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

A random quote from our archives...

"We have created an industrial order geared to automatism, where feeble-mindedness, native or acquired, is necessary for docile productivity in the factory; and where a pervasive neurosis is the final gift of the meaningless life that issues forth at the other end."
Lewis Mumford

...more quotes

A random fact...

A newborn crocodile is three times as large as the egg it derived from.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Karl May, German writer, Old Shatterhand/Winnetou (1842)
  • Maryann Amacher, composer (1943)
  • A C F Verity, master, Dulwich College (1939)
  • Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Toro Spain, conductor, International Conductor Competition (1940)
  • Max Kommerell, German literary/author, Die Gefangenen (1902)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist, dies at 81 (1962)
  • Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49 (1953)
  • Vehbi Koc, indistrialist/philanthropist, dies at 94 (1996)
  • James Coco, actor (Joe-Dumplings), dies at 58 (1987)
  • Eddie Constantine, actor (Alphaville, License to Kill), dies at 75 (1993)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Congress passed 1st Timberland Protection Act (1879)
  • British heavyweight Nigel Benn hits Gerard McClellan in hospital (1995)
  • Council of Rockingham: bishop Anselmus vs King William II Rufus (1095)
  • Cumberlands troops occupy Aberdeen (1746)
  • 16th Amendment ratified, authorizing income tax (1913)

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: Shakespears Sister - Stay
US: Mr Big - To Be With You
Australia: Euphoria - Love You Right

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Petula Clark - This Is My Song
US: The Buckinghams - Kind Of Drag
Australia: The Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy vs The Red Baron

...more number one singles

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