Friday, September 3, 2021
Today's Leasing News Headlines
DeBanked Reality Show Called Off
"...decided not to move forward with it"
California Financial Regulator Moves Forward
to License California Debt Collectors
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads
Growing Our Senior Sales Team Now
Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
All Virtual: One in September/Two in November/One in January
High Prices & Loan Rates Drive
Mortgage Refinance Boom
Hiring a Credit Analyst
By Ben Carlile
Greenbrier Companies Announces Renewal and Extension
of $1 Billion of Bank Facilities
Asset-based lending by banks,
other lenders ticked up in Q2
Labor Films: The Devil and Miss Jones, Picnic,
Moonlighting, the Seduction of Mimi, Working Girl
Chosen by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Portland, Oregon Adopt-a-Dog
ELFA 60th Annual Convention
See's Who's Registered by Name or Company
GM to significantly cut North American vehicle production
due to chip shortage
Ford’s U.S. sales decline 33% in August
as chip shortage devastates auto industry
Fleet Equipment ACT Expo Day Two:
Photo Gallery of Electric Trucks
Amazon CEO unveils 55,000 tech jobs
in his first hiring push
Walmart hiring 20,000 permanent warehouse workers
prior to holiday season
Tesla leases entire office building
in San Jose, California tech hub
Fauci defends COVID boosters
says 3 shots will 'likely' be the new norm
Hospitals hit with nurse staffing crisis amid COVID-19 surge;
Boston Marathon runners will need to be vaccinated or test negative
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DeBanked Reality Show Called Off
Sean Murray, President and Chief Editor of deBanked, explained, "After a number of considerations, we have actually decided not to move forward with it. We will continue to be a resource for brokers in a number of other ways."
California Financial Regulator Moves Forward
to License California Debt Collectors
The press release states, "The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) has announced that all debt collectors operating in California can now apply to be licensed by the Department, representing the first step in increased state oversight that will include an assessment of applications, formal examinations, and protections for California consumers. Debt collectors, debt buyers, and debt collection attorneys operating in the state may now submit their license applications online at the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS).
Leasing News Legal Editor, Attorney Ken Greene, was asked if this applies to the finance and leasing industry:
(j) “Debt collector” means any person who, in the ordinary course of business, regularly, on the person’s own behalf or on behalf of others, engages in debt collection. The term includes any person who composes and sells, or offers to compose and sell, forms, letters and other collection media used or intended to be used for debt collection. The term “debt collector” includes “debt buyer” as defined in Section 1788.50 of the Civil Code.
However, this statute only applies to consumer loans. In addition, banks and CFL licensees are exempt, even for commercial transactions.
A spokesperson for the DFPI replied:
Hi Kit – The quick answer is, probably yes. Your legal editor’s analysis is basically correct.
Unless specifically exempted under Financial Code Section 10001(b) (1) debt collectors would need a license. Here is a link to exemption information: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml
The law is for consumer credit transactions as defined in FC 10002(e) https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?
Individuals or companies can contact the DFPI with specific questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries
Eric Bison was hired as Senior Sales Executive, Reliant Capital, Irvine, California. He is located at the companies Dover New Hampshire office. Previously, he was Vice President, Sales, Ascentium Capital (March, 2015 - April, 2021); Sales Manager, Franchise Division, Balboa Capital Corporation (December, 2012 - February, 2015); Finance Manager, Direct Capital Corporation (December, 2009 - December, December, 2012). Education. University of New Hampshire. St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
Scott Chiat was promoted to Vice President and Counsel, Practice Head, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, New York, New York. He joined the corporation May, 2019 as Vice President & Counsel,
Equipment Finance. Previously, he was at Societe Generale Equipment Finance, SGEF, starting October, 2016 as Operations Consultant, promoted April, 2017 to Operations Associate; promoted August, 2018, Counsel; Associate Attorney, Equipment Finance, Peretore & Peretore, PC (May, 2009 - June, 2016). Education: Brooklyn Law School, J.D. (2004 – 2007). Recipient of the CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Writing. Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law (Notes & Comments Editor). Moot Court Honor Society (Bankruptcy Appellate Team). New York University, B.A., Literature
(1996 - 1999). Recipient of the Rubin Creative Writing Award for Best Short Story. Phi Theta Kapp Society Scholarship Recipient. University Honors Scholar. https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottchait/
Ken Collins was name Senior Vice President, Sales, Partner, Reed Advisory Solutions, LLC, Virginia. He remains Principal, Collins Advisory Solutions, LLC, since May, 2021. Previously, he was SVP Relationship Manger, BOK Financial. He joined De Lage Landen Financial June, 2004, as Vice President, Sales Manager, promoted July, 2007 as Senior Vice President Sales and National Accounts; VP National Sales Manager, Textron Financial (2000 - 2004); National Sales Manager, FINOVA Capital Corporation (October, 1994 - December, 2000); Manager of Business Development, ITT Commercial Finance (August, 1982 - October, 1994). Volunteer: Vice Chairman, Endowment Committee Member, Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral (November, 2012 - Present), Chairman, Audit Committee (January, 2019 - Present). Co-Chairman, University Way of America (August, 2011 - January, 2012). Girls Basketball Coach, St. Constantine Helen Creek Orthodox Church (September, 2008 - May, 2012). Assistant Scout Leader, Boy Scouts of America (September, 2004 - June, 2008). Education: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Pamplin College of Business, B.S., Finance (1978 - 1982). Activities and Societies: Lambda Chi Alpha, Vice President. Loyola College in Maryland, MBA, Business Administration (1987 - 1989). Activities and Societies: Worked full time as Credit Manager of ITT Commercial Finance and completed graduate school at night.
Jeff Deskins was hired as Senior Credit Analyst/Syndications Manager, Western Equipment Finance, Devils Lake, North Dakota. He is located in Cedar Park, Texas. Previously, he was Vice President, Business Development, FactOne, Capital, February, 2018; Business Development Advisor, JTK Enterprises (November, 2013 - January, 2018); VP, Business Development, OneWorld Business Finance (January, 2014 - January, 2018); Credit Manager, TEAM Funding Solutions (March, 2010 - October, 2013); Credit Manager and Senior Underwriter, OneSource Financial Corp. (December, 1998 - February, 2010); Manager, Copy Operations, Monarch Business Equipment, Inc. (March, 1994 - November, 1998); Customer Support Supervisor, HBS Business Systems, Inc. (December, 1992 - March, 1994). Education: Texas A&M University, BBA Finance.
