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Monday, September 12, 2016

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Position Wanted – Collections
Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity
Top Stories: September 7 - September 9
  (Opened Most by Readers)
U.S. Alternate Finance Web Sites: Alexa Report
   September 9, 2016
Changes at Maxim Commercial Capital
  Mae G. Philpot, CLFP, Leaves
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
Can’t Remember the Exact Dates of My Earlier Positions
   Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
Don't Ever Give Up!
Bad Times Ahead?
  Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLFP
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The Latest iPhones Are Very Bad News
  for Digital Cameras
New Certified Lease & Finance Professionals' Handbook
2016 Edition
Alta to Sponsor CFLA Conference Presentation
On US Leasing Trends by Ralph Petta, Sept. 21 & 22
German Shepherd
Toronto, Ontario  Adopt-a-Dog
Attorneys Who Specialize in
Banking, Finance, and Leasing
News Briefs---
Marlin Major Shareholder T. Willem Mesdag, JD
Made a Purchase 25,000 Shares @$19.00 Average Price: $475,000
T. Willem Mesdag, JD
Broad Run Investment Management $21,184,698
 New Stake in Marlin Business Services Corp. (MRLN)
Wells Fargo Just Made the Case For
Elizabeth Warren’s Bank Agency

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Top Stories: September 7 - September 9
(Opened Most by Readers)

(1) Balboa Capital Gets Win in Bait and Switch
            Purchase Option Case
   By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor

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

(3)  The Salary You Need to Buy a Home in Your Area

(4) Alternative Financing Group Founder Arrested
  Five Counts Wire Fraud for $619,089

(5) Balboa Capital Bulletin Board Complaints
         11 Regarding the Purchase Option

(6) Five Pass the CLFP Exam
        Bringing Total to 343 Active

(7) Vehicle Leasing Volume Surges Past 31% in Q2
   by Auto Remarketing Staff

(8) Wells Fargo Fined $185 Million
   for Years of Harm to Customers

(9) Funding Circle 'basically halved' US lending volumes
          at the start of the year

(10) Half a Glass of Water Answer




U.S. Alternate Finance Web Sites: Alexa Report
September 9, 2016

Rankings in the United States


Sites Visitors United States
Sites Visitors World Wide
Daily Time on Site
Visits to Sites from Search Engine
Sites Linking In

“Alternate finance websites are far ahead in design and financial technology than those in regular finance and leasing. The Alexa report for USA for top five leasing companies shows CIT at 65,163, direct Capital at 73,286. Alternative Finance has five ahead.  Next is TimePayment at 115,060, making it 7 ahead, and then the next, it is 9 ahead, and number 5 in Leasing makes it 13 ahead.

“Alternative Finance also beats in ‘Time on Site’ and perhaps most telling, the visits from browsers direct are lower (except for Funding Circle.) 

“Many of the sites have a lot of information, and one has articles as if a ‘news media,’ such as blindbid. It is more an aggregate form, but does qualify for an alternate financing.

“If you make the time, I would suggest going to Google and doing a search for several of the websites to make your own determination regarding their presentation and presence on the web. Looks to me that they are winning the Financial Technology contest.”
    Kit Menkin, editor

Regarding time on site:  It does not relate to how many visit the website.

Using the browser to search and find the website indicates not only
the percentage that have used the browser to connect, but 
indicates the usage of those who find the site by going direct either
by bookmarking, using an app, or by email connection.

Sites linking in are important as it shows the other sites that
link directly, almost as a recommendation. 

*Aggregate Funding, Crowdfunding, Lease Portal, and Merchant Advance websites were not rated in this search.  The companies chosen came from, perhaps the leader in Alternate Finance online media (It also has a very high viewership.)





Changes at Maxim Commercial Capital
Mae G. Philpot, CLFP, Leaves

Business Development Director Mae G. Philpot, CLFP, of Maxim Commercial Capital, Los Angeles, California, has left the company. A formal announcement of her destination is expected this week.

She works remotely out of Charlotte, North Carolina. She joined Maxim May, 2013, previously serving a Sales & Marketing Director, Dakota Financial (September 2005-May, 2013).

