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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Saturday 4 April 2020

A random quote from our archives...

"That's really what science is just trying to figure stuff out, and I like figuring stuff out."
Steven Squyres

...more quotes

A random fact...

To keep bugs out of flour, it is recommended to place a couple of bay leaves in the container.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Peter Haycock, rock guitarist, All Along the Watchtower (1952)
  • Charles Butler, born in Salt Lake City Utah, dance skater (1979)
  • Seoirse Bodley, composer (1933)
  • O. J. Santiago, tight end for the Atlanta Falcons (1974)
  • Francois-Bernard Mache, composer (1935)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Olga Lowina, Dutch yodeler (Edelweisskapel), dies at 69 (1994)
  • John Peale Bishop, U.S. poet (Undertaker's Garland), dies at 51 (1944)
  • Karel, duke of Berry/French heir to the throne, dies (1714)
  • Constantin Meunier, Belgian painter/sculptor, dies at 73 (1905)
  • Ghazi I, King of Iraq (19??-39), dies in car accident (1939)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • USAF transport carrying orphans from Saigon crashes killing 155 (1975)
  • Army fires on striking mine workers at Lena-gold fields Siberia (1912)
  • Hungary liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day) (1945)
  • New York Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yanks beat Twins on opening day 4-2 (1989)
  • Day vs Mets starter Dwight Gooden (1994)

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: Take That - Back For Good
US: Madonna - Take A Bow
Australia: Hocus Pocus - Here's Johnny

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
US: Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Australia: Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love

...more number one singles

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