The 1960s was a tumultuous decade. I commenced collecting important newspapers in 1951, but of all these newspapers, those of the 1960s contain the most memorable events. The headlines bring back many memories. The assassinations and deaths were profoundly sad, but memories of the first American in space and Canada’s centennial were joyous and inspired hope. Every decade has its joys and sorrows, but contrasts between these emotions were perhaps the most extreme in the 1960s.

29.  Feb 20, 1962

The newspaper of February 20, 1962 — the first American to orbit the Earth. 

30  Nov. 22, 1963

In all my life, this headline in November 22, 1963 was one of the most shocking I ever encountered.

31.  Nov. 23, 1963    8

On November 23, 1963 the world did indeed grieve for the assassinated president.

32.  Nov. 23, 1963

                 The Toronto Telegram of November 23, 1963.

32a.  Nov. 23, 1963     9

                  The Toronto Daily Star, November 25, 1963.

               32aa.  Nov. 29, 1963

This striking portrait of John F. Kennedy was on the cover of Life Magazine, November 29, 1963.

                  33.  Dec. 6, 1963

This touching photograph graced the cover of Life Magazine on December 6, 1963.

35c.  May 27, 1964

The headline about Canada’s new flag proved to be untrue, but this edition also reported the death of Nehru, Toronto Telegram, May 27, 1964.

35e.  May 27, 1964  35f.   May 27, 1964

An article declaring support for the Ensign as Canada’s flag, and an ad for a 1964 Oldsmobile. These were in the Telegram on May 27, 1964.

                      36. June 5, 1964

       Cover of Life Magazine on June 5, 1964, depicting the funeral pyre of Nehru.

                        37.  August 25, 1964

Life Magazine of August 25, 1964, on the occasion of the Beatles second visit to America. Their first visit had been in February of the previous year. 

                    38.  Oct. 2, 1964

Life Magazine of October 2, 1964, reporting on the Warren Commission’s report on Kennedy’s assassination. Several frames from the famous Zapruder film are on the cover.

39.  Aug. 25, 1965

The August 25, 1965 edition of the Toronto Star reports the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.

40. Nov. 25, 1966

Life Magazine of November 25, 1966, which examines the Zapruder film in detail.

41.  Nov. 25, 1966

Close up view of frame 230 from the Zapruder film in Life Magazine, November 25, 1966.

43a. week of Feb. 13, 1967     43b.   week of Feb 13, 1967,   2

Magazine inserted into the Toronto Daily Star the week of February 13, 1967, for Canada’s centennial year.

44. April 8, 1968

Canada elects a new prime minister, the Toronto Daily Star, April 8, 1968.

  46. June 5, 1968

         Robert Kennedy is shot, Toronto Daily Star, June 5, 1968

47. June 5, 1968

  The Toronto Daily Star of June 6, 1968, following the death of Robert Kennedy,

51. Nov. 6, 1968

Richard Nixon wins the presidential election, Toronto Daily Star, November 6, 1968.

51a March 28, 1969.

As the decade draws to a close, the Star reports on the funeral of President Eisenhower on March 29, 1969.

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  1. You have a wonderful site, Doug. I am a Toronto kid who was born at Toronto East General in April 1952. We lived above a hardware store at 976 Danforth (and Dolands). Our single mom did her best to keep off the streets but our childhood was spent playing up and down the Danforth, in the local movie theatres and in those back alleys you write about. Best and worst of times…sometime surviving on tea and toast and chocolate bars awarded to us at the Evangel Temple. I fell asleep at night to the rythmic flashing light bulbs from across the Danforth that spelled out TRY – TED – DAVEY’S and to the green and red pulsing of the BA Oil sign that alternated 88 / 98 from the Joy gas station. Yup, I lived it and still hold it in my heart. My estranged father was one of the last hard drinking broken milkmen who drove the horse and milk wagon for ACME Farmer’s Dairy. Thanks for preserving some of my past!

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