Andrew Kemmerer was hired as Vice President, Sales, Equipment Finance, First Commonwealth Bank, Indiana, Pennsylvania. He is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Previously, he was Vice President, Sales, BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital Corp (December, 2012 - July, 2021); Vice President of Sales, First Financial, LLC (May, 2009 - December, 2012); District Sales Manager, Hitachi Capital America Corp (June, 2007 - January, 2009); Fleet Management Consultant, Interstate Fleets (August, 2005 - June, 2007). Volunteer: Board Member, Member of the Legislative Impact Committee, Greater Reading Young Professionals (2010 - 2017). Campaign Manager and Treasurer Leinbach for Commissioner (January, 2007 - December, 2014). Education: Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst, B.S., Sorts Management, 3.9 GPA. Activities and Societies: Minuteman Newspaper, UMass Republican Club, Student Government, Soccer Fest Event Management Program. Toms River High School North (1996 - 2000). Activities and Societies: Track & Field, National Honor Society, TEAM. https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewkemmerer/
Tom Linebarger was elected as Director, CIT Bank, Capital Equipment Finance, August, 2021, Chicago, Illinois. He remains Senior Vice President, 36th Capital Partners, LLC, joining the company
January, 2020; Senior Vice President, Santander Bank, NA., (April, 2018 - December, 2019); Director, Equipment Finance, Stonebriar Commercial Finance (March, 2015 - April, 2018); Senior Vice President, GE Capital, Specialty Finance (2008 - 2009); Vice President, Marketing, Merrill Lynch Capital (2002 - 2008); Vice President, Marketing, Finova Capital Corporation (1997 - 2001); Region Manger, Textron Financial (1993 - 1997). Education: Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business. BBA, Finance (1981 - 1985). https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-linebarger-06046b11/
Chris Maudlin, CLFP was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Wintrust Specialty Finance, Irvine, California. He joined the firm October, 2018, Senior Vice President, Chief Credit Officer. Previously, he was at Hanmi Bank, starting October, 2015, as Vice President of Credit, promoted April, 2018, SVP Risk and Analytics; Director of Credit and Funding, American Capital Group, Inc. (July, 2008 - July, 2012); Director of Credit and Funding, Nationwide Funding (January, 2004 - July, 2008); Club House Attendant, Chicago Cubs (March, 1998 - November, 2003). Education: Loyola University of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts (BA), Sociology (1997 - 2001). https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-maudlin-clfp-8bb6324/
Mike Mikus was hired as Regional Sales Manager, DLL Financial Solutions Partner, Wayne, Pennsylvania. He is located in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He previously was Regional Sales Manager for Wells Fargo Capital Finance (March, 2009 - June, 2021); Regional Sales Manager, Gegacy Housing LTD (March, 2009 - November, 2011); Regional Sales Manager, GE Commercial Finance (September, 1996 - February, 2009). Education: the University of Memphis, BA, Financing and Banking (1983 - 1989).”Completed BA degree in Banking and Finance while working full time with Marketing and Investment Banking companies.” Germantown High School, Germantown, Tennessee (1980 - 1983). https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-mekus-a5813813/
Wayne Peters was hired as Vice President, Global Financial Solutions, TD SYNNEX, Clearwater, Florida. He is located in the Denver Metropolitan Area. Previously, he was VP, Global Financial Solutions, Tech Data (October, 2020 - September, 2021). He joined Arrow Electronics in 1996 as Senior Manager, Credit and Collections, promoted 2005 as Senior Director and General Manager, Arrow Capital Solutions, Inc. Education: California State University, BS, Finance
(1993 - 1996). University of Phoenix at Denver, MBA, Finance (1999 - 2002). https://www.linkedin.com/in/wayne-peters-b4b5379/
Debbie Petzold was promoted to Analyst, Business Operations, Dell EMC, Austin, Texas. She joined the firm March, 2017, as Channel Operations at Dell Financial Services, promoted July, 2018, Senior EMC Operations. Previously, she was at OneWorld Business Finance, joining the firm February, 2002, as Documentation Coordinator, promoted January, 2011, Contracts Manager, Funding Manager; Credit Analyst, Broadwing Communications (February, 2001 - January, 2002); Quality Control Supervisors. Education: University of Miami, BBA, Finance (1991 - 1995). Ely High School (1988 -1991). Activities and Societies: National Honor Society, Vice President of Student Council, SADD, Key Club.
Marjorie Roy was hired as Regional Sales Manager, DLL Financial Solutions Partner, Wayne, Pennsylvania. She is located in Essex Junction, Vermont. Previously, she was Regional Sales Manager, RV and Specialty Vehicles Division, Wells Fargo Capital Finance (March, 2016 - June, 2021). She joined GE Capital November, 2005, as Account Executive, Marine (November, 2005 - April, 2011, promoted April, 2011, Regional Sales Manager, RV Division. Inside Sales Manager, Bombardier Capital (1995 - 2005). Champlain College, 2013, Associates degree, Business Management, Marketing and Related Support Services.
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A combination of historically low mortgage rates and soaring home prices has led to a surge in mortgage refinances in the United States. According to Equifax data published by the New York Federal Reserve, mortgage originations nearly hit $1.2 trillion in Q4 2020, with refinances accounting for roughly 60 percent of that total. The refinance boom became even more apparent in early 2021, as existing homeowners refinancing their debt accounted for a whopping 70 percent of $1.3 trillion in mortgage originations in the first three months of the year according to Freddie Mac.
Homeowners are best situated to take advantage of the current market environment because they stand to profit from high house prices as well as low rates, while prospective buyers will see the positive effect of low mortgage rates at least partly canceled out by high home prices. Many homeowners even decide to take some cash when refinancing their mortgage, taking full advantage of their home equity. According to Freddie Mac, home owners cashed out $150 billion refinancing their mortgages last year, marking the highest volume since 2007.
By Felix Richter, Statista
Hiring a Credit Analyst
By Ben Carlile
Here’s the scenario: Our application volume has been building all year. Now our auto-scoring system is referring a record number of “gray area” applications out for manual review. Our team can’t keep up with the workload but competition is fierce and we need to improve our turnaround times….so we look to hire another underwriter.
We want an analyst who can get up to speed quickly but there’s only room in the budget for a beginner. We’re not a large entity with an infrastructure of resources available to us. How do we sort through the hundreds of applications? What do we look for?
1. Curiosity. Beyond the bachelor’s-degree-in-business graduate with a 3.5 GPA, curiosity is a very valuable trait. Credit analysis is part forensics detective work, especially as we move up in exposure levels. The ability to see something irregular − something that may not make sense − is very important. Some of this comes with experience, but a fundamental inclination to be curious and challenge assumptions gives the analyst a head start. During the interview, give candidates some simple yet revealing credit files to review. See if they catch the irregularities.
2. Organization. During the interview. consider giving the candidates a sample to-do list and ask each of them to organize their work. What would they do to get things done efficiently today and how would they set things up to stay organized and meet deadlines going forward? We may learn a bit about how their minds think regarding organization. Do they prioritize it? Is it easy for them? Do they understand the importance of being organized? If a credit analyst is not organized, there is little chance that her/his work will be done efficiently and that deadlines will be met on a consistent basis.
