October 13, 1964:
Beatles’ fans go wild in Wigan as the Fab Four play a sell-out concert at the ABC cinema.
Also on the bill were Mary Wells, Tommy Quickly, The Remo Four, Sounds Incorporated, Michael Haslam and The Rustiks.
Similar scenes of adulation followed the next night when The Beatles played the ABC in Ardwick.
On the same day they recorded an appearance for the TV show Scene At 6.30 at Manchester’s Granada studios.
The Beatles remain the best-selling band in history with 800 million albums sold worldwide.
October 10, 1964:
Manchester United striker Denis Law lies on the ground in pain after a collision with Sunderland player Charlie Hurley at Old Trafford.
United won the Division One match 1-0 with a goal from David Herd.
Law finished the season as top scorer with 39 goals in all competitions, but a talented teenager was starting to make his mark with 14 goals of his own. His name was George Best.
United were league champions with 61 points. They just pipped Leeds United, who also finished with 61 points, on goal difference.
October 11, 1935:
What’s in a name? Quite a lot if it also matches your profession. In 1935 the M.E.N. published a series of photos of people whose name reflected their jobs.
Pictured labouring away at his workbench is Collyhurst electrical engineer Alfred Sparkes.
The series also included Gorton pottery and china trader Fred Potts and timber yard worker Hyman Ash!