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 1935, the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) was formed by the unskilled workers in massproduction industries. It merged with Afl in 1955 to jointly face new developments such as automation.
in 1942, Werner Janowski, a German secret agent, was arrested after being landed at the Gaspe town of New Carlisle, Que., by submarine.