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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Saturday 19 April 2014

A random quote from our archives...

"The draft is white people sending black people to fight yellow people to protect the country they stole from red people."
James Rado

...more quotes

A random fact...

The Battle of New Orleans, which made Andrew Jackson a national hero, was fought two weeks after the War of 1812 had ended and more than a month before the news of the war's end had reached Louisiana.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • James Nares, composer (1715)
  • Vivienne Segal, Philadelphia, Broadway actress, Pal Joey (1897)
  • Pedro I, King of Portugal, 1357-67 (1320)
  • Thomas McKean, attorney (signed Declaration of Independence) [or 3/19] (1721)
  • Danelle Marie Folta, born in Hammond, Indiana, playmate, Apr, 1995 (1969)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • George Scharf, critic, dies (1895)
  • "King" Herbert Whitaker, tenor sax, dies at 66 (1995)
  • Louis Simmonds, bookseller, dies at 87 (1994)
  • Dag Ivar Wiren, composer, dies at 80 (1986)
  • Leo IX, [Bruno von Egesheim und Dagsburg], Pope (1049-54), dies at 51 (1054)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Belgian naval education ship Comte The Stain de Naeyer sets sail (1906)
  • 26th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:18:10 (1922)
  • 1st American marathon ran, John J McDermott wins in 2:55:10 (Boston) (1897)
  • Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Diego Golf Open (1953)
  • 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor of New York in 2:43:12 (1902)

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: Eamon - F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)
US: Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris - Yeah!
Australia: Eamon - F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)

Number One Single 25 years ago...

UK: The Bangles - Eternal Flame
US: Madonna - Like A Prayer
Australia: Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Peter & Gordon - A World Without Love
US: The Beatles - Can't Buy Me Love
Australia: The Beatles - All My Loving (ep)

...more number one singles

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