The Northern Edge

More Blowing Snow Tonight on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:40 PM GMT on February 28, 2011

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Today will bring increasing cloudiness with a 30% chance of flurries this afternoon. The wind becoming south at 20 km/h (12 mph) this afternoon. A high of -5C(23F) is expected.
Tonight will be cloudy with periods of snow beginning near midnight.There will be local blowing snow overnight. The wind will be southerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming northwest 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) overnight. The overnight low will be -20C(-4F) with wind chills near -30.
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From My Basement Window

The Queen is working the early shift <11-7, today so with luck she'll be safely at home when the blowing snow starts.
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A Slight Warming on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:35 PM GMT on February 27, 2011

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Today will bring a mix of sun and cloud with thw wind becoming northwestat 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. A high of -7C(19F) is forecast.
Tonight will se clearing and and overnight low of
From My Basement Window

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Today's Events in History from BrainyHistory.Com
2010 A tsunami warning went into effect for Chile and Peru after an 8.8 magnitude earthquake hits near Conception, Chile
2002 44th Grammy Awards, U2, Alicia Keyes, Nelly Furtado and James Taylor win major awards
1998 14th Soap Opera Digest Awards
1998 Apple discontinues developing Newton computer
1998 FBI arrests 10 most wanted suspected serial killer Tony Ray Amati
1998 New England Patriot David Meggett arrested in Toronto on sex assault charges
1997 "Last Night of Ballyhoo" opens at Helen Hayes Theater New York City
1997 Singer Sade (Helen Folasade), arrest in Jamaica for disobeying a cop
1996 Mark Waugh scores 126 in World Cup against India
1995 Car bomb explodes in Zakho, North-Iraq (54-80 killed)
1994 17th Winter Olympic games closes in Lillehammer, Norway
1994 Maronite church near Beirut bombed, 10 killed
1993 PBA National Championship Won by Ron Palombi Jr
1992 Larry Smith, named 9th Commissioner of the CFL
1992 Tiger Woods, 16, becomes youngest PGA golfer in 35 years
1991 Ben Elton's "Silly Cow," premieres in London
1991 6 week Gulf War ends after Iraqi troops retreated and Kuwait is liberated
1991 Noureddine Morcelli set 1500m mark at 3:34:16
1991 Singer James Brown is released from prison
1990 Exxon Corp and Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts (Valdez)
1990 No one elected to Hall of Fame for 2nd time in 3 years
1989 German war criminals Aus der Funten/Fischer, freed in Holland
1988 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Orient Leasing Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1988 Bonnie Blair (U.S.) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1
1988 Gulfstream G-IV goes around the world 36:08:34
1988 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
1987 "Washington Week In Review," 20th anniversary on PBS
1987 Donald Regan resigned as White House chief of staff
1987 Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m)
1987 NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption
1985 Farmers converge in Washington to demand economic relief
1985 Mauritania's new constitutional charter published
1984 Carl Lewis jumps world record indoor (8.675 m)
1984 WRC-AM in Washington D.C. changes call letters to WWRC
1984 Worker's union leader Billy Nair freed in South Africa
1983 Eamonn Coghlan set indoor mile record of 3:49.78
1983 Jan Stephenson wins Tucson Conquistadores LPGA Golf Tournament
1982 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw
1982 Earl Anthony becomes 1st pro bowler to win more than $1 million
1982 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1982 Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta
1981 Greatest passenger load on a commercial airliner-610 on Boeing 747
1981 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record "Ebony and Ivory"
1980 22nd Grammy Awards: What a Fool Believe, Streisand-Diamond duet
1980 Israel and Egypt exchange ambassadors
1980 Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF wins elections in Zimbabwe
1980 Terrorists occupies Dominican embassy in Bogota
1978 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1977 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
1977 Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession, Canada
1976 Final meeting between Mao tse Tung and Richard Nixon
1975 CDU-politician Peter Lorentz kidnapped in West Berlin
1975 House of Representatives pass $21.3 billion anti-recession tax-cut bill
1974 "People" magazine begins sales
1974 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1973 American Indian Movement occupy Wounded Knee in South Dakota
1973 Dick Allen signs a record $675,000 3-yr contract with White Sox
1973 Members of American Indian Movement begin occupation of Wounded Knee
1973 Pope Paul VI publishes constitution motu proprio Quo aptius
1973 White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3-year $750,000 contract
1972 President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique
1970 New York Times falsely reports U.S. Army has ended domestic surveillance
1969 General Hafez al-Assad becomes head of Syria via miltary coup
1969 President Nixon visits West-Berlin
1967 Antigua and St. Christopher-Nevis become associated states of UK
1967 Dominica gains independence from England
1967 Pink Floyd release their 1st single "Arnold Layne"
1967 Rio de la Plata Treaty
1966 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler/Bernard Ford GRB
1966 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Belousova and Protopopov of URS
1966 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of U.S.
1966 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Emmerich Danzer AUT
1965 "High Spirits" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 375 performances
1965 Dutch Marijnen government resigns
1965 France performs Underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
1964 "What Makes Sammy Run?" opens at 84th St. Theater New York City for 540 performances
1963 Mickey Mantle of New York Yankees sign a baseball contract worth $100,000
1962 South-Vietnam President Ngo Dinh Diem's palace bombed, 1st U.S. killed
1960 Oil pipeline from Rotterdam to Ruhrgebied opens
1960 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats U.S.S.R. 3-2 en route to gold medal
1959 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to Los Angeles Rams for 9 players
1959 Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers
1958 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
1957 Mao's speech "On Correct Handling of Contradictions Among People"
1957 Premiere of only prime-time network TV show beginning with an "X": "Xavier Cugat Show" on NBC (until X-Files)
1956 Elvis Presley's releases "Heartbreak Hotel"
1956 Female suffrage in Egypt
1955 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
1951 22nd amendment ratified, limiting president to 2 terms
1950 General Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China
1949 Chaim Weizmann becomes 1st Israeli president
1947 Paul-Emile Victor French polar expeditions organized
1946 4th "Road" film, "Road to Utopia" premieres (New York City)
1945 Battle of U.S. 94 Infantry
1942 1st transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany
1942 Battle of Java Sea began 13 U.S. warships sunk - 2 Japanese
1942 J. S. Hey discovers radio emissions from Sun
1939 Belgian government of Pierlot falls
1939 English Spook house Borley Rectory destroyed in a fire
1939 France recognizes Franco's regime in Spain
1939 Supreme Court outlaws sit-down strikes
1938 Britain and France recognize Franco government in Spain
1937 Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket vs. England in 223 minutes
1936 Willy den Ouden swims world record 100 m free style (1:04.6)
1933 Jean Genet's "Intermezzo," premieres in Paris
1933 Nazis set fire to German parliament building, Reichstag, blame it on Communists
1932 38 die in coal mine explosion Boissevain, Virginia, USA
1930 Bouvet Island declared a Norwegian dependency
1929 Turkey signs Litvinov-pact
1927 For 2nd Sunday in a row golfers in South Carolina arrested for violating Sabbath
1925 Hitler's resurrects NSDAP political party in Munich
1925 Test Cricket debut of Clarrie Grimmett, who took 5-45 and 6-37 vs. England
1924 Belgium's Theunis government falls
1922 Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference
1922 G. B. Shaw's "Back to Methusaleh I/II," premieres in New York City
1922 Supreme Court unanimously upheld 19th amend woman's right to vote
1921 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard
1921 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger
1919 1st public performance of Holst's "Planets"
1919 American Association for Hard of Hearing forms (New York City)
1912 Lord Kitchener opens Khartoum-El Obeid (Nyala) railway
1908 Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954)
1908 Star #46 was added to U.S. flag for Oklahoma
1906 France and Britain agree to joint control of New Hebrides
1901 NL Rules Committee decrees that all fouls are to count as strikes except after two strikes
1900 Battle at Pietershoogte
1900 Boer General Cronje surrenders to English in Pardenberg, South Africa
1900 British Labour Party forms
1890 D Needham and P Kerrigan box 100 rounds (6 h 39 m), SF; match is draw
1883 Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine
1881 Battle at Amajuba, South Africa: Boers vs. British army under General Colley
1879 Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin the artificial sweetener
1877 U.S. Electoral College declares R. Hayes winner presidential election
1874 Baseball 1st played in England, at Lord's Cricket Grounds
1873 Dutch socialist Samuel van Wooden demands law against child labor
1872 Charlotte Ray, 1st Black woman lawyer, graduated Harvard University
1871 Meeting of Alabama claims commission
1869 John Menard is 1st black to make a speech in Congress
1865 Civil War skirmish near Sturgeon, Missouri
1864 6th and last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)
1864 Near Andersonville Georgia, rebels open a new POW camp "Camp Sumpter"
1861 Russians shoot at Poles protesting Russian rule of Poland
1861 U.S. Congress authorizes 1st stamped newspaper wrappers for mailing
1861 Warsaw Massacre: Russians fire on crowd demonstrating against Russia
1854 Composer Robert Schumann saved from suicide attempt in Rhine
1844 Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day)
1827 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans
1816 Dutch regain Suriname
1814 Ludwig von Beethovens 8th Symphony in F, premieres
1813 1st federal vaccination legislation enacted
1813 Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail
1803 Great fire in Bombay, India
1801 Washington D.C. placed under Congressional jurisdiction
1713 French troops bomb Willemstad Curacao
1700 Pacific Island of New Britain discovered
1696 English / Welsh nobles lay down Oath of Assn
1678 Earl of Shaftesbury freed out of London Tower
1670 Jews expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I
1667 Abraham Crijnssen conquerors Fort Willoughby (Zeelandia), Suriname
1665 Battle at Elmina, Gold Coast: Vice-Admiral De Ruyter beats English
1594 Henri IV crowned king of France
1563 William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral
1557 1st Russian Embassy opens in London, Russia and U.S. sign trade agreement
1531 Evangelical German monarchy/towns form Schmalkaldische Union
1526 Saxony and Hesse form League of Gotha (league of Protestant princes)
837 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet


More Wind and Blowing Snow on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:23 PM GMT on February 26, 2011

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Today will be sunny with local blowing snow late this afternoon. The wind becoming southerly at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) near noon. A high of -12C(10F) with wind chills of -40 this morning and -25 this afternoon.
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness with a 60% chance of flurries overnight. There will belocal blowing snow early this evening. The wind will remain southerly at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). The overnight low will be -16C(3F) with temperature rising to -12C(10F) by morningbut the wind will cause wind chills near -27.
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From My Basement Window
================================================= =====I had another small siezure yesterday morning while I was home alone. It only lasted about a minute but I had my finger on 3 on my cell which I have set to speed dial 911. When the Queen came home at 3:30 I told her about the event and she took me to the doctors office. He said I can expect to have these small siezures from time to time even though my medication is at proper levels. The only way to stop hem is to remove the dead meat in my brain from the strokes which is a chilling thought.
I really wish it would warm up with out the strong winds so that Abbey and me could get out again. I enjoy walking and miss our trecks.
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Wind Chill Warning in Effect on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:00 PM GMT on February 25, 2011

