July 1, 1989:
It’s smiles all the way as Manchester launches its spirited bid to host the 1996 Olympic Games.
Six cities were in the running – Athens, Atlanta, Toronto, Melbourne, Belgrade and Manchester itself.
The Olympic committee announced the results of its ballot on September 18th, 1990. Belgrade were knocked out in the first round of voting, but Manchester followed in the second.
Atlanta pipped Athens to the post in Round Five with 51 votes to 35.
The 1996 Atlanta games proved to be one of the poorest on record. They were criticised for being overly commercialised as well as lacking in facilities, food and transport.
July 10, 1950:
A tea urn bubbles away in the corner in this classic shot of a Manchester roadside café from the early 1950s. A pint-sized milk bottle is hiding behind the big, old-fashioned till.
Espresso coffee machines were just around the corner in the beat cafes of the 1960s, but tea was the order of the day until then.
There was always a varying selection of sandwiches and cakes on offer too, but it was best to arrive early to enjoy the freshest brew!
July 8, 1948:
English cricket legend Denis Compton sneaks a single run from the bowling of Australian Bill Johnston during the Third Test of the Ashes at Old Trafford.
Compton scored an unbeaten 145 in the first innings as England were all out for 363. Australia scored 221 in reply.
England declared on 174 in the second innings and the Australians finished on 92 for one wicket.
The match ended in a draw, but Australia won the five-test series 4-0.