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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Sunday 27 November 2022

A random quote from our archives...

"Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

...more quotes

A random fact...

At the height of a hundred miles, air is only a billionth as dense as it is on Earth's surface. Even so, the total amount of air that is higher than the hundred-mile level comes to 6 million tons.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • James Agee, American author, African Queen, Death in Family (1909)
  • John Murray, publisher (1778)
  • Howard de Walden, English landowner/multi-millionaire (1912)
  • Wladyslaw Orkan, [Szmaciarz-Smreczynsky], Pol author, Nowele Zebrane (1875)
  • Calvin Hayes, rocker, Johnny Hates Jazz-Turn Back the Clock (1962)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Louis B Russell Jr, longest living heart transplant, dies at 49 (1974)
  • Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist, dies at 60 (1995)
  • Black Kettle, [Motavato], Cheyenne chief, dies (1868)
  • William Nigh, director (Ape, Doomed to Die, Mr. Wong), dies at 74 (1955)
  • Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba, composer, dies at 54 (1915)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • KTBC TV channel 7 in Austin, Texas (CBS) begins broadcasting (1952)
  • Luis Alberto Lacelle elected president of Uruguay (1989)
  • Nazis signs Technical Hague court Delft (1940)
  • Side-wheeler "Portland" sinks off Cape Cod, 190 die (1898)
  • Army withdraws for Little Rock Ark, after Central HS integration (1957)

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: Various Artists - Perfect Day
US: Elton John - Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997
Australia: Aqua - Barbie Girl

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Chuck Berry - My Ding-A-Ling
US: The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Australia: Hot Butter - Popcorn

...more number one singles

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