Friday February 26th

What we learned from 2009 that may have come as a surprise:

Babies pick up their parents' accents from the womb, and infants are born crying in their native dialect. Researchers found that French newborns cry in a rising French accent, and German babies cry with a characteristic falling inflection.




Calgary's Trades and Labour Council resolved to send a formal complaint to the Calgary School Board, to protest the hiring of a female janitor whose husband already had a job. The issue generated some lively debate within the Council, with some members pointing out that the husband's wages were barely enough to house and feed his family. The majority rejected this argument, noting that the principle of one pay envelope coming into a family had to be preserved; otherwise everyone's wages would be cut.



Government starts evacuating 21,000 Japanese Canadians from coastal regions of British Columbia to interior work camps; under War Measures Act.



Total solar eclipse crosses western Canada, casting a moving shadow 250 km wide



Gulf War: On Baghdad Radio Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein announces the withdrawal of Iraqi troops from Kuwait.



A bomb explodes on level B2 of the World Trade Center, creating a five story crater and leaving six dead and over 1,042 injured. According to the New York Times, the FBI knew in advance this was going to happen.



Barings PLC, Britain's oldest investment banking firm, collapsed after a securities dealer lost more than $1.4 billion by gambling on Tokyo stock prices.



Pope John Paul II visited Mount Sinai in Egypt, revered as the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments.



Swift Current City RCMP were called to an apartment on the 600 block of Chaplin Street West last Thursday February 17th.
Tenants living in the apartment called police saying they heard shots being fired in the hallway.
When Police arrived, they smelled a strong chemical odour and found some items that confirmed that a homemade bomb had exploded.






J.R. Cash –wb78- As Johnny Cash, he joins both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, rising to prominence with rockabilly music at Sun Records, and graduating to become an icon for country music


William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody


Tony Randall –wb90-  Felix Unger in The Odd Couple