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What’s Happening Today – January 20, 2020
HP Community Band meets in PRJH band room at 6 p.m.
AA meets at the HP Church of the Nazarene at 7:30 p.m.
Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – January 20, 2020
Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – January 20, 2020
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – January 20, 2020
1798 – Anson Jones, Last President of Texas
1878 – Finlay Currie, Ivanhoe actor
1889 – Allan Haines Loughead, US American aviation executive
1894 – Harold L. Gray, Little Orphan Annie creator
1895 – Roscoe Ates, Cimarron actor
1896 – George Burns, Burns and Allen actor
1900 – Colin Clive, Frankenstein actor
1903 – Leon Ames, Mister Ed actor
1910 – Joy Adamson, Born Free author
1920 – DeForest Kelley, Star Trek actor [Dr. McCoy]
1923 – Slim Whitman, American country singer
1929 – Arte Johnson, Laugh-in comedian
1930 – Buzz Aldrin, US astronaut
1933 – Ron Townson, The 5th Dimension singer
1941 – Pierre Lalonde, Quebec singer, TV host
1942 – William Powell, O’Jays singer
1945 – Eric Stewart, 10cc singer
1952 – Ian Hill, Judas Priest guitarist
1952 – Paul Stanley, KISS guitarist
1956 – Bill Maher, American comedian
1981 – Crystal Lowe, Canadian actress
This Day in Local History – January 20, 2020
Jan. 20, 1962: The High Prairie Progress reports that Van Vliet Construction of Edmonton is awarded a $40,553 contract to construct a 64 x 46-foot two-room school for the Lesser Slave Lake Indian Agency at Joussard.
Jan. 20, 1980: Faye Stewart’s rink advances to the Alberta Ladies’ Curling Championships by winning the B Event at districts in Spirit River.
Jan. 20, 1984: Tags gas station celebrates its grand opening.
Jan. 20, 1985: Ralph Brust’s rink wins the B Event at districts in Grande Prairie and qualifies for the Junior Mixed Provincial Curling Championships.
Jan. 20, 1990: Robin Halldorson, Patrick Read and Lisa Vandermeulen win medals at the Peace River Zone Interclub Skating Competition in Grande Prairie.
Jan. 20, 1993: Chief of medical staff at the High Prairie Hospital, Dr. Robin Laughlin, wonders why the board chooses to release the name of the doctor on emergency call at the hospital. He says certain patients wouldn’t see certain doctors. Chair Ruth Brassard says, however, that people have the right to know which doctor is on call.
Jan. 20, 2003: Rita Basarab and Denise Meneice purchase Lyn-Mar Travel.
Jan. 20, 2006: Tragedy strikes as four Driftpile residents die just west of Slave Lake in a head-on crash. Police later disclose that Raymond Charles Yellowknee, 32, of Wabasca, steals a vehicle shortly after being released from prison and was intoxicated when the accident occurred. His actions garner national media attention; his sad story ends in suicide Aug. 27, 2009 in an Edmonton jail. Dead are Misty Chalifoux, 28, and her daughters Michelle Lisk, 13, and Trista Chalifoux, nine. The youngest daughter, Larissa Chalifoux, 6, is airlifted to Edmonton but later dies from her injuries.
Jan. 20, 2006: High Prairie Turbo manager Rick Guttinger is informed the gas station wins an award for the second straight year for excellence in customer service.
Jan. 20, 2010: The Knights of Columbus donate two wheelchairs to J.B. Wood Continuing Care from the proceeds of a fishing derby June 13 at Winagami Lake.
Jan. 20, 2013: Long-time High Prairie resident and farmer Bud Keay passes away at the age of 73 years.
Jan. 20, 2016: The undefeated Gift Lake Hurricanes boy’s basketball team defeats PRJH for the first time in school history, 63-50.
Jan. 20, 2017: Charles Joseph McLeod passes away at the age of 94 years. He was a fisherman, grader operator, logger and Department of Highways employee.
This Day in World History – January 20, 2020
1265 – 1st English Parliament summoned other than by royal command.
1502 – The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is 1st explored.
1887 – US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor.
1910 – Ottawa Senators sweep Edmonton in 2 for Stanley Cup.
1921 – Republic of Turkey declared out of remnants of Ottoman Empire.
1929 – 1st feature talking motion picture taken outdoors: “In Old Arizona”.
1930 – 1st radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger” on WXYZ-Detroit.
1943 – Lead, SD, is 52°F; 1 1/2 miles away, Deadwood is -16°F.
1949 – J. Edgar Hoover gives Shirley Temple a tear gas fountain pen.
1953 – 1st US telecast transmitted to Canada from Buffalo, NY.
1965 – The Byrds record “Mr. Tambourine Man”.
