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Canadian pilots respond to crisis in Kosovo

On June 2, 1999, intense diplomatic negotiations began in the Balkans, bringing to an end 78 days of military bombing in Kosovo, in which Royal Canadian Air Force pilots took part. In 1989, Serbian president Slobodan Milošević repealed constitutional autonomy of the province of Kosovo; Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians, who had long suffered persecution by...
  • Roberta Bondar studies the human body in space

    January 22, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    On Jan. 22, 1992, Roberta Bondar became the first neurologist—and coincidentally, Canada’s first woman—in space, joining the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery on an eight-day mission. While orbiting, she and the other astronauts conducted more than 40 experiments in the Spacelab on the first...
  • The backlash against Japanese-Canadians

    January 7, 2020 by Sharon Adams
    On Jan. 7, 1942, a month to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, a wartime committee recommended to the Canadian government that Japanese-Canadians—even if second- or third- generation—not be allowed to volunteer for or be conscripted into the armed services, on grounds of...
  • Japan advances on Hong Kong

    December 18, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In late 1941, Japan began its war against the West, attacking the American base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, invading Malaya the next day, and marching on Hong Kong. Canada had dispatched the Winnipeg Grenadiers and Royal Rifles from Quebec City to join...
  • The death of a poet and fighter pilot

    December 11, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    On Dec. 11, 1941, a 19-year-old pilot died in England. He had been in service only 10 weeks, had seen combat only once, and as far as anyone knows, inflicted no damage on the enemy. But he will never be forgotten as long as there...
  • Crossing the Moro River

    December 4, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In the winter of 1943, the Allies in Italy had pushed the Germans north to a defensive line stretching from Naples to Ortona, from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Adriatic. The Germans were dug in along the Moro River south of Ortona. On Dec. 4,...
  • The Grey Cup in Lahore

    November 27, 2019 by Sharon Adams
    In late November 1965, Canadian peacekeepers at an air base in Lahore, Pakistan, received an early Christmas present—a film recording of the Grey Cup game. Nearly 100 Canadians had been deployed on a United Nations mission supervising a ceasefire between warring India and Pakistan in...
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