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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley Defends Plan to Hike Minimum Wage by 2018
Notley defends minimum wage hike plans--EDMONTON - The Alberta government is not wavering from its plan to raise the minimum wage despite an internal document that warns of the possibility of job losses.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business...
Atiba Hutchinson Rewarded for Stylish Play and Commitment to Canadian Cause
Hutchinson named male player of the year--TORONTO - Atiba Hutchinson's devotion to the Canadian cause is demonstrated every time he is summoned by his country.For the last home World Cup qualifier, the 32-year-old from Brampton, Ont., jumped on a four-hour...
Bobby Ryan and Craig Anderson Lead Senators to 4-2 Win over Sharks
Ryan, Anderson lead Senators to 4-2 win--OTTAWA - Ottawa's offence came alive when it was needed most.The Senators scored three times in the third period and Craig Anderson made 31 saves as Ottawa downed the visiting San Jose Sharks 4-2 on Friday."We...
Business News Advisory
Business News Advisory--FRIDAY, DEC. 18,2015BUSINESS NEWS ADVISORYHere are the CP Business Department's late plans for today. All times Eastern unless otherwise stated. Entries are subject to change as news develops. If you have any questions, please...
Canadian Inflation Accelerates to 1.4% as Oil Slump's Price Pressure Eases
Canadian inflation jumps to 1.4% in November--OTTAWA - The country's annual inflation rate picked up the pace last month to 1.4 per cent as the influence of last year's oil-price plunge faded in the economic data.Statistics Canada's November inflation...
Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 20
Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 20--Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 20:Actor John Hillerman ("Magnum P.I.") is 83.Actor Tommy Cole ("The Mickey Mouse Club") is 74.Drummer Bobby Colomby of Blood, Sweat and Tears is 71.Former KISS drummer Peter Criss is 70.Psychic/illusionist...
Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 21
Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 21--Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 21:Country singer Freddie Hart is 89.Talk show host Phil Donahue is 80.Movie director John Avildsen is 80.Former governor-general Edward Schreyer is 80.Actress Jane Fonda is 78.Actor Larry...
Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 22
Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 22--Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 22:Actor Hector Elizondo is 79.Country singer Red Steagall is 77.Former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard is 77.Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Steve Carlton is 71.Barry Jenkins, drummer with The...
Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 23
Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 23--Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 23:Broadcaster and former CBC chairman Patrick Watson is 86.Actor Ronnie Schell is 84.Emperor Akihito of Japan is 82.Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Paul Hornung is 80. Actor Frederic...
Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 24
Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 24--Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 24:Songwriter-bandleader-producer Dave Bartholomew is 95.Author Mary Higgins Clark is 88.Recording company executive Mike Curb is 71. Singer-bassist Lemmy of Motorhead is 70.Canadian comedian...
Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 25
Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 25--Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 25:Actor Dick Miller is 87.Author Anne Roiphe is 80. Jazz keyboardist Bob James is 76.Actress Hanna Schygulla is 72.Singer John Edwards of The Spinners is 71.Actor Gary Sandy ("WKRP In Cincinnati")...
Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 26
Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 26--Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 26:Actor Donald Moffat ("Clear and Present Danger") is 85.Actor Caroll Spinney (Big Bird on "Sesame Street") is 82.Singer Abdul "Duke" Fakir of The Four Tops is 80.Hockey Hall-of-Famer Norm...
Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 27
Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 27--Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 27:Rockabilly guitarist Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley's band) is 84.Actor John Amos ("Men In Trees," ''The West Wing") is 76.Mike Pinder, keyboard player and vocalist with the Moody Blues, is...
Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 28
Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 28--Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 28:Comic book creator Stan Lee ("Spider-Man," ''The Incredible Hulk") is 93.Actress Nichelle Nichols ("Star Trek") is 83.Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman Harry Howell is 83.Actress Dame Maggie...
Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 29
Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 29--Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 29:Actress Inga Swenson ("Benson") is 83.Former ABC newscaster Tom Jarriel is 81.Actress Mary Tyler Moore is 79.Actress Barbara Steele is 78.Actor Jon Voight is 77.Country singer Ed Bruce...
Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 30
Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 30--Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 30:Actor Joseph Bologna is 81.Actor Russ Tamblyn is 81.Baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax is 80.Actor Jack Riley is 80.Singer Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary is 78.Director James...
Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 31
Celebrity birthdays for Dec. 31--Celebrity Birthdays for Dec. 31:TV producer George Schlatter is 83.Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is 78.Actor Tim Considine ("My Three Sons") is 75.Actress Sarah Miles is 74.Guitarist Andy Summers of The Police is 73.Actor...
Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 1
Celebrity birthdays for Jan. 1--Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 1:Actor Ty Hardin is 86.Documentary maker Frederick Wiseman is 86.Canadian jazz guitarist Sonny Greenwich is 80.Actor Frank Langella is 78.Singer-guitarist Country Joe McDonald of Country Joe...
Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 2
Celebrity birthdays for Jan. 2--Celebrity Birthdays for Jan 2:Country musician Harold Bradley is 90.Former TV evangelist Jim Bakker is 76.Country singer Dick Feller is 73.Chick Churchill, organist with Ten Years After, is 70.TV host Jack Hanna ("Jack...
Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 3
Celebrity birthdays for Jan. 3--Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 3:Record producer Sir George Martin is 90.Actor Dabney Coleman is 84.Journalist-author Betty Rollin is 80.Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Hull is 77.Singer-songwriter-producer Van Dyke Parks is...
Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 4
Celebrity birthdays for Jan. 4--Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 4:Canadian broadcaster-author Betty Kennedy is 90.Actress Barbara Rush ("Peyton Place") is 89.Football Hall-of-Fame coach Don Shula is 86.Opera singer Grace Bumbry is 79.Actress Dyan Cannon...
Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 5
Celebrity birthdays for Jan. 5--Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 5:Canadian clarinetist-bandleader Dal Richards is 98. Canadian classical organist and music administrator Hugh McLean is 86.Actor Robert Duvall is 85.Juan Carlos, former king of Spain, is 78.Talk...
Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 6
Celebrity birthdays for Jan. 6--Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 6:Hockey Hall of Famer Dickie Moore is 85.Saxophonist Nino Tempo (born Antonino LoTempio) is 81.Canadian Olympic equestrian show jumper Ian Millar is 69. Accordionist Joey Miskulin, the CowPolka...
Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 7
Celebrity birthdays for Jan. 7--Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 7:Author-Screenwriter William Peter Blatty ("The Exorcist") is 88.Singer-songwriter Leona Williams is 73."Rolling Stone" publisher Jann Wenner is 70.Singer Kenny Loggins is 68.Singer-songwriter...
Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 8
Celebrity birthdays for Jan. 8--Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 8:Actor-comedian Larry Storch ("F Troop") is 93.Broadcast journalist Sander Vanocur is 88."Sunday Morning" host Charles Osgood is 83.Singer Shirley Bassey is 79.Game show host Bob Eubanks ("The...
Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 9
Celebrity birthdays for Jan. 9--Celebrity Birthdays for Jan. 9:Author Judith Krantz is 88.Football Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr is 82.Sports announcer Dick Enberg is 81.Actress K. Callan is 80.Singer Joan Baez is 75.Singer Roy Head ("Treat Her...
Christmas-Themed TV Episodes to Seek out, from 'Andy Griffith' to 'X-Files'
The best Christmas-themed TV episodes to seek out--Sooner or later, it happens to every series: the Christmas episode.After nine seasons it's finally happening on CBC's "Murdoch Mysteries." On Monday, in a special two-hour episode, Det. William Murdoch...
Dwight Duncan Gets Liberal Nod as Interim Windsor-Detroit Bridge Chairman
Liberals pick Dwight Duncan as bridge chairman--OTTAWA - The federal government has appointed Dwight Duncan, a former Ontario Liberal finance minister, as interim chairman of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority.Justin Trudeau's Liberals came to power...
