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John and Yoko's Montreal Bed-In - 40th Anniversary (1969-2009)
Click here to view. This is Radio-Canada footage of John and Yoko's arrival in Montreal for their bed-in (May 26, 1969 to June 2, 1969; "Give Peace a Chance" was recorded on June 1, 1969 - see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkZC7sqImaM&feature=related), held in Room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. The event will be commemorated at a special exhibition of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal) from May 26 to June 21, 2009
Tommy Douglas, Canada's father of medicare
Since Tommy Douglas helped usher in Canada's medicare system in 1967, it has earned the envy of the international community. Many Canadians see free public health care as the hallmark of what Pierre Elliott Trudeau called "The Just Society."
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Test Flight of the Avro Arrow
At 9:52 a.m. on March 25, 1958, Arrow RL-201 roars into the skies above Malton for the Avro Arrow's first test flight. Click here to view.
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One little trip down Memory Lane - who remembers the TV show - It Takes a Thief
- Starring Robert Wagner - this is the PILOT of the show, shot on site at ??????
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10 Minute newsreel of the history of hockey in Montreal.
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Are you a separatist or not? Broadcast Date: Dec. 6, 1964
A regular interviewer challenges the savvy René Lévesque on this episode of This Hour Has Seven Days: "How far do you want Quebec to slide out of Confederation?" The interviewer's name is Pierre Elliott Trudeau and he's a rare intellectual match for Lévesque, the adroit Liberal minister. Along with CBC reporter Larry Zolf, Trudeau fires bold questions at Lévesque, one of Quebec's most skilled politicians. During the interview Lévesque tells Zolf that he's not a separatist even though rumour has it the minister favours an independent Quebec. In a typical passionate outburst, Lévesque raises his voice to defend separatists. He accuses the media of lumping them all together as extremists. But Trudeau insists that Canada should be worried about the movement's radicals. Trudeau predicts a violent backlash to what is seen as anglophone oppression, oddly prescient of the October Crisis that would erupt six years later. Click here to view.
The March On Washington
Just one hundred years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves, 200.000 march in Washington to rally for civil rights. In an orderly gathering at the Lincoln Memorial, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. makes his most stirring address - "I have a dream..." and other black leaders urge Congress to pass the Civil Rights Bill to end racial inequity. They call for "Action Now" - the theme of the monstrous rally. None of the disorder that authorities feared develops. It is a serious gathering that is tinged with good-humor as if the demonstrators have finally found strength in each other. Click here to view.
Marilyn Monroe Dies Tragically
One of the most famous stars in Hollywood dies at 36 - an apparent suicide. Marilyn Monroe is found dead in bed - under circumstances that were in dramatic contrast to her brilliant career. Marilyn Monroe has risen to a kind of fame that is legendary, yet beneath the glamorous image presented to the public were unseen personal problems. Highlights from her life and career are shown, recalling a unique star who will be long remembered. Click here to view.
US Launches A Man In Space
Three weeks after the Russians put a man in orbit, the United States attempts to launch a man into space. Unlike the secrecy that surrounded the Soviet achievement, the U.S. endeavor is broadcast to the world. Hundreds of newsmen look on as the countdown begins at Cape Canaveral, and at 10.34 a huge rocket sends 37-year-old Commander Alan B. Shepard aloft in a Mercury capsule. It is a successful launch. Commander Shepard reports to ground control that everything is "A-OK". Remarkable pictures show him in the capsule as he takes over control of the Freedom 7 for a 15-minute flight, becoming the first man to pilot a space craft, and show the recovery of pilot and capsule by helicopters from the carrier Lake Champlain. Commander Shepard shows no ill-effects from the flight, arousing hopes that the U.S. may be able to orbit a man around the earth before the end of the year. Click here to view.
The 6-Day Middle East War
Masterminded by Defense Minister General Moshe Dayan, Israeli forced drive across the Sinai peninsula to the Suez Chanal, break the Gulf of Aqaba blockade, capture the West Bank and occupy the Old City of Jerusalem. Four days later, Jordan and Egypt accept the UN cease-fire. Not it is up to the diplomats. Click here to view.
Operation "White Wing" enters its fourth week of a search-and-destroy mission 300 miles northeast of Saigon. Men of the First Cavalry Airmobile Division clean out a village of the Vietcong preparatory to rehabilitating it under the new economic program. Click here to view.
Cardinal Roncalli Proclaimed Pope
Exultant throngs outside St. Peter's receive the signal from the Cardinal's conclave in the Sistine Chapel that a new Pope has been chosen. Elevated to the Papal throne is Cardinal Roncalli, who adopts the name of John XXIII. One of his first acts, after giving his benediction to the rejoicing thousands, is a plea for peace. Click here to view.
Stanley Cup for Montreal
Despite a terrific third period rally by the underdog Boston Bruins, Montreal's Canadiens win the Stanley Cup, their third straight ice-hockey championship. Click here to view.
Leafs Win Hockey Cup
In Canada, Toronto ice hockey fans are hoarse from cheering after their Toronto Maple Leafs defeat Montreal's Canadiens in thrilling Stanley Cup finals. Click here to view.
Berlin Wall Falls
Fog-shrouded Berlin is a bright place as the Wall of Shame is opened for visits from both the East and the West. Thousands wait at the barrier in West Berlin, the vanguard of 120.000 who visit East Berlin in four days reuniting many families who have been separated since the Soviets divided the city in 1961. Meanwhile, the East German Communists have allowed the elderly and the ill into West Germany, but significantly, no able-bodied workers are allowed to enter. Click here to view.
President Kennedy Assassinated.
In the midst of a cheering crowd as he rides through downtown Dallas, President John F. Kennedy falls before an assassin's bullets fired form a warehouse along the route of the motorcade. Lyndon B. Johnson becomes the 36th President of the United States. The youngest man ever elected President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a best-selling author at 23, a war hero at 26, a U.S. Representative at 29, a Senator at 35. Scion of one of the nation's wealthiest families, he avoided the life of ease to dedicate himself to public service. A feeling of shocked disbelief sweeps over the nation as the news spreads that the 46-year-old President has been murdered. Men and women weep unashamedly in the streets. Bells toll and flags are lowered to half-mast in sorrowful tribute to the fourth President of the United States to lose his life to an assassin. Click here to view.
The Beatles Invade The United States
The quartet of Liverpudlians that has revolutionized the music scene in Britain arrives for their first American tour - and teen-age fans arrive in hordes to greet their idols. Click here to view.