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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 21, 2021

A painting of King Louis XVI of France by Antoine-François_Callet.
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A painting of King Louis XVI of France by Antoine-François_Callet.

It was on this day in 1789 that William Hill Brown released the first American novel titled The Power of Sympathy. And it was on this date in 1793 that King Louis XVI of France was executed with a guillotine in Paris.