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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 20, 2021

A photograph of Sen. Hiram R. Revels.
Pictured is Sen. Hiram R. Revels. He was from Mississippi and served from 1869-1871.

It was on this date in 1870, Hiram R. Revels became the first African-American to be seated in the U.S. Senate. And it was on this date in 1971 that Marvin Gaye's song, "What's Going On" was released.