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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 17, 2020

A picture of a large sign reads "I am an American" hangs in a window of a store in Oakland, CA.
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A large sign reads "I am an American" hangs in a window of a store in Oakland, CA in March 1942. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas.

It was on this date in 1944 that the United States adopted the public proclamation 21 which declared that the Japanese-American evacuees would be returned to their homes in 1945.