Editorial Exchange: Canada Must Finish the Job and Document Residential School Deaths
Editorial Exchange: Canada must finish the job and document residential school deaths--An editorial from the Winnipeg Free Press, published Dec. 16:Canada's national myth, if it has one, is something about a country that is true, strong and free; born...
Editorial Exchange: North Korea's Cruel Thanks for a Canadian Pastor's Help
Editorial Exchange: North Korea's cruel thanks for a Canadian pastor's help--An editorial from the Toronto Star, published Dec. 16:North Korea, the unlovable Hermit Kingdom, is hungry, and even the United Nations' small-scale efforts to help feed it...
Editorial Exchange: TRC Report Can Start a New Relationship
Editorial Exchange: TRC report can start a new relationship--An editorial from the Hamilton Spectator, published Dec. 17:The release of the final report on Canada's residential schools and their legacy is a remarkable accomplishment for Truth and Reconciliation...
Editorial Exchange: U.S. Interest Rate Hike a Mixed Blessing
Editorial Exchange: U.S. interest rate hike a mixed blessing--An editorial from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, published Dec. 17:How will rising interest rates in the U.S. affect Canada?On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Reserve, our southern neighbour's...
Entertainment News as of 3 P.M. Friday, Dec. 18
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First Nations Group Looking to Buy Manitoba Rail Line and Port
Troubled rail line and port may be sold--WINNIPEG - A troubled rail line and port in northern Manitoba may be sold to a group of First Nations communities in the area.Denver-based OmniTrax says it has accepted a letter of intent from the group over the...
Future of Bombardier Chairman Shadows Certification of Smaller CSeries Plane
Bombardier CSeries certified to enter service--MIRABEL, Que. - Despite his conspicuous absence, Bombardier's executive chairman cast a shadow Friday over the company's celebration marking the certification of its CSeries passenger jet.A published report...
Germany's Geisenberger Back atop Luge Podium in Calgary, Canada's McRae Fifth
Geisenberger back to winning ways in luge--CALGARY - Natalie Geisenberger of Germany returned to the top of the podium in women's World Cup luge Friday while American women continued their surprising start to the season.Geisenberger is the reigning world,...
Governor General Welcomes Latest Batch of Syrian Refugees Arriving in Toronto
GG welcomes newest Syrian refugees--TORONTO - With a broad smile and a few key Arabic phrases, Gov. Gen. David Johnston welcomed tired but visibly grateful Syrian refugees who arrived in Toronto Friday on the latest government-organized flight to Canada.The...
Health-Lifestyles News Advisory as of 3 P.M. Friday, Dec. 18
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HKN-Conference-Stdgs
HKN-Conference-Stdgs--NHLAll Times EasternEastern ConferenceAtlantic DivisionMetropolitan DivisionWILD CARDWestern ConferenceCentral DivisionPacific DivisionWILD CARDNote: a team winning in overtime or shootout is credited with two points and a victory...
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HKN-Exp-Conference-Stdgs--NHLAll Times EasternEastern ConferenceAtlantic DivisionMetropolitan DivisionWILD CARDWestern ConferenceCentral DivisionPacific DivisionWILD CARDNote: a team winning in overtime or shootout is credited with two points and a victory...
How Crazy Was 2015 in U.S.? Let's Ask an Obama Democrat Who Supports Trump
How Trump shook up American politics in 2015--WASHINGTON - It's been such an unusual year in American politics that the first word here goes to an African-American Democrat explaining his decision to support Donald Trump."I'm 100 per cent sure I'm going...
Injuries to Reimer and Sparks Give Bernier Leafs' Top Job Back by Default
Bernier gets Leafs' top job back by default--TORONTO - Default is the sweetest word to Jonathan Bernier.Injuries -- first to James Reimer and now Garret Sparks -- ensured that Bernier is back as the Toronto Maple Leafs' No. 1 goaltender. He'll start...
Manitoba Schools Sign Historic Pact to Advance Indigenous Education
Manitoba advances indigenous education--WINNIPEG - Universities, colleges and public schools across Manitoba have signed a historic agreement to advance indigenous education.They all put pen to paper Friday on the first Indigenous Education Blueprint...
