Today in Canadian History (Part 3)

1932-06-17 Oil tanker Cymbeline explodes in Montreal, Canada
1932-07-18 US & Canada sign a treaty to develop St Lawrence Seaway
1933-03-04 Bertha Wilson is appointed as first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada.
1933-04-25 US & Canada drop Gold Standard
1933-07-01 The Canadian Parliament suspends all Chinese immigration.
1934-04-19 38th Boston Marathon won by Dave Komonen of Canada in 2:32:53.8
1935-03-11 Bank of Canada opens
1935-04-12 Royal Proclamation sets design of Canada’s new Jubilee Silver Dollar
1935-05-01 Canada’s 1st silver dollar is circulated
1935-06-03 One thousand unemployed Canadian workers board freight cars in Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning a protest trek to Ottawa, Ontario.
1935-11-06 Maiden flight by Canada’s Hawker Hurricane military plane
1936-01-06 Barbara Hanley became Canada’s 1st woman mayor (Webbwood, Ontario)
1936-11-02 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is established.
1937-04-19 41st Boston Marathon won by Walter Young of Canada in 2:33:20
1938-08-18 FDR dedicates Thousand Islands Bridge connecting US & Canada
1939-03-07 Guy Lombardo & Royal Canadians 1st record “Auld Lang Syne”
1939-09-03 Britain declares war on Germany. France follows 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, NZ, South Africa & Canada
1939-09-10 Canada declares war on Germany
1939-09-10 – In WW II, Canada declared war on Germany
1940-02-25 1st televised (W2XBS, NYC) hockey game (Rangers vs Canadians)
1940-04-19 44th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:28.6
1940-06-10 World War II: Canada declares war on Italy.
1940-08-17 FDR & Canadian PM William M King agree to joint defense commission
1940-10-02 British liner Empress loaded with refugees for Canada, sunk
1941-01-03 Canada & US acquire air bases in Newfoundland (99 yr lease)
1941-01-09 Maiden flight by Canada’s British-built Avro Lancaster military plane
1941-12-25 Japan announces surrender of British-Canadian garrison at Hong Kong
1941-12-30 Winston Churchill addresses Canadian parliament
1942-03-03 1st combat flight for Canada’s British-built Avro Lancaster military plane
1942-07-05 Ian Fleming graduates from a training school for spies in Canada
1942-08-19 Over 4,000 Canadian & British soldiers killed, wounded or captured raiding Dieppe, France
1942-09-18 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation authorized for radio service
1943-01-03 Canadian Army troops arrive in North Africa
1943-03-19 Airship Canadian Star torpedoed & sinks
1943-04-19 47th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:25.8
1943-07-10 US, British and Canadian forces invade Sicily in WW II (Operation Husky)
1943-08-04 British premier Churchill travels on the Queen Mary to Canada
1943-11-18 1st US ambassador to Canada, Ray Atherton, nominated
1943-12-10 British 8th Army (1st Canadian Infantry Division) occupies Orsogna/Ortona Italy
1944-04-18 48th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:50.4
1944-05-23 British/Canadian troops occupy Pontecorvo Italy
1944-06-07 Canadian 50th division occupies Bayeux
1944-07-20 Brit/Canadian troops occupy Hill 67/Ifs/Bras/Frenouville, Normandy
1944-07-20 – Canadian Cameroon Highlanders conquer St-Andre
1944-07-25 World War II: Operation Spring – one of the bloodiest days for Canadians during the war: 18,444 casualties, including 5,021 killed.
1944-08-07 Canada/Polish offensive direction Falaise: Total Cooperation
1944-08-08 Canada/Polish troops occupy Cramesnil/Secqueville/Cintheaux/St-Aignan
1944-08-14 Operation Tractable: new Canadian offensive
1944-08-16 2nd Canadian Division occupies Falaise Normandy
1944-08-17 4th Canadian Armour division occupiers Trun Normandy
1944-08-17 – Canadian 2nd division conquerors Falaise Normandy
1944-09-03 Canadian troops liberate Abbeville, France
1944-09-11 FDR & Churchill meet in Canada at 2nd Quebec Conference
1944-10-06 Canadians free Austria
1944-10-09 Canadian offensive in West-Zeeuws-Flanders
1944-10-19 Canadian troops liberate Aardensburg
1944-10-21 Canadian troops occupy Breskens
1944-11-02 Canadian troops occupy Knokke
1944-11-05 Canadian & British troops liberate Dinteloord
1945-02-22 Canadian 3rd Division occupies Moyland
1945-02-23 Canadian troops occupy Kalkar
1945-03-24 Operation Varsity: British, US & Canadian airborne landings E of Rhine
1945-04-01 Canadian troop free Doetinchem, Enschede, Borculo & Eibergen
1945-04-03 Hengelo freed from nazi control by Canadian army
1945-04-10 Canadian troops conquer Deventer
1945-04-12 Canadian troops liberate Nazi concentration camp Westerbork, Neth
1945-04-13 Canadian army liberates Teuge & Assen Neth from Nazis
1945-05-08 Canadian troops move into Amsterdam
1945-09-28 Canadian football’s Calgary Bronks changes its name to Stampeders
33rd US President Harry Truman33rd US President Harry Truman 1945-10-08 Harry Truman announced atomic bomb secret shared with Britain & Canada
1946-06-14 Canadian Library Association established
1948-04-19 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02
1948-11-15 William Lyon Mackenzie King retires as PM of Canada
1948-12-29 Canada recognizes Israel
1949-02-12 Team Canada beats Denmark 47-0 in hockey
1949-03-31 Newfoundland becomes Canada’s 10th province
1949-04-03 North Atlantic Treaty, pact signed by US, Britain, France & Canada
1949-09-17 128 die as fire guts Canadian passenger steamer Noronic in Toronto
1950-01-19 Maiden flight by Canada’s Avro Canada CF-100 military plane
1952-01-24 Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada.
1952-07-04 Canadain Currency, Mint & Exchange Fund Act allows gold coins of $5, $10, and $20 to be minted
1952-09-06 Canadian TV begins in Montreal
1953-01-20 1st US telecast transmitted to Canada-from Buffalo NY
1953-03-03 Canadian Comet crashes at Karachi, 11 killed
1954-10-15 Hurricane Hazel strikes US & Canada, 348 die
1956-01-22 Canadian Football Council forms
1956-09-25 1st transatlantic telephone cable goes into operation (Scot-Canada)
1957-05-27 Toronto’s CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada’s first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n’ Roll music format.
1957-06-10 John Diefenbacker (C) elected PM of Canada
1957-06-18 John Diefenbacker (C) takes office as PM of Canada
1957-06-21 Ellen Louks Fairclough is sworn in as Canada’s first woman Cabinet Minister.
1957-08-01 US & Canada create North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
1957-10-04 Avro Arrow roll-out ceremony at Avro Canada plant in Malton, Ontario.
1957-10-12 Canadian Prime Minister Lester Bowles Pearson wins Nobel Peace Prize
Queen Elizabeth IIQueen Elizabeth II 1957-10-14 Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first Canadian monarch to open the Parliament of Canada with the Speech from the Throne.
1958-01-19 Canadian Football Council renamed Canadian Football League
1958-04-05 Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time.
1958-05-19 US & Canada form North American Air Defense Command (NORAD)
1958-06-17 The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opened, and is still open to this day
1958-07-01 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada via microwave.


2 thoughts on “Today in Canadian History (Part 3)”

  1. 1944 Canadian offensive in West-Zeeuws-Flanders
    ^ This is the information I came to find, and you don’t have it

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