       Company   #Employees  Geo Area   Dollar Amount

Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC
  2008 877-77-MAXIM or 
Doug Houlahan, CLFP 
Shervin Rashti, CLFP 

Net Owner-Operator Financing $10,000-$40,000
Business Financing Program $20,000 - $2,500,000


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“Can’t Remember the Exact Dates of My Earlier Positions”
Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

It is inevitable; you will need to know your employment history. “Employment History” includes ALL the positions you have held and the dates of employment. Believe it or not, there are situations when an employer may request extensive history and want you to include information going back many years. And they will check the dates out to see if there is any employment missing.

Everyone MUST keep track of their employment history and yes, it may be difficult if one has held many jobs. Moving forward, create and maintain a FOLDER of all employment information. This folder should contain: job descriptions of positions held, formal reviews, references, w-2’s, bonuses, etc.

By doing this, you will never have to go through boxes in your attic or basement looking for this information. I hear it all too often!

To Compile Personal Employment History

(1) The State Unemployment Office:  The State Unemployment Agency can often release employment histories for individuals (in-state employers).  “… in some states it is called a Self-Request for Records, and you can request back as far as ten years …”

(2) The SSA: Contact the SSA office to Request for Social Security Earnings Information form, which will provide details of your employment history. The SSA charges a small fee for detailed information based on the length of time for which you would like to receive records.

(3) Tax Returns: Copies of your W2 forms will give you company information, and you should be able to estimate dates of employment.

(4) Prior Employers: Contacting the Human Resources department of any former employers to confirm dates of employment. 

Even keeping your LinkedIn Profile up to date will also assist you in maintaining up-to-date documentation. Contact us for assistance! 

Emily Fitzpatrick
Sr. Recruiter
Recruiters International, Inc.
Phone:  954-885-9241
Cell:  954-612-0567
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Bad Times Ahead?

It is interesting how our industry goes through a different financial crisis every election period. I don’t know what is worse: before Election Day or after until a new regime comes in. So often the news media spells out our doom and yet each time we emerge after the crisis, we are stronger and more excepted. The accountants want to tighten up the GAAP rules and many are predicting the new FASB rules will reduce interest in leasing because off balance sheet will be prohibited.

However, because of the tight credit, companies are looking for new sources of money and financing, turning to crowdfunding, alternate finance, and all non-bank lending. This may make it look like a major opportunity for you. It is a strange set of issues …

I would counsel you not to panic and not to spread your wings too far from your home turf. It is time to consolidate your markets, not time to expand them. One of the things I have learned over the years is that new customer loyalty in a poor economy is a soft egg.

Now is the time to contact existing customers to expand your involvement with their needs and help your existing vendors to make it through this credit crunch. Save your funding to protect existing markets and do not be attracted to new markets just because they are currently hungry.

There will be new markets that you would like to service and this looks like an excellent time to move in and take care of them, hoping to retain the business when the economy rebounds. If you do this at the expense of your current markets, even though they do not offer the rewards new markets appear to offer, you will learn how fickle those markets are in the future. Stay where your customers know you and support their needs by expanding your product base, offering different financing alternatives on all kinds of equipment for them that you were unable to have in the past.

In Addition, now is the time to improve the efficiency of your operation to cut costs and improve your ability to provide good turnaround time while improving your ability to react to changing times. Get more involved in learning new software programs, new procedures, and now is the time to invest in growth, not when lack of business hits the fan.

Call your funding sources, offer to help with collections and press them for new funding. Get involved with the concerns of your funding sources and ask how you can improve the information you provide on potential transactions. Understand their fears and concerns and look to counteract them on a positive way. The more you support the transactions that you have sold to them, the less chance that they may cut you off. Trying to obtain new funding sources at this point in time is a very difficult task.

I would also suggest that you stay away from changing your compensation programs for your sales staff. There are enough changes going on without putting fear into the people who are between you and failure. Sales people are an emotional group and, in times like these, other industries may make the grass look greener over there.

Try and take a business as usual approach, look at least six months into the future and decide how you are going to get there …then keep your eye on the ball. This crisis will blow over just as all the rest have and how you handle it may make a big difference on how you endure.

The only thing business has to fear is fear itself. Every day you open the door you don't know what will happen, even if you have orders coming and reservations. But if you don't open your doors, definitely you won't get any business.

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The Latest iPhones Are Very Bad News
for Digital Cameras

by Jeff Dunn

The latest iPhones are all about the cameras. Apple took plenty of time at its most recent product showcase to trump up its new shooters, particularly with regard to the dual cameras it has put in the iPhone 7 Plus.

