This from The Scotsman:

1875: Modern-day Satanist Aleister Crowley – once dubbed “the most wicked man in the world” – was born in Leamington, Warwickshire.

What else happened?

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 when he was nine, but died at 15.

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 – once dubbed “the most wicked man in the world” – was born in Leamington, Warwickshire.

1899: Mafeking was besieged by the Boers and was gallantly defended by Baden-Powell until relieved 217 days later.

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 in an IRA bomb attack on the Grand Hotel in Brighton, where the Conservative Party Conference was being held.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR: Plans by Tony Blair emerged to battle Britons’ bulge with new measures aimed at encouraging more people to take up sport.

BIRTHDAYS: Magnus Magnusson, creator of Mastermind, 75; Don Howe, football coach, 69; Luciano Pavarotti, operatic tenor, 69; Angela Rippon, broadcaster, 60; Rick Parfitt, rock singer and guitarist (Status Quo), 56; Robin Askwith, actor, 54; David Threlfall, actor, 51; Les Dennis, TV presenter, 50; Hugh Jackman, actor, 36.