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On this date: April 2018

1 April 1924 The Royal Canadian Air Force is created. 2 April 1885 Cree warriors, led by war chief Wandering Spirit, kill nine settlers at Frog Lake in what was then the District of Saskatchewan. 3 April 1969 The government announces it is withdrawing half of Canada’s NATO contribution in Europe. 4 April 1942...
  • On This Date – September 2011

    September 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    1 September 1, 1905: Alberta and Saskatchewan join Confederation. September 2, 1998: Swissair flight 111 bound for Geneva crashes into the Atlantic a few kilometres off the shore of Peggy Cove, N.S. All 229 people on board perish; a major recovery effort is...
  • On This Date – August 2011

    August 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    August 1, 1944: Family Allowance Bill is passed in the House of Commons. August 2, 1990: Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada responds quickly by sending a naval task...
  • On This Date – July 2011

    July 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    July 1, 1916: The Battle of the Somme begins in France. The Newfoundland Regiment, attached to a British division, is decimated at Beaumont-Hamel. July 2, 1941: The Royal Canadian Air Force is “officially” authorized to enlist women and creates the Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, later...
  • On This Date – June 2011

    June 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    June 1, 1956: The Royal Canadian Air Force and United States Air Force finalize plans for the Mid-Canada Line, a line of defensive radar sites stretching from Labrador to British...
  • On This Date – May 2011

    May 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    May 1, 1961: 415 Maritime Patrol Squadron is formed. Based at Summerside, P.E.I., the squadron flies Argus anti-submarine/marine patrol aircraft. May 2, 1885: At the Battle of Cut Knife Hill in Saskatchewan, Lieutenant-Colonel William Otter and 500 troops attack Chief Poundmaker’s Cree camp, one of three...
  • On This Date – April 2011

    April 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    April 1, 1924: The Royal Canadian Air Force officially comes into existence. April 2, 2003: Canadian navy ships Iroquois (2nd) and Fredericton (2nd) arrive in the Arabian Gulf. They join HMCS Regina as part of a U.S.-led task force involved in maritime surveillance. April 3, 1974: A...