Established by an act of Parliament the previous year, the Bank of Canada officially begins operations and becomes Canada’s central bank.
The Soviet people have a new leader in Mikhail Gorbachev.
One of Canada’s worst rail disasters occurs on the outskirts of Hamilton. Nearly 60 people die and 18 more are injured in the passenger train crash at the Desjardins Canal.
The Royal 22nd Regiment ends operations with United Nations peacekeepers in East Timor.
Communist forces began a withdrawal across all fronts in the Korea War.
Operation Snowgoose begins with Royal Canadian Air Force Yukon transport aircraft delivering troops and equipment to the newly created peacekeeping force in Cyprus.
Winston Churchill calls for stronger air defence.
Israel launches a limited invasion of Lebanon.
The Royal Canadian Regiment arrives in Bloemfontein after taking part in the British 9th Division drive to seize the Boer capital of the Orange Free State in South Africa.
The Legion presents a brief to the Hyndman Commission calling for full employment of veterans.
Hitler introduces military conscription, hence violating the Treaty of Versailles.
One of the worst convoy battles in the Battle of the Atlantic begins. The three-day battle ends with the sinking of several Allied merchant ships.
His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Guysborough is torpedoed and sunk by U-878 while on minesweeping duty in the Bay of Biscay off France. Many of her 51 casualties die while awaiting rescue.