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What’s Happening Today – July 24, 2021
Today’s Birthdays – High Prairie – July 24, 2021
Today’s Local Birthdays – Faust – July 24, 2021
Billy Ray Chalifoux Jr.
Today’s Celebrity Birthdays – July 24, 2021
1683 – Simón Bolívar, Bolivia Named for Him
1802 – Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers Author
1851 – Friedrich Schottky, Schottky’s Theorem Founder
1897 – Amelia Earhart, Female Aviator – Disappeared
1899 – Chief Dan George, Canadian Indian Author
1913 – George H. Brown, Hotel Sahara Producer
1914 – Frances Kelsey, Stopped Thalidomide use in US
1916 – Bob Eberly, Jimmy Dorsey Band Singer
1924 – Charles K. Johnson, Flat Earth Society President
1936 – Mark Goddard, Lost in Space Actor
1936 – Ruth Buzzi, Laugh-In Actress
1940 – Dan Hedaya, Cheers Actor – Carla’s Hubby
1942 – Chris Sarandon, Dog Day Afternoon Actor
1947 – Robert Hays, Airplane Actor
1948 – Marvin the Martian, Looney Tunes Character
1949 – Michael Richards, Seinfeld Actor – Kramer
1950 – Sam Behrens, LA Law Actor
1951 – Lynda Carter, Wonder Woman Actress
1957 – Robbie Grey, Modern English Rocker
1963 – Julie Krone, First Female Win Belmont Stakes
1964 – Barry Bonds, MLB Home Run King 
1968 – Malcolm Ingram, Canadian Director
1969 – Jennifer Lopez, American Pop Singer
1971 – Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman Director
1975 – Torrie Wilson, American WWF Wrestle
1982 – Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Actress
1987 – Mara Wilson, Mrs. Doubtfire Actress
1991 – Emily Bett Rickards, Arrow Actress
This Day in Local History: July 24, 2021
July 24, 1968: South Peace News reports on High Prairie’s challenge to Peace River to give the most blood at upcoming blood donor clinics. All in fun, Peace River Mayor Whitmey says, “We accept the challenge and will beat those bloody leaches.”
July 24, 1972: A study by the Peace River Regional Planning Commission predicts in 20 years Grande Prairie and Peace River will be cities. High Prairie, High Level, Falher and Fairview are predicted to be other major centres.
July 24, 1974: High Prairie town council is unhappy with the Alberta government’s $675,000 grant to upgrade the town’s water system.
July 24, 1983: High Prairie Dolphins’ swimmers win 117 ribbons at their seventh annual swim meet and place second behind Peace River.
July 24, 1985: No one is injured in a fire which guts the High Prairie Provincial Building destroying the records in 13 government offices. The fire started in an interior incinerator.
July 24, 1985: South Peace News reports Earle Mast, 57, is found guilty in an Edmonton court of impersonating a police officer and other charges arising from incidents in McLennan and High Prairie.
July 24, 1986: The High Prairie and District Men’s Fastball League concludes league play with the Peavine Rangers finishing in first place with 22 points.
July 24, 1988: About 250 participants attend Kapown Days at Hilliard’s Bay Provincial Park.
July 24, 1988: Collin Willier wins the bull riding title as the Sucker Creek Rodeo concludes two days of events.
July 24, 1991: South Peace News reports that Jaime Erasmus is awarded two gold medals after the completion of the Alberta Northwest Summer Games after it’s discovered that the original gold medal winner was too old to compete in her event.
July 24, 1992: Kinuso celebrates the opening of their new Seniors Centre.
July 24, 1995: The public is enraged to hear that Harvey James Mitchell, 19, pleads guilty in court to assaulting two Marigold Enterprises clients.
July 24, 1997: The High Prairie Recreation Board shuns an idea to sell booze in the Sports Palace arena.
July 24, 2006: Six cars jump the tracks at a derailment near Triangle. No environmental damage or injuries occur.
July 24, 2009: Vandals strike the Eagle’s Nest Complex at Enilda forcing an indefinite closure of the facility. The vandal drove through the double doors leading into the hall.
July 24-25, 2010: Northern Lakes College’s Native Cultural Arts Museum celebrates its history by turning the clock back to the 1880s with outside and indoor displays.
July 24, 2011: Several local seniors return home with medals from the Alberta 55 Plus Summer Games in Fairview. Dorothy Calvert and Lloyd Gauchier win gold medals in golf, Doug Flett bronze in golf, Erwyn Marx and John Turner bronze in tennis, and Frank Tries in shot put and discus.
July 24, 2012: Concrete is poured to begin construction of POPS Home Hardware’s new building.
July 24, 2013: A photo of a lost dog in a Spotlight story is seen by two little girls, Amber and Ashlinn Brown, who are later reunited with their dog after two years.
July 24, 2013: High Prairie town council decides to add the names of Olga Johnston, Rhonda Keay and Verda Kozie to the High Prairie Citizen’s Monument. A fourth nominee declines the nomination. Excluded is long-time MLA Pearl Calahasen.
July 24, 2013: High Prairie Councillor Brian Holmberg says “Maybe I will” run for mayor but does not disclose his intentions.
July 24-27, 2014: High Prairie Dolphins Daisy Porisky and Abdullah Sharkawi compete at the Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie.
July 24, 2015: Martin Deerline celebrates its grand opening in its new building in High Prairie.
July 24, 2016: The High Prairie Peewee A Chiefs win silver medals at Provincials after losing the final 12-1 to the host Clive Hornets.
July 24, 2016: The High Prairie Mosquito A Eagles win the consolation final at Provincials in Delburne after defeating the Fort McMurray Oil Giants 16-12.
July 24, 2018: High Prairie town council agrees to spend $6,000 to hire Municipal Experts to give the town a new look. The current look is getting stale, they say.
