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Encyclopaedia Britannica | On This Day
October 18
Pierre Trudeau

FEATURED BIOGRAPHY

Pierre Elliott Trudeau

prime minister of Canada

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Alaska Treaty of Cessation

FEATURED EVENT

1867

Alaska Purchase approved

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