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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Thursday 15 November 2018

A random quote from our archives...

"In this country, the average actor goes to drama school and then perhaps does small parts on British TV, plays a waiter and whatever. And there I was sharing the screen with Christian Slater and Val Kilmer. It's like, did I miss a beat somewhere?"
Will Kemp

...more quotes

A random fact...

Three Whigs have served as president of the United States: William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Georgia O'Keeffe, American Artist (1887)
  • Rick Schagen, Dutch actress, Saartje-Swiebertje (1913)
  • Nicholas V, [Tommaso Parentucelli], Italy, Pope, 1447-55 (1397)
  • John Kerr, New York City, actor, South Pacific, Peyton Place, Pit and Pendulum (1931)
  • Erwin Rommel, German fieldmarshal, WW II-African campaign (1891)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Theo Huizenaar, Dutch boxing trainer (Bep van Klaveren), dies at 93 (1993)
  • Johann Kepler, German astronomer, dies at 58 (1630)
  • Baby Fae, who received a baboon's heart, dies at 3 weeks (1984)
  • John Mercer Langston, U.S. black jurist, dies at 67 (1897)
  • Janet Ahlberg, illustrator, dies at 50 (1994)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Next transit of Mercury visible in North America (1999)
  • NY General assembly permits Jews to omit phrase "upon the faith of a Christian" from abjuration oath (1727)
  • 1st regularly scheduled commercial flights over North Pole begins (1954)
  • Mickey Wright shoots a 62, lowest golf score for a woman pro (1964)
  • WLTV TV channel 23 in Miami, Florida (IND) begins broadcasting (1967)

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: Meatloaf - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
Australia: Ace Of Base - All That She Wants

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Hugo Montenegro - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
US: The Beatles - Hey Jude
Australia: The Beatles - Hey Jude

...more number one singles

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