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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 5, 2021

A photograph from the Mississippi River of Vicksburg, MS.
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A photograph from the Mississippi River of Vicksburg, MS circa 1910.

It was on this date in 1804 that the Ohio Legislature became the first state to pass laws restricting the movement of free blacks. And it was on this date in 1875 that President Grant sent troops to Vicksburg, MS to quell the violence of armed white gangs.