January 29 – Oprah Winfrey is born in Kosciusko Mississippi. Oprah would go on to one of the most popular talk show hosts, actresses, producers and philanthropists, as well as one of the richest, self made people on Forbes billionaires lists.
March 30 – Canada’s first subway station officially opens. Mayor Allan Lamport and Ontario Premier Leslie Frost share the task of pushing a lever to turn a signal from amber to green, symbolizing the opening.
September 9 – Marilyn Bell becomes the first person to swim across Lake Ontario.
October 15 - Hurricane Hazel strikes the United States and Canada killing 348 people. 81 of which were killed in Ontario. The hurricane, which would become the most famous in Canadian history, caused approximately $100 million in damages.
March 9 – The first Ford Mustang is produced.
March 27 – Several towns in British Columbia including Prince Rupert, Tofino, Port Alberni and Zeballos suffer damage from Tsunamis associated with the Good Friday earthquake in Alaska. Overall damage is estimated at $10 million.
April – Canadians are issued Social Insurance cards for the first time
May 2 – Canadian-bred Thoroughbred Northern Dancer wins the Kentucky Derby and goes on to be one of the most popular breeding studs in the industry.
February 21 – Tim Horton, famous hockey player and business owner dies after losing control of his car and crashing on the QEW in St. Catharines, Ontario.
May 23 – New Brunswick becomes the first Canadian province to be officially bilingual
September 17 - The Royal Canadian Mounted police decides to allow female members for the first time in its history.
December – Barbara Streisand’s The Way We Were is the number one song according to Billboard Magazine’s Top Hot 100 singles.
Beverly Hills Cop is the highest grossing film, bringing in $234,760,478 in sales.
February 29 – Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announces his retirement after serving Canada for 15 years.
April 10 - Marvin Gaye is shot-to-death by his father the day before his 45th birthday after an argument.
June 6 – The game Tetris is first released for use on the Commodore 64 and the IBM. The game would go on to become one of the most popular games of the 1980s.