Charles Curtis, the nation's 31st vice president, was born Jan. 25; William King, the 13th vice president, was born April 6; and Levi Morton, the 22nd vice president, was born May 16. These are momentous dates, but it isn't likely they are listed on any calendars to help plan memorial celebrations. Not until now. The Quayle Quarterly, the Bridgeport, Conn., newsletter that keeps a watchful eye on Dan Quayle, the man a heartbeat away from the presidency, has produced a 1991 calendar that lists those important dates. Many of Quayle's predecessors were destined for oblivion, though some did make it to the top job.

The Quayle Calendar, titled "A Dan for All Seasons," has monthly photographs of the leader from Indiana and some of his more memorable quotes, including the one that accompanies his May photograph: "One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is 'to be prepared.' " Out and About

Two weeks before his death, Leonard Bernstein decided to donate a $100,000 international arts award he had won for a fund to foster music education. He was to receive the Praemium Imperiale, a prestigious new arts prize, from the Japan Art Association in Tokyo today. In an Oct. 2 letter to the Japan Art Association, the legendary musical genius wrote: "I have decided to use the money I receive as part of the Praemium Imperiale to establish a new Bernstein Education Through the Arts Fund, and thereby to support further the educational programs in which I so strongly believe, and to which I am so deeply committed." Other recipients of the 1990 prizes for lifetime achievement include director Federico Fellini, architect James Stirling, sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro and painter Antoni Tapies. The winners are selected by a blue-ribbon panel that includes former heads of government Edward Heath of Britain, Jacques Chirac of France, Helmut Schmidt of West Germany and Amintore Fanfani of Italy ...

"Cats," the long-running Broadway musical, is about to become "Cats" the movie, with the show's creator, Andrew Lloyd Webber, collaborating for the first time with Steven Spielberg. The winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Cats" the movie will be an animated feature ...

One-man mystery book factory Dick Francis was at this weekend's running of the International at Laurel and, in remembering some of the races of the past, talked about Winston Churchill's horse in the 1956 running. The horse, Le Pretendant, was a favorite but didn't run well in the rain. It was a bright sunny day until the horses lined up for the race. The rain poured down and Le Pretendant ran dead last. At the end of the race, the sun came out again ...

Royal Watch: Those royals do like to drive fast. Princess Anne was fined $295 and banned from driving for a month after being caught speeding. It was the second offense for the queen's 40-year-old daughter. On one occasion she was clocked at 90 mph. In 1976 she was fined for driving nearly 100 mph and earlier had been twice warned about speeding. Princess Diana was caught driving nearly twice the speed limit in London earlier this month and got off with a warning. The queen's nephew, Viscount Linley, has been banned three times in two years for speeding and has nine driving convictions. Other family members with speeding convictions include Princess Michael of Kent, the Duke of Gloucester and Capt. Mark Phillips, Anne's estranged husband ...

Congress can't find its way clear to agree on a budget, but it has been able to come up with half a million dollars to make a tourist attraction out of former bandleader Lawrence Welk's Strasburg, N.D., birthplace. The money, included in the fiscal 1991 agriculture appropriation bill now on its way to the White House, is part of a program intended to help rural communities develop new businesses. "That's right, 'Ah one, ah two, ah three, ah four, ah half a million dollars," said Rep. Silvio Conte (R-Mass.), mimicking the way Welk used to direct his orchestra. Conte went on record as opposing the funding.