Notable Dates in Canadian Military History

Listed by month

January    

16 January 1991   Gulf War begins
February    
01 February 1968   Canadian military forces unify
28 February 1991   Gulf War ends
March    
25 March 1885   North-West Campaign
April    
02 April 1949   NATO Accord signed
09 April 1917   Battle of Vimy Ridge
16 April 1945   Last Canadian ship lost in WWII - HMCS Esquimault
17 April 1915   Second Battle of Ypres begins (Second of three)
20 April 1915   Galipoli (Royal Newfoundland Regiment)
29 April 1991   Gulf War official cease-fire
May    
03 May 1915   Second Battle of Ypres ends (Second of three)
07 May 1945   Battle of the Atlantic Ends
08 May 1945   Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day)
12 May 1958   NORAD Created
31 May 1902   South African (Boer) War ends
June    
06 June 1944   Normandy Invasion (D-Day)
23 June 1945   United Nations created
25 June 1950   Korean War begins
July    
01 July 1916   Battle of the Somme begins
01 July 1916   Battle of Beaumont Hamel (Royal Newfoundland Regiment)
10 July 1940   Battle of Britain begins
10 July 1943   Invasion of Sicily
27 July 1953   Korean War ends
31 July 1917   Battle of Passchendaele begins (also called Third Battle of Ypres)
August    
04 August 1914   World War I begins
07 August 1950   Canada announces entry into Korean War
15 August 1945   Victory Over Japan Day (V-J Day)
19 August 1942   Dieppe Raid
September    
02 September 1945   World War II ends
03 September 1943   Invasion of Mainland Italy
08 September 1993   Battle of the Medak Pocket, Croatia
10 September 1939   Canada declares war on Germany
October    
11 October 1899   South African (Boer) War begins
31 October 1914   First Battle of Ypres begins (First of three)
31 October 1940   Battle of Britain over
November    
11 November 1918   Armistice Day - World War I ends
12 November 1917   Battle of Passchendaele ends (also called Third Battle of Ypres)
30 November 1916   Battle of the Somme ends
December    
06 December 1917   Halifax explosion
10 December 1988   Nobel Prize for Peace awarded to peacekeepers
20 December 1915   Evacuation of Galipoli (Royal Newfoundland Regiment)
25 December 1941   The Battle of Hong Kong

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