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Where did Billy Graham preach?

(RNS) — Evangelist Billy Graham gained attention in 1949 with a crusade in Los Angeles. Across the decades, he preached to more than 210 million people in more than 185 countries across the world, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.


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This is a sampling of some of his largest crowds and most historic crusades, which lasted for days or weeks:

Los Angeles (1949): 350,000

London (1954): 2,047,333

Glasgow, Scotland (1955): 2,647,365

New York (1957): 2,397,400

Sydney, Australia (1959): 980,000

Los Angeles (1963): 910,445

London (1966): 1,055,368

Seoul, South Korea (1973): 3,210,000

Billy Graham addresses attendees in the crowded Yoido Plaza for the final meeting of the evangelist’s crusade in Seoul, South Korea, in 1973. Photo courtesy of A. Larry Ross Communications

Seoul, South Korea (1984): 1,000,000*

New York (2005): 230,000

Note: Length of crusades varies

* Largest attendance at a single-day event

Source: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

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Adelle M. Banks

Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.

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