperman, lexicographer and critic, “the Sage of Baltimore” was born at Baltimore, MD, and died there Jan 29, 1956. “If, after I depart this vale,” he wrote in 1921 (Epitaph, Smart Set), “you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost, forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl..” My mother told me sat on his lap when I was very little, and quite the contrary, he was a very likeable person.
    1889-American aeronaut of French extraction, born in New York, NY, about 1857, achieved world fame as a parachutist. After his first public performance (Philadelphia, PA, 1887), he toured European cities where his parachute jumps attracted wide attention. Credited with 238 successful jumps. He was last seen this day as he jumped from a balloon over Tallinn, Estonia, and perished in the Bay of Reval.
    1913- James Cleveland (Jesse) Owens, American athlete, winner of four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games at Berlin, Germany, was born at Oakville, AL. Owens set 11 world records in track and field. During one track meet, at Ann Arbor, Ml, Owens, repre­senting Ohio State University, broke five world records May 23, 1935, and tied a sixth in the space of 45 minutes. Died at Tuc­son, AZ, Mar 31, 1980.
    1916—Trumpet player Cat Anderson birthday
    1920-Birthday of James “Lucky” Carmichael, Harrodsburg, KY.
    1922- The House of Bishops of the U.S. Protestant Episcopal Church voted 36-27 to delete the word "obey" from the vows of their denomination's official marriage service.
    1924-The Wolverines with Bix Biederbecke opened at the Cinderella Ballroom, New York City. “Variety newspaper dubs them a “torrid unit.”
    1928 - Actress Katharine Hepburn made her stage debut. The play was titled "The Czarina". It would be four years before the ‘First Lady of the American Screen' would indeed, make her first film, "A Bill of Divorcement".
    1931-Birthdday of singer George Jones, born Saratoga, TX.
    1935-Duke Ellington records “Reminiscing in Tempo” on four 10” sides.
    1935-Birthday of drummer Paul Humphrey, Detroit, MI.
    1935-Artie Shaw's new band opens at the Palace Hotel.
    1935 -- Birthday of Richard Hunt, born Chicago, Illinois. African American, A leading sculptor, collected by the National Museum of American Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, & the Museum of the Twentieth Century in Vienna.
    1940 - Johnny Long's orchestra recorded the classic "A Shanty in Old Shanty Town" for Decca Records.
    1943 -- Birthday of Michael Ondaatje, born Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Canadian novelist/poet who blends myth, history, jazz, & memoirs to create his musical prose & poetry, His 1970 pastiche, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-Handed Poems drew on his fascination with the American west, & his 1992 novel, The English Patient, got him a popular audience & an award-winning movie.
    1944---Birthday of singer Barry White, Galveston, TX
    1944--TOMINAC, JOHN J . Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company I, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Saulx de Vesoul, France, 12 September 1944. Entered service at: Conemaugh, Pa. Birth: Conemaugh, Pa. G.O. No.: 20, 29 March 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 12 September 1944, in an attack on Saulx de Vesoul, France 1st Lt. Tominac charged alone over 50 yards of exposed terrain onto an enemy roadblock to dispatch a 3-man crew of German machine gunners with a single burst from his Thompson machinegun after smashing the enemy outpost, he led 1 of his squads in the annihilation of a second hostile group defended by mortar, machinegun automatic pistol, rifle and grenade fire, killing about 30 of the enemy. Reaching the suburbs of the town, he advanced 50 yards ahead of his men to reconnoiter a third enemy position which commanded the road with a 77-mm. SP gun supported by infantry elements. The SP gun opened fire on his supporting tank, setting it afire with a direct hit. A fragment from the same shell painfully wounded 1st Lt. Tominac in the shoulder, knocking him to the ground. As the crew abandoned the M-4 tank, which was rolling down hill toward the enemy, 1st Lt. Tominac picked himself up and jumped onto the hull of the burning vehicle. Despite withering enemy machinegun, mortar, pistol, and sniper fire, which was ricocheting off the hull and turret of the M-4, 1st Lt. Tominac climbed to the turret and gripped the 50-caliber antiaircraft machinegun. Plainly silhouetted against the sky, painfully wounded, and with the tank burning beneath his feet, he directed bursts of machinegun fire on the roadblock, the SP gun, and the supporting German infantrymen, and forced the enemy to withdraw from his prepared position. Jumping off the tank before it exploded, 1st Lt. Tominac refused evacuation despite his painful wound. Calling upon a sergeant to extract the shell fragments from his shoulder with a pocketknife, he continued to direct the assault, led his squad in a hand grenade attack against a fortified position occupied by 32 of the enemy armed with machineguns, machine pistols, and rifles, and compelled them to surrender. His outstanding heroism and exemplary leadership resulted in the destruction of 4 successive enemy defensive positions, surrender of a vital sector of the city Saulx de Vesoul, and the death or capture of at least 60 of the enemy.
