May 31, 1987:
Shirley Williams and Liberal leader David Steel hit the campaign trail in Rochdale during the 1987 general election.
A former Labour MP, Williams was a founder member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1981.
She stood for the SDP in 1987 as part of the SDP-Liberal alliance, but failed to get elected
The Conservatives won the general election, taking 397 seats and 42.2pc of the vote. Labour were second with 229 seats and the SDP-Liberal Alliance were third with 23.
May 31, 1982:
Pope John Paul celebrates mass at Heaton Park, Manchester, on his widely anticipated visit to the UK.
More than 250,000 people packed into the park to hear the Pontiff conduct the service from a specially constructed open-air altar.
The mass took place exactly one year after the Pope was shot in St Peter’s Square, Rome, in a failed assassination attempt.
The Pope’s visit was described as a pastoral one rather than a state occasion as Britain was at war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands at the time.
For the sake of balance, the Pope made a hastily arranged 30-hour pastoral visit to Argentina on June 11-12 almost as soon as he left the UK.
June 1, 1964:
American tennis star Billie Jean King signs autographs for admirers at the Northern Lawn Tennis tournament in Didsbury.
There was plenty of time to talk to fans as the tournament was blighted by torrential rain!
Playing under her maiden name of Moffitt, the 20-year-old was at the start of her brilliant tennis career when she came to Manchester. She was still studying history at Los Angeles State College.
King reached the Wimbledon Ladies Singles’ Final in 1963, losing 6-3, 6-4 to the formidable Australian champion Margaret Court.