February 8 1942:

British troops find time to have some fun in the snow in Manchester during the height of World War II.

In the same year, the first United States forces to arrive in the UK landed at Belfast and soap rationing was introduced.

On January 29th 1942, Roy Plomley presented the first ever Desert Island Discs on the BBC Forces Programme. Actor and radio comedian Vic Oliver was the first castaway.

The programme is still going strong today – 79 years later.

February 6 1971:

Manchester United winger George Best celebrates scoring with a skilful lob against Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford.

Best’s effort helped the Red Devils win the First Division encounter 2-1 with the other goal coming from Willie Morgan.

It was a transitional time for United as Sir Matt Busby was temporarily back at the helm after the sacking of manager Wilf McGuinness. Busby would carry on until the end of the season to be replaced by Leicester City manager Frank O’Farrell.

George Best

February 11 1975:

Stockport comedian, impressionist and actor Mike Yarwood impersonates Tory leader Margaret Thatcher on his popular TV series.

Yarwood was one of the biggest stars of the 1970s. His 1977 Christmas Day show attracted an audience of 21.4 million, even beating Morecambe and Wise who appeared later in the day.

His best known impression was probably that of Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson, closely followed up by Robin Day, Eddie Waring, Alf Garnett and Brian Clough.

Mike Yarwood, English impressionist, comedian and actor.impersonating politician Margaret Thatcher.