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On this date: January 2017

1 January 1943 No. 6 (RCAF) Bomber Group begins operations. 2 January 1908 Dawn of the domestically produced penny, 95.5 per cent copper. 3-4 January 1943 No. 6 Bomber Group’s first mission is to lay mines off the Frisian Islands. 5 January 1838 U.S. citizens are forbidden to take sides in Canadian rebellions. 6...
  • First Canadian Contingent lands in Hong Kong. [PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—C049744]

    On This Date: December 2014

    December 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    PHOTO: COMBAT CAMERA—AR2011-0576-24 DECEMBER 1, 2011 The Canadian flag is lowered during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield, marking the end of Canada’s military presence in southern Afghanistan under Operation Athena. DECEMBER 2, 1942 The atomic age is ushered in with the first—and ultra-secret—controlled, self-sustaining nuclear...
  • Canadians marching through the streets of Mons on the morning of 11 November 1918. [PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA003547]

    On This Date: November 2014

    November 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    NOVEMBER 1-2, 1944 The 5th Canadian Brigade suffers 135 casualties while forcing its way across Walcheren causeway in the Battle of the Scheldt. NOVEMBER 3, 1952 The 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry begins training in Korea before going into...

    On This Date: October 2014

    October 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    OCTOBER 1, 1944 Calais, France, is occupied by the 3rd Canadian Division. OCTOBER 2-3, 1944 First Canadian Army begins its hard slog to clear the Scheldt Estuary in an effort to open the port of...
  • Advance on Rimini. [PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA173437]

    On This Date: September 2014

    September 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    SEPTEMBER 1, 1864 The Charlottetown Conference begins. It is a step towards Confederation. Japanese sign terms of surrender on a United States battleship in Tokyo Bay. PHOTO: LEGION MAGAZINE ARCHIVES SEPTEMBER 2, 1945 Japanese sign terms of surrender on a United States battleship in Tokyo...

    On This Date: August 2014

    August 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    AUGUST 1, 1957 Canada and the United States announce formation of the North American Aerospace Defence Command, integrating air defence of the two nations. AUGUST 2, 1990 Several hundred foreign nationals are used as human shields after 100,000 Iraqi troops invade Kuwait and seize the...
  • On This Date: July 2014

    July 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    Troops leaving trenches during the Battle of the Somme. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA207187 JULY 1, 1916 On the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, 780 men of the Newfoundland Regiment attack; only 68 answer roll call the next day. JULY 2, 1904...
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