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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Wednesday 17 January 2018

A random quote from our archives...

"It's not enough to have economic growth. You have to distribute wealth throughout all of society."
Tabare Vazquez

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A random fact...

Domesticated turkeys (farm-raised) cannot fly. Wild turkeys can fly for short distances at up to 55 miles per hour. Wild turkeys are also fast on the ground, running at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Richard Michael Hills, comedy script writer (1926)
  • Nevil Shute [Norway], London, novelist, On the Beach, Town Like Alice (1899)
  • David Lloyd George, L-PM-Britain, 1916-22 (1863)
  • Peter Winter, Australian decathlete 1996 Olympics (1971)
  • Rock Hudson, Winnetka, Illinois, actor, McMillian and Wife (1925)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Walter O "Spike" Briggs, owner (Det Tigers), dies at 74 (1952)
  • William H Pickering, astronomer (predicted Pluto), dies at 79 (1938)
  • Paul Potter, Dutch painter, buried (1654)
  • Charles Hernu, French minister of Defense (1981-85), dies (1990)
  • Santino Garsi, composer, dies at 61 (1604)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Styne, Comdem and Green's musical "Lorelei," premieres in New York City (1974)
  • Alabama Gov George C Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time (1983)
  • Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach (1989)
  • President Clinton faces sexual harrament charges from Paula Jones (1998)
  • Origin of Brown lunation numbers (1923)

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: -
US: Charts not yet in existence
Australia: Charts not yet in existence

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: The Beatles - Hello Goodbye
US: John Fred & His Playboy Band - Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)
Australia: Johnny Farnham - Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)

...more number one singles

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