    1944---CLARK, FRANCIS J. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company K, 109th Infantry, 28th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Kalborn, Luxembourg, 12 September 1944; near Sevenig, Germany, 17 September 1944. Entered service at: Salem, N.Y. Birth: Whitehall, N.Y. G.O. No.: 77, 10 September 1945. Citation: He fought gallantly in Luxembourg and Germany. On 12 September 1944, Company K began fording the Our River near Kalborn, Luxembourg, to take high ground on the opposite bank. Covered by early morning fog, the 3d Platoon, in which T/Sgt. Clark was squad leader, successfully negotiated the crossing; but when the 2d Platoon reached the shore, withering automatic and small-arms fire ripped into it, eliminating the platoon leader and platoon sergeant and pinning down the troops in the open. From his comparatively safe position, T/Sgt. Clark crawled alone across a field through a hail of bullets to the stricken troops. He led the platoon to safety and then unhesitatingly returned into the fire-swept area to rescue a wounded soldier, carrying him to the American line while hostile gunners tried to cut him down. Later, he led his squad and men of the 2d Platoon in dangerous sorties against strong enemy positions to weaken them by lightning-like jabs. He assaulted an enemy machinegun with hand grenades, killing 2 Germans. He roamed the front and flanks, dashing toward hostile weapons, killing and wounding an undetermined number of the enemy, scattering German patrols and, eventually, forcing the withdrawal of a full company of Germans heavily armed with automatic weapons. On 17 September, near Sevenig, Germany, he advanced alone against an enemy machinegun, killed the gunner and forced the assistant to flee. The Germans counterattacked, and heavy casualties were suffered by Company K. Seeing that 2 platoons lacked leadership, T/Sgt. Clark took over their command and moved among the men to give encouragement. Although wounded on the morning of 18 September, he refused to be evacuated and took up a position in a pillbox when night came. Emerging at daybreak, he killed a German soldier setting up a machinegun not more than 5 yards away. When he located another enemy gun, he moved up unobserved and killed 2 Germans with rifle fire. Later that day he voluntarily braved small-arms fire to take food and water to members of an isolated platoon. T/Sgt. Clark's actions in assuming command when leadership was desperately needed, in launching attacks and beating off counterattacks, in aiding his stranded comrades, and in fearlessly facing powerful enemy fire, were strikingly heroic examples and put fighting heart into the hard-pressed men of Company K.
