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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 October 16, 2020

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Stereograph print of the engine house that was fortified by John Brown at Harper's Ferry, Va.

It was on this date in 1829, the luxurious Tremont House hotel opened in downtown Boston. And on this date in 1859, abolitionist John Brown lead a raid on a federal armory in Harpers Ferry.