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January 06, 2005 08:00 ET


Attention: Assignment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 6, 2005) - January 6, 2005 - The Historica Foundation of Canada and CN today announced the launch of a historical calendar created to celebrate the centennials of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

In partnership with Alberta Learning and Saskatchewan Learning, CN and Historica will distribute more than 100,000 special edition 2005 Centennial Calendars to high school students in Alberta and Saskatchewan studying Canadian history. These visual keepsakes will help teach local students about their history through beautiful images, quotes and historical facts. The calendars are scheduled to arrive in schools over the next week and are available to the general public in a downloadable format by visiting HYPERLINK ""

"The 100th anniversary of the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan joining Confederation is commemorated in this spectacular calendar that chronicles the history of the two provinces through captivating photos and great moments in the provinces' histories," said James Marsh, editor-in-chief of Historica's The Canadian Encyclopedia. "It describes the changes that began with the arrival of explorers and fur traders and continued with homesteaders, ranchers and immigrants from all over the world."

"This calendar is CN's gift to both provinces," said Peter Marshall, CN's senior vice-president, Western Canada region. "CN's development has been closely intertwined with that of Saskatchewan and Alberta and our roots sink deep into Canadian history. The centennial year is a unique time for all of us to look back with a strong sense of pride and accomplishment and look forward with confidence and optimism."

Canadian National Railway Company spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.

The Historica Foundation engages Canadians in the stories that define our identity and the events that shape our country's future. Through our programs and resources Historica connects Canadians to the unique history of our nation. We invite you to discover your place in history at HYPERLINK ""

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Facts from the Historica-CN Centennial Calendar

January 16, 1960 Floral, Saskatchewan's Gordie Howe became the leading scorer in NHL history, surpassing the record previously held by Maurice "Rocket" Richard
February 11, 1926 Actor Leslie Nielson was born in Regina
March 13, 1914 Writer W.O. Mitchell, author of the famous novel Who Has Seen the Wind, was born in Weyburn
April 19, 1916 The Equal Suffrage Bill was passed, giving Alberta women the right to vote in provincial elections
May 19, 1984 The Edmonton Oilers won their first Stanley Cup, defeating the New York Islanders 4 games to 1
June 15, 1944 North America's first social democratic government was formed when Tommy Douglas led the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation to victory in Saskatchewan
July 21, 1911 The man who famously theorized "the medium is the message," Herbert Marshall McLuhan, was born in Edmonton
August 31, 1883 The Calgary Herald newspaper was first published by Andrew Armour and Thomas Braden as the Calgary Herald, Mining and Ranche Advocate and General Advertiser Inc.
September 20, 1962 A potash mine, among the world's largest known reserves, was opened at Esterhazy, Saskatchewan
October 7, 1918 The first Grand Trunk Pacific Railway train arrived in Saskatoon
November 26, 1966 The Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Ottawa Rough Riders 29-14 in Vancouver to win their first Grey Cup
December 10, 1928 Western Canadian Airlines began regular airmail service between Regina, Calgary and Edmonton, the first daily airmail service in Canada

Visit do for a downloadable copy of the calendar cover.

/For further information: For additional information or to schedule an interview with James Marsh, editor of the Historica-CN calendar, please contact: Media Contact: Marci Desroches, (306) 586-8553, Historica: Tanya Zaritzky, 1-800-567-1867 ext 228, CN: Jim Feeny, 1-780-472-3023/ IN: EDUCATION

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