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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Wednesday 7 October 2015

A random quote from our archives...

"Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

...more quotes

A random fact...

The world's first roller-skating rink, Belgravia Skating Rink, was opened to the public in Great Britain on August 2, 1875.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Andy Devine, [Jeremiah Schwartz], Flagstaff, Arizona, actor, Andy's Gang (1905)
  • Carmen R "Tata" Vega, U.S. soul singer, Color Purple soundtrack (1951)
  • Vaughn Hebron, NFL running back, Denver Broncos-Superbowl 32 (1970)
  • Ludmila Tourischeva, USSR, gymnist, Olympics gold 1972 (1952)
  • Randy Bartz, Roseville, Minnesota, short track skater 1994 Olympics (1968)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Simon Fraser, English general, dies in battle (1777)
  • Harvey Cushing, American Scientist (1939)
  • Patrick Ferguson, English major in SC, dies in battle at 36 (1780)
  • Kenneth Nelson, US/English actor (Boys in the Band), dies at 63 (1993)
  • Agnes de Mille, choreographer (Oklahoma!, Rodeo), dies at 88 (1993)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • British defeated by American militia near Kings Mountain, SC (1780)
  • 1st season game at Nassau Coliseum, Flames-3, Islanders-2 (1972)
  • "Cats" opens at Winter Garden Theater New York City for 5000+ performances (1982)
  • "Eubie!" closes at Ambassador Theater New York City after 439 performances (1979)
  • KLM, Netherlands Airlines, established (oldest existing airline) (1919)

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: Sugababes - Push The Button
US: Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger
Australia: Shannon Noll - Shine

Number One Single 25 years ago...

UK: Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven
US: George Michael - Praying For Time
Australia: Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze Of Glory

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Ken Dodd - Tears
US: The Beatles - Yesterday
Australia: Normie Rowe & The Playboys - Que Sera Sera

...more number one singles

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