Lester B. Pearson

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  • Birthday

    Birthday
    Lester B. Pearson was born on April 23, 1897
  • Education

    Lester B. Pearson graduated from Hamilton Collegiate Institute in Hamilton, Ontario in 1913 at the age of 16.
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    First World War

    Lester B. Pearson volunteered for service as a Medical Orderly with the University of Toronto Hospital Unit. He also served in the Royal Flying Corps before being sent home because of two injuries.
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    World War Two

    During WWII Pearson served as the second in command at Canada house in London. In June 1942 he was posted to the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. as ministerial counsellor.earson nearly became the first secretary-general of the United Nations in 1945, but this possibility was vetoed by the Soviet Union.
  • Suez Crisis

    http://www.suezcrisis.ca. Lester B. Pearson defused to Suez Crisis and that is why he is known as the father of the 'peacekeeping'. He was awarded the Noble Peace Prize by the United Nations for this.
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    Presidentship

    During his time in power Lester B. Pearson brought many major changes to Canada such as, universal health care, Canada pension plan, Canada student loans and established a new Canadian flag, the Maple Leaf. He was also the first Canadian prime minister to make a state visit to France. Pearson also Pearson declined U.S. requests to send Canadian combat troops into the Vietnam War.
  • Auto-Pact

    Auto-Pact
    Lester B. Pearson signed the Canada-United States Automotive Agreement (or Auto Pact) in January 1965, and unemployment fell to its lowest rate in over a decade
  • Retirement

    Retirement
    On December 14, 1967 Lester B. Pearson announced that he was retiring from politics and his successor was Pierre Trudeau
  • Canadian Armed Forces

    Canadian Armed Forces
    Lester B. Pearson merged the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Canadian Army to form a single service called the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • Death

    Death
    Lester B. Pearson died on 27 December, 1972