    1944--ZUSSMAN, RAYMOND Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 756th Tank Battalion. Place and date: Noroy le Bourg, France, 12 September 1944. Entered service at: Detroit, Mich. Birth: Hamtramck, Mich. G.O. No.: 42, 24 May 1945. Citation: On 12 September 1944, 2d Lt. Zussman was in command of 2 tanks operating with an infantry company in the attack on enemy forces occupying the town of Noroy le Bourg, France. At 7 p.m., his command tank bogged down. Throughout the ensuing action, armed only with a carbine, he reconnoitered alone on foot far in advance of his remaining tank and the infantry. Returning only from time to time to designate targets, he directed the action of the tank and turned over to the infantry the numerous German soldiers he had caused to surrender. He located a road block and directed his tanks to destroy it. Fully exposed to fire from enemy positions only 50 yards distant, he stood by his tank directing its fire. Three Germans were killed and 8 surrendered. Again he walked before his tank, leading it against an enemy-held group of houses, machinegun and small arms fire kicking up dust at his feet. The tank fire broke the resistance and 20 enemy surrendered. Going forward again alone he passed an enemy-occupied house from which Germans fired on him and threw grenades in his path. After a brief fire fight, he signaled his tank to come up and fire on the house. Eleven German soldiers were killed and 15 surrendered. Going on alone, he disappeared around a street corner. The fire of his carbine could be heard and in a few minutes he reappeared driving 30 prisoners before him. Under 2d Lt. Zussman's heroic and inspiring leadership, 18 enemy soldiers were killed and 92 captured.
    1951--*SUDUT, JEROME A. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company B, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Kumhwa, Korea, 12 September 1951. Entered service at: Wisconsin. Birth: Wausau, Wis. G.O. No.: 31, 21 March 1952. Citation: 2d Lt. Sudut distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. His platoon, attacking heavily fortified and strategically located hostile emplacements, had been stopped by intense fire from a large bunker containing several firing posts. Armed with submachinegun, pistol, and grenades, 2d Lt. Sudut charged the emplacement alone through vicious hostile fire, killing 3 of the occupants and dispersing the remainder. Painfully wounded, he returned to reorganize his platoon, refused evacuation and led his men in a renewed attack. The enemy had returned to the bunker by means of connecting trenches from other emplacements and the platoon was again halted by devastating fire. Accompanied by an automatic-rifleman 2d Lt. Sudut again charged into close-range fire to eliminate the position. When the rifleman was wounded, 2d Lt. Sudut seized his weapon and continued alone, killing 3 of the 4 remaining occupants. Though mortally wounded and his ammunition exhausted, he jumped into the emplacement and killed the remaining enemy soldier with his trench knife. His single-handed assaults so inspired his comrades that they continued the attack and drove the enemy from the hill, securing the objective. 2d Lt. Sudut's consummate fighting spirit, outstanding leadership, and gallant self-sacrifice are in keeping with the finest traditions of the infantry and the U.S. Army.
    1951--MAUSERT, FREDERICK W., III Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) Place and date: Songnap-yong, Korea, 12 September 1951. Entered service at: Dresher, Pa. Born: 2 May 1930, Cambridge, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a squad leader in Company B, in action against enemy aggressor forces. With his company pinned down and suffering heavy casualties under murderous machine gun, rifle, artillery, and mortar fire laid down from heavily fortified, deeply entrenched hostile strongholds on Hill 673, Sgt. Mausert unhesitatingly left his covered position and ran through a heavily mined and fire-swept area to bring back 2 critically wounded men to the comparative safety of the lines. Staunchly refusing evacuation despite a painful head wound sustained during his voluntary act, he insisted on remaining with his squad and, with his platoon ordered into the assault moments later, took the point position and led his men in a furious bayonet charge against the first of a literally impregnable series of bunkers. Stunned and knocked to the ground when another bullet struck his helmet, he regained his feet and resumed his drive, personally silencing the machine gun and leading his men in eliminating several other emplacements in the area. Promptly reorganizing his unit for a renewed fight to the final objective on top of the ridge, Sgt. Mausert boldly left his position when the enemy's fire gained momentum and, making a target of himself, boldly advanced alone into the face of the machine gun, drawing the fire away from his men and enabling them to move into position to assault. Again severely wounded when the enemy's fire found its mark, he still refused aid and continued spearheading the assault to the topmost machine gun nest and bunkers, the last bulwark of the fanatic aggressors. Leaping into the wall of fire, he destroyed another machine gun with grenades before he was mortally wounded by bursting grenades and machine gun fire. Stouthearted and indomitable, Sgt. Mausert, by his fortitude, great personal valor, and extraordinary heroism in the face of almost certain death, had inspired his men to sweep on, overrun and finally secure the objective. His unyielding courage throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1951--RAMER, GEORGE H. