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On this date: November 2017

1 November 1914 Four recent graduates of the Royal Naval College of Canada are among those lost when Germany’s Asiatic Squadron sinks HMS Good Hope. They are Canada’s first naval casualties of the war. 2 November 1869 With a band of 120 armed men, Louis Riel occupies Fort Garry (now Winnipeg). 3 November 1997...
  • 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...
  • On This Date – March 2011

    March 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    MARCH 1, 1917: Fourth Canadian Division launches a poison gas raid against German positions on Vimy Ridge. It ends in disaster as many of the Canadians are overcome by gas when the wind changes direction and when German artillery fire ruptures some of the gas...
  • On This Date – February 2011

    February 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    Feb. 1, 1944: First Canadian Corps Headquarters takes over the front in Italy north of Ortona under command of Lieutenant-General H.D.G. Crerar. For the first time since the First World War, a Canadian Corps was operating in the front line. Feb. 2, 1943: Following a long...
  • On This Date – January 2011

    January 1, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    1 JANUARY 1916 Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden promises to field an army of half a million men, and decides to commit two more army divisions to the Western Front. 2 JANUARY 1908 The Royal Mint of Ottawa opens, later known as the Royal Canadian...
  • On This Date – December 2010

    December 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    . 1 DECEMBER 1996 A recovery team locates the remains of crew members killed when Royal Canadian Air Force Dakota KN-563 crashed during a monsoon on June 21, 1945. The plane had been flying supplies to British troops in Burma (now Myanmar). 2 DECEMBER 1968...
  • On This Date – November 2010

    November 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    . 1 NOVEMBER 1939 Daily coast-to-coast flights launched by Trans-Canada Air Lines. Trans-Canada Air Lines brochure. PHOTO: BJORN LARSSON 2 NOVEMBER 1971 Eight Canadian Forces crew members die when a Dakota aircraft crashes near Cape Perry, N.W.T. 3 NOVEMBER 1972 No. 444 Squadron is established at...

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