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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Sunday 24 September 2017

A random quote from our archives...

"Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

...more quotes

A random fact...

The big gap between the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center in New York comes from the lack of bedrock near the ground's surface. Skyscrapers are heavy and it is too expensive to drive piles that far into the ground.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Gordon Clapp, North Conway NH, actor, Greg Medavoy-NYPD Blue (1948)
  • Winfred Tubbs, NFL linebacker for the New Orleans Saints (1970)
  • Julius Klengel, cellist/composer (1859)
  • George McNicol, principal, Aberdeen University (1929)
  • Cao Yu, dramatist (1910)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Francoise Sagan, writer, A Certain Smile, dies at 69 (2004)
  • Jeff Moss, writer/composer, Sesame Street, dies at 56 (1998)
  • Sarah Churchill, actress (Royal Wedding, Spring Meeting), dies at 67 (1982)
  • William Walker, composer, dies at 66 (1875)
  • Colin Berry Haycraft, publisher, dies at 65 (1994)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • US Circuit Court of Appeals orders Meredith admitted to University of Miss (1962)
  • 1st autopsy and coroner's jury verdict is recorded in state of Maryland (1657)
  • Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sacramento Valley Golf Open (1961)
  • International Development Assn (UN agency) comes into existence (1960)
  • Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst sentenced to 7 years for her part in a 1974 bank robbery. Released after 22 months by President Carter (1976)

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: The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode
US: Boyz II Men - End Of The Road
Australia: Bobby Brown - Humpin' Around

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Engelbert Humperdinck - The Last Waltz
US: The Box Tops - The Letter
Australia: The Small Faces - Itchycoo Park

...more number one singles

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