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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Sunday 19 April 2015

A random quote from our archives...

"We are suffering from too much sarcasm."
Marianne Moore

...more quotes

A random fact...

The name "celery" comes from the French name celeri.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Harris Barton, NFL tackle for the San Francisco 49ers (1964)
  • Hendrick J "Kobie" Coetsee, South Africa minister of Defense/Justice (1931)
  • Lou Bandy, [Lodewijk F Dieben], revue-artist, Look for the Sun (1890)
  • Tim Curry, born in Cheshire, England, actor, Rocky Horror Show (1946)
  • Al Unser, Jr., Indy-car racer, over 10 wins (1962)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • "King" Herbert Whitaker, tenor sax, dies at 66 (1995)
  • Ethel Wilson, actress (Aunt Harriet-Aldrich Family), dies at 88 (1980)
  • Michel van Rooy, Dutch actor (Doctor Vlimmen, The Attack), dies at 43 (1994)
  • George Mickelson, Gov of, South Dakota, and 7 others, die in a plane crash (1993)
  • J P Heyboer, resistance fighter, executed (1945)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Pistons and 76'ers get into a fight accruing $162,500 fines (NBA record) (1990)
  • 28th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:29:40.2 (1924)
  • 11th Boston Women's Marathon won by Charlotte Teske of Ger in 2:29:33 (1982)
  • Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2 (1947)
  • 4th Boston Marathon won by Jim Caffrey of Canada in 2:39:44.4 (1900)

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: Tony Christie feat. Peter Kay - (Is This The Way To) Amarillo
US: 50 Cent featuring Olivia - Candy Shop
Australia: Jesse McCartney - Beautiful Soul

Number One Single 25 years ago...

UK: Madonna - Vogue
US: Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
Australia: Paula Abdul - Opposites Attract

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: The Beatles - Ticket To Ride
US: Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders - Game Of Love
Australia: The Beatles - Rock And Roll Music / Honey Don't

...more number one singles

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