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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Tuesday 1 December 2020

A random quote from our archives...

"I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel."
E. B. White

...more quotes

A random fact...

The Brazil nut is the seed of a giant tree that grows in South America's Amazon jungle. These hard seeds grow in clusters of eight to twenty-four inside a hard, 4- to 6-inch pod that resembles a coconut.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Morris "Red" Badgro, Wash, NFL hall of famer, Yanks, Giants, Dodgers (1902)
  • Lee Buck Trevino, Dallas, Texas, PGA golfer, U.S. Open 1968, 71 (1939)
  • Craig David Parry, Sunshine Victoria, PGA golfer, 1994 Honda-2nd (1966)
  • Alexandra, Danish princess/Queen of Great Britain/Ireland (1844)
  • Peter Kalikow, Queens New York City, real estate developer/publisher, New York Post (1942)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Mirsky, mathematician, dies (1983)
  • Stephane Grappelli, jazz violinist, dies at 89 (1997)
  • Christian Ludwig Boxberg, composer, dies at 59 (1729)
  • Lionel Stander, actor (Max-Hart to Hart), dies at 86 (1994)
  • Hugo Haas, actor and director (Bait, Pick Up), dies of asthma at 66 (1968)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Georg Kiesinger elected West German chancellor (1966)
  • U.S. Justice Department sues Yonkers siting racial discrimination (1980)
  • Empress Elisabeth orders expulsion of all Jews from Russia (1742)
  • Westinghouse formally changes its name to CBS (1997)
  • Frank Robinson (NL) and Luis Aparicio (AL) voted Rookie of the Year (1956)

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: Robson & Jerome - I Believe / Up On The Roof
US: Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day
Australia: Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knockin'
US: The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You
Australia: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Lookin' Out My Back Door

...more number one singles

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