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What’s Happening Today – January 18, 2020
Jamboree at Triangle Hall 15 km west of HP 7-11 p.m.
Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – January 18, 2020
Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – January 18, 2020
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – January 18, 2020
1779 – Peter Mark Roget, Slide rule inventor
1813 – Joseph Glidden, Barbed wire inventor
1825 – Edward Frankland, Co-discovered helium
1882 – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh author
1892 – Oliver Hardy, Laurel & Hardy comic
1904 – Cary Grant, Arsenic & Old Lace actor
1911 – Danny Kaye, American comedian, actor
1912 – Wilhelm Herz, 1st to 200 mph on motorcycle
1933 – John Boorman, Exorcist II director
1933 – Ray Dolby, Dolby sound inventor
1941 – David Ruffin, The Temptations singer
1950 – Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer
1953 – Brett Hudson, Hudson Brothers Show
1954 – Ted DiBiase, Million Dollar Man Wrestler
1955 – Kevin Costner, Field of Dreams actor
1956 – Tom Bailey, Thompson Twins Singer
1961 – Mark Messier, Edmonton Oiler
1969 – Dave Bautista, Professional wrestler
1971 – Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian race car driver
1988 – Angelique Kerber, German tennis player
This Day in Local History – January 18, 2020
Jan. 18, 1913: Scarcity of lumber drives two Grouard businesses out of business.
Jan. 18, 1915: A. Greig is chosen Grouard’s chief of police by town council at a salary of $75 per month.
Jan. 18, 1969: The E. W. Pratt Men’s basketball team wins the first Pratt Invitational Basketball Tournament after defeating Grouard 59-40 in the final. Alex Misanar scores 61 points in three games and named to the tournament’s all-star team.
Jan. 18, 1971: Just under 50 people attend a Native Driver Training course in Canyon Creek.
Jan. 18, 1976: Penny Williscroft’s rink earns the right to represent Zone 2 in the district playdowns in school girl’s play.
Jan. 18, 1978: South Peace News reports that Tom Harding will close his custom slaughterhouse sometime this year due to government regulation changes.
Jan. 18, 1984: South Peace News reports HPSD decides to close the doors at the Faust Junior High School in June. The move is prompted by the opening of the Driftpile Junior High School meaning Faust will lose half its students.
Jan. 18, 1987: A special meeting called by High Prairie town council clears the air between councillors and Mayor Don Lorencz. All parties agree to work for the good of the town.
Jan. 18, 1992: The Harlem Comedy Kings perform their basketball magic before 250 people at Prairie River School.
Jan. 18, 1992: Representatives from High Prairie, Slave Lake, Dawson Creek and Grande Prairie attend a meeting in Rycroft trying to form a Junior B hockey league.
Jan. 18, 2001: The closure of Winagami Lake to commercial fishermen angers the industry, which was promised it would be open one day later.
Jan. 18, 2004: The High Prairie ringette team advances to provincials after a 7-6 win at Peace River, who forfeits the series after the home loss.
Jan. 18, 2008: Proving it’s all skill and no luck, High Prairie’s Shane Flett wins the High Prairie Regals Frisbee toss for the seventh time. He wins $450.
Jan. 18, 2013: The High Prairie Regals suffer an 18-2 historic loss at Manning. It’s the team’s worst loss ever to the Comets in their history and the most goals ever surrendered in a game to the Comets.
This Day in World History – January 18, 2020
336 – St. Mark elected Catholic Pope.
1535 – Francisco Pizarro founds the city of Lima in Peru.
1644 – Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America’s 1st UFO sighting.
1733 – 1st polar bear exhibited in America in Boston.
1778 – Capt. James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands [Hawaiian Islands].
1788 – 736 convicts from England arrive in Botany Bay penal colony.
1871 – German Empire proclaimed by Kaiser Wilhelm I and Otto von Bismarck.
1886 – Modern field hockey is born.
1896 – 1st demonstration of an X-ray machine in US [New York].
1903 – 1st transatlantic radio transmission to originate US is sent.
1916 – A 611-gram meteorite strikes a house near Baxter, Missouri.
1929 – Stalin proposes to ban Trotsky from the Politburo.
1943 – US bans presliced bread to reduce bakery demand for metal parts.
1951 – 1st use of lie detector occurs in Netherlands.
1951 – Mount Lamington volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts, kills 2,942.
1957 – 3 B-52’s set record for around-the-world flight, 45 hr, 19 min.
1958 – Willie O’Ree 1st African Canadian to play in the NHL [Boston].
1962 – US begins spraying foliage in Vietnam to reveal Viet Cong.
1964 – The Beatles make their 1st appearance on US Billboard Chart.
1967 – Albert DeSalvo [Boston Strangler] sentenced to life in prison.
