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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 November 4, 2020

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W.M. Pearl
Pictured is a reproduction of the Ritty Dial, the first practical cash register. It was patented by James and Jacob Ritty in 1879.

It was on this date in 1845 that U.S. citizens had the first uniform election day across the Union. And it was on this date in 1879 that James Ritty, a Dayton saloon-keeper, patented the cash register.