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On this date: October 2019

1 October 1944 Calais, France, is occupied by the 3rd Canadian Division. 2-3 October 1944 First Canadian Army begins its hard slog to clear the Scheldt Estuary in an effort to open the port of Antwerp. 4 October 1957 The first Avro Arrow rolls out on the same day the Russians launch the satellite Sputnik....
  • On this date: September 2019

    September 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 September 1942 HMCS Morden launches three depth charge attacks against U-756 astern of a convoy. Years later the corvette is given credit for the U-boat’s destruction. 2-3 September 1918 The Canadian 1st and 4th divisions lead the assault on the Drocourt-Quéant Line at the...
  • On this date: August 2019

    July 31, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 August 1950 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police absorbs the Newfoundland Rangers and takes over policing services in Newfoundland and Labrador. 3 August 2000 An American-owned merchant ship being held up over a payment dispute is boarded by sailors of HMCS Athabaskan to compel delivery...
  • On this date: July 2019

    July 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 July 1916 At Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of the Somme, 780 men of the Newfoundland Regiment advance into point-blank fire from German machine guns; only 68 answer roll call the next day. 3 July 1931 The first ships built for the Royal Canadian Navy,...
  • On this date: June 2019

    June 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 JUNE 1956 The RCAF and USAF finalize plans for the Mid-Canada Line, defensive radar sites stretching from Labrador to British Columbia. 2-13 JUNE 1916 Germany captures Mount Sorrel on the Ypres Salient; the Canadian Corps suffers 8,430 casualties, including 130 officers and 3,033 other...
  • On this date: May 2019

    May 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 MAY 1888 The Earl of Derby, Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, is appointed Governor General of Canada. The silver rose bowl he originally donated to the top-ranking amateur hockey club becomes an iconic trophy. 2 MAY 1945 The Royal Canadian Army Service Corps begins transporting...
  • On this date: April 2019

    April 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 April 1999 Canada creates a third territory called Nunavut, carved out of the Northwest Territories. It covers one-fifth of Canada and Inuit make up 85 per cent of its population. 2 April 2003 HMCS Iroquois and HMCS Fredericton arrive in the Persian Gulf. They join HMCS Regina as part...
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