The diary of Holocaust victim Anne Frank is published in English.
The Canadian Corps, which had been holding the line on the critical Lens front in France during March and April, was relieved by the 17th and 18th British Corps. At the time the divisions of the Canadian Corps were among the strongest on the Western Front.
415 Maritime Patrol Squadron is formed at Summerside, P.E.I. The unit will fly the Argus anti-submarine/marine patrol aircraft.
The iconic Canadian Hudson’s Bay Company is co-founded.
At the Battle of Cut Knife Hill in Saskatchewan, Lieutenant-Colonel William Otter and 500 troops attack Chief Poundmaker’s Cree camp, one of three main centres of resistance during the Northwest Rebellion.
The National Film Board is created.
The Royal Canadian air Force receives its first delivery of the Canadair CP-107. The Argus is the most advanced anti-submarine aircraft of the day.
Canadians attack and defeat the enemy at Fresnoy east of Vimy Ridge. Close to 500 Germans are captured.
Dutch Jews are required by the Nazi’s to wear a Jewish star.
General H.D.G. Crerar, commanding First Canadian Army, orders all planned assaults to be called off as a German surrender is imminent.
In a small hotel in Wageningen, Holland, Canadian Lieutenant-General Charles Foulkes, commander of the 1st Canadian Corps, accepts the surrender of German forces in Holland. Effective at 8 a.m., May 7, the war in Europe is over.
German General Johannes Blaskowitz formally surrendered his remaining 117,000 troops in the Netherlands to Canadian Lieutenant-General Charles Foulkes of the 1st Canadian Corps.
The Queen and French President Francois Mitterrand officially open the ‘Chunnel’ (underwater tunnel), linking England and France.