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What’s Happening Today – January 2, 2010
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Today’s Local Birthdays – High Prairie – January 2, 2020
Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – January 2, 2020
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – January 2, 2020
1727 – James Wolfe, British Army officer
1827 – Peter Semenov, Russian explorer
1857 – Frederick Opper, Maud cartoonist
1886 – Florence Lawrence, Canadian actress
1901 – Rex O’Malley, Camille Actor
1902 – Barry Goldwater, American politician
1920 – Isaac Asimov, Russian scientist
1928 – Vaughn Beals, Harley Davidson CEO
1928 – Avie Bennett, Canadian philanthropist
1936 – Roger Miller, King of the Road singer
1939 – Jim Bakker, American televangelist
1946 – Richard Cole, Led Zeppelin manager
1952 – Ricky Van Shelton, American country singer
1961 – Gabrielle Carteris, Beverly Hills 90210 actress
1963 – David Cone, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher
1969 – Christy Turlington, American supermodel
1969 – Tommy Morrison, American boxer – Rocky’s foe
1976 – Mahée Paiement, Canadian actress
This Day in Local History – January 2, 2020
Jan. 2, 1915: Work on the ED&BC railroad bridge at the Swan River is halted for the season.
Jan. 2, 1962: Mr. and Mrs. Gayso Matula are the proud parents of High Prairie’s New Year’s baby, a seven-pound two ounce baby girl born at 5:05 p.m.
Jan. 2, 1972: Rod Berg scores three goals and adds two assists as the High Prairie Regals defeat the visiting Peace River Stampeders 9-2.
Jan. 2, 1979: Lloyd Stevens takes over as the new manager of Freson IGA.
Jan. 2, 1982: Guy Mortson, Pat Brennan and Doug Jaeger each score twice as the Manning Comets outscore the High Prairie Regals 11-9.
Jan. 2, 1986: Roland Marcoux, Dean Kjemhus and Jesse Smith score first period goals as the High Prairie Regals open the new year with a 6-2 win at Peace River.
Jan. 2, 1987: The hometown Manning Comets score three goals in a four-minute span early in the third period and go on to defeat the High Prairie Regals 7-6.
Jan. 2, 1990: Two collapsing, partially cut trees crush Gilbert Fortier, 31, of Joussard, to death near Driftpile.
Jan. 2, 1992: The hometown High Prairie Regals get two goals from Kevin Clemens en route to a 5-2 win over the Falher Pirates.
Jan. 2, 1993: John Rose scores four goals as the visiting High Prairie Regals defeat the Spirit River Rangers 6-4.
Jan. 2, 2004: Longtime High Prairie resident and teacher Marie-Louise Lochhead dies in Edmonton at the age of 77 years.
Jan. 2, 2004: Stephen and Darla Williscroft purchase Beaumark Seed and Feed from Ron and Sandra Marquardt and rename the business Essendy General Feeds.
Jan. 2, 2004: A historic medical flight that occurred 75 years ago is re-enacted with McLennan as one of the stops. “Wop” May’s famous flight to deliver medicine to Fort Vermilion was celebrated.
Jan. 2, 2006: Alicia Boisson starts work at South Peace News as a reporter. She would later become advertising manager.
Jan. 2, 2008: High Prairie merchants are busy adjusting their tills to the new five per cent federal GST before opening for business.
Jan. 2, 2010: The High Prairie Regals begin the year with a 7-5 loss at Peace River. Mitch Kohut scores twice in the last 1:36 to seal the win.
Jan. 2, 2011: Long-time High Prairie farmer Calvin Richter passes away at the age of 60 years.
Jan. 2, 2013: South Peace News begins the year with a feature on Corner Gas star Lorne Cardinal, of Sucker Creek. Cardinal reminisces about the popular TV show and his future plans.
Jan. 2, 2014: The Lakeland Eagles retire the number 84 jersey of Darcey McKenzie before their game aqainst High Prairie. The Eagles promptly win the game 15-4 in his honour.
Jan. 2, 2017: The High Prairie and Area Dental Centre opens in a new location in the Super A Building with Dr. Nikhilesh Roy as principal dentist.
This Day in World History – January 2, 2020
1570 – Ivan the Terrible’s march to Novgorod begins.
1757 – British troops occupy Calcutta, India.
1776 – Austria ends interrogation torture.
1832 – 1st Curling club in US [Orchard Lake Curling Club] opens.
1839 – 1st photo of the moon taken by Louis Daguerre.
1893 – 1st stamp to picture a woman issued [Queen Isabella].
1900 – E. Verlinger begins manufacturing 7” single-sided records.
1906 – Willis Carrier receives a US patent, world’s first air conditioner.
1908 – Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa.
1917 – Royal Bank of Canada takes over Quebec Bank.
1921 – 1st religious service radio broadcast in US at KDKA-Pittsburgh.
1929 – US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls.
1942 – Japanese troops occupy Manila, Philippines.
1944 – 1st use of helicopters during warfare.
