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These Are The Results For The Week Of October 1 – October 7

Canadian militiamen engage American forces who have crossed the frontier south of Montreal.

Canadians on the Somme begin a series of costly attacks on the Regina Trench as part of the Battle of Ancre Heights.

The Canadian destroyer Iroquois, in a dual with North Korean shore batteries, is hit by artillery fire. Three sailors die, 10 more are wounded.

The largest convoy ever to sail from Canada departs with more than 30,000 men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

The Polish Home Army surrenders to German forces after a 63-day struggle.

The Soviet satellite Sputnik is launched. It is the first man-made object to reach outer space.

The CF-105 Avro Arrow is unveiled at Malton, Ont. The Arrow is the most advanced interceptor aircraft of the day and can reach a speed in excess of Mach 2. Only six are built by the time the project is cancelled.

At least five American soldiers are killed after two Blackhawk helicopters are shot down in Mogadishu, Somalia. One U.S. soldier is believed to have been taken hostage.

Major-General A.G.L. McNaughton is appointed head of 1st Canadian Division.

Astronaut Marc Garneau—on board the space shuttle Challenger—becomes the first Canadian in space.

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat is assassinated during a military review ceremony. Security forces shoot and kill two of the attackers. Sadat was the first Arab leader to recognize the state of Israel since its creation in 1948.

The Royal Air Force’s Bomber Command, No. 6 Group Royal Canadian Air Force, stages its largest sortie of the Second World War. A total of 523 aircraft attack Dortmund, Germany, of which 293 are supplied by 6 Group. The bombing is accurate and severe damage is caused to the city. Civilian casualties amount to approximately 200 killed, while the attacking force suffers less than one per cent loss rate.

Adrienne Clarkson begins her term as Governor General.


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