A year ago . . .
The UK ordered the expulsion of two Iranian diplomats in a tit-for-tat action after Tehran also ordered two UK diplomats to leave the country.
The Battle of Plassey took place in Bengal, with victory for the British, led by Clive of India, over Indian forces - laying the foundations of the British Empire in India.
Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon, was born on the French island of Martinique as Marie Rose Josephine Tascher de la Pagerie.
Adolphe Sax was awarded a patent for the saxophone.
The first practical typewriter was patented by Christopher Sholes in Milwaukee, USA. Its keys were in alphabetical order, but in November they were changed to Universal Keyboard, in the same order of type as a printer’s case.
Edward VIII, the king who abdicated for the love of Mrs Simpson, was born at Richmond, Surrey.
Edward VII founded the Order of Merit for his Coronation Honours. One of the first recipients was Viscount Kitchener. The order is limited in number to 24 at any one time.
General Nasser became Egypt’s first president after an election in which voting was compulsory, and he was the only candidate.