Man Sentenced to Less Than a Year for Role in B.C. 'Surrey Six' Gang Murders
Man pleads guilty to break and enter in murders--VANCOUVER - A man who arranged a fateful meeting that ended with the execution-style shootings of six men in a Surrey, B.C., highrise will serve less than a year for his role.Sophon Sek pleaded guilty...
Marlies Move into First in the AHL with 4-3 Shootout Win over Penguins
Soshnikov, Marlies beat Penguins 4-3 in SO--WILKES BARRE, Pa. - Nikita Soshnikov scored once in regulation and the shootout winner as the Toronto Marlies came from behind to defeat the host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4-3 on Friday in American Hockey...
Mom Disappointed at Reaction to Breastfeeding Baby on Santa's Lap, Posting Photo
Mom breastfeeds baby on Santa's lap--ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - An Ontario woman behind the viral photograph of herself breastfeeding her child while sitting on Santa's lap says she's disappointed with the public reception she's received.Rebecca Dunbar says...
Most Actively Traded Companies on the TSX
Most actively traded companies on the TSX--Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,024.30, up 14.37 points):OceanaGold Corp. (OGC). Miner. Up five cents, or 1.95 per cent, to $2.61 on 26.8...
Mother Wins $13.4 Million in Child Support Settlement after Lengthy Court Battle
Mom to get $13.4 million in settlement--HALIFAX - A fitness model who battled for years to get child support from a wealthy real estate developer has received a $13.4 million out-of-court settlement that her lawyers say is a deterrent to fathers who...
No Charges against Calgary Police in Fatal Shooting of Man during Car Chase
Police cleared in shooting of man during pursuit--CALGARY - A unit that investigates police says there will be no charges against Calgary officers who shot and killed a man and critically wounded a woman after a car chase.The Alberta Serious Incident...
OHL Roundup: Senyshyn Leads Greyhounds to 8-5 Win over Rangers
OHL Roundup: Greyhounds down Rangers 8-5--KITCHENER, Ont. - Zachary Senyshyn scored three times and set up one more as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds beat the host Kitchener Rangers 8-5 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Blake Speers had a goal...
Oil Price Collapse Named Business Story of the Year for Second Year in a Row
Oil collapse named Business Story of the Year--CALGARY - The price of oil -- and its far-reaching impact on the Canadian economy -- has once again been voted The Canadian Press Business Story of the Year.Editors and news directors across the country...
Ottawa Stops Withholding First Nations Funding, Halts Transparency Measures
Feds halting sanctions against First Nations--OTTAWA - The federal Liberal government showed more solidarity with Canada's First Nations on Friday as it lifted sanctions against indigenous communities that have not complied with a Conservative spending...
Police Seek Cheetah Spotted along Southeast B.C. Highway
Search on in B.C. for wandering cheetah--CRESTON, B.C. - Conservation officers are looking for a cheetah seen wandering the snowy roads near a school in southeastern British Columbia.Area residents and staff at Crawford Bay School were notified Thursday...
Progress of RCMP Puppies to Be Documented on Twitter and Facebook
RCMP puppies to make debut on Twitter--HALIFAX - The RCMP have launched a cuteness offensive in Nova Scotia.Their weapon of choice? Puppies.For the next 12 months, the police force will be posting photos, videos and text on Twitter and Facebook to document...
Quebec Court of Appeal to Deliberate in Case of Assisted-Dying Law
Top Quebec court to deliberate in end-of-life case--MONTREAL - Quebec's assisted-dying law will remain in effect as judges from the province's highest tribunal deliberate on a lower-court ruling aimed at suspending certain provisions.Lawyers for the...
RCMP Called to Investigate Victoria Police Chief, Who Volunteers to 'Step Aside'
Victoria chief steps aside amid probes--VICTORIA - Victoria's police chief has stepped aside after an investigation into his social-media conduct with the wife of one of his officers escalated into allegations of breach of trust and discreditable conduct.B.C.'s...