1979 – 1 million march in Tehran to support exiled Ayatollah Khomeini.
1980 – President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow.
1981 – Ronald Reagan inaugurated as the 40th President of USA.
1981 – Iron Hostage Crisis ends with help of Canada after 444 days.
1982 – Darryl Sittler is traded by Toronto Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia.
1982 – Musician Ozzy Osbourne bites head off a bat on stage in Des Moines.
1986 – 1st US federal holiday honouring Martin Luther King Jr.
1986 – Chunnel announced [railroad tunnel under British Channel].
1991 – US Patriot missiles begins shooting down Iraqi missiles.
1991 – Sudan’s government imposes Islamic law nationwide.
1993 – Bill Clinton inaugurated as 42nd US president.
1997 – Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars’ orbit.
2009 – Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th president of the US.
2013 – Austria votes to maintain compulsory military service.
2014 – Credit cards of at least 20 million South Koreans are hacked.
2017 – Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of US.
Today’s Horoscopes – January 20, 2020
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – It’s very difficult for you to reconcile your desire for creativity and originality in your life to the constraints that society puts on you to be an efficient, productive person. This is one of the great dilemmas facing a lot of people these days. It’s as if you have to hide your real personality in order to live up to what other people expect of you. Some advice for today: don’t be so hard on yourself. You’re only human.
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – You seem to have a lot of resentment toward someone who may have hurt you. Don’t keep these feelings inside or they’ll eat away at you. Take advantage of your day today to put all your cards on the table and forget about revenge, because it could just turn against you. Instead, why don’t you try to reach out to that person and explain your feelings to him or her? The good energy you get from this experience could be very beneficial to you tomorrow.
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Today, you may feel like hiding yourself away in your ivory tower and watching the performance that is going on before your eyes. And why not, if this allows you to get the perspective you need on things? Use this period in your life to give things their real value and to see where certain people actually fit into your world. You’re a very lucky person to be able to find this kind of balance in your life.
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Have you been wanting to talk to your partner about something important? Well, it’s up to you to make the first move. In fact, that’s just what your partner is waiting for you to do. Take advantage of your day today to tell your partner exactly what you expect from him or her and to share some of your worries. You’re someone who is lucky enough to know what you want, but it isn’t always easy for you to tell other people what that is. Be strong.
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – You enjoy your freedom. You’re a very independent person and you hate it when anything gets in your way. That’s all right, but you may want to take a look at your financial situation even if that’s not really your thing. You tend to resent having to deal with these lowly material questions, but if you don’t, you could severely restrict your freedom to live life to its fullest. Be reasonable about things.
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Today is a good day to take chances. You may be quite successful if you’re ready to defend the things you really care about. Pretend that you’re the director of a film and that you’ve just met a potential producer for your movie. You just happen to have your script in hand. Are you ready to move up in the world? Are you ready for success?
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – You have a kind of creativity that knows no bounds today, and a kind of originality that knows no limits. How are you going to go about expressing this rich creativity that abounds inside of you? If your environment doesn’t allow you to express this creativity, change environments and try to make a new reality for yourself. This is the only way you’ll be able to use this incredible energy productively.
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – This is an ideal day to take a look at your financial situation, so get out your bank statements or dividend reports. Try and pretend that you’re with your banker and describing your situation as objectively as possible, without overestimating what you bring in or underestimating what you spend. You won’t regret this process, since it could prevent you from making some big mistakes later on.
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – You may have been worrying about something you did recently that you aren’t very proud of. Today you’ll discover that all that worrying was for nothing. The reality you’ve been trying to run away from lately will be right before your eyes and you’ll see that it isn’t so bad after all. You’ll be rewarded for all your hard work, as if life were trying to give you a lesson about being optimistic. So don’t be so negative!
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Not all friendships are the same. You may have learned that the hard way, but that’s OK. Today you could feel like putting your friendships in some kind of order and getting a bit of perspective on things. It’s time to figure which of your friends are really there for you when you need them, which of them show you how much they care about you, and which ones do not. Each kind of friendship can be useful to you in its own way. Don’t be afraid to admit this.
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Not only do you want to live life to the fullest every second, you also feel the need to leave your special mark on the world you live in. You just have to be creative in life. You can’t help it. That great project you’ve been thinking about for a while is just beginning to take shape. Today you may find some of the materials you needed to really get things going! A financial gift or the gift of someone’s time? Someone’s generosity could really make your day!
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – You have a kind of creativity that knows no bounds today, and a kind of originality that knows no limits. How are you going to go about expressing this rich creativity that abounds inside of you? If your environment doesn’t allow you to express this creativity, change environments and try to make a new reality for yourself. This is the only way you’ll be able to use this incredible energy productively.