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CFPL Timeline - 1968

1968 was the year of the first successful heart transplant, and it was the year of Trudeaumania. “Reflection ’68 is exactly as it sounds --- a look back at some of the major events that made up 1968 in southwestern Ontario. All the events we’re going to recall this afternoon affected us all – either tangibly through participation and the accompanying joy, hardship, or grief, or intangibly, in sympathy or shock.”

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National and International News Stories of 1968:

  • Pierre Trudeau wins the 1968 Liberal Party leadership convention replacing Lester Pearson. Trudeau goes on to win the Federal election with a majority government. This is the first majority government of the 60s.

  • The Art Gallery of Ontario becomes home to the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre, which houses the largest public collection of works by this British sculptor. Moore's bronze work, Two Large Forms (1966–1969) greets visitors at the gallery's entrance.

  • The Mouvement Souveraineté-Association merges with the Ralliement National to create the Parti Québécois, René Lévesque is selected as the party's first leader.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. He had devoted his life to a non-violent fight for racial equality. James Earl Ray would confess to the assassination on March 10, 1969.

  • The Prague Spring is a brief period of liberation in Czechoslovakia orchestrated by leader Alexander Dubcek. The Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact nations are alarmed by the changes and ultimately overthrow Dubcek.

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This Was 1968 – Year End Show 1968 (excerpts)
black and white 16mm motion picture film, silent and sound
Reference Code: F 4396-2-1-20
Archives of Ontario


This Was 1968 – Year End Show 1968 (excerpts)
news script
Reference Code: F 4396-2-2
Archives of Ontario