July 16, 1990:
All aboard the Olympic express! Manchester takes its bid to host the 1996 Olympics to Blackpool on a specially commissioned train.
Manchester’s spirited campaign came to an end on September 18th when the games were awarded to Atlanta. Also bidding were Athens, Toronto, Melbourne and Belgrade.
Manchester came fifth in the first ballot with 11 votes, beating Belgrade into sixth place.
Unfortunately Manchester were eliminated in the next ballot, coming last with five votes.
The Atlanta games were criticised for overcrowding in the Olympic village, poor food and transport and a general atmosphere of commercialism.
July 20, 1972:
Women from Manila, who work in a Rochdale mill, give a display of national dancing in the cobbled streets of the town.
Even though the industry was in decline, textiles still provided 30pc of Rochdale’s total employment in the early 1970s.
Many worked a four-day week due to the high level of imports from developing countries and EEC members such as Italy.
Imports of cotton and man-made fibres accounted for 57pc of home consumption in 1973.
July 20, 1971:
Cheers! Prince Philip stops outside a pub on his tour of the redevelopment area and shopping centre in Salford.
The Duke of Edinburgh became the University of Salford’s first chancellor in February 1967 when the Queen handed the institution its Royal Charter.
He also toured the university’s award-winning acoustics laboratories in 2008.