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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Wednesday 23 August 2017

A random quote from our archives...

"Our task is not to rediscover nature but to remake it."
Raoul Vaneigem

...more quotes

A random fact...

On Late Night with David Letterman, irreverent host Letterman once almost reduced guest Nastassja Kinski to tears when he made fun of her hair.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Siti Hartinah Suharto, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia (1924)
  • Tony Bill, SD Cal, actor, What Really Happened to the Class of '65 (1940)
  • Jason Clemett, CFL linebacker for the Calgary Stampeders (1973)
  • Cam Emerson, Hamilton Ont, Canadian golfer, 1989 Canadian Long Drive (1964)
  • Gareth Hughes, Llanelly Wales, actor, Midnight Girl (1894)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed in Mass (1927)
  • Hoot Gibson, silent screen cowboy actor (Last Outlaw), dies at 70 (1962)
  • Hank Patterson, actor (Fred Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 87 (1975)
  • Arthur Holt, politician, dies at 81 (1995)
  • Oliver F McGowan, actor (Banning, Stagecoach), dies at 64 (1971)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Armenia declares independence (1990)
  • 1st Japanese coml ship visits SF, carrying tea (1872)
  • 13th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Los Angeles 0 (97,380) (1946)
  • University of Groningen opens (1614)
  • Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates VP Agnew but not unanimous-1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley) (1972)

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: Snap! - Rhythm Is A Dancer
US: Boyz II Men - End Of The Road
Australia: Jose Carreras & Sarah Brightman - Amigos Para Siempre

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Scott McKenzie - San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)
US: Bobby Gentry - Ode To Billie Joe
Australia: The Fifth Dimension - Up, Up And Away

...more number one singles

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