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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 12, 2021

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The title card for the 1960's TV show, Batman.

It was on this date in 1939 that Martin Goodman founded Timely Comics, with publishing comic books as its primary purpose. The company would eventually become Marvel comics. And on this date in 1966, the Batman TV series premiered on ABC.