A lit­tle smoke be­fore get­ting medals

Truro Daily News - - OPINION -

On to­day’s date 44 years ago, in 1965, The Bea­tles were in­vested as mem­bers of the Or­der of the Bri­tish Em­pire by the Queen at Buck­ing­ham Palace. The an­nounce­ment of their hon­our led sev­eral pre­vi­ous mem­bers to re­turn their medals. John Len­non later said the four mu­si­cians smoked mar­i­juana in the palace wash­room. Len­non re­turned his medal in 1969 be­cause of Bri­tain’s in­volve­ment in Bi­afra and its sup­port of the U.S. war in Viet­nam. Also on this date: – In 1934, the Hon­ourable H.H. Stevens re­signed from the Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment and formed his own Re­con­struc­tion Party.

– In 1966, Lib­er­ace played the parts of both a good and evil pi­anist on the TV-se­ries “Bat­man.”

– In 1969, for­mer prime min­is­ter John Diefen­baker was in­stalled as chan­cel­lor of the Uni­ver­sity of Saskatchewan.

– In 1979, South Korean Pres­i­dent Park Chung-hee was shot to death by the head of the Korean Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency, Kim Jae-kyu.

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