June 9, 1972:

Australian cricketer Dennis Lillee is on the treatment table during the First Ashes Test against England at Old Trafford.

The physiotherapy clearly paid off as fast bowler Lillee went on to take six English wickets for 66 runs during the home side’s second innings. It was not enough as England won the match by 89 runs.

England debutante and future captain Tony Greig took four Australian wickets for 53 runs as the visitors ended their second innings on 252. The five-Test Ashes series was eventually drawn 2-2.

June 9, 1968:

Manchester United manager Matt Busby addresses a crowd of 250,000 outside the Town Hall after parading the newly won European Cup through the city.

The Red Devils became the first English club to win the coveted trophy when they beat Portuguese champions Benfica 4-1 after extra time on a sultry night in Wembley.

Bobby Charlton scored for United after 53 minutes but Jaime Graca equalised in the 79th minute. Goals from George Best, Brian Kidd and another from Charlton wrapped up the match in added time.

June 9, 1960:

Nicholas the hippo devours an entire birthday cake brought along by Birmingham children visiting Belle Vue Zoo.

The cake was just a tasty morsel as hippos Nicholas and Tony were often fed whole loaves of bread by their keepers!

The outdoor pool at Belle Vue was originally built in 1906. It was replaced by the New Tropical House in 1969.