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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....
  • On this date: September 2018

    September 4, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 September 1939 Nazi Germany invades Poland. 2 September 1918 After a week of heavy fighting, Canadian troops break through the Drocourt-Quéant Line at Arras, France. 7 September 1942 HMCS Raccoon is sunk by U-165 while on convoy duty near Pointe-au-Père, Que., killing all 37...
  • On this Date: August 2018

    August 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 August 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada announces it will send a naval task group. 3 August 1876 Alexander Graham Bell makes the first test call on a telephone, to his uncle, David Charles Bell, who spoke to him from a telegraph office in Brantford,...
  • On this date: July 2018

    July 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 July 1943 The second of two Canadian convoys departs Scotland en route to the Mediterranean. 2 July 1885 Plains Cree chief Mistahimaskwa (Big Bear) surrenders to North West Mounted Police officers, ending the Northwest Rebellion. 3 July 1931 HMC ships Saguenay and Skeena complete...
  • On this date: June 2018

    June 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 June 1876 The Royal Military College of Canada opens in Kingston, Ont., with a class of 18 cadets. 2 June 1916 Canadian positions are hit by German shellfire at the northern edge of Sanctuary Wood, near Ypres, Belgium. 3 June 1885 In the Battle...
  • On this date: May 2018

    May 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 May 1918 Private Robert Cruickshank is awarded the Victoria Cross for heroic actions under heavy fire east of the Jordan River in Palestine. 2-3 May 1953 Bombarded by Chinese attacks, ‘C’ Company, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, sustains heavy casualties in the final Canadian...
  • On this date: April 2018

    April 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 April 1924 The Royal Canadian Air Force is created. 2 April 1885 Cree warriors, led by war chief Wandering Spirit, kill nine settlers at Frog Lake in what was then the District of Saskatchewan. 3 April 1969 The government announces it is withdrawing half...
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