550 years ago today, Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus was born. From his birthplace in present day Pakistan, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Jee travelled far and wide teaching people the message of one God who dwells in every one of His creations and constitutes the eternal Truth. He set up a unique spiritual, social, and political platform based on equality, fraternal love, goodness, and virtue. His words are registered in the form of 974 poetic hymns in the holy text of Sikhism. (1469)

He wrote: “Make compassion the cotton, contentment the thread, modesty the knot and truth the twist. This is the sacred thread of the soul”.

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ by The Beatles was released in the UK and, for the first time in the country’s history, advanced pre-orders for a record passed the one-million mark (1963)
  • Pong was unveiled by Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari who placed the arcade game in a Sunnyvale, California tavern where it became the first commercially successful video game, launching Atari as the first major video game company (1972)
  • Northern Ireland‘s Protestant and Catholic power-sharing government was formed when 10 members were elected to the new Northern Ireland Assembly. (1999)
  • The Assisi Basilica dedicated to St. Francis reopened two years after an earthquake sent the vaulted, magnificently frescoed ceiling crashing down in the hillside Italian town. (1999)

CS Lewis

And, on this day in 1898, the Irish author C. S. Lewis (Clive Staples) was born. He and his good friend, J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit) taught together at Oxford University, and Lewis wrote the much-loved Chronicles of Narnia, books that center upon a group of English children who venture into a fantasy world by way of a magical closet.

Photo by Floatjon, CC license

Happy 91st Birthday to Vin Scully, one of the greatest sports announcers of all time. Known for his dulcet voice and lyrically descriptive style, he spent 66 years calling Dodger games, the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history. He always opened his games saying, “It’s time for Dodger baseball!Also beloved for his NFL football play-by-play, he knew what he wanted to be at 8 years old, and retired last year, 81 years later. (1927)

And, Happy Birthday to John Mayall, “The Godfather of British Blues”, who turns 86 years-old today. Born to a jazz aficionado, the songwriter and vocalist taught himself to play guitar, organ, and harmonica and later formed a band called “The Bluesbreakers”, which included at various times Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, and Mick Taylor.

Photo by Frank Schwichtenberg, CC license

John moved to California and in 1969 his hit song “Room To Move” became a rock classic. Last year he went on a worldwide tour upon the release of his 66th album, Three For The Road, recorded live in Germany, which followed on the heels of the brilliant studio album “Talk About That,” featuring Joe Walsh, who checked off a bucket-list item by playing with one of his heroes. WATCH a mini-doc… (1933)

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