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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Friday 19 April 2019

A random quote from our archives...

"Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same."
Oscar Wilde

...more quotes

A random fact...

The American yew, a shrub commonly found around federal buildings in Washington, D.C., has the botanical name Taxus taxus(italicize).

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Roger Reinson, CFL linebacker for the Calgary Stampeders (1968)
  • Kate Hudson, American Actress (1979)
  • Roger Sherman, signer, Decl of, Indiana, Constitution (1721)
  • Adrienne Parker, Miss Tennessee Teen USA 1996 (1978)
  • Trevor Francis, British soccer manager (1954)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • George Mickelson, Gov of, South Dakota, and 7 others, die in a plane crash (1993)
  • Henry John Newbolt, poet/author (Studies Green and Gray), dies at 75 (1938)
  • Earl of Dorset, poet/statesman, dies (1608)
  • Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, Actor (Mr Green Jeans), dies at 77 (1987)
  • Jacob Israel Emden, [Jacob ben Tswi], German rabbi, dies at 78 (1776)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Comiskey Park's famed "exploding" scoreboard begins operating (1960)
  • U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR (1985)
  • 31st Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:40:22.2 (1927)
  • 24th Boston Marathon won by Peter Trivoulidas of Greece in 2:29:31 (1920)
  • Naval Engagement at Cherbourg, FR: USS Kearsage vs. CSS Alabama (1864)

Number One Single this time last year...

UK: -
US: Charts not yet in existence
Australia: Charts not yet in existence

Number One Single five years ago...

UK: -
US: Charts not yet in existence
Australia: Charts not yet in existence

Number One Single ten years ago...

UK: -
US: Charts not yet in existence
Australia: Charts not yet in existence

Number One Single 25 years ago...

UK: Prince - The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
US: R.Kelly - Bump N' Grind
Australia: Celine Dion - The Power Of Love

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Desmond Dekker & The Aces - The Israelites
US: The Fifth Dimension - Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In
Australia: Peter Sarstedt - Where Do You Go To (My Lovely?)

...more number one singles

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