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On this date: July/August 2020
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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 Afghan interpreter are killed when their vehicle is struck by a roadside bomb southwest of Kandahar City, Afghanistan. 5 July 1900 By saving a wounded comrade, Sergeant Arthur Richardson of the Lord Strathcona’s Horse earns the Victoria Cross at Wolve Spruit, South Africa. 6 July 2009 A Griffon helicopter clips a security wall and crashes at a forward operating base in Afghanistan, killing two Canadian soldiers and a British ...
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On this date: June 2020

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 wounded soldier. He is awarded the Medal of Military Valour. 3 June 1944 Flight Lieutenant R.E. McBride, flying an RCAF Canso aircraft, sinks U-477 with four depth charges. 6 June 1944 About 450 Canadians are among the Allied paratroopers who land behind German coastal defences on D-Day. 8 June 1944 Putot-en-Bessin, France, west of Caen in Normandy, is temporarily lost after an attack on the 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade, then retaken by the Canadian Scottish Regiment. 9 June 19...
On this date: May 2020
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On this date: May 2020

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 General Harry Crerar calls off all assaults as a German surrender is imminent. 7 May 1915 The Cunard passenger liner RMS Lusitania is torpedoed by a German U-boat and sinks within 20 minutes, claiming 1,198 of the 1,959 aboard. 8 May 1945 Millions take to the streets to celebrate the end of the Second World War in Europe. 10 May 1918 Lieutenant Rowland Bourke takes his ship into an enemy harbour under heavy fire to rescue survivors of HMS Vindictive, earning the Victoria Cross. 11 May 2006 Without firing ...
On this date: April 2020
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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 2nd Canadian Division become casualties within two weeks of relieving British troops in the Battle of St. Eloi Craters. 4 April 1949 Canada signs the agreement creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. 7 April 1995 HMCS Nipigon supports Fisheries and Oceans and Coast Guard ships during a dispute with Spain over illegal overfishing of Greenland turbot on the Grand Banks. 8 April 2007 Six Canadian soldiers die after their vehicle hits an improvised explosive device in Afgh...
On this date: March 2020
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On this date: March 2020

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 explosive device; more than 3,000 soldiers and civilians later gather in Afghanistan to pay respects. 4 March 1943 While escorting a convoy to the Mediterranean prior to the invasion of Sicily, HMC ships St. Croix and Shediac detect and sink enemy submarine U-87. 7 March 1951 Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, assaults and secures Hill 532 in the Battle of Maehwa-San in South Korea; seven die and 37 are wounded. 8 March 1996 The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Rwanda offic...
On this Date: February 2020
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On this Date: February 2020

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 Force is renamed the RCAF Women’s Division. 5 February 1980 Second World War spymaster Sir William Stephenson, who was born in Winnipeg, is invested in the Order of Canada. 6 February 1952 King George VI dies. His ‌daughter Elizabeth ascends to the British throne. 7 February 1945 British, American and Russian leaders meet at an undisclosed location near the Black Sea to decide on the final phase of the war against Germany. 8 February 1948 The RCAF Flyers win Olympic gold and are declared...