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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 18, 2021

Picture of anti-aircraft guns in the streets of Leningrad.
The fire of anti-aircraft guns deployed in the neighborhood of St. Isaac's cathedral during the defense of Leningrad in 1941.

It was on this date in 1943 that the Soviet's finally broke the siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany. And it was on this date in 1980 that Pink Floyd's album, the Wall reached number one.