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January 5 Olympic skiing champion Nancy Greene
Raine and Tim Raine had twin boys, Charley and Willy.
January 10 A new phenomenon in passenger
aviation arose in 1970 and the Sun sent business writer Phil Hanson
down to Seattle to report on it. Almost 30 huge Boeing 747
jumbo jets, Hanson wrote today, painted in the colors
of half a dozen world airlines line the apron at the Boeing Companys
new complex at Everett, Washington.
These jets, first of 192 in Boeings order book, will
trickle into airline service during the next few months to pioneer
a new era in mass air travel.
The first airline to use the 747, Pan American Airways, would introduce
them January 22 on its New York to London service. A year after
its launch nearly 100 of the planes were being operated by 17 airlines
and the number of passengers had increased to seven million. (Air
Canada would have them by the spring of 1971, CP Air by 1973.) The
747 changed air travel forever, made it affordable to millions of
people whod never flown before.
Today, the amount of fuel it gulps is too expensive and the number
of 747s has gone away down. More than 100 are parked,
By the way, Phil Hanson was one of the first Canadians to fly in
a 747. Boeing flew him and a few other reporters down to Seattle
January 29 Lawren Harris, Canadian artist
and a member of the Group of Seven, died in Vancouver, aged 84.
He was born October 23, 1885 in Brantford, Ontario. Writes art reviewer
Tony Robertson: Harris was the single most influential, important
and often controversial figure in this generation. He dominated
the period of the 40s and early 50s in Vancouver with
his broad experience, curiosity, ideas, energy and enthusiasm; not
the least as he moved the Vancouver Art Gallery from a largely amateur
to a fully professional institution with his rigorous critical standards
and vital, assertive personality.
January 30 TCG, which had started in 1946
with one automotive replacement glass store, was incorporated under
the name TCG International. Today, Apple Auto Glass (124 locations),
Speedy Auto Glass (162 locations in Canada, 111 in the U.S.), and
hundreds of NOVUS windshield repair and replacement franchises are
among TCGIs activities. They are also heavily into satellite
and cellular phones and paging systems. TCGI operates more than
300 corporate and franchise operations in Quebec. And they have
sponsored 1946 in The History of Metropolitan Vancouver.
February 10 John Davidson, botanist and conservationist,
died in Vancouver, aged 91. He was born August 6, 1878 in Aberdeen,
Scotland. The son of a cabinet maker, he was hired as a boy in the
University of Aberdeen's botany department. By 29, he was in charge
of its botanical museum. In 1908 a lack of formal education and
his class blocked his way to an assistant professorship. After a
near-fatal flu/pneumonia attack in 1909, he was advised to move
to a more merciful climate. He chose Vancouver, leaving
Scotland in April 1911. Hired by Henry Esson Young, he was soon
named provincial botanist. Davidson started the gardens at Essondale
(now Riverview) and at UBC. Botany John joined UBC in
1912; he was a botany instructor and professor from 1916 to 1948.
Founder, Vancouver Natural History Society (1918). Read The Vancouver
Natural History Society, 1918-1933 by Jim Peacock.
February 16 David Y.H. Lui brought in his
first event as an impresario: the Phakavali Dancers of Thailand.
For an all-too-brief and luminescent period, Lui will import many
distinguished and exciting dance companies.
February 25 John Wallace deBeque Farris,
crown prosecutor and attorney general, died in Vancouver, aged 91.
Writes Constance Brissenden: He was born December 3, 1878
in White's Cove, New Brunswick. He attended Acadia U. and U. of
Pennsylvania. He came to Vancouver in 1903 as the city's first Crown
prosecutor, aged 24. He took more appeals to the British Privy Council
than any other Canadian. He was elected MLA for Vancouver in 1917
and continued in that office to 1924. Farris was Attorney General
and Minister of Labour (1917-1922) and was called to the Senate
in 1937. He counselled major corporations but also defended society's
outsiders, such as a group of Chinese charged with gaming. The imposing
Liberal senator was called a radical by his opponents, a term
which pleased him.
February A strike began at the two major
Vancouver dailies, The Vancouver Sun and The Province.
A daily newspaper called The Vancouver Express appeared,
and would be published from February 21 to May 12. It ceased publication
when the strike ended. Copies of the Express are on microfilm
on the 5th floor of the Vancouver Public Library.
