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On this date: April 2020

  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 Canada. 3 April 1916 More than 1,370 of the...
  • 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...
  • On this date: December 2019

    December 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 December 1996 Remains of crew members killed in the crash of RCAF Dakota KN-563 on June 21, 1945, are recovered. The plane had been flying supplies to British troops in Burma (now Myanmar).   2 December 1968 The Canadian submarine HMCS Rainbow is commissioned;...
  • On this date: November 2019

    November 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 November 1914 In a battle off the coast of Chile, four midshipmen are the first Canadian naval casualties of the First World War, perishing with the crew of HMS Good Hope. 4 November 1914 Nurse Margaret Macdonald is appointed matron-in-chief of the Canadian Army...
  • On this date: October 2019

    October 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    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...
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