THIS DATE IN his­tory

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

Dec. 8

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.

Dec. 9

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.

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