3. Common sense. This is the foundation for exercising good judgment. Again, by offering each candidate a sample credit decision to make, we can begin to assess their ability to reach logical decisions. And by reviewing their reasons for making their decisions, we can get a taste of their thoroughness, their thought process, their existing knowledge and their ability to effectively articulate their decisions. And can they understand and follow instructions and guidelines?
4. Creativity. Yes, credit people can be creative! And our competitive environment demands it. In addition to the underwriting process, credit analysts interact with origination, systems, funding, booking, customer service, collections, compliance, accounting, and portfolio management/buy/sell groups. An analyst who can understand the bottlenecks and see what’s behind the curtain – envision more efficient ways of accomplishing our goals − is a great asset. One who can effectively collaborate in teams and projects is essential today. Beyond the ability to structure good deals, the ability to employ creativity in improving workflows and processes is an absolute must for every employee.
5. Drive. We all want credit analysts who learn quickly and who are self-starters – those who can work without a lot of close supervision. We also seek mature and loyal employees who exhibit the drive to continually improve their skills and rise to greater roles of responsibility. Credit analysis can be a great way to start a career in various areas: sales, operations, risk management, portfolio management and senior management. Beyond asking a candidate where she/he sees herself/himself in 5 years, ask about what she/he has done within the last 5 years that shows drive and initiative. Listen carefully to the answer. Is there substance to her/his response? Were the examples challenging? Were they taken on voluntarily? What were the results?
Every entity has its own way of doing this and automated tools are helping to speed up this process. What has worked for me – in addition to applying the standard hiring criteria − is to concentrate on these five basic intangibles.
Although appraising these intangibles can be a subjective process, we can create a simple scale with which to measure each candidate in each of these areas. Indeed, many recruiters have interviewing techniques and personality tests that can tease out characteristics like these. The import thing to remember, in my experience, is to make sure we give these traits sufficient weight in the hiring process.
Ben is present SVP Portfolio Management, Maxim Commercial Credit. He was a credit consultant, and prior Managing Director, President, Chief Credit Officer, Allegiant Partners, Vice President Credit Administration Trinity Capital Corporation. He served in the ELFA Credit & Collections Management Conference, plus has been active on the Leasing News Advisory Board since November, 2014.
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Greenbrier Companies Announces Renewal and Extension
of $1 Billion of Bank Facilities
Maturities extended into 2026 and beyond Completes $1.5 billion of refinancing activity
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore., -- The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (NYSE: GBX) ("Greenbrier"), a leading international supplier of equipment and services to global freight transportation markets, today announced the renewal and extension of three bank facilities totaling over $1.0 billion. Greenbrier successfully renewed and extended its $600 million domestic revolving facility and $292 million term loan five years while its Greenbrier Leasing subsidiary's non-recourse $200 million term loan was renewed and extended six years. Following this activity, Greenbrier has no material debt maturing in the next five years and staggered maturities beginning in 2026 and into 2028.
William A. Furman, Chairman and CEO said, "I would like to thank Greenbrier's bankers, including Bank of America, N.A., for their strong and steady support. Extending Greenbrier's banking facilities to maintain our strong liquidity profile has been a critical part of our strategy for managing the business through the pandemic and into recovering markets. During the last five months, Greenbrier has refinanced nearly $1.5 billion of debt, almost doubling the tenor of our debt by extending maturities into 2028."
Furman added, "With a debt-to-equity ratio of approximately 1:1 and dividends paid to shareholders for 29 consecutive quarters, Greenbrier has prudently managed capital to maximize shareholder returns. Expansion of the GBX Leasing platform continues through Greenbrier's purposeful approach to capital deployment that balances equity and non-recourse debt in rail fleet financings. Combined with momentum in our other business units, these factors position Greenbrier well as the economy and our markets continue to recover."
Greenbrier, headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading international supplier of equipment and services to global freight transportation markets. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries and joint ventures, Greenbrier designs, builds and markets freight railcars and marine barges in North America, Europe and Brazil. We are a leading provider of freight railcar wheel services, parts, repair, refurbishment and retrofitting services in North America through our wheels, repair & parts business unit. Greenbrier manages 445,000 railcars and offers railcar management, regulatory compliance services and leasing services to railroads and other railcars owners in North America. GBX Leasing (GBXL) is a special purpose subsidiary that owns and manages a portfolio of leased railcars that originate primarily from Greenbrier's manufacturing operations. Together, GBXL and Greenbrier own a lease fleet of 8,700 railcars. Learn more about Greenbrier at www.gbrx.com.
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Asset-based lending by banks,
other lenders ticked up in Q2
SFNet survey shows business borrower demand for credit still lags pre-pandemic levels
NEW YORK, NY ─ Asset-based lending grew modestly in the second quarter for banks and more significantly for other lenders, according to data released today by the Secured Finance Network (SFNet).
The association surveyed 36 bank and non-bank asset-based lenders (ABLs) on key indicators for its quarterly Asset-Based Lending Index and SFNet Confidence Index.
SFNet CEO Richard D. Gumbrecht, said, “Asset-based lending growth reflects broader economic forces at play, and the second quarter was no exception.
“We can see for example that credit-line utilization is increasing, but still far short of pre-pandemic rates, even though the economy is growing. That’s probably because many business borrowers are relatively flush with cash right now.”
Select survey highlights
For banks, asset-based loan commitments (total committed credit lines) in Q2 rose modestly by 2% compared with the previous quarter. Outstandings (total asset-based loans outstanding) increased by 5.3%, though the survey analysis noted this was sharply below pre-pandemic levels. Non-bank ABLs experienced greater second quarter growth: up 6.8% in asset-based loan commitments and 10% in asset-based loans outstanding from Q1.
In terms of credit-line utilization rates, banks averaged 33.3%, up slightly from 32% in Q1 but nowhere near 2019 rates, which were typically in the mid-40s. The credit-line utilization rate for non-bank lenders was 45.4% in the second quarter, compared with 32% in Q1 and the mid-50s in 2019.
Both bank and non-bank asset-based lenders reported clean portfolios, with write offs and other negative indicators remaining low. The survey analysis attributed this to a combination of low interest rates, strong overall economic growth and business cash reserves – but added that unusually low interest rates were also a “looming challenge” for lenders.
“Super easy credit conditions are already starting to boost M&A activity, which may provide a new focus on bank lenders. This in turn may open new opportunities for non-bank lenders. However, continued rapid growth in the economy and rising inflation may cause the Fed to accelerate the pace of its tapering of bond purchases and boost the cost of funds faster than generally expected,” the analysis said.
About Secured Finance Network
Founded in 1944, the Secured Finance Network (formerly Commercial Finance Association) is an international trade association connecting the interests of companies and professionals who deliver and enable secured financing to businesses. With more than 1,000 member organizations throughout the US, Europe, Canada and around the world, SFNet brings together the people, data, knowledge, tools and insights that put capital to work. For more information, please visit SFNet.com.
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Leasing News: Labor Day Special
With Labor Day coming up next week, we at Leasing News offer a cinematic salute to every man and woman who ever endured a particularly harrowing day at the office. Check out our list of vintage and modern classics.
