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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Saturday 21 September 2019

A random quote from our archives...

"An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, the power to destroy."
Daniel Webster

...more quotes

A random fact...

The first words that Thomas A. Edison spoke into the phonograph were, "Mary had a little lamb."

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Don Preston, rocker, Mothers Of Invention (1932)
  • Ernst Heldring, Dutch merchant/ship owner/financier (1871)
  • Moses Pergament, composer (1893)
  • Lynette Love, U.S. tai kwan do champ 1987/, Olympics 1988 (1957)
  • Gail Russell, Chicago, Illinois, actress, Uninvited, Moonrise, Unseen (1924)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • George Read, U.S. judge/signer (Decl of Independence), dies at 65 (1798)
  • Girolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician, dies at 74 (1576)
  • Florence Griffith Joyner, Olympic runner, dies at 38 (1998)
  • Fernand Ledoux, Belgian/French actor (L'Homme de Londres), dies at 96 (1993)
  • Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher (1860)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Pirate Bobby Bond is 2nd to hit 30 home runs and steal 50 bases in a season (so he can play in 6 decades) because it is a publicity stunt (1990)
  • Typhoon strikes Honshu Island Japan, kills 4,000 (1934)
  • Emil Zatopek runs 15,000m in record 44 min, 54.6 sec (1951)
  • John F Kennedy, Jr. marries Caroline Bisset (1996)
  • Miami Dan Marino passes for 6 touchdowns vs New York Jets (51-45) (1986)

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: Whigfield - Saturday Night
US: Boyz II Men - I'll Make Love To You
Australia: Kylie Minogue - Confide In Me

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
US: The Archies - Sugar Sugar
Australia: The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonky Women

...more number one singles

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