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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Monday 5 December 2016

A random quote from our archives...

"Eine Fehlentscheidung auf Anhieb spart immerhin Zeit."
Helmar Nahr

...more quotes

A random fact...

About two-thirds of the world's fresh water flows out of the Amazon River in South America. The amount is so immense that fresh water can be found on the sea surface 40 miles from the river's mouth.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Kevin Sally, Richmond Hill Ontario, archer 1996 Olympics (1972)
  • Andrzej Chylinski, New York City, 50k walker, Olympics-26th-96 (1960)
  • Pieter J Old, lawyer/minister of Finance/mayor of Rotterdam, 1945-52 (1886)
  • Bobby Barth, rocker vocalist and guitarist, Axe (1952)
  • Joseph Friebert, composer (1724)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Steven Shaw, dies at 25 (1990)
  • Louis Poinsot, French mathematician/instrument maker, dies at 82 (1859)
  • Henry Wadsworth, actor (Applause, Ceiling Zero), dies at 72 (1974)
  • Jill Browne, dies at 54 (1991)
  • Robert Aldrich, dir/producer (Last Sunset), dies at 65 (1983)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • 12 killed by a car bomb shattering 9-story building in west Beirut (1983)
  • Russian princess Elisabeth Petrovna grabs powers (1741)
  • U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site (1969)
  • 1st electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges (1893)
  • Battle of Coffeeville, MS (1862)

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: George Michael with Elton John - Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me
US: Michael Jackson - Black Or White
Australia: Michael Jackson - Black Or White

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Tom Jones - Green Green Grass Of Home
US: The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
Australia: The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind

...more number one singles

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