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On this date: July 2022

  2 JULY 1904 

The Canadian Army Medical Corps is authorized.

4 JULY 2007 

Six Canadians are killed when their armoured vehicle hits a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan. 

5 JULY 1970

Air Canada Flight 621 crashes in Brampton, Ont.; all 109 passengers and crew are killed.

6 JULY 2012 

Canadian Forces Base Borden gets its first female base commander, Col. Tammy Harris.

8 JULY 2006 

Under intense fire, M.Cpl. Christopher Harding carries a wounded soldier 150 metres to safety. He is awarded the Medal of Military Valour. 

  9 JULY 2001 

Nunavut Day celebrates passing of the Nunavut Act in 1993.

 11 JULY 1930 

HMCS Saguenay launches.

12 JULY 1940 

PO Duncan Hewitt is the first Canadian killed in the Battle of Britain.

13 JULY 1993 

A farewell ceremony is held in the town of Lahr, Germany, as CFB Lahr prepares to shut its doors.

14 JULY 1976 

The House of Commons abolishes capital punishment in Canada.

15 JULY 1870 

Manitoba and the North-West
Territories enter Confederation.

16 JULY 1945 

Trinity—the world’s first nuclear weapon test—is conducted in New Mexico.

17 JULY 1812 

British forces capture U.S. Fort Mackinac, whose troops were unaware war had been declared.

19 JULY 1996

The 100th anniversary of the Olympic Games is held in Atlanta, Canada claims 22 medals, three of them gold.

  20 JULY 1944 

German Col. Claus von Stauffenberg fails in an attempt to kill Adolf Hitler with a briefcase bomb. He and other perpetrators of Operation Valkyrie are executed soon after. 

21 JULY 1812 

Black Loyalist Richard Pierpoint persuades the government to raise a company of Black troops to help protect Upper Canada’s Niagara frontier.

22 JULY 1943

Canadian troops capture Leonforte and Assoro in Sicily.

24 JULY 1942

HMCS St. Croix sinks German submarine U-90, which had attacked convoy ON-113.

30 JULY 1974 

Six army cadets are killed and 54 injured in an accidental grenade blast at a CFB Valcartier cadet camp.

31 JULY 1759 

French defenders repel a British attack at Montmorency Falls near Quebec City.



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