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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Wednesday 21 October 2020

A random quote from our archives...

"Imagination is the eye of the soul."
Joseph Joubert

...more quotes

A random fact...

Axinomancy is the observation of an axe or a hatchet to tell the future.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Petrus PM Alberdingk Thijm, Dutch historian and writer (1827)
  • Ron Elliott, rocker (1943)
  • Lillian Bronson, Lockport, New York, actress, Next Voice you Hear (1902)
  • Gavin Brian Lovegrove, Auckland NZ, javelin 1996 Olympics (1967)
  • Trevor Chappell, cricketer, bro of several Aussie underarm bowler (1952)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Jose Ignacio Cabrujas, writer, dies at 58 (1995)
  • Nils J E Ferlin, Swedish songwriter (Goggles), dies (1961)
  • Gertrude Hoffman, actress (Mrs Odetts-My Little Margie), dies at 95 (1966)
  • Pedro de Espinosa, Spanish poet and writer, dies (1650)
  • Ronnie Van Zant, singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd Band), killed in plane crash (1977)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Venera 9, 1st craft to orbit planet Venus launched (1975)
  • Steve Jones runs Chicago Marathon in world record 2:08:05 (1984)
  • US writer Edward A Tracy kidnap in Beirut (1986)
  • Petrograds garrison accepts Revolutionary Military Committee (1917)
  • 1st Islander shut-out opponent-Billy Smith 5-0 vs Caps (1974)

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: Simply Red - Fairground
US: Mariah Carey - Fantasy
Australia: Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Freda Payne - Band Of Gold
US: The Jackson 5 - I'll Be There
Australia: The Carpenters - (They Long To Be) Close To You

...more number one singles

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