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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...
  • Billy Bishop [PHOTO: LEGION MAGAZINE ARCHIVES]

    On This Date: June 2014

    June 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    JUNE 1, 2004 The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti assumes responsibility for supporting the transitional government and reforming the national police force. Canadian police and military personnel play significant roles. JUNE 2, 1917 Canadian Billy Bishop conducts a solo aerial attack on a German aerodrome in Cambrai,...
  • U.N. Truce Observers in Palestine. [PHOTO: UNITED NATIONS—349796]

    On This Date: May 2014

    May 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    MAY 29, 1948 The United Nations Truce Supervision Organization is authorized, and assigns peacekeepers to maintain a ceasefire in...
  • A company of the PPCLI moves in single file across rice paddies as it advances on enemy positions across the valley. [PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA171228]

    On This Date: April 2014

    April 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    APRIL 1, 1924 The Royal Canadian Air Force becomes a permanent component of Canada’s defence forces. APRIL 2, 1885 In what is now Alberta, Cree warriors murder nine men in what would become known as the Frog Lake...
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    On This Date: March 2014

    March 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    MARCH 1, 1945 Despite serious leg wounds, Major Frederick Tilston braves heavy enemy fire in the Hochwald Forest, Germany, to deliver ammunition and organize defence of a captured headquarters. He is awarded the Victoria...
  • The Naval Service of Canada's first peacetime recruiting poster. [PHOTO: CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—19940001-980]

    On This Date: February 2014

    February 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    FEBRUARY 1, 1911 Royal Canadian Naval Service recruitment posters go up in post offices across Canada. FEBRUARY 2, 1943 The German 6th Army surrenders at Stalingrad. FEBRUARY 3, 1942 The Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force is renamed the Royal Canadian Air Force (Women’s...
  • On This Date: January 2014

    January 1, 2014 by Legion Magazine
    JANUARY 1, 1945 Losses are heavy as hundreds of aircraft attack 11 Allied airfields in Belgium and Holland in the Luftwaffe’s last major offensive of the war. JANUARY 2, 1929 W.R. (Wop) May and Vic Homer begin a mercy flight to deliver diphtheria serum by Avro Avian biplane...
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