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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Thursday 13 August 2020

A random quote from our archives...

"Shamefully we now learn that Saddam's torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management."
Edward Kennedy

...more quotes

A random fact...

In Giza, Egypt, the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx were built in 2580 B.C.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Mosiuoa Patrick "Terror" Lekota, South African UDF/ANC-leader (1948)
  • Leifur Thorarinsson, composer (1934)
  • Leslie Joseph, QC (1925)
  • Kevin Tighe, Los Angeles, California, actor, Newsie, Another 48 Hours, K-9 (1944)
  • Lord Sainsbury of Drury Lane, president, J Sansbury Pics (1902)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Isaac de Pinto, merchant/lender/Dutch States-general, dies (1787)
  • King Curtis, [Curtis Ousley], U.S. musician, murdered at 37 (1971)
  • Henry Williamson, English author (Tarka the Otter), dies (1977)
  • Tim Richmond, race car driver (won 13 NASCAR races), dies of AIDS (1989)
  • Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, composer, dies at 75 (1970)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Red army evacuates Smolensk (1941)
  • State of Drenthe accredits Willem III as mayor (1696)
  • Germany: Gustav Stresemann becomes premier of coalition government (1923)
  • Central African Republic and Chad proclaim independence from France (1960)
  • 1st test glide of shuttle (1977)

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 - Never Forget
US: TLC - Waterfalls
Australia: Jann Arden - Insensitive

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Elvis Presley - The Wonder Of You
US: The Carpenters - (They Long To Be) Close To You
Australia: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Up Round The Bend

...more number one singles

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