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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Tuesday 20 October 2020

A random quote from our archives...

"No age seemed the age of romance to itself."
Thomas Carlyle

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A random fact...

The Curly Redwood Lodge is one of northern California’s most unique lodges. It was built from one curly redwood tree that produced 57,000 board feet of lumber. The tree - cut down in 1952 - was 18 feet 2 inches at the trunk. Curly redwood is unique because of the curly grain of the wood, unlike typical straight grained redwood.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Charlie Chase, U.S. actor and director, Sons of Desert (1893)
  • Daniel Edgar Sickles, Major General Union volunteers, died in 1914 (1819)
  • Anna Neagle, London Engld, actress, London Melody, Nurse Edith Cavell (1904)
  • Dave Krieg, NFL quarterback, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Oilers (1958)
  • Juan Marichal, Hall of Fame baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants (1937)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Orton Chirwa, Malawi's lawyer/Justice minister, dies in captivity (1992)
  • Ivan Svitak, philosopher, dies at 69 (1994)
  • Jack Elam, actor, Rawhide, dies at 84 (2003)
  • Henry Lewsis Stimson, U.S. minister of War/gov-gen, dies (1950)
  • Werner Krauss, actor (Joyless Street), dies at 75 (1959)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Franz Schubert's 2nd Symphony in B, premieres (1877)
  • "Durham Manifesto" calls for fundamental changes in race relations (1942)
  • Actress Lisa Hartman weds country singer Clint Black (1991)
  • Cheese rationed in Netherlands (1940)
  • 19th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 5-2 at Montreal (1965)

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: Simply Red - Fairground
US: Mariah Carey - Fantasy
Australia: Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Freda Payne - Band Of Gold
US: The Jackson 5 - I'll Be There
Australia: The Carpenters - (They Long To Be) Close To You

...more number one singles

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