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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...
On this date: January 2020
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On this date: January 2020

2 January 1942 Cabinet approves a $1-billion gift of war supplies from Canada to Britain. 3 January 1947 Prime Minister Mackenzie King becomes Canada’s first citizen in the initial citizenship ceremony after passage of the Canadian Citizenship Act.  4 January 1951 Communists occupy Seoul, South Korea, and a new UN front line is established south of the city. 5 January 1945 Flying Officer Norman Pearce of Portage la Prairie, Man., destroys six enemy vehicles while serving with 73 Squadron, RAF. 7 January 2009 Trooper Brian Richard Good is killed and three other Canadian soldiers wounded by an IED blast north of Kandahar, Afghanistan. 9 January 1889 The Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge dislodges during a storm and collapses into the river. 10 January 1920 Drafted in 1919, the T...
On this date: December 2019
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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 as the USS Argonaut, launched in 1944. 3 December 1969 As the Canadian aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure is decommissioned, the aviation fuel tanks are emptied and cleaned, but one tank does not vent properly; two sailors are overcome by deadly fumes and another two lose their lives during the rescue attempt. 4 December 1943 The 2nd Canadian Brigade joins British, Indian and New Zealand troops in an attack on heavily defended German positions along the M...
On this date: November 2019
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On this date: November 2019

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 Medical Corps. She is the first woman in the British Empire to reach the rank of major. 6 November 1914 Record cold and rain plague 1st Canadian Division as it trains on England’s Salisbury Plain. 8 November 1942 British Fleet Air Arm pilots in North Africa conduct the first operational use of anti-gravity suits, developed at the University of Toronto. 10 November 1917 Battle of Passchendaele ends. Canadian casualties exceed 15,000. 11 November 1918 At 9 a.m., the 28th Canadian Infantry Battalion learns of the 11...
On this date: October 2019
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On this date: October 2019

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 the same day the Russians launch the satellite Sputnik. 5 October 1939 Major-General A.G.L. McNaughton is appointed head of 1st Canadian Division. 6 October 1986 The United Nations awards the people of Canada the Nansen Refugee Award for the country’s record of sheltering world refugees. 7 October 1950 The United Nations recommends “all appropriate steps be taken to ensure conditions of stability throughout Korea.” 8 October 1880 Canada’s governor general requests the British Admiralty supply a naval training vessel; HMS Chary...
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