October 1, 1939:
Anti-tank gun crews wear gas masks in a training exercise near Manchester at the start of World War II.
War was declared on Germany on September 3rd 1939 and thousands of men aged between 18 and 41 were conscripted under the National Service (Armed Forces) Act.
Many feared an early German attack on Britain, so evacuation of major cities and industrial areas started immediately. Manchester was no exception.
The evacuees were not only children; young mothers with babies, pregnant women and disabled adults were all moved to safer areas.
October 3, 1981:
It’s a red-letter day for Manchester United as future captain Bryan Robson signs for the club under the watchful eye of manager Ron Atkinson.
Robson moved from West Bromwich Albion for a British record fee of £1.5 million. He made his debut four days later in the 0-1 away defeat at Tottenham in the League Cup.
His first league game was a goalless draw against Manchester City at Maine Road on October 10th.
Robson went on to make 345 league appearances for United, scoring 74 goals. He also won 90 caps for England, scoring 26 times.
He left United in 1994 to play for Middlesbrough, where he became player-manager.
October 1, 1990:
Dancers crowd into the Hacienda nightclub on Whitworth Street West at the height of the Madchester music years.
Opened in 1982, the Hacienda hosted some of the City’s most prominent bands – including the Smiths, New Order, the Stone Roses and Oasis. Madonna made her first live UK appearance there in 1984.
The club was closed in 1997 and the building demolished in 2002 to make way for apartments.