Traffic came to a standstill on The Headrow on June 1 after boxing legend Muhammad Ali dropped into Austicks bookshop to sign copies of his biography, Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times. Hundreds of people queued to see the former world heavyweight champion, some even began lining up at 7am.
The shop had to close its doors at 1.30pm but Ali continued to sign book covers for another hour, after which the police were called to help manage the crowd. Store manager John Lauder said: “This must be a freak situation in a recession – to have police actually stopping people getting into a shop.”
The first river bridge to be built in Leeds in more than a century was lowered into place. The £400,000 footbridge over the River Aire linked The Calls with the new south bank development area and the Royal Armouries museum.
Actor Robert Morley, who starred in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965), died aged 85.
Leeds inventor Ken Dunn, 62, came up with a gadget to allow people to smash double-glazing in an emergency. The former engineer developed the tiny hammer during his time at BBA in Cleckheaton and brought it to market after the problem of breaking toughened glass was highlighted on the BBC’s Watchdog.