CAT HERDERS DAY - December 15

CAT HERDERS DAY – December 15


Cat Herders Day, on December 15th, recognizes those whose life or job is like herding cats. 

They seem cute, adorable, and innocent. How much trouble can they cause? In general, when describing our lives or our jobs, are they that difficult?  No matter how organized we try to be, errant kitties get away. While we are focused on bringing three or four tasks into line, another spills the milk or creates an avalanche of problems. Before we know it, chaos ensues. 

In the employment world, we might describe a challenging position or one tough to keep filled “like herding cats.” Jobs that might fit that description may include:

  • Dog washer
  • Maid of Honor to a bridezilla
  • A basketball player for Bobby Knight
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Airplane repo specialist
  • Manicurist for Shridhar Chillal, the world record holder for the world’s longest nails


So many jobs can be like herding cats. Do you know someone who has a job like this? Give them a shout-out. If you have a job that’s like herding cats, share with us using #CatHerdersDay to post on social media.


Thomas and Ruth Roy from created Cat Herders Day.


December 15th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


The states ratify the Bill of Rights. Virginia becomes the 10th state to ratify the Bill of Rights agreeing to 10 of the 12 amendments and creating the necessary majority needed to pass.


The temporary home of the U.S. Patent Office, the Blodget Hotel in Washington, D.C., goes up in flames. The office held approximately 10,000 patent documents from 1790-1836 and the fire destroyed nearly all of them.


Italo Marchiony receives U.S. patent #746,971 for an ice cream cup mold.


Country music singer Johnny Cash releases his single “Folsom Prison Blues.”


The brainchild of Peter Seibert and Earl Eaton, Vail Ski Resort in Eagle County, Colorado opens for operation.


Chris Haney and Scott Abbott begin developing the game Trivial Pursuit.

December 15th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Gustave Eiffel – 1832

The French civil engineer is best known for designing the Garabit viaduct in Ruynes-en-Margeride, France. In 1889, the Eiffel Tower opened to the public. Eiffel’s design company built the 984-foot tall tower, and it is named for the French engineer.

Maxwell Anderson – 1888

The award-winning playwright, poet, and journalist earned the 1933 Pulitzer Prize for his play “Both Your Houses.”

William Hinton – 1883

The bacteriologist was the first Black professor at Harvard Medical School. His research led to pioneering tests for the diagnosis and treatment of syphilis.

Betty Smith – 1896

The American author and playwright is best known for her novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.