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Today will be sunny with a wind up to 15 km/h. The hHigh will be near -18C(0F). Extreme wind chills of -41 this morning.
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -29C(-20F).
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From My Basement Window
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The Queen is off to work on the very early shift again. One nice thing about it is that she's home at 3:30 5his afternoon. She really dislikes it because she's not a morning person.
I'm getting like Uncle Mush and Cabin Fever is driving me mad.I wish spring would hurry along.
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Today's Events in History from BrainyHistory.Com 2010 After being delayed by the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovych is sworn in as the 4th President of Ukraine
2007 79th Academy Awards hosted by Ellen DeGeneres in Hollywood
2007 'The Departed' wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards
2005 Radio Canada International celebrates its 60th anniversary
1998 Pamela Lee has husband Tommy Lee arrested on battery charges
1998 Switzerland's 1st legal brothel opens in Zurich
1998 40th Grammy Awards, Shawn Colvin, Bob Dylan, Sarah McLachlan, and Elton John win major awards
1996 "Father" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 52 performances
1996 Rajindra Dhanraj takes 16-167 in match Trinidad vs Leeward Is
1995 Bomb attack on train in Assam India (27 soldiers killed)
1995 British heavyweight Nigel Benn hits Gerard McClellan in hospital
1995 Moslem fundamentalists shoot 20 shite mosque goers dead
1995 PBA National Championship Won by Scott Alexander
1994 Israeli extremist Baruch Goldstein massacres 30 Palestinians in Hebron
1994 Peruvian Yak-40 crashes into mountain near Tingo Maria, kills 31
1994 Phil Rizzuto elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1993 "Fool Moon" opens at Richard Rodgers Theater New York City for 207 performances
1993 Florida Marlins introduce their mascot "Billy"
1993 Pakistan all out 43 vs. West Indies, world one-day int record low
1992 34th Grammy Awards: Unforgetable, Marc Cohn wins
1991 Andrew Jones scores twin Test Cricket tons vs. Sri Lanka (122 and 100*)
1991 Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky and John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts
1991 U.S., barracks in Dhahran Saudi Arabia, hit by scud missile, kills 28
1990 Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win the Cricket World Series Cup
1990 Nicaraguans votes out Sandinistas
1990 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children and no man can stand her for long
1989 1st independent blue-collar labor union in Communist Hungary forms
1989 Dallas Cowboys' new owner fires 29-year coach Tom Landry
1989 Javed Miandad scores 271 vs. New Zealand at Eden Park
1989 Lowest baramotric pressure in Netherlands (956.7 mbar at De Bilt)
1989 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1988 Bruce Springsteen "Tunnel of Love Tour," begins in Worcester Mass
1988 South Korea adopts constitution
1987 LaMarr Hoyt is banned from baseball for 1987, due to drug abuse
1987 Michael Jordan, scores Chicago Bulls record 58 points in a game
1987 U.S. Supreme Court upholds affirmative action, 5-4
1986 28th Grammy Awards: We Are the World, Sade, Phil Collins wins
1986 Corazon Aquino becomes president of Philippines, Marcos flees
1986 Iran conquerors Iraq peninsula Fao
1986 Thousands of Egyptian military police riot, destroy 2 luxury hotel
1984 Oil fire in Cubatao Brazil kills 500
1982 Final episode of "The Lawrence Welk Show" airs
1982 Record speed for a snowmobile (239 kph)
1981 23rd Grammy Awards: Sailing, Christopher Cross, Billy Joel wins
1981 Calgary Flames scored 11 goals against the Islanders
1981 L Calvo Sotelo elected premier of Spain
1981 NHL most penalized game; Bruins vs Northstars, 84 penalties (392 minutes)
1981 New York Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames
1981 Rita Jenrette (wife of Abscam congressman) appears on Donahue
1981 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 Executive Board of Baseball Players Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29 if the issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved
1980 Coup ousts Prime Minister Henck Arron of Suriname
1979 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1979 Soyuz 32 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station is launched
1978 Botham scores 1st Test Cricket century, 103 vs. New Zealand Christchurch
1977 New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts
1977 Oil tanker explosion west of Honolulu spills 31 million gallons
1977 Soyuz 24 returns to Earth
1975 Ewen Chatfield flattened by Peter Lever and seriously injured
1974 Veronica and Colin Scargill (England) begin tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975
1973 "Little Night Music" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 601 performances
1973 Juan Corona sentenced to 25 life sentences for 25 murders
1973 Steven Sondheim's musical "Little Night Music," premieres in New York City
1972 Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise
1972 Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single
1971 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Belasco Theater New York City for 1,316 performances
1971 P Zindel's "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little," premieres in New York City
1969 Beatles begin recording Abbey Road album
1969 Mariner 6 launched for fly-by of Mars
1969 Pension plan for baseball is agreed to
1968 430 Unification Church couples wed in Korea
1968 Makarios re-elected president of Cyprus
1966 Syrian military coup under Hafiz al-Assad
1964 Austrian chancellor Alfons Gorbach resigns
1964 Cassius Clay TKOs Sonny Liston in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
1963 Beatles release their 1st single in U.S. "Please Please Me"
1962 India Congress Party wins elections
1962 Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon
1962 Robert Kennedy visits Netherlands
1961 Niagara ends St. Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
1961 Paul Bikle in glider climbs from 1208 m at release to record 14,10
1960 John Cage's "Music for Amplified Toy Pianos," premieres
1960 Lillian Hellman's "Toys in the Attic," premieres in New York City
1957 Buddy Holly and Crickets record "That'll Be the Day"
1957 Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
1956 Khrushchev denounces Stalin at 20th Soviet Party Conference
1954 Abdul Nasser appointed Egyptian premier
1953 "Wonderful Town" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 559 performances
1952 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
1951 "Michael Todd's Peep Show" closes at Winter Garden New York City after 278 perf
1951 1st Pan American Games opens (Buenos Aires Argentina)
1951 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament
1950 "Your Show of Shows" with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca premieres on NBC Writers include Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Woody Allen
1949 WAC Corporal rocket achieves height of 400k (record)
1948 Communists seize Czechoslovakia/C Gottwald becomes premier
1945 U.S. aircraft carriers attack Tokyo
1944 U.S. 1st Army completes invasion plan
1943 Vietminh forms Indo Chinese Democratic Front
1941 Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
1941 February strike against persecution of Jews, in Amsterdam
1940 1st televised (W2XBS, New York City) hockey game (Rangers vs. Canadians)
1939 1st Anderson bomb shelter in Britain erected in an Islington garden
1938 British Lord Halifax becomes Foreign Minister
1933 1st genuine aircraft carrier christened, USS Ranger
1933 Major NFL rule changes (hash mark 10 yards in, posts on goal line)
1933 Thomas Yawkey purchases Boston Red Sox
1932 Immigrant Adolf Hitler gets German citizenship
1930 Check photographing device patented
1930 George Headley completes twin tons in Test Cricket vs. England (114 and 112)
1927 Gdanks and Polish accord concerning traffic through Polish corridor
1926 Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain
1926 Kwo-Min-Tang (Guomindang) declares war on government/warlords
1925 Glacier Bay National Monument established in Alaska
1925 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Beatrix Loughran
1925 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Nathaniel Niles
1924 Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland High School basketball game (163-3)
1923 Bread in Berlin rises to 2,000 mark
1921 Georgian SSR proclaimed
1919 League of Nations set up by Paris Treaty
1919 Oregon is 1st state to tax gasoline (1 cent per gallon)
1916 German troops conquer Fort Douaumont near Verdun
1913 16th Amendment ratified, authorizing income tax
1911 Opera "Natoma," premieres in Philadelphia
1910 Dali Lama flees Tibet from Chinese troop to British-Indies
1908 1st tunnel under Hudson River (railway tunnel) opens
1907 George Bernard Shaw's "Philanderer," premieres in London
1907 U.S. proclaims protectorate over Dominican Republic
1905 Netherlands Workers van Vakverenigingen, (NVV) political party forms
1904 J. M. Synge's "Riders to the Sea" opens at Irish National Theater Society
1904 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
1901 George Cohan's musical "Governor's Son," premieres in New York City
1901 U.S. Steel Corp organized under J. P. Morgan
1896 Italian government decides to attack governor Baratieri of Eritrea
1892 James Barrie's "Walker London," premieres in London
1885 U.S. Congress condemns barbed wire around government grounds
1879 Congress passed 1st Timberland Protection Act
1875 Kiowa Indians under Lone Wolf (Guipago) surrender at Ft. Sill
1870 Hiram Rhodes Revels, is sworn in as 1st black member of Congress, Senator-R-Mississippi 1870 - 1871
1863 Congress creates national banking system, comptroller of currency
1862 Congress forms U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
1862 Paper currency introduced in U.S. by President Abraham Lincoln
1859 1st use of "insanity plea" to prove innocence
1847 State University of Iowa is approved
1839 Seminoles and black allies shipped from Tampa Bay Florida, to West
1838 London pedestrian walks 20 miles backward then forward in 8 hours
1837 1st U.S. electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport
1836 Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm
1830 Victor Hugo's "Hernani" premieres in Paris
1828 John Quincy Adam's son John marries in White House
1804 Jefferson nominated for president at Democratic-Republican caucus
1803 1,800 sovereign German states unite into 60 states
1799 1st federal forestry legislation authorizes purchase of timber land
1799 Congress passes 1st federal quarantine legislation
1793 1st cabinet meeting at George Washington's home
1791 1st Bank of U.S. chartered
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1643 Dutch U.S. colonists kill Algonquin-indians
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Memorbilia Walls and Still Cold on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:34 PM GMT on February 24, 2011

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Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -29C(-20F).
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The Queen's week off has ended. The plant is still shut down till Monday but she had to go in for 7:00 this morning. Besides her regular janitorial duties she may have to work in the cafeteria which realy dislikes. I guess there's up to 200 contractors in the plant doing maintenace as well as the regular maintenace staff.
I have the COPP plaque and certificate hanging beside my 25, 35 and 40 year plaques for my years of service working for the government of Manitoba.
I have a wall with my fathers medals from WW2, his discharge certificate,a PPCLI shoulder patch and hat pin,the oringinal newpaper clipping from 1943 saying he was wounded in action,a picture of him in uniform with a note on the back saying London, England as well as a 2.5 foot long photo of his whole company taken in 1942 in England. I call this wall my father's wall. Now I've claimed a wall for my awards.

I'm going to have to buy a bigger house . I have a couple of walls where I hang the antique clocks I used to repair and collect. Some of the clocks are over a hundred years old and all will run if they had a cleaning of the movement.

Updated: 2:17 PM GMT on February 25, 2011


More Snow and Awards at a COPP meeting

By: plapman, 2:12 PM GMT on February 23, 2011

Today will be cloudy with periods of snow beginning this morning and ending this afternoon. Amount 2 cm(0.8 in). The wind becoming northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. A high of -9C(15F). is expected
Tonight will see cloudy periods with the northerly wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light this evening. The overnight low will be -22C(-8F).
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I really enjoyed my last Citizens on Patrol meeting last night. The mayor of Portage was present as well as the Inspector heading the Portage detachment of the RCMP.
I was presented with a document from Manitoba Public Insurance thanking me for my 11 years service as statistion as well as a plaque from the local group thanking me for my contribution to the group over the years.
The Inspector informed the group that he is going to Afganistan for 9 months with NATO to act as senior police trainer for the Afgan police. I think thats quiet an honor for him and will certainly help his career. At the mayor's request when he is finished his duties there he will be returning to Portage.

