August 4, 1966:
Proud owner Stanley Lomax is pictured with his dog Thane, who showed real canine courage when he saved another dog from drowning.
The 11-month-old retriever, photographed at home in Farnworth, near Bolton, was presented with a special plaque for bravery by the RSPCA.
Half a century later, Mancunians were saluting Mojo the collie – the first police dog to arrive at the scene of the Manchester Arena terror attack in May 2017.
Mojo and his handler PC Phil Healey worked through the night to help survivors of the blast which killed 22 people.
August 1, 1961:
Celebrations break out across Old Trafford as the Australian cricket team retain the Ashes against arch rivals England.
Bowler Alan Davidson jumps for joy as the bails fly off Brian Statham’s wicket to seal a dynamic 54 run victory.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat, but scored only 190 runs in a disappointing first innings. England replied with 367.
The visitors played a storming second innings, notching up 432 before bowling England out for 201.
Australia won the five-match Ashes series by two Tests to one.
August 10, 1951:
Business is booming for the firm that scrapped Wigan Pier – or at least the ironwork off the coal tippler or conveyor.
More than 400 tons of scrap is piled up at the Orchard Street yard of Calderbank’s ‘Spot Cash’ Metal Merchants in Wigan.
Somewhere in the debris are the remains of five fire engines from Lancaster that served the city through World War II. They were broken up a fortnight earlier.
Calderbank’s was popular with model-makers seeking odd items of tubing, plate and rod to complete small-scale locomotives.