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What’s Happening Today – January 17, 2020
Prayer Shawl Knitting at HP St. Mark’s Church at 10 a.m.
Free Play at HP CRC Office 10 a.m.-noon.
HP AA meets at the HP Church of the Nazarene at 7:30 p.m.
Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – January 17, 2020
Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – January 17, 2020
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – January 17, 2020
1706 – Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father, inventor
1857 – Eugene A. Lauste, 1st sound-on-film recording
1880 – Mack Sennett, Keystone Kops creator
1882 – Arnold Rothstein, Fixed 1919 World Series
1899 – Al Capone, American gangster
1900 – George Sperti, Preparation H inventor
1905 – Grant Withers, Rio Grande actor
1921 – Dehl Berti, Bonanza, Gunsmoke actor
1922 – Betty White, Golden Girls actress
1928 – Vidal Sassoon, CEO of Vidal Sassoon
1929 – Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadien
1931 – James Earl Jones, Darth Vader actor
1934 – Shari Lewis, Puppeteer [Lamb Chop]
1939 – Maury Povich, TV Talk Show Host
1942 – Muhammad Ali, Boxing Great
1948 – Mick Taylor, Rolling Stones guitarist
1949 – Andy Kaufman, Taxi actor
1956 – Mitch Vogel, Bonanza actor [Jamie]
1956 – Paul Young, Every Time You Go Away singer
1957 – Steve Harvey, Family Feud host
1959 – Susanna Hoffs, Bangles rocker
1960 – John Crawford, Berlin bassist
1962 – Jim Carrey, Canadian actor
1964 – Michelle Obama, US First Lady
1971 – Kid Rock, American rapper
1982 – Amanda Wilkinson, Canadian singer
This Day in Local History – January 17, 2020
Jan. 17, 1970: A gas explosion destroys the High Prairie water treatment plant causing $250,000 in damages just prior to turning on the new filtering system. Residents are asked to conserve water. The town uses water wells for a supply.
Jan. 17-18, 1971: Two meetings are held to save the High Prairie Regals from folding.
Jan. 17, 1973: South Peace News reports Buchanan Lumber is pondering a decision to build a new mill or shut down the current plant.
Jan. 17, 1979: South Peace News reports town council will save $8,000 a year by having residents read their gas meters.
Jan. 17, 1982: Dorothy Savill’s rink emerges as one of two winners at the Senior Ladies zone playdowns in Slave Lake.
Jan. 17, 1982: Esther Gray’s rink emerges as one of two winners at the Junior Ladies zone playdowns in Valleyview.
Jan. 17, 1983: The High Prairie Recreation Board increases rates at the swimming pool for the coming season. An adult day pass rises to $2.50 from $2.
Jan. 17, 1987: Eddie Tallman is elected chief of the Whitefish Lake Indian Band thereby becoming its youngest chief ever.
Jan. 17, 1988: The 13-15-year-old High Prairie ringette team wins a bronze medal at the Alberta Winter Games.
Jan. 17, 1996: South Peace News reports Peter Paul Willier, of Sucker Creek, wins a court case allowing him to build the first liquor store on an Indian reserve.
Jan. 17, 2000: Ron and Debbie Rose take over ownership of Lyn-Mar Travel from Lynn Herben.
Jan. 17, 2001: Nick Parsons, of Dawson Creek, stops in High Prairie en route to Ottawa on his Massey Ferguson 860 combine to promote farmers’ concerns to the federal government.
Jan. 17, 2007: South Peace News reports Town of High Prairie Mayor John Brodrick and CAO Larry Baran are adamant there will be no delays in the construction of Extra Foods. Westfair Foods (Extra Foods) Lori Stene says the plan is to start construction in the summer subject to weather and availability of labour.
Jan. 17, 2009: The Brulotte family catches a cougar in one of their traps near Whitemud Creek.
This Day in World History – January 17, 2020
1377 – Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
1524 – Start of Giovanni da Verrazzano’s voyage to find passage to China.
1718 – Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland.
1773 – Captain James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle.
1775 – 9 old women burnt as witches for causing bad harvest in Poland.
1779 – Captain James Cook’s last notation in Discovery’s ship’s log.
1871 – 1st cable car patented, by Andrew Smith Hallidie.
1893 – Queen Liliuokalani is deposed, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic.
1905 – Punchboards patented by Charles Brewer & C.G. Scannell.
1912 – Captain Robert Scott’s expedition arrives at the South Pole.
1917 – US pays Denmark $25 million for Virgin Islands.
1928 – 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented.
1929 – Popeye makes 1st appearance, in comic strip “Thimble Theater”.
1943 – Tin Can Drive Day in the US, salvage collected for the war effort.
1945 – Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation.
1945 – Soviet army enters Warsaw and clears German resistance.
