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The Largest Gathering of Business and Commercial Brokers
  600 Brokers Signed up for NACLB Conference Oct 16 -18 Miami
Varilease Loses Bid to Declare a Lease a True Lease
  By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
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Juliet, Naked/Searching/First Reformed
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600 Brokers Signed up for NACLB Conference Oct 16 -18 Miami

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Varilease Loses Bid to Declare a Lease a True Lease

By Tom McCurnin
Leasing News Legal Editor

Argument That Purchase Option Never Came into Play Because of a Default is Rejected by the Bankruptcy Court. Lessor is Denied Administrative Rent

In re In re Clinton Nurseries  Inc. 2018 Bankr. LEXIS 1454 (Bankr. D. Conn. 2018)

Every lease I’ve ever seen with a purchase option has language in it restricting the use of the purchase option to situations where the lessee is not in default. In other words, the purchase option may only be exercised if the lessee is not in default. In today’s case, the equipment lessor in a bankruptcy case tried to compel the lessee to assume or reject the lease, with a $1 purchase option, based on the argument that the lease was a true lease because the purchase option disappeared in the event of a default. Sadly for the equipment lessor, the bankruptcy court ruled that the provision limiting the rights to purchase the equipment could not be limited by a default.  The Court therefore concluded that the lease was a security agreement, not a true lease, and the lessor was not entitled to administrative rent of $100,000 a month. The facts follow:

Leases in bankruptcy can be complicated, so a brief tutorial is probably in order. 

When the lessor debtor files bankruptcy, if the equipment leases are deemed loans (also known as a disguised security agreement), the equipment lessor is stuck with the collateral and a claim for the portion of the lease balance which is unsecured, e.g., lease balance less the value of the collateral.  In bankruptcy, that claim is generally worth only a few pennies on the dollar. 

In contrast, if the equipment lease is actually a true lease, then the equipment lessor can compel the lessee-debtor to assume or reject the lease, and if assumed, the equipment lessor is entitled to administrative rent from the date of the filing to the date of the confirmation of the plan. 

In bankruptcies with collateral with significant value which is critically important to the debtor’s operation, it behooves the lessor to claim that the lease is a true lease, and conversely, the debtor will argue that the lease is merely a loan. 

Fortunately for everyone, the standards whether an equipment lease is a true lease or a disguised security agreement are set forth in a fairly clear statute, Uniform Commercial Code § 1-203. The case law is also very clear that a $1 purchase option is a disguised security agreement.

Now, to the facts of this case. Clinton Nurseries leases a gob of equipment from Varilease with a monthly payment for both schedules of nearly $100,000. The Master Lease agreement did not contain a purchase option, but schedules 01 and 02 did contain a purchase option for $1.  It could only be exercised if three conditions existed: (1) The lease term ended; (2) 180 days before the end of the lease, the lessee served notice of its exercise of the purchase option; and (3) The lessee was not in default between the date of the exercise and the date of the purchase. 

Clinton Nurseries defaulted and filed bankruptcy. It was undisputed that it was in default prior to the bankruptcy and for nearly six months after filing.Thus, Varilease argued that the purchase option never existed—it springs to life only if those three conditions exist.

The bankruptcy court had no problem disposing of this argument, and rightfully so. If the $1 purchase option could only exist in bankruptcy if the there was no default, no such purchase option could ever be exercised, and no $1 purchase option could exist within a bankruptcy. While the argument of Varilease was creative, it bordered on the ridiculous, and the bankruptcy court had no problem disposing of it in a few short sentences. The determination of whether a lease is a loan or a true lease is made based on the documents which existed at the inception of the lease—it cannot be altered by subsequent conduct. Since a $1 purchase option is clearly a disguised security agreement, the default of the debtor is irrelevant.  Game over for Varilease. Its claim for $100,000 in administrative rent for five months was denied.  Debtor-lessee wins, Lessor loses. 

What are the takeaways here?

First, Big Dollars Force Creative Arguments. This was a huge lease, with valuable assets in a Chapter 11 which were essential to the operation of the Debtor. If by the magic of creative lawyering, the bankruptcy court could buy the argument that a $1 purchase option was a true lease, then this was a million dollar turnaround for Varilease. So, I get it that with these dollars at stake, it was worth making ridiculous arguments. 

• Second, A Default in the Lease Does Not Affect Its Status. I’ve never seen this common provision ever litigated in bankruptcy vis-à-vis whether the lease is a true lease. Maybe someone else has, but I’ve not seen this. So for you bankruptcy leasing lawyers, you might file this one away in your form file. 

The bottom line to this case is really this—nice try, Varilease. A $1 dollar purchase option makes the lease a loan, not a lease.

Varilease Case (8 pages)

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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Tim Appleget was hired as Business Support Manager, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area. He has worked for Wells Fargo since 1998). Previously, he was Technology Manager, Wells Fargo Wholesale Bank Technology (November, 2009 - July, 2018); Manager/Senior Business Systems Consultant, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. (October, 2003 - December, 2009); Manager, Account Services, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc (February, 1998 - October, 2003).  Education: University of Northern Iowa, Undergrad, Finance (1982 - 1986).

Lisa Betzing was hired as Vice President, Mitsui Financial Leasing/DMG Mori Finance, Houston, Texas.  Previously, she was sales representative, TCF Equipment Finance (July, 2016 - July, 2018); Freelance Marketing & Sales Consultant, Castleridge Inc., dba William Pilgrim Music (March, 2011 - December, 2015); Regional VP, Connext Financial, Ltd. (March, 2007 - December, 2010); US Express Leasing (2005 - 2006); District Sales Manager, Wells Fargo Financial Leasing (2002 - 2005); Program Manager, AVP, Industrial Finance Group, Marcap Vendor Finance Corp/Arrow Capital Corp (2001 - 2002); Vice President, Vendor Leasing Group, BANC One Leasing Corp. (1999 - 2001); District Sales Manager, Associates Commercial Corp (now Citigroup) (1997 - 1999).  Education: Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Marketing & Finance.

John Buckner rejoined ENGS Commercial Finance, Lisle, Illinois, as Business Development Manager, Transportation Finance Division. He is located in Douglasville, Georgia. Previously, he was Finance and Insurance Manager, Rush Enterprises, Inc. (August, 2017 - August, 2018); Senior Business Development Manager, Marlin Equipment Finance (November, 2016 - August, 2017); Business Development Manager, ENGS Commercial Finance Co. (February, 2015 - October, 2016); Finance Analyst I, The Coca-Cola Company (July, 2014 - January, 2015); Credit Collections Analyst II, The Coca Cola Company (August, 2010 - June, 2013); Senior Accounts Specialist, GE Capital Solutions (March, 2003 - June, 2010); Product Specialist, Verizon Logistics (August, 1997 - November, 2002); Supervisor Supply Operations, GTE Supply (July, 1995 - August, 1997). Education:
Emory University, Certification, Six Sigma Green Belt (2010) Obtained a Green Belt in Six Sigma.  Regis University, Masters, Finance and Accounting (2005 - 2007).  Activities and Societies: Audio Visual Camera operator for the Church at Chapel Hill, Douglasville, GA, IAAF (I am a father) charter member at the Church at Chapel Hill, Douglasville, GA.  Obtained a Master's degree in Finance and Accounting. MBA.

