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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 23, 2020

Aimé Dupont
A picture of famed tenor, Enrico Caruso taken in New York before his Metropolitan Opera Debut.

It was on this date in 1903 that Enrico Caruso opened the season at the New York Metropolitan Opera. And on this date in 1942, the German army was surrounded in Stalingrad. The Battle of Stalingrad was one of the deadliest battles of World War II.