July 9 1968:

Manchester United manager Matt Busby waves to well-wishers as he arrives at Buckingham Palace to be knighted by the Queen.

Two months earlier the Red Devils had become the first English side to win the European Cup after beating Portuguese team Benfica 4-1 at Wembley after extra time.

Busby became United’s manager in 1945. His reign saw triumph and tragedy with the Munich air disaster of February 1958 in which eight players from his famous ‘Busby Babes’ team were killed.

July 20 1993:

Manchester group Take That perform at their home city as part of the promotional tour for their new album Everything Changes.

Pictured on stage at Manchester Central are Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Howard Donald.

Take That have notched up 28 Top 40 singles including 12 Number Ones since they formed in 1990. Among their memorable chart-toppers are Back for Good, Never Forget, Greatest Day and Patience.

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July 16 1994:

Without looking up, you could easily miss the stunning detail on the façade of Manchester’s restored Free Trade Hall building on Peter Street.

Completed in 1856 on St Peter’s fields – the site of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre – the building commemorated the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846.

Heavily damaged in the Manchester Blitz, the Free Trade Hall was rebuilt to become the city’s leading concert venue until the construction of the Bridgewater Hall in 1996. It is now a Radisson hotel.

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