Michael Coon was hired as Chief Commercial Officer, North Star Leasing Company, Burlington, Vermont.  He is based out of Rockford, Michigan.  Previously, he was Vice President, Syndications Manager, Amur Equipment Finance (September, 2015 - September, 2018); Vice President, LCA Financial LLC, Lease Corporation of America (October, 2013 - August, 2015); Vice President, Equipment Finance and Leasing Division, TAB Bank (October 4, 2011 - July, 2013); Vice President, Orion First Financial (February, 2011 - September, 2011); Managing Member, Aurora Management Group LLC (January, 2010 - January, 2011); Executive Vice President, Enterprise Funding Group, LLC (January, 2001 - December, 2009); Vice President, Business Development, Enterprise Capital Corp. (February, 1996 - December, 2000); Retail Loan Business Development Officer, FMB, First Michigan Bank (April, 1993 - February, 1996). Community Service, Volunteer: Member. Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge #97 (January, 2010 - Present).  Education: Central Michigan University, BSBA, Finance and Marketing (1986 - 1988).

Robert St. Cyr was hired as Vice President of Business Development, One Funder, Tampa, Florida.  He is based in Westlake Village, California. He continues his Business Growth Guru as Robert St. Cyr (2017 - Present). Previously, he was VP, Business Development, CAN Capital (February, 2012 - December, 2016); VP, Sales and Marketing, Merchant Reward Network (December, 2009 - December, 2010); Sales Management, Innovative Merchant Solutions, Intuit (2007 - 2009); Channel Sales Manager, Fonality (March, 2006 - November, 2007); CEO, ASAP Global LLC (2001 - 2006); Data Network Manager, AT&T (1999 - 2001); VP, Sales, Zyan Communications  (1999 - 2000); Sales and Product Development, Earthline Networks, Pasadena (April, 1997 - June, 1999).  Education: AIU Atlanta, Georgia. Process Management (2004 - 2008). Granada Hills (1982 - 1985).

Andrea Dallas was promoted at Quail Financial Solutions (Quail Capital), Burbank, California, to Vice President of Documents and Funding. She joined the firm November, 2012, as Funding Coordinator; promoted November, 2016, Funding Manager. Education: San Diego Miramar College.  Paralegal Certificate, Paralegal Studies (2005 - 2006).  University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English Language and Literature, General (2000 - 2001).  Eastern Florida State College, Associate of Arts (A.A.) (1994 - 1998).  Activities and Societies: Awarded my AA from Eastern Florida State College at my high school graduation ceremony through Duel Enrollment program.

Stephen Kedzuf Jr. was promoted as Sales Representative, TCF Equipment Finance, Minnetonka, Minnesota.  He started with the company April, 2012, Sales Associate, Specialty Markets; promoted Account Manager, Specialty Markets, Shuttle and School Bus, December, 2012.  Prior, he was Customer Car Professional, UnitedHealth Group (June, 2010 - April, 2012). Community, Volunteer.  Junior High Boys Basketball Coach, Benilde-St. Margaret's School (October, 2010 - May, 2014).Education: John Carroll University. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Business Management, Marketing , and Related Support Services (2006 - 2010). Activities and Societies: Men's Track and Feld, Tour Guide within the Admissions Office. Benilde St. Magaret's High School. High School Diploma (2002 - 2006).

Lori (Leonard/Holub) McGowan was hired as Senior Account Executive, Lease Corporation of America.  She is based in Vinton, Iowa.  Previously she as at GreatAmerica Financial Services, starting 2007 as VP, Sales; promoted February, Regional Account Manager.  Prior, she was Leasing Manager, Danka Office Imaging (2003 - 2007); Collections, Sales, Team Leader, GE Capital (1988 - 2003).  Education: Mount Mercy University, BS Business, Business (2002).

Chris Meeks was hired as Vice President, GSG Financial, Alpharetta, Georgia.  Previously he was at LeasePlan USA, starting October, 2001, Operations Analyst; promoted, January 2002, Sales Coordinator; promoted January, 2004, Sales Associate; promoted, January 11, Account Manager; promoted, Director Remarketing Sales, March, 2012; promoted Director of Syndications, January, 2014. Community: Volunteer: Lighting Director, Stonecreek Church (May, 2006 - Present). Education: University of West Georgia, Business Management (1997 - 2007). Activities and Societies: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

Brandon Smith was hired as Vice President, Asset Management Leader, Investors Bank Equipment Finance, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.  Previously, he was Asset Management Officer Signature Financial (September, 2016 - August, 2018); Director of Sales, Heritage Global Partners (February, 2010 - September, 2016); Vice President, Connell Mining Products, Ltd. (2008 - February, 2010); Vice President, Business Development, Asset Management and Remarketing, Connell Finance Company (2002 - 2008); Vice President, Sales, Lease Financing, Connell Finance Company (1998 - 2001); Lease Marketing Manager, Mitsui Leasing Capital Corporation (1996 - 1998); CIT, started as Equipment Management Operations Manager, 1990; promoted, 1992, Assistant VP, Rail and Intermediary.  Education: Villanova University, BS, Commerce and Finance (1980 - 1984).

Jeff Walters was hired as Lease Branch Manager, PacLease EKW, Calgary, Canada.  Previously, he was Commercial Lease Manager, Jim Peplinski Leasing (March, 2013 - June, 2018); Senior Account Executive, Jim Pattison Lease (November, 2010 - March, 2013); North America Sales Manager, Dura-Lite Heat Transfer Products (December, 2008 - November, 2010); Jim Pattison Lease, starting January, 2003 as Account Executive, Fleet Management; promoted January, 2006, Sales Manager, Prairie Provinces.  Community Service: Volunteer: Outdoor Ice Coordinator, Brentwood Community Association (October, 2006). Coach, Calgary Blizzard Soccer Association (January, 2006 - August, 2017).




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Federal Reserve Current Economic Conditions
September 12, 2018 The Beige Book

Overall Economic Activity

"Reports from the Federal Reserve Districts suggested that the economy expanded at a moderate pace through the end of August. Dallas reported relatively brisk growth, while Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Kansas City indicated somewhat below average growth. Consumer spending continued to grow at a modest pace since the last report, and tourism activity expanded, to varying degrees, across the nation. Manufacturing activity grew at a moderate rate in most Districts, though St. Louis described business as little changed and Richmond reported a decline in activity. Transportation activity expanded, with a few Districts characterizing growth as robust. Home construction activity was mixed but up modestly, on balance. However, home sales were somewhat softer, on balance—in some cases due to reduced demand, in others due more to low inventories. Commercial real estate construction was also mixed, while both sales and leasing activity expanded modestly. Lending activity grew throughout the nation. Some Districts noted weakness in agricultural conditions. Businesses generally remained optimistic about the near term outlook, though most Districts noted concern and uncertainty about trade tensions particularly though not only among manufacturers. A number of
Districts noted that such concerns had prompted some businesses to scale back or postpone capital investment."

Employment and Wages

"Labor markets continued to be characterized as tight throughout the country, with most Districts reporting widespread shortages. While construction workers, truck drivers, engineers, and other high skill workers remained in short supply, a number of Districts also noted shortages of lower skill workers at restaurants, retailers, and other types of firms. Employment grew modestly or moderately across most of the nation, though Dallas noted robust job growth, while three Districts reported little change that partly reflected a dearth of applicants. Six of the twelve Districts cited instances in which labor shortages were constraining sales or delaying projects. Wage growth was mostly characterized as modest or moderate, though a number of Districts cited steep wage hikes for construction workers. Some Districts indicated that businesses were increasingly using benefits such as vacation time, flexible schedules, and bonuses to attract and retain workers, as well as putting more resources into training."


"Prices of final goods and services continued to rise at a modest to moderate pace in most Districts, though there were some signs of a deceleration. All Districts noted fairly widespread input price pressures, particularly for construction materials and freight transportation. Tariffs were reported to be contributing to rising input costs, mainly for manufacturers. Businesses’ input costs have generally been rising more rapidly than selling prices, though there have been increased efforts to pass along cost hikes to customers. A few Districts noted some increase in inflation expectations."

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OnDeck Small Business Online Lending
Tops $10 Billion

- Record volume by a non-bank online small business lending platform.
- OnDeck is the world's largest non-bank online small business lending platform.
- Federal Reserve says small businesses are turning to online lenders in record numbers.

