Jeanne Sauvé begins her term as Governor General of Canada.
The first modernized CF-18 fighters are accepted into service. In total, 80 of Canada’s front-line Hornets receive the upgrade completed by Boeing. Known as the first phase of upgrades, the Hornets would have better radar, navigational and electronics equipment.
Prime Minister Robert Borden returns to Canada after attending an imperial war conference with British and dominion leaders in England.
Nineteen specially modified Lancaster bombers from 617 Squadron, Royal Air Force, including members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, strike at German dams in the Ruhr Valley. The attack breaches a number of dams causing a spectacular flood that disrupts the water and power supply systems serving Germany’s industrial heartland.
The River-class frigate HMCS Beacon Hill is commissioned into the Royal Canadian Navy.
Chinese forces in Korea launch part 2 of spring offensive.
First Canadian Infantry Division faces sharp fighting against strong German delaying forces as it advances towards the Adolf Hitler Line in Italy.
Canada hosts President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie. Addressing Parliament, Kennedy states: “Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends.”
Canadians launch their first attacks against Festubert, France.
Canadian Prime Minister Robert Borden announces that the voluntary system of recruitment no longer suffices for the war effort.
Polish troops take Monte Cassino in Italy.
Parliament passes The Canadian Red Cross Society Act which establishes the Canadian Red Cross. Prior to this date it operated as a branch of the British Red Cross.
A cloud of ash rises 24 kilometres into the air following the eruption yesterday of Mount St. Helens in Washington State.
German airborne forces invade the island of Crete in the Mediterranean.
Canadian involvement in Operation Determination ends. The purpose of the operation was to blockade all Iraqi ports and intercept any shipping attempting to leave or enter the area.