John’s Believe It Or Not… October 11th

1899 – Boer War breaks out – Canada will send volunteers to the conflict in South Africa. 2002 Jimmy Carter wins Nobel Prize. 2008 Blind driver breaks land-speed record. 1975 Saturday Night Live debuts. 1962 Pope opens Vatican II.

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* 1899 – Boer War breaks out – Canada will send volunteers to the conflict in South Africa.

The South African War (1899–1902) was Canada’s first foreign war. Also known as the Boer War, it was fought between Britain (with help from its colonies and Dominions such as Canada) and the Afrikaner republics of Transvaal and the Orange Free State. Although only 270 Canadians died in South Africa, the war was significant because it marked the first time Canadian troops distinguished themselves in battle overseas. At home, it fuelled a sense that Canada could stand apart from the British Empire, and it highlighted the French-English divide over Canada’s role in world affairs — two factors that would soon appear again in the First World War. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… October 11th”