NEW YORK,  -- OnDeck® (NYSE: ONDK),  announced it has achieved a milestone in the Financial Technology (FinTech) industry, becoming the first non-bank online lender to surpass $10 billion in total loans originated to small businesses. OnDeck, with operations in the United States, Canada and Australia, is the world's largest non-bank online lender to small business by total loan volume.

The achievement by OnDeck, a pioneer of the FinTech lending industry, is the latest indication that small businesses increasingly prefer to seek financing online. According to the Small Business Credit Survey from the Federal Reserve, small business owners are turning to online lenders in record numbers. In 2017, 24 percent of small businesses seeking credit applied online, up from 21 percent the previous year. Not only did the total number of loan applications to online lenders increase in 2017, but satisfaction rates of small businesses soared almost 50 percent year-over-year.

OnDeck provided its first small business loan online in 2007, taking just 11 years to pass $10 billion in total loan volume in a digital lending market it helped create. The majority of OnDeck's lending occurred in the last few years as it gained scale, with the company originating $2.1 billion of loans in 2017 alone.

"If reaching $10 billion dollars in total loan volume online tells us anything, it's that the days of old-fashioned lending to small businesses are numbered," said Noah Breslow, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, OnDeck. "We created OnDeck because we believed the Internet could revolutionize and speed up the way underserved small businesses access capital.  Today, we are helping to fill a credit gap across hundreds of industries by providing fast, secure and transparent loans that enable small businesses to grow, generate economic activity and create jobs.  We look forward to providing billions more in financing and powering the small business lending migration to the online model via our OnDeck-as-a-Service platform."

Small businesses are the economic backbone of America, accounting for more than 99% of all U.S. companies1 and employing over half of all private sector workers2. However, they still face a growing credit gap.  According to the Federal Reserve survey, 54% of small businesses report credit shortfalls3 and lower-income communities are disproportionately impacted.  Traditional large banks deny 44% of all small business loan applications and many are steadily exiting the small business credit market. Since 2008, small business lending from traditional sources has fallen over 20%.

Identifying that credit gap over a decade ago, OnDeck transformed the means by which small businesses access capital, using proprietary technology and a small business credit scoring system, the OnDeck Score®, to more efficiently evaluate a business' creditworthiness and make lending decisions in real time. OnDeck provides term loans and lines of credit to small businesses and can supply customers with funding in as little as one business day. The economic impact of this online lending activity is substantial.  Immediate infusions of capital enable small businesses to purchase inventory, cover operational costs and expand without delay, which can stimulate economic growth and help create jobs in their communities.

OnDeck and the Impact of Online Lending on the Economy

  • An Analysis Group report commissioned by OnDeck in 2015 analyzed the economic impact from the first $3 billion OnDeck lent to small businesses. The report estimates that those loans powered $11 billion in business activity and created 74,000 jobs nationwide.  In 2018, OnDeck announced it had provided small businesses more than $10 billion in capital.

  • In May of 2018, a report on small business online lending in the United States revealed that OnDeck and four other small business lending platforms funded nearly $10 billion in online loans from 2015 to 2017, generating $37.7 billion in gross output and creating 358,911 jobs and $12.6 billion in wages in U.S. communities. The upsurge in online lending is filling a critical financing gap for small businesses across industries, according to NDP Analytics, a Washington, D.C.-based economic research firm. See the NDP Report here:



Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

Charming romance (“Juliet, Naked”) and ingenious suspense (“Searching”) come to the box-office, while DVD releases offer a harrowing drama (“First Reformed”), a bittersweet character study (“Tully”), and a vibrant cultural snapshot (“Memories of the Underdevelopment”).

In theaters:

Juliet, Naked (Lionsgate): Rose Byrne and Ethan Hawke shine in this charming comedy-drama, directed by Jesse Peretz (“Our Idiot Brother”). Byrne stars as Annie, a British small-towner who runs the local museum and is in a dead-end relationship with Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), who has an obsession with a certain semi-forgotten musician from the ‘90s. That’s Tucker (Hawke), who is back in the news thanks to an unreleased song that Annie can’t help but make fun of. Their shared dislike for the demo begins an unexpected romantic bond between Annie and Tucker, a bond that grows despite them being in separate continents. Nicely shading in a lot of the human messiness that usually gets left out of modern romantic comedies, the movie has gentleness, humor, and an engaging rapport between the stars.

Searching (Screen Gems): Social media technology becomes cinematic technique in this ingenious thriller, which marks a promising debut for director Aneesh Chaganty. Set in the Santa Clara Valley, the story follows the desperate steps taken by David (John Cho) to find clues after his teenage daughter (Michelle La) disappears. Diving into the Internet, he attempts to piece together what happened by investigating the laptop she left behind. Following her digital trail, he comes to realize his daughter’s painful loneliness, as well as a gallery of suspects. Filming a character using the computer can easily turn tedious, but Chaganty is creative enough to turn the search into visuals with skillful use of framed images that often question what we’re seeing. The result is cautionary suspense that transcends facile gimmick.

Nextflix: A throwback to iconic superstars of classic Hollywood, Burt Reynolds (1935-2018) glowed with effortless, self-mocking charisma. So check out Netflix for his best roles, which include “Deliverance” (1972), “The Longest Yard” (1974), “Hustle” (1975), “Smokey and the Bandit” (1977), and “Boogie Nights” (1997).


First Reformed (A24): After decades in the business, acclaimed writer-director Paul Schrader (“American Gigolo”) delivers what is arguably his finest film yet with this intimate, arresting drama, which features a magnificent performance from Ethan Hawke. Hawke stars as Toller, a troubled pastor who runs a small church in upstate New York. Hanging on to his faith to deal with earthly troubles, his life is further unsettled by a brush with an anguished environmental activist. When the younger man kills himself, Toller is left to comfort his pregnant widow, Mary (Amanda Seyfried). At once disturbed and sensing a new purpose, he embarks on what might be his most dangerous mission. With a truly masterful sense of cinematic pacing and charged stillness, Schrader offers an unblinking human portrait, filled with anger and compassion.

Tully (Focus Pictures): Following the bittersweet success of their previous collaboration “Young Adult,” director Jason Reitman, screenwriter Diablo Cody and star Charleze Theron re-team for this honest and barbed comedy-drama, which delves into the ups and downs of pregnancy and motherhood. Theron stars as Marlo, a suburbanite who is struggling as she’s about to give birth to a third child, feeling overwhelmed by the demands despite support from her husband (Ron Livingston). To help her, Marlo’s brother (Mark Duplass) hires a nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis). The two women form a deep bond, as the story builds toward an unexpected twist. With particular sensitivity to its heroine’s insecure moods, the film is anchored by Theron’s fierce and complex turn. Fans of “Juno’s” mix of snark and poignancy should savor it.

Memories of Underdevelopment (Criterion): A critically-acclaimed snapshot of life and politics, this 1968 drama from Cuba gives a layered, audacious glimpse of a society in flux. Unfolding after the Bay of Pigs confrontation, it chronicles the affairs of Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), an intellectual writer who decides to remain in Havana after his family moves to Miami. Elated by possibilities but disappointed by realities, he seeks solace in the pursuit of girlfriends—including one, Helena (Daisy Granados), who causes quite a bit of trouble for him. Bending documentary immediacy with subjective contemplation, director Tomas Gutierrez Alea immerses the viewer in an intoxicating brew of alienation, revolution and revelation. At once cerebral and sensual, the film is finally widely available to challenge and stimulate viewers. With subtitles.


