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On this date: July 2017

1 July 1867 The first four provinces enter Confederation. 2 July 1940 HMCS St. Laurent rescues 861 German and Italian PoWs from a torpedoed ship bound for Canada. 3 July 1964 Four FLQ terrorists receive eight-year sentences for armed robberies. 4 July 1812 The first American PoWs are received at Melville Island Prison in...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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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