July 13 1978:
The band of the Royal Marines march through the rainy streets of central Manchester to join the Lord Mayor’s Parade.
The first Mayor of Manchester was Liberal politician and industrialist Sir Thomas Potter in 1838, who served for two years.
The current and 123rd Lord Mayor is Tommy Judge, Labour councillor for Sharston ward, who has served since October 2020.
July 23 1964:
Onlookers watch intently as England cricket captain Ted Dexter practises in the nets at Old Trafford before the fourth Ashes Test against Australia.
The match itself ended in a dull draw as the Australians only needed to avoid defeat to retain the Ashes trophy after going 1-0 up at Headingley.
After winning the toss, the visitors occupied the crease for 255.5 overs, declaring on 656 runs for eight wickets. Australian batsman Bob Simpson scored 311 on his own.
England were 611 in reply with Dexter scoring 174.
July 15 2000:
Former Manchester United footballer, actor and producer Eric Cantona is caught in a reflective moment during his time as manager of the French beach soccer team.
Mercurial forward Cantona made 143 league appearances for the Red Devils from 1992 to 1997 after joining them from Leeds United. He scored 64 league goals.
During his time at United, Cantona won four Premier League titles as well as two FA Cups.
He played for and managed France at beach football from 1997 to 2011 before becoming director of soccer at New York Cosmos.