On This Date

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 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...
  • On this date: March 2018

    March 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 March 1945 Major Frederick Tilston leads an attack on the Hochwald Forest in Germany. Seriously wounded in an enemy counterattack, he refuses medical aid and defends his company’s position until his troops are secure. His actions earn him the Victoria Cross. 2 March 1815 Sir George Prévost, Governor-in-Chief of British North America, is relieved of his office and recalled...
  • On this date: February 2018

    February 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 February 1968 The Unification Act comes into effect, unifying the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force into a single organization called the Canadian Armed Forces. 2 February 1915 A German spy bombs the Saint Croix-Vanceboro Railway Bridge at the New...
  • On this date: Janaury 2018

    January 1, 2018 by Legion Magazine
    1 January 1916 In his New Years’ message, Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden announces the country’s goal to place 500,000 men in uniform. 2 January 1929 W.R. (Wop) May and Vic Homer deliver diphtheria serum by Avro Avian biplane to Fort Vermilion, Alta. 3 January...
  • On this date: December 2017

    December 1, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 December 1941 Emperor Hirohito of Japan gives final approval to commence hostilities with the United States. 2 December 1943 Members of the First Special Service Force begin climbing Mount la Difensa, Italy, in an attempt to clear German positions. 3 December 1997 The Ottawa...
  • On this date: November 2017

    October 31, 2017 by Legion Magazine
    1 November 1914 Four recent graduates of the Royal Naval College of Canada are among those lost when Germany’s Asiatic Squadron sinks HMS Good Hope. They are Canada’s first naval casualties of the war. 2 November 1869 With a band of 120 armed men, Louis...
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