Life Day 24201: National Grouch Day

October 15, 2013 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | 1 Comment
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Today is Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
Good morning grouches. The first holiday today is National Grouch Day. Dictionary.com defines a grouch as someone who morose, sulky, and irritable.  National Grouch Day celebrates these irascible characters who derive so much happiness from the misfortunes of others. A Grouch’s mission in life is to be as miserable and grouchy as possible, and pass that feeling on to everyone else. Only then will a Grouch feel in touch with his or her world and be happy. Yet, even though a Grouch may show happiness at anyone’s misfortune (including his or her own), a Grouch would never admit to being happy. Such is the stability of a Grouch’s life: so balanced, and yet so unbalanced. So, if you are a grouch, enjoy your special day; just don’t express your enjoyment outwardly so others can see it.

The next holiday today is National White Cane Safety Day. National White Cane Safety Day is a national observance in the United States, celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964. The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.
On October 6, 1964, a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress was signed into law. This resolution authorized the President of the United States to proclaim October 15 of each year as “White Cane Safety Day”. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first White Cane Safety Day proclamation within hours of the passage of the joint resolution.
If you know someone who is blind or visually impaired, celebrate this day with him or her. We suggest you let them take you for a walk.

The third holiday today is I Love Lucy Day. On this date in 1951, “I Love Lucy” made its debut on CBS television. The show was the first show to be filmed in front of a live audience. Most shows at the time still used a “canned” laugh track.The show was filmed with three cameras at once rather than one. This is so that the director didn’t have to call for multiple retakes of the same scene (which would have been difficult for a live audience). Even when actors bungled their lines, there usually wasn’t a retake—instead, everyone played off the mistake for extra laughs.
Desilu (Ball’s and Arnaz’s production company) pretty much invented the rerun. When Lucille Ball gave birth to their two children, she needed a little time to recover before going back to work. So episodes of the show that had already aired were aired for a second time – and, it turns out, were very popular.
“I Love Lucy” was the most-watched show of its time and ended its run at the top of the ratings. It won five Emmy Awards (and was nominated many more times), it always appears on “Best TV Shows of All-Time” lists, it is still being rerun all over the world, and forty million people in the US still watch it every year.

I have no interest in the rest of today’s holidays, but since some of you might, they are linked below.
International Day of Rural Women.
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day.
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.

The first food-related holiday today is National Cake Decorating Day. Cake decorating is an art form that requires patience and experience. Remember to let your cake cool completely before you begin. Stock up on all the important supplies like pastry bags, decorating tips, sprinkles, sugar flowers, accessories, and cake toppers. National Cake Decorating Day encourages you to practice your technique, try out a new kind of frosting, or create a one-of-a-kind design to celebrate.

The other food-related holiday is National Mushroom Day. National Mushroom Day pays tribute to the famous fungi with over 14,000 different varieties (depending on the definition of what is considered a “mushroom”). While some mushrooms are highly poisonous if eaten, a number of others are commonly eaten. Edible mushrooms are a versatile food that can be stuffed, breaded, grilled or sauteed and can be eaten with a wide range of foods including salad, eggs, spaghetti and pizza. Some mushrooms like morels can sell for between $12-$40 per pound, while some varieties of truffle can sell for over $1,000 per pound. Mushrooms even have their very own website.

On this date in 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte began his exile on the remote island of St. Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.
1860 – Grace Bedell, 11 years old, wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln. The letter stated that Lincoln would look better if he would grow a beard.
1883 – The Supreme Court struck down part of the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It allowed for individuals and corporations to discriminate based on race.
1892 – The U.S. government announced that the land in the western Montana was open to settlers. The 1.8 million acres were bought from the Crow Indians for 50 cents per acre.
1914 – The Clayton Antitrust Act was passed by Congress.
1939 – New York Municipal Airport was dedicated. The name was later changed to La Guardia Airport.
1946 – Hermann Goering, a Nazi war criminal and founder of the Gestapo, poisoned himself just hours before his scheduled execution.
1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis began. It was on this day that U.S. intelligence personnel analyzing data discovered Soviet medium-range missile sites in Cuba. On October 22, President John F. Kennedy announced that he had ordered the naval “quarantine” of Cuba.
1964 – It was announced that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev had been removed from power. He was replaced with Alexei Kosygin.
1966 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill creating the Department of Transportation.
1983 – U.S. Marines killed five snipers who had pinned them down in Beirut International Airport.
1984 – The Freedom of Information Act was passed.
1989 – Wayne Gretzky, while playing for the Los Angeles Kings, surpassed Gordie Howe’s NHL scoring record of 1,850 career points.
1993 – President Clinton sent warships to enforce trade sanctions that had been imposed on Haitian military rulers.
1993 – South Africa’s President F.W. de Klerk and African National Congress President Nelson Mandela were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end the apartheid system in South Africa.
1997 – British Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green broke the land-speed record by driving a jet-powered car faster than the speed of sound.
1997 – The Cassini-Huygens mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. On January 14, 2005, a probe sent back pictures of Saturn’s moon Titan during and after landing.
And, in 2001 – NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passed within 112 miles of Jupiter’s moon Io.

If you were born on this date, you share a birthday with the following list of distinguished people.

Virgil 70 B.C. – Ancient Roman poet.
Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 – German philosopher
David Carroll 1913 – Musician.
Jan Miner 1917 – Actress.
Robert Walker 1918 – Actor.
Mario Puzo 1920 – Author.
Lee Iacocca 1924 Entrepreneur.
Jean Peters 1926 -Actress.
Peter Haskell 1934 – Actor.
Linda Lavin 1937 – Actress.
Barry McGuire 1937 – Musician.
Penny Marshall 1942 – Actress, director.
Jim Palmer 1945 – Baseball pitcher.
Richard Carpenter 1946 – Musician (The Carpenters)
Roscoe Tanner 1951 – Tennis player.
Tito Jackson 1953 – (The Jackson 5)
Jere Burns 1954 – Actor.
Tanya Roberts 1955 – Actress.
And finally, Sarah Ferguson 1959 – Duchess of York.

 

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  1. It’s not in my nature to celebrate National Grouch Day – but I’d love to celebrate I Love Lucy Day!!

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