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On this date: July 2017

1 July 1867 The first four provinces enter Confederation. 2 July 1940 HMCS St. Laurent rescues 861 German and Italian PoWs from a torpedoed ship bound for Canada. 3 July 1964 Four FLQ terrorists receive eight-year sentences for armed robberies. 4 July 1812 The first American PoWs are received at Melville Island Prison in...
  • 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...
  • On This Date – October 2010

    October 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    1 OCTOBER 1990 Two months after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Athabaskan (3rd) and HMCS Terra Nova sail out of Bahrain on their first Multinational Interception Force patrol. Along with HMCS Protecteur, the task force is part of the MIF in...
  • On This Date – September 2010

    September 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    1 SEPTEMBER 1939 The Second World War begins as German forces sweep into Poland with the power of the “lightning war,” better known as the blitzkrieg. Advance East of Arras. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA 2 SEPTEMBER 1918 In France, throughout September and October, the...
  • On This Date – August 2010

    August 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    1 AUGUST 1957 As the Cold War continues, Canada and the U.S. agree to pool operational control of  air defences. This leads to the creation of the North American Air Defence Command (Norad), later renamed North American Aerospace Defence Command. Iraq invades Kuwait. PHOTO: UNITED...
  • On This Date – July 2010

    July 1, 2010 by Legion Magazine
    1 JULY 1916 The Anglo-French Somme offensive begins astride the Somme River in Picardy, France. The Newfoundland Regiment, attached to the 29th British Division, is decimated at...