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January 26 Actor Paul Johansson was born in
Vancouver. He made a TV commercial sensation a few years ago as
a hunky Coca-Cola delivery guy bringing a load of Coke into an office
full of panting ladies.
February The new Grandview Community Centre
was opened by Mrs. Eric Hamber.
March 2 Angus MacInnis, politician, died in
Vancouver, aged 79. He was born September 2, 1884 in Glen William,
PEI. As a teenager, he ran the family farm after his father's death.
He arrived in Vancouver in 1908. He drove a milk wagon, then in
1910 became a streetcar conductor. MacInnis studied economics and
politics and helped found the CCF. He worked for three years as
business agent for the Street Railwaymen's Union. In 1921 he was
elected to the school board, and he served as an alderman from 1926
to 1930. He was the member of parliament for Vancouver East from
1930 to 1956. MacInnis Park in East Vancouver was named for Angus
and his even more well-known wife Grace MacInnis on September 10,
1994. A brilliant orator and champion of the little man.
March 17 Weldwood of Canada was incorporated.
The company would be acquired on December 31, 2004 by West Fraser
April ASK, the Association for Social Knowledge,
the oldest homophile organization in Canada, first published the
ASK Newsletter, which would cease publication in February
1968. ASK, which had already been operating for some months, was
formed, its newsletter explained, to help society to understand
and accept variations from the sexual norm. See this
site for more details. A group of academics and feminists
began ASK, which has been described as the first gay and lesbian
discussion group in the country.
May 2 Northern Dancer became the first Canadian-bred
winner of the Kentucky Derby, and set a record of two minutes flat
while doing it. That record would hold for nine years, until Secretariat
won it in 1973 with a time of 1:59 2/5, three-fifths of a second
May The whole mountain is swarming with
men and equipment, a reporter wrote. At 9 a.m. officials
signed a contract to build the $1 million gym; at 10 a.m. the government
granted approval to build the gym and a $3 million library; and
an hour later they were pouring concrete for the footings.
Construction had started on Simon Fraser University.
Spring The first class at BCIT: 37 medical
laboratory technology students. See the October 6 entry. By September,
with the institute's first 17 two-year technology programs in place,
about 645 more students were enrolled, less than half the number
who had applied. BCITs original three-storey building was
designed to accommodate 1,200 students, but first-year capacity
was set at 750. First-year fees were between $150 and $190, and
second-year fees were $60.
June 12 The Port Mann bridge opened. Its construction
was unique in North America, and at the time it was the most expensive
piece of highway in Canada. (Trivia: the first civilian
to drive across the bridge was CKNW reporter Marke Raineshe
wasnt authorized, so he put the pedal to the metal and drove
across at teeth-clenching speed .) See details on the bridges
dimensions, etc., here.
This elegant bridge, says engineer Robert Harris in
The Greater Vancouver Book, carries the Trans-Canada
Highway across the Fraser River at the most stable part of its lower
channel, above the two earlier bridges at New Westminster, the apex
of the Fraser delta.
June 29 Laura Emma Jamieson (née Marshall),
juvenile court judge, died in Vancouver, aged 80. She was
born, Constance Brissenden writes, December 29, 1883
in Park Head, Ontario. A U of T graduate in 1908, in 1911 she married
lawyer J. Stewart Jamieson. She was an active member, of the University
Women's Club and of suffragette groups. In 1921 she organized a
branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
When her two children reached school age, she joined the B.C. Parent/Teacher
Federation (and was president 1925-26). On her husband's death in
1926, she succeeded him as Burnaby Juvenile Court judge, the first
B.C. woman in this position, and held that position to 1938. She
joined the CCF party in 1939, and was elected MLA for Vancouver
Centre. Re-elected in 1941, she lost her seat in 1945. In 1947 she
was elected the second woman alderman in Vancouver history.