Marc Edges 2001 book Pacific Press has fascinating
details on the birth (and death) of the Express. On Page
148: A Province staffer, Mike Tytherleigh, who had newspaper
production experience, suggested to the striking workers that they
start their own newspaper, to be published three times a week and
to end publication when the strike was over. Together with
Sun reporters Barry Band and Barry Broadfoot, Edge
writes, Tytherleigh cooked up a plan over his kitchen table.
Tytherleigh: At the union meeting I suggestedwhy dont
we start our own newspaper? Having worked with offset printing at
the ill-fated Times [CD: a short-lived 1964 newspaper], I
knew how easy it was to produce a paper. Later in the week I was
called to a meeting of the union bosses, including the poobah from
New York, to discuss the feasibility. I said there was no need for
a discussion because we were well under way with a planned, 12-page
paper to be published on the Saturday.
Theres lots more in Edges book.
March CFMI-FM 101.1 signed on, identifying
itself as FM-One with an automated rock/country hybrid
and Sunday programming of international/ethnic music.
April 7 Jana Jorgenson, an 18-year old Centennial
High School student from Coquitlam, won the Miss Teen Canada contest.
April 30 The first CP Rail computer-commanded
coal train from Alberta reached Delta's new Roberts Bank superport.
Westshore Terminals Ltd. has a brief history of the project at this
site. It reads: The first two dredges dropped
their buckets into the muddy waters of Roberts Bank on July 2, 1968
to begin work on a bold megaproject for Canada. Their mission was
to create a 20 hectare (50 acre) man-made island for use as a multi-cargo
The reclamation project for the National Harbours
Board (the predecessor to the Vancouver Port Corporation and Vancouver
Port Authority) had followed a 1966 draft master plan from engineering
consultants Swan Wooster for a superport some five kilometres into
the Strait of Georgia and connected by a reclaimed causeway.
The first customer was Kaiser Coal, (later Kaiser Resources
Ltd., B.C. Coal and Westar Mining), which had developed a new coal
mine at Sparwood in southeastern B.C. and entered a partnership
agreement with Japanese Steel Mills to operate a deep-sea dry bulk
terminal at Roberts Bank.
The first ship to sail from Westshore was the Snow White which
left for Japan on May 4, 1970 with 24,289 tonnes of metallurgical
coal. Westshore Terminals, as it was known, was officially opened
by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and B.C. Premier W.A.C. Bennett
on June 15, 1970.
See an interesting aerial photo of Roberts Bank here.
April High-tech guru Tod Maffin was born
in Vancouver. His company MindfulEye reads financial
items on the Internet every day (up to 500,000 pieces), then reports
back to subscribers what others are saying about the subject the
subscriber is interested in. He was described by the Globe and Mails
Report on Business as one of Canadas most influential
futurists. See this
May 9 Fred Deeley, Sr., motorcycle dealer,
died in Vancouver, aged about 89. He was born in 1881 in Bromsgrove,
England. After 10 years in business in England, he first visited
B.C. in 1913, representing Birmingham Small Arms, manufacturer of
BSA motorcycles. He bought out BSA and in 1914 opened Fred Deeley
Ltd. in a 12-foot-wide store at 1075 Granville. In 1916 Deeley acquired
a Harley-Davidson franchise, becoming its second oldest dealership.
By 1925 he owned a motorcycle shop, bicycle shop, and one of Canada's
larger car dealerships. The company included son Fred, Jr. and grandson
Trev (b. 1920) of Trev Deeley Motorcycles. Biography: Motorcycle
Millionaire, by Trev Deeley. Deeley Harley-Davidson has sponsored
1917 in The History of Metropolitan Vancouver.
June 15 Westshore Terminals was officially
opened by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and B.C. Premier W.A.C.
Bennett. See the April 30 item on Westshore.
August 8 Writer/broadcaster Bob Mackin, Jr.
was born. One of his works is Goals and Dreams: A Celebration
of Canadian Women's Soccer.
August 14 Marijuana, wrote Province
reporter Maurice Chenier on Page One, is alive and well and
growing in the Vancouver area, thank you. On Thursday The Province
checked out a tip from a young person who claimed that growing the
illegal plant is very popular in the Vancouver area. You'll
find a lot of potpotted or otherwisegrowing in the University
of B.C. area, in Stanley Park, and up on Burnaby Mountain at the
back of Simon Fraser University, said the unidentified tipster.
