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What’s Happening Today – April 24, 2020
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Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – April 24, 2020
Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – April 24, 2020
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – April 24, 2020
1620 – John Graunt, Founder of Demography
1743 – Edmund Cartwright, Power loom inventor
1766 – Robert Bailey Thomas, Farmer’s Almanac founder
1909 – Irven Spence, Tom & Jerry animator
1914 – Justin Wilson, Wise Potato Chips maker
1914 – Ruth White, To Kill a Mockingbird actress
1933 – Claire Davenport, The Elephant Man actress
1933 – Alan Eagleson, Canadian ice hockey agent
1934 – Shirley MacLaine, US actress and mystic
1942 – Barbra Streisand, US singer, actress
1943 – Richard Sterban, Oak Ridge Boys singer
1945 – Robert Knight, Everlasting Love singer
1947 – Ann Kelly, Hues Corporation singer
1955 – Michael O’Keefe, Caddyshack actor
1964 – Cedric the Entertainer, US comedian/actor
1969 – Melinda Clarke, Days of Our Lives actress
1974 – Brian Marshall, Creed bassist, co-founder
1982 – Kelly Clarkson, 1st American Idol winner
1997 – Lydia Ko, New Zealand pro golfer
This Day in Local History – April 24, 2020
April 24, 1915: A campaign involving Grouard town council, the Grouard Board of Trade and the Conservative Association, urges each Grouard citizen, business and association to take part to convince the federal Minister of Railways to build a branch railway line of the ED&BC railroad into Grouard. “It is up to somebody to see that Grouard is not further deceived by worthless promises,” writes Grouard News editor J.E. Cook.
April 24, 1962: An estimated 2,000 people attend a gigantic sale held by High Prairie Sales and Service. Over 65 tractors, 50 pieces of machinery and 40 cars and trucks are sold.
April 24, 1968: Building permits in High Prairie top the $1 million mark for the year, thanks to the $949,000 permit issued to build what would be E.W. Pratt High School.
April 24, 1970: The High Prairie Bay store celebrates the company’s 300th anniversary with the release of hundreds of balloons. George Barnes is the current manager.
April 24, 1971: The High Prairie Association for the Mentally Retarded becomes a member of the Canadian Associations for the Mentally Retarded.
April 24, 1972: Stan Beattie is elected president of the Faust Community League.
April 24, 1976: The High Prairie Golden Age Centre officially opens.
April 24, 1978: A proposal including the construction of handball, squash and racquetball courts is accepted by the High Prairie Recreation Board’s Master Plan committee.
April 24, 1985: South Peace News reports the HPSD board of trustees votes 5-1 to close McLennan public school in June.
April 24, 1991: Slave Lake Mayor Peter Moore says the proposed Polyboard mill for High Prairie is not economically feasible. The statement shocks High Prairie Mayor Rollie Johnson. Moore later apologizes.
April 24, 2005: Howard Storey’s home and several buildings 35 km southwest of town is destroyed by a fire of undetermined origin.
April 24, 2006: The Gordon Buchanan Family donates $300,000 toward the construction of the second ice surface, gym facility. The building would eventually bear his name and be called the Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre.
April 24-25, 2010: The High Prairie Air Cadets end an 11-year drought after placing first in volleyball at the Northwest Zone Sports and Drill Competition in Edson. The basketball team places second.
April 24, 2011: High Prairie RCMP are looking for a suspect after two men are shot at Whitefish Lake First Nation.
April 24, 2019: Big Lakes County gives permission to Arrow Technology Group, of Edmonton, to construct a tower on the Kinuso Ag Society grounds to expand Internet service in the region.
This Day in World History – April 24, 2020
1066 – Halley’s Comet sparks English monk to predict end of country.
1833 – Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain.
1872 – Volcano Mount Vesuvius erupts in Italy.
1888 – Eastman Kodak founded by George Eastman.
1895 – Joshua Slocum completes around-the-world voyage in 11-m boat.
1908 – 1st trip by car across USA completed in 32d-5h-25m.
1909 – H. Hillman & L. Robertson run 100m 3-legged race in 11 seconds.
1928 – Fathometer, which measures underwater depth, patented.
1929 – 1st non-stop England to India flight takes off.
