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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Friday 27 February 2015

A random quote from our archives...

"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get."
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

...more quotes

A random fact...

The German chemist Johann Friedrich Böttger was the first European to discover how to make porcelain in 1708.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Ariel Sharon, Israeli Leader (1928)
  • Paddy Ashton, New Delhi India, British MP, Soc/Lib Democrat (1941)
  • Elisabeth Welch, singer, Song of Freedom, Over the Moon (1909)
  • Dana Marie Lane, Cheyenne Wyoming, Miss America-Wyoming 1996 (1975)
  • Stephen Curtis, CEO, DVLA (1948)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • S. I. Hayakawa, American Politician (1992)
  • 44th Grammy Awards, U2, Alicia Keyes, Nelly Furtado and James Taylor win major awards (2002)
  • Adam Sedgwick, English zoologist (Peripatus), dies at 58 (1913)
  • George Colley, British governor of Natal/general, dies in battle at 46 (1881)
  • Robert-Jan Akkerman, Dutch diplomat (to Tunis), murdered (1991)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Ludwig von Beethovens 8th Symphony in F, premieres (1814)
  • Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover convenes 1st National Radio Conference (1922)
  • Rio de la Plata Treaty (1967)
  • Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler/Bernard Ford GRB (1966)
  • 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet (837)

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: Jennifer Lopez - Get Right
US: Mario - Let Me Love You
Australia: Nelly featuring Tim McGraw - Over And Over

Number One Single 25 years ago...

UK: Beats International featuring Lindy - Dub Be Good To Me
US: Janet Jackson - Escapade
Australia: Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: The Seekers - I'll Never Find Another You
US: Gary Lewis & The Playboys - This Diamond Ring
Australia: Ray Brown & The Whispers - 20 Miles

...more number one singles

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