On this date: July 2017

July 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine

1 July 1867
The first four provinces enter Confederation.

2 July 1940
HMCS St. Laurent rescues 861 German and Italian PoWs from a torpedoed ship bound for Canada.

3 July 1964
Four FLQ terrorists receive eight-year sentences for armed robberies.

4 July 1812
The first American PoWs are received at Melville Island Prison in Halifax.

5 July 1950
HMC ships Cayuga, Athabaskan and Sioux depart for Korea.

6 July 2012
CFB Borden gets its first female base commander, Col. Tammy Harris.

7 July 2011
Canada hands over command of Kandahar, Afghanistan, base to the U.S.


8 July 1944
The Highland Light Infantry liberates Buron, France.

9 July 1945
A total eclipse of the sun is photographed from an RCAF Spitfire.

10 July 1943
The 1st Canadian Infantry Division lands with the Allies in Sicily.

11 July 1916
Minister of Militia Sam Hughes reviews troops at Camp Borden, Ont.

John Howard “Jack” Turnbull.
Aces of WW II

12 July 1943
RCAF Beaufighter pilot Flying Officer J.H. Turnbull shoots down three bombers over Sicily.

13 July 1993
Citizens of Lahr, Germany, hold a ceremony to bid Canadians farewell, as CFB Lahr closes after 42 years of NATO service.

14-17 July 1916
Battle of Bazentin Ridge, part of the Somme offensive in France.

15 July 2015
Lt.-Col. Jill Bishop takes over command of No. 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron at CFB Borden in Ontario.

16 July 1945
Canadian uranium is used in the detonation of the first atomic bomb.

17 July 1812
British forces capture U.S. Fort Mackinac, which was unaware war had
been declared.

18 July 1960
RCAF drops food supplies to the UN contingent in the Congo during a civil war.

19 July 1943
HMCS Huron begins 20 years of service with the Royal Canadian Navy.

HMCS Huron
source: wiki user: TheEastCoastRoys

20 July 1871
British Columbia joins Confederation, on the promise of a rail link and representation in Parliament.

20-21 July 1944
Calgary Highlanders are in an all-night firefight near Verrières Ridge in France.

23 July 1916
The Battle of Pozières Ridge, also part of the Somme offensive, begins in France.

24 July 1927
The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is inaugurated in Ypres, Belgium.

25 July 1943
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini is ousted.

26 July 1758
The French fortress at Louisbourg surrenders to the British.

27 July 1953
The Korea Armistice Agreement is signed.

28 July 1884
The Settlers’ Union in Prince Albert, Sask., issues a manifesto of grievances; the Northwest Rebellion heats up.

29 July 1982
The CF-18 Hornet reaches Mach 1.6 on its first test flight in St. Louis, Mo.

30 July 1918
The first of 100,000 Canadian troops begin congregating for the Battle of Amiens in France.

31 July 1942
The Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service is founded, attracts 6,500 by 1945.

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