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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...
  • 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...
  • On this date: September 2019

    September 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 September 1942 HMCS Morden launches three depth charge attacks against U-756 astern of a convoy. Years later the corvette is given credit for the U-boat’s destruction. 2-3 September 1918 The Canadian 1st and 4th divisions lead the assault on the Drocourt-Quéant Line at the...
  • On this date: August 2019

    July 31, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 August 1950 The Royal Canadian Mounted Police absorbs the Newfoundland Rangers and takes over policing services in Newfoundland and Labrador. 3 August 2000 An American-owned merchant ship being held up over a payment dispute is boarded by sailors of HMCS Athabaskan to compel delivery...
  • On this date: July 2019

    July 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 July 1916 At Beaumont-Hamel during the Battle of the Somme, 780 men of the Newfoundland Regiment advance into point-blank fire from German machine guns; only 68 answer roll call the next day. 3 July 1931 The first ships built for the Royal Canadian Navy,...
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