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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 25, 2021

A picture of a Boeing 707 aircraft circa 1958.
A Boeing 707, the same type of aircraft that made the first transcontinental commercial jet trip. The plane flew from Los Angeles to New York.

It was on this date in 1959 that an American Airlines aircraft completed the first roundtrip transcontinental flight in a jet. And it was on this date in 1979 that Robert Willliams was killed by a robot, the first ever recorded death of a human by such a machine.