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Edition #641  Friday, January 5, 2018

As Time Goes By

As you may have noticed in our logo, this is the 49th Anniversary of Weeda Stamps Ltd. Back in 1969 the population of Canada was 21,000,000 and our Prime Minister was Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Here's a sampling of some of the events from 1969.

On January 20 Richard Milhous Nixon succeeded Lyndon Baines Johnson as the 37th President of the United States of America. Here he is with Spiro Agnew, his vice-president at the time.

On January 30 the Beatles gave their last public performance on the roof of the Apple Records Building in London. The impromptu concert was broken up by the police. You can see footage from the concert on this YouTube clip:

The first flight of the 747 was on February 9th. It received its FAA airworthiness certificate in December and entered into commercial use the following year. Over 1,540 747s have been built and airlines are still receiving deliveries of this iconic airframe.

Golda Meir became Israel's first female Prime Minister on March 17. Here she is with David Ben-Gurion.

From May 26 to June 2 John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their Bed-In at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec.

On July 1 Charles, Prince of Wales, was invested at Caernarfon.

On July 7, with the adoption of the Official Languages Act, English and French were made the two official languages of Canada. Henceforth all Federal institutions had to provide services in English or French at the customer's choice. Here is a quartet of Federal Liberals from this time period. From left to right: Trudeau (the elder), Turner, Chretien and Pearson, all Liberal PMs at one time or another.

On July 16 Apollo 11 (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins) lifted off toward the first landing on the Moon. On July 20th the lunar module Eagle landed on the lunar surface.

On July 31 the halfpenny ceased to be legal tender in the UK.

From August 1518 the Woodstock Festival was held in upstate New York, featuring some of the top rock musicians of the era.

On August 24 the oil tanker Manhattan became the first such ship to travel through the Northwest Passage. With global warming and the shrinking of the polar ice cap, such transits are being considered commercially.

On September 1 a coup in Libya ousted King Idris and brought Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi to power. He was leader of Libya until the Libyan Civil War of 2011. He was captured by rebel militia and executed on October 20, 2011.

On October 29 the first message was sent over ARPANET, the forerunner of the internet. While Al Gore was not the inventor of the Internet, he did produce legislation that set up the framework for what became the world wide web.

On October 31 Wal-Mart incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

On November 10 Sesame Street premiered on the National Educational Television (NET) network.

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We received nine correct answers to our last stamp identification quiz. That means a $9.00 donation to Salvation Army.

Here's the portion of the stamp we asked you to identify

Here's the answer - Canada #1923, the 60c "Skating in the Suburbs" of the Christmas Lights series issued in 2001.

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We show you a minute portion of the design of a postage stamp. You have to determine which stamp it is. Send us an email with your answer.

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