Having mentioned some of the other Sikh Gurus, it seems only right to start today’s posting with the eighth Sikh Guru – Guru Har Krishan or ‘Bal Guru’ (Child Guru) gets the prize for most mentions of the word Guru in a sentence having been born in 1656. English actor who played Dr Who and Worzel Gummidge – Jon Pertwee who was mentioned back on the 20th May when he passed away, found it was a perfect world from this day in 1919. Drummer with The Beatles, Plastic Ono Band and his All-Starr Band, Ringo Starr found he had some help from the nurses 74 years ago. Welsh born ex-leader of the blue team and one of Jeremy Paxman’s favourite interviewee’s, Michael Howard hasn’t lived all his life in the shadows since being born in 1941. Also born that year is ex-comedian, bird twitcher and now grumpy old man, Bill Oddy was a goody when younger. Singer with one hit wonder band Doctor and the Medics, Clive ‘Doctor’ Jackson wasn’t black and blue after his birth in 1962. British chav’s favourite daytime TV host, Jeremy Kyle got his taste for shouting and crying when born in 1965.
Deaths today include another Pope – this one is Pope Benedict XI who left the Vatican in a box back in 1304. Edward Longshanks or Hammer of the Scots who also went by the slightly grander title of King Edward I of England conquered death in 1307. Colonial magistrate and administrator of Massachusetts Bay, not to mention being in charge of the Salem Witch Trials William Stoughton was obviously overcome by one of their spells given he pegged it in 1701. Proper smartie, German born confectioner Henri Nestlé condensed himself in 1890. Writer of book about Swiss mountain girl ‘Heidi’ who was mentioned on the 12th June in honour of her birth, Johanna Louise Spyri (née Heusser), dropped her pen in 1901. Scottish physician and creator of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle found his book title ‘The Adventure of the Dying Detective’ come back to haunt him in 1930. Father of modern day BASE jumping Carl Ronald Boenish was wheeled off on a stretcher in 1984. Actor with the large handlebar moustache, James Keith O’Neill ‘Jimmy’ Edwards had trouble with the air in 1988. Founding member and original singer with Pink Floyd (until he was kicked out of the band), Roger Keith ‘Syd’ Barrett wanted to let there be more light in his world from 2006. Finally, original supermodel Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker swopped the cat walk for a chapel aisle at her funeral in 2008.