National Grouch Day

October 15, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning grouches. Today is Saturday, October 15th. The holidays today are:

National Grouch Day

A grouch is someone who is 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.

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 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. Perhaps let them take you for a walk.

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 the 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 United States still watch it every year.

Chicken Cacciatore Day

Chicken Cacciatore is simple yet delicious Italian country fare. In Italian, cacciatore means “hunter-style” and hunters probably created this dish because they needed a hearty stew that could be made while on the trail. In fact, some food historians contend that the first Chicken Cacciatore was not made with chicken at all, but with rabbit or other wild game, and was created sometime during the Renaissance period around the 14th century. In fact, it is unclear exactly when the dish actually began to use chicken to become Chicken Cacciatore. Food historians also speculate that the original cacciatore recipes did not include tomatoes or tomato sauce, as tomatoes weren’t introduced into Italy until much later. However, the spices used, such as parsley and oregano, would have also been readily available to humble hunters.
It is important to note that, when making Chicken Cacciatore, it is more traditional to use the dark meat because it contains more fat and therefore helps make a thicker, tastier sauce when cooked than leaner white meat would. Chicken Cacciatore is relatively easy to make and most cookbooks contain a recipe for it. If your cookbook doesn’t, there are a multitude of recipes for it online.

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 sautéed 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.

Bridge Day

Breast Health Day

Global Handwashing Day

International Day of Rural Women  

National Aesthetician Day

National Cheese Curd Day

National Latino AIDS Awareness Day  

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day  

National Roast Pheasant Day

National Sweetest Day – Third Saturday in October.

World Maths Day

World Students’ Day

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 government announced that the land in the western part 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.
  • 2001 – NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passed within 112 miles of Jupiter’s moon Io.

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