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What was going on in the world the year you were born? Give an brief overview of the events surrounding your birth year.


I was born in 1967. 


In that year.... 

1967 is remembered as one of the most notable years in Canada. It was the centenary of Canadian Confederation and celebrations were held throughout the nation. The most prominent event was Expo 67 in Montreal, the most successful World's Fair ever held up to that time, and one of the first events to win international acclaim for the country.


The year saw the nation's Governor General, Georges Vanier, die in office; and two prominent federal leaders, Official Opposition Leader John Diefenbaker, and Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson announced their resignations. The year's top news-story was French President Charles de Gaulle's "Vive le Québec libre" speech in Montreal.


The year also saw major changes in youth culture with the "hippies" in Toronto's Yorkville area becoming front-page news over their lifestyle choices and battles with Toronto City Council. A new honours system was announced, the Order of Canada. In sports, the Toronto Maple Leafs won their 13th and last Stanley Cup.


In mountaineering, the year saw the first ascents of the highest peak in the remote Arctic Cordillera.


The nation began to feel far more nationalistic than before, with a generation raised in a country fully detached from Britain. The new Canadian flag served as a symbol and a catalyst for this. In Quebec, the Quiet Revolution was overthrowing the oligarchy of francophone clergy and anglophone businessmen, and French Canadian pride and nationalism were becoming a national political force.


The Canadian economy was at its post-war peak, and levels of prosperity and quality of life were at all-time highs. Many of the most important elements of Canada's welfare state were coming on line, such as Medicare and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).  These events were coupled with the coming of age of the baby boom and the regeneration of music, literature, and art that the 1960s brought around the world. The baby boomers, who have since dominated Canada's culture, tend to view the period as Canada's halcyon days.


1967 was an exciting year for Canadians. Communities across the country planned celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of confederation. The Federal Government sponsored events from coast to coast and provided funding and organization for such things as the Centennial Train and the Centennial Voyageur Canoe Pageant. Even Canada's military got the spirit by producing the Canadian Armed Forces Tattoo 1967 that toured the country from coast to coast with over 150 shows from St. John's, Newfoundland to Victoria, BC with a two week long production at EXPO 67 in Montreal. Tattoo 1967 was so successful, there were calls to have the show tour the world as a representative of Canadian culture. The show set a world's record for the longest running military tattoo, a record that has never been equaled.


While to Montreal it was the year of Expo, to Toronto it was the culmination of the Toronto Maple Leafs dynasty of the 1960s, with the team winning its fourth Stanley Cup in six years by defeating its arch-rival, the Montreal Canadiens, in the last all-Canadian Stanley Cup Final until 1986.


Author and historian Pierre Berton famously referred to 1967 as Canada's last good year. In his analysis, the years following saw much of 1967's hopefulness disappear. In the early 1970s, the oil shock and other factors hammered the Canadian economy. Quebec separatism led to divisive debates and an economic decline of Montreal and Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) terrorism. The Vietnam War and Watergate Scandal in the United States also had profound effects on Canadians. Berton reported that Toronto hockey fans also note that the Maple Leafs have not won a Stanley Cup since.



Edited by DarkRavie

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My sister was born in 1964.


In that year...

1964 was the year American culture fractured and eventually split along ideological lines — old vs. young; hip vs. square; poor vs. rich; liberal vs. conservative — establishing the poles of societal debate that are still raging today.


It was the year America grieved John F. Kennedy’s assassination; the year Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act; the year when poverty, inequality, and war became part of our daily dialogue. Oh, and the girls went crazy over a very popular musical group, what were they called? Oh yes: The Beatles.


Some major events took place in 1964...

  • After completing what would have been the final year of John F. Kennedy’s first term, President Johnson re-elected in a landslide over Barry Goldwater
  • President Johnson declares "war on poverty," introduces a variety of federal welfare programs, including Medicare (initially proposed by Kennedy in 1960)
  • Three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi during "Freedom Summer"
  • 24th Amendment to Constitution adopted, ensuring fair voting practices
  • Race riots break out in Harlem and other U.S. cities
  • Investigating the Kennedy assassination, the Warren Commission determines that "Oswald acted alone" in killing the president
  • U.S. military forces launch attacks on North Vietnam in response to an alleged attack on a U.S. destroyer off the Vietnamese coast; Congress passes Gulf of Tonkin resolution that gives the President greater freedom to authorize combat actions in Vietnam
  • Soviet leader Khrushchev falls from power, is ultimately replaced by Leonid Brezhnev
  • Anchorage, Alaska hit by massive earthquake
  • Turkey attacks Cyprus

1964 events in Canada...

  • March 13 – Canada begins a decades-long peacekeeping mission in Cyprus
  • March 23 – George Stanley first describes and sketches the proposal for Canada's new flag that is eventually accepted
  • March 26 – The White Paper on Defence is tabled.
  • March 27 – Several towns in coastal British Columbia, including Prince Rupert, Tofino, Port Alberni and Zeballos, suffer damage from tsunamis associated with the Good Friday earthquake in Alaska. Overall damage is estimated at $10 million.
  • April – Canadians are issued Social Insurance cards for the first time
  • April 22 – Saskatchewan election: Ross Thatcher's Liberals win a majority, defeating Woodrow Lloyd's Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
  • May 2 – W. Ross Thatcher is sworn in as Premier of Saskatchewan
  • May 27 – The Prime Minister unveils the "Pearson Pennant", his preferred, but ultimately unsuccessful, design for a new national flag.
  • June 15 – The Great Canadian Flag Debate begins in the House of Commons.
  • June 19 - The Hall Commission Report recommending the creation of Canada's medicare programme was tabled in the House of Commons.
  • July 16 – Canada extends its exclusive fishing zone to 12 miles off-shore
  • September 10 – After almost three months of debate in the Commons, the flag question is referred to an all-party committee.
  • September 17 – The flag committee meets for the first time.
  • October 5 – Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh begin an eight-day visit to Canada.
  • October 22 – The flag committee makes its final selection of the design that will become the national flag.
  • November 9 - Max Saltsman wins Waterloo South by-election, campaigning against a mere flag taking priority over important social issues such as medicare
  • November 30 – John Diefenbaker launches a filibuster to try to prevent the introduction of a new Canadian flag
  • December 16 – Bill creating the new Flag of Canada passed in the House of Commons after much controversy.


