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CFPL Timeline - 1966

“Spotlight on 66” is a resume of what has happened in London and in Western Ontario as seen through the eyes of the FYI cameras…. It will be a look at some of the events that will have far-reaching effects… it will be a look at some of the events we'll remember best and it will feature some events that were typical FYI vignettes on a busy people living in a busy little part of the world…. Through the magic of film, we’ll take a peek at 66 in retrospect.”

1966 Collage Image

National and International News Stories of 1966:

  • Canadian and Quebec Pension Plans begin operation. The prescribed CPP contribution rate is 1.8% of an employee's gross income. It will later be concluded that the "pay-as-you-go" structure is not sustainable at current contribution levels, due to Canada's changing demographics, increased life expectancy, and a changing economy.

  • Ice hockey legend Bobby Hull scores 54 goals surpassing Maurice Richard and Bernie Geoffrion's hallowed mark of 50.

  • CBC becomes first Canadian network to broadcasts in colour. CTV would follow shortly.

  • The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is started by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale with the intention of providing self-defence of minority communities against the US government.

  • The Cultural Revolution formally starts in China. Mao Zedong and his wife Jiang Qing organize students called "Red Guards", using them to spread their ideology and theory on Socialism around the country.

  • There are mass protests across the United States as youth activists begin questioning the country’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

  • As the space race creates interest in “the final frontier,” television producers create shows to capitalize. The most successful of these is Star Trek, which debuts in 1966 and goes on to become a cultural phenomenon.

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Story Citations:

Film footage

This Was 1966 – Year End Show 1966 (excerpts)
black and white 16mm motion picture film, silent and sound
Reference Code: F 4396-2-1-13
Archives of Ontario


This Was 1966 – Year End Show 1966 (excerpts)
news script
Reference Code: F 4396-2-2
Archives of Ontario