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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Wednesday 17 October 2018

A random quote from our archives...

"For me, painting is a way to forget life. It is a cry in the night, a strangled laugh."
Georges Rouault

...more quotes

A random fact...

Anti-modem laws restrict Internet access in the country of Burma. Illegal possession of a modem can lead to a prison term.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Robert "Evel" Knievel, motorcycle daredevil, Snake River Canyon (1938)
  • Elinor Glyn, British novelist, 3 Weeks (1864)
  • Ernest Dixon, NFL linebacker for the New Orleans Saints (1971)
  • Vijay Mehra, cricketer, United Arab Emirates batsman 1996 World Cup (1963)
  • James Patrick Delsing, St. Louis, Missouri, PGA golfer, 1993 New England-2nd (1960)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Helmut Gollwitzer, German theologist/antifascist, dies at 84 (1993)
  • Paul Edwin Zimmer, writer, dies at 54 (1997)
  • Frederic F Chopin, Polish/French pianist/composer, dies at 39 (1849)
  • Peterus van Doorne, Dutch industrialist, dies at 47 (1982)
  • Soledad Jiminez, Spanish actor (Phantom ofthe Range), dies at 91 (1966)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test (1978)
  • Philadelphia Eagle Adrian Burk passes for 7 touchdowns vs. Washington (49-21) (1954)
  • Albert Einstein arrives in U.S., a refugee from Nazi Germany (1933)
  • WBMG TV channel 42 in Birmingham, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting (1965)
  • "Billy Barnes Revue" closes at John Golden Theater New York City after 87 performances (1959)

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: Meatloaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
US: Mariah Carey - Dreamlover
Australia: Meatloaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Mary Hopkin - Those Were The Days
US: The Beatles - Hey Jude
Australia: The Beatles - Hey Jude

...more number one singles

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