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News Briefs----

In Anticipation of Hurricane Florence,
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Target to hire 120,000 workers
     to meet holiday season rush

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Because of drought and a few bad trades
the leaves have fallen too soon
and the crowd is sparse
and spaced like the remaining pieces

at the end of a long chess match
gridiron battle lines have been drawn
like grill marks across the brown diamond
 and the ball follows the fifty
high and toward right
till the sun strikes the fielder
like a peyton stiff arm
and you forgive random rookie
for his bad judgment
for all rookies must be forgiven
once in September
when fifth place is sewed up
and attendance is amazingly over a million.

by Tim Peeler
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This Day in History

     1716 - First lighthouse in the US was lit on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor.
    1752 - England and colonies adopt Gregorian calendar, 11 days disappeared from September 3-13.
    1763 – Seneca warriors defeated British forces at the Battle of Devil’s Hole during Pontiac’s War near Niagara Gorge in New York colony.
    1814 - An attorney in Washington, DC, Frances Scott Key, was aboard a warship that was bombarding Fort McHenry, the outpost guarding the city of Baltimore, Maryland. Key wrote “Defence of Fort McHenry,” what would become "The Star-Spangled Banner," which officially became the national anthem of the United States by an Act of Congress in 1931.
    1847 - Gen. Winfield Scott entered Mexico City after the defeated forces of General Santa Anna were forced to abandon the city. A Battalion of U.S. Marines made its presence felt at the “halls of Montezuma.”   The day before, young Mexican cadets had tried unsuccessfully to defend the fortified hill of Chapultepec. With the occupation of Mexico City, the United States-Mexico conflict virtually came to an end.  The United States was later able to claim a large Mexican territory, including what was to become the state of California, in 1850 (following the gold rush fever of 1849).   
    1848 - Alexander Stewart opened the first department store in the US.  Between 1846 and 1848, the construction was completed of one of Stewart's most famous buildings, the Marble Palace at 280 Broadway in NYC.   A. T. Stewart & Company became America's most successful retailer.
    1850 – A big earthquake shook San Francisco. Fourth Great Fire destroyed 150 buildings in the area bounded by DuPont, Montgomery, Washington and Pacific streets. Loss set at $500,000. The fire broke out in the Philadelphia House on the north side of Jackson between Grant and Kearny. The San Francisco, Empire and Protection fire companies fought the blaze but had no water. It was not the actual earthquake that did all the damage, but the fires that resulted because of the earthquake.
    1861 - The first Civil War Naval Battle took place at Pensacola, FL. Lieutenant John Henry Russell descended upon the Confederate navy yard at Pensacola at 2 a.m. He had sailed the frigate Colorado past shore batteries in the dark, and with a force of 100 sailors and Marines, went for the southern privateer five gun Judah in the shipyard. After hand-to-hand fighting, the contingent burned the vessel to the waterline and left. There were no Confederate casualties. Three of the Union troops were killed and four wounded. President Lincoln thanked Russell personally and the Navy Department honored him.
    1862 - General Robert E. Lee's exhausted Confederate forces hold off the pursuing Yankees by closing two passes through Maryland's South Mountain, allowing Lee time to gather his forces further west along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg. After the Battle of Second Bull Run on August 29-30, Lee decided to invade Maryland to raise supplies; he also hoped a decisive win would earn the South foreign recognition. As he moved, he split his army into five sections while the hungry Rebels searched for supplies. A copy of the Confederate plans accidentally fell into Union hands when the orders were left in an abandoned campsite outside of Frederick, Maryland. McClellan now knew that Lee's force was in pieces, but he was slow to react. As Lee moved into western Maryland, he left detachments to guard Crampton's Gap and Turner's Gap through South Mountain. If McClellan had penetrated the passes, he would have found Lee's army scattered and vulnerable. South Mountain, a 50-mile long ridge, contained several passes, but Crampton's Gap and Turner's Gap were the most important. The National Road ran through Turner's Gap to the north, and Crampton's Gap connected western Maryland to Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The Union troops drove the Confederates away at Crampton's Gap, but were initially unable to expel the Confederates from Turner's Gap. However, the Rebels did retreat the next morning. Union losses for the day amounted to 2,300 dead and wounded, including the death of Major General Jesse Reno. The Confederates lost 2,700. These engagements were a mere prelude to the Battle of Antietam. Although costly, they allowed Lee time to assemble his scattered bands at Sharpsburg.
    1882 - Birthday of Winnifred Sprague Mason Huck (1882-1936) in Chicago.  Congressional Representative from Illinois, she served out the term of her late father, 1922-23. She broke the rules about freshmen being still and introduced a number of bills including the call for independence for the Philippine Islands. She was an investigative reporter who even went to jail for four months under an assumed name to bring to light the abuses in prison as well as the difficulties in "going straight" afterwards.
    1868 - The first recorded hole-in-one at golf was scored by Tom Morris at Prestwick in Scotland.
    1872 - Britain paid US $15 million for damages during Civil War in compensation for building the Confederate commerce-raider Alabama. The confederate navy‘s Alabama was built at the Birkenhead shipyards. Despite its official neutrality during the American Civil War, Britain allowed the warship to leave port, and it subsequently played havoc with Federal shipping. The U.S. claimed compensation, and a Court of Arbitration at Geneva agreed, setting the amount at £3 million.
    1874 - The White Leagues, paramilitary organizations dedicated to the restoration of lily-white rule in Louisiana, temporarily seized control of the state government in a bloody coup d’état. 38 killed. 79 wounded.
    1879 - Margaret Higgins Sanger (1879-1966) was born Margaret Louise Higgins in Corning, NY.  Sanger was the widow of J. Noah H. Slee, owner of the Three-in-One Oil manufacturing concern. She was a birth control activist, sex educator, writer, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term "birth control," opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  Margaret Sanger survived Federal indictments, a brief jail term, numerous lawsuits, hundreds of street-corner rallies and raids on her clinics to live to see much of the world accept her view that family planning is a basic human right.
    1886 - George K. Anderson of Memphis, TN, received a patent on typewriter ribbon.
    1886 - Birthday of "'Round 'Bout Midnight," Stanley "Midnight Assassin" Ketchel (1896-1910) in Grand Rapids, MI.  Heavyweight boxing champ, considered the middleweight champion of all time.  He was murdered at a ranch in Missouri at the age of 24.
    1889 - Hull House in Chicago opened its doors. Formed by Jane Addams and Ellen Starr, it was the first major settlement house in the United States. In its first year of operation, it hosted more than 50,000 people. In all, there would be more than 600 residents at various times ranging from some of the most influential social reformers of the day to a future prime minister of Canada - and just about everyone in between. Hull House under Addams, in addition to social work and reform, served as the "mother house" for the meeting and networking of reformers who then went out to change the world.
    1897 - Birthday of Margaret Fogarty Rudkin (1897-1967) in NYC. American businesswoman who started making a healthy bread for one of her sons in 1937 and parlayed those few loaves of bread it into a major commercial company, Pepperidge Farms. The company had sales of $32 million a year when she and husband sold out to Campbell Soup. She stayed as president - supervising the day to day operations personally as she had from the beginning - until a year before her death in 1967 of breast cancer, a disease she had since 1956. Her noted collection of cookbooks was donated to the Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut.
    1898 - Harold Brent "Hal" Wallis (1898-1986) was born Aaron Blum Wolowicz in Chicago.  He was a film producer, best remembered for producing “Casablanca” (1942) and “True Grit” (1969), along with many other major films for Warner Bros. featuring such film stars as Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, and Errol Flynn.  Later, he was connected with Paramount Pictures and oversaw films featuring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Elvis, and John Wayne.
    1899 – Norman Chandler (d. 1973) was born in LA.  After dropping out of Stanford, Chandler started working at the Los Angeles Times as a secretary to his father, who had been its publisher since 1917. Norman Chandler became general manager in 1936, president in 1941 and at his father’s death in 1944, the third editor of the newspaper. He was the publisher from 1945 to 1960.
    1901 - Twenty-fifth President of the United States William McKinley, Jr. (1843-1901), died from a gunshot on September 6, 1901, inside the Temple of Music on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley was shaking hands with the public when he was shot by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist. The President died from gangrene caused by the bullet wounds. McKinley became the third American president to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and James A. Garfield in 1881. McKinley’s Vice President, who was sworn in as the 26th President, was former New York Guard Captain and Colonel of the 1st Volunteer Cavalry, “the Rough Riders,” Theodore Roosevelt.
