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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Wednesday 20 October 2021

A random quote from our archives...

"While fools shun one set of faults they run into the opposite one."
Horace

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A random fact...

Instant replay added a new dimension to televised sports when it was featured in a 1963 telecast of an Army-Navy football game. In 1964, it became a standard technique on television.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Tiffany, [Renee Darwisch], rocker, I Think We're Alone Now (1970)
  • Colin Campbell/Lord Clyde, British officer, Sepoy-uprising (1792)
  • Navjot Singh Sidhu, cricketer, Indian opening batsman (1963)
  • Giovanni Rucellai, Italian poet, Le Api (1475)
  • Connie Chung, Washington D.C., news ancher, NBC, CBS (1946)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Christopher Gibbons, composer, dies at 61 (1676)
  • Jeronimo de Bosch Kemper, Dutch sociologist/historian, dies at 68 (1876)
  • Joannes Custos, S Netherlands humanist, dies at about 50 (1525)
  • Henry Hiles, composer, dies at 77 (1904)
  • Eberhard Feik, German actor (Tatort), dies at 50 (1994)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • HUAC opens hearings into alleged Communist influence in Hollywood (1947)
  • Battle of Sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan's rulers (shoguns) (1600)
  • Nobel prize for economy awarded to George Stigler (1982)
  • Sri Lanka President Jayewardene re-elected (1982)
  • Russian tsar allows Polish people to speak Polish (1905)

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: The Spice Girls - Say You'll Be There
US: Los Del Rio - Macarena
Australia: Los Del Rio - Macarena

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Rod Stewart - Maggie May
US: Rod Stewart - Maggie May c/w Reason To Believe
Australia: Drummond - Daddy Cool

...more number one singles

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