1 AUGUST 1959
Georges P. Vanier, Canada’s first French-speaking governor general, is appointed. 2 AUGUST 1909
The Silver Dart makes its first passenger flight, in an army evaluation at Camp Petawawa.
3 AUGUST 2006
Four soldiers of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry are killed in a Taliban ambush.: Corporal Christopher Reid, Corporal Bryce Keller, Sergeant Vaughn Ingram, Private Kevin Dallaire.
4 AUGUST 1910
The first ship is commissioned for the Canadian navy.
5-6 AUGUST 1944
HMC Ships Haida and Iroquois and three British ships sink five and damage three German ships in the Bay of Biscay.6 AUGUST 1945
The atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. 7 AUGUST 1916
The Battle of Pozières Ridge ends.
9 AUGUST 1974
8 AUGUST 1944
SS defenders are ousted from Verrières Ridge.
Nine Canadians die when a CF Buffalo aircraft is shot down by Syrian missiles.
10 AUGUST 1840
Canada’s first manned flight—in a hot air balloon in Saint John, N.B.
11 AUGUST 1954
HMCS Venture is commissioned in Esquimalt, B.C., for cadet training.
Thomas Dinesen and Robert Spall earn Victoria Crosses near Parvillers, France.
13 AUGUST 1973
Acquisition of eight Boeing CH-47C Chinook helicopters is announced.
The schooner Nancy is scuttled to prevent capture by U.S. ships. 15 AUGUST 1950
HMCS Cayuga is the first Canadian ship to fire on the enemy ashore in the Korean War. 16 AUGUST 2011
Air Command, dubbed in 1975, reverts to the Royal Canadian Air Force. 17 AUGUST 1943
Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King hosts conference with U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss the invasion of France. 18 AUGUST 1914
Thousands of men begin arriving at Valcartier near Quebec City. 19 AUGUST 1944
The Falaise Pocket is closed. 20 AUGUST 1915
The Newfoundland Regiment leaves for the Mediterranean. 21-22 AUGUST 1944
HMCS Alberni is destroyed by a U-boat.
22 AUGUST 1914
The War Measures Act receives royal assent.
Jacques Cartier arrives at Cap Rouge. 24 AUGUST 1814
British troops march into Washington, D.C., and burn public buildings.
25 AUGUST 1914
Canadian pilots are offered to the British government.
26 AUGUST 1940
No. 1 Fighter Squadron encounters German bombers over southern England.
27 AUGUST 1939
The subterranean Cabinet War Rooms begin operation in London.
28 AUGUST 1942
HMCS Oakville sinks U-94.
29 AUGUST 1907
The south arm of the Quebec Bridge near Quebec City collapses during construction.
The Canadian Corps begins relieving allied troops on the Somme.
31 AUGUST 1907
It’s hoped colonial disputes in Afghanistan, Tibet and Persia will be settled by the Anglo-American Entente.