July 24, 2018: Former HP RCMP member Doug Buchta passes away at the age of 68 years in Grande Prairie. He served the RCMP over 30 years.
July 24, 2019: La Crete begins inquiries about joining the North Peace Hockey League. Their attempt to join is unsuccessful.
July 24, 2019: Big Lakes County Big Meadow – Enilda Councillor Donald Bissell says citizens who are fined should be given the right to appeal. “There is no appeal process,” says Pat Olansky, director of planning and development. “There should be,” says Bissell.
This Day in World History – July 24, 2021
1487 – Citizens in Netherlands rebel against ban on foreign beer.
1534 – Jacques Cartier lands in Canada, claims it for France.
1567 – Mary Queen of Scots is forced to abdicate; son, 1, assumes throne.
1673 – Edmund Halley enters Oxford as an undergraduate.
1823 – Slavery is abolished in Chile.
1847 – Brigham Young and his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City.
1847 – Rotary-type printing press patented.
1851 – Window tax abolished in Britain.
1911 – American explorer Hiram Bingham discovers Machu Picchu.
1917 – Trial of Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari begins for spying.
1929 – New York to San Francisco foot race ends after 2 1/2 months.
1934 – First ptarmigan hatched and reared in captivity in Ithaca, NY.
1944 – 300 allied bombers drop fire bombs on Allied/German positions.
1967 – The Beatles sign a petition in Times to legalize marijuana.
1967 – Charles de Gaulle says, “Vive le Quebec libre!”
1982 – “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor from “Rocky III” tops charts.
1987 – IBM-PC DOS Version 3.3 [updated] released.
1991 – Scientists find a planet outside of solar system.
1998 – “Saving Private Ryan” starring Tom Hanks is released.
2009 – FINA Congress votes to ban all body-length swimsuits.
2018 – First bison born in Banff National Park in 140 years.
Today’s Horoscopes – July 24, 2021
Aries [March 21 – April 20] – You may have some issues with food. Maybe your sense of self-worth isn’t at its highest, and you’re trying to make up for this by sabotaging your relationship with your body. Food is healthy nourishment that you need in order to survive. Your body deserves respect, and you need to give it the proper fuel it needs to be healthy.
Taurus [April 21 – May 21] – If there’s an issue with your partner that needs airing, this is a good time to do it. Don’t hold back just to maintain the equilibrium in the relationship. Don’t sacrifice your peace of mind just to keep from rocking the boat. Refusing to face reality just to keep up an easy facade isn’t doing anyone a bit of good. Be totally honest with yourself, your feelings, and other people.
Gemini [May 22 – June 21] – The intensity of the day may bring unexpected opposition. Whether it’s verbalized or not, the confrontations are quite real. Don’t underestimate a loved one’s emotions. Stand up to these issues and be realistic about their solutions. No one expects you to have all the answers, so don’t pretend to. We’re all human and we all make mistakes.
Cancer [June 22 – July 22] – Give your loved ones the attention they need today. Don’t let another day go by without saying you love them. Life is short and getting shorter with each passing day. Be confrontational about a serious issue that needs addressing. You’re responsible for your feelings. Don’t play the victim. You’ll only experience more pain and resentment later.
Leo [July 23 – Aug. 23] – Don’t run away from the tension today. Any emotional stress you feel will be compounded if it isn’t dealt with right away. Be in the moment while the moment is here. The more you face the present, the less you will regret in the future. Clear up any sticky situation that arises and move forward. People may not understand your needs and concerns until you clearly verbalize them.
Virgo [Aug. 24 – Sept. 22] – Stop hiding behind your intellectual barrier. Playing games will get you nowhere. True strength is standing up and demonstrating you can say what you feel in any situation, especially regarding a close loved one. If you feel the need to say something, say it. Don’t wait until the situation escalates to an unhealthy argument before you finally get your feelings out.
Libra [Sept. 23 – Oct. 23] – Stop trying to feel everyone else’s emotions and focus on yours. Being empathetic is certainly laudable, but at some point you need to face the music and look in the mirror. Make a clear distinction between your needs and those of others. Express your feelings. Ask for help if you need it. Other people aren’t mind readers. They probably have no idea what you’re feeling.
Scorpio [Oct. 24 – Nov. 22] – It may seem like neither side of the bed is the right side to wake up on today. The only solution may be is to just go back to dreamland if you can. If you can’t, focus on your heart, because it’s trying to tell you it needs some attention. Emotions may be running high, so be careful how you treat yourself and others.
Sagittarius [Nov. 23 – Dec. 21] – You may feel like you’re being double-crossed by a loved one today, Maybe your words are being used against you in such a way that makes you look like the bad guy. When it comes to making a rebuttal on your behalf, let the other person know you’re confronting them about their behaviour and not their person.
Capricorn [Dec. 22 – Jan. 20] – You may say one thing one minute and the opposite the next. Most of the time you jump from one issue to the next with no hassle, but today people probably will call you on it. Think about what you mean before you say it. Don’t do all your thinking aloud so others can hear. Your continuous thought process might be mistaken for your final analysis. Confusion could ensue.
Aquarius [Jan. 21 – Feb. 18] – The tension in the air might be what you need in order to become more aware of subconscious issues that affect your behaviour. There’s a great deal you need to get off your chest. The more honest you can be about the pain people have caused you, the more love will flow in the future. Open the communication channels.
Pisces [Feb. 19 – March 20] – Stop being an enabler to someone you care about. You may let someone continue a dangerous addictive behaviour simply because you want to avoid a confrontation. Realize that this behaviour is doing neither of you any good. The more you continue to perpetrate the lie, the more it will hurt all parties involved. Be open and honest with your concerns.