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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Wednesday 22 January 2020

A random quote from our archives...

"I am 1,000 percent for Tom Eagleton and I have no intention of dropping him from the ticket."
George McGovern

...more quotes

A random fact...

The largest order of mammals, with about 1,700 species, is rodents. Bats are second with about 950 species.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Melanie Winiger, Miss Switzerland Universe 1997 (1979)
  • Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger, composer (1815)
  • William Warfield, singer, Show Boat (1920)
  • Gustaf Paulson, composer (1898)
  • Michael Cristofer, actor and writer, Little Drummer Girl (1945)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Telly Savalas, actor (Kojak), dies of prostate cancer at 70 (1994)
  • Nico Adriaans, founder of Rotterdam Junkiebond, dies of AIDS at 37 (1995)
  • Charlie Gehringer, baseball player, dies at 89 (1993)
  • Georgi M Malenkov, Russian premier (1953-55), dies at 86 (1988)
  • Lewis Morris, U.S. farmer signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 71 (1798)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Dmitri Sjostakovitsj' opera "Lady MacBeth," premieres in Leningrad (1934)
  • East beats West 9-8 in 45th NHL All Star Game at MSG in New York City (1994)
  • 17th American Music Award: Milli Vanilli (1990)
  • U.S. launches TIROS 9 weather satellite (1965)
  • Ukraine proclaimed a free republic (German puppet) (1918)

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: Rednex - Cotton Eye Joe
US: TLC - Creep
Australia: The Cranberries - Zombie

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Rolf Harris - Two Little Boys
US: B.J. Thomas - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
Australia: Johnny Farnham - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head

...more number one singles

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