On June 30 BCIT made this announcement: Deeley
Harley-Davidson Canada has donated three Harley-Davidson motorcycles:
a 2002 Fat Boy, 2003 VROD, and a 2004 Sportster, valued at about
$60,000 retail, to BCIT Polytechnic. Its our pleasure
to contribute to such a worthwhile program, and institution, as
BCIT, says Malcolm Hunter, President and COO, Deeley Harley-Davidson
Canada. We want our donation to encourage further knowledge
and safety for all students in all power motive programs.
Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is a sponsor of The History of
Metropolitan Vancouver. They have the year 1917.
July 24 Sherwood Lett, judge, died in Vancouver,
aged 68. He was born August 1, 1895 in Iroquois, Ontario. He was
the goaltender for UBCs 1914-15 hockey team. Lett was with
the Vancouver law firm Davis & Co. from 1922 to 1955. They have
a very good brief biography here.
After distinguished service in both world wars (he reached the rank
of Brigadier), Lett was named the first Canadian representative
(1954-55) on the International Control Commission to oversee the
ceasefire and disengagement of French forces in North Vietnam and
the country's political stabilization. Lett was UBC Chancellor from
1951 to 1957. He was chief justice of B.C. from 1955 to 1964. In
1963 he ruled expropriation of a private company, B.C. Electric,
by the provincial government's B.C. Hydro and Power Authority, to
be illegal. The province was forced to pay far more to acquire B.C.
July 25 William George Murrin, president of
the BC Electric Railway, died in Vancouver, aged 88. He was born
August 27, 1875 in London, Eng. Murrin worked with City of London
Electric Lighting (1894-1901) and London United Tramways (1901-03).
He joined the BC Electric Railway (BCER) in 1913 as mechanical superintendent,
was president by 1929. He continued in that post until 1946. Active
in the community, he received the Silver Acorn from the Greater
Vancouver and District Boy Scout Council and was a life member of
the Salvation Army. He was a governor of UBC and, at various times,
president of the Vancouver Art Gallery Association, a member of
the Vancouver Little Theatre Association and of the Vancouver Symphony
August 22 The Beatles hit Vancouver. They
had been in Seattle the night before, would be in Los Angeles the
next night. A good description of the pandemonium that ensued when
the Liverpool Four got here was in a column for Macleans
by Allan Fotheringham.
An excerpt: The Beatles press conference has
become as memorable an institution as President Roosevelt's fireside
chats; and at the Vancouver session, Paul, John, George and Ringo
were at their flippant best. Eighty-nine newsmen crowded into a
room designed for forty, including the travelling Beatle experts
from the Liverpool Echo and London Daily Mirror, the
CBC's royal tour expert, several writers from the U.S. and Eastern
Canada, a score or so of electronic journalists and disk-jockeys,
five reporters from Victoriathe Empire's last anti-Beatle
outpostand a thirteen-year-old Beatlemaniac named Susan Lomax
whom the Sun sent along to get the Youthful Viewpoint. All
of them were aware that the craze has now reached the stage where
the press needs the Beatles much more than the Beatles need the
press; and all of them were charmed by their now-familiar Liverpudlian
cockiness. When a radio reporter asked how the boys felt now
that Britannia rules the waves, Paul McCartney jeered: Oo,
you worked that one out, didn't you! Asked about the customs
delay, John Lennon replied: We had to be deloused. Most
disarming of all was the Beatles' cheerful admission that, when
nubile young girls throw themselves at their feet, they have no
compunction about picking them up. (Question: What is the
most unusual request you've had from your fans? Lennon's leering
answer: Oo, now, I wouldn't like to say.) Read
the full Fotheringham article on this
August 27 Coley Hall bought the Devonshire
September 5 The Vancouver Times launched
a bid to become Vancouvers third daily newspaper. The paper,
under publisher Victor Odlum, installed the latest off-set printing
presses in its plant at 3350 East Broadway, ran color photos every
day, and spoke proudly of being locally owned and operated. See
August 5, 1965 to learn the Timess fate. And for excellent
detail on the short life of this paper, see this
September 14 From the Province Highways
Minister (Phil) Gaglardi says his department is buying land along
portions of the Upper Levels Highway to make room for a four-lane
freeway from Horseshoe Bay to Taylor Way. He said expansion of the
highwayto cost at least $5 millionwill begin within
two or three years.
