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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 26, 2020

A mezzotint of Benjamin Franklin from the In His Own Words exhibition at the Library of Congress
Edward Fisher, Mason Chamberlin
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
A mezzotint of Benjamin Franklin from the In His Own Words exhibition at the Library of Congress.

It was on this date in 1776, Benjamin Franklin boarded a ship to France to seek support for American independence. And on this date in 1787, the first of 85 essays of the Federalist Papers were printed in a New York newspaper.