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Company I, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Korea, 12 September 1951. Entered service at: Lewisburg, Pa. Born: 27 March 1927, Meyersdale, Pa. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as leader of the 3d Platoon in Company I, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Ordered to attack and seize hostile positions atop a hall, vigorously defended by well-entrenched enemy forces delivering massed small-arms mortar, and machine gun fire, 2d Lt. Ramer fearlessly led his men up the steep slopes and although he and the majority of his unit were wounded during the ascent, boldly continued to spearhead the assault. With the terrain becoming more precipitous near the summit and the climb more perilous as the hostile forces added grenades to the devastating hail of fire, he staunchly carried the attack to the top, personally annihilated 1 enemy bunker with grenade and carbine fire and captured the objective with his remaining 8 men. Unable to hold the position against an immediate, overwhelming hostile counterattack, he ordered his group to withdraw and single-handedly fought the enemy to furnish cover for his men and for the evacuation of 3 fatally wounded marines. Severely wounded a second time, 2d Lt. Ramer refused aid when his men returned to help him and, after ordering them to seek shelter, courageously manned his post until the hostile troops overran his position and he fell mortally wounded. His indomitable fighting spirit, inspiring leadership and unselfish concern for others in the face of death, reflect the highest credit upon 2d Lt. Ramer and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1953-- - 24-year-old Jacqueline Lee Bouvier wed the 36-year-old U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, future U.S. President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. 
    1954---Top Hits
Sh-Boom - The Crew Cuts
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
The High and the Mighty - Victor Young
I Don't Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
    1954- “Lassie” premiered on TV. This long-running series was originally about a boy and his courageous and intelligent dog, Lassie. Although he would often say, “Come here, girl,” Lassie was played by more than six different dogs through the series, all male). For the first few seasons, Lassie lived on the Miller farm. The family included Jeff (Tommy Rettig), his wid­owed mother Ellen (Jan Clayton) and George Cleveland as Gramps. Throughout the years there were many format and cast changes, as Lassie was exchanged from one family to another in order to have a variety of new perils and escapades. Other fea­tured performers included Cloris Leachman, June Lockhart and Larry Wilcox. The show was last seen September 12, 1971.
    1954 -- Frank Sinatra scores his first UK #1 with "Three Coins in the Fountain."
    1958-Integrated circuit was invented independently by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, and Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor, Mountain View, CA. This day Kilby tested a working integrated circuit. Between March and June of 1959, Noyce improved on Kilby's cruder device by designing the first reliable, mass-producible integrated circuit. Noyce was awarded the patent after a 10-year lawsuit between the two men.
    1960--Hurricane Donna made landfall on central Long Island and then tracked across New England. Wind gusts reached 140 mph at the Blue Hills Observatory in Milton, MA and 130 at Block Island, RI. MacDowell Dam in New Hampshire recorded 7.25 inches of rain. Although a record tide of 6.1 feet occurred at the Battery in New York City, elsewhere fortunately the storm did not make landfall at the high tides its effects were minimized. This was the first hurricane to affect every point along the east coast from Key West, FL to Caribou, ME
    1962---Top Hits
Sheila - Tommy Roe
You Don't Know Me - Ray Charles
Ramblin' Rose - Nat King Cole
Devil Woman - Marty Robbins
    1962- Tom Cheney of the Washington Senators set a major league record for most strikeouts in a game when he fanned 21 Baltimore Orioles in a 16-ining game that he won 2-1.
    1963-“Leave It to Beaver,” which had debuted in 1957, airs its last episode. The typical 1950s "wholesome family" comedy presented the lives of the Cleaver family from the perspective of seven-year-old Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver. The clan included parents June and Ward, and older brother Wally. The show enjoyed much popularity in reruns and a revival in the 1980s as The New Leave It to Beaver.
    1964-First football game at New York Shea Stadium, the Jets defeated Denver 30-6 . 
    1964-Ralph Boston of the US, sets then long jump record at 27' 4«".
