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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Tuesday 29 November 2022

A random quote from our archives...

"The vulgar boil, the learned roast, an egg."
Alexander Pope

...more quotes

A random fact...

In 1533, Henry VIII secretly wed Anne Boleyn. The Vatican Library preserves twelve love letters he wrote to her.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Louis van Male, Count of Flanders/Nevers/Rethel (1330)
  • Pierre van Hooijdonk, Dutch soccer player, NAC, Celtic (1969)
  • Willie Morris, American Writer (1934)
  • Wilhelm Hauff, writer (1802)
  • Ellen Cleghorne, comedienne, Saturday Night Live (1965)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • George Hamilton Combs, TV host (Through the Curtain), dies at 78 (1977)
  • Coleman Young, 1st black mayor of a major city (Detroit) (1997)
  • Herb Vigran, actor (Vampire, Mark of Vampire), dies (1986)
  • Rav Aaron Kotler, Orthodox Talmudic scholar, dies in Lakewood NJ (1962)
  • Cary Grant, actor (Charades), dies in Davenport Iowa at 82 (1986)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Mayor Oud of Rotterdam forbids soccer match between Neth-Germany (1938)
  • UN Security Council sets Jan 15th military deadline against Iraq (1990)
  • Joe Montana of 49ers completes NFL record 22 consecutive passes (1987)
  • Yugoslavian Socialist Republic proclaimed (1945)
  • Thomas Edison demonstrates hand-cranked phonograph (1877)

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: Various Artists - Perfect Day
US: Elton John - Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997
Australia: Aqua - Barbie Girl

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Chuck Berry - My Ding-A-Ling
US: The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Australia: Hot Butter - Popcorn

...more number one singles

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