His Majesty’s Canadian Ship St. Laurent rescues 860 from the torpedoed passenger liner Arandora Star.
The Royal Canadian Air Force is “officially” authorized to enlist women and creates the Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, later renamed Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division.
The first ships built for the Royal Canadian Navy, HMCS Saguenay and HMCS Skeena, complete their maiden voyages to Halifax. Both were commissioned at Portsmouth, England.
A German convoy off St. Malo, France, is attacked by four Canadian Motor Torpedo Boats of the 65th Flotilla. Two merchant ships and a minesweeper are hit.
Canadian forces advance toward Carpiquet airport on the outskirts of Caen, Normandy. The Canadians are ravaged by enemy machine-gun fire.
Almost surrounded by Boer troops, Canadian soldiers are in peril. Under covering fire, Sergeant Arthur Richardson of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse rides a wounded horse through a vicious crossfire to recue a fellow soldier. Two other soldiers are taken prisoner. The rest of the regiment escapes to fight again. Richardson earns the Victoria Cross.
As part of Escort Group 12, His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Qu’Appelle, Restigouche, Saskatchewan and Skeena open fire on a U-boat and its escort near Brest. Heavily armed German trawlers return fire, but three are sunk. The U-boat escapes. Qu’Appelle is damaged and her captain is wounded.
Operation Caravan, Canada’s role in the French-led United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, comes to an end.
Seven army trucks loaded with dynamite explode in Cali, Columbia. More than 1,100 die; dozens of buildings are destroyed.
Explosions in the London Underground (subway system) leave dozens dead and many more seriously injured. The attacks are carried out by four suicide bombers. In a subsequent videotaped statement, al-Qaida claims responsibility.
Ronald Biggs, a member of the Great Train Robbery gang in Britain, escapes from prison.
Rioting erupts in Londonderry, Ireland. British troops open fire; two men are killed.