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On this date: October 2020
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On this date: October 2020

1 October 1917 Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Bent of Halifax is killed while leading a successful counterattack to regain lost positions at Polygon Wood in Belgium. He receives a posthumous Victoria Cross. 2 October 1535 Jacques Cartier arrives at Hochelaga (now Montreal) on his second voyage to North America. 3 October 1914
 The Canadian Expeditionary Force’s first contingent of 30,000 sails from Quebec to join the war effort in Europe. 4 October 1944 HMCS Chebogue is torpedoed by U-1227 in mid-Atlantic and seven sailors die. The ship is towed 1,400 kilometres to Wales. 5 October 1970 British Trade Commissioner James Cross is kidnapped in Montreal by the Front de libération du Québec, beginning the October Crisis (see page TK). 6 October 1939
 Invading German and Sovi...
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On this date: September 2020

1 September 1944 Dieppe, France, is liberated by 2nd Canadian Division, which had been hard-hit at the disastrous raid in August 1942. A large victory parade follows. 2 September 1945 Japan signs terms of surrender on USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, bringing an end to six years of war. 3 September 1939 England and France declare war on Germany. Within two hours, U-30 sinks SS Athenia sailing from Glasgow and Liverpool to Montreal. 4 September 1914 The Canadian military camp at Valcartier, north of Quebec City, swells with 32,000 men and 8,000 horses. 5 September 1758 A force of 1,500 British troops in nine vessels arrives in Gaspé Bay to begin raiding Acadian villages on the coast of present-day New Brunswick and the Gaspé Peninsula. 6 September 1952 CBFT Montreal, ...
On this date: August 2020
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On this date: August 2020

1 August 1957 Canada and the United States form the North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) to integrate air defences. 2 August 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada contributed 4,500 military personnel to the 1991 Gulf War. 3 August 1981 Egypt and Israel sign a peace treaty, the Sinai is returned to Egypt and a multinational force begins peacekeeping. 4 August 1943 Flying Officer A.A. Bishop of 423 Squadron, RCAF sinks U-489. His aircraft is downed during the attack, losing five crew members. 5 August 2010 Captain William Todd Fielding lands a Chinook helicopter struck by enemy fire in Afghanistan, then leads the evacuation of the burning aircraft. He is awarded the Medal of Military Valour. August 6, 1945 The first atomic bomb is dropped on the Japanese indus...
On this date: July/August 2020
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On this date: July/August 2020

1 July 2020 Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill are replaced with virtual celebrations due to COVID-19. 2 July 1940 HMCS St. Laurent rescues 868 German and Italian internees and PoWs bound for Canada, survivors of the torpedoed liner SS Arandora Star, in one of the largest rescue operations of the war. 4 July 2007 Six Canadian soldiers and an Afghan interpreter are killed when their vehicle is struck by a roadside bomb southwest of Kandahar City, Afghanistan. 5 July 1900 By saving a wounded comrade, Sergeant Arthur Richardson of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse earns the Victoria Cross at Wolve Spruit, South Africa. 6 July 2009 A Griffon helicopter clips a security wall and crashes at a forward operating base in Afghanistan, killing two Canadian soldiers and a British ...
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On this date: June 2020

1 June 2004 Canadian police and military personnel play significant roles in the UN stabilization mission to Haiti, supporting the transitional government and reforming the national police force. 2 June 2008 Under machine-gun fire in Afghanistan, Master Corporal Brent Gallant uses his body to shield a wounded soldier. He is awarded the Medal of Military Valour. 3 June 1944 Flight Lieutenant R.E. McBride, flying an RCAF Canso aircraft, sinks U-477 with four depth charges. 6 June 1944 About 450 Canadians are among the Allied paratroopers who land behind German coastal defences on D-Day. 8 June 1944 Putot-en-Bessin, France, west of Caen in Normandy, is temporarily lost after an attack on the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, then retaken by the Canadian Scottish Regiment. 9 June 19...
On this date: May 2020
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On this date: May 2020

1 May 2002 HMCS St. John’s joins the Canadian Naval Task Group, part of the multinational anti-terrorism campaign in the Persian Gulf. 3 May 1942 The Nazis require Dutch Jews aged six and over to wear yellow stars with the word ‘Jood’ (Jew) on their clothing. 4 May 1945 General Harry Crerar calls off all assaults as a German surrender is imminent. 7 May 1915 The Cunard passenger liner RMS Lusitania is torpedoed by a German U-boat and sinks within 20 minutes, claiming 1,198 of the 1,959 aboard. 8 May 1945 Millions take to the streets to celebrate the end of the Second World War in Europe. 10 May 1918 Lieutenant Rowland Bourke takes his ship into an enemy harbour under heavy fire to rescue survivors of HMS Vindictive, earning the Victoria Cross. 11 May 2006 Without firing ...

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