TV talk-show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Miss. (current population about 7,000) in 1954.

n Shoeless-soccer story: India has never played in a World Cup match. India qualified in 1950, but withdrew in protest when the governing body would not let the Indian team play barefoot. (Thanks to Ken Clark of Kent, Wash.)

A cello made by Italian master craftsman Domenico Mantagnana in 1733 made worldwide headlines in 1999 when it:

Was destroyed in an aircraft baggage compartment

B) Was left in a New York taxicab by its current owner

C) Was bought at a Paris flea market for about $50

D) Sold for over $100 million dollars in a Sotheby’s auction

Wednesday’s answer: The first scanning of a retail product with a UPC code took place in an Ohio supermarket in June 1974.

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