On this day in Canadian pop culture: October 12

1994

Michael Ignatieff becomes the first Canadian to win the $50,000 Gelber Prize for his book, Blood and Belonging.

2000

The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously upholds a woman’s right to keep her sexual history out of sexual assault cases, declaring that rape shield provisions in the Criminal Code are constitutional.

2010

For the first time in the panel’s history, Canada fails to secure a seat in the United Nations Security Council.

Progressive Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announces a $55.6 billion deficit in 2009, the largest in Canadian history.

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