May 3, 1950

The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal is launched at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside.

The Audacious class vessel weighed 53,950 tons fully loaded and was 804ft long.

Decommissioned in 1979, this version of the Ark Royal (there have been many) took part in a series of NATO exercises but was not involved in any combat duty.

May 3, 1957:

Footballers Bobby Charlton and David Pegg, left, board the train for London with their Manchester United team-mates.

They were journeying to the capital to play Aston Villa in the FA Cup Final at Wembley.

United lost the match 2-1 with their solitary goal coming from Tommy Taylor, but they could take consolation from winning the league.

The Red Devils finished the season on 64 points, eight ahead of nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

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May, 1964:

Celebrated locomotive The Flying Scotsman, No 4472, pulls into Newcastle Central Station on a promotional visit.

The loco was built in 1923 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) to a design by Nigel Gresley. It operated on the London to Edinburgh route.

Locomotive 4472 set two world records for steam traction. It became the first steam loco to reach 100 mph in November 1934 and then achieved the longest non-stop run for a steam loco when it notched up 422 miles in August 1989 on tour in Australia

Engine No.4472 The Flying Scotsman at Newcastle Central Station on 8th May 1964