National Grouch Day | October 15
(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


National Grouch Day on October 15th sends out notices to all the grouches of the world to be their truest grouch. If you are a grouch, today is your special day. According to Sesame Street Magazine, the day celebrates all grouches and their way of life. 


Sometimes grumps give backhanded compliments. “Your house looked horrible until you painted it.” Other times they don’t give them at all. Noise, silence, general activity makes a grouch generally unpleasant. 

As per the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a grouch is described as:
  • a person who complains frequently or constantly
  • a habitually irritable or complaining person

It seems that a grouch may be happy (although they would never admit it) only when others are unhappy and grouchy.  It is then that they feel most comfortable with having others share in their grumpy, cantankerous, surly world with them.

National Grouch Day would be a good time to send a grouch e-card and then ask a friend, whether they be a grouch or not, to come on over, sit back, share some popcorn, relax and watch the movie Grumpy Old Men!


May your ice be too cold and your slinky too springy! Share your awful insults by using #NationalGrouchDay on social media. We hope the jelly from your sardine sandwich makes your keyboard sticky! 


This Sesame Street-inspired holiday has been celebrated since at least 1976 and celebrates the grouch’s way of life. 

Grouch FAQ

Q. Who were some famous grouches?
A. Most famous grouches are fictional. They include names like Oscar the Grouch, Archie Bunker, and the Grinch.

Q. What word is the opposite of grouch?
A. A person who is a happy camper is someone who is generally joyful and satisfied.


October 15th Celebrated History


Looking out for candidate Abraham Lincoln, eleven-year-old Grace Bedell wrote to him and encouraged him to grow out his whiskers. She wrote: “I have got 4 brother’s and part of them will vote for you any way and if you will let your whiskers grow I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husband’s to vote for you and then you would be President.” [Sic] Not only did the candidate grow a beard, but he also responded to the insightful supporter.


Henry D. Perky receives a patent for a method of preparing bread that describes how to make Shredded Wheat. Patent No. 548,086 describes the use of rollers and presses to bake a biscuit that maintains the bran and berry of wheat without over-processing.


The Graf Zeppelin completes the first commercial passenger flight by an airship when it lands at Lakehurst, New Jersey, United States. Four days prior, the ship departed Friedrichshafen, Germany.


French chef Marcel Boulestin debuts the television show Dish of the Month. He’s the first regularly broadcast television chef in history. In the first episode, Boulestin demonstrates how to make a kebab.


Charlie Chaplin releases the film The Great Dictator starring himself.


The television sitcom I Love Lucy premieres starring Lucille Ball and Dezi Arnez.


Children’s author E.B. White publishes Charlotte’s Web about a relationship between a spider and a pig.

The Motherland Calls1967 

Located on Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Russia, the statue is part of the monument called “Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad.” It’s the world’s tallest statue of a woman, towering 279 feet from sword tip to base. Sculpted by Yevgeny Vuchetich, the statue overlooks the memorial complex commemorating one of the bloodiest battles in history.

October 15th Celebrated Birthdays

Isabella Bird – 1831 

The world traveler was the first woman elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She helped establish two hospitals; the Henrietta Bird Hospital in Amristar and the John Bishop Memorial Hospital in Srinigar.

Marion Donovan – 1917 

Following her invention of a waterproof diaper cover, Donovan developed the first disposable diaper.

Mario Puzo – 1920

The author and screenwriter is best known for the novel and film The Godfather.

Lee Iacocca – 1924

Following a 32-year career with Ford Motor Company, Iacocca joined the Chrysler Corporation. His notable accomplishments include bringing the iconic sports car, the Mustang, to market for Ford and bringing Chrysler to profitability.

Jeannette Charles – 1927

Since 1974, Charles has portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in films and television.

Penny Marshall – 1943

The actress, director and producer rose to fame in the role of Laverne DeFazio in the television sitcom Laverne and Shirley. Some of her best-known films included A League of Their Own, Renaissance Man and Riding in Cars with Boys.

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