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On this date: February 2016

  1 FEBRUARY 1944 For the first time since the First World War, a Canadian Corps operates in the front line, in Italy.   2 FEBRUARY 1943 The German 6th Army surrenders at Stalingrad.   3 FEBRUARY 1916 The Parliament Buildings in Ottawa are destroyed by fire.   4 FEBRUARY 1915 Lieut. William Frederick...
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    On this date : January 2016

    December 22, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    1 January 1885 Standard time goes into effect, the brainchild of Canadian Pacific Railway chief engineer Sir Sandford Fleming. 2 January 1940 The first Canadians decorated in the Second World War, Pilot Officer S.R. Henderson and Wing Commander J.F. Griffiths, are awarded the Distinguished Flying...
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1 Jan. 1952
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    On this date: December 2015

    December 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
      1 DECEMBER 1941 Wartime wage and price controls begin.   2 DECEMBER 1970 James Cross, kidnapped by the Front de libération du Québec, is located and freed two days later.   3 DECEMBER 1943 Devil’s Brigade member Private Daniel Wade of Stewart, B.C., is...
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    On This Date: November 2015

    November 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    1 NOVEMBER 1918 Sgt. Hugh Cairns earns the Victoria Cross for capturing machine-gun crews near Valenciennes, France. He is mortally wounded. 2 NOVEMBER 1971 A Canadian Forces Dakota crashes on a rescue mission to the remote Arctic, killing eight. 3 NOVEMBER 1944 Japan begins launching...
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    On This Date: October 2015

    September 30, 2015 by Legion Magazine
      1 OCTOBER 1944 Battle of the Scheldt begins; the First Canadian Army has a hard slog to open the port of Antwerp. 2 OCTOBER 2001 The U.S. anti-terrorism campaign is boosted by NATO’s affirmation that an attack on one member is an attack on...
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    On This Date: September 2015

    September 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    SEPTEMBER 1, 1944 Dieppe, France, is liberated, predominantly by Canadian troops. September 2, 1998 Swissair 111 crashes off Nova Scotia, killing 229. September 3, 1916 The Canadian Corps takes a three-kilometre section of the front along Pozières Ridge near the Somme River in northern France....
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    On This Date: August 2015

    August 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    AUGUST 1, 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada sends a naval task group. AUGUST 2, 1914 Germany invades Luxembourg, has mobilized 1.5 million men. AUGUST 3, 2005 Canada’s last surviving First World War veteran, Ernest “Smokey” Smith, VC,...
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