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Amazing things about Tuesday, June 8:
» After slicing open a tomato in 1997, the then 14-year-old Shaista Javed from Huddersfield didn't see the usual snottery pip mess that most people do. Oh no. She saw "There is only one god" and "Mohammed is the messenger" written in Arabic script.
» Britain's first gay cricket team applied to join a competitive league four years ago. The Graces were neamed after the cricketer WG Grace.
» It's 30 years to the day since Dolly Parton formed The Travelling Family band with four siblings and two cousins. She may be taking on the world by herself these days, but remains ever close to "the twins".
» Happy birthday to gruff American chat show host Joan Rivers (71), gruff songstress Bonnie Tyler (51) and Five Star singer Doris Pearson (38). We don't know if she's gruff, though.
» Unrelated fact of the day: Each American president has had a personal piano, with the exceptions of Gerald Ford and George Bush.

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