1953 – Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1956 – AL umpire Frank Umont 1st to wear glasses in a regular season game.
1961 – 17th century Swedish warship Vasa, sunk on maiden voyage, salvaged.
1970 – People’s Republic of China launches its 1st satellite.
1974 – Dutch women hockey team becomes world champion.
1981 – Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 8,000th race.
1990 – West & East Germany agree to merge currency & economies on July 1.
2005 – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope.
2013 – Deadliest structural failure in history: 1,134 die in Bangladesh.
2018 – Streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl.
Today’s Horoscopes – April 24, 2020
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – It can be hard to release old habits and beliefs even as new, better ways of thinking struggle to gain a foothold. It’s time for you to do this. You might find it difficult to confide your feelings to another, but a frank conversation with close friends will do much to ease your mind. There’s no question that you’re changing. Your friends will show you that this transformation is positive.
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – You always suspected your job was making you crazy, but it never occurred to you that it could make you sick, too. Is it really worth it? You may be asking yourself this question today. Fortunately, your talents apply to several professions. Why not take a closer look at other fields? One way or another, it’s clear that change is coming. You might as well be the one who directs it.
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Just how long has it been since you indulged in a big helping of your favourite guilty pleasure? It’s time to let the youngster in you come out and play today. Eat that chocolate, read those mindless magazines, or skip down the sidewalk. You’ve been taking life much too seriously lately. Even grownups are entitled to indulge in the pleasures of youth from time to time.
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – If you feel like you’re trying to push a square peg into a round hole, you’re probably right. Whether you’re having personal or professional difficulties, there are times when it just doesn’t pay to try so hard. In fact, it’s often a sign there is something fundamentally wrong with the relationship. Try to take more of a philosophical attitude. If it’s meant to work, it will.
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Things aren’t always as they first appear. People you thought you knew well and circumstances you thought you understood thoroughly now seem anything but straightforward. Has the world really changed that much or has your perception altered somehow? It’s time to direct this “altered” vision inward. You’re ready for a change. Perhaps it’s time to dust off that resume.
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Difficult as it may be for you to face all those projects you’ve left undone, know you’ll be free to move on once they’re complete. People from your past figure prominently now. Perhaps they come forward to repay an old debt or possibly claim repayment from you. Don’t abandon your dreams. Once you’ve cleared a path for them, they’re more likely to come true.
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – You could have a “eureka!” moment today, as events from your past unexpectedly bubble to the surface of your mind and crystallize in a surprising new way. Suddenly, you have a clear understanding of how these past events affect your present behaviour. You can use this new knowledge to bring about change. There is clearly a situation at work or at home that is in need of transformation.
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Sometimes it’s easier to tend to life’s mundane details rather than lift your eyes and see the big picture. For example, it’s likely that you’ve grown complacent at work. Could it be that you aren’t at the right job or in the right career after all? Busying yourself with trivia isn’t the way to avoid answering the question. It’s imperative you face it head on and make the necessary changes.
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Change is in the air. Whether it’s a dramatic change of faith or a major shift in your life’s goals, prepare yourself for a profound transformation. It’s likely due to the fact you now have more freedom to do what you want, when you want. Perhaps a financial windfall has made this possible. Take care to choose your new path wisely. It doesn’t offer you the choice of returning to your old lifestyle.
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – It’s time to refill the well of your soul. You spend so much of your life in service to others that it’s only natural you feel drained sometimes. Rather than try to push past this feeling and go on as though nothing is the matter, consider it a sign that something is amiss. Admit if you’re feeling unappreciated. You’ve spent too much time putting the happiness of others before your own. It’s time to change your priorities.
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – You would make an excellent judge. You’re able to consider all aspects of a situation. This is a bit of a blessing and a curse, because it can make it difficult to come to a decision. Today you could face the challenge of reconsidering past decisions. Once-binding contracts need to be reviewed and new ones created. Prior commitments need reevaluation. This is tiring but necessary if you’re to move forward.
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Just because one person is no longer a part of your life doesn’t mean that all people are unreliable. People change, as do situations. It’s possible that this person was no longer a healthy influence on you, in which case the departure is for the best. You’re going to have to become more adaptable, because there are more changes on the horizon, especially where your career is concerned.