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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Tuesday 26 March 2019

A random quote from our archives...

"Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage."
William Shakespeare

...more quotes

A random fact...

When Alexander Graham Bell died on August 4, 1922, millions of phones went dead. In Bell's honor, all phones served by the Bell System in the USA and Canada went silent for one minute.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • William Wollaston, Coton England, philosopher (1659)
  • George Smith, born in London, England, assyriologist, cuneiform, script (1840)
  • Rufus Thomas, born in Mississippi, singer, Walking the Dog (1917)
  • Pierre Boulez, born in Montbrison, France, composer and conductor, Visage Nuptial (1925)
  • John Stockton, born in Spokane, Washington, NBA guard, Utah Jazz, 1996 Olympics gold (1962)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Jacob van Eyck, Dutch blind flautist/carillonneur, dies at 69 (1657)
  • Max Ophuls, [Oppenheimer], German/French actor (Caught, Exile), dies (1967)
  • Albert Spalding, composer, dies at 64 (1953)
  • Gabriele Mario Piozzi, composer, dies at 68 (1809)
  • John Winthrop, Puritan and 1st Governor (Mass), dies (1649)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • UCLA wins their 7th straight NCAA basketball title (1973)
  • 1st free elections in USSR; 190 M votes cast; Boris Yeltsin wins (1989)
  • 1st parliamentary debate on NZ radio (1936)
  • Congress appropriates $50,000 for Inter-American highway (1930)
  • Earthquake destroys 90% of Caracas; about 20,000 die (1812)

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: Doop - Doop
US: Ace Of Base - The Sign
Australia: East 17 - It's Alright

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
US: Tommy Roe - Dizzy
Australia: The Beatles - Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da

...more number one singles

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