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What’s Happening Today – January 4, 2020
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Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – January 4, 2020
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Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – January 4, 2020
1077 – Emperor Zhezong, Song Dynasty in China
1334 – Amadeus VI, Count of Savoy
1785 – Jacob Grimm, “Grimm’s Fairy Tales”
1797 – Wilhelm Beer, Constructed 1st moon map
1809 – Louis Braille, Braille system inventor
1838 – Charles Stratton, “General Tom Thumb”
1905 – Sterling Holloway, The Jungle Book actor
1930 – Don Shula, Miami Dolphins coach
1930 – Sorrell Booke, “Boss Hogg” actor
1935 – Floyd Patterson, American boxer
1943 – Tom Wilkinson, Edmonton Eskimo
1958 – Julian Sands, Arachnophobia actress
1960 – Michael Stipe, Losing My Religion singer
1963 – Dave Foley, Kids In The Hall actor
This Day in Local History – January 4, 2020
Jan. 4, 1913: The Grouard News reports 1,243 couples filed for divorce in Canada in 1912.
Jan. 4, 1969: High Prairie’s Ross Gordon leaves the bench to get involved in a third period fight as the hometown Regals lose to the Dawson Creek Canucks 7-5. Goaltender Brian Drapier faces 58 shots in the loss.
Jan. 4, 1971: Jack Burley is re-elected president of the Pioneer Threshermans Association at their annual general meeting. Bob Winnicky is elected vice-president, Irene Turner secretary and Dorothy Turner treasurer.
Jan. 4, 1973: The Sturgeon Lake Blues pull out of the SRHL. They quit after the second period at Falher after trailing 9-1. Peace River also pulled out earlier in the week.
Jan. 4, 1980: Fire destroys High Prairie’s No. 2 UGG elevator.
Jan. 4, 1989: South Peace News reports Pearl Calahasen announces her candidacy for the Lesser Slave Lake constituency for the PC party.
Jan. 4, 1994: Mike Williamson begins his duties as High Prairie’s recreation superintendent.
Jan. 4, 2000: The NPHL’s Falher Pirates fold after a 16-9 loss to the Lakeland Eagles in McLennan.
Jan. 4, 2005: A male student, 13, is stabbed at Grouard Northland School. A female teenager, 16, is charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.
Jan. 4, 2012: Shane Pospisil announces at a High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce meeting that plans for a biodiesel plant in the area are moving forward. Pospisil, working for Nichols Applied Management in Edmonton, has no stake in the project but is helping The Power Alternative of Detroit in drafting and finalizing the project.
Jan. 4, 2012: Jack Lischka passes away in High Prairie at the age of 76 years. He was an engineer and spent 40 years in the oilpatch.
Jan. 4, 2015: Hazel Irene Paish passes away at the age of 95 years. Paish decided to fight hospital policy demanding retirement at age 65 and won, thus setting a precedent in Alberta.
Jan. 4, 2016: Staff and students complete the move into the new Joussard School for first day of classes.
This Day in World History – January 4, 2020
46 BC – Julius Caesar defeats Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina.
1642 – King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks English parliament.
1847 – Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the US government.
1863 – 4-wheeled roller skates patented by James Plimpton.
1863 – The New Apostolic Church is established in Germany.
1883 – Ontario Rugby Football Union [forerunner of CFL] forms.
1884 – Last sighting of an eastern cougar occurs in Ontario.
1885 – Dr. William Grant, of Iowa, performs 1st appendectomy in America.
1887 – Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world.
1896 – Utah admitted as 45th state.
1912 – Smallest earth-moon distance occurs this century at 356,375 km.
1920 – 1st Black Baseball League, National Negro Baseball League, formed.
1923 – Lenin’s “Political Testament” calls for removal of Stalin.
1935 – Bob Hope 1st heard on network radio.
1936 – Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade.
1948 – Burma declares independence from UK.
1959 – Luna 1 [Mechta] becomes 1st craft to leave Earth’s gravity.
1960 – European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm.
1961 – Longest recorded strike ends – 33 yrs – Danish Barbers’ Assistants.
1970 – Beatles last recording session at EMI studios.
