Today in High Prairie – January 12, 2020

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What’s Happening Today – January 12, 2020

Attend the church of your choice.

Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – January 12, 2020

Shelby Pratt

Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – January 12, 2020

Fred Walpuski Jr.

Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – January 12, 2020

1628 – Charles Perrault, Tales of Mother Goose writer

1863 – Swami Vivekananda, Hindu spiritual leader

1876 – Jack London, Call of the Wild author

1902 – Ray Teal, Bonanza actor

1906 – Tex Ritter, Country singer

1909 – Mauritz Hugo, Atomic Blonde actor

1910 – Patsy Kelly, Rosemary’s Baby actress

1916 – P.W. Botha, President of South Africa

1926 – Ray Price, Country singer

1928 – Lew Gallo, Gunsmoke screen writer

1928 – Ruth Brown , “Queen of R&B”

1930 – Tim Horton, Tim Hortons co-founder

1935 – “Amazing” Kreskin, Mentalist/telepath

1935 – Ron Harper, Planet of the Apes actor

1935 – William Lee Gloden, Oak Ridge Boys singer

1941- Long John Baldry, Blues vocalist

1944 – Joe Frazier, Heavyweight boxing champ

1946 – Cynthia Robinson, Sly & Family Stone rocker

1951 – Kirstie Alley, Cheers actress [Rebecca]

1951 – Larry Hoppens, Orleans rocker

1952 – Ricky Van Shelton, Country musician

1954 – Howard Stern, American radio personality

1959 – Per Helmstad Gessle, Roxette singer

1964 – Jeff Bezos, co-founder

1968 – Heather Mills, English model

1974 – Melanie Chisholm, “Sporty Spice” [Spice Girls]

1992 – Zayn Malik, English pop singer

This Day in Local History – January 12, 2020

Jan. 12, 1963: The High Prairie Progress reports that Kenzie farmer George Roberts kills a black bear with an axe after awakening the bear while cutting fence posts near his home.

Jan. 12, 1963: The High Prairie Progress reports that Oliver Chalifoux is elected chief of the Driftpile Indian Band.

Jan. 12, 1972: South Peace News reports that Tom Lysiak of the Medicine Hat Tigers is chosen for the West Division All Star Game in the Western Canada Hockey League.

Jan. 12, 1979: High Prairie Day Care moves to a new site in a log building on the town’s west end.

Jan. 12, 1981: A day care centre opens in Grouard.

Jan. 12, 1983: South Peace News reports a severe outbreak of the Bangkok Flu subsides in the region.

Jan. 12, 1986: The Elks open their new hall at the Stampede Grounds. Bingo fever takes over becoming a very popular pastime. A good night nets $1,000 for the organization.

Jan. 12, 2000: Athabasca MP David Chatters tells the M.D. of Big Lakes council he is against accepting toxic waste from around the world for treatment at Swan Hills.

Jan. 12, 2001: A driver flees the scene after hitting a school bus in Gift Lake. No one is injured.

Jan. 12, 2001: The High Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce folds. President Mike Daubert cites lack of members as the reason.

Jan. 12, 2005: RCMP Staff-Sgt. Bruce McNaughton says the local Citizens on Patrol program has resulted in a decreased crime rate in town.

Jan. 12, 2006: Northern Lakes College president Rick Neidig says land near Joussard has been chosen for the college’s bid for a provincial police training school.

Jan. 12, 2010: High Prairie RCMP charge a High Prairie man, 49, with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking after seizing 570 doses of crack cocaine after a search.

Jan. 12, 2013: The late Hector Lamouche’s jersey is retired by the Lakeland Eagles. Lamouche was a co-founder of the team and former player, coach and manager.

Jan. 12, 2016: A new sound system in chambers is used for the first time at a High Prairie town council meeting, making it easier for council and the gallery to hear proceedings.

This Day in World History – January 12, 2020

1528 – Gustav I of Sweden “Father of the Nation” crowned King of Sweden.

1554 – Bayinnaung crowned King of Burma; assembles largest empire SE Asia.

1583 – Holland begins use of Gregorian calendar.

1816 – France decrees Bonaparte family excluded from the country forever.

1820 – Royal Astronomical Society founded in England.

1836 – HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin reaches Sydney, Australia.

1839 – Anthracite coal 1st used to smelt iron.

1896 – 1st X-ray photo in US used by Dr. Henry Smith.

1908 – Long-distance radio message is sent from Eiffel Tower for 1st time.

1913 – Josef Dzhugashvili signs himself Stalin [“Man of Steel”] 1st time.

1915 – US House of Representatives rejects plan to give women right to vote.

1921 – Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes 1st commissioner of baseball.

1948 – 1st supermarket in UK opens.

1948 – Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast.

1950 – USSR re-introduces death penalty for treason, espionage & sabotage.

1959 – American record company Motown is founded by Berry Gordy Jr.

1960 – Syracuse National Dolph Schayes 1st NBA’er to score 15,000 points.

