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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 December 4, 2020

George Washington, full-length portrait, with right arm extended holding sword, on horseback.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
A reproduction of the painting "Washington receiving a salute on the field of Trenton."

It was on this date in 1783 that General Washington bid his military officers farewell. And on this date in 1954, the first Burger King opened in Miami.