Sailing with the 10th Destroyer Flotilla out of Plymouth, HMCS Haida and HMCS Iroquois are part of an impressive action near Belle Isle. A cable ship and two minesweepers are among the seven enemy ships destroyed. An explosion on Haida kills two gunners and injures eight others.
The first Atomic bomb is dropped on the Japanese industrial city of Hiroshima. Approximately 140,000 people die—many of radiation—in the days that follow.
As the crisis in Korea worsens, the Canada government authorizes the recruitment of the Canadian Army Special Force.
In conjunction with the American breakout in late July, Anglo-Canadian forces continue to drive south toward Falaise, France, in an attempt to encircle German forces that have launched an erratic westerly counterattack against American troops at Mortain.
In conjunction with other Allied forces, the Canadian Corps launches a major attack to the east of Amiens, France, beginning a period of operations remembered as the Last 100 Days.
A Canadian Buffalo aircraft, attached to the United Nations Emergency Force Middle East, is shot down by Syrian surface-to-air missiles. All nine Canadians on board are killed.
Canada’s first manned flight. Louis Anselm Lauriat completes the task in a hot air balloon at Saint John, N.B.
A Victoria Cross is awarded to Captain W.A. Bishop following a June 2 attack on a German aerodrome.
RCN destroyers Qu’Appelle, Assiniboine, Skeena and Restigouche and RN destroyer Albrighton sink three ships of a German convoy in the Bay of Biscay.
More than 500 people are feared dead after a Japan Airlines jumbo jet crashes on a mountainside 112 kilometres from Tokyo.