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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Saturday 16 January 2021

A random quote from our archives...

"Nothing has been given to me."
Freddy Adu

...more quotes

A random fact...

There is a substantial wild population of golden hamsters living in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Scientists speculate that all the domesticated golden hamsters in the world descended from a single female with twelve babies, which were dug from a burrow in Syria back in 1930.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Alexander Adriaenssen, Flemish painter (1587)
  • Cliff Thorburn, English snookers player (1939)
  • Mason Gamble, actor, Dennis the Menace (1986)
  • Henry Dewitt "Harry" Carey II, U.S. actor, Informer (1878)
  • Joe Horn, wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs (1972)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Sathasivam Krishnakumar, Sri Lanka commander, commits suicide (1993)
  • William Dillard, trumpeter/singer, dies at 83 (1995)
  • Annie Patterson, composer, dies at 65 (1934)
  • Thomas Freanby, Norwegian landscape painter, dies (1842)
  • Gilardo Gilardi, composer, dies at 73 (1963)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Searchers' "Love Potion #9" peaks at #3 (1965)
  • "2 Shakespearean Actors" opens at Cort Theater New York City for 29 performances (1992)
  • Gen Wm Sherman issues Field Order #15 (land for blacks) (1865)
  • Spanish socialists/communists/anarchists form Unidad Popular (1936)
  • Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Ft. Fisher NC, 40 die (1865)

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: George Michael - Jesus To A Child
US: Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men - One Sweet Day
Australia: George Michael - Jesus To A Child

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Clive Dunn - Grandad
US: George Harrison - My Sweet Lord c/w Isn't It A Pity
Australia: The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You

...more number one singles

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