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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Saturday 25 November 2017

A random quote from our archives...

"What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children."
William Blake

...more quotes

A random fact...

While known as a painter, sculptor, architect, and engineer, Leonard da Vinci was the first to record that the number of rings in the cross section of a tree trunk revealed its age. He also discovered that the width between the rings indicated the annual moisture.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Anthony Newman, NFL safety for the New Orleans Saints (1965)
  • Charles Starkwether, murderer, Texas Tower (1938)
  • Tui St. George Tucker, composer (1924)
  • Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev, Russia, composer, Oresteia (1856)
  • Cynthia Geyn Brown, San Jose, California, playmate, May, 1995 (1974)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Davorin Jenko, composer, dies at 79 (1914)
  • [Sithu] U Thant, United Nations Sec-General (1961-72), dies in New York of cancer at 65 (1974)
  • Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer/musicologist, dies at 68 (1895)
  • Frank M Thomas, actor (Behind the Headlines, M'Liss), dies (1989)
  • Johann Georg Pisendel, German violist/composer, dies at 76 (1755)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • KING TV channel 5 in Seattle, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting (1948)
  • University of Mich retires Tom Harmon's #98 (1940)
  • WBJA (now WMGC) TV channel 34 in Binghamton, New York (ABC) 1st broadcast (1962)
  • National Organization for Aid to Underground, LO, forms (1942)
  • France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island (1980)

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: Charles & Eddie - Would I Lie To You?
US: Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
Australia: Boyz II Men - End Of The Road

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Long John Baldry - Let The Heartaches Begin
US: Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense And Peppermints
Australia: Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Waltz

...more number one singles

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