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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Wednesday 21 February 2018

A random quote from our archives...

"Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt."
Pierre Elliott Trudeau

...more quotes

A random fact...

The act or habit of talking while asleep is called "somniloquy."

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Jules de Trooz, baron/premier of Belgium, 1907 (1857)
  • Vsevolod Pudovkin, Soviet film director/theorist, Mother, Deserter (1893)
  • Madeleine Renaud, French actress/theater director, Plaisir (1900)
  • Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skiier 1992 Olympics gold (1969)
  • John Lewis, Rep-D-Georgia (1940)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Eric Herfst, Dutch cabaret performer (Floris), dies at 47 (1985)
  • Kate A ter Horst-Arriens, Dutch nurse (Battle of Arnhem), dies at 85 (1992)
  • Chester H Lauck, actor (2 Weeks to Live, Goin' to Town), dies at 78 (1980)
  • Gustave Caillebotte, French shipbuilding designer/painter, dies at 45 (1894)
  • Kurt Eisner, premier Bayern (soc), murdered at 51 (1919)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • U.S. authorizes minting of $3 gold pieces (1853)
  • Texas Rangers win Confederate victory at Battle of Val Verde, New Mexico (1862)
  • John Mitchell, HR Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman sentenced to 2-8 yrs (1975)
  • Japan launches Hinotori satellite to study solar flares (580/640 k) (1981)
  • Televangelist Jimmy Swaggert confesses his sins to his congregation (1988)

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: 2 Unlimited - No Limit
US: Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
Australia: Sonia Dada - You Don't Treat Me No Good

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Manfred Mann - Mighty Quinn
US: Paul Mauriat - Love Is Blue
Australia: Paul Mauriat - Love Is Blue

...more number one singles

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