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In 1674, the great English poet John Mil­ton died in London. His most fa­mous work was “Par­adise Lost,” an epic poem about man’s fall from God’s grace. In 1836, Chris­tian busi­ness trav­eller Samuel Hill was born. In 1899, Hill, John Ni­chol­son and W.J. Knights co-founded the Gideons, a Chris­tian or­ga­ni­za­tion that min­is­ters through dis­tri­bu­tion of the Scrip­tures. The Gideons have placed mil­lions of Bi­bles and New Tes­ta­ments in places such as mo­tel and ho­tel rooms. In 1860, John A. Macdon­ald in­tro­duced the first “speak­ing tour” to Cana­dian pol­i­tics. In 1864, the first ship­ment of lum­ber from Bri­tish Columbia to Aus­tralia marked the be­gin­ning of a big ex­port trade.

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