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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Tuesday 17 July 2018

A random quote from our archives...

"With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in man, than any other association of men."
Clarence Darrow

...more quotes

A random fact...

A recent study found that 75 percent of headache patients felt relief when they rubbed capsaicin (the component that makes chile peppers hot) on their nose.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Mauritz Stiller, Swedish actor and director, Erotikon (1883)
  • Acquanetta, [Mildred Davenport], Wyo, actress, Tarzan and Leopard Woman (1921)
  • Warwick Hutton, artist (1939)
  • Mary Clare, London, England, actress, Evil Mind, Young and Innocent (1894)
  • Belinda Carlisle, Los Angeles, California, rock vocalist, Go-Go's-Vacation (1958)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Alexandra Fjodorova, wife of tsar Nicolas II, shot to death at 46 (1918)
  • Edward, the Older, English speaking king (899-924), dies (924)
  • Lieven de Key, Flemish master builder (Vleeshal), dies at about 67 (1627)
  • Pascal Collasse, composer, dies at 60 (1709)
  • Katharine Graham, publisher, The Washington Post, dies at 84 (2001)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Dow Jones closes above 2,500 (2,510.04) for 1st time (1987)
  • 123rd British Golf Open: Nick Price shoots a 268 at Turnberry Scotland (1994)
  • R John Hunt Morgan:Cynthiana, Kentucky CS24 US17 Skirmish at Columbia, TN (1862)
  • Military coup in Afghanistan; King Mohammad Zahir Shah flees (1973)
  • 112th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 275 at Royal Birkdale (1983)

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: Gabrielle - Dreams
US: S.W.V. - Weak
Australia: UB 40 - (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: The Equals - Baby Come Back
US: Hugh Masekela - Grazing In The Grass
Australia: Richard Harris - MacArthur Park

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