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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 4, 2021

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Johannes Brahms premiered two overtures on this date in 1881.

It was on this date in 1881 that composer Johannes Brahms premiered two overtures for thanks to the University of Breslau giving him an honorary doctorate in Philosophy. They were the Tragic Overture and the Academic Festival Overture. And it was on this date in 1961 that the Danish barbers' assistants settled their strike that started in 1928, the longest recorded strike ever.