Report Says Drogba Contacted by Chelsea about Return to Premier League Club
Report: Drogba to return to Chelsea--MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact denied a report on Friday that striker Didier Drogba was contacted by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich about returning to the struggling Premier League club. "The rumour about Didier Drogba...
Resource Stocks Help Toronto Stock Market Inch Higher after Thursday's Drop
Toronto stock market, loonie inch higher--TORONTO - Resource stocks helped the Toronto stock market inch to a slightly higher close on Friday, while south of the border stocks tumbled for a second straight session.The TSX/S&P composite index gained...
Road-Warrior Sharks Thriving but Perplexed about Losing So Much at Home
Sharks are road warriors with home woes--TORONTO - There's no place like the road for the San Jose Sharks.They've beaten the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs to open a five-game trip and lead the NHL with 12 road wins and 25 points away from...
Rugby Canada Recommends New Deal for Coach but Wants Program Improvements
Rugby Canada recommends new deal for coach--TORONTO - Rugby Canada has offered men's national team coach Kieran Crowley a contract extension.The 54-year-old New Zealander is currently pondering the offer, which was part of Rugby Canada's Rugby World...
Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk Says He's Feeling Great after Liver Transplant
Sens owner 'couldn't be better' after transplant--OTTAWA - Some seven months after undergoing a liver transplant, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk says he can't remember the last time he felt so good."Honestly I couldn't be better," Melnyk said prior...
Seven Stories in the News Today, Dec. 18
Seven stories in the news today, Dec. 18--Seven stories in the news today, Dec. 18, from The Canadian Press:------CANADIAN SPECIAL FORCES BATTLE ISIL IN IRAQA contingent of Canada's elite commandos were thrown into a pitched day-long battle alongside...
Short-Tracker Hamelin's Lost Bag and Skates Found in London, to Be Returned
Short-tracker Hamelin's skates found--MONTREAL - Short-track speed skater Francois Hamelin's lost skates have been found.Hamelin has been desperate to get his custom-made skate boots back after he left them in the overhead compartment on a plane at Toronto's...
S&P Downgrades Alberta Credit Rating
S&P downgrades Alberta credit rating--EDMONTON - U.S. bond rating giant Standard and Poor's knocked Alberta off its top-ranked AAA credit rating perch Friday, but Finance Minister Joe Ceci says he is sticking to the current spend-heavy economic growth...
Suspects in Two Mac's Slayings in Edmonton Include 13-Year-Old Boy
Suspects in two Mac's slayings include teen--EDMONTON - Edmonton's police chief says the community should be outraged after two convenience store clerks, who were working alone and didn't fight back when masked robbers walked into their stores early...
Teenage Boy Pleads Guilty to the Manslaughter of 17-Year-Old Yukon Girl
Boy pleads guilty to Yukon manslaughter--WHITEHORSE - A teenage boy has pleaded guilty to manslaughter a year after the body of a 17-year-old girl was found on a trail in a Whitehorse subdivision.The boy who can't be named under the Youth Criminal Justice...
Thanks to Domi and Sochi, Canada Has Changed the Way It Builds Its Hockey Teams
Canada has changed how it builds its teams--TORONTO - Another disappointing defeat at the world junior championship in 2014 hung over Hockey Canada. Management knew it messed up by leaving skilled players like Max Domi and Darnell Nurse off the team...
Today in History - Dec. 27
Today in History - Dec. 27--Today in History for Dec. 27:On this date:In 1571, Johannes Kepler, the German astronomer who confirmed Copernicus' theory that the Earth and planets revolve around the sun in elliptical orbits, was born.In 1610, 40-year-old...
Today in History - Dec. 28
Today in History - Dec. 28--Today in History for Dec. 28:On this date:In 1065, Westminster Abbey was founded by Edward the Confessor.In 1694, Queen Mary II of England died after more than five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.In...
Today in History - Dec. 29
Today in History - Dec. 29--Today in History for Dec. 29:On this date:In 1170, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, was murdered on the altar of Canterbury Cathedral by knights of King Henry II.In 1813, the British burned Buffalo, N.Y., during...
