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CFPL Timeline - 1967

No story dominated the news in London and southwestern Ontario, and in fact all of Canada, as much as the nation’s Centennial. Canada’s 100th birthday party ran a full 365 days, with a huge party all across Canada on July first.

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National and International News Stories of 1967:

  • It is Canada's centenary and celebrations are held throughout the nation. The most prominent event is Expo 67 in Montreal, the most successful World's Fair ever and one of the first events to win international acclaim for the country.

  • The Caribbean community in Toronto stages the first Caribana with eight bands in front of 1,000 spectators. It will grow to become the third largest carnivale in the world, drawing over 1 million spectators annually.

  • The National Hockey League doubles in size by adding six new teams.

  • Ernesto "Che" Guevara is put to death by Bolivian soldiers. His execution remains a historic and controversial event; and the circumstances of his guerrilla foray into Bolivia, his capture, killing, and burial are still the subject of intense public interest and discussion around the world.

  • The world’s first heart transplant is successfully completed in South Africa by surgeon Christiaan Barnard. Unfortunately, a suppressed immune system makes the patient susceptible to infection and he dies of double pneumonia, 18 days after the operation.

  • During a simulated space launch at Cape Kennedy, three American astronauts die after fire sweeps through the Apollo I spacecraft designed for a manned flight to the Moon.

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The Party’s Over 1967 (excerpts)
black and white 16mm motion picture film, silent and sound
Reference Code: F 4396-2-1-14
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The Party’s Over 1967 (excerpts)
news script
Reference Code: F 4396-2-2
Archives of Ontario