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BEST SELLER

On this date in 1977, “Elvis: What Hap­pened,” an ex­pose by two of Pres­ley’s for­mer body­guards, was pub­lished. It sat in book­stores al­most un­no­ticed un­til Pres­ley’s death two weeks later. Then it sold more than three mil­lion copies.

EARLY EX­PLORER

On this date in 1534, French ex­plorer Jac­ques Cartier sighted the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Charged by King Fran­cois I to look for gold in the New World and a pas­sage to China, Cartier left St-Malo, France, on April 20, 1534, with two ships and 61 men, ar­riv­ing off New­found­land 20 days later. Be­fore head­ing home on Aug. 15, he claimed New­found­land, Prince Ed­ward Is­land and the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the lands ad­ja­cent for France.

NEW PARTY

On this date in 1932, the Co­op­er­a­tive Com­mon­wealth Fed­er­a­tion, a demo­cratic so­cial­ist po­lit­i­cal party and the fore­run­ner of the New Demo­cratic Party, was formed in Cal­gary. Un­der the lead­er­ship of J. S. Woodsworth, the CCF brought into one fed­er­a­tion a num­ber of farm and la­bor groups and so­cial­ist par­ties in West­ern Canada. Their avowed aim was the trans­form­ing of the com­pet­i­tive cap­i­tal­ist eco­nomic sys­tem into a co-op­er­a­tive com­mon­wealth through demo­cratic means.

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