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On this date: Janaury 2018

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 1962 An RCAF helicopter crew rescues 23 men from...
  • 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...
  • On This Date: September 2015

    September 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    SEPTEMBER 1, 1944 Dieppe, France, is liberated, predominantly by Canadian troops. September 2, 1998 Swissair 111 crashes off Nova Scotia, killing 229. September 3, 1916 The Canadian Corps takes a three-kilometre section of the front along Pozières Ridge near the Somme River in northern France....
  • On This Date: August 2015

    August 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    AUGUST 1, 1990 Iraq invades Kuwait. Canada sends a naval task group. AUGUST 2, 1914 Germany invades Luxembourg, has mobilized 1.5 million men. AUGUST 3, 2005 Canada’s last surviving First World War veteran, Ernest “Smokey” Smith, VC,...
  • On This Date: July 2015

    July 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    JULY 1, 1934 Commodore Percy W. Nelles becomes the first Canadian-born Chief of the Naval Staff. JULY 2, 1885 The Northwest Rebellion ends with the surrender of Big Bear, and with it, the nomadic life of the...
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