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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Thursday 2 July 2015

A random quote from our archives...

"From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it."
Rear Adm Grace Murray Hopper

...more quotes

A random fact...

The first drug that was offered as a water-soluble tablet, was aspirin in 1900.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Dave Parsons, rocker, Transvision Vamp, Sham 69-That's Life (1964)
  • John Bordenave Villepigue, Brig General Confederate Army (1830)
  • Debee Ashby, Coventry England, topless model, There's Girl in My Soup (1967)
  • Jeffrey Cooper, rock guitarist, Midnight Star-No Parking (1956)
  • Luci Baines Johnson Nugent Turpin, daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson (1947)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Peter A de Genestet, vicar/poet, dies at 31 (1861)
  • Vladimir V Nabokov, Russian/US writer (Lolita), dies at 78 (1977)
  • Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist, dies at 42 (1992)
  • Anthony Overton, publisher/cosmetics manufacturer/banker, dies at 81 (1946)
  • Borisav Pekic, Serbian writer/politician, dies (1992)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • U.S. Army Air Corps created; Distinguish Flying Cross authorized (1926)
  • Bob Seagren pole vaults world record 5.63m (1972)
  • Maris hits 29th and 30th en route to 61 homers (1961)
  • 68th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: J Drobny beats K Rosewall (13-11 46 62 97) (1954)
  • "High Button Shoes" closes at Century Theater New York City after 727 performances (1949)

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: 2Pac feat. Elton John - Ghetto Gospel
US: Carrie Underwood - Inside Your Heaven
Australia: Mariah Carey - We Belong Together

Number One Single 25 years ago...

UK: Elton John - Sacrifice c/w Healing Hands
US: New Kids On The Block - Step By Step
Australia: Roxette - It Must Have Been Love

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Elvis Presley - Crying In The Chapel
US: The Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
Australia: Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs - I Told The Brook

...more number one singles

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