    1964--Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" enters Billboard's Hot 100, where it will reach number one just a few weeks later.
    1964 -- Brooklyn's Fox Theatre hosts an all-star concert featuring The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Dusty Springfield, The Temptations, The Miracles, The Ronettes, The Shangri-La's, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and Millie Small.
    1966- “The Monkees” premiered on TV.. Based on a rock and roll group that was supposed to be an American version of the Beatles, this half-hour show featured a blend of comedy and music. Some 400 aspiring actors had auditioned for the Columbia television series by producer Don Kirschner. Davy Jones, a former English horse racing jockey; Michael Nesmith, a session guitarist; Peter Tork of the Phoenix Singers; and Micky Dolenz, who had appeared in the TV series "Circus Boy" were picked to be America's answer to The Beatles. The four were picked to become the fabricated music group -- not because they could sing, act or play musical instruments -- but because they looked the parts. Dolenz and Jones were actors, Tork and Nesmith had some musical experience. The Monkees were the first, made-for-TV, rock group. Ironically -- or maybe not -- "The Monkees" TV show won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series of 1967. Their first songs on the show were lip-synched but were immensely popular; later the Monkees insisted on writing and performing their own music. A Monkees album, Headquarters, and Monkees tours were very successful. In 1986, the Monkees, except for Nesmith, were reunited for a 20th Anniversary tour and the show was broadcast in reruns on MTV. The Monkees sans Nesmith also toured in 1996 for the 30th reunion celebration
    1966 - The Beatles received a gold record this day for "Yellow Submarine".
    1970---Top Hits
War - Edwin Starr
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
All for the Love of Sunshine - Hank Williams, Jr.
    1970 - James Taylor's first single, "Fire and Rain", was released. Taylor scored 14 hits on the music charts in the 1970s and 1980s.
    1970- LSD proponent Timothy Leary escapes from prison in San Luis Obispo, Calif. with the help of his wife Rosemary, and Weatherman, a radical offshoot organization of the Students for Democratic Society (SDS). Targeted by the Richard Nixon administration as a dangerous subversive, the former Harvard professor had been imprisoned in February of that year for possessing a single marijuana joint (he was convicted of possession under the Marijuana Tax Act and sentenced to a preposterous 30 years in jail). Leary made his way to Algeria where he met up with exiled American Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver and was given asylum in the Black Panther 'embassy'. He then sought asylum in Switzerland, but was recaptured by US DEA agents in Afghanistan in 1973, extradited back to America, and sent back to prison. Rosemary Leary stayed underground, until she was able to sneak back into the United States in 1980. She lived under the name Sarah Woodruff. and in 1993, she had her record cleared of fugitive charges. Timothy Leary died in 1996.
    1972- “Maude” premiered. Bea Arthur's character, Maude Findlay, was first introduced as Edith Bunker's cousin on ‘All in the Family.” She was a loud, opinionated liberal, living with her fourth husband Walter (Bill Macy). Other characters on the show were her divorced daugh­ter by a previous marriage, Carol Trainer (Adrienne Barbeau), Conrad Bain as Dr. Arthur Harmon, Rue McClanahan as Arthur's wife Vivian (Baa Arthur and McClanahan would later star in another sitcom, ‘The Golden Girls”), Esther Rolle as Florida Evans, Maude's maid and John Amos as her husband, Henry (in 1974 they left the series to star in “Good Times”). This was one of the first shows to tackle the controversial issue of abortion.
    1973 - Horse race jockey Bill Shoemaker rode his 100th winner -- in a $100,000 stakes race. Shoemaker was aboard Such a Rush in the Del Mar Futurity at Del Mar, CA.