The Devil and Miss Jones (Sam Wood, 1941): Labor-management relations go screwball in this bright, sly comedy. The plot revolves around “the richest man in the world,” a tycoon named John P. Merrick (Charles Coburn) who decides to spy on his employees by posing as a shoe clerk at one of his department stores. There, he meets shopgirl Mary Jones (Jean Arthur) and her boyfriend Joe (Robert Cummings), who’s working with other clerks in organizing a union. Though he originally plans to manipulate them in order to get a list of the workers’ names, Merrick soon sees his scheme complicated by his growing friendship with Mary and Joe, to say nothing of the fact he’s fallen in love with fellow clerk Elizabeth (Spring Byington). A charming tale with a surprisingly progressive bent.
Picnic (Joshua Logan, 1955): Labor Day weekend provides the backdrop for this popular romantic drama, remembered largely for the chemistry between its stars and for its haunting "Moonglow" theme. Based on the play by William Inge, the story takes place in a small Kansas town that's set aflutter by the arrival of handsome drifter Hal Carter (William Holden). While meeting his old fraternity friend (Cliff Robertson) and searching for a new job over the course of the picnic festivities, Hal affects the townspeople in various ways, from the melancholy housewife (Betty Field) to the spinsterish schoolteacher (Rosalind Russell). Most tellingly, he catches the eye of town beauty Madge Owens (Kim Novak). Directed by stage veteran Joshua Logan ("South Pacific"), the movie's vision of lost dreams and youthful rebellion continues to cast a spell.
The Seduction of Mimi (Lina Wertmuller, 1972): A satirist with quite a bold touch, Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller braids political and conjugal dilemmas in this bracing comedy, set in Sicily. Giancarlo Giannini, her favorite leading man, stars as Mimi, a poor dock worker who must find another job following local elections between mafia goons and socialist idealists. With a new position at a metal factory in Turin, the married Mimi soon becomes involved with a young activist named Fiore (Mariangela Melato). Before long, he’s juggling women along with duties in the management ladder. Mixing macho pride and political corruption in a combustible potion, Wertmuller’s film takes a cutting, rollicking look at the pressures and confusions facing the working man at the office as well as in the bedroom. With subtitles.
Moonlighting (Jerzy Skolimowski, 1982): Finding himself stranded in England when martial-law was declared in his native Poland in the early 1980s, writer-director Jerzy Skolimowski came up with this brilliant, multilayered comedy-drama about dislocated people. Jeremy Irons is excellent as Nowak, one of a quartet of Polish workmen who come to London to surreptitiously renovate their boss’ house. As the only one who speaks English, Nowak is in charge of the others, trying his best to stretch their budget when shopping at the local supermarket. He’s also responsible for keeping them in the dark regarding their country’s political situation, a role that becomes heavier with each passing day. Capturing the outsider’s dilemma with marvelous wryness, Skolimowski’s film is a first-class parable full of resonance, suspense, and humor.
Working Girl (Mike Nichols, 1988): Melanie Griffith had one of her most appealing roles in this crowd-pleasing comedy, which plays like a 1980s update of a working-class Cinderella story from the 1940s. Griffith stars as Tess McGill, a smart and hard-working New York receptionist whose business ideas are often appropriated by her ruthless boss Katharine (Sigourney Weaver). Her big chance comes when an accident leaves her boss’ chair momentarily empty, so that Tess can jump in and, assuming Katharine’s identity, begins a major deal with investment broker Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford). Tess and Jack begin to fall in love, but how long will it be before this fantasy turns into a pumpkin? Directed with slick flair by Oscar-winner (“The Graduate”), the film is a fine showcase for Griffith’s spunk and one of the decade's top wish-fulfillment fables.
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This Day in History
1609 - Henry Hudson discovered the island of Manhattan. It was first recorded in writing as Manna-hata, in the logbook of Robert Juet, an officer on Hudson’s yacht, Halve Maen. The area that is now Manhattan was long inhabited by the Lenape Native Americans. In 1524, Florentine explorer Verrazzano, sailing in service of King Francis I of France, became the first documented European to visit the area that would become New York City. It was not until the Hudson voyage for the Dutch East India Company, that the area was mapped.
1709 - The first major group of Swiss and German colonists reached the Carolinas.
1752 - This date became September 14th, when Great Britain (including Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the American colonies) officially implemented the Gregorian calendar (developed by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 to replace the Julian calendar). Actually, all dates we recorded in history were changed; therefore, all the dates we celebrated before this change are not the “correct days in history.” They were all converted to this new calendar.
1777 - The first American flag flown in battle was by a detachment of light infantry and cavalry under General William Maxwell at Cooch's Bridge, DE, where they met an advance guard of British and Hessian troops under Generals Richard Howe, Charles Cornwallis, and Wilhelm von Knypahusen.
1783 - The American Revolution Officially ends as the treaty between Britain and the US is signed at Paris, France. The definite treaty of peace was signed by David Hartley, plenipotentiary of Great Britain, and Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, and John Adams of the United States. The treaty was ratified and proclaimed on January 14, 1784. It set the borders of the United States as the Great Lakes (Canada) in the north, Spanish Florida in the south, and the Mississippi River in the west. It also granted the Americans fishing rights off the Newfoundland coast.
1803 - Birthday of Prudence Crandall (d. 1890), born to a Quaker family at Hopkinton, RI. This American schoolteacher sparked controversy in 1834 with her efforts to educate black girls. When her private academy for girls was boycotted because she admitted a black girl, she started a school for “young ladies and misses of colour.” In two trials (1833 and 1834), she was convicted by State of Connecticut for teaching girls of color but the convictions were set aside by a legal technicality. The white community in the small city where she lived had objected so openly about one young woman of Black African descent at her school that she announced her intention to open a whole new school for "young ladies and little misses of color." The state legislature then passed a law forbidding the teaching of blacks without local approval that resulted in her arrest and imprisonment. It is estimated that as many as 3,000 "free" Black families were living in Connecticut at the time. All the white families withdrew their children from her school. Crandall and her family were jeered and stoned in public. She married, perhaps thinking it would afford her protection, but her Baptist minister husband promptly sold her school without her permission and moved the couple to Illinois where she again established a school for young girls. She became a lecturer on abolition, temperance, and woman's suffrage. In 1887 with a resurgence of interest in the anti-slavery movement, the widowed Prudence Crandall was living in poverty in Kansas. The Connecticut General Assembly apologized for the pre-Civil War treatment of her and awarded her a $400-a-year pension. Arguments from her trials were used in the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court desegregation decision Brown v the Board of Education.
1821 - A hurricane made landfall at Long Island, near present-day Kennedy Airport, then moved through western Connecticut. The hurricane produced a record tide at New York City.
