|Poor Richard's Almanac. 1850||by Ben Franklin|
Almanacs have been known in simple form almost since the invention of writing, serving to record religious feasts, seasonal changes etc. They were later elaborated into various lists, some of them resembling modern almanacs.
JCU library has a range of current and historical almanacs containing a variety of facts with which you can easily impress your friends. If you are looking for something historical with a Queensland flavour have a look at Pugh's Almanac which was an annual commercial guide to Queensland businesses, places and events, available electronically from 1859-1927. The classic Poor Richard's Almanac may also be of interest.
In recent times the recording of important dates and events past and future can be found more easily on the internet in various calendars of events.