April 9: RWB's Jurriens; Vimy Ridge invasion begins.

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April 9, 1917 - At 5:30 a.m. the first wave of 20,000 Canadian soldiers storm German positions along Vimy Ridge, France. The Battle of Vimy Ridge (also) was won but at the cost of 3,598 Canadian lives and another 7,004 wounded.

Vimy Ridge Park
In December 1966 the City of Winnipeg renamed St. James' Park on Portage Avenue "Vimy Ridge Memorial Park."

April 9, 1989 - RWB’s artistic director Henny Jurriens and his wife are killed in an automobile accident in southern Manitoba. For his NY Times obituary.

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