1833 - Benjamin H. Day launched the “New York Sun,” the first truly successful penny newspaper in the US. The Sun was sold on sidewalks by newspapers boys. By 1836, the paper was the largest seller in the country with a circulation of 30,000. It was possibly Day's concentration on human interest stories and sensationalism that made his publication a success while efforts a penny papers at Philadelphia and Boston had failed.
1838 - Frederick Douglass, a black man, boarded a train in the slave state of Maryland, dressed as a sailor with borrowed ID papers. He rode the train to Wilmington, Delaware. There he caught a steamboat to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, which was a free city. Douglass then transferred to a train that took him to New York City -- also a free city. It was in New York that he was helped by the underground railway network to freedom. Frederick Douglass became one of the nation's strongest abolitionists, fighting for the struggle against slavery and one of America's greatest orators. He published the weekly "North Star" which was later titled, "Frederick Douglass' Paper", to reach the black people. It was mostly through his urging that there were black troops serving in the Civil War. His autobiography, "Life and Times," is a narrative classic of escape to freedom.
1849 - Sarah Orne Jewett’s birthday (d. 1909), South Berwick, ME. U.S. writer of precision and amazing clarity who wrote reflectively of the life of the New England farmers and fishers. Her best works were in the short story form where her unsentimental revelations of the nuances of life became a much-underrated influence on later writers although Willa Cather acknowledged her debt. Her best-known story collections are “A White Heron and Other Stories” (1886) and “Deephaven” (1877). Her lifelong partnership with Anne Adams Field was openly described as a "Boston marriage" and was probably the inspiration for the Henry James novel, “The Bostonians”. Her earliest works were signed "Alice Eliot" or "A. C. Eliot." A volume of her poetry was published posthumously.
1855 - General William Harney and 700 soldiers take revenge for the Grattan Massacre with a brutal attack on a Sioux village in Nebraska that left 100 men, women, and children dead. The path to Harney's bloody revenge began a year before near Fort Laramie, Wyoming, when a brash young lieutenant named John Grattan and 30 of his men were killed while attempting to arrest a Teton Sioux brave accused of shooting a white man's cow. Despite the many eyewitness reports that Lieutenant Grattan had foolishly threatened the Sioux and practically forced them to attack, the incident quickly gained infamy around the nation as the "Grattan Massacre." Americans demanded swift vengeance and the army turned to the celebrated Indian fighter, General William Harney, to lead a punitive attack against the Sioux. One Sioux boy who witnessed the brutal massacre would never forget or forgive and would take his own revenge 21 years later at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. His name was Crazy Horse.
1856 - Birthday of Louis H. Sullivan (d. 1924), Boston. Famed Chicago architect. He has been called the "father of skyscrapers” and "father of modernism." He is considered by many as the creator of the modern skyscraper, was an influential architect and critic of the Chicago School, was a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, and an inspiration to the Chicago group of architects who have come to be known as the Prairie School. Along with Wright and Henry Hobson Richardson, Sullivan is one of "the recognized trinity of American architecture."
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1860 - Birthday of Edward Albert Filene (d. 1937), American merchant and philanthropist, at Salem, MA. He is best known for building the Filene’s department store chain and for his decisive role in pioneering credit unions across the United States.
1861 - Confederate forces enter Kentucky, thus ending its neutrality. Due to Kentucky's neutrality policy in the summer of 1861, men wishing to join the Confederacy traveled to Camps Boone and Burnett, near Clarksville, TN. Here, the nucleus of the Orphan Brigade was formed, which later was to be under the command of President Lincoln's brother-in-law Ben Helm. Confederate General Leonidas Polk committed a major political blunder by marching his troops into Columbus, Kentucky, negating Kentucky's avowed neutrality and causing the Unionist legislature to invite the U.S. government to drive the invaders away. Kentucky was heavily divided prior to the war. Although slavery was prevalent in the state, nationalism was strong and Unionists prevented the calling of a convention to consider secession after the firing on Fort Sumter in April. Governor Beriah Magoffin refused to send troops to either side, and a special session of the legislature in the summer of 1861 issued a warning to both the Confederate and Union armies not to deploy forces in the state. Union and Confederates alike recognized the folly of entering Kentucky into the war, as it would tip the delicate political balance to the other side. President Lincoln, a Kentucky native who carefully observed the state's neutrality, soon realized that the Confederates were acquiring resources and recruiting troops from the state. However, in three special elections held that summer, the Union cause had gained support. Kentucky's geographic location made permanent neutrality nearly impossible. The major rivers of the upper south drained into the Ohio River through Kentucky, and the state had the country's ninth largest population. Troops from both sides began to build fortifications along the border in the opening months of the war, but the Confederates made a critical blunder when General Polk occupied Columbus, Kentucky on September 3. This preemptive move against the forces of General Ulysses S. Grant, who waited across the Ohio River in Illinois, proved costly for the Confederates. Kentucky's Unionist legislature invited Federal troops in to drive away the invaders, and on September 6, Grant occupied Paducah and Southland, at the mouths of the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, respectively. These were vital positions that allowed the Union a tremendous advantage in the contest for Kentucky and Tennessee. During the war, some 50,000 white and 24,000 black Kentuckians fought for the North, while 35,000 joined the South.
1864 - Atlanta, GA was evacuated by the Confederate forces under General John H. Hood. The next day, General William Tecumseh Sherman troops began their occupation and were in full control of the city and the area.
1865 – The Union Army commander in South Carolina orders Freedmen's Bureau to stop seizing land from the whites to give to the Blacks.
1872 - Louisville, Kentucky was the meeting place of U.S. Democrats. Their national convention convened and a wing of Democrats not wanting to vote for Horace Greely, editor of the New York Tribune, who was officially nominated in Baltimore, MD, nominated Charles O'Conor of New York for President of the United States. He was the first Catholic to be nominated by his party for the office of President. They did not think Greely would win. O'Conor declined the nomination, but his name nevertheless was listed and he received approximately 30,000 votes from 23 states. Ulysses S. Grant was reelected president of the United States, defeating Horace Greeley by an electoral vote of 286 to 66. President Grant received a popular vote of 3,597,132 against 2,384,124 for Greely.
1891 - Cotton pickers organize a union and stage a strike across the
state of Texas.
1891 - John Stephens Durham was named minister to Haiti.
1895 - Birthday of NAACP Leader Charles Houston (d. 1950), Washington, DC.
1895 - The first professional football game was played in Latrobe, PA. The Latrobe YMCA defeated the Jeannette Athletic Club 12-0. Latrobe's captain was Harry Ryan and Jeannette's was “Posie” Flowers. Since the regular quarterback was unable to play, John K. Braillier of Indiana, PA, was paid $10 and expenses to fill in. The following year four men were paid, and in 1897, the entire team was paid. Since 1967, St. Vincent’s College in Latrobe has been the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp.
1905 – Birthday of Carl David Anderson (d. 1991), NYC. American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate
1908 - Orville Wright began two weeks of flight trials that impressed onlookers with his complete control of his new Type a Military Flyer. In addition to setting an altitude record of 310 feet and an endurance record of more than one hour, he had carried aloft the first military observer, Lieutenant Frank Lahm.
