Modern Living: Oddball Almanac

Television viewers who tuned into ABC's new talk show AM America recently learned from Co-Host Stephanie Edwards that it just happened to be Millard Fillmore's birthday. On his NBC show, Johnny Carson from time to time reminds his audience that it is, say, Patrick Henry's birthday or Lily of the Valley Day in Luxembourg.

Much of this calendar esoterica can be found in Chase's Calendar of Annual Events, an oddball almanac that lists 2,300 days and events around the world. Published by William Chase, 52, of Flint, Mich., the 68-page booklet includes celebrations like...

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