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On this date: April 2018

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 of Canada’s NATO contribution in Europe. 4 April 1942...
  • 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...
  • On This Date: June 2015

    June 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    JUNE 1, 1943 HMCS Conestoga in Galt, Ont., is commissioned as the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service training centre. Women complete courses in physical training and navy customs and tradition. JUNE 2, 1866 The Fenian Brotherhood crosses the Niagara River and defeats Canadian volunteers at...
  • On This Date: May 2015

    May 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    MAY 1, 1938 The Canadian Tank School is transferred from Wolseley Barracks in London, Ont., to Camp Borden and renamed the Canadian Armoured Fighting Vehicles...
  • On This Date: April 2015

    April 1, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    APRIL 1, 1999 Canada creates a third territory called Nunavut, carved out of the Northwest Territories. Nunavut covers one-fifth of Canada and the Inuit make up 85 per cent of the population. APRIL 2, 1885 Soldiers from Eastern Canada travelling west by train encounter incomplete...
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