1947 – Mahatma Gandhi begins march for peace in East-Bengali.
1959 – USSR launches Mechta [Luna 1] for 1st lunar fly-by.
1960 – John Reynolds sets age of solar system at 4,950,000,000 years.
1965 – Martin Luther King Jr. begins a drive to register black voters.
1965 – Obverse design of all Canadian coins changed to depict present-day.
1968 – Christiaan Barnard performs 2nd heart transplant.
1969 – Australian Rupert Murdoch gains control of ‘News of the World’
1970 – US population is 293,200,000.
1972 – Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars.
1974 – Worst fire in Argentine history destroys 1.2 million acres.
1975 – US Department of Interior says grizzly bear threatened species.
1983 – Gary Trudeau takes a 20-month break from writing Doonesbury.
1986 – NY Islander, Mike Bossy, scores his 500th goal.
2004 – Stardust flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples.
2016 – Saudi Arabia executes 47 alleged terrorists.
Today’s Horoscopes – January 2, 2020
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with the combination of professional and social obligations. If you’re doing any entertaining tonight, see if you can drum up some extra help. Cater part of the dinner, if possible, or at the very least hire someone to help with the dishes. It’s hard enough to entertain and keep the guests happy. Don’t try to be a superhero.
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – You could be feeling the push-pull of internal desires versus external demands today. As much as you want to stay in bed today, with covers pulled tight to your chin, the world is clamouring for your attention. Your phone rings off the hook and your e-mail box fills as quickly as you can empty it. Just for today, you wish everyone would go away. Alas, no such luck. Promise yourself that you’ll indulge some relaxation once you get home. Hopefully, no one will come pounding on the door!
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – When it comes to home improvement, there is something to be said for immediate gratification. Today you could find yourself heading out to do some necessary shopping. Think carefully about what will truly improve your home over the long run. Fashions come and go, and following them can be an expensive undertaking. You would be better off buying only those items that match your true style. You may not purchase as much, but what you do buy will have lasting value.
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – You really don’t need to prove anything to anyone. You may be feeling under a bit of pressure to get a lot of work done. But some projects, especially those that require creativity, simply can’t be rushed. You will find that if you take your time and allow your muse to work its magic, you will produce something of real merit in the end. If, however, you try to rush, your time will likely be spent in vain.
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – You have so many talents and such a range of abilities, that sometimes it’s hard for you to know where to devote your efforts. Today, don’t make your usual mistake of trying to do everything. Even you have your limits! You would be better off taking a step back from the situation to prioritize your enormous “to do” list. Concentrate on just one or two important tasks rather than mingling big jobs with small ones.
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – It seems you’re ready for a major change in your life. But take care that you don’t implement change merely for the sake of change. Think carefully about what you really want to do. Some introspection just might reveal that the changes you seek are minor rather than major. You may simply want to begin working on your health a bit more. Jogging a few days a week and vowing to eat salads at lunch rather than sandwiches may bring about a wonderful ripple effect of health and well-being in your life.
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – You have a keen mind, and are always absorbing new bits of information. What is amazing is how much of it you manage to retain. Today, however, even your considerable brain may be taxed beyond its limits. At work you may feel overwhelmed by the mass of information to sort through. At home there may be books and magazines piled up that you’re anxious to read. Consider taking the evening off from intellectual pursuits. There is something to be said for passive entertainment.
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – Take care not to take on too much today. Your intentions are certainly good and your motivation pure, but even you are limited by the fact there are a mere 24 hours in a day. Pick and choose your commitments carefully today to ensure that you can actually do what you say you will do. You’ll be more effective and get more satisfaction out of devoting your energy to a few just causes.
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Don’t take anything at face value today, especially if it involves money. It’s likely that a friend or colleague will approach you with a deal that is too good to pass up. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the promise of quick riches. Any deal that is presented as “too good to be true” usually is. Take in the information and review it at a later time. You will find that flaws are revealed once cooler heads prevail.
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – You may find yourself overwhelmed with information today. By midday both your voice mailbox and your e-mail box could be full up. It seems everyone needs a piece of you today. Don’t try and accomplish everything that people expect of you today; it simply isn’t possible. Instead, make your own decisions about what is important and what isn’t. You may get some resistance from higher-ups, but in the end they will see the wisdom of your thinking.
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – Even though you might have to work today, you should still try and take things fairly easy. You’re just not ready to embrace your workload with your usual vigour. Be sure to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, as your body may be rebelling from some recent indulgences. Soup and a salad are advisable for lunch, along with plenty of water. By day’s end, you will feel your energy begin to return.
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – You can’t force creativity. Not even you. As much as you want to produce something fantastic right this minute, you will find that mere mortals such as us need the help of a creative muse. And alas, the muse is a fickle being. You can’t just snap your finger and summon it. You must coax it out, slowly, gently. This all takes time, but the end result makes the effort worthwhile. For now, you must sit and wait, and trust that it will come to you.