Updated: 2:26 PM GMT on February 24, 2011


Strong Winds and Blowing Snow Again

By: plapman, 1:19 PM GMT on February 22, 2011

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Today will be sunny with cloudy periods. Blowing snow at times this afternoon as the wnd becomes southerly at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) near noon. The high will be -5C(23F)but wind chills of -29 this morning.
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness and an overnight low of -15C(5F).
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I'm off to a citizens on patrol meeting tonight. I resigned my position at statistian and membership after my last stroke but was invited by the chairperson to attend this meeting. They have a certificate of apprecation from Manitoba Public Insurance ,which is the mothership for the groups in Manitoba. We used to go out at night for 3-4 hour patrols reporting anything suspicious to the local RCMP who sent a car to check it out. I think just seeeing traffic on the streets stopped a lot of criminal activities.
It looks like Abbey and me will be housebound again but hopefully the southerly wind will bring warmer temps.
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From My Basement Window


Louis Reil Day In Manitoba

By: plapman, 2:05 PM GMT on February 21, 2011

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Today will be sunny with a high of-15C(5F).
Tonight will be clear with at low of -21C(-6F).
At 7:00 am the current cconditions are
-28 °C
Partly Cloudy
Windchill: -37 °C
Humidity: 76%
Dew Point: -31 °C
Wind: 11 km/h / 3.1 m/s from the WNW

Pressure: 1026 hPa (Steady)
Visibility: 24.1 kilometers
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 7620 m
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From My Basement Window
It looks like Abbey and me are housebound again. Yesterday I had a nap instead of taking Abbey out. That poor little dog is going to be more than the 70lbs. she was at the last vet visit.
The Queen made 1 field trip yesterday for groceries but I decided to stay home and do some chores I've been getting behind in. I took out the garbage and sorted out the recycle bins.
I managed to get up this morning without waking the Queen. I went to bed an hour before her so I'll let her sleep.
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Today is Louis Reil Day in Manitoba.
From Wikipedia

Louis David Riel (English 22 October 1844 – 16 November 1885) was a Canadian politician, a founder of the province of Manitoba, and leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies He led two resistance movements against the Canadian government and its first post-Confederation Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Riel sought to preserve Métis rights and culture as their homelands in the Northwest came progressively under the Canadian sphere of influence. He is regarded by many as a Canadian folk hero today
The first resistance was the Red River Rebellion of 1869–1870 The provisional government established by Riel ultimately negotiated the terms under which the modern province of Manitoba entered the Canadian Confederation Riel was forced into exile in the United States as a result of the controversial execution of Thomas Scott during the rebellion Despite this, he is frequently referred to as the "Father of Manitoba While a fugitive, he was elected three times to the Canadian House of Commons, although he never assumed his seat. During these years, he was frustrated by having to remain in exile despite his growing belief that he was a divinely chosen leader and prophet, a belief which would later resurface and influence his actions. He married in 1881 while in exile in Montana, and fathered three children.

Riel returned to what is now the province of Saskatchewan to represent Métis grievances to the Canadian government. This resistance escalated into a military confrontation known as the North-West Rebellion of 1885. It ended in his arrest, trial, and execution on a charge of high treason. Riel was viewed sympathetically in Francophone regions of Canada, and his execution had a lasting influence on relations between the province of Quebec and English-speaking Canada. Whether seen as a Father of Confederation or a traitor, he remains one of the most complex, controversial, and ultimately tragic figures in the history of Canada


Has Spring Forgotten the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:41 PM GMT on February 20, 2011

Today will be sunny with cloudy periods with the wind becoming northeastat 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. A high of -16C(3F) with wind chills near -32.
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -29C(-20F) expected.
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At 7:19 CST it is currently -25 °with windchill of: -34 °C
Humidity: 82%
Dew Point: -27 °C
Wind: 11 km/h / 3.1 m/s from the NNE
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It's a good thing I went out and plugged the block heater on the Queen's car or we'd be calling CAA agaain for a boost to get the car running.
Abbey and me decided on a nap yesterday instead of a walk. I must be getting soft in my old age. I remember times at -40 I'd still go for the daily walk. Poor Abbey and Buck, my previous dog,would be walking and lifting one leg because of cold feet.
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Today in History from BrainHistory.Com

2010 At least 32 people are dead and 68 injured from floods and mudslides on the island of Madeira, Portugal
2008 U.S. Navy destroys a U.S. spy satellite with a missile
2003 Fire at the Station rock club in Rhode Island kills nearly 100
2002 Stove mishap sets Egyption train on fire, kills over 360 people
1998 Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal
1998 U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan lands in Baghdad, for peace negotiations
1998 U.S. movie box office hits quickest $1 billion for year (51 days)
1997 "Stanley" opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City
1997 San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract
1994 3 Afghans take 70 Pakistani children hostage
1994 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 10 km (13:30.55)
1994 Pope John Paul II demands juristic discrimination of homosexuals
1993 Florida Marlins open their 1st spring training camp
1993 Lisa Walters wins LPGA Itoki Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
1993 New York Islanders retire Billy Smith's number 31
1992 "Private Lives" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 37 performances
1992 Orthodox patriarch Shenouda III visits Netherlands
1992 Ross Perot says he'll run for President on Larry King Show
1991 "Taking Steps" opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City for 78 performances
1991 33rd Grammy Awards: Another Day in Paradise, Mariah Carey
1989 Members of 1949 Oklahoma football team cancelled an April reunion because of deplorable conduct of Oklahoma players
1988 500 die in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro Brazil
1988 Andre Hoffmann skates world record 1500m (1:52.06)
1988 Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating
1988 Cornelia Oschkenat hurdles indoor world record 50m (6.58 sec)
1988 Kelly Hrudy's 5th Islander shut-out win-Hartford 3-0
1988 Peter Kalikow purchases New York Post from Rupert Murdoch for $37.6 million
1988 Rob Druppers runs world record indoor 1000m (2:16.2)
1988 Stefka Kostadinova high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)
1987 Bomb blamed on Unabomber explodes by computer store in Salt Lake City
1987 David Hartman quits ABC's "Good Morning America," after 11 years
1986 Los Angeles Dodger Orel Hershiser is 1st to win a $1M salary by arbitration
1986 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany, New York
1985 After defending his WBC flyweight championship, Sot Chitalada's check for $104,000 is stolen by a ringside pickpocket
1983 Japan launches Tenma satellite to study x-rays (450/570 km)
1983 Roland Liboton becomes world champ cross-country cycling
1982 New York Islanders wins then NHL record 15th straight game
1981 Flight readiness firing of Columbia's main engines; 20 seconds
1981 James Sanford equals 50m indoor world record (5.61 sec)
1980 Actress Susan Dey (LA Law) weds producer Bernard Sofronski
1979 "Comin' Uptown" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 45 performances
1978 4th People's Choice Awards: Star Wars, Carol Burnett and Bob Hope
1978 Bob Backland beats Billy Graham in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
1978 Egypt announces it is pulling its diplomats out of Cyprus
1978 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1977 "My Fair Lady" closes at St. James Theater New York City after 384 performances
1977 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
1976 Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
1975 Leonard Baichan scores 105* on Test Cricket debut, vs. Pakistan Lahore
1975 Margaret Thatcher elected leader of British Conservative Party
1975 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1974 Cher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono
1974 Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA
1973 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins
1972 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat New York Knicks (111-109)
1972 Ard Schenk becomes world champ skater
1972 Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee
1971 Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season
1971 General Idi Amin Dada appointed president of Uganda
1971 National Emergency Center erroneously orders U.S. radio and TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes
1968 John Cleese (Monty Python) marries Connie Booth
1968 State troopers used tear gas to stop demonstration at Alcorn A and M
1966 Author Valery Tarsis banished in U.S.S.R.
1965 Beatles record "That Means a Lot"
1965 Ranger 8 makes hard landing on the Moon, returns photos, other data
1965 Turkish government of Uerguplu forms
1963 End of the Test Cricket careers of Neil Harvey and Alan Davidson
1963 Willie Mays for the San Francisco Giants signs a record $100,000 per year contract
1962 John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth in Friendship 7
1958 Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
1958 Los Angeles Coliseum Commission approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
1957 Hughie Tayfield takes 9-113 vs. England, 13 wkts for match
1956 WOSU TV channel 34 in Columbus, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
1955 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
1954 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
1954 General Zahedi wins election in Persia
1953 August A. Busch buys the Cards for $3.75 million
1953 U.S. Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport and not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
1952 "African Queen" opens at Capitol Theater in New York City
1952 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
1950 Dylan Thomas arrives in New York City for his 1st U.S. poetry reading tour
1950 WOL-AM in Washington D.C. swaps calls with WWDC
1949 1st International Pancake Race held (Liberal Ks)
1948 Czechoslovakia's non-communist minister resigns
1947 Chemical mixing error causes explosion that destroys 42 blocks in Los Angeles
1947 Lord Mountbatten appointed as last viceroy of India
1944 Batman and Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers
1944 U.S. takes Eniwetok Island
1943 Allied troops occupy Kasserine pass in Tunisia
1943 New volcano Paracutin erupts in farmer's corn patch (Mexico)
1943 Phil Wrigley and B Rickey charter All-American Girls Softball League
1942 Lt. E. H. O'Hare single-handedly shoots down 5 Japanese heavy bombers
1941 1st transport of Jews to concentration camps leave Plotsk, Poland
1941 Nazis order Polish Jews barred from using public transportation
1941 Romania breaks relations with Netherlands
1940 Larry Clinton and his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
1938 U.K. Foreign Secretary Eden resigns, says Prime Minister Chamberlain appeased Germany
1937 1st automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica, Ca
1935 Karoline Mikkelson is 1st woman on Antarctica
1934 Virgil Thomson's opera "4 Saints in 3 Acts" opens in New York City
1933 Curom, Curacaose Broadcast System starts: Princess Juliana's speech
1933 House of Representatives completes congressional action to repeal Prohibition
1933 Sidney Howard's "Alien Corn," premieres in New York City
1932 Japanese troops occupy Tunhua China
1931 Congress allows California to build Oakland-Bay Bridge
1930 Capelle soccer team forms
1929 American Samoa organizes as territory of U.S.
1929 Red Sox announce they will play Sunday games at Braves Field
1927 Golfers in South Carolina arrested for violating Sabbath
1923 Christy Mathewson becomes President of Boston Braves
1922 Marc Connelly and George Kaufman's "To the Ladies," premieres in New York City
1922 Vilinus, Lithuania, agrees to separate from Poland
1922 WOR-AM in New York City begins radio transmissions
1921 Riza Khan Pahlevi seizes control of Iran
1919 French premier Clemenceau injured during assassination attempt
1917 Ammunitions ship explodes in Archangelsk harbor, about 1,500 die
1917 Kern, Bolton and Wodehouse's musical "Oh, Boy!," premieres in New York City
1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition opens in San Francisco
1912 Argentina beat the MCC in their inaugural cricket 1st-class fixture
1903 Nick Young remains as NL president as AG Spalding ends challenge
1902 Heavy surf breaks over Seal Rocks and damages Sutro Baths, San Francisco
1901 1st territorial legislature of Hawaii convenes
1899 Ill Tel and Tel granted franchise for Chicago freight tunnel system
1895 Congress authorizes a U.S. mint at Denver, Colorodo
1890 Amsterdam Theater destroyed by fire
1887 1st minor league baseball association organizes in Pittsburgh
1887 Germany, Austria-Hungary and France end Triple Alliance
1877 1st cantilever bridge in U.S. completed, Harrodsburg, Kentucky
1877 International Association (minor baseball league) organizes
1873 University of California gets its 1st Med School (UC/SF)
1872 Hydraulic electric elevator patented by Cyrus Baldwin
1872 Luther Crowell patents a machine that manufactures paper bags
1872 Metropolitan Museum of Art opens in New York City
1872 Silas Noble and JP Cooley patents toothpick manufacturing machine
1869 Tennessee Governor W. C. Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
1865 MIT forms 1st U.S. collegiate architectural school
1864 Civil War battle of Olustee, Florida
1861 Department of Navy of Confederacy forms
1861 Steeple of Chichester Cathedral blown down during a storm
1856 John Rutledge, Liverpool - New York steamer, hits iceberg; many die
1846 British occupy Sikh citadel of Lahore
1839 Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
1835 Concepcion, Chile destroyed by earthquake; 5,000 die
1832 Charles Darwin visits Fernando Noronha in Atlantic Ocean
1831 Polish revolutionaries defeat Russians in battle of Growchow
1823 English Captain James Weddell reaches 74 degrees 15' S, 1520 km from S pole
1816 Rossini's opera "Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome
1811 Austria declares bankruptcy
1809 Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state
1792 U.S. postal service created; postage 6 cents -12 cents, depending on distance
1768 1st American chartered fire insurance company opens (Penn)
1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie occupies Castle of Inverness
1745 Bonnie Prince Charlies troops occupy Fort August, Scotland
1737 French minister of Finance, Chauvelin, resigns
1732 Estates of Holland ratifies Treaty of Vienna
1725 10 sleeping Indians scalped by whites in New Hampshire for bounty
1710 Johan Willem Friso becomes viceroy of Groningen, Netherlands
1673 1st recorded wine auction held in London
1653 Defeat of Dutch fleet under Admiral Van Tromp by Adm Blake off Portsmouth
1613 Gerard Reynst appointed Dutch Governor-General of East-Indies
1547 King Edward VI of England was enthroned following death of Henry VIII
1525 Swiss and German mercenaries desert Francois I's army

