Weird Events on 15th April

  • 1984: Harold Shipman: Doctor of Death
    Kills Joseph Bardsley, 83 Hough Lane, Newton, Hyde
  • 1984: Harold Shipman: Doctor of Death
    Kills Winifred Arrowsmith, 70 Chartist House, Hyde
  • 1988: The Widecombe Leopard Cat
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    12:00 - The crowd gathers The crowds have gathered outside the ground in the spring sunshine. Spirits are high and the turnstiles to the Leppings Lane end of the Hillsborough stadium are opened.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    14:00 - More Liverpool fans arrive A special train of Liverpool supporters arrives at nearby Wadsley Bridge station and are escorted to the ground by police.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    15:00 - The match kicks off With the mounting problems still largely misunderstood, the teams kick off.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    15:04 - Beardsley hits the crossbar Peter Beardsley's shot wobbles the woodwork. The Liverpool fans at the Leppings Lane end surge forward in their excitement.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    15:05 - The match is ended Greenwood, the ground commander, notices the distress and panic of fans in the stands and runs onto the pitch to tell the referee to stop the game. Referee Ray Lewis blows the whistle and brings the game to a stop.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    14:15 - Trouble at the Leppings Lane end As the crowds file in to the Leppings Lane end it is clear that the central terraces are filling up while the terracing at either side of the stand are relatively empty. Tannoy announcements ask the fans in the central terrace to move forward to allow more fans in behind them.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    14:17 - Early concerns Outside the ground, a police officer becomes concerned at the number of fans at the Leppings Lane end and asks for traffic on the road to be stopped.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    14:20 - Fans arrive from Wadsley Bridge station The 350 extra Liverpool fans arrive at the ground.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    14:26 - Attempts to control the crowd A Landrover equipped with a loudhailer arrives and police begin to ask the crowd not the push.
  • 2009: The Beast of Trowbridge
    14:30 - Rita Fielding sighting Rita Fielding of Bradford on Avon, spots a big cat while walking through fields near the river. She later tells reporters:

    "I looked over and saw a massive black cat in some dead grass by the bank. I turned to tell my neighbour and it had gone by the time I looked back. What struck me is that it was so very very black and was much bigger than a dog."

  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    14:40 - Crowd build-up outside There are now an estimated 5000 fans in or just outside the turnstiles leading into the Liverpool end. Some are already short of breath and feeling the oppressive heat of the crowd. The police realise that not all of the fans will be inside the ground in time for the 3pm kick off.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    14:44 - Call for reinforcements Disconcerted by the swelling crowd, the superintendent calls for reinforcements to deal with crowd control.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    14:48 - Gate C Opened Gate C at the Leppings Lane end is opened as police eject a fan who has arrived without a ticket. 150 fans surge in past the turnstile before the gate is closed.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    14:50 - Increasing pressure at the gates More Liverpool fans continue to be channelled down the central tunnel at the Leppings Lane end. As kick off time draws near, some fans begin to push to try and get in more quickly. People start to be jammed against walls and the turnstiles. Women and children start to faint in the crush and fans start to clamber over the turnstiles and fences to escape the crush.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    14:52 - Gates opened Concerned about the developing crush outside, CS Duckenfield orders gate C to be opened. In under five minutes, 2000 fans enter the ground in a rush, mostly into the Leppings Lane end of the ground.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    14:54 - Gates A and B are opened Similarly concerned about a crush outside the ground, Sgt. Higgins orders that Gate A is also opened - allowing a further lot of fans to surge into the pen. Around the same time, gate B is opened and yet another 200 fans are allowed to enter the pen. Both gates have been opened against the wishes of the gatemen.
  • 1989: The Hillsborough Disaster
    14:59 - First intimations of disaster CI Edmondson, listening to radio traffic from the ground at South Yorkshire police headquarters detects sounds of distress and evident confusion and asks whether ambulances are on stand by.