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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 7, 2021

Photo showing buildings inside the reconstructed fort at the Jamestown Settlement in Jamestown, Virginia
Photographer: Carol M. Highsmith
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Buildings inside the reconstructed fort at the Jamestown Settlement in Jamestown, Virginia.

It was on this date in 1608 that the Jamestown settlement in Virginia was almost entirely destroyed due to fire. And it was on this date in 1963 that owner Art Modell fired the namesake coach of the Cleveland Browns, Paul Brown.