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In 1298, the Ge­noese cap­tured Marco Polo in a sea bat­tle. While im­pris­oned, the ex­plorer and trader met writer Rus­tichello of Pisa and to­gether they be­gan a book on Marco’s trav­els.

In 1566, Turk­ish sul­tan Suleiman the Magnificent died in Hun­gary.

In 1909, Amer­i­can ex­plorer Robert Peary sent word from Labrador that he had reached the North Pole five months pre­vi­ously.

In 1953, 30 Cana­di­ans were re­leased in the fi­nal ex­change of Korean War pris­on­ers.

In 1957, for­mer prime min­is­ter Louis St. Lau­rent stepped down as leader of the Lib­eral party. He served as prime min­is­ter from 1948 un­til his party’s de­feat in a gen­eral elec­tion three months be­fore.

In 1990, one of Canada’s big­gest po­lit­i­cal up­sets saw On­tario elect its first NDP gov­ern­ment. Bob Rae’s New Democrats ousted David Peter­son’s Lib­er­als, win­ning 74 of 130 seats. The Rae gov­ern­ment lasted only one term, los­ing the 1995 elec­tion to the Con­ser­va­tives un­der Mike Har­ris.

In 2011, for­mer me­dia baron Con­rad Black re­turned to a low se­cu­rity Mi­ami prison to com­plete the last 13 months of his sen­tence. He had been free on bail for about a year af­ter an ap­peal court re­versed two of his three fraud con­vic­tions.

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