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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Thursday 14 November 2019

A random quote from our archives...

"The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others."
Doug Larson

...more quotes

A random fact...

Donald F. Duncan, the man who made the yo-yo an American tradition, is also credited with popularizing the parking meter and introducing Good Humor "ice cream on a stick."

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Ray Sharkey, Brooklyn, New York, actor, Wise Guys, Wired, Caged Fear (1952)
  • Leo H A Baekeland, Belgian/US chemist, bakelite (1863)
  • James Birdseye MacPherson, Mjr Gen Union volunteers, died in 1864 (1828)
  • Ellis Marsalis, jazz musician (1934)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru, 1st Indian PM, 1947-64 (1889)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Jack Finney, author (Body Snatchers), dies of pneumonia at 84 (1995)
  • Johnny Mack Brown, actor (Lawman is Born, Back Trail), dies at 70 (1974)
  • Jake Dengel, U.S. actor (Ragtime, Ironweed), dies at 61 (1994)
  • John F Hampe, pathologist (Fabric and Stoflongen), dies at 83 (1994)
  • Charles Carroll, large landowner/signed Decl of Ind, dies at 95 (1832)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site (1990)
  • Dick Hutton beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champ (1957)
  • Puerto Rico votes against becoming the 51st U.S. state (1993)
  • Pope Julius III proclaims new seat on Council of Trente (1550)
  • Egypt President Sadat repeats willingness to visit Israel to Cronkite (1977)

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: Pato Banton - Baby Come Back
US: Boyz II Men - I'll Make Love To You
Australia: Silverchair - Tomorrow

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: The Archies - Sugar Sugar
US: The Fifth Dimension - Wedding Bell Blues
Australia: Bobby Gentry - I'll Never Fall In Love Again

...more number one singles

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