1913 – Actor and producer Alan Ladd (d. 1964) was born in Hot Springs, AR.
1915 - Birthday of pianist Memphis Slim (d. 1988), born John Len Chatman, Memphis, TN.
1917 - Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched and won both ends of a doubleheader against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Alexander went the distance in both games, winning the opener, 5-0, and the nightcap, 9-3.
1918 - Nineteen mutinous Black soldiers were hanged and sixty-three received life sentences in federal prison. One was judged incompetent to stand trial. Two white officers faced courts-martial, but they were released.
1923 – Cartoonist Mort Walker’s (d. 2018) birthday, El Dorado, KS. Best known for creating the newspaper comic strips “Beetle Bailey” in 1950 and “Hi and Lois” in 1954.
1925 - Birthday of guitarist Hank Thompson (d. 2007), Waco, TX.
1925 – USS Shenandoah the United States' first American-built rigid airship was destroyed in a squall line over Noble County, OH. Fourteen of her 42-man crew perished, including her commander, Zachary Landsdowne.
1926 - Alto sax player Ernie Henry’s (d. 1957) birthday.
1929 - The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 381.17. It was the peak of the bull market of the 1920s.
1934 - In London, Evangeline Cory Booth, 69, the seventh child of founder William Booth (1829-1912), became the fourth elected commander and the first woman general of the Salvation Army.
1935 - Andrew Varipapa sets bowling record of 2,652 points in 10 games
1940 - Artie Shaw and the Gramercy Five recorded "Summit Ridge Drive" and “Special Delivery Stomp” for Victor Records.
1940 - Drummer Gene Krupa records “Rhum-boogie.”
1941 – Karl Fritsch, deputy camp commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, experiments with the use of Zyklon B in the gassing of Soviet POWs.
1942 - Frank Sinatra bid adieu to the Tommy Dorsey Band as he started his solo singing career.
1942 – Birthday of one of The Beach Boys, Al Jardine, Lima, OH. Musician, singer, and songwriter who co-founded the group, he is best known as the band's rhythm guitarist and for occasionally singing lead vocals on songs such as “Help Me, Rhonda" (1965), "Then I Kissed Her" (1965), and “Come Go with Me" (1978). His song, “Lady Lynda" became a UK top 10 hit for the group in 1978.
1943 - The Allied invasion of Italy begins on the same day that U.S. General Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Badoglio sign the Armistice of Cassibile aboard the Royal Navy battleship HMS Nelson off Malta.
1944 - URBAN, MATT, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel (then Captain), 2d Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, World War II. Place and date: Renouf, France, 14 June to 3 September 1944. Entered service at: Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 2 July 1941. Date and place of birth: 25 August 1919, Buffalo, New York. Lieutenant Colonel (then Captain) Matt Urban, l 12-22-2414, United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of bold, heroic actions, exemplified by singularly outstanding combat leadership, personal bravery, and tenacious devotion to duty, during the period 14 June to 3 September 1944 while assigned to the 2d Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On 14 June, Captain Urban’s company, attacking at Renouf, France, encountered heavy enemy small arms and tank fire. The enemy tanks were unmercifully raking his unit’s positions and inflicting heavy casualties. Captain Urban, realizing that his company was in imminent danger of being decimated, armed himself with a bazooka. He worked his way with an ammo carrier through hedgerows, under a continuing barrage of fire, to a point near the tanks. He brazenly exposed himself to the enemy fire and, firing the bazooka, destroyed both tanks. Responding to Captain Urban’s action, his company moved forward and routed the enemy. Later that same day, still in the attack near Orglandes, Captain Urban was wounded in the leg by direct fire from a 37mm tank-gun. He refused evacuation and continued to lead his company until they moved into defensive positions for the night. At 0500 hours the next day, still in the attack near Orglandes, Captain Urban, though badly wounded, directed his company in another attack. One hour later he was again wounded. Suffering from two wounds, one serious, he was evacuated to England. In mid-July, while recovering from his wounds, he learned of his unit’s severe losses in the hedgerows of Normandy. Realizing his unit’s need for battle-tested leaders, he voluntarily left the hospital and hitchhiked his way back to his unit hear St. Lo, France. Arriving at the 2d Battalion Command Post at 1130 hours, 25 July, he found that his unit had jumped-off at 1100 hours in the first attack of Operation Cobra.” Still limping from his leg wound, Captain Urban made his way forward to retake command of his company. He found his company held up by strong enemy opposition. Two supporting tanks had been destroyed and another, intact but with no tank commander or gunner, was not moving. He located a lieutenant in charge of the support tanks and directed a plan of attack to eliminate the enemy strong-point. The lieutenant and a sergeant were immediately killed by the heavy enemy fire when they tried to mount the tank. Captain Urban, though physically hampered by his leg wound and knowing quick action had to be taken, dashed through the scathing fire and mounted the tank. With enemy bullets ricocheting from the tank, Captain Urban ordered the tank forward and, completely exposed to the enemy fire, manned the machine gun and placed devastating fire on the enemy. His action, in the face of enemy fire, galvanized the battalion into action and they attacked and destroyed the enemy position. On 2 August, Captain Urban was wounded in the chest by shell fragments and, disregarding the recommendation of the Battalion Surgeon, again refused evacuation. On 6 August, Captain Urban became the commander of the 2d Battalion. On 15 August, he was again wounded but remained with his unit. On 3 September, the 2d Battalion was given the mission of establishing a crossing-point on the Meuse River near Heer, Belgium. The enemy planned to stop the advance of the allied Army by concentrating heavy forces at the Meuse. The 2d Battalion, attacking toward the crossing-point, encountered fierce enemy artillery, small arms and mortar fire which stopped the attack. Captain Urban quickly moved from his command post to the lead position of the battalion. Reorganizing the attacking elements, he personally led a charge toward the enemy’s strong-point. As the charge moved across the open terrain, Captain Urban was seriously wounded in the neck. Although unable to talk above a whisper from the paralyzing neck wound, and in danger of losing his life, he refused to be evacuated until the enemy was routed and his battalion had secured the crossing-point on the Meuse River. Captain Urban’s personal leadership, limitless bravery, and repeated extraordinary exposure to enemy fire served as an inspiration to his entire battalion. His valorous and intrepid actions reflect the utmost credit on him and uphold the noble traditions of the United States.
1946 - Founder Sidney N. Correll established United World Mission. This interdenominational agency focuses on evangelism, church planting and Christian education in 13 world countries.
1950 - GOMEZ, EDUARDO C., Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Sergeant First Class. U.S. Army. Company 1. 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and Date: September 3, 1950, Tabu-dong, Korea. Born: October 28, 1919, Los Angeles, CA. Departed: Yes (01/29/1972). Entered Service At: G.O. Number: Date of Issue: 03/18/2014. Accredited To: Citation: Then-Sgt. Eduardo Gomez distinguished himself by defending his company as it was ruthlessly attacked by a hostile force. Notably, Gomez maneuvered across open ground to successfully assault a manned tank. Wounded during his retreat from the tank, Gomez refused medical attention, instead manning his post and firing upon the enemy until his company formed a defensive perimeter.
