July 28, 1969:
Katharine, the Duchess of Kent, takes part in a tree-planting ceremony in Altrincham before touring local shops and schools.
She also delighted well-wishers by taking time for a friendly chat in the town centre.
July was a busy month for the Duchess as she presented the ladies’ trophy at Wimbledon for the first time – a role she was to perform for decades.
The 1969 ladies’ final was a glorious British occasion as England’s Ann Jones defeated USA legend Billie Jean King 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
July 23, 2001:
Manchester United strikers Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Dwight Yorke share a joke in training during the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East.
New signing Van Nistelrooy was United’s top goal scorer for the 2001-2 season, netting 36 times in all competitions, and collected the PFA Player of the Year award.
United finished third in the Premier League with 77 points, three points behind runners-up Liverpool and 10 behind champions Arsenal.
The Red Devils reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, but went out on away goals to German side Bayer Leverkusen.
July 20, 1953:
Australian cricketers Keith Miller and Lindsay Hassett keep in shape by jogging round the practice ground before the Third Ashes Test against England at Old Trafford.
In a match severely interrupted by rain, Australia scored 318 in their first innings with England scoring 276 in reply.
With the match dead, the Australian second innings closed on 35 for eight wickets. English bowler Johnny Wardle returned extraordinary figures of four wickets for seven runs!
England won the five-match Ashes series 1-0 after claiming victory in the First Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The rest of the matches were drawn.