Scientists reveal most boring and uneventful day of 20th century

November 25, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

Cambridge scientists have identified the most boring and uneventful day of the 20th century – April 11 1954.

Scientists reveal most boring and uneventful day of 20th century

The century was one of the most momentous in human history with two world wars, space exploration and the invention of television and the internet.

But technologists have discovered that on April 11 1954 there were no major news events or births or deaths of famous people.

The most significant event of that Sunday were the Belgian general elections, the birth of a Turkish academic and the death of journeyman footballer Jack Shufflebotham

Experts discovered the date after feeding 300 million facts into an innovative new computer search engine called True Knowledge in Cambridge.

William Tunstall-Pedoe, founder of True Knowledge, said every other day of the 20th century had at least one significant event, birth or death.

He added: ”When the results came back, the winner was April 11, 1954 – a Sunday in the 1950s.

”Nobody significant died that day, no major events apparently occurred and, although a typical day in the 20th century has many notable people being born, for some reason that day had only one who might make that claim – Abdullah Atalar, a Turkish academic.

”The irony is, though, that – having done the calculation – the day is interesting for being exceptionally boring. Unless, that is, you are Abdullah Atalar.

”Being knowledgeable is not just about regurgitating lots of facts. It is about applying that information in response to new situations.

”What we are aiming for with True Knowledge is a means of storing information so that it is naturally updated as new facts are included.”

Staggeringly dull events which had the honour of occurring on the most boring day of history include the fourth post-war Belgian general elections.

Centre-half Jack Shufflebotham, who played a handful of games for Oldham Athletic and Notts County, sadly passed away aged 69.

Turkish academic Abdullah Atalar, who taught his students analogue and microwave electronics, was born.

Plans for the coup d’etat in Yanaon, a French colony in India, are also believed to have been agreed on this day although nothing eventful actually happened.

April 11 1954 was only weeks away from slightly more interesting events such as Sir Roger Bannister breaking the four minute mile in May and the end of food rationing in July.

The True Knowledge computer system can store millions of facts about people, places, events and businesses.

It is programmed to search through the data and answer questions such as ‘what was the most boring day of the 20th century’.

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  1. Nurtchy says:

    Well, I know Kirk Douglas’ father Harry Demsky passed away at the age of 70 on April 11 1954, but then again I’m a human trivia supercomputer.

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