Celebrate! It’s October 15th, the 288th day of the year.
October 15th is a holiday for bearded Presidents, white canes, chicken cacciatore and more. Grouches, Lucy fans and others mark October 15th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular October 15th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Bearded Presidents Day
How well do you know American Presidential history? Do you know how many U.S. Presidents have sported bears while in office? (Scroll down for the answer.)
October 15th is Bearded Presidents Day, a hirsute holiday lauding American Commanders in Chief with beards.
On October 15, 1860, Grace Bedell, and eleven-year-old girl from Westfield, New York, wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln, suggesting that he grow a beard. Abraham Lincoln, then a candidate for the U.S. Presidency, actually did so. And the rest, of course, is history.
Chicken Cacciatore Day
October 15th is also Chicken Cacciatore Day, a culinary celebration featuring a favorite Italian dinner. Chicken Cacciatore is a delicious chicken dish, made with mushrooms, tomatoes and seasonings and served over pasta.
Here are several recipes for chicken cacciatore, published by a variety of Associated Content writers (CTRL-click on each title to open that article in a new internet window.): “Carrot Soup Chicken Cacciatore Recipes,” by AngelBean; “Chicken and Chorizo Cacciatore,” by Claudia Haas; “Chicken Cacciatore: A Slow Cooker Version,” by Robert Carlton, and “How to Make Chicken Cacciatore from Fresh Tomatoes,” by Rae Lynne Morvay.
Bon appétit on Chicken Cacciatore Day. (And please pass the garlic bread.)
Cheer up! It’s Grouch Day on October 15th.
Do you know any grouchy people? This happy-making holiday offers everyone free rein for plastering cheery grins on our faces and hugging those grumpy, grimacing folks in our lives.
Who knows? Maybe those grouchy sorts will start to smile – even just to make us stop?
National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day (United States)
Grieving parents mark October 15th as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. This date calls to mind all who have experienced losses through abortion, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, still births, sudden infant death syndrome and other infant losses. Caring friends, family members and other loved ones may reach out to those who still grieve with words of comfort, cards, letters and more.
White Cane Safety Day
A special October 15th holiday offers a caution regarding the sight-impaired. It’s White Cane Safety Day.
This occasion recognizes advancements in the development of assistance devices for those who are blind, as well as the achievements of sight-impaired individuals in living independently despite the visual challenges they face every day.
Originated by the National Federation of the Blind, White Cane Safety Day was declared a national holiday in the United States by 36th U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) in 1964, confirming a Congressional resolution (HR 753) for White Cane Safety Day.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for October 15th: Agileus of Carthage, Antiochus of Lyon, Aurelia of Strasbourg, Callistus of Huesca, Cannatus, Deodatus of Vienne, Elizabeth van Arennest and Euthymios the Younger.
Additional October 15th saints include Fortunatus, Gaius of Korea, Joachim Gieterler, Leonard of Vandoeuvre, Lucian of Antioch and Odilo.
Still more October 15th saints are Sabinus, Severus, Teresa of Avila, Thecla of Kitzengen and Wulfram of Sens.
Notable Anniversaries on October 15th:
CBS television introduced the premiere episode of I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, on October 15, 1951.
Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev was ousted from office on October 15, 1964, with Alexei N. Kosygin taking his spot. Leonid I. Brezhnev became Communist Party Secretary.
Six-year-old Falcon Heene, of Fort Collins, Colorado, earned his proverbial 15 minutes of fame on October 15, 2009, when his parents claimed he had sailed away with a runaway balloon. The Balloon Boy story turned out to be a hoax.
Various Other October 15th Holidays
October 15th is also Adopt-a-Dog Month, Black Poetry Day, Cayenne Festival Holiday (French Guyana), Driving Day, Ether Day, Evacuation Day (Tunisia), Fairies’ Rainbow Pickling Holiday, Feast Day of St. Tecia the Abbess, Festal Holiday of St. Hospicius, International Day of Older People (Australia), International Newspaper Carrier Day (varies), Iraqi Constitution Day (2005) and Jamaican National Heroes Day (varies).
Additional October 15th holidays are Mammography Day (varies), Mertz of All Possible Mertzes Day, Missouri Day, Mushroom Day, My Mom Is a Student Day, National Boss Day (varies), National Inhalant Abuse Awareness Day, National Roast Pheasant Day, National Tree Planting Day (Sri Lanka), Parade of Giants and Dwarves Holiday (Spain), Rectification Day (Burkina Faso) and Shut-in Visitation Holiday (varies).
Still more October 15th holidays are St. Andeo’s Day, St. Teresa of Avila Feast Holiday, Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day (varies), Sweetest Day (varies), Virgin Islands Hurricane Thanksgiving Day (varies), Wolf Awareness Week, World Food Day (varies), World Poetry Day, World Rainforest Week and World Rural Women’s Day (Australia).
Happy October 15th to one and all!
Here’s the answer to the Bearded Presidents Day question (above). How many American Presidents have sported beards while in office? The correct answer is five: Garfield, Grant, Harrison, Hayes and Lincoln. President Truman was known to wear a beard on vacation, but never in office.
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