As this chart from Statista shows, sales from the world’s largest camera brands have fallen off a cliff over the past half-decade, from a high of 121.5 million in 2010 to an estimated 13 million in the first half of 2016. Compact cameras have been hit particularly hard.

A high-end camera is still the way to go for the many people that are serious about photography, but as devices like the iPhone 7 Plus advance, even that gap may close.

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and equipment valuations provided by Ed Castagna)


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Alta to Sponsor CFLA Conference Presentation
On US Leasing Trends by Ralph Petta, Sept. 21 & 22

Hugh Swandel
The Alta Group, Canada

Alta’s Swandel to Discuss Canadian Market Shifts

GLENBROOK, NV, - The Canadian Finance & Leasing Association (CFLA) Conference Sept. 21-23 at Niagara Falls, Ontario, will feature presentations focused on Evolving in Turbulent Times, with Ralph Petta’s discussion about the challenges and opportunities of doing “Business South of the Border” in the US certain to be one of the highlights, said Hugh Swandel, senior managing director of The Alta Group Canada and a CFLA board member.
Petta, who is president and CEO of the US Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA), will speak 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 21 in a presentation sponsored by Alta.
In other sessions, Swandel will moderate a panel of experts who will review Canadian market data at 2 p.m. Thursday Sept. 22. Their “Measuring the Industry” workshop will cover data that reveals shifts in market share, credit performance and the size of the vehicle and equipment markets, as well as insights into the economy and projected areas of growth.


Swandel is expected to discuss the significant number of recent merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions as part of the workshop.  Bill Phelan of PayNet, Roger Mitchell of Equifax Canada and Robin Somerville of The Centre for Spatial Economics will also be presenting and cover details of the performance of the commercial equipment and vehicle industry. The session is sponsored by Wilson Vukelich.

US-based leasing professionals who attend the event will find that the Canadian industry seems familiar in many ways but is characterized by key differences in regulations, marketplace considerations and business languages, which include French.
“About 80% of the Canadian leasing market is similar to the US but the other 20% is what can kill you in business if you do not understand the nuances,” Swandel explained.
For more information about the conference, visit
About The Alta Group
The Alta Group is the leading global consultancy dedicated exclusively to the business of equipment leasing and asset finance. Since 1992, Alta has represented equipment leasing and finance companies, financial institutions, manufacturers and service providers, offering management consulting and expertise in global market entry, vendor and captive finance, professional development, legal services, asset management, mergers and acquisitions, and digital business advisory services. For information on the group’s services in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific, visit

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News Briefs---

Marlin Major Shareholder T.Willem Mesdag, JD
Made a Purchase 25,000 Shares @$19.00 Average Price: $475,000

T. Willem Mesdag, JD

Broad Run Investment Management $21,184,698
 New Stake in Marlin Business Services Corp. (MRLN)

Wells Fargo Just Made the Case For
    Elizabeth Warren’s Bank Agency




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Why the Quiet Summer Was a Good Thing for
‘Marketplace Lending’ by Sean Murray


Baseball Poem

John W. Knight

The game was tied in the bottom of nine
A runner on third and two out
In the dead still air a mosquito's whine
Was all you could hear, then a shout

"Do something Ben, murder the ball,
For crying out loud get a hit."
Ben strode to the plate to answer the call
The now restless fans knew this was it

He dug in his right foot then positioned his left
And tapped the plate twice with his bat
Then he pulled it back slowly as to measure its heft
And tensed his whole frame like a cat

The pitcher glared in, the Ump hunkered down
Then the ball on its way like a shot
Ben pulled the trigger, his body unwound
And the ball hit the bat with a "Thock"

This is the sum that the game's all about
This instant is not just a dream
The split second physics, a hit or an out?
Each player and fan poised to scream



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Carr, Raiders rally to beat Saints 35-34

Packers hold off Jaguars in opening thriller

Chargers blow huge lead, lose in OT

Jets start season where they left off: absolute heartbreak

5 things we learned from the Falcons’ loss to the Bucs


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Surprise! Silicon Valley is nation’s most expensive place to live


“Gimme that Wine”

Winery Owner Charles Banks Is Indicted in Federal Court

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American billionaire buys three Bordeaux châteaux

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This Day in American History

