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Manchester is well known for being home to two of the most famous football teams in the world: Manchester United and Manchester City, but did you know….
1. Manchester was where the atom was first split.
In 1917, New Zealand-born scientist Ernest Rutherford and his team of boffins were the first people in the world to split the atom. This ground-breaking event took place at the University of Manchester, where Rutherford had been chair of physics since 1907.
2. The first precursor to the modern computer was built in Manchester.
Keeping with the theme of science and engineering feats, the world’s first stored-programme computer was built in Manchester. The Manchester Small-Scale Experiment Machine, as it was known, ran its first programme on the 21st June, 1948.
3. Manchester was the birthplace of the Football League.
In April 1888, a meeting at the Royal Hotel in Manchester between a number of football club representatives saw the creation of the Football League. The Football League was the predecessor to the Premiership, and the first match was played in September 1888.
4. Manchester was where Rolls met Royce.
Rolls Royce is probably one of the poshest brands in the world, especially when it comes to cars. The two founders of the company, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, first met each other at the Midland Hotel in Manchester.
5. The UK’s first public lending library was in Manchester.
In September 1852, the first public lending library to be opened under the 1850 Libraries Act was opened in Manchester. Legendary writers Charles Dickens and William Thackeray attended the opening ceremony.