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On this date: October 2017

1 OCTOBER 1917 Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Bent is awarded the Victoria Cross for leading a successful counterattack to re-gain lost positions at Polygon Wood. 2 OCTOBER 1535 Jacques Cartier arrives at Hochelaga (now Montreal) on his second voyage to North America. 3 OCTOBER 1941 The largest military exercise staged in Great Britain, Exercise Bumper, ends....
  • On this date: March 2016

    March 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    1 March 1633 Samuel de Champlain becomes the first governor of New France. 2 March 1923 Canada signs its first independent international treaty—with the United States— to preserve the Pacific halibut fishery. 3 March 1942 Avro Lancasters lay mines off the coast of Germany in...
  • On this date: February 2016

    January 31, 2016 by Legion Magazine
      1 FEBRUARY 1944 For the first time since the First World War, a Canadian Corps operates in the front line, in Italy.   2 FEBRUARY 1943 The German 6th Army surrenders at Stalingrad.   3 FEBRUARY 1916 The Parliament Buildings in Ottawa are destroyed...
  • On this date : January 2016

    December 22, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    1 January 1885 Standard time goes into effect, the brainchild of Canadian Pacific Railway 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...
  • On this date: December 2015

    December 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
      1 DECEMBER 1941 Wartime wage and price controls begin.   2 DECEMBER 1970 James Cross, kidnapped by the Front de libération du Québec, is located and freed two days later.   3 DECEMBER 1943 Devil’s Brigade member Private Daniel Wade of Stewart, B.C., is...
  • On This Date: November 2015

    November 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    1 NOVEMBER 1918 Sgt. Hugh Cairns earns the Victoria Cross for capturing machine-gun crews near Valenciennes, France. He is mortally wounded. 2 NOVEMBER 1971 A Canadian Forces Dakota crashes on a rescue mission to the remote Arctic, killing eight. 3 NOVEMBER 1944 Japan begins launching...
  • On This Date: October 2015

    September 30, 2015 by Legion Magazine
      1 OCTOBER 1944 Battle of the Scheldt begins; the First Canadian Army has a hard slog to open the port of Antwerp. 2 OCTOBER 2001 The U.S. anti-terrorism campaign is boosted by NATO’s affirmation that an attack on one member is an attack on...
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