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On this date: December 2019

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; purchased from the United States, it was originally known...
  • On this date: May 2019

    May 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 MAY 1888 The Earl of Derby, Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, is appointed Governor General of Canada. The silver rose bowl he originally donated to the top-ranking amateur hockey club becomes an iconic trophy. 2 MAY 1945 The Royal Canadian Army Service Corps begins transporting...
  • On this date: April 2019

    April 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 April 1999 Canada creates a third territory called Nunavut, carved out of the Northwest Territories. It covers one-fifth of Canada and Inuit make up 85 per cent of its population. 2 April 2003 HMCS Iroquois and HMCS Fredericton arrive in the Persian Gulf. They join HMCS Regina as part...
  • On this date: March 2019

    March 1, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 March 1942 Canadian Women’s Army Corps is granted full army status. Previously, only nursing sisters were admitted into the Canadian Armed Forces. 2 March 1951 DND publishes its first Korean War casualty list. Today, the names of 516 Canadians are inscribed in the Korean War Book of...
  • On this date: February 2019

    February 4, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 February 1968 The Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force are unified into a single organization called the Canadian Forces. 2 February 1943 The last of the German 6th Army surrenders at Stalingrad. 3 February 1916 The Parliament Buildings in...
  • On this date: January 2019

    January 2, 2019 by Legion Magazine
    1 January 1885 Standard time goes into effect, the brainchild of CPR chief engineer Sir Sandford Fleming. 2 January 1940 The first Canadians decorated in the Second World War, Pilot Officer S.R. Henderson and Wing Commander J.F. Griffiths are awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. 3-4...
  • On this date: December 2018

    December 3, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 December 2009 Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk returns to Earth after six months on the International Space Station. 3 December 1942 An RAF Wellington bomber, crewed mainly by Canadians, is badly shot up but still acquires key data on German airborne radar. 7 December 1941...
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