Western Daily Press - - On This Day -

1492: Christo­pher Colum­bus sighted his first land in dis­cov­er­ing the New World, call­ing it San Sal­vador.

1609: Three Blind Mice was pub­lished in Lon­don, be­lieved to be the ear­li­est printed sec­u­lar song.

1866: Ram­say Mac­Don­ald was born. In 1924 he be­came Bri­tain’s first Labour Prime Min­is­ter.

1872: Com­poser Ralph Vaughan Wil­liams was born in Down Amp­ney, Glouces­ter­shire.

1875: Mod­ern-day Satanist Aleis­ter Crowley was born in Leam­ing­ton, War­wick­shire.

1901: Pres­i­dent Theodore Roo­sevelt re­named the Ex­ec­u­tive Man­sion ‘The White House’.

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.

2002: 202 peo­ple died in bomb at­tacks on two night­clubs in Bali.

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