1 AUGUST 1957
Canada and the United States form the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) to integrate air defences.
2 AUGUST 1909
The Silver Dart makes its first passenger flight at an army evaluation at Ontario’s Camp Petawawa.
3 AUGUST 1961
Tommy Douglas is elected the first leader of the New Democratic Party at its founding convention.
6 AUGUST 1945
An American nuclear bomb destroys the Japanese city
7 AUGUST 1950
The government approves the Canadian Army Special Force to raise troops for the Korean War.
8 AUGUST 1918
The Hundred Days Offensive of the First World War begins with the launch of a major attack east of Amiens, France.
9 AUGUST 1902
The coronation of King Edward VII takes place at Westminster Abbey.
10 AUGUST 1840
Louis Anselm Lauriat completes Canada’s first manned flight—in a hot-air balloon—in Saint John, N.B.
16 AUGUST 1812
The Americans surrender Detroit and Michigan to forces led by Maj.-Gen. Isaac Brock.
20 AUGUST 1940
Winston Churchill delivers a speech praising Royal Air Force and Allied aircrews during the Battle of Britain, stating “never was so much owed
by so many to so few.”
28 AUGUST 1963
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington.
30 AUGUST 2021
The last U.S. troops leave Afghanistan, ending the nearly 20-year war.
31 AUGUST 1997
Princess Diana is killed in a car crash in Paris.