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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 January 1, 2021

Print shows a view from northeast of the fire-damaged White House, a result of the War of 1812.
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
On August 24, 1814, British general Robert Ross led his troops into Washington with strict orders to burn only public buildings, including the White House. On August 25, a tornado blew through the city, bringing torrential rains that quelled both fires and British desire to pursue further action in Washington. The mansion reopened on this date in 1814.

It was on this date in 1814 that the White House reopened after being burned by the British in the War of 1812. And it was on this date in 1890 that the first Tournament of Roses parade took place in Pasadena, CA.