3rd April 1928 - The Mayors of Liverpool and Birkenhead shook hands under the Mersey as the breakthrough was made in the boring of the Queensway road tunnel. The Liverpool Daily Courier reported the next day "The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Margaret Beavan, attired in the regulation oilskin outfit with the addition of a chain of office, stood on the raised platform ready to greet the Birkenhead Mayoral party when the gap was wide enough to pass through. A great cheer was raised on both sides when the hole through was accomplished and immediately the two mayors exchanged greetings, joined hands in Auld Lang
9th April 1869 - Author Charles Dickens gave a reading in Liverpool for the last time as he continued his farewell tour of Britain. The Liverpool Mercury reported of his performance at the Theatre Royal in Williamson Square “Mr Charles Dickens made his final bow to the Liverpool audience in the character of a public reader. We question whether he ever received a more numerous and appreciative audience than that which filled nearly every seat in the spacious Theatre Royal. So earnest was the applause at the close of the reading that Mr Dickens was compelled to return to the stage and bow his acknowledgements".
23rd April 1927 - Liverpool's first greyhound track opened in Breck Park, Townsend Lane, Clubmoor.8,000 attended the first meeting and the Daily Post and Mercury described how the races worked: "You get a hares skin, stuff it and attach it to an electric contrivance that sends it scurrying round the course as if it were the real thing running for dear life. The dogs chase that thing round until the deceitful unfeeling animal has made an electric dive into an animal hole”.
25th April 1796 - Dr Samuel Solomon, who practised in Marybone, placed an advert in Billinge's Liverpool Advertiser and Marine Intelligence for his potion the Balm of Gilead, which he claimed could cure a variety of elements. He stated that it was "For the relief of nervous disorders, female complaints, weaknesses, loss of appetite, impurity of blood, headaches, relaxation, bilious cases, debility, indigestion, ill-cured lues, seminal weaknesses, coughs and colds, consumptions, lowness of spirits, scorbutic diseases, pains in the limbs, gleets etc etc”
The above events are covered in further detail, along with other stories for every day of the year, in The Liverpool Book Of Days, which was published in September 2012. Signed copies are available here.