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What’s Happening Today – January 1, 2010
Happy New Year!
Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – January 1, 2020
Thayer Ender Grey
Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – January 1, 2020
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – January 1, 2020
1557 – István Bocskay, Prince of Transylvania
1735 – Paul Revere, American Patriot
1752 – Betsy Ross, Made 1st American flag
1873 – Mariano Azuela, The Flies author
1876 – Harriet Brooks, Canadian physicist
1879 – E.M. Forster, Passage to India author
1895 – J. Edgar Hoover, 1st director FBI
1919 – Jerome Salinger, Catcher in the Rye Author
1919 – Rocky Graziano, American boxer
1924 – Roberts Blossom, The Great Gatsby actress
1928 – Ernest R Tidyman, French Connection writer
1938 – Frank Langella, Dracula actor
1944 – Jimmy Hart, Wrestling manager
1967 – Tin Dog, American rapper
This Day in Local History – January 1, 2020
Jan. 1, 1913: The population of Grouard exceeds 1,000 by the end of the year from 450 at the start of the year. Village officials expect the population to reach 2,000 by the end of the current year.
Jan. 1, 1915: St. Bernard’s Mission at Grouard is the largest school in the Peace region.
Jan. 1, 1941: High Prairie RCMP move their office to a bungalow owned by Louise [George] Harding for $30 rent per month from its first site at C.V. Johnson’s.
Jan. 1, 1964: Dale Joslin and wife are the proud parents of High Prairie’s New Year’s Baby. Darren Stanley Joslin was born at Providence Hospital at 2:45 p.m. and weighed seven pounds and 2 1/2 ounces.
Jan. 1, 1967: South Peace News subscriptions are $3.50 per year and single issues 10 cents.
Jan. 1, 1969: Arthur and Margaret Lemay, of High Prairie, are the proud parents of High Prairie’s New Year’s baby, Ronda Lynn Louise Lemay, weighing seven pounds.
Jan. 1, 1969: The New Year brings -30 F temperatures to the South Peace region.
Jan. 1, 1971: Fred J. Dumont is appointed High Prairie School Division superintendent of schools.
Jan. 1, 1971: The Alberta government reports that liquor sales at High Prairie liquor stores in 1970 totaled $357,577. In the Peace, only Valleyview had more sales at $363,582.
Jan. 1, 1981: Canadian National Railways assumes complete ownership of Northern Alberta Railways, formerly the ED&BC railroad.
Jan. 1, 1989: Red Rooster food store changes its name to Red Basket.
Jan. 1, 1995: The I.D. of Big Lakes incorporates into the M.D. of Big Lakes.
Jan. 1, 1995: The High Prairie Roman Catholic Separate School District becomes Holy Family Catholic School Board.
Jan. 1, 1995: The Alberta government increases fines for driving with no motor vehicle insurance to $2,500 from $600.
Jan. 1, 1997: Bergel Maertens opens Sunset House Cottage. Tolko workers are the first guests, and find their home away from home.
Jan. 1, 2000: Clifford and Lorene Carifelle are the proud parents of the 2000 New Year’s Baby. Daniel Jacques Carifelle was born at 2:20 a.m. weighing eight pounds and six ounces.
Jan. 1, 2004: Isaiah Daniel Cardinal is High Prairie’s New Year’s Baby. He is born at 3:55 p.m. and is the son of Kevin Calliou and Raven Cardinal.
Jan. 1, 2009: McLennan’s Jim Desrosiers and Heather Dixon celebrate the birth of their daughter, Giselle Eva Derosiers. She is the first baby born in the Peace Country in 2009 arriving at 12:55 a.m.
Jan. 1, 2011: Rob Jandu and Sooky Singh take over as owners of the Raven Inn.
Jan. 1, 2011: Mona Anderson celebrates her 100th birthday at J.B. Wood Continuing Care, surrounded by her family.
Jan. 1, 2017: The new carbon tax prompts a price increase of three per cent at Smitty’s Restaurant, owner Greg Raadstak says. Freson Bros. manager Matt Lovsin adds prices at his store are expected to rise.
Jan. 1, 2018: The Little Smoky Ski Hill opens for the season. Poor weather caused the late opening.
This Day in World History – January 1, 2020
45BC – The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time.
404 – Last gladiator competition in Rome.
630 – Prophet Muhammad sets out with his army towards Mecca.
1600 – Scotland begins its numbered year on Jan. 1 instead of March 25.
1772 – First traveler’s cheques go on sale in London.
1804 – Haiti gains independence from France.
1840 – First recorded bowling match in US.
1847 – Michigan is 1st state to abolish capital punishment.
1858 – Canada begins using decimal currency system.
1880 – Building of Panama Canal begins.
1901 – The Commonwealth of Australia is formed.
1902 – Nathan Stubblefield makes 1st public demonstration of radio.
1907 – US President Theodore Roosevelt shakes 8,513 hands in 1 day.
1912 – Sun Yat-sen forms the Republic of China.
1916 – First blood transfusion using stored and cooled blood.
1922 – Vancouver, BC starts driving on the right side of road.
1923 – Union of Socialist Soviet Republics established.
1925 – Norway’s capital Christiania changes name to Oslo.