The increased police hassle in the last few years, he
continued, has forced some of us to grow it wherever we can.
Some grow the stuff as potted plants and others use out-of-the-way
fields. I hear there's a bumper crop this year. There's so much
around that you can easily say Vancouver's gone to pot.
Chenier and photographer Ken Allen went out looking, found marijuana
in a dozen spots. (As far as we know, the first reference to "marihuana"
in a Vancouver newspaper was a March 5, 1937 Province item
about a dead man with the stuff in his stomach.)
September 18 Guitarist Jimi Hendrix died
in London, England at age 27. Hendrix had a direct, if brief, connection
to Vancouver. One of the citys more prominent black citizens
in the 1940s was Tennessee-born Zenora Hendrix, called Nora. She
was Jimis grandmother. Her son, Al (Jimis father), was
born in Vancouver in 1919. (Incidentally, Als father, Bertram,
once worked as a steward at the Quilchena Golf Club.) Nora Hendrixwho
was of Cherokee Indian descent and died in 1985 at age 100 yearswas
married to Ross Hendrix, who worked as a stage hand. They lived
from 1942 to 1952 in a small house at 827 East Georgia. In 1949,
aged about seven, Jimi Hendrix lived very briefly with his grandmother
at that East Georgia home.
There is a good, brief biography of Jimi Hendrix
site. And see the October 1 entry below.
September 24 George Wootton, principal of
still very young Douglas College, spoke to the college's charter
students from the ice rink of Queen's Park arena. Classes for the
college's first 1,600 students were temporarily held at high school
in the evenings. In late October and early November, classes were
transferred to the college's three campus sites: a remodelled warehouse
on Minoru Boulevard near the Westminster Highway in Richmond, a
6.4-hectare campus with 10 portable buildings at 92nd Avenue and
140th Street in Surrey, and a 3.2-hectare campus with 13 portable
units at McBride and Eighth Avenue in New Westminster. These portable
campuses earned Douglas College the name trailer park university.
The college offered courses in three program areas: career and vocational
training leading to a certificate or diploma, academic studies for
university-bound students, and community-oriented courses, including
In 1972, Douglas College's first 175 graduates would receive their
two-year diplomas in a ceremony at the Royal City Curling Club in
Fall A $1.5-million Student Activity Centre
was completed at BCIT. It included a cafeteria, a gymnasium, and
several other recreational facilities.
October 1 Vancouver city archivist James
Skitt Matthews died in Vancouver, aged 91. We lost a giant when
Major Matthews died. The city of Vancouver owes a huge debt to the
Major: he and his wife Emily started the citys archives in
1933. For more than three decades he relentlessly and tirelessly
amassed photographs, artifacts, books, newspapers, magazines, civic
records, diaries and more. You can see it all at the City Archives.
This web site and my forthcoming book, not to mention all the post-1933
books on local history, rely heavily on the work the Major did.
Donna Jean McKinnon, who once worked at the Archives, wrote for
The Greater Vancouver Book an appreciation of the man. It
begins: Major J. S. Matthews, adventurer, innovator, and first
archivist of the city of Vancouver was born September 7, 1878 in
Wales. He was a natural archivist, keeping meticulous track of his
activities and of those around him who he thought were making an
impact on society.
It was a short step for him to start collecting general historical
material from others in Vancouver. As the collection grew, he developed
his own cataloguing systems, in the end amassing more than 500,000
photographs and hundreds of civic records and personal papers .
Read the entire article here.
Also October 1 Jimi Hendrix was mourned at
his Seattle funeral and wake and was buried at Greenwood Cemetery
in Renton, Washington.
October 5 In Quebec, FLQ (Front de libération
du Québec) terrorists in Montreal kidnapped British trade
commissioner James Cross, and the October Crisis began.
On October 16 the Pierre Trudeau government will impose the War
Measures Act. On October 17 the FLQ will murder Pierre Laporte,
Quebecs vice premier and minister of labor. See this
site for more.
UBCs student newspaper, The Ubyssey, printed statements
and commentary suppressed by other papers fearful of reprisals under
the War Measures Act.
