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1960s: Time Line

This time line consists of local, national, and international events relevant to the Canadian experience. It serves to contextualize the growth and evolution of VIU.
Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia Online


 

August 1960
The House of Commons approved the Canadian Bill of Rights. While not provincially binding, the Bill obliged the federal government to guarantee civil rights and freedoms to all Canadians

September 1960
Nanaimo's Chinatown was destroyed by fire

1960 - Nanaimo's Chinatown destroyed by fire
The clearing in the top left of the photo is the present-day site of VIU's Nanaimo campus. At the time, Nanaimo's Vocational Training School operated in facilities at the bottom of the clearing on 4th and Wakesiah.
Image courtesy of Nanaimo Community Archives

August 1961
Construction began of the Berlin Wall in Germany

July 1962
The Trans-Canada Highway officially opened

October 1962
The Cuban Missile Crisis began when US President John Kennedy publicly denounced the Soviet installation of ballistic missiles in Cuba

January 1963
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital opened its permanent location at Dufferin Crescent

August 1963
A massive (200,000 strong) civil rights march from the South ended in Washington DC where Martin Luther King delivered his famous "I have a dream" speech

July 1967

Nanaimo hosted its first Bathtub Race and became known as The Bathtub Capital of the World!
Bathtub Capital of the World: Nanaimo
Image courtesy of Nanaimo Community Archives