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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Sunday 8 December 2019

A random quote from our archives...

"This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me."
John Steinbeck

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A random fact...

A photographer for the "Sports Illustrated's" swimsuit issue will take as many as 25,000 pictures during the magazine's typical six-week shooting schedule. The shoots almost always take place in the autumn.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Rick Baker, Binghamton, New York, special effects makeup artist, Exorcist (1950)
  • Monty Montgomery, defensiveback for the Indianapolis Colts (1973)
  • J C Powys, writer (1872)
  • Terence Morgan, London, England, actor, Adv of Sir Francis Drake (1921)
  • John Ingen Housz, Dutch/English personal physician of Maria Theresia (1730)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Carl Marsden, bodyguard, dies at 36 (1995)
  • Buck Clayton, U.S. jazz trumpeter/orchestra leader, dies (1991)
  • Vincenzo Davico, composer, dies at 80 (1969)
  • Mikki Doyle, journalist, dies at 79 (1995)
  • Gladys George, actress (Roaring Twenties), dies at 50 (1954)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site (1976)
  • "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" opens at Ziegfeld Theater New York City for 740 performances (1949)
  • Battle at Brihuega: English Gen Stanhope captured (1710)
  • French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die (1952)
  • Coaxial cable patented (1931)

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: East 17 - Stay Another Day
US: Boyz II Men - On Bended Knee
Australia: Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: The Archies - Sugar Sugar
US: Steam - Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
Australia: The Beatles - Something / Come Together

...more number one singles

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