Updated: 1:50 PM GMT on February 21, 2011


Light Snow again for the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:28 PM GMT on February 19, 2011

Today will be cCloudy with light snow beginning this morning. A high of -15C(5F) is expected.
Tonight will bring clearing this evening with an overnight low of -24C(-11F).
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Abbey and me stayed home yesterday and had a 2 hour nap instead of a walk.
The Queen got a ride from the nieghbor yesterday morning to pick up her car. The roads had all been plowed by then and it was clear sailing till she got to our driveway. We went on a short shoping trip and her snowman was just finishing up the driveway when we got home. It looks like he'll be over again today with light snow falling. He does a good job and is certainly earning his pay this year.
The Queen is off for a week now due to a scheduled plant shutdown. A couple of times a year they close the plant for maitenance.
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Updated: 1:39 PM GMT on February 20, 2011


Trans Canada Highway Closed Again Due to Near0 Visibility

By: plapman, 1:46 PM GMT on February 18, 2011

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Today will start cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries early this morning. There will be clearing this morning. Blowing snow giving near 0 visibility at times early this morning. The wind will be northwest at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) then becoming light this afternoon. A high of -14C(6F) with wind chills near -31.
Tonight will start clear and then increasing cloudiness after midnight. The overnight low will be
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From My Basement Window

The Queen left her car at work last night and took a cab home due to low visibility and drifting conditions. It was a good move as I don't think she could have gotten into our driveway.

Many highways remain closed due to near 0 visibility including the Trans-Canada between Winipeg and Brandon.Winter still has a firm grip on the prairie.
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Updated: 1:46 PM GMT on February 18, 2011


Winters Not Done With The Northern Edge Yet

By: plapman, 1:48 PM GMT on February 17, 2011

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Today will bring increasing cloudiness with snow beginning near noon. Amount 2 to 4 cm(0.8 to 1.6 in). There will be blowing snow late this afternoon. The wind will be northerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming northwest 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) this morning. The temperature falling to -14C(6F) this afternoon withwind chills near -25 this afternoon.
Tonight will bring periods of snow with another 2 cm(0.8 in). There will be blowing snow this evening. The wind northwest at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph). The overnight low will be -18C(0F) with wind chillls near -30.
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Another quiet day on the prairie yesterday. The rotinte walk with Abbey then a 2 hour nap. I didn't make it till the Queen came home and turned in at 10:30.
================================================= ======Todays Events in History from BrainHistory.Com
2010 The declaration of Victor Yanukovych as President of Ukraine is suspended by the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine
2008 Taliban suicide bombing kills 80 in Kandahar, Afghanistan
2008 Kosovo declares independence from Serbia
1998 Diane Zamora, 20, Naval Academy cadet convicted of capital murder
1998 Larry Wayne Harris and Bill Levitt arrested for possession of anthrax
1997 Carl Sagan Public Memorial at Pasadena California
1997 Weekly Standard shows evidence Larry Flint sex abused his daughter
1996 1st full ODI for the Netherlands, vs. New Zealand, cricket World Cup Nolan Clarke makes ODI debut for Netherlands at age 47
1995 11th Soap Opera Digest Awards
1995 Colin Fergusson found guilty of killing 6 people on the LIRR in NY
1995 Tiger manager Sparky Anderson takes unpaid leave due to baseball strike
1995 Federal judge allows lawsuit claiming U.S. tobacco makers knew nicotine was addictive and manipulated its levels to keep customers hooked
1993 Haitian ferry boat capsize in storm, 800-2,000 die
1993 Mark Foster swims world record 50m free style (21.60 sec)
1991 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
1989 6-week study of Arctic atmosphere shows no ozone "hole"
1989 Former baseball player and manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash
1989 Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya form common market
1989 Orel Hershiser, Dodger pitcher signs record $7.9M-3 year contract
1989 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1989 Whitesnake's rocker David Coverdale weds actress Tawny Kitaen
1988 Lebanese terrorists kidnap United Nations truce observer Lieutenant Colonel William Higgins
1988 U.S. Lt. Col Wm Higgins kidnapped by Lebanese terrorists and later killed
1987 Don Mattingly wins highest salary arbitration ($1,975,000 per year)
1987 Michelle Renee Royer, 21, Texas, crowned 36th Miss USA
1986 1st Francophone Summit convenes at Versailles
1986 Howard Stern radio show returns to New York City morning radio on WXRK 92.3 FM
1986 Johnson and Johnson announces it no longer sell capsule drugs
1986 Libyan bombers attack N'djamena Airport in Chad
1985 1st class postage rises from 20 cents to 22 cents
1985 1st day/night game at the MCG, Australia vs. England
1985 3rd person to receive an artificial heart (Murray Haydon)
1985 Hein Vergeer becomes world champion skater
1985 Laffit Pincay, Jr. is third to ride 6,000th winners at Santa Anita
1983 Bob Bourne fails on 8th Islander penalty shot
1983 Netherlands adopts constitution
1983 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1982 Commencement of Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket match, vs. England
1981 Chrysler Corp reports largest corporate losses in U.S. history
1980 Buddy Baker wins Daytona 500 (177.6 MPH/285.8 kph)
1980 Dot Germain wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
1979 China invades Vietnam
1979 Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99)
1976 "Rockabye Hamlet" opens at Minskoff Theater New York City for 7 performances
1976 Macau adopts constitution (Organic Law of Macau)
1976 New Zealand scores their 1st innings win in Test Cricket, vs. India
1976 Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 vs. India, his 1st match-winning spell
1974 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
1974 Carol Mann wins LPGA Naples Lely Golf Classic
1973 Rodney Redmond scores 107 on debut vs. Pakistan, his only Test Cricket
1972 British Parliament votes to join European Common Market
1972 President Nixon leaves Washington D.C. for China
1971 England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win
1970 Jeffrey McDonald slices up his wife and daughter
1970 Joni Mitchell's final concert at Royal Albert Hall
1970 Robert Marasco's "Child's Play," premieres in New York City
1969 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record an album (never released)
1969 Golda Meir sworn in as Israel's 1st female prime minister
1968 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield Massachusetts, opens
1967 Beatles release "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields"
1967 Kosmos 140 (Soyuz Test) launches into Earth orbit
1966 French satellite Diapason D-1A launch into Earth orbit
1965 U.S. Ranger 8 launched, will transmit 7,137 lunar pictures
1965 U.S. - Japan baseball relations suspended over Masanori Murakami dispute
1964 101st member elected to baseball's hall of fame (Luke Appling)
1964 U.S. House of Representatives accept Law on the civil rights
1964 U.S. Supreme Court rules - 1 man 1 vote (Westberry vs. Sanders)
1964 WMEM TV channel 10 in Presque Isle, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
1963 Toru Terasawa runs world record marathon 2:15:15.8
1962 Beach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit "Surfin"
1962 Storm in Hamburg, kills 265
1962 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs St. Louis
1959 1st weather satellite launched, Vanguard 2, 9.8 kg
1958 Comic strip "BC" 1st appears
1958 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
1957 Fire in Warreton Mo, kills 72
1957 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA St. Petersburg Golf Open
1957 Suez Canal reopens
1956 Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
1956 Ice Pairs Championship at Garmisch won by Schwarz and Oppelt of AUT
1956 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by Carol Heiss USA
1956 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Garmisch won by H A Jenkins USA
1955 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
1955 Ice Pairs Championship at Vienna won by Frances Dafoe and Bowden of CAN
1955 KTVF TV channel 11 in Fairbanks, AK (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
1955 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Vienna won by Tenley Albright U.S.
1955 Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257
1953 Baseball star/pilot Ted Williams uninjured as plane shot down in Korea
1953 DSB soccer team forms in Eindhoven
1950 31 die in a train crash in Rockville Center, New York
1949 Chaim Weitzman elected 1st president of Israel
1949 Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Andrea Kekesy/Ede Kiraly of HUN
1949 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Paris won by Alena Vrzanova of CZE
1949 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
1949 Richard Button retains world figure skating championship in Paris
1947 Dutch RC bishops publish manifest against "godless communism"
1947 Voice of America begins broadcasting to U.S.S.R.
1946 Humanistic Covenant forms in Amsterdam
1944 Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins; U.S. victory on Feb 22
1944 U.S. begins night bombing of Truk
1943 Hitler visits Field Marshal von Mansteins hq in Zaporozje
1943 Dutch churches protest at Seyss-Inquart against persecution of Jews
1943 General-major Bradley flies to Washington D.C.
1943 New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio, enlists into the U.S. army
1941 Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
1940 Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA vs. West Australia
1940 British destroyers board German Altmark off Norway
1939 Katwijk soccer team forms
1938 1st public experimental demonstration of Baird color TV in London
1936 "Phantom" cartoon strip by Lee Falk debuts
1936 -58 degrees F (-50 degrees C), McIntosh, South Dakota (state record)
1936 SN Behrmann's "End of Summer," premieres in New York City
1934 1st high school auto driving course offered (State College, Penn)
1933 1st issue of Newsweek magazine published
1933 Blondie Boopadoop married Dagwood Bumstead in the comic Blondie
1933 Marinus van der Lubbe arrives in Glindow, at Potsdam
1933 U.S. Senate accept Blaine Act: ending prohibition
1932 Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music," premieres in New York City
1931 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
1931 Hockey's Hershey Bears (now with AHL) 1st game
1930 French government of Tardieu falls
1926 Avalanche buries 75 in Sap Gulch Bingham Utah, 40 die
1926 Tennis star Suzanne Lenglen beats Helen Wills in their only match
1924 Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds)
1923 Ottawa Senator Cy Denneny becomes NHL's all time scorer (143 goals)
1921 Arthur Honegger's "Pastorale D'ete," premieres
1916 Romberg/Hanley/Atteridge/Smith' musical premieres in New York City
1915 Edward Stone, 1st U.S. combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
1913 1st minimum wage law in U.S. takes effect in Oregon
1913 New York Armory Show introduces Picasso, Matisse, Duchamp to U.S. public
1911 1st hydroplane flight to and from a ship (Glenn Curtiss, San Diego)
1906 Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House
1905 Frances Willard becomes 1st women honored in National Statuary Hall
1904 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly," premieres in Milan
1897 National Organization of Mothers forms (Parent Teacher Association)
1896 London Country Councils' Muzzling Order becomes effective
1885 Bismarck gives Carl Peters' firm management of East-Africa
1883 A. Ashwell patents free-toilet in London
1882 1st Test Cricket match played at Sydney Cricket Ground
1880 Tsar Alexander II of Russia survives an assassination attempt
1878 1st telephone exchange in San Francisco opens with 18 phones
1876 Sardines 1st canned by Julius Wolff-Eastport, Maine
1870 Esther Morris appointed 1st female judge
1870 Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to U.S. after Civil War
1867 1st ship passes through Suez Canal
1867 Gyula Andressy becomes premier of Hungary
1865 Battle of Charleston South Carolina
1865 Columbia South Carolina burns down during Civil War
1864 Confederate sub "HL Hunley" sinks Union ship "Housatonic"
1859 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un Ballo in maschera" premieres in Napoli
1854 British recognize independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)
1848 Toscane gets liberal Constitution
1841 Dutch ex-king Willem I marries Henriette d'Oultremont de Wegimont
1836 HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin leave Tasmania
1818 Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle)
1817 Baltimore is the 1st U.S. city lit by gas
1801 House breaks electoral college tie, chooses Jefferson President over Burr
1795 Thomas Seddal harvests 8.3-kg potato from his garden Chester, England
1791 Messier catalogs M83 (spiral galaxy in Hydra)
1776 1st volume of Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of Roman Empire" published
1772 1st partition of Poland-Russia and Prussia, joined later by Austria
1714 Parliament of Paris accepts Pope Clemens XI's "Unigenitus" degree
1691 Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service
1676 Kings Charles II and Louis XIV sign secret treaty
1670 France and Bavaria sign military assistance treaty
1634 William Prynne tried in Star Chamber for publishing "Histrio-masti"
1621 Miles Standish appointed 1st commander of Plymouth colony
1598 Boris Godunov chosen tsar of Russia
1568 Holy Roman Emperor agrees to pay tribute to the Sultan for peace
1370 Battle at Rudau: Germany beats Lithuania


