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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Tuesday 30 August 2016

A random quote from our archives...

"Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged."
Louisa May Alcott

...more quotes

A random fact...

The invention of the Fresnel lens in 1822 greatly improved the lighting capabilities of lighthouses.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Lord Keith of Castleacre, English banker (1916)
  • Ben Cami, Flemish writer/poet, Rose from Mud (1920)
  • Christian Frederich Gottlieb Schwencke, composer (1767)
  • Bill Daily, Des Moines Iowa, actor, I Dream of Jeannie, Newhart (1928)
  • Fabrizia Ramondino, writer (1936)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Leo[nhard] Pappenheim, conductor, dies at 86 (1982)
  • Alan Wheatley, (1991)
  • Otto Mortensen, composer, dies at 79 (1986)
  • Del Moore, actor/announcer (Cal-Bachelor Father), dies at 53 (1970)
  • Axel Stordahl, orch leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 50 (1963)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Express train runs full speed into Zagreb, Yugo rail yard killing 153 (1974)
  • Thomas Hicks wins 3rd Olympics marathon (3:28:53.0) (40 km) (1904)
  • Launching of 1st Dutch satellite, ANS, from Vandenberg (1974)
  • Jewish community of Neutitschlin Moravia expelled (1563)
  • Section of Allalin glacier wipes out construction site at Mattmark Dam near Saas-Fee, Switzerland (1965)

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: Beyonce feat. Jay-Z - Deja Vu
US: Fergie - London Bridge
Australia: Justin Timberlake - Sexyback

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: The Beatles - Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby
US: Donovan - Sunshine Superman
Australia: The Easybeats - Too Much / I'll Make You Happy

...more number one singles

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