1 March 1633
Samuel de Champlain becomes the first governor of New France.
2 March 1951
The Department of National Defence publishes its first Korean War casualty list. The names of 516 Canadians are inscribed in the Korean War Book of Remembrance.
4 March 1943
HMCS Shediac and HMCS St. Croix sink U-87 in the North Atlantic.
6 March 1945
Operation Spring Awakening, the last major German offensive of the Second World War, begins.
7 March 1866
In anticipation of a St. Patrick’s Day attack by the Fenian Brotherhood, John A. Macdonald puts 10,000 volunteer militia on alert.
8 March 1975
Canada observes its first International Women’s Day.
9 March 1915
Redford (Red) Mulock is the first Canadian to qualify as a pilot in the British air services.
10 March 1944
HMC ships St. Laurent, Swansea and Owen Sound and HMS Forester sink U-845 in the North Atlantic.
12 March 1930
First World War ace Billy Barker dies in a plane crash.
14 March 1916
Women are granted the right to hold office and vote in Saskatchewan provincial elections.
20 March 1944
Lt.-Gen. Harry Crerar takes over as commander of First Canadian Army.
22 March 1916
The Newfoundland Regiment arrives in France from Egypt and the Dardanelles and prepares for the Battle of the Somme.
24 March 1917
The Canadian Cavalry Brigade begins a four-day advance on a 20-kilometre front east of Péronne, France.
25 March 1944
Seventy-six Allied airmen exit a German PoW camp, aided by tunnel king Royal Canadian Air Force Lieut. Wally Floody in what becomes known as The Great Escape.
28 March 1979
Radioactive steam begins leaking from a nuclear plant at Three Mile Island, Pa.
29 March 1973
The last American troops leave South Vietnam.
31 March 1949
Newfoundland joins Confederation and becomes Canada’s 10th province.