March 1, 1979:

To mark World Book Day tomorrow, we remember how books were purchased 40 years ago with this image of a packed stall on Shudehill market.

The tomes are piled high at Allen’s book stall as people browse for titles during their lunchtime. No doubt some serious bargains are waiting to be snapped up!

March 1, 1945:

A Manchester pilot returns to the escort carrier HMS Empress at sea in the Pacific after helping to shoot down a Japanese warplane.

Sub Lieutenant B. Weisberg of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, second right, is pictured with fellow pilots next to their Hellcat fighter aircraft.

HMS Empress was built in the USA in 1942 and originally launched as the USS Carnegie. The carrier was reclassified as HMS Empress in August 1943 and served in the East Indies Fleet. The ship was sold for scrap in June 1946.

Second World War

March 5, 1977:

Footballing rivals Brian Kidd of Manchester City and Stuart Pearson of United line up with pistols for a press photo before the local Derby between the two clubs.

Pearson won the battle of the two forwards as United beat City 3-1 in the league match at Old Trafford – with Pearson himself on the score sheet. The other United goals came from Steve Coppell and Gordon Hill. Joe Royle scored for the Blues.

Kidd, born in Collyhurst, played for United from 1967 to 1974 before moving to Arsenal. He made 98 league appearances for City from 1976 to 1979, scoring 44 goals.

Brian Kidd