THIS DATE IN history
In 1915, the poem “In Flanders Fields,’’ by Canadian doctor-poet John McCrae, was published for the first time in “Punch’’ magazine. In 1941, the Japanese army began its attack on Hong Kong during the Second World War. The colony’s British and Canadian defenders surrendered on Christmas Day.
In 1755, the first post office in Canada opened in Halifax. A city stationer had begun an informal service the previous year, but in 1755 the British post office, in an attempt to improve military communication between Britain and North America, started a monthly packet run to New York. From there, any available vessel carried mail to Halifax, until 1788, when regular packets called in the port.