July 16, 1966:
Portugese player Morais carefully cradles a lost song thrush that found its way on to the Old Trafford pitch during the World Cup group match between Bulgaria and Portugal.
His rescue mission was a success, just like Portugal’s performance on the day. They beat Bulgaria 3-0 to top their group.
Portugal, inspired by Eusebio, reached the semi-finals of the 1966 competition where they lost 2-0 to eventual winners England.
Both of England’s goals came from Manchester United midfielder Bobby Charlton.
Eusebio scored a penalty in reply after Jack Charlton handled the ball on the goal line.
July 15, 1968:
Coronation Street star Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner for 21 years on the long-running Granada soap, gets to grips with a new stage role.
She was rehearsing the part of Catherine in the Tennessee Williams’ play Suddenly Last Summer at the Oldham Repertory theatre in Fairbottom Street.
Helping her with her lines was the play’s director Carl Paulsen.
Phoenix, who was born in Fallowfield, worked as a filing clerk for Manchester Corporation’s gas department before becoming an actress.
July 17, 1992:
Pensioners normally get a telegram from the Queen on their 100th birthday – but Fay Gradwell went one better when the Queen visited Bury.
She met the monarch in person!
The Queen, weighed down with flowers from well-wishers, said it was lovely to see Fay and told her she must not bother to stand up.
During her visit to Manchester, the Queen also opened the Metrolink at St Peter’s Square.