May 16, 1964:

Jamaican-born singer Millie Small rehearses her bluebeat hit My Boy Lollipop for the BBC programme Top of the Pops at the Dickenson Road studios in Rusholme.

Millie’s record was released in March and had reached No. 2 in the UK singles charts by early May.

My Boy Lollipop sold more than 600,000 copies but couldn’t knock the Searchers’ hit Don’t Throw Your Love Away off the top spot.

On May 21, the Four Pennies went to No. 1 with their single Juliet.

May 15, 1991:

Manchester United captain Bryan Robson is surrounded by press cameras after helping his team win the European Cup Winners’ Cup in Rotterdam.

United beat Barcelona 2-1 in the Stadion Feijenoord in front of a 45,000 crowd. Both goals came from Mark Hughes who had previously played for Barcelona.

The Red Devils became the first English club to win a European competition since the ban imposed after the Heysel disaster of 1985 was lifted.

It was also the first time United had lifted a European trophy since the European Cup triumph of 1968, 23 years earlier.

European Cup Winners Cup Final in Rotterdam May 1991
Manchester United 2 v Barcelona 1
Captain Bryan Robson with the with Euro Cup Winners Cup
trophy after the match

May 14, 1926:

Women with scarves round their heads search a spoil heap near Manchester for scraps they can burn for fuel during the General Strike of 1926.

The strike, called by General Council of the Trades Union Congress, lasted for nine days from May 4th to May 12th. It involved 1.7 million workers, mostly from transport and heavy industry.

The strike was staged as a protest over proposed wage cuts and worsening conditions for 1.2 million locked-out coal miners.