Canada Timeline: 1960s

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In History
  • Vietnam War Begins

    Vietnam War Begins
    The Vietnam War begins, involving communist North Vietnam (supported by comunist countries) and South Vietnam (supported by non-communist coutries, including the US). The War continued thoughout the sixties and finally ended in 1975. Although the Canadian Government remained neutral, over 30 000 Canadians enlisted in the US Army. Canada became a haven for over 60 000 American draft dodgers.
  • The Quiet Revolution Begins

    The Quiet Revolution Begins
    The Quiet Revolution begins in Quebec, full date unknown.
  • Psycho

    Psycho
    Alred Hitchcock's famous horror film, Psycho, is released in theatres. Audiences paralyized with fear.
  • British Aircraft Harrier Jump Jet Flown

    British Aircraft Harrier Jump Jet Flown
    Brithish Jump jet, an aircraft possible of taking off vertically, was was designed by the military.
  • Status Indians Gain Right to Vote

    Status Indians Gain Right to Vote
    All Status Indians gain the right to vote, a sign of further civil right actions that would take place over the decade.
  • Bill of Rights Gets Royal Assent

    Bill of Rights Gets Royal Assent
    The Canadian Bill of Right, the precursor to the Canadian Caarter of Rights and Freedoms, is given royal assent after passing through Parliament.
  • Soviet Man travels in Space

    Soviet Man travels in Space
    Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man to ever travel in space.
  • New Leader for NDP

    New Leader for NDP
    Tommy Douglas becomes the new leader of the newly formed New Democratic Party.
  • U.S.S. Savannah

    U.S.S. Savannah
    The first nuclear powered merchant ship that began sail in 1962 (it was built on experimental basis).
  • Cuban Missile Crisis Begins

    Cuban Missile Crisis Begins
    The Cuban Missile Crisis begins, of worldwide significance. It ends November 25th.
  • Pearson Wins Canadian Election

    Pearson Wins Canadian Election
    Lester B. Pearson replaces Diefenbaker as a minority goverment.
  • 'I Have A Dream' Speech

    'I Have A Dream' Speech
    Martin Luther King Jr addresses 200 000 civil rights supporters and makes his legendary 'I Have a Dream' Speech. The civil Right Movement is passed in the United States in 1964.
  • Beatlemania Ensues

    Beatlemania Ensues
    The Beatles pop group gathers worldwide recognition. Fans begin to obsess, and devotion to the Beatles catches like fever.
  • JFK Assassination

    JFK Assassination
    The President of the United States, John F. Kennedy is shot and killed in Dallas, Texas.
  • Social Insurance Cards Issued

    Social Insurance Cards Issued
    Canadians are for the 1st time given social insurance cards.
  • Great Canadian Flag Debate Begins

    Great Canadian Flag Debate Begins
    The debate over the new National Flag of Canada begins.
  • Japan Invents the Bullet Train

    Japan Invents the Bullet Train
    A fast speed service train opened in Japan called a Bullet train. It ran between Tokyo and Osaka at average speeds of 101 mph (163 km/h).
  • Maple Leaf Flag Adopted

    Maple Leaf Flag Adopted
    Canada officially adopts the Maple Leaf Flag to replace the Red Ensign.
  • Troubled USA-CAN Relations

    Troubled USA-CAN Relations
    Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson angers American President Lyndon Johnson by making Anti-Vietnam War remarks during a speech.
  • Dylan Goes Electric

    Dylan Goes Electric
    Bob Dylan, folk artist at the time, shocks fans and stirs up controversy by going electric at the Newport Folk Festival.
  • Failed Bomb Threat On Parliament Hill

    Failed Bomb Threat On Parliament Hill
    Canadian Paul Joseph Cartier is killed when a bomb he was attempting to blow up in the House of Commons detonates in a Parliament building washroom.
  • Groundbreaking for World Trade Centers

    Groundbreaking for  World Trade Centers
    Desgined by Minoru Yamasaki using a tube-frame structural design for the twin 110-story towers. Includes North and South Towers.
  • "O Canada" Becomes National Anthem

    The national anthem is offically recognized by the House of Commons.
  • Sgt. Peppers Lonley Hearts Club Band

    Sgt. Peppers Lonley Hearts Club Band
    The Beatles release their acclaimed album, Sgt. Peppers, and it is an instant success. This album differentiates incredibly from earlier albums, with less of a pop sound.
  • Canada's 100th Aniversary

    Canada's 100th Aniversary
    Canada celebrates it's 100th anniversary.
  • Charles De Gaulle Angers English Canadians

    Charles De Gaulle Angers English Canadians
    French President Charles De Gaulle angers English Speaking Canadians after expressing to a delighted French Canadian crowd his wish that Quebec remain "forever free" (Vive le Quebec Libre!)
  • First Heart Transplant

    First Heart Transplant
    South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard performs the first successful heart transplant on patient, Lewis Washkansky, who suffered of diabetes. Washkansky survived the transplant, but the medication he was on weakened his immune system. Eighteen days later he died of double pneumonia.
  • The Canadian Forces is Formed

    The Canadian Forces is Formed
    The Navy, Infantry and Air Force are all merged to make up the newly-created Canadian Forces.
  • 1968 Winter Olympics

    1968 Winter Olympics
    The 1968 Winter Olympics begin, in Grenoble, France. This is the first Olympics Canada is represented by its Maple Leaf Flag. Canada wins one gold, one silver and one bronze. The gold medal and silver medal is won by alpine skier Nancy Greene.
  • Martin Luther King Jr Assassination

    Martin Luther King Jr Assassination
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is shot and killed by James Earl Gray.
  • Pierre Trudeau Becomes Prime Minister

    Pierre Trudeau Becomes Prime Minister
    Peirre Elliott Trudeau becomes Prime Minister of Canada, and will win a majority federal election 2 weeks later.
  • Canadian Medicare Put Into Effect

    Canadian Medicare Put Into Effect
    Canada's new Health Care becomes Law in Canada.
  • 1968 Summer Olympics

    1968 Summer Olympics
    The 1968 Summer Olympics begin, held in Mexico City. Canada wins five medals including one gold, three silvers and one bronze. Canada's most outstanding athlete is Elaine Tanner, who won two silvers in swimming events.
  • Air Hockey Invented by a trio of New Brunswick Engineers

    Air Hockey Invented by a trio of New Brunswick Engineers
    One of the most popular arcade games now was invented by engineers Phil Crossman, Bob Kenkrick and Brad Baldwin.
  • Homosexuality Decriminalized

    Homosexuality Decriminalized
    Changing much legislation of the past, the Liberals make it so that public homosexuality is no longer illegal.
  • The Official Languages Act Signed

    The Official Languages Act is signed making both French and English equal throughout the Canadian Government
  • Apollo 11 lands on the Moon

    Apollo 11 lands on the Moon
    America's legendary spaceship, Apollo 11 lands on the moon, making Neil Armstrong the first man to walk on the moon.
  • Woodstock

    Woodstock
    The "3 Days of Peace and Music" concert is held at a dairy farm in New York state. 200,000 expected, but in fact 400,000 arrive. Musicians who played include: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and CCR.
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