Almost Melting on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:03 PM GMT on February 16, 2011

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Tonight will bring cloudy periods then becoming cloudy this evening. The wind will remain northeast at 20 km/h (12 mph). The overnight low will be -4C(24F).
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It was a quiet day on the prairie yesterday. I was going to miss my afternoon walk but Abbey coxed till she got her way, We then had an hour and a half nap. I managed to stay up till the Queen got home at midnight and we had a chat about her day at work.

Updated: 1:44 PM GMT on February 17, 2011


A Happy Birthday To Canada's Maple Leaf flag

By: plapman, 1:31 PM GMT on February 15, 2011

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Today will start cloudy with sunny periods then becoming sunny with cloudy periods this morning. Thwe wWind will be souyherly at 20 km/h (12 mph) gusting to 40 km/h (25 mph) then swinging to the west at 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) near noon. A high of 8C(46F) except 4C(39F) over eastern sections is expected.
Tonight will see clearing this evening with a lLow of -3C(26F).
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Abbbey and me are having routine walks again. I tke her for our 2.5 mile walk then we both have a nap. I lie down and she stretches out on the florr beside the bed.That litle dog never leaves my side.
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I have to add that Canada's Maple leaf flag was unfurled this day in 1965
1995 Population of People's Republic of China hits 1.2 billion
1989 Soviet military occupation of Afghanistan ends
1939 German battleship Bismarck was launched
1933 President-elect Franklin Roosevelt survives assassination attempt
1898 USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown, 258 sailors die
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Updated: 2:12 PM GMT on February 16, 2011


Warm Again on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:25 PM GMT on February 14, 2011

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Sunny. Wind becoming south 20 km/h (12 mph) this afternoon. High 2C(36F).
Clear. Increasing cloudiness after midnight. Wind south 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light overnight. Low -1C(30F).
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Yesterday me and Abbey got out for our 2.5 mile walk. Near the end I noyiced 2 police cars a block ahead of where I usually turn to come home. Being snoopy I continued on the where an officer was redirecting foot traffic, He said there was blood on the sidewalk and Abbey would surly stick her nose in the evinence.
We hat a short chat about Abbey's lineage and her gave her a pat on the nose before I turned and came home. I haven't heard anything on the radio so I still in the dark about what happened.
I've been having dreams lately about my old job and workmates. I decided to give a fellow who retired in 1992 a call and looked up his number on Canada 411.
I haven't seen him since he retired. We had a good half hour talk about old times and old workmates. The head of our section died ayear agobut my imediate superior is still working. He must be in his 70's by now.
It sure was nice catching up on old friends and old jobs. I should look up some more of the old fellows.
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Shorts, a BBQ and a Cool one on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:37 PM GMT on February 13, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with afew showers beginning near noon. The wind will be westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) increasing to 40 km/h (25 mph) gusting to 60 km/h (37 mph) near noon. A high of 7C(45F).
Tonight will start cloudy then clearing after midnight. The wind northerly at 30 km/h (19 mph)then becoming light near midnight. An overnight low of -10C(14F) is forecast.
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Abbet and me made our 2.5 mile stroll yesterday.
We have a houseful this morning. The 2 ggranddaughters sleptover as well as the youngest daughters boyfried. It's a god thing we have 4 bedrooms or we'd have to send the boyfriend home.
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From my Basement Window

Updated: 1:38 PM GMT on February 13, 2011


Still Warming on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:00 AM GMT on February 13, 2011

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From my Basement Window
Itlooks my first post was lost again


Warming on the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:46 PM GMT on February 11, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 30% chance of flurries. The wind becoming northwest 30 km/h (19 mph) this morning then light this afternoon. High 0C(32F).
Tonight will remain cloudy with the 30% chance of flurries early this evening continuing. An overnight low of -12C(10F) is expected.
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From my Basement Window
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I had a good experience with Danby this week. WE bought a new microwave and I went to register it on thier website. I couldn't find the registration site but did find a contact us site. I emailed them with all the particulars of the new appliance saying because of vision problems I couldn't find the registratration site. . The next day I got an email from there customer relations that they had registered the product for me. I think thats great after sales service.
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Melting Temps Forecast for the Prairie

By: plapman, 3:06 PM GMT on February 10, 2011

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Today will be sunny with winds up to 15 km/h (9 mph). High -13C(8F) creating a wind chill of -32 this morning.
Tonight will start clear then after midnight cloudy periods with a 30% chance of flurries before morning. The overningh low will be -18C(0F).
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The long range forecast tell of temps rising to +4C by Sunday. If the wind stays down I'll be able to get out and about with Abbey.
I managed to stay up till the Queeb got home at midnight last night. That Abbey started getting excitited a couple of minutes before the Queen puled into the driveway. She must have amazing hearing being able to tell which sounds are the Queens car from a block away.

