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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 19, 2020.

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Print depicts the surrender of the British forces after the Battle of Yorktown. Major General O'Hara, substituting for General Cornwallis, is shown handing his sword to the Comte de Rochambeau, who is standing next to General Washington.

It was on this date in 1781, the Battle of Yorktown ended with the Americans coming out victorious. And on this date in 1982, John Z. DeLorean was arrested and charged with conspiracy to obtain and distribute 55-pounds of cocaine.