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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Wednesday 22 November 2017

A random quote from our archives...

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary."
Edgar Allan Poe

...more quotes

A random fact...

Jodie Foster was a strong contender for the role of Princess Leia in "Star Wars," losing out in the end to Carrie Fisher (1977). Hundreds of other actresses were considered for the role, including Amy Irving and Cindy Williams.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Elizabeth Patterson, Savannah, Tennessee, actress, Climax, Tall Story (1875)
  • Wiley Post, Grand Plain, Texas, aviator/parachutist, crashed in Alaska (1898)
  • Lyman Bostock, baseball player (1950)
  • Heber J Grant, Salt Lake City, 7th President of Mormon church (1856)
  • David Tate, NFL defensive back for the Indianapolis Colts (1964)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Janet Ertel, crooner, dies (1988)
  • Erich Fried, writer, dies at 67 (1988)
  • Ambrose Sam, creole accordionist, dies at 76 (1995)
  • Maria Casares, actress (Orpheus, Rebel Nun), dies at 73 (1996)
  • Rupert Davies, actor (Zeppelin, Oblong Box), dies at 59 (1976)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Mike Tyson KOs Trevor Berbick in 2 for heavyweight WBC boxing title (1986)
  • Beatles release "Beatles," (White Album) their only double album (1968)
  • Purcells "Welcome to All the Pleasures," premieres in London (1683)
  • ITT LPGA Tour Championship (1998)
  • Spain delegates "New Laws" against slavery in America (1542)

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: Charles & Eddie - Would I Lie To You?
US: Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
Australia: Boyz II Men - End Of The Road

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Long John Baldry - Let The Heartaches Begin
US: Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense And Peppermints
Australia: Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Waltz

...more number one singles

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