June 15 1996:

Windows are left blown out in Manchester city centre on Saturday morning after the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonated a 3,000lb bomb at 11.17am.

The bomb, left in a van in Corporation Street, was the biggest detonated in Great Britain since World War II.

The IRA had telephoned warnings 90 minutes earlier and around 75,000 people were evacuated from the area. More than 200 were injured but there were no fatalities.

Insurers estimated that the attack caused £700 million damage.

1996 Manchester bombing carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) on Saturday 15th June 1996.


June 12 1967:

Hollywood hardman Clint Eastwood samples a pint of beer during his visit to Manchester.

The actor had just risen to fame as the Man with No Name in Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy of spaghetti Westerns. He was also well known for playing Rowdy Yates in the TV series Rawhide.

Eastwood was on a UK tour promoting the third film in the Dollars trilogy, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, which also starred Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach.

The other movies in the series were A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More.

Clint Eastwood Actor in Manchester – June 1967


June 12 1958:

Manchester United manager Matt Busby finally arrives home after recovering from the Munich air disaster which took the lives of eight of his team.

He was greeted by his wife Jean and daughter Sheena.

Seriously injured, Busby spent two months in hospital after the crash on February 6th and then went to Interlaken, Switzerland, to recuperate.

He was read the Last Rites twice and nearly gave up football altogether until his wife told him that the lads would have wanted him to carry on.

Matt Busby, Manchester United Manager, delighted to be back home in Charlton, after Munich Air Disaster, pictured with wife Jean and daughter Sheena, 12th June 1958.