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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Thursday 31 July 2014

A random quote from our archives...

"Ah, good taste! What a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness."
Pablo Picasso

...more quotes

A random fact...

All shrimp are born male, but slowly grow into females as they mature.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Milton Friedman, economist, Nobel 1976 (1912)
  • Gerald Anthony, actor, Marco Dane-General Hospital, One Life to Live (1951)
  • Jose Ignacio Domecq, wine maker (1914)
  • Lane Davies, actor, Mason-Santa Barbara, Impure Thoughts (1950)
  • Jean Debuffet, French painter/sculptor, Landscape with 2 Personages (1901)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Jim Reeves, U.S. country singer, dies in air crash at 39 (1964)
  • G de Ru, chairman of Dutch Reformed Synode, dies (1994)
  • Pieter C Buitendijk, co-founder (Free Netherlands), dies at 92 (1994)
  • Ralph Strait, dies of heart attack at 56 (1992)
  • Elmar Klos, director (Obzalovany, Obchod na Korze), dies at 83 (1993)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Kieren John Perkins swims world record/OR 1500m free style (14:43.4) (1992)
  • Egyptian Mamelukken occupies Akko, crusaders driven out of Palestine (1291)
  • U boats sank 96 allied ships this month: 476,000 ton (1942)
  • Cigarette Ads banned on British TV (1965)
  • Venz commandos terminate hijacking of an aircraft, 2 killed (1984)

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: Streets - Dry Your Eyes
US: Usher - Confessions Pt II
Australia: Paulini - Angel Eyes

Number One Single 25 years ago...

UK: Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers - Swing The Mood
US: Prince - Batdance
Australia: Roxette - The Look

Number One Single 50 years ago...

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

...more number one singles

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