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1397: Geoffrey Chaucer tells The Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II.
1610: Henry Hudson sets sail to look for the Northwest Passage, but he enters and explores Hudson Bay where he dies, cast adrift by mutineers.
1851: Launch of Marco Polo, the fastest ship in the world circumnavigating the globe in only 5 months and 21 days.
1961: A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro.
1969: Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy.
1982: Queen Elizabeth signs The Canada Act 1982 into law officially ending British authority in Canada

 

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