================================================= ======Todays Events in History form BrainyHistory.Com
2010 Afghan officials remove 150 bodies of people killed by avalanches in the Salang Pass in the Hindu Kush mountains earlier in the week
2009 A large amount of space debris is created when a Russan and American satellite collide over Siberia
2006 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Turin, Italy
2005 North Korea announces that it has nuclear weapons
1998 AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95
1998 Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
1997 13th Soap Opera Digest Awards
1997 5th annual ESPY Awards presented
1997 Comet Shoemaker-Holt 2 Closest Approach to Earth (1.9245 AU)
1997 O. J. Simpson jury reaches decision on $25M in punitive damages
1997 Soyuz TM-25 launches to the MIR
1997 Lemrick Nelson found guilty in the fatal stabbing on Hasidic Jew Yankel Rosenbaum in Crown Heights Brooklyn in 1991
1996 IBM's Deep Blue defeats chess champ Gary Kasparov
1995 Chelsi Smith, 21, (Texas), crowned 44th Miss USA
1995 Sun Cayun pole vaults female indoor world record (4.12m)
1995 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Nicole Bobek
1993 Jani Sievinen swims world record 200m backstroke (1:55.59)
1993 U.S. officially backs peace plan in Bosnia
1993 "Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah Winfrey" airs on ABC and drew an astounding 39.3 rating/56 share, 90 million people
1992 "Dangerous Women" final episode on WWOR-TV
1992 Bonnie Blair wins 1992 Olympics 1st gold medal for USA
1992 Mike Tyson convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana
1991 "La Bete" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater New York City for 24 performances
1991 41st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 116-114 at Charlotte
1991 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Phar-Mor at Inverrary Golf Tournament
1991 Johann Koss skates world record 10 km (13:43.54)
1991 Lithuania votes for independence from U.S.S.R.
1991 NBA All Star Game at Charlotte North Carolina
1990 6th Largest wrestling crowd (63,900-Tokyo Dome)
1990 Buster Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
1990 Pierrer Water pulls product from shelf due to benzine in water
1990 South Africa President de Klerk announces Nelson Mandela will be free Feb 11th
1990 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
1989 Celtic Kansas City Jones and Cavalier Lenny Wilkens elected to NBA Hall of Fame
1989 Miami Vice's 100th episode seen on TV
1989 Minor League Football System opens organizational meeting, St. Louis
1989 Ron Brown chosen 1st black chairman of a major U.S. party (Democrats)
1989 Test Cricket debut of Aaqib Javed, Pak vs. New Zealand age 16 years 189 days
1989 Tony Robinson of Jamaica becomes Nottingham's 1st black sheriff
1989 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1989 To gain deregulation WWF admits pro wrestling is an exhibition and not a sport, in a New Jersey court
1988 Rocky Malebane-Metsing coup in Bophuthatswana fails
1988 3-judge panel of 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco strikes down Army's ban on homosexuals (later overturned by appeal)
1987 Philippine troops murder 17 civilians-Lupao Massacre
1986 "John Lennon: Live in New York City" album is released
1985 35th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 140-129 at Indiana
1985 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS-51-E mission
1985 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
1985 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1983 Anglican synod vote 338-100 against unilateral U.K. nuclear disarmament
1982 28 skiers perform backflips while holding hands, Bromont, Quebec
1981 33rd NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 4-1 at LA
1981 8 killed and 198 injured by fire at Las Vegas Hilton
1981 Dennis Lillee becomes Australian Cricket's top wicket-taker with 249
1980 Ianford Wilsons "Talley's Folly," premieres in New York City
1980 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
1979 "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart peaks at #1
1979 Border is named 12th man for Australia, only Test Cricket he missed
1978 Frank C Carlucci succeeds John F Blake as deputy director of CIA
1977 "Party with Comden and Green" opens at Morosco Theater New York City for 92 performances
1977 Bomb explosion in Moskouse metro
1977 Yehonathan Netanyou Lane in the Bronx named in honor of Bronx-born
1977 Israeli soldier who died freeing hostages in Entebee Raid (1976)
1975 William "Judy" Johnson selected to baseball Hall of Fame
1974 "Gigi" closes at Uris Theater New York City after 103 performances
1974 Gail Denenber wins LPGA Sears Women's Golf Classic
1974 Iran/Iraqi border fight breaks out
1974 Judy Ikenberry wins 1st U.S. women's marathon (2:55:17)
1974 Silver futures hit record $4.81 an ounce in London
1973 2nd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
1973 83m wide gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
1973 Mushtaq Mohammad follows up 201 to take 5-49 vs. New Zealand Dunedin
1972 BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings
1972 Ras al Khaima joins United Arab Emirates
1972 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1971 American Mensa, Ltd incorporates in NY
1971 Bill White becomes 1st black baseball announcer (New York Yankees)
1971 John Guares "House of Blue Leaves," premieres in New York City
1971 Royal Albert Hall bans scheduled concert featuring Frank Zappa
1970 26.4 cm precipitation falls on Mount Washington, New Hampshire a state record
1970 Dry powder avalanche moving at 120 mph smashes into youth hostel killing 40 Belgian, French, and German youths (Val d'Isere, France)
1969 LSU Pete Maravich scores 66, despite losing to Tulane 101-94
1968 "Spooky" by Classics IV hits #3
1968 Peggy Fleming wins Olympic figure skating gold medal, Grenoble, France
1967 25th Amendment (Presidential Disability and Succession) in effect
1966 Harmel government in Belgium resigns
1964 Australian destroyer "Voyager" sinks in collision, killing 82
1964 WBGU TV channel 27 in Bowling Green, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
1964 Destroyer Voyager sinks off Australia after colliding with aircraft carrier Melbourne
1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA St. Petersburg Women's Golf Open
1963 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Lorraine Hanlon
1963 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Thomas Litz
1962 Jim Beatty sets American indoor mile record (3:58.9) in LA
1962 U.S.S.R. swaps spy Francis Gary Power to U.S. for Rudolph Abel
1961 AFL's LA Chargers move to San Diego
1961 Niagara Falls hydroelectric project begins producing power
1961 Walter Piston's 7th Symphony, premieres
1960 "Unsinkable Molly Brown" closes at Winter Garden New York City after 532 performances
1960 Charles Ives' "Lincoln, the Great Commoner," premieres
1959 Dutch Princess Wilhelmina publishes "Lonely, but not alone"
1959 Tornado in St. Louis kills 19 and injures 265
1957 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
1957 Southern Christian Leadership Conference forms
1956 "My Friend Flicka" premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
1956 Elvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel" for RCA
1954 Eisenhower warns against U.S. intervention in Vietnam
1954 Ice Dance Championship at Oslo won by Jean Westwood/Lawrence Demmy GRB
1954 Ice Pairs Championship at Oslo won by Frances Dafoe/Norris Bowden CAN
1954 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Gundi Busch GER
1954 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Oslo won by Hayes Alan Jenkins US
1953 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Westwood and Demmy GRB
1953 Ice Pairs Championship at Davos won by Jennifer and John Nicks of GRB
1953 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Tenley Albright USA
1953 Men's Figure Skating Champion in Davos won by Hayes Alan Jenkins USA
1951 "John and Marsha" by Stan Freberg peaks at #21
1951 Shah of Persia marries 19 year old Soraja Esfandiara Bakhtiari
1949 Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" opens at Morosco Theater, New York City
1948 Greek General Markos' guerrilla army bombs Saloniki
1947 Italy cedes most of Venezia Giulia to Yugoslavia
1947 Netherlands Radio Union forms
1947 Province of Petsamo returned to Soviet Union by Finland
1947 WW II peace treaties signed
1946 1st black pro-baseball player Jackie Robinson marries Rachel Isum
1945 "Rum and Coca Cola" by Andrews Sisters hits #1
1944 Belgium resistance fighter/author Kamiel van Baelen arrested
1944 U-666/U-545/U-283 sink off Ireland
1943 "Manifesto of Algerian People" calls for equality and self-determination
1943 8th Army sweeps through North Africa to Tunisia
1943 Van der Veen Resistance starts fire in Amsterdam employment bureau
1942 Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold disc for selling 1 million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo"
1941 1st highway post office makes 1st trip, Wash, DC-Harrisonburg, VA
1941 Anti-nazi "Het Parool" begins publishing in Netherlands
1940 "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
1940 Tom and Jerry created by Hanna and Barbera debut by MGM
1940 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Joan Tozzer
1940 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Eugene Turner
1938 King Carol II of Romania drives out dictator Goga
1937 Ragnhild Hveger swims world free style record 400m (5:14.2)
1935 1st U.S. streamlined electric RR engine begins service
1935 Pennsylvania Rail Road begins passenger service on new electric locomotive
1934 1st Jewish immigrant ship to break the English blockade in Palestine
1934 Byrd souvenir sheet issued, New York City; 1st unperforated ungummed U.S. stamp
1934 Howard Hanson's "Merry Mount," premieres in New York City
1934 Stalin ends 17th CPSU-congress, says "Life becomes merrier"
1934 Thomson/Gertrude Steins opera premieres in New York City
1933 -54 degrees F (-48 degrees C), Seneca, Oregon (state record)
1933 Delivery of 1st singing telegram (Postal Telegram Co New York City)
1933 Dutch seaplane bombs Dutch ship
1933 Hitler proclaims end of Marxism
1933 Mutiny on "7 Provinces" ends (began Feb 4th), 23 killed
1931 New Delhi becomes capital of India
1931 Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Harts premieres in New York City
1930 Grain Stabilization Corporation authorized by Congress
1927 President Coolidge asks for 2nd disarmament conference
1926 Building of Olympian Stadium Amsterdam, begins
1925 1st waterless gas storage tank put into service, Michigan City, Ind
1925 AL decides to alternate leagues for game 1 of World Series each year
1924 Bucky Harris, 27, becomes youngest baseball manager (Washington Senators)
1923 Ink paste manufactured for 1st time by Standard Ink Company
1923 Owen Davis' "Icebound," premieres in New York City
1923 SDAP speaks out against allied occupation of Ruhrgebied
1920 Baseball outlaws all pitches involving tampering with ball
1917 Johanna Westerdijk installed as Netherlands 1st female professor
1916 Conscription begins in Britain
1913 Edward Sheldons "Romance," premieres in New York City
1912 Hobbs and Rhodes make 323 cricket opening stand vs. Australia at MCG
1908 Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
1906 Britain's 1st modern and largest battleship "HMS Dreadnought" launched
1906 State of siege proclaimed in Zululand
1904 Japan and Russia declares war after Japan's surprise attack on Russian fleet at Port Arthur disabled 7 Russian warships
1900 Peter Ostlund skates world record 500m (45.2 sec)
1899 -39 degrees F (-39 degrees C), Milligan, Ohio (state lowest record temperature)
1899 U.S.-Spain peace treaty signed by President McKinley. U.S. gets Puerto Rico and Guam
1897 N.Y. Times begins using slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print"
1890 Around 11M acres, ceded to U.S. by Sioux Indians opens for settlement
1883 Fire at un-insured New Hall Hotel in Milwaukee Wisconsin, kills 71
1882 Rimski-Korsakovs opera "Snyegurochka," premieres in St. Petersburg
1881 Jacques Offenbach's opera "Les Contes d'Hoffman," premieres in Paris
1880 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Arcanum about Christian marriage
1879 1st electric arc light used in the California Theater
1879 Henry Morton Stanley departs to the Congo
1878 Peace of Zanjon
1878 Peter Tsjaikovsky's 4th Symphony in F, premieres
1870 City of Anaheim incorporates (1st time)
1870 YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) forms (New York City)
1868 Conservatives and military, seize Convention Hall in Florida
1866 Dutch government Frans van der Putte forms
1863 1st U.S. fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane, Virginia
1863 P. T. Barnum stages wedding of Tom Thumb and Mercy Lavinia Warren (New York City)
1862 Dutch 2nd government of Thorbecke forms
1860 John Brahms' 2nd Serenade in A, premieres
1859 General Horsford defeats Begum of Oudh and Nana Sahib in Indian mutiny
1855 U.S. citizenship laws amended all children of U.S. parents born abroad granted U.S. citizenship
1846 Beginning of Mormon march to west US
1846 British defeat Sikhs in battle of Sobraon, India
1840 British queen Victoria marries her cousin Albert von Saksen-Coburg
1824 Simon Bolivar named dictator by the Congress of Peru
1807 U.S. Coast Survey authorized by Congress
1794 Joseph Haydn's 99th Symphony in E, premieres
1774 Andrew Becker demonstrates diving suit
1763 Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to England
1749 10th (final) volume of Fielding's "Tom Jones" is published
1746 English Pelham government resigns
1720 Edmund Halley appointed 2nd Astronomer Royal of England
1716 Scottish pretender to the throne James III Edward returns to France
1713 Netherlands and England sign accord concerning anti-French Barrier
1676 Wampanoag Indians under King Philip kill all men in Lancaster Mass
1635 Academie Franeaise forms in Paris (by Cardinal Richelieu)
1535 12 nude anabaptists run through Amsterdam streets
1098 Crusaders defeat Prince Redwan of Aleppo at Antioch
60 St. Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta

Updated: 3:44 PM GMT on February 11, 2011


Cold Arctic Winds Persist on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:29 PM GMT on February 09, 2011

Today will be sunny with a west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph). The high will be -15C(5F) with wind chills near -30 (-22f).
Tonight will remain clear with an overnight low of -22C(-8F).
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I missed my walk with Abbey again yesterday but we did have an hour and a half nap together. I went to bed at 110 and never even heard the Queen check in at midnight. I guess I'm still catching up on sleep.
I'm off to the vampires again today. One of my levels dropped from 15 to .5. The docter thinks it must be a lab screw up so he ordered another test.
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Updated: 2:59 PM GMT on February 10, 2011


Bitter Cold Winds Once Again Sweep down From The Arctic

By: plapman, 1:37 PM GMT on February 08, 2011

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Today will be sunny with a west wind at 30 km/h (19 mph). The high will be -15C(5F) but wind chills will make it feel like -33.
Tonight will remain clear with a northwest wind at 30 km/h (19 mph). The overrnight low will be -22C(-8F) with the wind making it feel like -31.
Abbey and me stayed home yesterday and had a nap instead of a walk. Those afternoon naps are habit forming. I remember when I had my bypass surgery 6 years ago I started afternoon naps. When I went back to work I had a hard time staying awake after lunch.
The Queen just got up. It's time for our morning chat about today's agenda and household affairs

From my Basement Window


The Cold Wind Is Back on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:41 PM GMT on February 07, 2011

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Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and with a 30% chance of flurries this morning and early this afternoon. There will beclearing this afternoon. The wind up to 15 km/h (9 mph). The high expected for today will be -15C(5F) with wind chills near -25 this afternoon.
Tonight will be clear with the wind becoming westerly at 20 km/h (12 mph) near midnight. The overnight low will be -24C(-11F) with wind chills of -36.