1974 – “$6 Million Man” starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC-TV.
1975 – “Jeffersons” spinoff from “All in the Family” premieres on CBS-TV.
1983 – IOC restores Jim Thorpe’s Olympic medals after 70 years.
1990 – Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry arrested in drug sting.
1991 – Eastern Air Lines goes out of business after 62 years.
1993 – Martin Luther King Jr. holiday observed in all 50 states 1st time.
1996 – Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997.
1997 – Boerge Ousland is 1st person to cross Antarctica alone, unaided.
2005 – World’s largest commercial jet, the Airbus A380, is unveiled.
2012 – Stop Online Piracy Act blackout is largest protest Internet history.
2016 – 62 richest people are now as wealthy as half world’s population.
2017 – Montreal Expo Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
2017 – NASA and NOAA announce 2016 was the hottest year on record.
2018 – 1st drone rescue of swimmers by lifeguards in Australia.
2018 – Female surfer Maya Gabeira rides the largest-ever wave, 68 ft.
Today’s Horoscopes – January 18, 2020
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – The recent completion of one or more long-term goals may cause you to pause today and consider what you’re going to aim for next. Don’t be afraid to be more ambitious than before, because you’ve acquired an inner power that gives you more confidence and a stronger belief in yourself. It is belief in our own self-worth that gives us the power to move mountains. Don’t be surprised if over the next few months you find yourself moving a few!
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Recent career advances may have you wondering where to go next. You could be considering taking some time off to travel or perhaps advance your education. You aren’t likely to want to rest on your laurels. Striving to reach new horizons is important to you, and today is the perfect day to consider what horizons are the most critical to you now. Nonetheless, it’s important to be sure. Don’t feel the need to rush into anything just yet.
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – A new and highly compelling interest may have captured your imagination. You could find it difficult to think of much else, and so it might be a good idea to try to find the most beneficial ways to pursue this subject. Your abilities for in-depth study are enhanced by intuition, so reading could well prove especially beneficial right now. Classes and workshops could give you assistance as well as information. Find what works best for you!
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Today you might turn your attention toward discovering new ways to advance yourself financially. You’re likely to be more aware than usual of your inner power. Reading about various possibilities could be enlightening, especially as you’re feeling particularly capable today and therefore more likely to be able to zero in on whatever method is best for you. You might want to sequester yourself from everybody in order to be able to concentrate.
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Events both in your personal and public arenas could give you a new and unexpected sense of power over your own destiny. Perhaps hard work has paid off in career and financial advancement. Support and encouragement from friends and family are likely to spur you on to further accomplishments, particularly in areas requiring leadership. If you make good use of these abilities now, this trend could continue.
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Visitors in the home could share stories of strange experiences of some sort, perhaps intense and vivid dreams, visions, or maybe premonitions that have come true. This could spark some deep thought, causing you to reflect on similar experiences of your own. It might be a good idea for you and your friends to attend some classes or workshops on psychic development. The experiences will probably continue, and they’re more understandable when you know what to look for.
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – Today you could enter a new romantic relationship, or you could experience a new sense of unity and commitment within an existing one. Whichever it is, the relationship might become very intense, so be sure that you and your partner make the effort to give each other plenty of space. Powerful bonds can lead to great strength as a couple, but they can also bind and constrict if each party isn’t allowed to grow and develop as an individual.
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Today you’re likely to be feeling especially fit and healthy and able to take on the most monumental of tasks. Therefore, you could well decide to clean out the basement or tear all the weeds out of the backyard. Take care to pace yourself! These things need to be done, but not all at once. It’s just as important for you to enjoy yourself as to spend the whole day working.
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – An intense conversation with a close friend or romantic partner could bring you closer to this person. You probably share a number of goals, and discussions could lead to how you could work together in order to make them happen for both of you. You’re more likely to take the lead, however, since your communicative abilities are particularly high right now. Put your heads together and move forward! Enjoy!
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Discussions with others could result in new plans and opportunities for advancing yourself on any level you wish: career, financial, or social. Inner resources may come to light that you might not have been aware of before. You could also decide to make use of creative abilities that have lain fallow for a while. Give some careful thought to the next couple of months. So many ideas may come your way that it might not be feasible to try to use them all.
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Your life circumstances may have altered so much in the past few months that you could be in an entirely different space than ever before. Success and good fortune have increased your self-image, and business and money matters should be going well. Today you should pause to take some time to assess your situation and decide in which direction you want to go. You now have it in your power to make dreams come true.
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – You may have preferred not to acknowledge your own psychic abilities in the past, but today they could prove impossible to ignore. Visions, premonitions, and telepathic messages from others could pop into your mind all day. This shouldn’t be treated as something strange, but rather you should regard it as a source of inner power. Abilities like this increase your understanding of others as well as yourself.