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January 23: Whither the weather and other stories on this day

Election day always ends with some very happy and some very unhappy voters, but one British psychologist is predicting people may be depressed for other reasons.

According to Cliff Arnall, Jan. 23 is the most depressing day of 2006. The Cardiff University professor based his finding on factors like the weather, debts from the holidays, time since Christmas and time until New Year's resolutions are abandoned.

If you're watching the election, your mood may depend more on whether the Canadian map turns red, blue or orange at the end of the day.

But if the fluctuating weather really is the determining factor in whether your mood is up or down, take heart. Seasonal norms or above average temperatures are expected across most of the country, according to Environment Canada.

The forecast also says that while much of the Prairies and Ontario will get some sunshine, Canada's coastal provinces should expect precipitation ranging from mostly showers in the West, to snow flurries in the East and parts of the North.

If, however, you wanted to predict how party leaders will be feeling based on the weather, you'd be hard-pressed. Each of the party leaders' home ridings is expecting a mix of sun and clouds all day.

No major snowstorms, the likes of which could keep voters indoors, are expected.

Now if you were checking CBC.ca's headlines a year ago today, you'd find the weather was the top story. Nova Scotia was suffering its third successive snowstorm in less than a week, one that would later dump plenty of snow on New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Headlines last year on this day also included the death of comedian Johnny Carson and Viktor Yushchenko officially being sworn in as Ukraine's new president.

Other significant events on January 23 include:
1989 � Surrealist painter Salvador Dali dies at the age of 84.
1986 - The first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced.
1973 � President Richard Nixon announces an agreement has been reached, ending the Vietnam War.
1964 � The 24th amendment to the U.S. Constitution made poll taxes illegal, so people were no longer required to pay a fee for the right to vote.
1944 � Norwegian painter of The Scream Edvard Munch dies.
1929 � Birth of Canadian chemist and Nobel laureate John Polanyi.
1902 � The Winnipeg Victorias sweep the Toronto Wellingtons in 2 games to win the Stanley Cup.
1556 � The most deadly earthquake on record kills about 830,000 people in Shansi Province, China.


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1241035129
Total Elected and Leading
CON124036.27%
LIB103030.23%
BQ51010.48%
NDP29017.48%
IND10.52%
OTH005.02%

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