A year ago . . .

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.

1757:

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.

1763:

Em­press Josephine, wife of Napoleon, was born on the French is­land of Mar­tinique as Marie Rose Josephine Tascher de la Pagerie.

1848:

Adolphe Sax was awarded a patent for the sax­o­phone.

1872:

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.

1894:

Ed­ward VIII, the king who ab­di­cated for the love of Mrs Simp­son, was born at Rich­mond, Sur­rey.

1902:

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.

1956:

Gen­eral Nasser be­came Egypt’s first pres­i­dent af­ter an elec­tion in which vot­ing was com­pul­sory, and he was the only can­di­date.

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