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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Wednesday 24 August 2016

A random quote from our archives...

"Giving jazz the Congressional seal of approval is a little like making Huck Finn an honorary Boy Scout."
Melvin Maddocks

...more quotes

A random fact...

Lightning keeps plants alive. The intense heat of lightning forces nitrogen in the air to mix with oxygen, forming nitrogen oxides that are soluble in water and fall to the ground in rain. Plants need nitrates to survive, so without lightning, plants could not live.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Kenny Guinn, American Politician (1936)
  • Ernest Wright, Jr., U.S. rock vocalist, Imperials-So Much (1941)
  • Sven Johan Stolpe, Swedish author, Latt, snabb och om (1905)
  • Wilbur Wilberforce, England, crusaded against slavery (1759)
  • Ian Moran, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. hockey defenseman, Olympics-1994, Pitts (1972)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Thomas Bullis, composer, dies at 54 (1712)
  • Jan E Matzeliger, Suriname inventor (shoe lacing machine), dies (1889)
  • Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, U.S. jazz saxophonist, dies at 59 (1972)
  • Eustace "the Monk", French buccaneer, dies in battle (1217)
  • Erich Geiringer, general Practitioner campaigner, dies at 78 (1995)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • 6,000 Jews, blamed for the Plague, are killed in Mainz (1349)
  • Juli Inkster wins Atlantic City LPGA Golf Classic (1986)
  • 8th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 2-1 (1972)
  • Duke James of York gives Delaware to William Penn (1682)
  • U.S.S.R. launches Luna 11 for orbit around Moon (1966)

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: Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie
US: Fergie - London Bridge
Australia: Justin Timberlake - Sexyback

Number One Single 25 years ago...

UK: -
US: Charts not yet in existence
Australia: Charts not yet in existence

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: The Beatles - Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby
US: The Lovin' Spoonful - Summer In The City
Australia: The Easybeats - Too Much / I'll Make You Happy

...more number one singles

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