First flight in Canada of the Royal Canadian Air Force Vampire III.
Canadian Parliament’s opening ceremonies and Speech from the Throne are broadcast live via television for the first time.
Ottawa orders all Japanese Canadians be registered in British Columbia.
Royal Canadian Navy corvette Camrose and Royal Navy frigate Bayntun share in the destruction of U-757 in the North Atlantic.
The onset of a massive ice storm in Eastern Canada brings about the beginning of Operation Recuperation. With power lines and towers destroyed and approximately four million Canadians left in the cold, Canadian Forces personnel begin to deploy. More than 15,000 CF personnel from more than 200 units respond in what is the largest deployment for a natural disaster in Canadian history.
The United States invades Luzon, a main island in the Philippines.
Four motorists are killed when an avalanche of rock crashes onto the Hope-Princeton Highway in British Columbia.
Canada becomes a founding member of the League of Nations.
The first session of the United Nations General Assembly is held at London’s Central Hall Westminster. Canada is among 51 nations present.
Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship Magnificent arrives at Port Said, Egypt, with a large force of Canadian army personnel and their equipment. The Canadians will contribute to the United Nations Emergency Force which was established to secure and supervise the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Egypt.
Islamic extremists are blamed for the killing of more than 100 people in Algeria. The massacre marks a continuation of the violence that has gripped the northwest part of the country.
Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier introduces his Naval Service Bill in the House of Commons, which calls for a Canadian navy to consist of five cruisers and six torpedo-boat destroyers.
A massive earthquake devastates Haiti, especially its capital of Port-au-Prince. It is later reported that there could be as many as 200,000 people dead and millions more homeless.
The Canadian corvette HMCS Ville de Quebec sinks U-224 in the western Mediterranean.
Missile sites and aircraft command and control centres are targeted by British, French and U.S. fighter jets in a series of bombing raids over southern Iraq.