Today in History - Dec. 30
Today in History - Dec. 30--Today in History for Dec. 30:On this date:In 1384, the English religious reformer John Wycliffe died of a stroke. He was a bold critic of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church and believed the Church should return to the...
Today in History - Dec. 31
Today in History - Dec. 31--Today in History for Dec. 31:On this date:In 1600, Queen Elizabeth I granted the British East India Co. a monopoly on all trade to the East Indies.In 1687, the first shipload of emigrating Huguenots (French Protestants) left...
Today in History - Jan. 1
Today in History - Jan. 1--Today in History for Jan. 1:On this date:In 1622, the Roman Catholic church adopted Jan. 1 as the beginning of the year, rather than March 25.In 1653, Newfoundland's Coat of Arms was granted by King Charles I.In 1743, Francois...
Today in History - Jan. 10
Today in History - Jan. 10--Today in History for Jan. 10:On this date:In A.D. 236, Fabian was elected pope of the early Christian Church. He served until 250, when he became the first martyr under Decius, the emperor who initiated the Roman Empire-wide...
Today in History - Jan. 11
Today in History - Jan. 11--Today in History for Jan. 11:On this date:In 1569, England's first state lottery was held to raise money for the construction of harbours.In 1693, an earthquake at Catania, Italy, killed 60,000.In 1759, America's first life...
Today in History - Jan. 12
Today in History - Jan. 12--Today in History for Jan. 12:On this date:In 1519, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I died.In 1598, the Marquis de La Roche was awarded a fur trading monopoly in the New World by the King of France.In 1700, Marguerite Bourgeoys,...
Today in History - Jan. 13
Today in History - Jan. 13--Today in History for Jan. 13:On this date:In 1691, Englishman George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, died.In 1695, satirist Jonathan Swift, author of "Gulliver's Travels," was ordained an Anglican priest...
Today in History - Jan. 14
Today in History - Jan. 14--Today in History for Jan. 14:On this date:In 1529, Spanish diplomat and writer Juan de Valdes published his Dialogue on Christian Doctrine. It paved the way for Protestant ideas in Spain.In 1645, the Company of New France...
Today in History - Jan. 15
Today in History - Jan. 15--Today in History for Jan. 15:On this date:In AD 345, Paul of Thebes, traditionally considered the first Christian hermit and an inspiration for Antony of Egypt and later Christian monasticism, died.In 1535, Henry VIII declared...
Today in History - Jan. 16
Today in History - Jan. 16--Today in History for Jan. 16:On this date:In 1543, the British Parliament prohibited any "women or artificer's prentices, journeymen, servingmen of the degree of yeoman, or under, husbandmen or labourers to read the New Testament...
Today in History - Jan. 2
Today in History - Jan. 2--Today in History for Jan. 2:On this date:In 1492, King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile ended Muslim rule in Spain by conquering Granada, the last Muslim stronghold in the country.In 1727, James Wolfe, commander...
Today in History - Jan. 3
Today in History - Jan. 3--Today in History for Jan. 3:On this date:In 1661, female actors appeared on an English stage for the first time.In 1777, the United States adopted the Stars and Stripes as its official flag.In 1777, American General George...
Today in History - Jan. 4
Today in History - Jan. 4--Today in History for Jan. 4:On this date:In 1493, Columbus sailed for Spain from the New World on his ship, the "Nina.'In 1581, James Ussher, archbishop of Armagh, was born in Dublin, Ireland. He published a chronology which...
Today in History - Jan. 5
Today in History - Jan. 5--Today in History for Jan. 5:On this date:In A.D. 459, St. Simeon Stylites, who lived at the top of an 18-metre pillar in the Syrian desert non-stop for 36 years, died on it.In 1066, Edward the Confessor, the only English king...
Today in History - Jan. 6
Today in History - Jan. 6--Today in History for Jan. 6:On this date:In A.D. 548, the Jerusalem church observed Christmas on this date for the last time as the Western church moved to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ on Dec. 25. In 1412, St. Joan...
