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Mark Pennell sits at the helm of his time machine.Mark's Almanac is a 90-second time travel that highlights the world's history from the very serious to the sometimes sublime.

Mark's Almanac for September 30, 2020.

A French woman, at an American Red Cross civilian hospital, under ether for appendicitis.
Lewis Wickes Hine
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
A French woman, at an American Red Cross civilian hospital, under ether for appendicitis.

It was on this date in 1846 that William T.G. Morton used ether for the first time. And on this date in 1991, one of the most dubious daytime talk shows debuted.