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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 29, 2020

A wood engraving depicting the Ashtabula Bridge Disaster of 1876
HARPER'S WEEKLY
A wood engraving depicting the Ashtabula Bridge Disaster of 1876. The artist is not known.

It was on this date in 1848 that gas lights were first installed in the White House. And it was on this date in 1876 that the event known as the Ashtabula Horror train disaster occurred in Ashtabula, Ohio.