December 21 is best known as the shortest day of the year. But did you know it's also the Elvis Presley Meets President Nixon Anniversary as well as the 95th Anniversary of the Crossword Puzzle? And there's Phileas Fogg Wins a Wager Day. In Jules Vernes' Around the World in Eighty Days, Fogg returned from his trip around the world on December 21.
These strange anniversaries and events come from Chase's Calendar of Events, one of the more entertaining reference books at BHPL. Here are a few more holidays to look forward to:
March 3, 2008: What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day
March 7, 2008: Middle Name Pride Day. "Tell three people who don't already know it what your middle name is (even if it's Egbert). Annually the Friday of Celebrate Your Name Week."