May 21, 1971:
The town of Irlam faced a bleak future after British Steel announced plans to axe 4,353 jobs at its steelworks by 1974.
More than 5,000 people marched through the streets of Irlam and Salford as part of the Save our Steelworks campaign.
By 1979, all steel production at Irlam had ceased as British Steel concentrated manufacturing into a smaller number of larger sites.
The Northbank Industrial Estate now stands on the site of the former steelworks.
May 18, 1985:
Manchester United defender Kevin Moran becomes the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup final after getting his marching orders from referee Peter Willis.
Moran brought down Everton midfielder Peter Reid in the 78th minute when he was clean through on goal.
The Red Devils went on to win the match 1-0 thanks to an extra time goal from Norman Whiteside.
United were the first FA Cup-winning team to consist entirely of full internationals. Even the sub, Mike Duxbury, had been capped for England.
May 21, 1973:
Manchester’s textile industry had to be increasingly inventive to compete against high levels of imports from EEC members and developing countries in the 1970s.
Manufacturers turned to design innovations in a bid to stay ahead – evident in the dresses displayed in the Fashion Spectacular preview show at the Manchester Festival.
Modelling the new designs are Sue Dexter, right, and Jane Powell.
Imports of cotton and man-made fibres accounted for 57 per cent of home consumption in 1973.