July 4, 1990:
Record producer George Martin, the man behind the Beatles’ greatest hits, launches the world’s first degree in pop music at Salford College of Technology.
Martin worked extensively with the Fab Four and other groups at the famous Abbey Road studios throughout the 1960s. Paul McCartney described him as the ‘Fifth Beatle’.
His career spanned six decades, stretching from novelty records in the 1950s to film scores, TV, live performances and work with the Prince’s Trust.
Martin produced 30 number-one singles in the UK and 23 Billboard Hot 100 number ones in the United States.
July 5, 1967:
Footballers Brian Kidd and Denis Law arrive back in the UK after touring Australia with their team Manchester United.
The pre-season trip clearly did the trick as United went on to enjoy one of their best ever seasons, becoming the first English team to win the European Cup.
The Red Devils beat Benfica 4-1 at Wembley after extra time to lift the coveted trophy in May 1968.
United also finished second in the First Division. They were pipped to the post by local rivals Manchester City, who notched up 58 points to United’s 56.
July 1, 1952:
Children happily play in the street in Oldham as the ice-cream van arrives to sell its wares.
Ice-cream vans were still a novelty in many parts of the country, but these youngsters seem to have caught on fast. They’ve probably hassled Mum or Dad for the price of a cornet!
As can be seen, the street still appears to be lit by gas.