From my Basement Window

I got lazy and took a nap instead of taking Abbey out into the cold. The Queen took me out shopping in the morning and the wind chills made up my mind for me.
The White id cane CNIB gave me sure eworks well. People hold doors open for me and stop giving me the right of way when crossing roads.It's nice to see the resoect the cane gives me. Even thouh I'm not completely blind I live in a tunnel with no peripheral vision. The macular degeneration and cataracts don't help. I wonder how long it will be before I can;t see at all.
I had a visit from the CnIB technical advissor and he led me to a free site that will read text fron the screen. You can copy and paste text into it and it will read it in a much nicer voice than Microsoft's Sam.
I'm up early today. I have a projection clock that gives the time on the ceiling over the bed. I thought it was 7:45 but when I got up and turned the coffee on I saw it was only 6:00. I'll have to check it to see if Giving me the right time.
Today's Events in history from
2010 Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, commands Iraq's atomic agency to start enriching uranium at a higher level
2010 Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, commands Iraq's atomic agency to start enriching uranium at a higher level
2009 Melbourne, Australia records highest-ever temperature, sparking the deadliest brushfires in Australian history
2008 Space Shuttle Atlantis, STS-122, launches to deliver laboratory to the ISS
2006 Egyptian ferry, Al Salam Boccaccio, sinks killing over 1200 people in the Red Sea
1998 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano Japan
1998 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
1997 U.S. and Russia announce summit set for Helsinki, March 20-21
1995 Last day of Test Cricket cricket for Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting
1994 21st American Music Award: Whitney Houston wins
1994 Howard Stern stops a would-be jumper on the George Washington Bridge
1994 Jim Nabors undergoes a liver transplant
1993 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 23-20
1993 Tammie Green wins LPGA Healthsouth Palm Beach Golf Classic
1992 Shannon LA Rhea Marketic, 22, (California), crowned 41st Miss USA
1991 Jean-Bertrand Aristide sworn in as Haiti's 1st elected president
1991 Bob Knight, Larry O'Brien, Tiny Archibald, Dave Cowens, Harry Gallatin and Larry Fleisher elected to NBA Hall of Fame
1990 Karachi police kill 22 anti-nationalistic demonstrators
1990 U.S.S.R. Communist party agrees to allow opposition political parties
1990 Lisa Leslie of Morningside HS in Inglewood California scores 101 in 1st half, South Torrance HS decides not to play 2nd half and loses 102-24
1989 40th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-5 at Edmonton
1989 Tennis superstar Bjorn Borg, apparently attempts suicide in Milan
1988 38th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 138-133 at Chicago
1988 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens
1988 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-6
1988 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
1987 "Ronnies Rap" by Ron and DC Crew peaks at #93
1987 Dennis Conner and Stars and Stripes bring America's Cup back to US
1987 Madonna's "Open Your Heart," single goes #1
1987 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano
1986 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Debi Thomas
1986 Haiti's President-for-Life Jean-Claude Duvalier flees to France Henri Namphy becomes leader of Haiti
1986 Philippine Corazon Aquino defeats incumbent dictator Ferdinand Marcos but fraudulent returns gave the election to Marcos
1985 "New York, New York" became the official anthem of New York City
1985 Marshall U's Bruce Morris scores a basket from 92'5"
1985 New York Devil Don Lever becomes 57th NHLer to score 300 goals
1984 Bruce McCandless, U.S., makes 1st untethered space walk
1984 Michael Jackson awarded a 4-ft-high platinum disc by CBS
1983 Elizabeth Dole, 1st female secretary of transportation, is sworn-in
1982 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
1982 Luis A Monge elected President of Costa Rica
1979 "Supertrain," TV Anthology, Superbomb of 1979, debuts on NBC
1979 Colonel Benjedid Chadli succeeds President Boumedienne in Algeria
1979 Faoud Bacchus scores 250 for WI vs. India at Kanpur
1979 Pink Floyd premiered their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles
1978 Ethiopian offensive in Ogaden desert
1977 Soyuz 24 launches with 2 cosmonauts
1976 Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" peaks at #9
1976 World's largest telescope (600 cm) begins operation (U.S.S.R.)
1975 NBA New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game road losing streak
1974 Grenada gains independence from Britain (National Day)
1974 Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters
1973 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
1973 Senate createse Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities
1971 Swiss men accept female suffrage
1970 "Hollywood Palace," last airs on ABC TV
1970 "Jingle Jangle" hits #10 on the pop singles chart by Archies
1970 LSU's "Pistol" Pete Marovich scores 69 pts in losing cause
1970 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
1970 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Tim Wood
1969 "This Is Tom Jones," debuts on ABC TV
1969 Al-Fatah-leader Yasser Arafat becomes president of PLO
1969 Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major U.S. racetrack (Hialeah)
1968 Arthur Miller's "Price," premieres in New York City
1968 Belgium government of Vanden Boeynants falls
1968 WLED TV channel 49 in Littleton, New Hampshire (PBS) begins broadcasting
1966 KWCM TV channel 10 in Appleton, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
1965 George Harrison has his tonsils removed
1965 Operations begin at Grupo Folklorico Antiyano on Curacao
1965 U.S. begins regular bombing and strafing of North Vietnam
1965 WVIZ TV channel 25 in Cleveland, Ohio (PBS) begins broadcasting
1964 Baskin-Robbins introduces Beatle Nut ice cream
1964 Beatles land at New York's JFK airport, for 1st U.S. tour
1964 Roger Sessions' 5th Symphony, premieres
1962 Gas explosion in Luisanthal coal mine Voelklingen Germany kills 298
1962 President Kennedy begins blockade of Cuba
1962 Sam Snead wins LPGA Royal Poinciano Plaza Golf Invitational
1961 Jane Fonda made her acting debut in the NBC drama "A String of Beads"
1960 Old handwriting found in at Qumran, near the Dead Sea
1959 "Whoop-Up" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 56 performances
1959 Castro proclaims new Cuban constitution
1959 Cessna lands in Las Vegas after 65 d without landing (refuels in air)
1959 Dorothy Rigney sells 54% of White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported $27M
1958 1st showing of DAF 600 auto
1958 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc
1958 Dutch auto-transmission car DAF 600 introduced
1956 Autherine Lucy, 1st black admitted to University of Alabama, is expelled
1950 Georges Bidault forms French government
1950 Senator Joe McCarthy finds "communists" in U.S. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1950 U.S. and Great Britain recognize Bao Dai Vietnamese regime
1949 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000/year baseball player (New York Yankees)
1948 "Cradle Will Rock" closes at Mansfield Theater New York City after 34 performances
1948 Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as Army Chief of Staff
1947 Arabs and Jews reject British proposal to split Palestine
1946 Filibuster in U.S. Senate kills FEPC bill
1945 General Douglas MacArthur returns to Manila
1945 President Truman appoints Irwin C. Mollison judge of U.S. Customs Court
1945 U.S. 76th/5th Infantry divisions begin crossing Sauer
1944 Bing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records
1944 Germans launch counteroffensive at Anzio Italy
1943 Shoe rationing begins in U.S. (may purchase up to 3 more pairs in 1942)
1942 1st indoor 15' pole vault (Cornelius Warmerdam 15' 3/8")
1941 Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey Orchestra record "Everything Happens to Me"
1940 British railroads nationalized
1940 Walt Disney's 2nd feature-length movie, "Pinocchio," premieres (New York City)
1936 A flag is authorized for Vice President
1936 Felix the Cat, Cartoon Character, by Van Beuren from Otto Messmer
1935 Monopoly invented by Charles Darrow symbol Rich Uncle Pennybags
1934 1st contract for TVA power, Tupelo, Miss
1933 Colonial troops in Suriname kill 2 demonstrators
1933 Social-Dem meeting in Berlin "As thousands cheer" Marxism is dead
1931 U.S. opera, "Peter Ibbetson," by Deems Taylor premieres at Met Opera New York City
1928 1st solo England to Australia flight takes off (Bert Hinkler)
1924 Mussolini government exchanges diplomats with U.S.S.R.
1922 John Willard's "Cat and the Canary," premieres in New York City
1915 1st wireless message sent from a moving train to a station received
1915 2nd Battle of Masurian Lakes: German armies surrounded a Russian army
1914 Charlie Chaplin debuts "The Tramp" in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"
1914 Steel work completed on Exposition (Civic) Auditorium, San Francisco
1912 2nd Dutch 11 city skate (Coen de Koenig wins (11:40)
1910 Edmond Rostand's "Chantecler," premieres in Paris
1908 Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St. Louis Browns for $5,000
1905 Dominican Rep signs treaty turning over customs collection to US
1905 Oklahoma admitted to statehood
1904 Baltimore catches fire (1500 buildings destroyed in 80 blocks)
1903 VVV '03 Soccer team forms in Venlo
1901 Queen Wilhelmina marries Prince Heinrich von Mecklenburg-Schwerin
1900 British troops vacate Vaal Krantz, Natal
1900 Labour Party forms in England
1891 Great Blizzard of 1891 begins
1889 Astronomical Society of Pacific holds 1st meeting in San Francisco
1884 Canadian Rugby Football Union forms
1883 Lt-colonel Borgnis-Desbordes founds Fort Bamako Niger
1882 Last bare knuckle champion John L Sullivan KOs Paddy Ryan in Miss
1881 Battle at Ingogo, Transvaal: Boers beat superior British forces
1877 1st Guernsey Cattle Club organizes (New York City)
1876 President Grants private-secretary Orville acquitted in Whiskey Ring
1872 Alcorn A and M College opens
1864 Federal troops occupy Jacksonville, Florida
1862 Federal fleet attack on Roanoke Island NC
1839 Henry Clay declares in Senate "I had rather be right than president"
1836 "Sketches by Boz" (essays) published by Charles Dickens
1831 Belgium adopts it's Constitution
1827 Ballet (Deserter) introduced to U.S. at Bowery Theater (New York City)
1818 1st successful U.S. educational magazine "Academician," begins (New York City)
1812 8.2 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri
1812 Lord Byron makes his maiden speech in House of Lords
1795 11th Amendment to U.S. Constitution ratified, affirms power of states
1795 Dutch Prince William V accepts British occupation of Dutch Indies
1792 Austria and Prussia sign anti-French covenant
1792 D Cimarosa's opera "Il Matrimonio Segreto," premieres in Vienna
1668 Dutch Prince William III dances in premiere of "Ballet of Peace"
1653 Nicolas Fouquet appointed superintendant of Finance of France
1639 Academie Franeaise begins Dictionary of French Language
1613 Michail Romanov (16) becomes czar of Russia
1569 King Philip II forms inquistion in South America
1550 Giovanni Maria del Monte elected Pope Julius III
1522 Treaty of Brussels: Habsburgers split into Spanish/Austrian Branches
1301 Edward of Caernarion (later Edward II) becomes 1st prince of Wales


Cooler Again on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:22 PM GMT on February 06, 2011

Today will start cloudy with a 30% chance of flurries this morning. It will be clearing this afternoon. The wind northerly at 30 km/h (19 mph) causing the temperature to fallto -13C(8F) this afternoon. Wind chills will be near -25 this afternoon.
Tonight will be clear with winds up to 15 km/h (9 mph). The overnight low will be -22C(-8F) with wind chills near -27.
I got Abbey out for a good 2.5 mile walk yesterday then had a 1.5 hour nap. It's a good thing we got out yesterday because it looks like I'll stay home this afternoon. The roads had cleared of ice and some spots were even dry.
I met an old friend while walking. He works as a security gaurd for the government now. He stopped the van and we had a short chat. Before the security job he used to have his own repair and sales shop for electronic stuff.
You sure run into a lot of people while out walking.
The Queen just got up so I should go have a morning coffee with her and chat about household affairs

Updated: 12:39 PM GMT on February 07, 2011


Still Mild on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:15 PM GMT on February 05, 2011

Today will be cloudy with sunny periods and a 30% chance of flurries late this morning and early this afternoon. The temperature falling to -5C(23F) this afternoon.
Will be cloudy with a low of-15C(5F).
Abbey and me decided to take the day off. I had an hour and a half nap yesterday afternoon instead.
Last fall the government passed a law making talking on cell phones while driviving illeagal. They gave th people a till January 1 befoe they started enforcing it by only handing out warning tickets. The local RCMP have now started a crack down om violaters by put unmarked spoter cars on the road. With a $200 fine it could be an expensive chat.