1962 – Operation Chopper begins, America’s 1st combat mission in Vietnam.

1966 – “Batman”, starring Adam West as Batman, debuts on ABC-TV.

1967 – Draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali.

1967 – Dr. James Bedford is 1st person to be cryonically preserved.

1969 – Debut album of Led Zeppelin released.

1971 – “All in the Family” premieres on CBS-TV.

1975 – Chrysler Corp offers 1st car rebates.

1981 – Soap opera “Dynasty” premieres on ABC-TV.

1989 – Ex-dictator of Uganda Idi Amin expelled from Zaire.

1990 – Romania bans Communist party [1st Warsaw Pact member to do so].

1995 – Murder trial against O.J. Simpson, begins in LA.

1998 – Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.

2004 – World’s largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes 1st voyage.

2007 – Comet McNaught reaches perihelion; brightest comet in 40+ years.

2010 – Earthquake occurs in Haiti killing approximately 160,000.

2013 – Beijing’s level of air pollution declared hazardous to human health.

Today’s Horoscopes – January 12, 2020

Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – An increase in money could bring a lot of happiness and good feeling into your home. You might be a bit concerned as to how to keep the energy going, but don’t worry about it. All signs are that your success and good fortune are going to be around for a while. You could, however, explore the idea of making a few cautious investments. This way you’ll feel more financially secure than you have in the past.

Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – The prospect of future business opportunities could have you spending a lot of time on the phone today in discussion with friends or acquaintances who might have information you need. Perhaps someone you know has been very successful at an activity he thinks might interest you. All should go very well, but you’ll definitely want to be thoroughly informed. You’re doing the right thing by securing the facts before plunging on ahead.

Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – A rosy glow over your recent career successes could cause you to congratulate yourself over your growing bank account. This trend should continue for a while, if you keep on working as you have and maintain a positive and optimistic attitude. Your relationships with others around you, particularly the opposite sex, should be especially warm and loving right now. This should prove to be a thoroughly gratifying day. Use it to your advantage.

Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Recent successes in your career might inspire you to throw a celebration of some kind with a few close friends. You’re feeling especially positive and particularly charming at this time, and your confidence is likely to contribute to a new sense of closeness to those around you. Love and romance should also go very well. You’ve worked hard and it’s time to reward yourself. Have a successful day and an enjoyable evening.

Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – Relations with those closest to you should be warm and rewarding. Financial matters are going so well for you right now that you’re apt to be feeling that everything will be perfect from here on out. This optimism and enthusiasm, however, doesn’t mean you’re taking your good fortune for granted. Rather, it is likely to give you the impetus to continue as you have been, only with more serenity than before.

Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – You’ve been working very hard for a long time, and now you might be thinking of ways to reward yourself. A trip that you might have dreamed of taking might suddenly seem to be more attainable. Today you might decide to actually make the arrangements. You could well decide to stay for a long time, for there is much that you can learn through this trip.

Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – Visitors in your home might include partners in business activities, members of a group with which you’re affiliated, or creative people with great ideas. Therefore, you’re likely to enjoy some intense discussions today and a lot of intriguing exchanges of information. Love and romance should also go well, particularly since you’re feeling so enthusiastic about life. Take the time to share your dreams with your guests. They might have some good ideas for making a dream a reality.

Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Get-togethers in your neighbourhood should prove enjoyable right now. Communication with others, particularly about possible new business interests, should bring a lot of positive information your way that you’re apt to put to work for you. The level of respect that you get from those around you could be particularly gratifying. Your hard work has not only enriched your socioeconomic standing but your friendships as well. Enjoy your day.

Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – This is a good day for meditation or spiritual studies of some kind. Your intuition should be operating at a very high level and thus it’s going to be easier for you to tune in to the thoughts, feelings, needs, and desires of others, particularly the opposite sex. You might even experience psychic insights or visions that shed light on some questions you’ve been asking yourself for a while. Write down your thoughts. You’ll want to remember them.

Aries [March 21 – April 20] – Your relationships with just about everyone – friends, lovers, children, colleagues, and even strangers – should be smooth, warm, and supportive today. Feelings are easily expressed, although more on a subtle than a verbal level. New business opportunities may open up through contact with new and interesting people. Social events and group activities should therefore contribute more to your personal growth and emotional well-being than they usually do. Make the most of them!

Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Reflections on your recent success and good fortune with regard to career matters are likely to have you feeling strong, optimistic, and enthusiastic for the future. Creative projects are going very well, as are relationships with the opposite sex. This should be a very gratifying day for you, full of warm and loving contact with those closest to you, and signs of continued progress. Enjoy your day, and treat yourself to an evening out.

Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – Good news from a distant state or foreign country could make your day. You could well spend the rest of the day basking in the glow of what you’ve heard. However, this isn’t going to affect your relations with others or your work on whatever projects you’re involved with right now. This is a good day to get out in the sunshine. Take a walk or drive in the country! Enjoy your day.

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