TODAY IN HISTORY
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.
In 1872, the first train from Saint John, N.B., to Halifax inaugurated the Intercolonial Railway between the two provinces.
In 1872, fire destroyed nearly 800 buildings in Boston.
In 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated and Germany was proclaimed a republic, two days before the end of the First World War.
In 1928, the Imperial Privy Council ruled that gold and silver in land still held by the Hudson’s Bay Company belonged to the Dominion government and not to the company.
In 1935, the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) was formed by the unskilled workers in mass-production industries. It merged with AFL in 1955 to jointly face new developments such as automation.
In 1938, more than 30,000 Jews were arrested and synagogues and Jewish businesses were destroyed throughout Germany in what has become known as “Kristallnacht,” or “Night of the Broken Glass.” Around 2,000-2,500 deaths were directly or indirectly attributable to the pogrom.
In 1942, Werner Janowski, a German secret agent, was arrested after being landed at the Gaspe town of New Carlisle, Que., by submarine.
In 1945, Yugoslavia abolished the monarchy and established itself as a republic. In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly voted to partition Palestine.
In 1951, the first U.S. underground atomic bomb explosion took place in Frenchman Flat, Nev.