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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 9. 2020

Painting by Philip Alexius de Laszlo of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Pictured is a painting by Philip Alexius de Laszlo of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Wilhelm was the last emperor of Germany.

It was on this date in 1907 that the largest diamond ever was given to King Edward VII of England. The diamond would later be cut up and become part of the crown jewels. And on this date in 1918 , Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany abdicated his thrown.