    1901 – Cy Young won his 30th game of the season for the Red Sox, defeating the Washington Nationals, 2-1.
    1914 – Clayton Moore (1914-99) was born Jack Carlton Moore in Chicago.  He is best known for playing “The Lone Ranger” from 1949–1951 and 1954–1957, one of early television’s most popular shows.  The theme song was “William Tell’s Overture” that accompanied the opening lines, “A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver!!! The Lone Ranger!  With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early western United States. Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice! Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! From out of the past come the thundering hoof-beats of the great horse Silver!”
    1918 - MILES, L. WARDLAW, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization:  Captain, U.S. Army, 308th Infantry, 77th Division. Place and date: Near Revillon, France, 14 September 1918. Entered service at: Princeton, N.J. Born: 23 March 1873, Baltimore, Md. G.O. No.: 44, W.D., 1919. Citation: Volunteered to lead his company in a hazardous attack on a commanding trench position near the Aisne Canal, which other troops had previously attempted to take without success. His company immediately met with intense machinegun fire, against which it had no artillery assistance, but Capt. Miles preceded the first wave and assisted in cutting a passage through the enemy's wire entanglements. In so doing he was wounded 5 times by machinegun bullets, both legs and 1 arm being fractured, whereupon he ordered himself placed on a stretcher and had himself carried forward to the enemy trench in order that he might encourage and direct his company, which by this time had suffered numerous casualties. Under the inspiration of this officer's indomitable spirit his men held the hostile position and consolidated the front line after an action lasting 2 hours, at the conclusion of which Capt. Miles was carried to the aid station against his will.
    1921 - Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005) was born in New Haven, CT. U.S. District judge who framed many of the early civil rights cases. CBM influenced legal desegregation interpretations in nine victories before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was the first African-American woman to become a federal judge (1966) and only woman borough president of Manhattan (1965).
    1926 - Seventeen-year-old Benny Goodman's first recording session, with Ben Pollack and his Californians, Chicago, IL.
    1927 - Gene Austin recorded one of the first million sellers; his composition, "My Blue Heaven," for Victor Records.
    1929 - Ella May Wiggins and other workers are riding in the back of an old pick-up truck to a union meeting, when local vigilantes, thugs, and a sheriff's deputy force the truck off the road and begin shooting at it. Ella May is killed. Labor union organizers appear in Gastonia, Carolina. The textile mill workers there eagerly flock to the union, but when the mill owners refuse to recognize the union, a strike breaks out in June of this year. Prominent on the union picket lines is Ella May Wiggins, a 29-year-old mother of nine children who had been working the night shift at one of the mills. When some of her children come down with whooping cough, Ella May asks the mill foreman to put her on the day shift so she can care for her sick babies. The foreman refuses and Ella May is forced to quit her job. With no money for medicine, four of her children die. From this point on, she becomes a militant in the strike movement. Her songs, with the older melancholy of mountain ballads, help cheer on fellow picketers.  (See middle of this: )
    1937 - The mercury soared to 92 degrees at Seattle, WA, a record for September.
    1938 - Birthday of Niara Sudarkasa, who was born Gloria Albertha Marshall in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  She is an African-American anthropologist and was president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She is an authority on African and African-American women and families and one of the leading scholars of the U.S. and has served on more than 20 boards and task forces in the furtherance of race relations.
    1939 - In the 1930s, Igor Sikorsky turned his attention again to helicopter design and on this day flew the VS-300 on its first test flight.
    1940 – Congress passed the first peacetime draft law.
    1942 - EDSON, MERRITT AUSTIN, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 25 April 1897, Rutland, Vt. Appointed from: Vermont. Other Navy awards: Navy Cross with Gold Star, Silver Star Medal, Legion of Merit with Gold Star. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion, with Parachute Battalion attached, during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on the night of 13-14 September 1942. After the airfield on Guadalcanal had been seized from the enemy on 8 August, Col. Edson, with a force of 800 men, was assigned to the occupation and defense of a ridge dominating the jungle on either side of the airport. Facing formidable Japanese attack which, augmented by infiltration, had crashed through our front lines, he, by skillful handling of his troops, successfully withdrew his forward units to a reserve line with minimum casualties. When the enemy, in a subsequent series of violent assaults, engaged our force in desperate hand-to-hand combat with bayonets, rifles, pistols, grenades, and knives, Col. Edson, although continuously exposed to hostile fire throughout the night, personally directed defense of the reserve position against a fanatical foe of greatly superior numbers. By his astute leadership and gallant devotion to duty, he enabled his men, despite severe losses, to cling tenaciously to their position on the vital ridge, thereby retaining command not only of the Guadalcanal airfield, but also of the 1st Division's entire offensive installations in the surrounding area.
    1944 - The Great Atlantic Hurricane passed near Cape Hatteras, NC. A few days before, it was a category 5 hurricane with winds near 160 mph. At Cape Henry, VA sustained winds of 134 mph with gusts to 150 occurred. The storm raced into New England. 46 were killed on land and over 300 were lost at sea. Total damage was $122 million. The hurricane destroyed the Atlantic City boardwalk.
    1944 - SADOWSKI, JOSEPH J., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division. Place and date: Valhey, France, 14 September 1944. Entered service at: Perth Amboy, N.J. Birth: Perth Amboy, N.J. C o. No.: 32, 23 April 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty at Valhey, France. On the afternoon of 14 September 1944, Sgt. Sadowski as a tank commander was advancing with the leading elements of Combat Command A, 4th Armored Division, through an intensely severe barrage of enemy fire from the streets and buildings of the town of Valhey. As Sgt. Sadowski's tank advanced through the hail of fire, it was struck by a shell from an 88-mm. gun fired at a range of 20 yards. The tank was disabled and burst into flames. The suddenness of the enemy attack caused confusion and hesitation among the crews of the remaining tanks of our forces. Sgt. Sadowski immediately ordered his crew to dismount and take cover in the adjoining buildings. After his crew had dismounted, Sgt. Sadowski discovered that 1 member of the crew, the bow gunner, had been unable to leave the tank. Although the tank was being subjected to a withering hail of enemy small-arms, bazooka, grenade, and mortar fire from the streets and from the windows of adjacent buildings, Sgt. Sadowski unhesitatingly returned to his tank and endeavored to pry up the bow gunner's hatch. While engaged in this attempt to rescue his comrade from the burning tank, he was cut down by a stream of machinegun fire which resulted in his death. The gallant and noble sacrifice of his life in the aid of his comrade, undertaken in the face of almost certain death, so inspired the remainder of the tank crews that they pressed forward with great ferocity and completely destroyed the enemy forces in this town without further loss to themselves. The heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Sgt. Sadowski, which resulted in his death, inspired the remainder of his force to press forward to victory, and reflect the highest tradition of the armed forces.
    1944 - WIGLE, THOMAS W., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company K, 135th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division. Place and date: Monte Frassino, Italy, 14 September 1944. Entered service at: Detroit, Mich. Birth: Indianapolis, Ind. G.O. No.: 8, 7 February 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in the vicinity of Monte Frassino, Italy. The 3d Platoon, in attempting to seize a strongly fortified hill position protected by 3 parallel high terraced stone walls, was twice thrown back by the withering crossfire. 2d Lt. Wigle, acting company executive, observing that the platoon was without an officer, volunteered to command it on the next attack. Leading his men up the bare, rocky slopes through intense and concentrated fire, he succeeded in reaching the first of the stone walls. Having himself boosted to the top and perching there in full view of the enemy, he drew and returned their fire while his men helped each other up and over. Following the same method, he successfully negotiated the second. Upon reaching the top of the third wall, he faced 3 houses which were the key point of the enemy defense. Ordering his men to cover him, he made a dash through a hail of machine-pistol fire to reach the nearest house. Firing his carbine as he entered, he drove the enemy before him out of the back door and into the second house. Following closely on the heels of the foe, he drove them from this house into the third where they took refuge in the cellar. When his men rejoined him, they found him mortally wounded on the cellar stairs which he had started to descend to force the surrender of the enemy. His heroic action resulted in the capture of 36 German soldiers and the seizure of the strongpoint.
