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1969: Pierre Trudeau causes a stir in London

The Story


Never in the history of Canadian politics has the world press covered a prime minister's personal life as much as Pierre Elliott Trudeau's. Even Londoners have the Trudeau bug. After a British Commonwealth prime ministers' conference, reporters spot Trudeau with German jet-setter Eva Rittingshausen. Should journalists write stories about his private life? One fan says she knows it's wrong but she really enjoys reading about it.

Medium: Television
Program: The Day It Is
Broadcast Date: Jan. 16, 1969
Duration: 1:58

Did You know?


• Trudeau dated many high-profile women, including musicians Liona Boyd and Barbra Streisand, as well as actors Kim Cattrall and Margot Kidder.

• In the late 1960s Trudeau practiced yoga and told the press he frequently stood on his head. He also had a brown belt in judo.

• An aide later disclosed Trudeau had planned and rehearsed a seemingly spontaneous pirouette captured by cameras during a Buckingham Palace visit in 1977.


Also on January 16:
1637: The Company of New France is given a grant for to establish a nunnery, a Jesuit church and a seminary at Quebec.
1965: Prime Minister Lester Pearson and President Lyndon Johnson sign the Canada-U.S. Automotive Agreement. Commonly known as the Auto Pact, the deal gives a major boost to the Canadian auto industry by allowing widespread free trade in motor vehicles and parts between the two countries.
1939: The first Superman comic strip by Toronto-born Joe Shuster appears.


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