          1609 - English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name. Hudson sailed for the Dutch East India Company in search of the Northwest Passage, a water route linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, when he sailed up the present-day Hudson River.
    1695 – Jews in New York petitioned Governor Thomas Dongan for religious liberties. 
    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 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.
    1812 – Birthday in NYC of Richard M. Hoe (d. 1886), American engineer and businessman who invented the rotary printing press. In 1843, he invented the press that placed the type on a revolving cylinder, a design much faster than the old flatbed printing press.  It received US Patent 5,199 in 1847, and was placed in commercial use the same year.
    1814 - Battle of North Point was 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. Thinking this was a “walk in the park,” British Major General Robert Ross rode ahead of his troops with his personal platoon right into General John Stricker with 3,200 men and six cannon in place across Long Log Lane (North Point Road). 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 outnumbering 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.  This was the subject when Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner.”
    1818 – The inventor of the Gatling gun, Richard J. Gatling (d. 1903)
was born in Hertford, NC.  Gatling became interested in medicine and graduated from the Ohio Medical College in 1850 with an MD. Although he had his MD, he never practiced; he was more interested in a career as an inventor.   At the outbreak of the Civil War, Gatling was living in Indianapolis, IN, devoting himself to the perfection of firearms. In 1861, the same year the war started, he invented the Gatling gun.   
    1829 - Birthday of Charles Dudley Warner (d. 1900), Plainfield, MA.  He is best remembered for his editorial in the Hartford Courant, Aug 24, 1897 “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” This American newsman was a good friend of Mark Twain, who is often mistakenly attributed for the “saying.”
    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.
    1847 – In the Mexican-American War, the Battle of Chapultepec begins.  In the costly Battle of Molina del Rey, U.S. forces had managed to drive the Mexicans from their positions near the base of Chapultepec Castle guarding Mexico City from the west.  The efforts of the US Marines in this battle and their subsequent occupation of Mexico City are memorialized by the opening lines of the Marines’ Hymn, "From the Halls of Montezuma..."
    1851 – Birth of Francis E. Clark (d. 1927), Aylmer, Quebec.  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.”
    1857 - The SS Central America, known as the Ship of Gold, sinks in a hurricane about 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras, NC, drowning a total of 550 passengers and crew, including Captain William Lewis Herndon. The ship was carrying 13–15 tons of gold from California.  As the US was still on the gold standard, this sizable loss is considered a cause of the Panic of 1857.
    1862 - The Battle of Harpers Ferry began as part of the Confederacy’s Maryland Campaign. As Gen. Lee’s army invaded Maryland, a portion of his army under Gen. Stonewall Jackson surrounded, bombarded, and captured the Union garrison at Harpers Ferry, VA (now WV), a major victory at relatively minor cost.
    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.”
    1878 – Litigation began between Bell Telephone Company against Western Union Telegraph Company and Elisha Gray over telephone patents.    
    1880 – Birthday of H.L. Mencken (d. 1956) at Baltimore, MD. American newspaperman, lexicographer and critic. “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 I sat on his lap when I was very little, and quite the contrary, he was a very likeable person.
    1889 – Charles Leroux’s Last Jump.  The 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.
    1891 – Birthday of Arthur Hays Sulzberger (d. 1968) in New York City.  Sulzberger was the publisher of The New York Times from 1935 to 1961. During that time, daily circulation rose from 465,000 to 713,000 and Sunday circulation from 745,000 to 1.4 million; the staff more than doubled; advertising linage more than tripled, and gross income increased almost sevenfold, reaching $117 million.
    1900 – In the inaugural season of the American League, the Chicago White Stockings defeated the Cleveland Spiders, 12 - 4, to clinch the AL’s first pennant. The AL was still considered a minor league, but will change its status before next season.
    1910 - Alice Stebbins Wells became the first American-born female police officer in the United States, hired in 1910 in Los Angeles.  She was married and a mother of two.  Since 1891, law enforcement agencies had employed women only for the care of female prisoners. After Wells successfully petitioned for a place on the LAPD and was sworn in, she was hired and equipped with a telephone call box key, a police rule book and first aid book, and the "Policewoman's Badge Number One."
    1913 – James Cleveland (Jesse) Owens, (d. 1980) was born at Oakville, AL.  American athlete, winner of four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games at Berlin, Germany.  Owens set 11 world records in track and field. He was the most successful athlete at the games and as such has been credited with "single-handedly crushing Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy." 