1934 – Alcatraz officially becomes a federal prison.
1946 – ENIAC, US 1st computer finished by Mauchly/Eckert.
1946 – Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god.
1948 – 1st color newsreel filmed [Pasadena, California].
1954 – Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts.
1958 – European Common Market starts operation.
1960 – Johnny Cash plays first of many free concerts behind bars.
1967 – CRU becomes the CAFA, turns over Grey Cup trophy to the CFL.
1976 – NBC replaces the peacock logo.
1977 – 1st woman formally ordained an Episcopal priest [Jacqueline Means].
1985 – US’s 1st manadatory seat belt law goes into effect in NY.
1985 – The Internet’s Domain Name System is created.
1985 – The first British mobile phone call is made.
1986 – Aruba becomes independent from neighbor island Curacao.
1992 – Russian Federation becomes successor state to the Soviet Union.
1993 – Czechoslovakia separates into Czech Republic & Slovakia.
1994 – North American Free Trade Agreement goes into effect.
1995 – Last “Far Side” by cartoonist Gary Larson, started 1980.
1996 – After 27 years, Betty Rubble debuts as a Flintstone vitamin.
1998 – Mongolia switches from a 46 hour to 40 hour work week.
2016 – Dubai skyscraper “The Address” burns.
Today’s Horoscopes – January 1, 2020
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – A social event or group meeting could ignite your enthusiasm about new goals. These goals may involve giving you a chance to use your creative talents as well as enjoy the companionship and camaraderie of your fellow group members. Therefore, whatever events are scheduled today might all prove to be both satisfying and enjoyable for you. Don’t hesitate! Move on ahead, do something worthwhile, and enjoy yourself.
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Today, you might begin work on a project that you’ve wanted to do for a long time. This may be career related or personal, but either way it should advance you in whatever direction you want to go. The only downside is you might be a bit too hard on yourself and far too critical of your work. Try to be objective and view your own work as fairly as you would view the work of others.
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Today, you’re expanding your horizons. You and a friend could plan a vacation that you’re really excited about. It could involve a trip by air, perhaps across the ocean. The trip is mainly for pleasure, but it probably involves a place you’ve always been interested in and are anxious to see, so it’s an educational trip as well. You have a lot to look forward to. Make the most of it and have fun.
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Some good news may reach your ears via the grapevine regarding your career. This might involve a raise in salary, or it could be new benefits, new profit sharing plans, or anything that may involve investments or money that comes your way above and beyond a paycheque. Contracts or other legal papers that are executed today should definitely work in your favour, so if you’ve been putting off signing any, do it today!
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – A new and exciting potential love relationship could pop into your life today. This is apt to be the kind of instant attraction that sets your nerves tingling and your blood boiling! Whether or not you decide to pursue this attraction, of course, depends on your situation, but whatever you decide, you’re likely to enjoy feeling the thrill of it today. Therefore, make sure you look your best when you go out! You’ll be glad you did.
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – Today, you should be feeling especially energetic and enthusiastic. Therefore, this is a great day to start a new enterprise, perhaps involving your home, or just about any kind of life enhancement. More than one opportunity could present itself to you. One could entail creative activities and the other might be more mundane. Undoubtedly, whether you decide to take both or only one, you’re going to be busy for a while. Work hard!
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – Plans for a party or group gathering of some kind could take up much of your time and energy. You might have a lot of letters to write, phone calls to make, or other communications to take care of, but this is likely to prove to be a great excuse for getting in touch with your friends. Today could prove to be a kind of party-before-the-party, which is right up your alley. Enjoy your day!
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Though you might wake up today feeling a little feverish, as the day progresses you’ll be your old self again. You should be putting a lot of effort into work, particularly mundane chores and tasks that you’d rather not do. Get them out of the way and then move on to projects that interest you and can fire your ambition and motivation. Work hard in the morning and enjoy the rest of the day.
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – This is a great day to start any project that concerns writing, acting, or speaking. Your creative energies should be flowing freely and abundantly today, and you should enjoy the rush of new ideas that keep popping into your head. A number of stimulating conversations with close friends should keep your energies churning. Expect to spend a lot of time on the phone, or perhaps in the car dropping in on these friends. Enjoy your day!
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – If you aren’t already into real estate, gardening, or interior decorating, today you might discover a talent for one or all of these fields and decide to pursue it. You might have it in mind as a possible future source of income, and therefore you could consider looking into getting some formal training in the field. Which one you choose, if any, is of course up to you. Consider them all carefully and then decide which is best.
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Your energy and enthusiasm for life should be operating at a very high level today. You may therefore want to get together with some of your friends, and might even organize an impromptu social event of some kind. Exciting news and stimulating conversation should keep your mind busy for a long time. At some point you’ll want to work off some of that physical energy, perhaps by taking a brisk walk or another kind of workout. Enjoy your day.
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – A chance to make some extra money could come today through someone you know slightly, perhaps from a social event you both once attended. You might not be totally familiar with the type of work involved, but today your mind is sharp and so you’ll probably pick it up quickly. The only downside is that you could work harder than you need to, and therefore there’s a danger of tiring yourself out. Take care of yourself.