A lot of people try to hold me up (on
land prices) but were very fair," Gaglardi said. It
would have been cheaper to build a four-lane highway ten years ago
when it was first built. I fought night and day with the so-called
experts. I said lets at least build four-lane bridges, if
not highways. They said no, this will do for 20 years.
Also September 14 There was a tribute to John
Emerson, all-round theatre man, at the Cave.
September 16 US President Lyndon Johnson and
Prime Minister Lester Pearson signed the Columbia River Treaty in
BC. The treaty continues to generate income from sale of water to
September 28 The Burrard Bridge Civic Marina
officially opened. Half of its 628 boat spaces were already taken.
Of those, 450 were on the water, 178 in dry storage. There were
350 boats at the marina on opening day.
Fall Thanks to Brian Walks for this item:
CBS-TVs Thursday evening schedule started with two series
with locally-born actors. Vancouver-born Yvonne De Carlo starred
as Lily Munster in The Munsters at 7:30 followed by New Westminster-born
Raymond Burr starring in Perry Mason at 8:00 p.m. These programs
were available to us on KIRO-TV, Channel 7, Seattle.
October 6 BCIT, the British Columbia Institute
of Technology was formally opened by Premier W.A.C. Bennett. He
promised to double the institute's size, and that promise would
be fulfilled when a new laboratory and classroom building opened
in September, 1967. Today, the main campus of BCIT at 3700 Willingdon
Avenue in Burnaby includes 55 permanent buildings and a few portable
structures. BCIT also has a Downtown Campus at 549 Howe Street,
a Sea Island Campus at 5301 Airport Road in South Richmond and a
Pacific Marine Training Campus at 265 West Esplanade in North Vancouver.
BCITs philosophy, stated at its opening, was to prepare job-ready
graduates who could step into key technical and commercial positions
and make an immediate contribution. Graduates of BCITs trade
and technology programs are some of the most sought-after graduates
in Canada. Visit their web site at www.bcit.ca.
October 15 CKLG-FM 99.3 signed on with an
easy listening format, including orchestra concerts and Broadway
soundtrack recordings. See
November 8 CBU-FM 105.7 began regular programming
separate from CBU-AM 690, with recorded classical music and BBC
November 12 The Woodward Biomedical Library at UBC
was officially opened. The library has in its Charles Woodward Memorial
Room a very large collection of rare and aged medical texts, some
of them hundreds of years old. There is an astonishing and beautifully
written essay on the history of the collection written by Dr. William
Gibson and viewable here.
The library was built through a gift of the Mr. and
Mrs. P.A. Woodward Foundation and matching federal funds. A more
formal history can be seen here.
November 28 The B.C. Lions defeated the Hamilton
Tiger-Cats 34-24 to win their first Grey Cup. Says a fan web site
A two-touchdown, two-way starring performance by Bill Munsey,
Joe Kapp and Willie Fleming, and a touchdown from the field goal
unit led the Lions to a 34-24 victory that ended 11 seasons of waiting
for the faithful fans of British Columbia.
The BC Sports Hall of Fame www.bcsportshalloffame.com
reminds us six players from those 1964 Lions are members of the
Canadian Football Hall of Fame: Norm Fieldgate, Tom Brown, By Bailey,
Willie Fleming, Joe Kapp and Tom Hinton.
There is an excellent recap of Joe Kapps career
site, which includes descriptions of his quarterbacking
time with the Lions.
November 29 Thousands welcome home the B.C.
Lions from their Grey Cup win over Hamilton.
December 7 The William Tell Restaurant opened
on Richards Street under the expert control of Swiss-born Erwin
Doebeli. Erwin is retired now, but the William Tell is still thriving
after more than 40 years, still always in the top tier of Best Restaurants
December 9 Elmore Philpott, journalist and
MP, died in Penticton, aged 68. He was born May 1, 1896 in Toronto.
Philpott was a Vancouver Sun columnist from 1943 to 1961.
