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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...
  • On this date: June 2020

    June 2, 2020 by Legion Magazine
    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...
  • On this date: May 2020

    May 4, 2020 by Legion Magazine
    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...
  • On this date: April 2020

    April 1, 2020 by Legion Magazine
      1 April 1734 The lighthouse at Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island is officially lit; the only other on the entire eastern coast of North America is in Boston. 2 April 1871 Canada’s population is 3,689,257, according to the first census of the Dominion of...
  • On this date: March 2020

    March 2, 2020 by Legion Magazine
    1 March 1917 Fourth Canadian Division launches a poison gas raid at Vimy Ridge, but German artillery ruptures some of the gas cylinders and many Canadians are overcome when the wind changes direction. 2 March 2008 Trooper Michael Yuki Hayakaze is killed by an improvised...
  • On this Date: February 2020

    February 4, 2020 by Legion Magazine
    1 February 1911 Royal Canadian Naval Service recruitment posters go up in post offices across Canada. 2 February 2003 HMCS Regina joins the Canadian Naval Task Group, part of the international anti-terrorism campaign in the Persian Gulf. 3 February 1942 The Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air...
  • On this date: January 2020

    January 2, 2020 by Legion Magazine
    2 January 1942 Cabinet approves a $1-billion gift of war supplies from Canada to Britain. 3 January 1947 Prime Minister Mackenzie King becomes Canada’s first citizen in the initial citizenship ceremony after passage of the Canadian Citizenship Act.  4 January 1951 Communists occupy Seoul, South...
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