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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Tuesday 22 January 2019

A random quote from our archives...

"Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life."
Charles Scribner, Jr.

...more quotes

A random fact...

The cashew tree is native to Brazil and other tropical areas in Central and South America.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Hermann von Lingg, German playwright and poet (1820)
  • Roberto Garcia Morillo, composer (1911)
  • Gustaf Paulson, composer (1898)
  • Steven Adler, Cleveland, Ohio, drummer, Guns and Roses-Sweet Child (1965)
  • Rita Gillespie, TV director (1929)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • George Shepstone, British political affiliate, dies in battle (1879)
  • Iwan Knorr, composer, dies at 63 (1916)
  • Marc Blitzstein, U.S. composer (Cradle Will Rock), dies at 58 (1964)
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, American President (1973)
  • Georgi M Malenkov, Russian premier (1953-55), dies at 86 (1988)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • VARA begins experimental TV broadcast in Diamantbeurs Amsterdam (1931)
  • World's largest cheese (15,723 kg) manufactured, Wisconsin (1964)
  • Space Shuttle Atlantis Returns to Earth, Successful (1997)
  • Earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands (1837)
  • KRSD (now KEVN) TV channel 7 in Rapid City, SD (ABC) 1st broadcast (1958)

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: D:Ream - Things Can Only Get Better
US: Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting - All For Love
Australia: Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting - All For Love

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Marmalade - Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
US: Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Australia: Neil Sedaka - Star Crossed Lovers

...more number one singles

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