During one track meet, at Ann Arbor, Ml, Owens, then at Ohio State University, broke five world records on May 23, 1935, and tied a sixth in the space of 45 minutes. The Jesse Owens Award, US Track and Field’s highest accolade for the year's best track and field athlete, is named after him, and he was ranked by ESPN as the sixth greatest North American athlete of the twentieth century and the highest-ranked in his sport.  
    1914 – “Q’s” birthday.  Desmond Llewelyn (d. 1999) was born in Wales.  Beginning with “From Russia with Love” in 1963, Llewelyn appeared as Q, the quartermaster of the MI6 gadget lab (also known as Q branch), in every EON Bond film until his death, with the exception of “Live and Let Die” in 1973, in which the character Q did not appear.  His last appearance as Q prior to his death was in “The World is Not Enough” in 1999.
    1914 - Yankees SS Roger Peckinpaugh, 23, replaced Frank Chance and becomes the all-time youngest manager, and the 7th in the club's 12-year existence.
    1916 – Trumpet player William Alonzo “Cat” Anderson (d. 1981) birthday, Greenville, SC.
    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.”
    1925 – Dickie Moore was born John Richard Moore (d. 2015) in LA.  He was one of the last surviving actors to have appeared in silent film and he appeared in over 100 films until the 1950s. Among his most notable appearances were the “Our Gang” series.
    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.”
    1930 - The last “bounce home run” in the Majors was hit by Brooklyn Robins catcher Al Lopez at Ebbets Field. The American League had changed the rule in 1929.  No longer would a batted ball that bounced over the fence be considered a home run, but an automatic double.
    1931 – Birthday of singer George Jones (d. 2013), born Saratoga, TX.  For the last 20 years of his life, Jones was frequently referred to as the greatest living country singer. 
    1932 – Joe McCarthy became the first Major League manager to win a pennant in each League.  Having won the 1929 NL pennant with the cubs, the Yankees under his leadership took the AL pennant with an 8-3 win over the Indians in Cleveland.
    1934 – Birthday of Glenn Davis (d. 2009), Follensbee, WV.  A multi-talented athlete, Davis was a three-time Olympic track gold medal winner after a stellar career at Ohio State, the alma mater of the great Jesse Owens.  In 1960 and 1961 he played wide receiver for the Detroit Lions in the NFL.  Often confused with Army’s “Mr. Outside,” Glenn Davis, who teamed with Doc Blanchard in the late 1940s, the two never met.    
    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, Chicago, Illinois. 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.  Hunt has completed more public sculptures than any other artist in the country.
    1940 - Johnny Long's orchestra recorded the classic "A Shanty in Old Shanty Town" for Decca Records.
    1940 - An explosion at the Hercules Powder Company plant in Kenvil, NJ kills 51 people and injures over 200.  During 1940, the plant at had been increasing production to meet the needs of the US Armed Forces and our Allies involved in World War II. The Kenvil munitions plant was one of several in northwest New Jersey originally opened in 1871 to provide dynamite to the local iron mines.  Over 297,000 pounds of gunpowder blew up in a series of explosions and fires, leveling over 20 buildings. The explosions shook the area so forcefully that cars were bounced off the roads, most windows in homes miles away were broken and articles flew off shelves and walls. The explosions were felt as far away as Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and were picked-up by the seismograph at Fordham University in New York City, about 50 miles east.  Still unanswered is the real cause of the explosion: Industrial Accident or Nazi Spies?
    1942 – Battle of Edison’s Ridge during the Guadalcanal Campaign.  US Marines protecting Henderson Field on Guadalcanal are attacked by Japanese forces.
    1943 - Birthday of Michael Ondaatje, born Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Canadian novelist/poet who blends myth, history, jazz, and memoirs to create his musical prose and poetry.  His 1970 pastiche, “The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-Handed Poems” drew on his fascination with the American west, and his 1992 novel, “The English Patient”, got him a popular audience and an award-winning movie.
    1944 - The liberation of Serbia from Germany continues. Bajina Basta in western Serbia is among those liberated cities. Near Trier, American troops enter Germany for the first time.
    1944 - Birthday of singer Barry White, born Barry Eugene Carter (d. 2003), 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 downhill 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.
    1947 – Pittsburgh’s Ralph Kiner set a Major League record with his eighth HR in four games.
    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. 
    1953 – The Brooklyn Dodgers clinched the NL pennant on the earliest day in NL history with 5-2 win over the Boston Braves.
    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."
    1954 – The largest crowd ever at a Major League game to date, 84,587, watched the Cleveland Indians sweep a doubleheader from the Yankees.