October 9 The brand-new Vancouver Canucks
played their first regular season NHL game. They played the Los
Angeles Kings in the Pacific Coliseum and came out at the wrong
end of a 3-1 score. General manager Bud Poile blamed it on the players
nervousness. Still, Toronto-born defenceman Barry Wilkins, 23, scored
one for the Canucks 15,062 paying fans, and Vancouvers
first NHL game was history. (Tickets ran from $3.50 to $6.40.) The
team's first captain, their second pick in the expansion draft,
was Orland Kurtenbach (who later coached the Canucks). Their fourth
pick was defenseman Pat Quinn (who would take over the team in 1987).
The first coach was Hal Laycoe and G.M. was Norman (Bud) Poile.
Incidentally, the Canucks were admitted to the league along with
the Buffalo Sabres at an expansion fee of $6 million, three times
what the cost had been when six teams joined in 1967. The original
applicants balked at the price and the franchise was purchased by
Minneapolis entrepreneur Tom Scallen.
October 13 The Langara campus of Vancouver
Community College, consisting of a five-storey library block and
a three-storey instructional block, had been completed in September.
The move to the Langara campus was marked by a "great trek"
today. About 3,000 students, teachers, and administrators walked
or drove from the old King Edward Centre at Oak Street and 12th
Avenue to the new campus at 100 West 49th Avenue. The trek was led
by Vancouver mayor Tom Campbell, the provincial education minister
Donald Brothers, and Langaras student council president, and
included the Vancouver Firemen's Band. (Langara would not become
a separate, independent college until April 1, 1994.)
October 23 In 1970, writes Zoltán
Simon on this
site, the Hungarian organizations of British Columbia
persuaded the cities and municipalities of Vancouver, North Vancouver
and West Vancouver to declare October 23, the anniversary of the
1956 Revolution, as Hungarian Day. History is on the side of the
angels: since last year, the same day has become a national holiday
in Hungary too. The sacrifice of the thousands who gave their lives
for freedom is acknowledged on a plaque in Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth
Park (1989) and in Burnaby's Forest Lawn Memorial Park (1986).
Also in October Vancouver City Police and
hostel dwellers from Jericho clashed on West 4th Avenue.
Also in October Unrest continued at Simon
Fraser University as the censure of the university by the Canadian
Association of University Teachers (CAUT), which had been imposed
in May, 1968 for interference in academic affairs by the Board
of Governors, but lifted in November, 1968, was reinstated.
The beef this time: seven faculty members were dismissed from the
political science, sociology and anthropology department, described
by one observer as a madcap collection of brilliant New Left
November 3 Vancouver City Council approved
the sale of land for multi-purpose development in Champlain Heights,
the last large undeveloped tract in Vancouver.
December 29 North Vancouvers Chief
Dan George was named best supporting actor by New York film critics
for his role as Old Lodge Skins in Little Big Man. (Sometimes
the magic doesn't work.) That terrific performance, funny
and warm and dignified, also earned him an Oscar nomination.
Also in 1970
The Abbotsford Air Show, a success from its beginning
in 1962, officially became Canada's National Air Show. That first
event in 1962 attracted 15,000 spectators. In recent years an average
of between 250,000 and 300,000 have turned out during the show's
three-day run at Abbotsford International Airport, 80 kilometres
east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley.
Eatons built a new store in Pacific Centre at the
southwest corner of Georgia and Granville, having moved up from
their previous location on West Hastings (the building now known
as Harbour Centre.) The new stores stark white and mostly
windowless facade garnered much criticism. A year later Pacific
Centre will connect the Eatons store to The Bay, kitty corner across
Granville, with an underground shopping network.
1970 was the common expiry date for leases along
False Creeks south shore. (The city had purchased the 85-acre
property from the province, which had in turn promptly sold it to
the city for $400,000 and a city-owned site in Burnaby the province
wanted for Simon Fraser University.) The decades-long tenure of
many industries on the Creek ended. Now the debate over the future
of False Creek would begin.
Boating News, a monthly publication covering
commercial and pleasure boating, first appeared.
The first part of BC Ferries stretch
and lift program began. Four of its major vessels were cut
down the middle so that 84-foot midsections could be spliced
in. Similar operations had been performed on smaller boats, but
this was the first time BC Ferries' larger ships were subject to
such extensive alterations. The fleet was now at 24 ships.