1946 – United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting.
1950 – The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 men rob $1.2M cash in Boston.
1954 – Jacques Cousteau’s 1st network telecast airs on CBS.
1955 – US Submarine Nautilus begins 1st nuclear-powered test voyage.
1973 – New Philippine constitution names Marcos president for life.
1977 – Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in Utah state prison.
1982 – “Cold Sunday” – lowest temperatures in several US states in 100 yrs.
1983 – Nigeria expels 2 million illegal aliens, mostly Ghanaians.
1989 – Murden & Metz are 1st women to reach South Pole overland on skis.
1991 – Operation Desert Storm begins, with US-led coalition bombing Iraq.
1994 – 6.6 earthquake hits Los Angeles killing 60, $30B in damages.
2007 – Doomsday Clock reset to five minutes to midnight.
2013 – Japan unveils plans to build the world’s largest wind farm.
Today’s Horoscopes – January 17, 2020
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – Whatever tasks or chores you may have to perform today are likely to go much more quickly and efficiently than usual. Your level of common sense is high, as is your physical energy. Success is strongly indicated in any kind of enterprise you take on today, so don’t be afraid to try anything, no matter how outrageous it may seem. By the way, don’t be surprised if other people come to you for advice.
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – You generally tend toward a very high level of perseverance. No matter how difficult a task may seem to you, today it should go very smoothly, particularly if it involves in-depth study or research of some kind. Your thinking is especially clear and down to Earth today, and your common sense is operating at a very high level. Get to whatever needs to be done today and there won’t be any loose ends left for tomorrow.
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Dreams could shed light on some personal ambiguities you’ve been trying to understand. Your thinking is especially clear and logical now, and work should therefore be a snap. Money matters should go fairly smoothly today, particularly if paperwork or legal documents are involved. You should have practical insights that are stronger than usual, especially regarding finance, and so you could end the day feeling more than satisfied with what you’ve accomplished.
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Projects of all kinds that you could be working on with partners or friends could go especially smoothly today, as your thinking is especially sharp, clear, and logical. You and your friends are in an especially strong place right now, with trust and respect between you at an all-time high. Social events could bring stimulating discussions and stronger bonds between you and others. Work hard, but enjoy every minute of it.
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Today could be one of those days when you look around the house and think, “What a mess!” You might then decide to give the whole place a thorough cleaning. This is fine, as long as you don’t try to do it alone. Get others in the household to help. You’ve been working very hard lately, and if you get too tired you could well be very short with everyone and be very poor company. Pace yourself!
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Letters or phone calls could come today reaffirming the continued success you’ve been enjoying and presenting new opportunities. Your mind should be in a very good space to consider anything new that comes your way, and your common sense is high so you’re apt to see all sides of it. Therefore, whatever you have to think about, trust yourself! You tend to be innately practical and efficient, but today you’re even more so.
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – You may have been especially interested in promoting your general health for a while, and so today you could finally start that nutrition and exercise program you’ve been thinking about. You’re likely to come up with a plan that is more than workable since your thinking is especially clear and logical right now. Others might be inspired to join you. Whatever work you do should be accomplished quickly and skillfully. Use your energy to get as much done as possible.
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Today should prove a busy day on all levels. Inspiration for creative projects, particularly writing, should come to you in profusion, and so you might produce results that could surprise even you. Communication with loved ones is particularly clear, open, and honest today. You will be able to clear up a few matters that may have been bothering you and those close to you. Children could prove a strong source of support and entertainment. Enjoy!
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Generally you tend to let paperwork go, but today the necessity of handling budgeting and financial matters could force you to sit down and get it all done. However, where money and other resources are concerned, you’re apt to be especially practical and efficient, so don’t be surprised if you sail right through it and get it done well. Other paperwork, such as your own writing, should go equally well. Afterward, treat yourself to a nice dinner in your favourite restaurant!
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Today, sensitivity combines with mental astuteness to bring your innate practicality and efficiency to the surface. You’ll probably have more than one chance to make use of this, whether it relates to work you do at home, you’re helping out a friend, or you’re working with a group. Family members and others find it easy to communicate with you and might come to you with matters they need to sort out. Enjoy your day.
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Communication with others should be as strong on a psychic level as on a verbal one, so expect some telepathic flashes. Practicality and common sense combine with intuition today to make you feel especially creative. A number of ideas for new projects could cross your mind, and you’ll want to write them down for later. However, there might be so many that you won’t be able to decide which one to go for now. Ask your friends for their input!
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Your innate practicality and common sense are apt to be called into action on behalf of a group with which you’re affiliated. Some of them may be feeling muddled, and you’re the only one who has what it takes right now to see the matter through. Your own goals could be advanced today because of increased focus and clear thinking. Overall, this should be a great day to work on projects of your own. Enjoy!