1950 - A U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) of 35 men arrives in Saigon to screen French requests for American military aid, assist in the training of South Vietnamese troops, and advise on strategy. President Harry Truman had approved National Security Council (NSC) Memorandum 64 in March 1950, proclaiming that French Indochina (Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos) was a key area that could not be allowed to fall to the communists and that the United States would provide support against communist aggression in the area. However, NSC 64 did not identify who would receive the aid, the French or the South Vietnamese. The French did not want the aid to go directly to the South Vietnamese and opposed the presence of any American advisory group. Nevertheless, the U.S. government argued that such a team would be necessary to coordinate requisitioning, procurement, and dissemination of supplies and equipment. Accordingly, an advisory group was dispatched to Saigon. In the long run, however, the French high command ignored the MAAG in formulating strategy, denied them any role in training the Vietnamese, and refused to keep them informed of current operations and future plans. By 1952, the United States would bear roughly one-third of the cost of the war the French were fighting, but find itself with very little influence over French military policy in Southeast Asia or the way the war was waged. Ultimately, the French would be defeated at the battle of Dien Bien Phu and withdraw from Vietnam, passing the torch to the United States. In 1964, MAAG Vietnam would be disbanded and its advisory mission and functions integrated into the U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV), which had been established in February 1962.
1950 - OUELLETTE, JOSEPH R., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company H, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Yongsan, Korea, from 31 August to 3 September 1950. Entered service at: Lowell, Mass. Birth: Lowell, Mass. G.O. No.: 25, 25 April 1951. Citation: Pfc. Ouellette distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy in the Makioug-Chang River salient. When an enemy assault cut off and surrounded his unit he voluntarily made a reconnaissance of a nearby hill under intense enemy fire to locate friendly troop positions and obtain information of the enemy’s strength and location. Finding that friendly troops were not on the hill, he worked his way back to his unit under heavy fire. Later, when an airdrop of water was made outside the perimeter, he again braved enemy fire in an attempt to retrieve water for his unit. Finding the dropped cans broken and devoid of water, he returned to his unit. His heroic attempt greatly increased his comrades’ morale. When ammunition and grenades ran low, Pfc. Ouellette again slipped out of the perimeter to collect these from the enemy dead. After collecting grenades he was attacked by an enemy soldier. He killed this enemy in hand-to-hand combat, gathered up the ammunition, and returned to his unit. When the enemy attacked on 3 September, they assaulted his position with grenades. On 6 occasions Pfc. Ouellette leaped from his foxhole to escape exploding grenades. In doing so, he had to face enemy small-arms fire. He continued his resistance, despite a severe wound, until he lost his life. The extraordinary heroism and intrepidity displayed by Pfc. Ouellette reflect the highest credit on himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the military service.
1951 - WATKINS, TRAVIS E., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company H, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division Place and date: Near Yongsan, Korea, 31 August through 3 September 1950. Entered service at: Texas. Birth: Waldo, Ark. G.O. No.: 9, 16 February 1951. Citation: M/Sgt. Watkins distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When an overwhelming enemy force broke through and isolated 30 men of his unit, he took command, established a perimeter defense and directed action which repelled continuous, fanatical enemy assaults. With his group completely surrounded and cut off, he moved from foxhole to foxhole exposing himself to enemy fire, giving instructions and offering encouragement to his men. Later when the need for ammunition and grenades became critical he shot 2 enemy soldiers 50 yards outside the perimeter and went out alone for their ammunition and weapons. As he picked up their weapons he was attacked by 3 others and wounded. Returning their fire he killed all 3 and gathering up the weapons of the 5 enemy dead returned to his amazed comrades. During a later assault, 6 enemy soldiers gained a defiladed spot and began to throw grenades into the perimeter making it untenable. Realizing the desperate situation and disregarding his wound he rose from his foxhole to engage them with rifle fire. Although immediately hit by a burst from an enemy machine gun he continued to fire until he had killed the grenade throwers. With this threat eliminated he collapsed and despite being paralyzed from the waist down, encouraged his men to hold on. He refused all food, saving it for his comrades, and when it became apparent that help would not arrive in time to hold the position ordered his men to escape to friendly lines. Refusing evacuation as his hopeless condition would burden his comrades, he remained in his position and cheerfully wished them luck. Through his aggressive leadership and intrepid actions, this small force destroyed nearly 500 of the enemy before abandoning their position. M/Sgt. Watkins’ sustained personal bravery and noble self-sacrifice reflect the highest glory upon himself and is in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.
1951 - What was to become the longest-running TV serial (or soap opera) was seen for the first time. "Search for Tomorrow" debuted on CBS-TV.
1952 - KRZYZOWSKI, EDWARD C., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, Company B, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Tondul, Korea, from 31 August to 3 September 1951. Entered service at: Cicero, Ill. Born: 16 January 1914, Chicago, Ill. G.O. No.: 56, 12 June 1952. Citation: Capt. Krzyzowski, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy as commanding officer of Company B. Spearheading an assault against strongly defended Hill 700, his company came under vicious crossfire and grenade attack from enemy bunkers. Creeping up the fire-swept hill, he personally eliminated 1 bunker with his grenades and wiped out a second with carbine fire. Forced to retire to more tenable positions for the night, the company, led by Capt. Krzyzowski, resumed the attack the following day, gaining several hundred yards and inflicting numerous casualties. Overwhelmed by the numerically superior hostile force, he ordered his men to evacuate the wounded and move back. Providing protective fire for their safe withdrawal, he was wounded again by grenade fragments, but refused evacuation and continued to direct the defense. On 3 September, he led his valiant unit in another assault which overran several hostile positions, but again the company was pinned down by murderous fire. Courageously advancing alone to an open knoll to plot mortar concentrations against the hill, he was killed instantly by an enemy sniper’s fire. Capt. Krzyzowski’s consummate fortitude, heroic leadership, and gallant self-sacrifice, so clearly demonstrated throughout 3 days of bitter combat, reflect the highest credit and lasting glory on himself, the infantry, and the U.S. Army.
1952 - Top Hits
“Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart” - Vera Lynn
“Walkin' My Baby Back Home” - Johnnie Ray
“Half as Much” - Rosemary Clooney
“It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” - Kitty Wells
1953 - The temperature at Erie, PA reached 99 degrees, and Stroudsburg, PA established a state record for September with a reading of 106 degrees.
1954 - "The Lone Ranger" was heard on radio for the final time after 2,956 episodes spanning 21 years. Many of the original ABC radio shows later became available through syndication and can still be heard on stations brave enough to air dramas in today's radio world of talk and music.