The Lady Alexandra, built in 1924 for the
Union Steamship Company, had since 1959 been a floating restaurant
in Coal Harbour. She was extensively redesigned this year. In 1972
she would be towed to Redonda Beach, California, to become a gambling
hall. She was later storm-damaged and was scrapped in 1980.
Graybeard, an ocean racer/cruiser designed
by Vancouver marine architect Peter Hatfield and owner Lol Killam,
began her racing career under the flag of the Royal Vancouver Yacht
Club. She won the Swiftsure Lightship and Victoria-Maui races this
year. Graybeards, by the way, is the name given to huge
waves which circle Antarctica, occasionally capsizing freighters.
A Canadian-born Seattle businessman, Stan McDonald,
who had made a modest start in the cruise ship business in 1962
(the year of the Seattle Worlds Fair), and had built the business
up since then, acquired the 20,000-ton Island Princess. Gary
Bannerman, who has written extensively on the cruise ship trade,
says the ship was majestic by 1970 standards. "P&O
responded," Bannerman continues, by purchasing a 17,000-ton
Scandinavian vessel, and called her Spirit of London (subsequently
renamed Sun Princess), the first purpose-built cruise ship
ever to enter the fleet. Holland America, the historic Dutch firm,
and the super-luxury fleet of Royal Viking Line came next and now
new ships seemed to arrive every year.
B.C.'s Attorney General began licensing gaming conducted
by charitable and religious groups and at fairs and exhibitions.
Along the Way: An Historical Account of Pioneering
White Rock and Surrounding District in British Columbia by Margaret
A. Lang, which had first appeared in 1967, went into a second edition.
Audrey Thomas first novel, Mrs. Blood,
Vancouver writer George Payerle produced a short,
experimental novel, his first, The Afterpeople.
Horizons, a corten steel sculpture by Gerhard
Class, was installed at 888 S.E. Marine Drive, the address for the
Wilkinson Steel Co., celebrating its 60th anniversary.
Artist Paul Rand, a landscape painter and a commercial
artist for most of his working life, died, aged about 74. His
pictures, Tony Robertson has written, have a strong
and dramatic sense of regional identity and their own very distinctive
clear and clean style. Rand wanted to make painting accessible to
ordinary people, using recognizable images presented in an easily
understood manner. He also painted people at work in a style reminiscent
of the social realism of the Mexican muralists . . .
Bill Millerd became artistic and managing director
of the Arts Club Theatre. Hes still there after 35 years!
Norbert Vesak launched his Western Dance Theatre.
Writes Max Wyman: Lynn Seymour came back to dance with him
as a guest; hopes grew for the establishment of Canada's fourth
major dance company. But the pressures on Vesakorganizational,
financial, negative commentary on his artistic judgmentbecame
intolerable, and the company closed midway through its second season.
The day after the close-down, Vesak was invited to make The Ecstasy
of Rita Joe for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. It became one of
that company's most popular ballets. Vesak later resettled in California
and developed a busy international career as choreographer and director.
Morley Wiseman established Ballet Horizons in 1970.
There is a good article on Wiseman and his company in the February
26, 1971 issue of Ubyssey, which can be accessed on the papers
web site. The company would last until 1974.
Devon, England-born Timothy Oke, a meteorological
expert, who came to Canada in 1963, came to UBC to teach. Oke, a
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Canadian Geographic
Society, has written extensively on local climate. His books include
The Climate of Vancouver (1976) and Vancouver and its
Region (1992). See this
The Fraser Valley Regional Library, covering an
area of 4,000 square miles, extending from Richmond to Hope, from
Port Coquitlam to Agassiz, and from the international border to
the mountains north of the Fraser River, now operated two bookmobiles,
each carrying 2,000 volumes and serving 206 stops every two weeks.
In 1970 the entire book publishing industry in British
Columbia earned $350,000 in sales.
The building at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue in Burnaby,
built in the 1940s as a retreat for Benedictine monks, became the
James Cowan Theatre, named for a Burnaby arts patron. The theatre
is part of Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
A 147-bed extended-care facility budgeted at $2.3
million was approved for Burnaby Hospital.
A cross-Canada survey showed that nearly 50 per
cent of the movie theatres being used in 1948 were out of service
Windsor-born artist Carl Chaplin, about 24, arrived
in Vancouver and became established as a freelance artist and illustrator.