Updated: 2:18 PM GMT on February 06, 2011


Freezing Rain Closes Highways on the Prairie

By: plapman, 1:33 PM GMT on February 04, 2011

Click for Portage Southport, Manitoba Forecast
Today will see increasing cloudiness with a 30% chance of drizzle late this afternoon. The wind west at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light this afternoon. The temperature will remain steady near 2C(36F).
Tonight will be cloudy with a 60% chance of flurries and risk of freezing drizzle. The overnightlow will be -3C(26F).
From my Basement Window
The TransCanada highway has been closed due to icy road conditions from Winnipeg to the the Saskatewan border.
Even with the warm weather I'm not sure if Abbey and me will get out today. The icy roads will made walking treacherous. Maybe by this afternoon the ice will melt
Todays events in history from
February 4 Events in History - February 4 Birthdays - February 4 Deaths

2010 Yahoo! sells HotJobs to for a reported $225 million
1998 Bill Gates gets a pie thrown in his face in Brussels Belgium
1998 Earthquake kills about 2,300 in northern Afghanistan
1997 73 Israelis die when army copters collide
1997 Mario LeMieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals
1997 O.J. Simpson found libel in murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson
1997 Secretary of State Margaret Albright announces she just discovered that her grandparents were Jewish
1996 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-13
1995 Dean Jones completes 324* for Victoria vs. South Australia
1995 Sandra Volker swims female European record 50m backstroke (27.77)
1995 Zimbabwe's 1st Test Cricket victory, over Pakistan by an inning
1994 10th Soap Opera Digest Awards - Days of Our Live wins
1994 20 die in armed assault on mosque in Khartum, Sudan
1994 Merlene Ottey runs world record 50 m indoor (6.00 sec)
1994 Russian team beats ladies world record 4x800 m indoor (8:18.71)
1993 Admiral Studeman, ends term as acting director of CIA
1993 Marge Schott suspended from baseball for 1 year due to racism
1993 Russian space agency tests a 82' wide space mirror
1991 Hall of Fame's board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose
1991 Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make 467 stand vs. SL, world record
1990 10 Israeli tourists murdered near Cairo
1990 Anders Holmertz swims world record 400 m freestyle (3:40.81)
1990 Danny Everett runs world record 400m indoor (45:04)
1990 Lyudmila Narozhi-Lenko runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.69)
1990 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-21
1990 Pat Bradley wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic
1990 Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar)
1990 St. Petersburg Pelicans beat West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win 1st Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship
1989 Dean Jones scores 216 vs. WI at the Adelaide Oval
1988 Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega indicted on drug charges
1987 President Reagan's veto of Clean Water Act is overridden by Congress
1987 Stars and Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup
1987 Sacramento Kings score only 4 points 1st quarter against Lakers; fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954
1986 38th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-3 (OT) at Hartford
1986 Israeli fighters intercept Libyan passenger plane
1985 20 countries (but not U.S.) sign United Nations treaty outlawing torture
1985 Naval exercises canceled when U.S. refuses to tell New Zealand of nuclear weapons
1984 "9" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 739 performances
1984 "Backstage Magic" opens at CommuniCore
1984 Frank Aquilera sets world frisbee distance record (168m) Las Vegas
1983 Jose Happart becomes mayor of Voeren Belgium
1983 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton
1982 "Pump Boys and Dinettes" opens at Princess Theater New York City for 573 performances
1982 Indoor distance record for a paper airplane (47m) Tacoma Wash
1982 Musical "Pump Boys and Dinettes," premieres in New York City
1982 Suriname premier Chin A Sen flees
1980 Bani Sadr sworn in as premier of Iran
1980 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
1979 "Co-Ed Fever," TV Comedy, debut and cancelled that outing on CBS
1979 End of last 3+day D/N game for 15 years (WSC, SCG)
1979 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament
1977 30th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-3 at Vancouver
1977 Elevated train jumps track, crashes onto a Chicago Street (11 die, 200 hurt)
1977 Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" released
1977 Wings release "Maybe I'm Amazed"
1976 12th Winter Olympic games opens in Innsbruck, Austria
1976 7.5 earthquake kills 22,778 in Guatemala and Honduras
1976 Judge Oliver upholds Seitz's decision on Andy Messersmith free agency
1976 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1974 Benzine rationing ends in Netherlands
1974 Chimpanzee Nim Chimsky signs his 1st word, at 2 months
1974 Gas rationing ends in Netherlands
1974 Patricia Hearst (19) kidnapped by Symbionese Liberation Army
1973 "No, No Nanette" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 861 performances
1973 Islanders and Sabres had a penalty free game
1973 Manfred Kokot runs world record 50m indoor (5.61 sec)
1973 Reshef, Israel's missile boat, unveiled
1972 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria
1972 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
1971 Apollo 14 lander Antares lands on Moon (Shepard and Mitchell)
1971 Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks
1971 British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
1971 Government exhibit under construction collapses, kills 65 in Brazil
1971 National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC
1970 "Charles Aznavour" opens at Music Box Theater New York City for 23 performances
1970 "Gantry" opens at George Abbott Theater New York City for 1 performance
1970 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1969 41,163, then largest NBA crowd, watches doubleheader Cincinnati - Detroit, San Diego - Boston
1969 Beatles appoint Eastman and Eastman, as general cousel to Apple
1969 John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders
1969 Lonnie Elder's "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," premieres in New York City
1969 Yassar Arafats takes over as chairman of PLO
1968 "Golden Rainbow" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 355 performances
1968 Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball
1967 "Wild Thing" hits #20 on the pop singles chart by Senator Bobby
1967 U.S. launches Lunar Orbiter 3
1966 All-Nippon Airways 727 crashes off Haneda Airport (Japan); kills 133
1965 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1964 Amendment 24 outlaws poll tax
1964 FAA begins 6 month test of reactions to sonic booms over Oklahoma City
1962 "Gay Life" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 113 performances
1962 Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game
1962 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Barbara Roles
1962 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Monty Hoyt
1961 Sputnik 7 launches into Earth orbit; probable Venus probe failure
1960 BBWAA voters fail to elect a new Hall of Fame member
1960 Giants move their offices to Candlestick Park
1960 Lionel Bart's musical "Fings ain't wot they used t'be," premieres
1959 Israel begins exporting copper ore
1958 "Oh, Captain!" opens at Alvin Theater New York City for 192 performances
1958 Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950
1957 1st electric portable typewriter placed on sale (Syracuse New York)
1956 AL plans to test automatic intentional walk during spring training
1952 1st black executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC New York)
1951 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Sonya Klopfer
1951 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
1949 Failed assassination attempt on Shah of Persia
1948 Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK
1946 Garson Kanin's "Born Yesterday," premieres in New York City
1945 FDR, Churchill and Stalin meet at Yalta
1944 Jean Anouilh's "Antigone," premieres in Paris
1944 U.S. 7th Infantry Division captures Kwajalein
1943 Bertolt Brecht's "Der gute Mensch von Sezuan," premieres in Zurich
1942 Clinton Pierce becomes 1st U.S. general wounded in action in WW II
1941 British tanks occupy Maus Libya
1941 Former Dutch premier De Geer flies to Berlin
1941 United Service Organization, USO, founded
1939 Glenn Cunningham (top miler) says 4-minute mile beyond human effort
1938 "Our Town," by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway
1938 Hitler seizes control of German army and puts Nazi in key posts
1937 Jim Margie, Philadelphia, bowls 900 in 3 (unsanctioned) games
1936 1st radioactive substance produced synthetically (radium E)
1933 German President Von Hindenburg limits freedom of the press
1932 3rd Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, New York
1932 Japanese troop occupy Harbin, Manchuria
1931 National League adopts a deader baseball
1930 1st tieless, soundless, shockless streetcar tracks, New Orleans
1929 Archie Jackson scores 164 on Test Cricket debut vs. England at Adelaide
1927 KGA-AM in Spokane WA begins radio transmissions
1926 Austrian chancellor Seipel wants to join Germany
1924 1st Winter Olympic games close at Chamonix France
1924 George Kelly's "Show-Off," premieres in New York City
1922 WGY-AM in Schenectady New York begins radio transmissions
1920 1st flight from London to South Africa takes-off
1919 City of Bremen's Soviet Republic overthrown
1917 Belgium Council of Flanders established
1915 Experiments to find cause of pellagra begin at Miss Penitentiary
1914 U.S. Congress approves Burnett-anti-immigration law
1913 Louis Perlman patents demountable auto tire-carrying wheel rim
1913 National Institute of Arts and Letters founded
1904 John Millington Synges "Well of Saints," premieres in Dublin
1903 Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winn Victorias, 2 games to 1 and 1 tie
1899 Revolt against U.S. occupation of Philippines
1895 1st rolling lift bridge opens, Chicago
1887 Interstate Commerce Act authorizes federal regulation of railroads
1880 Steele MacKay's "Hazel Kirke," premieres in New York City
1875 Princess Louise marries Prince Philip von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha in Belg
1865 Hawaiian Board of Education formed
1865 Robert E. Lee is named commander-in-chief of Confederate Army
1864 Skirmish at Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
1861 Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time in Montgomery, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina elect Jefferson Davis President of Confederacy
1855 Soldiers shoot Jewish families in Coro, Venezuela
1854 Alvan Bovay proposes name "Republican Party," Ripon, Wisc
1849 University of Wisconsin begins in 1 room with 20 students
1847 1st U.S. telegraph co established in Maryland
1846 Mormons leave Nauvoo, Mo for settlement in west
1824 J. W. Goodrich introduces rubber galoshes to public
1822 Free American Blacks settle Liberia, West Africa
1803 William Dunlap, adapts French melodrama "Voice of Nature"
1797 Earthquake in Quito, Ecuador kills 41,000
1794 French National Convention proclaims abolishment of slavery
1789 1st electoral college chooses Washington and Adams as President and Vice President
1787 1st Anglican bishops of New York and Pennsylvania consecrated in London
1787 Shays' Rebellion (of debt-ridden Massachusetts farmers) fails
1783 Worst quake in 8 years kills some 50,000 (Calabria, Italy)
1782 British garrison surrenders to French and Spanish fleet
1699 350 rebellious Streltsi executed in Moscow
1697 3 VOC-ships anchor at Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia
1657 Oliver Cromwell grants residency to Luis Caravajal
1620 Prince Bethlen Gabor signs peace with emperor Ferdinand II
1600 Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler meet for 1st time near Prague
1586 Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, becomes governor of Netherlands
1508 Maximilian I assumes imperial title without being crowned
1194 Richard I Lion Hearted pays Leopold O Fenrik VI's ransom of


A Warming Trend on the Prairie

By: plapman, 12:38 PM GMT on February 03, 2011

Click for Portage Southport, Manitoba Forecast

Today will start cloudy then becoming sunny with cloudy periods this afternoon. The wind will be ssouthwest at 20 km/h (12 mph) then becoming northwest 20 km/h (12 mph) this morning. A high of 0C(32F) is expected.
Tonight will bring increasing cloudiness with a 30% chance of wet flurries overnight. The wind will be west at 20 km/h (12 mph). The overnight low will be -3C(26F) with temperature rising to 1C(34F) by morning.
It looks like Abbey and me might get out for the next few days with temps rising above 0c(32f)
The snow plow came down my street yesterday and as usual left a ridge of snow accros the drivway. I was out cleanig it of and he came back and told me to wait as he had to make another pass. He had the wing down and was pushing the piles further back from the road. He did a good job the second pass and only left a small ridge which I had cleaned up in less than 5 minutes.
I was enjoying my afternoon nap yesterday when about an hour into it the phone rang. By the time I got to it they had hung up. grrrrrrrr
I went to bed at 9:30 last night and here I am shortly after 6 doing this. Hopefully I'll get a good nap today and wait up for the Queen at midnight.
From my Basement Window

Updated: 12:48 PM GMT on February 03, 2011


Cold With low Wind Chills on the Prairie

By: plapman, 11:45 PM GMT on February 02, 2011

Becoming cloudy this evening with 60 percent chance of flurries late this evening and overnight. Wind west 30 km/h (19 mph) gusting to 50 km/h (31 mph) becoming light near midnight. Temperature rising to -3C(26F) by morning.
I saw the optomitrist yesterday. Yhere's little cjange in my vision but I am getting new lenses for the current glasses.
There has been a change in the cataracts which accounts for my sensitivity to light. I have a hard time working under artificial light conditions. There still not enough to operate on but it sure is annoying.
The Queen is working late shift tonight. It will be a cold ride home for her at midnight.
THanks to paprap for posting a link to the classic version of WU.

Updated: 12:25 PM GMT on February 03, 2011


No Post todasy till I figure out the new and improved

By: plapman, 6:45 PM GMT on February 02, 2011

Its still cold on the prairie


Cold Winds on the Prairie

By: plapman, 2:41 PM GMT on February 01, 2011

Wind chill warning in effect
Today will be sunny with the wind becoming west at 20 km/h (12 mph) this afternoon. A high ogHigh -18C(0F) is expected. The wind chill will be -40c(-40f) this morning and -28 this afternoon.
Tonight will remain clear with a west wind at 20 km/h (12 mph) becoming light this evening. The overnight low will be -23C(-9F) with wind chills near -32.
It looks like me and Abbey will be stuck at home again today. The long range forecast says warmer weather near the end of the week.
The Queen is on late shift tonight and won't be home till near midnight. It's going to be a cold night for her.


Updated: 2:44 PM GMT on February 02, 2011


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