A little smoke before getting medals
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.