His apocalyptic paintings of major world cities being atom-bombed
would make an impact, and a painting of a baby seal with a seal
hunter reflected in its eyes would be a huge seller.
Richard Loney began singing O Canada at Canucks
Writes architectural historian Dr. Harold Kalman,
"Around 1970 builders developed a new model for mass-market
housing, which maximized floor area and site coverage at an attractive
price. Principal living and sleeping spaces were located on the
second floor, with utility rooms, garage, and often an in-law
suite on the ground floor, and no basement. The type may have
originated in Richmond, where the high water table encouraged living
high above the damp ground. The Vancouver Specials,
as they quickly became known, spread like wildfire throughout the
Lower Mainland. They nearly as quickly achieved widespread unpopularity
among architects and aesthetes, who channelled their reaction to
the threat they posed into denouncement of their boring flat fronts,
boxy shapes, and low-sloped roofs as ugly." Kalman cites the
6100 and 6200 blocks of Elgin and Ross Streets in Vancouver as good
locations to see them.
The Old Spaghetti Factory opened on Water Street
in 1970, and its funky ambience drew big crowds to the area. That
was good for the Gastown area.
Peter Fox and John Fluevog went into partnership
in a new Gastown boutique called Fox and Fluevog Shoes. It will
become hugely successful.
A new parish hall was built at Our Lady of Sorrows
Catholic church on Slocan Street.
The striking Sikh Gurdwara (Temple) at 8000 Ross
Street, designed by the architectural firm Erickson/Massey, was
finished. See 1969 for more information.
The Charles Crane Memorial Library at UBC, using
dedicated volunteers, began recording talking textbooks and background
materials for blind and sight-impaired students.
Oakalla Prison Farm was renamed the Lower Mainland
Regional Correctional Centre.
Greenpeace was born. This entry is based on a web
site from Rex Weyler, who has written a book on the group. See this
In 1969, a few days after the United States detonated a one-megaton
nuclear weapon at Amchitka Island in the Alaskan Aleutians, the
Don't Make A Wave Committee had been organized in a Vancouver living
room. The participants were a small number of people who thought
such weapons should not be allowed to make waves through the oceans
or atmospheres of the world ever again.
Committee members included Paul Cote, then a UBC law student;
Bill Darnell, a field worker for the federal government's Company
of Young Canadians; Terry Simmons, a member of the Sierra Club studying
at Simon Fraser University, and two older men, James Bohlen and
Irving Stowe. Bohlen and Stowe had left the United States to protest
the Vietnam War as well as the nuclear buildup. Bohlen had once
designed rocket engines. Stowe was a Quaker and a lawyer. They talked
One of the arguments was whether to concentrate the committee's
efforts in protesting against another Amchitka test planned for
the fall of 1971, or to expand their efforts to fight against all
threats to the environment.
As he left one meeting, Stowe, a gnome-like man in his late
fifties, said Peace. It was the traditional greeting
or farewell of those involved in the peace activist movement. Make
it a green peace, said Darnell, the youngster from the CYC.
That was the inspiration for the groups new name: Greenpeace.
Alberta Co-op's poultry processing plant located
in Port Coquitlam, marking the start of the Kingsway Avenue industrial
park development. The operation processes 25,000 chickens in an
Thomas Davis Coldicutt died. He was born in England
in 1879, came to Canada from Birmingham in 1900 to take part in
the Klondike gold rush. Instead, he stayed in Victoria, where he
was a ship's navigator till 1904, then moved to New Westminster.
Four years later he moved again, to east Burnaby, where he is remembered
by Coldicutt Street. Beginning in 1909 he was a councillor, getting
into real estate in 1912. He donated 222 acres for Central Park,
and secured the money to build Kingsway. In 1912 he bought a home
in Crescent Beach; in 1932 he bought 500 acres there, and built
homes, a villa with lodges, a stable and tennis courts. These are
today's Ocean Ridge townhouses.
Journalist Alan Morley, 65, retired. Morley was
born in Vancouver (August 15, 1905) but grew up in Armstrong and
Penticton. He put himself through UBC in the early 1930s writing
for The Vancouver Sun. He wrote for 21 other newspapers before
returning to the Sun in 1957. He was with them until his
retirement. He wrote the admirable history Vancouver, From Milltown
to Metropolis, published in 1961.
