TODAY I N 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.