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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Friday 19 July 2019

A random quote from our archives...

"Ambition, if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others."
Susan Sontag

...more quotes

A random fact...

Scientist Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Adriaan J Zoetmulder, Dutch writer/directer, Eindhovens Dagblad (1881)
  • Brooks Thompson, NBA guard, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic (1970)
  • Angeline Putt, Miss Universe-Singapore 1996 (1973)
  • F A Alphonse Aulard, French historian (1849)
  • Gina Procaccio, Drexel Hills Pennsylvania, 5k runner (1964)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Syngman Rhee, president of South-Korea (1948-60), dies at 90 (1965)
  • Willem van Enkenvoirt, cardinal/bishop of Utrecht, dies at about 70 (1534)
  • Carl Bock, Danish Gestapo agent, liquidated (1944)
  • Frederic Nicolas Duvernoy, composer, dies at 72 (1838)
  • John-Baptist Xavery, Flemish sculptor, dies at 45 (1742)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Don Mattingly sets AL record of extra base hits in 10 cons games (1987)
  • Yanks start 14 game comeback with 2-0 win (1978)
  • Nicaragua Liberation Day; Sandinistas take over from Somoza (1979)
  • Nazi occupiers imprison 231 prominent Dutch citizens in Buchenwald (1940)
  • Sudan military coup under maj Hashem al-Atta, Numeiry flees (1971)

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: Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around
US: All 4 One - I Swear
Australia: Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Thunderclap Newman - Something In The Air
US: Zager & Evans - In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)
Australia: The Beatles - The Ballad Of John & Yoko

...more number one singles

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