1974 – Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee.
1975 – Ice thickness measured at 4776 m, Wilkes Land, Antarctica.
1977 – Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play.
1982 – Golden Gate Bridge closed for 3rd time by fierce storm.
1984 – “Night Court” starring Harry Anderson premieres on NBC TV.
1984 – Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game.
1998 – Massive ice storm hits eastern Canada, northeastern United States.
1999 – Former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura sworn in as governor of Minnesota.
2010 – World’s tallest building at 2,722 feet officially opens in Dubai.
2015 – World’s largest-ever blue star sapphire at 1,404.49 carats found.
Today’s Horoscopes – January 4, 2020
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – In case you do any writing or artwork today, it will seem to come from a source outside of yourself. Is this the divine muse you’ve heard others talk about? Possibly, or perhaps it’s just your own natural talent shining through at last. Today is also auspicious for relationships, so be sure to take time for friends and loved ones both old and new.
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Put that book down and get out of the house! You’ve been by yourself long enough; it’s time to start interacting with other people. In addition to having heaps of fun, you’re likely to have some encounters that will prove beneficial in the long run. Group situations are great, but don’t overlook the pleasures of an intimate one-on-one encounter.
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Your hard efforts to improve your life are finally showing results. And this is just the boost you’ve needed, as some people set your self-confidence a bit on edge. Just don’t let others destroy your vision of happiness. Continue to walk toward your goal and don’t hesitate when small obstacles appear left and right.
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – The people you meet today could be of tremendous benefit to you later on. You have especially keen vision today, so make sure to take note of everything of interest that you observe. What you discover today, along with the people you meet, could combine in a powerful way at some future date. Your work also benefits from your attention to detail.
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – This is a time of new beginnings. Whether you are aware of it or not, you are more than ready to take on some new challenges. You have allowed yourself to become complacent about your career. You have the ability to make a major step up, so why not do so? All that is required is a bit of effort on your part. Figure out what your ideal job would be and then pursue it. Or better yet, create it!
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Romance is in the air today. It’s the perfect time to make yourself look your best and invite that certain someone to dinner. Even if you’re already happily married, why not take advantage of the auspicious mood and plan a special date with your spouse? Even old married couples are entitled to romance now and then!
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – Today, you crave a little style. Sensible shoes and practical clothes get the boot in favour of fashionable shoes and luxurious fabrics. Your passion and sense of romance are at an all-time high, so you might as well take advantage of it for all it’s worth. You can expect to reap a tremendous payoff as a result of the extra efforts you have been making with your appearance.
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – It isn’t just royalty who gets to live happily ever after in fairy tales. You have this right as well. The conditions are ripe for attracting a special person into your life. There is no need to rely on “expert” advice for attracting a soul mate. It’s your own unique qualities that will beckon to the right one.
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – While you may feel the urge to put on a pair of boxing gloves and duke it out with your family, try putting on an oven mitt instead. Cooking a meal or performing other domestic chores will help take your mind off your troubles with your family. If you aren’t the domestic sort, exchange the mitt for some reading glasses and bury yourself in your work. These tensions on the home front will pass quickly enough.
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – You have an urge to hop on a plane and leave the country. It seems this is the only way to free yourself from the mountain of professional and social obligations that are piling up. How can you ever hope to attend all of them, or even half? Have you considered you may not need to? Send someone else in your stead, perhaps, or simply respond that you can’t make it. You wouldn’t be the first to say no. You are entitled to some downtime.
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Finally, all of your efforts are being recognized. That’s not to say that you can now sit back and rest on your laurels – quite the contrary! Now is the time to put your original ideas to the test. But this time you have the backing of the higher-ups. Don’t be nervous; just do what you had planned to do all along. If you work hard, you’re likely to see tremendous professional and financial rewards.
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – You have a wonderful, nurturing nature. Those around you reap tremendous benefit from your caring soul. Just as you are receptive to the needs of others, so too should you be aware of your own needs. You deserve to be on the receiving end of your own gentle touch. Don’t hesitate to turn to others for help if you need to. You might be surprised how mere acquaintances pitch in to lend a hand.