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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Friday 22 August 2014

A random quote from our archives...

"Some men by ancestry are only the shadow of a mighty name."
Lucan

...more quotes

A random fact...

When Grover Cleveland was Sheriff of Erie County, it was his duty to execute two criminals: one for killing his mother, another for shooting a man over a card game. Both men were hung.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Teresa Davis, rocker (1950)
  • Piet A W Hopmans, bishop of Breda, Eucharistic Crusade (1865)
  • Bartolomeo Spontone, composer (1530)
  • Lex P Humphries, drummer (1936)
  • Friedrich Kustner, German astronomer (1856)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Sydney Thompson Dobell, poet, dies (1874)
  • Charles Whittenberg, composer, dies at 57 (1984)
  • William Warham, English archbishop of Canterbury (1502-32), dies at 82 (1532)
  • Robert A T G C Salisbury, British premier (1885..1902), dies at 73 (1903)
  • Jose da Silva Mendes Leal, Portuguese author (Indiana), dies at 67 (1886)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates play 4th straight extra inning game, Carson Bigbee sets record of 11 at-bats, they lose in 22 innings to Dodgers (1917)
  • 200 black leaders, meet in NY, to support Andrew Young (1979)
  • Spanish archbishop Bartholome de Carranza arrested as heretic (1559)
  • Guinee, Liberia and Ivory Coast form joint market (1964)
  • International Olympic Committee exspells Rhodesia (1972)

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: 3 Of A Kind - Baby Cakes
US: Terror Squad - Lean Back
Australia: Cosima - When The War Is Over

Number One Single 25 years ago...

UK: Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers - Swing The Mood
US: Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting
Australia: New Kids On The Block - You Got It (The Right Stuff)

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy
US: The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go?
Australia: The Animals - House Of The Rising Sun

...more number one singles

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