ON THIS DAY
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.