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DECEMBER 1, 1943: Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin meet in Tehran and express their determination to win the war in Europe. DECEMBER 2, 1988: A cyclone claims thousands of lives in Bangladesh.

DECEMBER 1, 1943: Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin meet in Tehran and express their determination to win the war in Europe.

DECEMBER 2, 1988: A cyclone claims thousands of lives in Bangladesh.

DECEMBER 3, 1960: Canada welcomes its two millionth immigrant since the end of the Second World War.

HMCS Cayuga, during the Korean War. [PHOTO: CWM 19920085-1017]

HMCS Cayuga, during the Korean War.
PHOTO: CWM 19920085-1017

DECEMBER 4, 1950: Canadian warships Cayuga, Athabaskan (2nd) and Sioux are part of a United Nations force covering the withdrawal at Chinnampo, Korea.

DECEMBER 5, 2001: In return for amnesty, Mullah Omar surrenders Kandahar to Hamid Karzai, leader of the Pashtun forces against the Taliban.

DECEMBER 6, 2008: Joint Task Force Afghanistan Air Wing, which includes all Canadian Forces air assets in Kandahar, is established.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: Japanese attack Pearl Harbour.

DECEMBER 8, 1941: Hong Kong’s Kai Tak airport is attacked by Japanese planes.

DECEMBER 9, 2004: Hamid Karzai becomes president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

German prisoners are escorted by Canadian soldiers in Italy. [PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA PA167915]

German prisoners are escorted by Canadian soldiers in Italy.
PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA PA167915

DECEMBER 10, 1943: First Canadian Infantry Division continues its assault across the Moro River in Italy as the first step in a drive on the town of Ortona.

DECEMBER 11, 1941: German and Italy declare war on the United States.

DECEMBER 12, 2003: The largest cache of weapons to date is discovered by the Canadian Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team in the Chahar Asiab area of Kabul.

DECEMBER 13, 2001: Gunmen kill at least a dozen people and wound several others in an attack on the parliament building in New Delhi, India.

DECEMBER 14, 1967: While flying a Lockheed-built CF-104 Starfighter, Wing Commander R.A. White sets a Canadian altitude record.

DECEMBER 15, 2006: In Afghanistan, Canadian forces are sent into the village of Howz-e Madad as part of Operation Baaz Tsuka(Falcon Summit).

DECEMBER 16, 1979: Personnel from 413 Squadron rescue survivors of a supertanker after it breaks in two off Nova Scotia.

DECEMBER 17, 1944: German forces conduct counterattacks in the Ardennes.

DECEMBER 18, 1941: Three Japanese regiments launch an attack against Hong Kong island from the mainland. The next seven days will witness sharp and bloody fighting as the Japanese forces advance across the island against British, Indian and Canadian defences. Two Canadian battalions, the Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Canada, will be cut off and overrun.

DECEMBER 19, 2005: Inauguration of Afghan National Assembly.

DECEMBER 20, 1813: In retaliation for the burning of Newark, the British destroy much of the East Niagara River area.

A Tank is lined up and ready to blast a German position. [PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA PA163933]

A Tank is lined up and ready to blast a German position.
PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA PA163933

DECEMBER 21, 1943: Second Canadian Infantry Brigade, supported by Three Rivers Regiment tanks, enters the town of Ortona, Italy.

DECEMBER 22, 1977: Ottawa approves construction of naval frigates.

DECEMBER 23, 1956: British and French forces leave the Suez Canal after the United Nations and United States force an end to the armed occupation of the region.

DECEMBER 24, 1968: Apollo 8 safely orbits the moon.

DECEMBER 25, 2009: An al Qaida-trained operative attempts to blow up a U.S. passenger plane with explosives hidden in his underwear.

DECEMBER 26, 1812: A naval blockade of Chesapeake and Delaware bays is proclaimed by Great Britain.

DECEMBER 27, 1960: France completes testing of its third atomic bomb blast.

DECEMBER 28, 1989: Cigarette smoking is prohibited on domestic air flights.

St. Paul Cathedral during a German bombing raid. [PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA PA803925]

St. Paul Cathedral during a German bombing raid.
PHOTO: LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA PA803925

DECEMBER 29, 1940: Germany begins dropping fire bombs on London, England.

DECEMBER 30, 1941: Winston Churchill delivers inspiring speech in Ottawa.

DECEMBER 31, 1999: Russian President Boris Yeltsin resigns. He is replaced by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

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