January 3, 2015

Top News Stories –

Girl survives plane crash –
A seven year-old girl who survived the plane crash that killed her parents in Kentucky, US, managed to walk a mile through dense woodland to raise the alarm. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the Piper PA-34 aircraft after the pilot reported engine problems.

Fancy a quick test drive? –
Former Formula One world champion Nigel Mansell now runs a Mitsubishi dealership on the British island of Jersey in the Channel Islands. The 1992 world champion raced for Renault Williams, Ferrari and Lotus as well as winning the CART title in the US in a Lola-Ford. He is running the franchise with his son.
Nigel Mansell 2007

Worth its weight in gold –
A fish owner in Norfolk, England paid £300 in vets’ fees when his pet goldfish became constipated. He took his fish to Toll Barn Veterinary Centre in North Walsham where vet Faye Bethell used anaesthetised water to knock out the goldfish before removing the blockages.

Elvis’ planes under the hammer –
A pair of jets that Elvis Presley called “Lisa Marie” and “Hound Dog II” are being auctioned off in Beverley Hills, California. The Convair 880 and Lockheed Jetstar were owned by Presley from 1975 just two years before he died. Neither can fly but the successful bidder has an option to buy a few acres of land by Graceland to display them.
Lisa Marie

Video of the Day –

Blackout City from Nicholas Buer on Vimeo.

List of the day –

UK Charts Number one record holders since 1952

List from everyhit.com

Nov 1952
First number 1: Al Martino:

  • Here In My Heart (Nov 1952)June 1953
    First artist to have two number 1s – Eddie Fisher with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra & Chorus
  • Outside Of Heaven (Jan 1953)
  • I’m Walking Behind You (Jun 1953)
    [record equalled by Guy Mitchell in Sept 1953 / Frankie Laine in Oct 1953]

Nov 1953
First artist to have three number 1s – Frankie Laine

  • I Believe (Apr 1953)
  • Hey Joe (Oct 1953)
  • Answer Me (Nov 1953)Oct 1956
    First artist to have four number 1s – Frankie Laine
    See above plus…
  • A Woman In Love
    [record equalled by Guy Mitchell in May 1957 / Elvis Presley in May 1959]

 

Nov 1960
First act to have five number ones – Elvis Presley

  • All Shook Up (July 1957)
  • Jailhouse Rock (Jan 1958)
  • I Got Stung / One Night (Jan 1959)
  • A Fool Such As I (May 1959)
  • It’s Now Or Never (Nov 1960)Jan 1961
    First act to have six number ones – Elvis Presley
    The above plus…
  • Are You Lonesome TonightMar 1961
    First act to have seven number ones – Elvis Presley
    The above plus…
  • Wooden HeartJun 1961
    First act to have eight number ones – Elvis Presley
    The above plus…
  • SurrenderNov 1961
    First act to have nine number ones – Elvis Presley
    The above plus…
  • His Latest FlameFeb 1962
    First act to have ten number ones – Elvis Presley
    The above plus…
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love / Rock-A-Hula BabyMay 1962
    First act to have eleven number ones – Elvis Presley
    The above plus…
  • Good Luck CharmSep 1962
    First act to have twelve number ones – Elvis Presley
    The above plus…
  • She’s Not YouDec 1962
    First act to have thirteen number ones – Elvis Presley
    The above plus…
  • Return To SenderAug 1963
    First act to have fourteen number ones – Elvis Presley
    The above plus…
  • Devil In DisguiseJun 1965
    First act to have fifteen number ones – Elvis Presley
    The above plus…
  • Crying In The Chapel
    [equalled by The Beatles in Sep 1968]

 

Apr 1969
First act to have sixteen number ones – The Beatles

  • From Me To You (May 1963)
  • She Loves You (Sep 1963)
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand (Dec 1963)
  • Can’t Buy Me Love (Apr 1964)
  • A Hard Day’s Night (Jul 1964)
  • I Feel Fine (Dec 1964)
  • Ticket To Ride (Apr 1965)
  • Help! (Aug 1965)
  • Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out (Dec 1965)
  • Paperback Writer (Jun 1966)
  • Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby (Aug 1966)
  • All You Need Is Love (Jul 1967)
  • Hello Goodbye (Dec 1967)
  • Lady Madonna (Mar 1968)
  • Hey Jude (Sep 1968)
  • Get Back (Apr 1969) with Billy PrestonJun 1969
    First act to have seventeen number ones – The Beatles
    The above plus…
  • The Ballad Of John & Yoko
    [equalled by Elvis Presley in Sep 1977; The Wonder Of You (Aug 1970) / Way Down (Sep 1977)]

 

Jun 2002
First act to have eighteen number ones – Elvis Presley
The above plus…

  • A Little Less Conversation [as Elvis vs JXL]Jan 2005
    First act to have nineteen number ones – Elvis Presley
    The above plus…
  • Jailhouse Rock (re-issue); therefore, eighteen different songs.Jan 2005
    First act to have twenty number ones – Elvis Presley
    The above plus…
  • One Night / I Got Stung (re-issue); therefore, still eighteen different songs.Feb 2005
    First act to have twenty-one number ones – Elvis Presley
    The above plus…
  • It’s Now Or Never (re-issue); therefore, still eighteen different songs.

 

 

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