    1945 - KEATHLEY, GEORGE D., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 85th Infantry Division. Place and date: Mt. Altuzzo, Italy, 14 September 1944. Entered service at: Lamesa, Tex. Birth: Olney, Tex. G.O. No.: 20, 29 March 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, in action on the western ridge of Mount Altuzzo, Italy. After bitter fighting his company had advanced to within 50 yards of the objective, where it was held up due to intense enemy sniper, automatic, small arms, and mortar fire. The enemy launched 3 desperate counterattacks in an effort to regain their former positions, but all 3 were repulsed with heavy casualties on both sides. All officers and noncommissioned officers of the 2d and 3d platoons of Company B had become casualties, and S/Sgt. Keathley, guide of the 1st platoon, moved up and assumed command of both the 2d and 3d platoons, reduced to 20 men. The remnants of the 2 platoons were dangerously low on ammunition, so S/Sgt. Keathley, under deadly small arms and mortar fire, crawled from 1 casualty to another, collecting their ammunition and administering first aid. He then visited each man of his 2 platoons, issuing the precious ammunition he had collected from the dead and wounded, and giving them words of encouragement. The enemy now delivered their fourth counterattack, which was approximately 2 companies in strength. In a furious charge they attacked from the front and both flanks, throwing hand grenades, firing automatic weapons, and assisted by a terrific mortar barrage. So strong was the enemy counterattack that the company was given up for lost. The remnants of the 2d and 3d platoons of Company B were now looking to S/Sgt. Keathley for leadership. He shouted his orders precisely and with determination and the men responded with all that was in them. Time after time the enemy tried to drive a wedge into S/Sgt. Keathley's position and each time they were driven back, suffering huge casualties. Suddenly an enemy hand grenade hit and exploded near S/Sgt. Keathley, inflicting a mortal wound in his left side. However, hurling defiance at the enemy, he rose to his feet. Taking his left hand away from his wound and using it to steady his rifle, he fired and killed an attacking enemy soldier, and continued shouting orders to his men. His heroic and intrepid action so inspired his men that they fought with incomparable determination and viciousness. For 15 minutes S/Sgt. Keathley continued leading his men and effectively firing his rifle. He could have sought a sheltered spot and perhaps saved his life, but instead he elected to set an example for his men and make every possible effort to hold his position. Finally, friendly artillery fire helped to force the enemy to withdraw, leaving behind many of their number either dead or seriously wounded. S/Sgt. Keathley died a few moments later. Had it not been for his indomitable courage and incomparable heroism, the remnants of 3 rifle platoons of Company B might well have been annihilated by the overwhelming enemy attacking force. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
    1947 – Jon Bauman, “Bowser” of Sha-Na-Na, was born in Brooklyn.
    1948 - Milton Berle starts his TV career on “Texaco Star Theater.”
    1951 - In a 9-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, rookie Bob Nieman hits consecutive dingers off Mickey McDermott, becoming the first player to hit home runs in his first two career at bats in the Majors. In his third trip to the plate, the St. Louis Browns freshman beats out a bunt for a base hit.
    1951 - GOMEZ, EDWARD, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Reserve, Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Korea, Hill 749, 14 September 1951. Entered service at: Omaha, Nebr. Born: 10 August 1932, Omaha, Nebr. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an ammunition bearer in Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Bolding advancing with his squad in support of a group of riflemen assaulting a series of strongly fortified and bitterly defended hostile positions on Hill 749, Pfc. Gomez consistently exposed himself to the withering barrage to keep his machine gun supplied with ammunition during the drive forward to seize the objective. As his squad deployed to meet an imminent counterattack, he voluntarily moved down an abandoned trench to search for a new location for the gun and, when a hostile grenade landed between himself and his weapon, shouted a warning to those around him as he grasped the activated charge in his hand. Determined to save his comrades, he unhesitatingly chose to sacrifice himself and, diving into the ditch with the deadly missile, absorbed the shattering violence of the explosion in his body. By his stouthearted courage, incomparable valor, and decisive spirit of self-sacrifice, Pfc. Gomez inspired the others to heroic efforts in subsequently repelling the outnumbering foe, and his valiant conduct throughout sustained and enhanced the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country
    1951 - WALMSLEY, JOHN S., JR., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Air Force, 8th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bomb Group. Place and date: Near Yangdok, Korea, 14 September 1951. Entered service at: Baltimore, Md. Born. 7 January 1920, Baltimore, Md. Citation: Capt. Walmsley, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While flying a B-26 aircraft on a night combat mission with the objective of developing new tactics, Capt. Walmsley sighted an enemy supply train which had been assigned top priority as a target of opportunity. He immediately attacked, producing a strike which disabled the train, and, when his ammunition was expended, radioed for friendly aircraft in the area to complete destruction of the target. Employing the searchlight mounted on his aircraft, he guided another B-26 aircraft to the target area, meanwhile constantly exposing himself to enemy fire. Directing an incoming B-26 pilot, he twice boldly aligned himself with the target, his searchlight illuminating the area, in a determined effort to give the attacking aircraft full visibility. As the friendly aircraft prepared for the attack, Capt. Walmsley descended into the valley in a low level run over the target with searchlight blazing, selflessly exposing himself to vicious enemy antiaircraft fire. In his determination to inflict maximum damage on the enemy, he refused to employ evasive tactics and valiantly pressed forward straight through an intense barrage, thus insuring complete destruction of the enemy's vitally needed war cargo. While he courageously pressed his attack Capt. Walmsley's plane was hit and crashed into the surrounding mountains, exploding upon impact. His heroic initiative and daring aggressiveness in completing this important mission in the face of overwhelming opposition and at the risk of his life, reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Air Force.
    1956 - Top Hits
“Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel” - Elvis Presley
“Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” - Doris Day
“The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2)” - Buchanan & Goodman
“I Walk the Line” - Johnny Cash
    1957 – Debut of  “Have Gun, Will Travel,” so read the business card of Paladin (Richard Boone), a loner whose pro­fessional services were available for a price. This western also featured Kam Tong as his servant, Hey Boy. The show was extremely popular and ranked in the top five for most of its run. My father, Lawrence Menkin, wrote many of the episodes. The half-hour show aired Saturday, at 9:30 p.m., just before another western, “Gunsmoke,” and ran for six successful seasons. (It opened as the #4 rated show for the year, then followed up with three years ranked #3.) Its dramatic opening had Paladin aiming his gun and his words directly at the audience, and the series always featured a no-nonsense approach and intelligence rarely evident on the small screen.
    1958 - The 720th Missile Battalion, California National Guard, becomes operational on a 24-hour, seven day a week basis. Manning four batteries of NIKE-AJAX missiles, this is the first Army Guard unit armed with these surface-to-air missiles used to replace anti-aircraft guns in defensive positions. By 1962, a force of 17,000 Guardsmen (combined technicians and traditional) maintained 82 batteries stationed in 15 states. All were located around harbors and large cities important to national strategic interests.
    1959 – Mary Crosby, the youngest daughter of Bing Crosby and second wife, Kathryn, was born in LA.  She played the scheming shooter, Kristin Shepherd, in the “Who Shot JR?” season finale in “Dallas.”
    1960 - The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries was founded at the Baghdad Conference, established by five core members: Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. OPEC began as an attempt to organize and unify petroleum policies, securing stable prices for the petroleum producers. The organization grew considerably after its creation, adding eight other members and developing into one of the most influential groups in the world. The first real indication of OPEC's power came with the 1973 oil embargo, during which long lines and soaring gasoline prices quickly convinced Americans of the reach of OPEC's influence. OPEC's member countries currently supply more than 40 percent of the world's oil.
    1963 - The Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl" peaks at #7 on the pop singles chart.
    1963 - The Beatles' "She Loves You" becomes England's best-selling single of all time, a record that wouldn't be broken until 1977, when ex-Beatle Paul McCartney will release "Mull of Kintyre."
    1964 - The ill-fated sitcom “The Bing Crosby Show” debuts on ABC-TV.
    1964 - Top Hits
“The House of the Rising Sun” - The Animals
“Because” - The Dave Clark Five
“Bread and Butter” - The Newbeats
“I Guess I'm Crazy” - Jim Reeves
    1965 - The Television show "F-Troop" premiers.
    1967 - “Ironside” premiered on television.  This crime series starred Raymond Burr as Robert T. Ironside, Chief of Detectives for the San Francisco Police Department (he was in a wheelchair, paralyzed from an assassination attempt).  Also featured were Don Galloway as his assistant, Detective Sergeant Ed Brown, Barbara Anderson as Officer Eve Whitfield, Don Mitchell as Mark Sanger, Ironside's personal assistant, Gene Lyons as Commissioner Dennis Randall, Elizabeth Baur as Officer Fran Belding and Joan Pringle as Diana, Mark's wife.