He had been severely wounded in the First World War and received
the Military Cross. In 1922 he entered journalism and was married.
He was a writer and associate editor for the Toronto Globe
for five years. He moved to BC in 1937. He wrote in Victoria, then
joined the Sun in 1943. Much travelled, Philpott was an expert
on China. In 1953 he was elected Liberal MP for Vancouver South,
but was defeated in 1957. He continued writing for the Sun
to 1961. This
site has details on his career, which included much
work for the CCF in Ontario.
December 27 Regina-born (December 12, 1927)
Chris Gage, a Canadian jazz pianist whose technique was considered
second only to Oscar Peterson, committed suicide in North Vancouver.
At age four, Gage had stood on tiptoes to play the
family pump organ; at six, he performed on Regina radio; at 11 he
performed all-nighters with an adult band; at 14 he had his own
six-piece band. He came to Vancouver at age 17. He appeared often
on CBC radio, made more than 100 TV appearances, performed in Vancouver
clubs and with Louis Armstrong. He declined many offers to tour
with such stars as Armstrong, Peggy Lee and Gerry Mulligan, and
remained in the Vancouver area until his death. Arrested for drunkenness
and harassment of his ex-wife, he died of a barbiturate overdose.
The Chris Gage Memorial Award would be established in 1990 by the
Bob Smith Scholarship Fund.
Jazz musician Don Thompson was interviewed on this
site and asked about the decline of jazz in Vancouver.
Chris Gages name came up.
You have been around and witnessed the glory years
of jazz as well as the decline of the great jazz scene in Vancouver
that you just talked about. Do you have any theories as to what
happened here in Vancouver?
Don Thompson: Something happened in Vancouver
for sure and what it was was Chris Gage died. It was just such a
black crowd and everything. Everybody was so sad and depressed and
everybody just stopped doing anything. Everything stopped being
fun because Chris Gage was just such a fantastic person and such
a fantastic musicianI mean he was everybody's best friend
and the best doggone piano player you'd ever hope to hear. All of
a sudden he goes and commits suicide. Well, it just messed up a
lot of cats and like a lot of guys just sort of left town and the
scene really collapsed and I think that really had a lot to do with
it. It was an awful thing.
See more at this
Also in 1964
Pacific Press Ltd. was established to print both
the Vancouver Sun and the Province from a single shared
plant at 2250 Granville St. The Sun remained an evening newspaper
and the Province became a morning daily. There were two separate
owners, Southam Inc. for the Province and, successively,
Sun Publishing, FP Publications Ltd. and, briefly, Thomson Newspapers
for the Sun.
Tolls came off the Oak Street Bridge, which opened
July 1, 1957.
The Deas Island Tunnel was renamed George Massey
Tunnel, for the minister of highways, and tolls were removed.
Vancouver's Mayor Bill Rathie and Park Board Chairman
George Wainborn drove the last spike in the Stanley Park miniature
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, Prime Minister
Lester B. Pearson and Premier W.A.C. Bennett met at Peace Arch Park
to sign the Columbia River Treaty.
Grouse Mountain Resorts Ltd. was formed, and the
following year a decision would be taken to build Canada's largest
aerial tramway and a new chalet. Grouse Mountain Ski School would
later become Canada's biggest.
Whistler got its first paved road.
A water system was installed in Point Roberts.
The Islamic Centre was established at 655 West 8th
The Electrical Engineering Building was erected at
Dynamic Engineering Inc. began operations.
Patrick McTaggart-Cowan became the first president
of SFU, would hold the post until 1968. He shared responsibility
for building and opening the university on schedule and chaired
and endured long, arduous and torn meetings. (SFU would
open in 1965.)
A $2 million addition to the downtown building finally
made it possible for all Vancouver Vocational Institute classes
to return to the downtown campus. Student enrolment had rapidly
increased, and some of the Institute's programs, like plastering,
bricklaying, drywalling, and aircraft repair, had been forced to
relocate to places such as the Poultry and Livestock buildings at
the PNE. Now they could all be together.
