Image of Lester B. Pearson with students

In 1964, there was no internet, there were no electric cars and you had to leave the house to watch a movie. Yet interesting things still happened! Here are some highlights from the year U of T created Scarborough College.

  • Jazz singer Diana Krall and movie star Keanu Reeves are born.
  • Canada’s Prime Minister is Lester B. Pearson. John Robarts—the name behind the Robarts Library—is Premier of Ontario. The Mayor of Toronto is Philip Givens. Scarborough, which is at this time a township, has a reeve, Albert Campbell, instead of a mayor.
  • The population of Canada is 19,291,000.
  • The president of U of T is Claude T. Bissell.
  • Just before the year ends and after much heated debate, Canada gets a new flag.
  • The Beatles make their triumphant American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Whether anyone in the audience actually heard
  • them over the screams is anyone’s guess.
  • If you can believe it, the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup! They beat Detroit in seven games.
  • My Fair Lady is released and goes on to win the best picture Oscar for 1964, beating out Becket, Dr. Strangelove, Mary Poppins and Zorba the Greek.
  • American civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. receives the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • On October 6, the day Scarborough College is created, the #1 song in Toronto, according to the CHUM Hit Parade, is “Do Wah Diddy” by Manfred Mann. How many members of Governing Council do you think knew that at the time?