More 1964 happenings in the US...

The Sherman Brothers claimed to have made up the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" for the 1964 film Mary Poppins, yet the writers of a 1949 song called "Supercalafajaistickespeealadojus" unsuccessfully sued Disney. Disney's lawyers argued both were "nonsense words".


Swedish journalist exhibited paintings done by a chimpanzee under the name Pierre Brassau. The journalist was testing whether critics could tell the difference between true avant-garde modern artwork and a chimp's work. They could not, and in fact, praised the works. 

Before the Star Trek's Vulcan nerve pinch, Ian Chesterton's character from a 1964 Doctor Who episode gripped an Aztec warrior between the shoulder and neck rendering him unconscious.


The modern version of the Hippocratic Oath was written in 1964 by a man named Louis Lasagna.


William Fullingim's marriage to Nancy Watson lasted for almost 85 years. They got married in 1879 (when William was 24 and Nancy was 18) and remained married until Nancy's death at age 103 in 1964. William died the next year at age 110.


Robert Moog develops his first electronic music synthesizer. RCA created the first music sythesizer in 1953.


Stephen Spielberg directed his first feature film, Firelight (1964), which was released at his local cinema. It was shot on a budget of $500, and took $501 at the box office, giving the film an official profit of $1


The Ford Mustang was introduced. Teacher Gail Wise was the first ever purchaser of a Mustang, paying $3419.


Japan's Hiroshima Peace Flame has been burned continuously since it was lit in 1964, and will remain lit until all nuclear bombs on the planet are destroyed and the planet is free from the threat of nuclear annihilation.


After Bob Dylan offered The Beatles marijuana when he first met them in 1964 he was shocked to find out they weren't regular smokers. Dylan had misheard the lyric 'I can't hide' from I Want To Hold Your Hand as 'I get high'.


The very first use of audio feedback on a commercial pop record is the intro of the song I Feel Fine by The Beatles and on Februay 9 - The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.

The Beatles' three-month stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964 was ended by jazz legend Louis Armstrong with Hello Dolly!


The reason you find so many 1964 nickels is that people thought that was the last year they contained silver so people hoarded them. The mints struck more coins to make up for the shortage. In reality, they were just made of nickel.


The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was supported by 80% of the Republican (with 61% Democrat) House members, and 82% of the Republican (with 62% Democrat) Senate members.


During their first American tour, The Beatles refused to play their scheduled concert in Jacksonville until the audience was desegregated.


For the 1964 World's Fair in New York, Wisconsin created a 34,951lbs cheddar cheese from the milk of 16,000 cows.


The Sharpie marker was introduced. The extra fine point came out in 1979 and the ultra fine point was released in 1989.


The BASIC (Beginner's All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) computer language was created.


Jazz artist Dizzy Gillespie ran for president, promising to rename the White House "the Blues House" and appoint Ray Charles librarian of Congress, Miles Davis head of the CIA, and Malcolm X attorney general.


George R. R. Martin reputedly purchased the first ticket to attend the first Comic Con, held in New York in 1964.


Sitcom Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. was set in a marine base 1964 through 1969. The word 'Vietnam' was never once mentioned in it's 5 year run.


You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', co-written by Phil Spector, was first performed by the Righteous Brothers. The song has received more airplay on radio and television than any other song in the past century.


Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has been telecast every year since 1964, making it the longest running Christmas TV special in history. Santa never went back to the Island of Misfit Toys as he had promised and many children wrote in and complained, so a new credits sequence in 1965 showed Santa returning to the island, which was the sequence that has been used ever since. What was wrong with Rudolph's Dolly for Sue?


The US Congress named bourbon whiskey as the official National Booze.


The Beatles released seven platinum records - in 1964 alone. Introducing... The Beatles, Meet the Beatles!, The Beatles' Second Album, A Hard Day's Night, Something New, Beatles for Sale, and Beatles '65 each sold over one million copies.


Popular Culture 1964
Sidney Poitier becomes the first black actor to win the "best actor" Oscar
"Hello Dolly," "Funny Girl," and "Fiddler on the Roof" premier on Broadway in New York.
The Rolling Stones release debut album, "The Rolling Stones"
The Beatles make their first appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show.
The Beatles have 13 singles Billboard's Hot 100 at the same time
The first pirate radio station, Radio Caroline, is established
The Beatles hold the top five positions in the Billboard Top 40 singles in America
Bob Dylan releases "The Times They Are a-Changin" many consider a 1960s classic as it captured the changes hapening in society
BBC2 starts broadcasting in the UK.
Pablo Picasso painted his fourth Head of a Bearded Man
The Sun Newspaper is first published in the United Kingdom
Hasbro launch G.I. Joe an action figure for boys to join the Barbie Doll For Girls.
Buffalo Wings ( deep fried chicken wings coated with hot sauce ) are made at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is published written by Roald Dahl

Top of the Pops premieres on BBC television.
Elizabeth Taylor marries Richard Burton for the first time


Popular Films

The Carpetbaggers
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
My Fair Lady
Mary Poppins


Popular Musicians

The Beatles
Roy Orbison
Ella Fitzgerald
Simon and Garfunkel




Edited by DarkRavie

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