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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Friday 20 October 2017

A random quote from our archives...

"There's a real purity in New Zealand that doesn't exist in the states. It's actually not an easy thing to find in our world anymore. It's a unique place because it is so far away from the rest of the world. There is a sense of isolation and also being protected."
Elijah Wood

...more quotes

A random fact...

The human brain is 74 percent water.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Michiko, empress of Japan (1934)
  • Robert A Borski, Rep-D-PA, 1983- (1948)
  • Mickey Mantle, New York Yankee, home run slugger, 1956 Triple Crown (1931)
  • Erin Deiters, Green Bay Wis, WPVA volleyballer, U.S. Open-9th-1994 (1966)
  • Connie Chung, Washington D.C., news ancher, NBC, CBS (1946)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • James Leo Herlihy, novelist (Midnight Cowboy), dies at 66 (1993)
  • Henry X the Trotse, duke of Bayern (1126-38), dies (1139)
  • Charles Babbage, English mathematician (calculator), dies at 78 (1871)
  • Eudocia Aelia Athenais, empress Oostromeinse Rich/poet, dies (460)
  • Raymond Rasberry, pianist/singer, dies at 65 (1995)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • The Family Station Inc buys shortwave Radio Station WNYW, changes calls to WYFR and moves station from New York City to Scituate Mass (1973)
  • Amnesty proclaimed for escaped slaves of Suriname (1862)
  • US president Nixon fires Watergate accuser Archibald Cox (1973)
  • Charles Darwin reaches river mouth of Parana (1833)
  • KMXN (now KJTV) TV channel 34 in Lubbock, Texas (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: Tasmin Archer - Sleeping Satellite
US: Boyz II Men - End Of The Road
Australia: Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: The Bee Gees - Massachusetts
US: Lulu - To Sir With Love
Australia: Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Waltz

...more number one singles

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