    1968 – The Tigers’ Denny McLain won his 30th game of the season, the first to do so since Dizzy Dean in 1934 and now the last.  He finished 31-6 with 1.96 ERA.
    1968 - Big Brother and the Holding Company's LP, "Cheap Thrills" enters the LP chart -- where it will stay for 29 weeks, including 8 at #1.
    1968 - The Chambers Brothers' "Time Has Come Today" enters Billboard's Hot 100, where it will climb to number eleven.
    1968 – “The Archies” cartoon show first aired on Saturday mornings on the CBS television network. The songs that were credited to this make-believe group were recorded by Ron Dante, Andy Kim, Jeff Barry and others. Their biggest hit would turn out to be a song called "Sugar, Sugar," that went to number one in 1969, selling over six million copies.
    1968 - Roy Orbison’s Hendersonville, TN home burned down during his European tour, trapping and killing two of his three sons, Roy Jr. (age 10) and Tony (age 6).
    1969 - SKIDGEL, DONALD SIDNEY, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Troop D, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: Near Song Be, Republic of Vietnam, 14 September 1969. Entered service at: Bangor, Maine. Born: 13 October 1948, Caribou, Maine. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Skidgel distinguished himself while serving as a reconnaissance section leader in Troop D. On a road near Song Be in Binh Long Province, Sgt. Skidgel and his section with other elements of his troop were acting as a convoy security and screening force when contact occurred with an estimated enemy battalion concealed in tall grass and in bunkers bordering the road. Sgt. Skidgel maneuvered off the road and began placing effective machinegun fire on the enemy automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade positions. After silencing at least 1 position, he ran with his machinegun across 60 meters of bullet-swept ground to another location from which he continued to rake the enemy positions. Running low on ammunition, he returned to his vehicle over the same terrain. Moments later he was alerted that the command element was receiving intense automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenade and mortar fire. Although he knew the road was saturated with enemy fire, Sgt. Skidgel calmly mounted his vehicle and with his driver advanced toward the command group in an effort to draw the enemy fire onto himself. Despite the hostile fire concentrated on him, he succeeded in silencing several enemy positions with his machinegun. Moments later Sgt. Skidgel was knocked down onto the rear fender by the explosion of an enemy rocket-propelled grenade. Ignoring his extremely painful wounds, he staggered back to his feet and placed effective fire on several other enemy positions until he was mortally wounded by hostile small arms fire. His selfless actions enabled the command group to withdraw to a better position without casualties and inspired the rest of his fellow soldiers to gain fire superiority and defeat the enemy. Sgt. Skidgel's gallantry at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1970 - The temperature at Fremont, OR, dipped to 2 above zero to equal the state record for September set on the 24th in 1926.
    1972 - “The Waltons” debuted.  This epitome of the family drama spawned nearly a dozen knock-offs during its nine-year run on CBS. The drama was based on creator/writer Earl Hamner Jr's experiences grow­ing up during the Depression in rural Virginia. It began as the TV movie “The Homecoming,” which was so well-received that it was turned into a weekly series covering the years 1933—43. The cast went through numerous changes through the years; the principals were: Michael Learned as Olivia Walton, mother of the clan; Ralph Waite as John Walton, father; Richard Thomas as John-Boy, eldest son; Jon Walmsley as son Jason; Judy Norton Taylor as daughter Mary Ellen; Eric Scott as son Ben; Mary Beth McDonough as daughter Erin; David W. Harper as son Jim-Bob and Kami Cotler as daughter Elizabeth. The Walton grandparents were played by Ellen Corby (Esther) and Will Geer (Zeb). The last telecast aired Aug 20, 1981.
    1972 - Top Hits
“Alone Again (Naturally)” - Gilbert O'Sullivan
“Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)” - The Hollies
“Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me” - Mac Davis
“Woman (Sensuous Woman)” - Don Gibson
    1973 - For his hit single "The Twelfth of Never," Donny Osmond received a gold record. Released in March of 1973, the son was one of five that went gold for the young Osmond. His other solo successes were: "Sweet & Innocent," "Go Away Little Girl," "Hey Girl" and "Puppy Love."
    1974 - After a two-year battle with heroin, Eric Clapton was back in a big way. His version of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" hit the top of the Billboard chart, rejuvenating his career.
    1975 - The first American-born Catholic saint, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, (1774-1821) was canonized.  Born into an Episcopalian family in New York City, the mother of five children, she founded the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children in 1797. She converted to Roman Catholicism in New York City in 1805 and founded an order of nuns, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. She was beatified on March 17, 1963, at the Vatican, Rome, by Pope John XXIII.
    1976 - Bob Dylan's “Hard Rain” concert airs on NBC-TV.
    1978 - The first episode of the television series "Mork & Mindy," starring Robin Williams as Mork and Pam Dawber as Mindy, debuted on ABC-TV. Mork made an earlier appearance in February, 1978, during an episode of "Happy Days."
    1979 - Kenny Rogers is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6666 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley also officially declares today "Kenny Rogers Day" in the city.
    1980 - Top Hits
“Upside Down” - Diana Ross
“All Out of Love” - Air Supply
“Fame” - Irene Cara
“Lookin' for Love” - Johnny Lee
    1985 - “Golden Girls” premiere on TV. This comedy starred Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty as four divorced/wid­owed women sharing a house in Florida during their golden years. The last episode aired Sept 14, 1992 but the show remains popu­lar in syndication.
    1984 - The first MTV Video Music Awards are held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Michael Jackson wins three awards, including Best Overall Performance for "Thriller."
    1985 - The Reverend Benjamin Weir, an American missionary, was released after being held captive for 16 months by Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon.
    1987 - A record for the skateboard high jump was set when Tony Magnuson went 9.5 feet above the top of the U-ramp.
    1987 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather from Minnesota to Texas. Thunderstorms in Iowa produced baseball size hail at Laporte City, and 80 mph winds at Laurens. Hail caused more than ten million dollars damage to crops in Iowa. Thunderstorms in Missouri produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Missouri City and Kansas City. A thunderstorm in Texas deluged the town of Fairlie with two inches of rain in just two hours.    
    1987 – “American Bandstand” (1952-89) became the longest running entertainment show in US TV history.  It premiered locally in late March 1950 as “Bandstand” on television station WFIL-TV Channel 6 in Philadelphia, as a replacement for a weekday movie that had shown predominantly British movies. Hosted by Bob Horn, it was a television adjunct to his radio show of the same name on WFIL radio.  On July 9, 1956, Horn was fired after a drunk-driving arrest, as WFIL and co-owner, The Philadelphia Inquirer, at the time were doing a series on drunken driving. He was also reportedly involved in a prostitution ring and brought up on morals charges.  Horn was temporarily replaced by producer Tony Mammarella before the job went to Dick Clark permanently.  In late spring of 1956, the ABC television network asked for programming suggestions to fill their 3:30 p.m. (ET) time slot (WFIL had been pre-empting the ABC programming with “Bandstand”). Clark decided to pitch the show to ABC and after some badgering, the show was picked up nationally, becoming “American Bandstand on August 5, 1957.  It is fair to say that American Bandstand was THE seminal television program for Baby Boomers, gave credibility to rock ‘n’ roll as a popular genre, and did as much for racial integration as any movement as it was among the first TV shows that introduced black performers regularly.  We can all remember running home in time to see the show and learn the new dances.