CKLG switched to rock music, and started an FM station
that today is called C-FOX.
The phone-in talk show as a local ratings phenomenon
had its beginning this year on CJOR with the sudden and volcanic
appearance of a man named Pat Burns. Burns wasn't new to radio:
he'd been a news broadcaster for years. But when CJOR's Peter Kosick
put Burns on air with his Hotline program, the change in local radio
was convulsive. Within weeks, seemingly everyone was listening to,
as Jack Webster described him, this gruff-voiced, well-informed,
first-class demagogue. In fact, it was Burns' success on OR
that sparked CKNW's counterattack with Jack Webster, and talk radio
has been a local radio staple ever since. Astonishingly, the Burns
phenomenon was over in little more than a year: by the end of 1965
he would be released without explanation by CJOR's owners. He later
returned to the talk show format, but his ratings never matched
the earlier numbers. Webster, on the other hand, went on to garner
excellent ratings and would later repeat his success on television.
George Hungerford and Roger Jackson teamed to win
double sculls gold at the Olympic Games. Says the web site Historica:
Expectations were not high for George Hungerford and Roger
Jackson when they competed at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. In August,
two months before the Olympics, Hungerford had come down with mononucleosis
and was forced to give up his seat in the men's eights. Six weeks
before Tokyo, Hungerford recovered enough to train and created a
formidable partnership with Jackson. Because of the hasty manner
in which the Hungerford/Jackson team had been assembled, they sat
at the start line of the final with a borrowed boat. But the dark
horses from Canada raced their scull to its second gold medal in
Harry Jerome (born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
September 30, 1940) won bronze in the 100 metres at the Tokyo Olympics,
despite a severe hamstring injury.
The Lyall Dagg rink of Vancouver won the World Curling
Championship in Calgary. His team mates, also from Greater Vancouver,
were Loe Hebert, Fred Britton and Barry Naimark.
Toronto's George Knudson drew 5,000 fans to Capilano
Golf Course for a filming of Shell's Wonderful World of Golf.
The Arbutus Curling Rink opened.
The Vancouver Public Aquarium captured the first
killer whale ever to be studied alive in captivity. He (yes, he)
became known as Moby Doll. They originally thought he
was a female.
Yvonne Firkins, BCs first lady of the
theatre, opened the Arts Club Theatre on Seymour Street. One
of its early presentations: Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Tree Island Industries was incorporated. They are
the sponsors of 1964 in The History of Metropolitan Vancouver.
The first color feature movie made in B.C. was filmed
on the north shore. The Trap starred Oliver Reed and Rita
Tushingham. Another wilderness romance, movie reviewer
Michael Walsh wrote, this Anglo-Canadian co-production features
a burly trapper (Reed) carrying a mute orphan (Tushingham) into
an Eastmancolor North Shore rain forest.
The movie Sweet Substitute (aka Caressed)
appeared, directed by Lawrence Kent. Reuniting his UBC team,
Michael Walsh writes, Larry Kent filmed the story of an intense,
randy high school graduate (Robert Howay) and the girl he leaves
pregnant (Carol Pastinsky). The reuniting reference
relates to Kents 1963 feature The Bitter Ash.
Margaret Atwood started as a UBC English Department
lecturer, and began to write the first draft of her novel The
The Marco Polo, the first Chinese nightclub in Canada,
The New Westminster Museum was opened. One of its
most interesting holdings is the material on New Westminsters
annual Mayday celebrations, a tradition since 1870.
Carrie Cates was elected mayor of North Vancouver
city. She would be reelected in 1965 and 1967.
Vancouver-born (October 13, 1913) Stuart Keate, who
had been publisher of the Victoria Daily Times since 1951,
left to become publisher of the Vancouver Sun. He would remain
in that post until his retirement in 1978.
Population of Greater Vancouver reached 800,000,
double what it had been in 1946.
Ethel Wilson, Vancouver-based novelist and short
story writer, was awarded the Lorne Pierce Medal from the Royal
Society of Canada. See
St. Pauls Hospital performed its first heart
valve replacement and double valve replacement.
