May 1, 1941:

Named after her city, the Royal Navy light cruiser HMS Manchester ploughs through the bitter cold of the Arctic region in World War II.

The 11,840-ton ship was launched at the Hebburn shipyard on Tyneside by the wife of Joseph Toole, the Lord Mayor of Manchester, in March 1936.

HMS Manchester was torpedoed in 1942 guarding convoys to Malta and scuttled by her crew. After returning to Britain, the captain and four officers were convicted for prematurely sinking their ship.

May 7, 1955:

Manchester City players leave the pitch at Wembley after losing the FA Cup Final 3-1 to Newcastle United.

Newcastle centre forward Jackie Milburn scored after 45 seconds, but City equalised through inside forward Bobby Johnstone just before half time. The Blues were reduced to 10 men when fullback Jimmy Meadows was stretchered off in the 22nd minute.

City were forced to play a man down as no substitutes were allowed at the time. Second half goals from Bobby Mitchell and George Hannah sealed the game for the Magpies.

Newcastle United 1955

May 17, 1991:

Legendary Manchester United managers Alex Ferguson and Sir Matt Busby line up with the European Cup Winners’ Cup and a replica of the European Cup.

Ferguson’s team won the Cup Winners’ Cup on May 15, beating Barcelona 2-1 in Rotterdam. Former Barcelona forward Mark Hughes scored both goals.

Busby’s side famously beat Benfica 4-1 at Wembley after extra time to become the first English club to win the European Cup in May 1968.

Sir Alex Ferguson