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On this date: July/August 2020

1 July 2020 Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill are replaced with virtual celebrations due to COVID-19. 2 July 1940 HMCS St. Laurent rescues 868 German and Italian internees and PoWs bound for Canada, survivors of the torpedoed liner SS Arandora Star, in one of the largest rescue operations of the war. 4 July 2007 Six Canadian soldiers and an...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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