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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Friday 3 February 2023

A random quote from our archives...

"The way is long if one follows precepts, but short... if one follows patterns."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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A random fact...

The television show Seinfeld was set in New York City; however, the exterior that was used for Jerry Seinfeld's apartment house is actually in Los Angeles, California.

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Five random people born today...

  • Stan Ockers, Belgian bicyclist, Tour de France 1955, 56 (1920)
  • Georg Trakl, Austrian poet, Autumn of the Lonely (1887)
  • Erwin Kroll, composer (1886)
  • Joris Baers, Flemish bibliography/founder, Boekengids (1888)
  • Peggy Ann Garner, Canton Ohio, actress, Little Women, Daisy Kenyon (1932)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Anna May Wong, actress (Gallery of Mme Lui-Tsang), dies at 54 (1961)
  • Karla Faye Tucker, murderer, executed at 38 (1998)
  • Ravindara Mhatrem, Indian diplomat, killed in England (1984)
  • Jose Rolon, composer, dies at 61 (1945)
  • Tibor Reich, textile designer, dies at 79 (1996)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Circus owner PT Barnum buys his world famous elephant Jumbo (1882)
  • Dick Button becomes 1st world figure skating champion from US (1948)
  • "Meet the Beatles" album goes Gold (1964)
  • Wilhelm Mauseth skates world record 500 m (46.8 secs) (1895)
  • Patty Berg wins LPGA Havana Golf Open (1957)

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: Aqua - Doctor Jones
US: Janet Jackson - Together Again
Australia: Aqua - Doctor Jones

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: The Sweet - Blockbuster
US: Elton John - Crocodile Rock
Australia: Michael Jackson - Ben

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