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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Friday 29 July 2016

A random quote from our archives...

"If the First Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his house, what books he may read or what films he may watch."
Thurgood Marshall

...more quotes

A random fact...

In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Peter Jennings, Toronto Canada, news anchor, ABC Evening News (1938)
  • Azeem Hafeez, cricketer, fingerless Pakistani lefty quick (1963)
  • Ingrid Kramer, Dresden Germany, diver 1964 Olympic gold (1943)
  • Wanya Morris, [Squirt], Philadelphia Pennsylvania, rapper, Boyz II Men (1973)
  • Gilles Hayne, composer (1590)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Urban II, [Odo van Lagery], French Pope (1088-99), dies (1099)
  • Charles O'Malley, actor in silent westerns (Iron Horse), dies at 61 (1958)
  • Samuel Ampzing, vicar/poet (Biblical Treasures), dies (1632)
  • Alexandre Luigini, composer, dies at 56 (1906)
  • David Niven, actor (Rugues), dies in Switzerland at 73 (1983)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Emperor Julianus of Constantinople ends education laws (362)
  • BBC radio begins broadcasting (1949)
  • Japanese troops occupies Peking and Tientsin (1937)
  • Dutch fleet under Johannes van Walbeeck lands on Curacao (1634)
  • Jacques Cousteau's Calypso anchors in 7,500 m of water (record) (1956)

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: McFly - Don't Stop Me Now c/w Please Please
US: Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland - Promiscuous
Australia: Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean - Hips Don't Lie

Number One Single 25 years ago...

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

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Chris Farlowe - Out Of Time
US: The Troggs - Wild Thing
Australia: Matt Monro - Born Free

...more number one singles

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