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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Saturday 8 August 2020

A random quote from our archives...

"Prediction by analogy -creativity- is so pervasive we normally don't notice it."
Jeff Hawkins

...more quotes

A random fact...

Statistically, UFO sightings are at their greatest number during those times when Mars is closest to Earth.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Jim Weaver, Rep-D-OR, 1975- (1927)
  • Wes Chandler, Florida, WLAF wide receiver coach for the Rhein Fire (1956)
  • Rory Calhoun, Los Angeles, California, actor, Capitol, Motel Hell, Bill-Texan (1918)
  • Paul Dirac, British Physicist (1902)
  • Trev Alberts, NFL linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts (1970)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Nicolai Yakovlevich Miaskovsky, composer, dies at 69 (1950)
  • Stjepan Radic, founder/leader (Croatian Boer party), dies (1928)
  • Roy London, U.S. actor and director (Tiger Warsaw), dies of lymphoma at 50 (1993)
  • Alan Napier, actor (Alfred-Batman), dies at 85 (1988)
  • Leonid Maksimovich Leonov, novelist/Playwright, dies at 94 (1994)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Common Chiefs of staff meet in Quebec (1943)
  • Pirates set record of 46 hits in a doubleheader (against Phillies) (1922)
  • England and Aust Services draw 4th Victory Test (1945)
  • Great Train Robbery in England, 2.6 million ($7.3 million) (1963)
  • VP Spiro T Agnew says reports he took kickbacks are "damned lies" from government contracts in Maryland. He vowed not to resign (Right!) (1973)

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: Take That - Never Forget
US: TLC - Waterfalls
Australia: U2 - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Elvis Presley - The Wonder Of You
US: The Carpenters - (They Long To Be) Close To You
Australia: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Up Round The Bend

...more number one singles

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