Prime Minister John Diefenbaker officially opens the Trans-Canada Highway at Rogers Pass, B.C.
The prime ministers of Greece and Turkey sign a peace deal for Cyprus.
The Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service is founded, eventually to reach a wartime strength of 6,500 all ranks by 1945. Many Wrens serve as motor transport drivers and in communications work in Canada and in the United Kingdom for Plymouth Command.
The Canadian destroyer HMCS Skeena and the Canadian corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin destroy U-588 in the mid-Atlantic.
Western Escort Force becomes the name of the former Western Local Escort Force, best known for using corvettes and minesweepers to operate the Triangle Run—Halifax, Boston and St. John’s, Nfld.
Family Allowance Bill is passed in the House of Commons.
The Warsaw Uprising, the battle to liberate Warsaw, Poland, begins.
Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada responds quickly by sending a naval task group.
The Queen opens the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.
Barely 11 days old, Wesley Behm makes history as he receives a new heart at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The surgical team is led by Dr. Wilbert Keon of the Ottawa Heart Institute.
The Canadian Bill of Rights is approved by the House of Commons—guaranteeing civil rights and freedoms to all Canadians.
Britain declares war on Germany, and so Canada is automatically at war.
Britain (and hence Canada) declares war on Germany.