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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...
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    On This Date: December 2013

    December 1, 2013 by Legion Magazine
    DECEMBER 1, 1919 The Memorial Cross, more widely known as the Silver Cross, is instituted. DECEMBER 2, 1946 His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Middlesex, en route to help a fishing vessel, runs aground on Shut-in Island near Halifax. The crew escapes unharmed. DECEMBER 3, 1970 British...
  • On This Date: November 2013

    November 1, 2013 by Legion Magazine
    NOVEMBER 1, 1914 In a battle off the coast of Chile, four midshipmen are the first Canadian naval casualties of the First World War, perishing with the crew of His Majesty’s Ship Good Hope. NOVEMBER 2-3, 1951 The Royal Canadian Regiment repels a Chinese attack on Hill 187...
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    On This Date: October 2013

    October 1, 2013 by Legion Magazine
    October 1, 1916 Second Lieutenant W.J. Tempest, a western Canadian immigrant, shoots down a Zeppelin over England. He is awarded the Distinguished Service Order. October 2, 1952 Three sailors are killed, 10 wounded when an enemy shell hits HMCS Iroquois off the east coast of...
  • On This Date: September 2013

    September 1, 2013 by Legion Magazine
    SEPTEMBER 1, 1985 Canada provides 140 troops and nine Huey helicopters to Operation Calumet, a United Nations multinational force supervising security provisions of the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. 60 pounder in action along side Arras-Cambrai Road. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA003029 SEPTEMBER 2-3, 1918 The Canadian...
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    On This Date: August 2013

    August 1, 2013 by Legion Magazine
    AUGUST 1, 1885 Louis Riel is found guilty of treason, and later hanged. AUGUST 2, 1951 His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Athabaskan (2nd) sails for her second tour of duty in Korean...
  • On This Date: July 2013

    July 1, 2013 by Legion Magazine
    Canadian soldiers returning from trenches during the Battle of the Somme. PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA—PA000832 JULY 1, 1916 The Battle of the Somme begins. At Beaumont Hamel, the Newfoundland Regiment advances into point blank fire from German machine guns. Only 68 of 801 who...