Alexander Saba died in Vancouver, aged about 89.
He was born c. April 7, 1881 in Beirut, Lebanon. In November 1903,
with his older brother Michael (born c. 1861 in Beirut, Lebanon,
died July 10, 1955), they opened Saba Brothers, silk merchants.
Two years later, the store moved to the 500 block Granville. Mike
retired in 1921, selling his shares to Alex. By 1940, Saba's was
the largest retail house in Western Canada specializing in silks.
Although hit by shortages in WWII, the business survived. In 1942,
there was a riot when 500 women stampeded the store to buy 300 pairs
of nylon stockings (no one was hurt). In 1947, the company built
a new five-storey $250,000 store at 622 Granville. In 1954 they
opened a Victoria outlet. Alex's three sons, Edgar, Clarence and
Arnold, later managed the business.
Maple Ridges Debbie Brill, 17, won gold in
the high jump at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. There
were many more medals to come.
Sprinter Harry Jerome, who had won bronze in the
1964 Olympic Games, and gold in the 1966 Commonwealth Games and
1967 Pan-American games, received the Order of Canada.
Badminton champion Eileen Underhill (née
George) and her husband Jack, another champion in the sport, are
inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame, the first husband-and-wife
team to be so honored. Read about them here.
Writer Ethel Wilson, 82, was awarded the Order of
Canada Medal of Service.
The liner Oronsay was quarantined on arrival
in Vancouver with typhoid among passengers.
Much of the Point Grey peninsula is occupied by
the University of British Columbia, but there remains a great deal
of forest. There were attempts during the 1960s to plan large housing
developments there, but the locals protested. One resident, Iva
Mann, had been working to keep the area forested since 1951. Her
efforts began, Kerry Gold wrote in The Greater Vancouver
Book, when a white dogwood at the rear of her property
was cut down during one of the government's many subdivision attempts.
Mann couldn't save the tree, but the incident was pivotal in sparking
her environmental interest. By 1970 she was working with a residents
group called the Regional Park Committee and B.C. Outdoor Recreation,
transforming the old logging skid trails into suitable hiking trails.
The idea was to make the forested area accessible, and therefore
desirable, to the public. It would take many more years, but
Pacific Spirit Regional Park would finally be announced December
1988, by Premier Bill Vander Zalm.
A plebiscite late this year on incorporation in
Lions Bay drew more than the requisite 60 per cent majority vote
from the 250 residents. Lions Bay would officially become a village
municipality in the spring of 1971.
A fire that destroyed a Lions Bay village home prompted
the Lions Bay Property Owners' Association to acquire a fire truck
(staffed by the villages newly created Volunteer Fire Department).
A count of seagulls taken this year by the Vancouver
Natural History Society recorded more than 20,000 of seven species.
In his book The Birds of Vancouver, John Rodgers wrote that
four other species can be seen from time to time. Gulls cannot
dive, Rodgers wrote. They swim rapidly, but rarely for
long distances. They are web-footed and long of wing, and in the
air they are effortless and graceful. By far the most numerous in
this area is the glaucous-winged gull, known by its clean white
head, pale grey mantle, yellowish bill with a red spot, the white
spots on the edges of the four-and-a-half-foot wingspan, flesh-colored
legs, and its strident voice. Our only resident gull, it is a species
of the Pacific northwest and its only breeding areas in Canada are
in British Columbia. Glaucous-wings invade city gardens and garbage
dumps for food, and they scavenge on the beaches for anything that
looks appetizing. They steal the catches of diving birds and have
been known to kill and eat baby ducklings. Those mottled-greyish
gulls with black bills seen with the glaucous-wings are first-year
birds and do not reach maturity for three years.
- 1884] [1885 - 1891] [1892
[1900 - 1905] [1906
- 1908]  
High-tech guru Tod Maffin
was born in Vancouver
Jimi Hendrix's grandmother was one of Vancouver's prominent
black citizens. Jimi's father was born in Vancouver.
Barry Wilkins of the brand-new Vancouver Canucks scores the
team's very first goal.
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North Vancouvers Chief Dan George was named best supporting
actor by New York film critics for his role as Old Lodge Skins in
Little Big Man.
The Toronto Star/Frank Lennon)
Greenpeace was born in 1970. Rex Weyler wrote a book about