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These Are The Results For The Week Of October 8 – October 14

The federal government sends the navy as Canada’s immediate contribution to the war on terror. Within days, Canadian warships are en route to the Arabian Sea as part of Operation Apollo.

The former frigate HMCS La Hulloise is re-commissioned as an ocean escort.

Reports from Bolivia state that Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara has been killed.

Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte is kidnapped and later murdered..

An official report pegs the death toll at up to 20,000 following two big earthquakes in Algeria.

The South African War between Great Britain and the Boers of Transvaal and Orange Free State begins. On the 12th, the Canadian government announces its decision to spend $600,000 to equip and aid the passage of a volunteer Canadian regiment to fight under its own commanders as part of the British Army. Once in Africa, the costs of pay, rations and transport are to be borne by Britain.

The Battle of Queenston Heights and the death of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock. Total British losses are 105 killed and wounded. At least 300 Americans die or are wounded.

General Arthur Currie is called upon to deploy the Canadian Corps on the Passchendaele front. The battle, also known as Third Ypres, has been going on since the summer of 1917. By the time Canadian troops arrive on the scene, British forces are still far short of their objectives and have lost heavily.

The Cuban Missile Crisis begins when American aerial reconnaissance photographs reveal Soviet ballistic missile sites in Cuba. The Americans quickly assemble invasion forces, aircraft, and the United States Navy. Four days later, Royal Canadian Navy Rear-Admiral Kenneth Dyer, Flag Officer Atlantic Coast, is briefed on the situation. That night, Dyer’s forces make their first contact with a Russian submarine 300 miles off the Canadian coast. Eleven further contacts follow as tension increases between the Americans and Soviets. The RCN and maritime patrol squadrons of the Royal Canadian Air Force are on full alert. At the peak of operations, the RCN deploys the aircraft carrier Bonaventure, 24 escorts and two submarines over a huge area.

Thirty-three trapped miners are rescued from a mine in Chile after spending more than seven weeks underground.

The First Canadian Contingent begins to disembark after arriving at Plymouth, England.

The Canadian ferry Caribou is torpedoed in the Cabot Strait, 136 die.


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