4 June 1940
The evacuation from Dunkirk is completed. Six Canadians die in the battle.
5 June 1981
The first case of AIDS is reported.
6 June 1944
Nearly 160,000 Allied soldiers land in Normandy, France, on D-Day.
10 June 1999
The Kosovo War ends.
11 June 1847
Explorer John Franklin dies aboard HMS Erebus, ice-bound in the Arctic.
12 June 1941
Rail yards at Schwerte, Germany, are targeted in the Royal Canadian Air Force’s first bomber attack of the Second World War.
13 June 1898
After a gold rush, the Yukon joins Confederation, becoming Canada’s second territory.
14 June 1841
The first session of the Parliament of the Province of Canada is opened by Baron Sydenham in Kingston, Upper Canada.
15 June 1891
John Abbott is sworn in as Canada’s third prime minister, the first born on Canadian soil.
16 June 1914
Valcartier Garrison is created in anticipation of the First World War.
17 June 1928
Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.
18 June 1815
Napoleon suffers a shattering defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
22 June 1813
Laura Secord walks 32 kilometres to warn the British that the Americans are planning an attack.
26 June 1936
The twin-rotor Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the world’s first helicopter, lifts off.
27 June 1946
The Canadian Citizenship Act, which confers citizenship on all Canadians, regardless of place of birth, is passed. It would come into force
the following year.
28 June 1914
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is assassinated in Sarajevo, igniting the First World War.
29 June 1922
France grants Canada land surrounding Vimy Ridge for a memorial park; the Canadian National Vimy Memorial is unveiled there in 1936.