Kapoor Sawmill in Barnet ended operations. It had
started around 1900 as the North Pacific Lumber mill at Barnet,
but that plant was destroyed by fire in 1909. A modern plant was
constructed in its place to handle 150,000 board feet a day. Separate
accommodation was built for Caucasian, Chinese and Sikh workers,
and Barnet, although a part of Burnaby, became a company townsite.
The mill was closed during the Depression, then reopened as Kapoor
The Canadian Progress Club, established in Toronto
in 1922, established a Greater Vancouver chapter on the north shore.
There are three branches in Greater Vancouver (one in Vancouver
and two in North Vancouver) with approximately 75 members. The clubs
assist those less fortunate. The Greater Vancouver Club provided
the first $40,000 to help the B.C. Special Olympics launch its start
in British Columbia.
Indo-Canadian, a quarterly in Punjabi, began
Pacific Hosteller, a quarterly published by
the Canadian Hostelling Association, B.C. Region, first appeared.
It featured news of the youth hostel movement and travel notes.
Grandview, Forum, Empress and Hastings taxi services
amalgamated to form Forum Empress Taxi. Yellow Taxi would take that
company over August 17, 1977.
The Rivtow Lion, a 147-foot oceangoing
tug built in 1940 in Selby, England, joined the Rivtow Straits fleet,
write marine historians Rob Morris and Leonard McCann. She
would work the B.C. coast for 22 years, most often towing the 10,000-ton
log barge Rivtow Carrier. Her original horn was contributed
by Rivtow Straits to the Pacific Coliseum where it resonated loudly
each time the Vancouver Canucks hockey team scored a goal. The horn
was returned to Rivtow when the Canucks moved into the new General
Motors Place arena.
Evergreen Studs Limited began operations. The company
name would be changed to Primex in May, 1986.
Painter Charles H. Scott died, aged about 78. He
was important historically in his role as a teacher and administrator
at the Vancouver School of Applied and Decorative Art.
Entrepreneur Jim Howe began a west Burnaby club called
The Lamplighter. Local country music fans went there to hear performers
like Waylon Jennings and Bobby Bare and the Canadian Sweethearts.
And, in an era when nightlifers were still brown-bagging it, the
club featured BC's first liquor license.
A show called In the Rough was a smash at
the Frederic Wood Theatre at UBC. The topical revue was directed
by John Brockington, and starred Jimmy Johnston, Daphne Goldrick,
Norman Young, Pat Rose and Louise Glennie and featured sketches
and songs by such writers as Dave Brock and Eric Nicol. In the
Rough ran into 1965, and was revived in 1967 to tour the province
as part of Canada's centennial celebrations.
Thanks to the efforts of Yvonne Firkins, the Arts
Club Theatre opened on Seymour Streetupstairs above a former
auto repair shop and Gospel Halland became an instant theatrical
institution. The first production, Moss Hart's Light Up the Sky,
won high praise. Now the largest regional theatre in Western Canada,
the Arts Club would later move to Granville Island.
Helen Goodwins experimental dance companycalled
TheCo.was founded at UBC. It took part in many of UBC's contemporary
arts festivals. See this
site for more on her activities and other contemporary
cultural figures of the era.
Alan Twigg writes: Margaret Powers composed
a meditative poem called Footprints in 1964 during a troubled
period in her life. It was illegally reprinted and became known
to millions as an inspirational message on plaques, calendars, posters
and cards. Footprints: The Story Behind the Poem chronicles
her creation, loss and legal recovery of the material interwoven
with the author's life experiences. See this
For another claim as to authorship of Footprints,
check out this
The Willingdon Heights Community Centre opened at
1491 Carleton Avenue in Burnaby.
London, England-born (September 24, 1906) Leonard
Marsh became a professor of educational sociology at UBC. Marsh
had joined UBC's School of Social Work in 1947, becoming Director
of Research in 1959. He would retire in 1973. Marsh was hugely influential
in the formation of Canadas social security system. See this
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