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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 21, 2020

Pictured is an early basketball team from Georgetown University circa 1905
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Pictured is an early basketball team from Georgetown University circa 1905. In early December 1891, James Naismith invented the game of basketball.

On this day in 1891, 18 kids played the very first basketball game in Springfield, MA. And on this date in 1913, journalist Arthur Winn is credited with inventing the crossword puzzle. It was first featured in the New York Sunday World.