    1987 – The Toronto Blue Jays set a Major League record by hitting 10 HRs in a game. 
    1988 - Top Hits
“Sweet Child o' Mine” - Guns N' Roses
“Simply Irresistible” - Robert Palmer
“Perfect World” - Huey Lewis & The News
“(Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes” - Highway 101
    1988 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather over the Texas panhandle during the evening hours. One thunderstorm spawned a strong (F-2) tornado in the southwest part of Amarillo, and deluged the area with five inches of rain. The heavy rain left roads under as much as five feet of water, and left Lawrence Lake a mile out of its banks. Hurricane Gilbert lost some of its punch crossing the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Its maximum winds diminished to 120 mph.
    1988 - Hundreds of San Francisco residents gathered for a peaceful and lawful protest of the policies/platform of then-candidate for President George H.W. Bush who was appearing here with his Vice President. In the ensuing police riot in front of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 58-year-old legendary labor organizer Dolores Huerta was severely beaten and nearly killed by San Francisco Police officers. The baton-beating caused significant internal injuries to her torso, resulting in several broken ribs and required the removal of her spleen in emergency surgery. The beating including the clear ramming of the butt end of a baton into Huerta's torso by one of the helmeted officers was caught on videotape and broadcast widely on local television news.  Later, Huerta won a large judgment against the SFPD and the City of San Francisco, the proceeds of which were used in benefit of farm workers.
    1990 - Ken Griffey, Sr., and Ken Griffey, Jr., hit unprecedented back-to-back home runs for the Seattle Mariners in a game against the California Angeles. Kirk McCaskill was the pitcher. The Mariners lost, 7-5.
    1991 - "I Adore Mi Amor" by Color Me Badd topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.
    1994 - Top Hits
“I'll Make Love To You” - Boyz II Men
“Stay (I Missed You)” (From "Reality Bites") - Lisa Loeb
“Stroke You Up” - Changing Faces
“When Can I See You” - Babyface
    1994 - The Temptations are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7060 Hollywood Blvd
    1994 – A strike by the players that began on August 12, led to the cancellation of the remainder of the Major League season and the World Series.  The issue was the desire of the owners to impose a salary cap on all teams.
    1995 - Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics for the Beatles' "Getting Better" fetch $249,000 at Sotheby's in London.
    1996 - Mark McGwire hits his 50th home run off Cleveland hurler Chad Ogea, becoming the 13th player in Major League history to reach that plateau. The Cardinal first baseman gives the milestone ball to his eight-year-old son, Matthew.
    1998 - A new talk show, “The Roseanne Show,” debuted in syndication in more than 150 stations in the country. It was Roseanne's first major television project since her hit ABC sitcom “Roseanne” ended its 9-year run in May, 1997.
    1998 - Telecommunications companies MCI and WorldCom completed their $37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom.  The corporation was purchased by Verizon Communications with the deal finalizing on January 6, 2006 and is now identified as that company's Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
    1999 - The free "Sheryl Crow and Friends" concert is held in New York's Central Park. She is joined on stage at different times by Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, The Dixie Chicks, Eric Clapton, Chrissie Hynde and Sarah McLachlan. The second hour of the concert is broadcast live on Fox.
    1999 - Top Hits
“Unpretty” - TLC
“Bailamos” - Enrique Iglesias
“Summer Girls” - LFO
“She’s All I Ever Had” - Ricky Martin
    2000 - Paul Simon, Crosby Stills and Nash, and the Eagles' Don Henley and Glenn Frey perform at the joint VH1/Rolling Stone fundraiser for Al Gore
    2001 - Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital.
    2001 - The FBI released the names of the 19 hijackers who took part in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; President George W. Bush toured the ruins of the World Trade Center and addressed rescue workers over a bullhorn.
    2001 - In the wake of the September 11th attacks, Clear Channel Communications released its infamous "suggestion" list of popular songs which might possibly prove upsetting to American listeners. Included -- but not banned outright, despite the myth -- were “improbably traumatizing oldies” such as Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World;" The Beatles' "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," and "Ticket To Ride;" Petula Clark's "Sign Of The Times;" Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World;" Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Travelin' Band;" Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife;" The Drifters' "On Broadway;" The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Hey Joe;" The Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother;" Elton John's "Bennie And The Jets," "Daniel," and "Rocket Man;" John Lennon's "Imagine;" Martha and the Vandellas' "Nowhere To Run" and "Dancing In The Street;" Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels' "Devil With A Blue Dress On;" Ricky Nelson's "Travelin' Man;" Elvis Presley's "(You're The) Devil in Disguise;" The Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday;" Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water;" Cat Stevens' "Morning Has Broken" and "Peace Train;" The Surfaris' "Wipeout;" The Youngbloods' "Get Together;" Zager and Evans' "In The Year 2525;" and the Zombies' "She's Not There."
    2002 - In San Francisco, some 1,000 marched down Market St. to denounce the Bush administration’s call for war against Iraq.
    2002 - Barry Bonds ties Hank Aaron for the most 100-RBI seasons by a National League player as he drives in his 100th run of the season for the 11th time in his career. The Major League record is 13 shared by Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth. Saying his heart has always been in San Francisco, Barry Bonds avoids arbitration by agreeing to a five-year, $90 million deal with the Giants. The contract also calls for 10-year personal services commitment at the end of the 37-year left fielder's playing days.
    2002 - Chin-Feng Chen becomes the first Taiwan-born position player to appear in the Majors as he walks and scores as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers against the Rockies. The 24-year-old first baseman-outfielder played for the 1990 Taiwan team which won the Little League World Series.
    2003 - Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis sets the NFL single-game rushing record when he runs for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries in the Ravens 33-13 victory over Cleveland.
    2003 - Top Hits
“Shake Ya Tailfeather” - Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee
“Baby Boy” - Beyonce Featuring Sean Paul
“Right Thurr” - Chingy
“Into You” - Fabulous Featuring Tamia Or Ashanti
    2011 - NASA reveals its Space Launch System plan, intended to replace the Space Shuttle program with its first flight scheduled for 2017.
    2011 - At the Zekiah Swamp in Charles County, Maryland, archeologists believe they found a fort from 1680 built to protect the 'friendly' Piscataway Indians.
    2014 - 24-year-old Matthew Miller, one of three Americans held in North Korea, was convicted of unlawful entry into the country for the purpose of spying; he was sentenced to six years of hard labor.  He was released, along with Kenneth Bae, on November 8, 2014.



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