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On this date: July/August 2020

1 July 2020 Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill are replaced with virtual celebrations due to COVID-19. 2 July 1940 HMCS St. Laurent rescues 868 German and Italian internees and PoWs bound for Canada, survivors of the torpedoed liner SS Arandora Star, in one of the largest rescue operations of the war. 4 July 2007 Six Canadian soldiers and an...
  • ON THIS DATE: June 2016

    June 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
      1 JUNE 1919 Ten thousand returning veterans march in support of the 30,000 workers of the Winnipeg General Strike.   2 JUNE 1953 Queen Elizabeth II is crowned. 3 JUNE 1944 RCAF Canso pilot Flt. Lt. R.E. McBride sinks U-477 with four depth charges....
  • On This Date: May 2016

    April 30, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    1 MAY 1961 No. 415 Maritime Patrol Squadron, RCAF is formed, based in Prince Edward Island. 2 MAY 1885 In the Battle of Cut Knife, Chief Poundmaker’s Cree warriors deal Canadian troops their last defeat of the Northwest Rebellion. 3 MAY 1917 Nearly 500 Germans...
  • On this date: April 2016

    March 31, 2016 by Legion Magazine
        1 APRIL 1734 Canada’s first lighthouse goes into operation at Louisbourg, the French fortress on Cape Breton Island. 2 APRIL 1973 Canada’s first national lottery is announced; it raises $15 million toward the $1.5 billion 1976 Summer Olympics. 3 APRIL 1669 King Louis...
  • On this date: March 2016

    March 1, 2016 by Legion Magazine
    1 March 1633 Samuel de Champlain becomes the first governor of New France. 2 March 1923 Canada signs its first independent international treaty—with the United States— to preserve the Pacific halibut fishery. 3 March 1942 Avro Lancasters lay mines off the coast of Germany in...
  • On this date: February 2016

    January 31, 2016 by Legion Magazine
      1 FEBRUARY 1944 For the first time since the First World War, a Canadian Corps operates in the front line, in Italy.   2 FEBRUARY 1943 The German 6th Army surrenders at Stalingrad.   3 FEBRUARY 1916 The Parliament Buildings in Ottawa are destroyed...
  • On this date : January 2016

    December 22, 2015 by Legion Magazine
    1 January 1885 Standard time goes into effect, the brainchild of Canadian Pacific Railway chief engineer Sir Sandford Fleming. 2 January 1940 The first Canadians decorated in the Second World War, Pilot Officer S.R. Henderson and Wing Commander J.F. Griffiths, are awarded the Distinguished Flying...
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