A year ago . . .
The Bank of England braced the country for weaker growth as rocketing energy bills and tough Government cuts continued to squeeze household spending. Constantinople became the new capital of the Roman Empire.
Columbus leaves for his fourth and final voyage to the West Indies.
prime minister Spencer Perceval was shot dead by a bankrupt broker, John Bellingham, as he entered the House of Commons.
Irving Berlin was born as Israel Baline in Siberia.
Faulkner’s collections of short stories, Go Down, Moses, is published.
changed its name to Thailand.
singer Bob Marley died of cancer.
fire broke out in the main stand of Bradford City football ground and 56 spectators