    1974-In Boston, Massachusetts, opposition to court-ordered school "busing" turns violent on the opening day of classes. School buses carrying African American children were pelted with eggs, bricks, and bottles, and police in combat gear fought to control angry white protesters besieging the schools. U.S. District Judge Arthur Garrity ordered the busing of African American students to predominantly white schools and white students to black schools in an effort to integrate Boston's geographically segregated public schools. In his June 1974 ruling in Morgan v. Hennigan, Garrity stated that Boston's de facto school segregation discriminated against black children. The beginning of forced busing on September 12 was met with massive protests, particularly in South Boston, the city's main Irish- Catholic neighborhood. Protests continued unabated for months, and many parents, white and black, kept their children at home. In October, the National Guard was mobilized to enforce the federal desegregation order.
    1977--two batches of thunderstorms, one in the morning and the next in the evening dumped a combined total of 12-16 inches of rain around Kansas City, MO. Major flooding occurred and 25 were killed
    1977-- Azie Taylor Morton takes office as first African-American woman Treasurer of the United States.
    1978---Top Hits
Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Three Times a Lady - Commodores
Hot Blooded - Foreigner
I've Always Been Crazy - Waylon Jennings
    1979 - Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox became the first American League player to get 3,000 career hits -- and 400 career home runs -- as the Red Sox downed the New York Yankees 9-2 at Fenway Park in Boston.
    1979 --Hurricane Frederick made landfall on the Alabama coast. Winds gusted to 145 mph on Dauphin Island with a storm surge of 12 feet. Winds gusted to hurricane force at Meridian, MS even though the city is 140 miles inland. 5 people died and damage was $2.3 billion, most on record to that time
    1981- At the age of 42, Gaylord Perry signs a one-year contract with the Braves.
    1984- The Chicago Bulls signed their No. 1 draft choice, Michael Jordan, a guard from the University of North Carolina. Jordan was the No. 3 choice overall behind Akeem ( later Hakeem) Olajuwan, taken by Houston, and Sam Bowie, selected by Portland. He signed a seven year contract.
    1986---Top Hits
Venus - Bananarama
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
Dancing on the Ceiling - Lionel Richie
Desperado Love - Conway Twitty
    1987 - Ritchie Valens' music enjoys a revival when the soundtrack to his biopic, La Bamba, hits #1 (although it features his songs done in cover versions by Los Lobos).
    1988--- Hurricane Gilbert tore through the Caribbean . On the 12th, it cut through Jamaica with Kingston recording 116 mph sustained winds and gust to 140. 45 people were killed and damage topped $2 billion. Despite 7000 foot mountains, Gilbert didn't weaken at all and after exiting Jamaica, underwent incredible deepening - 72 Mb in 24 hours to 888 Mb (26.22 inches). Sustained winds were recorded at 185 mph with gusts over 200 mph in the Caribbean west of Jamaica. On the 16th the storm came ashore near Las Pesca, Mexico about 125 miles south of Brownsville. Mexico was hard hit with 202 killed and 60,000 homes destroyed. Total damage reached 2 billion dollars. In the U.S. the damage of $50 million was mostly from tornadoes spun off by Gilbert, two in San Antonio and one at Kelly AFB which did $28 million dollars in damage.
    1988-The Phoenix Cardinals play their first NFL regular-season game, losing to the Dallas Cowboys, 17-14. The good news: ended the team's 15-year playoff drought and achieved their first postseason victory since 1947.
    1992- the first African-American woman to fly in space was Dr. Mae Carol Jemison, a physician who also held degrees in chemical engineering and African-American studies. Jemison, who left private practice to join NASA in 1987, made her first space flight as a payload mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Endeavor. She performed experiments on space motion sickness and bone cell loss in the space environment. Ironically, on the same flight were the first husband and wife to fly in space together, Mission Specialist N. Jan Davis, an engineer, and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mark C. Lee, who served as crew members. Although NASA has a rule forbidding married couples to take part in the same mission, the rule was waived for Davis and Lee because they had no children and both and trained as astronauts for several years before they were married.
    1998 - Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs became the fourth player in major-league baseball history to reach 60 homers in a single season.
    1999 -Setting an all-time record, Mark McGwire's 70th HR ball is purchased at an auction by an anonymous buyer for $3 million surpassing a $126,500 which bought a Babe Ruth home run ball.




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