June 13, 1969:

America’s latest craze – the Frisbee – arrives in the UK at the unlikely setting of Old Trafford cricket ground.

Originally marketed by US toy company Wham-O in 1957, the Frisbee was modelled on popcorn can lids being thrown around after Thanksgiving Day meal. It was first called the Pluto Platter!

We’re not sure what the Lancashire cricketers made of the promotional girls throwing the discs around the hallowed turf – but the Frisbee caught on with a vengeance in the UK.

It was even inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998.

June 23, 1971:

Barriers couldn’t prevent two-year-old Tracey Peyton from getting a closer look at the Queen when the monarch met crowds in Spinningfields.

The encounter took place during the Queen’s visit to the city which included a tour of the Magistrates Court.

Tracey, carefully tethered by toddlers’ reins after being lifted over the railings, looked a little awestruck as she waved her Union Jack flag.

June 15, 1996:

Destruction caused by a bomb planted by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Manchester is plain to see as debris is cleared at the Arndale centre.

The 1,500 kilogram lorry bomb (the biggest device detonated in Britain since the Second World War) exploded in Corporation Street. More than 200 people were injured but there were no fatalities as 75,000 had been evacuated from the area after telephone warnings.

Insurers estimated that the blast caused £700 million in damage to the city’s infrastructure.