ON THIS DAY

Coventry Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

1492: Christo­pher Colum­bus sighted his first land in dis­cov­er­ing the New World, call­ing it San Sal­vador. 1537: Ed­ward VI, son of Henry VIII and Jane Sey­mour, was born. He suc­ceeded his father aged nine, but died at 15. 1609: Three Blind Mice was pub­lished, be­lieved to be the ear­li­est printed sec­u­lar song. 1866: Ram­say Mac­Don­ald was born. In 1924 he be­came Bri­tain’s first Labour Prime Min­is­ter. 1875: Mod­ern-day Satanist Aleis­ter Crow­ley – once dubbed “the wickedest man in the world” – was born in Leam­ing­ton Spa. 1915: Bri­tish nurse Edith Cavell was ex­e­cuted as a spy by Ger­man fir­ing squad. 1984: Five peo­ple died, and 34 were in­jured, in an IRA bomb at­tack on the Grand Ho­tel in Brighton, where the Con­ser­va­tive Party con­fer­ence was be­ing held. ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Fancy dress shops were asked not to sell clown cos­tumes to any­one they think might be a prankster amid the on­go­ing “killer clown” craze.

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