British and Canadian forces enter the severely bombed city of Caen, Normandy.
The federal government recognizes English and French as Canada’s official languages.
An unemployed father of two breaks into Buckingham Palace and spends several minutes talking to the Queen before being arrested.
The Allied invasion of Sicily, code-named Operation Husky, begins just before dawn. Included in the first wave is 1st Canadian Infantry Div., commencing the nation’s first sustained commitment to the ground war against Germany. The division lands southwest of Pachino against numerous, but erratically motivated Italian units. By day’s end, the Canadians secure all their objectives, kill 100 enemy and capture 650 prisoners at a cost of seven dead and 25 wounded.
American soldiers under the command of General William Hull invade Canada from Detroit.
Small pieces of Skylab I are found scattered across Western Australia. Chunks of the U.S. space laboratory also land in the southern Indian Ocean. The unoccupied lab was launched in 1973.
Officers from the Surete du Quebec try to dismantle a blockade set up by Mohawks near Oka, Que. One officer is shot and killed.
Canadian destroyers HMCS Cayuga, HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Sioux are sent to Korea.
No. 406 Squadron, equipped with Sea Kings and Trackers, is formed at Canadian Forces Base Shearwater, N.S.
C.K. Hamilton completes first powered and directed flight in Canada at Montreal in a dirigible.
Ten army officers are executed by firing squad in Morocco after a failed coup.
First aircraft built on a Canadian production line has its maiden flight at Toronto. The aircraft is a Curtiss JN-3 trainer)
Canada formally abolishes the death penalty.
Manitoba and the Northwest Territories enter Confederation.
A Squadron of the Canadian Mounted Rifles and B Squadron of the Royal Canadian Dragoons participate in a major battle at Wittpoort Pass against the Boers.