Sale (Town Hall pictured) is a town in Trafford, Greater Manchester,
England. Historically in Cheshire, it is on the south bank of the River
Mersey, 5.2 miles (8.4 km) southwest of Manchester. In 2001, it had a
population of 55,000. Evidence of Stone Age, Roman, and Anglo-Saxon
activity has been discovered locally. By the 17th century, Sale had a
cottage industry manufacturing garthweb, the woven material from which
horses' saddle girths were made. The Bridgewater Canal reached the town
in 1765, stimulating Sale's urbanisation. The arrival of the railway in
1849 triggered Sale's growth as a commuter town for Manchester, leading
to an influx of middle-class residents; by the end of the 19th century
the town's population had more than tripled. Sale's urban growth
resulted in a merger with neighbouring Ashton upon Mersey, following the
Local Government Act 1929. The increase in population led to the
granting of a charter in 1935, giving Sale honorific borough status.
Since then, Sale has continued to thrive as a commuter town, supported
by its proximity to the M60 motorway and the Manchester Metrolink
network. Sale Sharks rugby union and Sale Harriers athletics club were
founded in Sale, although both have now relocated elsewhere.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sale,_Greater_Manchester>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Mount Tambora in Indonesia began one of the most violent
volcanic eruptions in recorded history, killing at least 71,000 people,
and affecting worldwide temperatures for the next two years.
Big Ben, the bell in the Palace of Westminster's clock tower in
London, was cast after the original bell had cracked during testing.
World War II: The Independent State of Croatia was established,
with Ustaše leader Ante Pavelić as head of the puppet government of
the Axis powers.
Crown Prince Akihito, the future Emperor of Japan, wedded
Michiko, the first commoner to marry into the Japanese Imperial Family.
Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo announced that he had
suspended the constitution and assumed all governance in the country
after it was ruled that the government of Prime Minister Frank
Bainimarama was illegal.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(anatomy) Of the area behind the knee.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
A young man who had been troubling society with impalpable
doctrines of a new civilization which he called "the Kingdom of Heaven"
had been put out of the way; and I can imagine that believer in material
power murmuring as he went homeward, "it will all blow over now." Yes.
The wind from the Kingdom of Heaven has blown over the world, and shall
blow for centuries yet.
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