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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Monday 14 October 2019

A random quote from our archives...

"Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice."
Lyman Abbott

...more quotes

A random fact...

Comedian/actor Billy Crystal portrayed Jodie Dallas, the first openly gay main character on network television on ABC's Soap, which aired from 1977 to 1981.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Heath Sims, Orange California, 149 lbs/68 kg greco-roman wrestler 1996 Olympics (1971)
  • Hannah Arendt, Germany, historian, Origins of Totalitarianism (1906)
  • Ray Ewry, Lafayette, Indiana, jumper, Olympics-10 gold-1900, 04, 06, 08 (1873)
  • Kathrin Mansfield, NZ writer, Aloe, Garden Party (1888)
  • Roland Butcher, cricketer, 1st black to play for England 1981 (1953)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Gioconda de Vito, violinist, dies at 87 (1994)
  • William John Raff Hooper, cartoonist, dies at 80 (1996)
  • Mustafa Abada, Algerian TV director, murdered (1993)
  • Cleveland Amory, writer, The Compleat Cat, dies at 81 (1998)
  • F Kurnberger, writer, dies at 58 (1879)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Naguib Mahfouz is 1st Arabic writer to win Nobel literature prize (1988)
  • Great Britain performs nuclear test at Emu Field Australia (1953)
  • German assault on Tractor factory, 1000s killed (1942)
  • China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC (1978)
  • Harry Wright suggests umps keep ball-strike count a secret (1893)

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 - Sure
US: Boyz II Men - I'll Make Love To You
Australia: Boyz II Men - I'll Make Love To You

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Bobby Gentry - I'll Never Fall In Love Again
US: The Temptations - I Can't Get Next To You
Australia: Russell Morris - The Girl That I Love

...more number one singles

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