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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Friday 17 August 2018

A random quote from our archives...

"Most of our oldest memories are the product of repeated rehearsal and reconstruction."
Ulric Neisser

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A random fact...

The United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, began with a modest thirty-four investigators in 1908. Later, it became the powerful force that it is today, currently employing more than 12,000 agents across the United States.

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Five random people born today...

  • Alan Minter, England, light-middleweight boxer 1972 Olympics bronze (1951)
  • Koos Postema, editor-in-chief, Vrije Volk, /Dutch TV host (1943)
  • Marcus Garvey, began back-to-Africa movement among U.S. blacks (1887)
  • Robert De Niro, New York City, actor, Bang the Drum Slowly, Taxi Driver (1943)
  • Edward Cowie, composer (1943)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Mauritius Vogt, composer, dies at 61 (1730)
  • Leo Geerts, [Marcel van der Linden], Belgian writer/critic, dies (1991)
  • Horace Alderman, U.S., murderer, hanged (1927)
  • Nikon, [Nikita Minin], patriarch of Rus-orthodox church, dies at 76 (1681)
  • Francisco de Moncada, Spanish earl of Osuna, dies at 48 (1635)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups (1787)
  • Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic (1975)
  • Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) and Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park HRs (1950)
  • German troops over run Kovno Lithuiana (1915)
  • English beat Bataafs Navy in Saldanha Bay (1796)

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: Freddie Mercury - Living On My Own
US: UB 40 - (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You
Australia: UB 40 - (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown - Fire
US: The Rascals - People Got To Be Free
Australia: Richard Harris - MacArthur Park

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