    1958 - Integrated circuit was invented independently by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, and Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor, Mountain View, CA. On 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.
    1959 – TV’s longest-running western, “Bonanza,” premiered as the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color.  Lorne Greene headed the cast as Ben Cartwright, patriarch of the Cartwright family who owned the Ponderosa Ranch above Lake Tahoe, NV, now a tourist attraction.  Pernell Roberts played eldest son Adam for the first year only and left for ‘greener pastures’ in one of television’s better career decisions; Dan Blocker played Hoss, and Michael Landon played Little Joe.  It lasted 14 seasons and 430 episodes, the last of which aired January 16, 1973.  Fortunately, “Bonanza” re-runs are aired on many cable channels. My father Lawrence Menkin wrote many of the episodes.
    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-inning game that he won 2-1.
    1962 - President John F. Kennedy, at a speech at Rice University, reaffirmed that the U.S. will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. On July 20, 1969, US astronauts landed on the moon.
    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, played by Gerry Mathers. The clan included parents June (Barbara Billingsley) and Ward (Hugh Beaumont), and older brother Wally (Tony Dow). The show enjoyed much popularity in reruns and a short-lived revival in the 1980s as “The New Leave It to Beaver.”
    1964 - First football game at New York’s Shea Stadium, the Jets defeated Denver 30-6. 
    1964 - Ralph Boston of the US, sets the 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 – Gemini 11, the penultimate and ninth mission of the Gemini program, and the current human altitude record holder (except for the Apollo lunar missions, was launched for a nearly three-day mission.
    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, CA, with the help of his wife Rosemary, and Weathermen, 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.
    1970 – Palestinian terrorists in Jordan blow up three hijacked airliners, continuing to hold the passengers hostage in various undisclosed locations in Amman.
    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 (Bea 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 a spin-off, “Good Times”). “Maude” 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, ‘Southie’, the city’s pre-dominantly 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.  Mind you this is twenty years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ruled separate but equal educations to be unconstitutional.
    1976 – Minnie Minoso, 53, became the oldest Major Leaguer to get a hit when he singled for the White Sox.
    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.  Yaz was elected to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1989.
    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
    1980 – Yao Ming was born in Shanghai.  He was a first-round draft choice and played for the NBA Houston Rockets.  At the time of his final season, he was the tallest active player in the NBA at 7’6”.  A continual stream of injuries limited his career and he retired in 2011.   As of 2014, he is the 31st tallest person alive.
    1981 - At the age of 42, Gaylord Perry signs a one-year contract with the Braves.
    1983 – Wells Fargo, W. Hartford, CT is robbed of approximately US$7 million by Los Macheteros, a terrorist organization based on Puerto Rico, with cells in the U.S. mainland. It campaigns for, and supports, Puerto Rico independence.
    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.
    1984 – “Doctor K”, Dwight Gooden of the NY Mets, sets the MLB record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie with 246, previously set by Herb Score of the Cleveland Indians in 1954. Gooden's 276 strikeouts in 218 innings set the record.
    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 Arizona Cardinals play their first NFL regular-season game, losing to the Dallas Cowboys, 17-14. The good news: they 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.  Additionally, Mamoru Mohri became the first Japanese citizen to fly in a US spaceship,
    1994 – Frank Corder crashes a single-engine Cessna 150 into the South Lawn of the White House, striking the West Wing and killing himself.
    1997 – Florida Marlins catcher Charles Johnson set a Major League record by catching his 160th consecutive game without an error. 
    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.
    2002 - A jury, and not a judge or umpires, will decide whether Alex Popov actually controlled Barry Bonds' record setting 73rd home run in his glove. Popov, who lost possession of the ball valued at approximately $1 million after being mobbed by fans, claims it should belong to him and not Patrick Hayashi, who ended up with the historic souvenir.  Popov won half the legal rights, but ultimately lost his restaurant, and there was not enough after the split to cover the legal fees.
    2008 – A train collision in Chatsworth, near Los Angeles between a Metrolink commuter train and a Union Pacific freight train kills 25 people.
    2011 – In New York City at Ground Zero, a 9/11 Memorial Museum opens to the public.
    2013 - NASA's Voyager 1 space probe makes history by advancing past the solar system - becoming the first man-made object to reach interstellar space.



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