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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 25, 2020

A "Merry Christmas" lithograph published by Currier & Ives in 1876.
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A "Merry Christmas" lithograph published by Currier & Ives in 1876.

It was on this date in 337 that the first recorded celebration of Christmas took place. And it was on this date in 1862 that two teams from the Union army in Hilton Head, SC played baseball. It had maybe the biggest crowd to watch the game in the 19th century.