A bomb hidden in a bouquet of flowers explodes and kills former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The Canadian submarine Ojibwa conducts her final sail past in Halifax.
Mexico announces it has declared war on Germany and Japan.
While hauling bauxite from the Caribbean to Sydney, N.S., the Canadian merchant ship Frank B. Baird is sunk by U-158 southeast of Bermuda. Her crew of 23 survives.
Three years after the transfer of the Northwest Territories to Canada, Parliament creates the North West Mounted Police, a semi-military force of 300 policemen. Wearing the distinctive scarlet tunic and pillbox cap, the Mounties work to maintain law and order in the North.
Canadians break through the Hitler Line southwest of Monte Cassino in Italy.
U-boats begin a withdrawal from the North Atlantic.
The CH-124 Sea King helicopter enters service with the Royal Canadian Navy. Its primary role is anti-submarine warfare.
Seven Royal Canadian Navy corvettes arrive in St. John’s, Nfld. They are the first units of the Newfoundland Escort Force.
Argentine missiles strike a container ship and the British destroyer HMS Coventry off the Falkland Islands. Two Argentine planes are shot down. Dozens of men are feared dead.
The CBC’s predecessor—the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission—is established. The publicly funded organization provides Canadian content in an otherwise American-dominated medium.
The evacuation of Dunkirk begins.
His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Haida is patrolling off Korea when she spots a train under clear midnight skies. Shells from Haida’s guns destroy the train’s engine and boxcars.
The German army launches its fourth offensive of the year against French forces in the Chemin des Dames.
The German warship the Bismarck is sunk.