1955 - Mitch Miller's "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" hits #1
1955 - Bill Haley & the Comets turn down their first invitation to tour outside of the U.S. because of a fear of flying. The Australian offer of $2,000 for 15 dates wasn't enough to get them on a plane.
1956 - Birthday of Douglas Williams of the Williams Bros, Smithdale, MS.
1957 - The Milwaukee Braves' Warren Spahn's 8-0 blanking of the Cubs sets Major League shutout record for lefties with 41.
1960 - Top Hits
“It's Now or Never” - Elvis Presley
“Walk, Don't Run” - The Ventures
“The Twist” - Chubby Checker
“Alabam” - Cowboy Copas
1963 - Reprise Records, owned by Frank Sinatra, became part of Warner Brothers Records. The ‘Chairman of the Board' continued to record for the label.
1963 - Birthday of American composer Steve Markowitz, Santa Monica, CA.
1965 – “Wild Thing” Charlie Sheen’s birthday, born Carlos Irwin Estévez in NYC.
1965 - In preparation of their move to Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels change their name to the California Angels.
1966 - The Four Tops "Reach Out I'll be There" enters the Hot 100 where it claims the Number One position on October 15.
1966 - Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" hits #1 on the chart, while Stevie Wonder's "Blowin' in the Wind" peaks at #9.
1966 - Question Mark and the Mysterians' "96 Tears" makes into the Hot 100 where it will peak at Number One for a week on October 29.
1967 - After 17 years, "What's My Line" aired for the final time on CBS-TV. The host of the show was John Daly. Panelists on the first show were: Dorothy Kilgallen, Louis Untermeyer, Dr. Richard Hoffman and New Jersey Governor Harold Hoffman. Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf joined the show a short time later. Kilgallen, Cerf and Francis were the continuing regulars for fifteen years. Fred Allen, Hal Block and Steve Allen served as panelists for short stints at different times.
1968 - Top Hits
“People Got to Be Free” - The Rascals
“Born to Be Wild” - Steppenwolf
“Light My Fire” - Jose Feliciano
“Mama Tried” - Merle Haggard
1969 - The Four Seasons' "I've Got You Under My Skin" is released.
1970 - Outfielder Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs asked to be taken out of the starting lineup, breaking his consecutive games played streak of 1,117, a National League record until Steve Garvey broke it in 1983.
1971 - The Watergate team broke into Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist’s office
1973 - David Pearson became the first racecar driver to earn one million dollars in career earnings. Pearson finished second in the Southern 500 stock-car race in Darlington, SC. Other drivers to make the big bucks at the time were Richard Petty, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Sr. and Mario Andretti.
1973 - The Rolling Stones' "Angie" is released.
1976 - The American Viking 2 spacecraft lands on Mars and takes the first close-up color photographs of the moon’s surface.
1976 - Top Hits
“Don't Go Breaking My Heart” - Elton John & Kiki Dee
“You Should Be Dancing” - Bee Gees
“Let 'Em In” - Wings
“(I'm A) Stand by My Woman Man” - Ronnie Milsap
1977 - Heart's "Barracuda" peaks at #11 on the pop singles chart.
1977 - Styx' "The Grand Illusion" LP enters the charts.
1978 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Boogie Oogie Oogie,'' A Taste of Honey. The group wins a Grammy as best new artist.
1981 - The Red Sox and the Mariners play nineteen innings to a 7-7 tie. The game ends with the Mariners winning 8-7 in 20 innings when the suspended game is resumed the next day making it the longest game played in Fenway Park's history.
1982 - The three-day U.S. Festival gets under way in San Bernardino, California. Over 400,000 people show up to hear Fleetwood Mac, the Police, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, the Grateful Dead, the Cars, Pat Benatar, Talking Heads, Dave Edmunds, Santana, the B-52's, the Kinks, Eddie Money, the Ramones, Gang of Four, the English Beat and Jerry Jeff Walker. It's financed by Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of the Apple Computer Company.
1983 - The Eurhythmics "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" hits #1 on the pop singles chart.
1984 - Jerry Lewis smashed all previous records for charity fund-raising. A total of $32,074,566 was pledged on the annual "Labor Day Telethon" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
1984 - Bruce Sutter of the St. Louis Cardinals set a National League record by earning his 38th save of the season. Three hurlers had previously held the record, Clay Carroll, Rollie Fingers and Sutter, with 37 saves. The Cardinals defeated the New York Mets, 7-3.
1984 - Top Hits
“What's Love Got to Do with It” - Tina Turner
“Missing You” - John Waite
“Stuck on You” - Lionel Richie
“Let's Fall to Pieces Together” - George Strait
1986 - Peat Marwick International and Klynveld Main Goerdeler of the Netherlands agreed to merge, forming the world's largest accounting firm.
1988 - Sixteen cities in the northwestern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Highs of 89 degrees at Stampede Pass, WA and 116 degrees at Redding, CA established records for the month of September. Readings of 98 degrees at Spokane, WA and 100 degrees at Yakima, WA equaled records for September.
1990 - 9th no-hitter of 1990: Blue Jay Dave Steib beats Cleveland 3-0
1990 - Relief pitcher Bobby Thigpen of the Chicago White Sox set a Major League record for most saves in a season when he chalked up his 47th save in a 4-2 White Sox victory over the Kansas City Royals. Thigpen finished the season with 57 saves.
1992 - Jerry Lewis' 27th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $45,759,368
1993 - Top Hits
“Can’t Help Falling In Love” (From "Sliver") - UB40
“Dreamlover”- Mariah Carey
“Whoomp! (There It Is)”- Tag Team
1994 - John Mellencamp and Me'Shell NdegeOcello's remake of Van Morrison's "Wild Night" peaks at #3 on the singles chart.
1994 - Crosby, Stills and Nash release the LP, "After the Storm."
2003 - It is a clean sweep for Colombian heartthrob Juanes at the fourth annual Latin Grammy Awards. The singer-songwriter, who comes in with five nominations, wins every category in which he is nominated, including prestige trophies for album of the year for his long-running chart buster "Un Dia Normal" (A Normal Day); song of the year for "Es Por Ti," which he wrote; and record of the year, also for "Es Por Ti."
2006 – Tennis star Andre Agassi retires after winning 60 career titles.
2013 - The legality of the United States' plans to strike Syria without UN backing is called into question by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
2013 - The mobile division of Nokia is purchased by Microsoft for $7.2 billion.
2013 - The British Phonographic Industry announced that The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" would finally be certified Platinum in the United Kingdom. Although the album has sold over five million copies in Great Britain since it was issued in 1967, the Platinum designation has only been around since 1994 and requires sales of 300,000.
2016 – The US and China, together responsible for 40% of the world’s carbon emissions, both formally ratify the Paris global climate agreement.
2019 - Walmart says it will stop selling handguns and some ammunition and ask customers not to openly carry firearms in response to El Paso shootings.
2020 - MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, becomes world's richest woman worth $68 billion after their divorce settlement.
The object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once. What could be simpler?
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