Today in History - Jan. 7
Today in History - Jan. 7--Today in History for Jan. 7:On this date:In 1450, in Scotland, the University of Glasgow was founded.In 1610, Italian astronomer Galileo discovered the four satellites of Jupiter and named them Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.In...
Today in History - Jan. 8
Today in History - Jan. 8--Today in History for Jan. 8:On this date:In 1324, explorer Marco Polo died at age 70.In 1438, the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches met at the Council of Ferrara-Florence in an effort to form an alliance that would save...
Today in History - Jan. 9
Today in History - Jan. 9--Today in History for Jan. 9:On this date:In 1788, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.In 1793, Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard, using a hot-air balloon, flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury,...
Today in Music History - Dec. 27
Today in Music History - Dec. 27--Today in Music History for Dec. 27:In 1927, "Show Boat," one of the most influential works in the history of the American musical theatre, premiered in New York. It was adapted by Jerome Kern from the Edna Ferber novel...
Today in Music History - Dec. 28
Today in Music History - Dec. 28--Today in Music History for Dec. 28:In 1842, Calixa Lavallee, the composer of "O Canada," was born in Vercheres, Lower Canada (now Quebec). The song, with words by Judge A.B. Routhier, was composed for a national convention...
Today in Music History - Dec. 29
Today in Music History - Dec. 29--Today in Music History for Dec. 29:In 1849, the Christmas hymn by Edmund Sears, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," was first published in "The Christian Register."In 1939, Radio Luxembourg was given government permission...
Today in Music History - Dec. 30
Today in Music History - Dec. 30--Today in Music History for Dec. 30:In 1672, the first public concert was held in London. The musicians performed behind a curtain while patrons ate cakes and drank ale.In 1904, Canadian soprano Pauline Donalda made her...
Today in Music History - Dec. 31
Today in Music History - Dec. 31--Today in Music History for Dec. 31:In 1776, the earliest cantata to be mentioned in Canadian historical documents was performed in Quebec City to mark the first anniversary of the repulsion of U.S. invaders. Its composer's...
Today in Music History - Jan. 1
Today in Music History - Jan. 1--Today in Music History for Jan. 1:In 1936, Canadian jazz guitarist Sonny Greenwich was born in Hamilton, Ont. Influenced by tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, Greenwich developed a unique saxophone-like tone on the guitar....
Today in Music History - Jan. 10
Today in Music History - Jan. 10--Today in Music History for Jan. 10:In 1917, legendary record producer Jerry Wexler was born in The Bronx, N.Y. He helped shape R&B music with influential recordings of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and other greats,...
Today in Music History - Jan. 11
Today in Music History - Jan. 11--Today in Music History for Jan. 11:In 1848, Edward Fisher, founder of the Toronto Conservatory of Music, was born in Jamaica, Vt. He directed the conservatory from its opening in 1887 until his death in 1913. In 1947,...
Today in Music History - Jan. 12
Today in Music History - Jan. 12--Today in Music History for Jan. 12:In 1905, cowboy singer Tex Ritter was born in Texas. Most people remember him singing the title song for the Academy Award-winning film "High Noon" in 1952. He also made a number of...
Today in Music History - Jan. 13
Today in Music History - Jan. 13--Today in Music History for Jan. 13:In 1501, Christianity's first vernacular hymnal was printed in Prague, capital of the present-day Czech Republic. It contained 89 hymns in the Czech language.In 1854, a patent for the...
Today in Music History - Jan. 14
Today in Music History - Jan. 14--Today in Music History for Jan. 14:In 1790, the first operatic work to be performed in Canada, "Colas et Colinette ou le Bailli Dupe," premiered in Montreal.In 1900, Puccini's opera "Tosca" had its world premiere in...
Today in Music History - Jan. 15
Today in Music History - Jan. 15--Today in Music History for Jan. 15:In 1882, tenor Henry Burr (real name Harry McClaskey), the most prolific recording artist of his era, was born in St. Stephen, N.B. He recorded an estimated 12,000 titles from 1902...
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