Trafford Park is an area of the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford,
Greater Manchester, England, opposite Salford Quays on the southern side
of the Manchester Ship Canal, 3.4 miles (5.5 km) southwest of
Manchester city centre. Until the late 19th century, it was the
ancestral home of the Trafford family, who sold it to financier Ernest
Terah Hooley in 1896. It was the first planned industrial estate in the
world and remains the largest in Europe, at 4.7 square miles (12 km2).
Trafford Park was a major supplier of materiel in the First and Second
World Wars, producing the Rolls-Royce Merlin engines used to power both
the Spitfire and the Lancaster. At its peak in 1945, an estimated
75,000 workers were employed in the park. Employment began to decline
in the 1960s as companies closed in favour of newer, more efficient
plants elsewhere. The new Manchester Metrolink line from Pomona to the
Trafford Centre is under construction.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The trial of the Pendle and Samlesbury witches, among the most
famous of England's witch trials, began at the assizes in Lancaster.
American astronomer Asaph Hall discovered Phobos, the larger of
Mars's two moons, six days after discovering Deimos, the smaller one.
Hildegard Trabant was killed while attempting to cross the
Berlin Wall, making her the only person known to have been loyal to East
Germany who was killed at the wall.
Leading Colombian presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán was
assassinated during a public demonstration in the town of Soacha,
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (archaic) A methodical inquiry or investigation.
2. A lengthy, formal discourse that analyses or explains some topic;
(loosely) a dissertation or treatise.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Part of my lifestyle you should all remember is having fun. Being
funny is a big part of it. After all, if one is in tune, funny is the
tune to play. Giving laughter is more fun than giving advice. Giving
laughter while giving advice is the jackpot.
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