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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...
  • 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...
  • On this date: November 2018

    November 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 November 1939 Daily coast-to-coast flights are launched by Trans-Canada Air Lines. 2 November 1907 A proclamation announces the creation of the Ottawa branch of the Royal Mint. 4 November 1990 Prime Minister Brian Mulroney apologizes to Canadians of Italian origin forced to live in...
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