The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS -

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.

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